EVD Open Drift April 4th, 2016

So it's been a while since I have been out to the track at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. But it was like visiting an old friend you hadn't seen in a long time. In a way many things had changed and yet it hadn't. Many familiar faces with a smattering of new ones come to try their chops at sliding a car and having some fun in a perfect pacific northwest spring (almost summer like) day. The smells of burnt rubber, high octane gasoline and screams of engines being flung to the ragged edge filled my senses. It was good to be back at the track. Oh yeah! You could feel it in the air. It was electric (and very smokey courtesy of drivers like Cameron Moore and Brandon Schmidt turning rubber into clouds). 

Being that this Open Drift was a week before the first official Pro Am competition of the season, many heavy hitters were out putting the final touches on their set ups. Cameron Moore, Dio Ortiz II, Tyler Grimsley, Travis Reeder, Matt VanKirk and Brandon Schmidt were a few of the top drivers putting on a good show on the huge 5/8ths bank. It was great to see these drivers pushing each other to go bigger and faster, pushing their skills and comfort zones in preparation for the upcoming competition. 

Adrenaline spiked, ears ringing, and sun shining. It's going to be a good season! Good luck to all the drivers. 

Take a look through the gallery and enjoy a video of Brandon Schmidt throwing it around the track!

It's a Subaru Thing

Subaru is an interesting company. Despite they're tiny niche market, they have somehow successful cultivated one of the most loyal followings in the industry. Yet Subaru plays two fiddles: the hippie green peace outdoorsy lot and the fire breathing turbocharged rally beasts. If this were any other car brand, these two camps would clash and scowl at each other for soiling the Subaru brand name. When it comes to Subaru car meets - all are welcome - it doesn't matter what side you are from. Whether that is a rugged and offroad ready Outback, a racetrack prepped STI, or even that one guy with 'HELLA STANCE BRO' on his WRX, each one shares a passion for the adventure on or off road that Subaru embodies. 

RainCity Subies is one such meet. I finally attended my first RCS meet at the Redmond Town Center. My inner car guy was blessed with seeing every Subaru owner stereotype there was at the meet. Each car was a representation of it's owner and it was inspiring to see the levels creativity, heart, and time that went into each one, whether is was that lifted Outback, that Tron style STI or anything inbetween. I catalogued so many ideas that I wanted to steal and craft into my own car build.  It was exciting to see so many people from such diverse backgrounds come together around one central passion. That's what makes these meets so special. Whether you are there for your first time or meeting up with now old friends, you never know who you'll run into, what connection you'll make or what adventure you may embark on. And it's easy to strike up a converstation with anyone there because at least you'll always have the cars to talk about. Don't worry they don't bite like Honda owners. 

If you own a Subaru, and you live near the RainCity (aka Seattle) make sure to check out the RainCity Subies group and come "Share the Love" as Subaru would say.