Sunday, June 21, 2009

AE86 Drift comp: Barely making it

At the last post, we last heard of our hero's computer crapping out on him. Still unknown what may have caused the problem. Luckily, I still had my old HKS piggyback system in the back. So in it went. Since it was a plug and play system, it should be and open and shut case. Wrong, once I got it up and running it really ran crappy. Now I was debating if i should swap the suspension and LSD into the stock car or bring the purple yam out to the event and see if i can figure this one out. As most who have attended the event, I chose the latter.

The car was like this for most of the morning

Unfortuantely, all morning I was trying figure out what was going on with the car. Running pig rich and sputtering all over place. Barely making any usable power. Fortunately some advice for good friends helped me figure out most of the issues. Enough that it was decent to drive, so instead of throwing in the towel, I prepared for battle.

The car wasn't it's best, I needed to keep clutch kicking/ feathering the clutch just to keep the car in the upper rpms and away from the rpm dead spot. It's like i'm driving an n/a 4ag. But it's all good, cause it just motivates to adapt and try harder, reason why I like corolla.

Anyways I was able to qualify. But was taken out in the first round. The SR powered corolla just walked all over me. But it wasn't because of that I lost. It was because I choked.

Anyways since I'm out let's check out some highlights

I think she should be the new spokesmodel for Red Bull.

Let's meet the judges for this event.

Taka A. : Corolla geek

Alex P. : In the closet Corolla geek

Brandon F: He does weird things to Corolla in the mountain

This is the guy took me out first round. Luc with an SR powered corolla.

Hi guys!

Tomas got distracted when some dood passed by?!?

Geoff trying to stimulate the car. I think it worked.

Here's a few pics from the day's battles:

The wild card for today was this guy

J Mac

Driving a very modest corolla worked his way up to 4th place. His skill never ceases to amaze me. His hair too.

Congratulations to all the winners!

I saw this chick who was holding a helmet that matches my car and had to have a picture of it. It so matches the style of my car. You know it's about lifestyle when you drift.

After the competition, it was time for some fun runs. After a couple of laps, something happened to the car and started idling high. I looked it over and thought screw it, it's o.k. Took a lap and realized the car is running great, no more sputtering and no dead spots in the RPM range. WTF?!

The day isn't over until I break something. But you know i'm going to try and use it again.

It was a great day overall but now it's time to pack up and head back home.

This band runs on Taco Bell: Make a run for th...Image by the Frankfurt School via Flickr

But first a stop at Taco Bell for some energy w/ some friends.

Thanks to all who made this possible it was cool to hang out with old friends and new. It's what being a corolla owner is all about.

For more cool pics of the event click here.

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Slonie said...

I feel sunburned just looking at pictures from Willow Springs!

Jonny Mac said...


You flatter me too much, Alex! The secret is the hair. I'm like Samson, all my drifting power comes from my beautiful curls. ;)