A new venue for all you guys way out in the desert. If anyone lives out near the Lake Perris area and need to get their drift on, the guys from Inland Drift have what you need. Since I needed some seat time again, and I miss driving the Lilac Special, I made this the place to be this past weekend. Though it was probably the worst time to head out there since it was probably one of the hottest weekends, at least for me. Temperatures were up in the 100's, but maybe this is normal. I only stayed for a few hours since it began to get really hot and the car wasn't having any of it. I did a couple runs and had my laptop datalog it for review later. One cool thing about coming early in the morning was that I had the place all to myself. I felt special.
Before I left one guy showed up.
I headed home a little after noon, but decided to take a detour to March AFB and take a tour of their museum. I've always been a fan of military history and hardware. I guess it's in the genes, being in a military family. More on that next time.
For you JDM freaks out there I present this original Spirits front bumper straight from the motherland. This may be the only one state side, and will probably be the only one. But if you're that guy who must have the stuff from Japan, then drool over this.
Done in less than an hour. Easy money, at least I haven't lost my touch. I thought I was goin to be spending at least 2 hours on it. Too bad I didn't get to it until 2 months later. He's a good friend and i've known him for a few years yet he prefers the me to work on his cars, from a 68 Mercedes to a 2002 Daewoo, rather than have anyone else touch his cars. Such a loyal customer.
I could have skipped working on the car saturday to attend the last Nisei car show in Little Tokyo and stare at some T and A. Tasty pic don't you think? But hitting asphalt is like a drug. No matter how much I want to stop, I needed another dose. So working on the car was the first priority, for some Sunday driving.
Even added a new filter setup to replace the busted HKS filter. Since I performed horribly the last 2 events, I needed some redemption on past performances. But for some odd reason after running fine the previous day, it decided not to start up once I got to the venue. It's like deja vu, the same thing that happened the week before AE86 comp. at least that time I was able to replace with my old setup and run it. I tried most of the morning to get it started, thanks to all who tried to help me out, but I gave up. Does the purple beast not like driving anymore? It seems to prefer being hard parked lately. Maybe I should have never taken it to TORC, now that it has a taste of car show life it probably doesn't wanna see anything but a show. But this driver was suffering from withdrawl symptoms and needed to feed the need of burning tires. Luckily Ray, was able to see I was in trouble and knew the cure. He was very kind to offer up his car.
An S13 with the nearly indestructible KA24.
It's not a corolla, but it'll do. Luckily, it was 4 lug so I slapped my wheels on and was ready to rock. I jumped in and realized my nuts were hurting. Not because of the small seat, but due to me growing such big cajones from driving a corolla.
I competed on the simple course in the morning, since ray was going to leave after lunch. It was an easy 2 gear course. Manji through a set of cones to a sweeper at the end. Before that I took a couple of spins on the skidpad to feel out the car. Like I tell people, 'it's a cheater car', very easy to drive and this one wasn't any different. My practice laps kinda sucked, but I knew where to improve upon. Once competition I did pretty good runs except for the last one, I spun out. Who cares I had fun. Did a couple of more spins around the skid to burn off tires. Ray saw that I was about to overdose and decided to have a spin with my tires.
This was the end result. Alot of camber killed the inside edge of the tires. A downside to independent suspension. But i'm cheap so i'll save these for later, the corolla will even out the wear.
Even though I was about to be hit with a moment of depression I was saved by Ray and his Nissan and for that I am thankful.
Tired of the same LeMon? Well looks like there's a challenger to $500 beater car racing. Let me introduce you to the Chump Car series, yes Chump Car I found this on racing on the cheap blog. Looks like it's another series copy so if you can't get into LeMons, then you can try your hand at this series.
It looks promising, though the closest event they have is Infineon, in Norcal. I don't think the red attack boat can make it that far.
As the ol' Corolla gets older, stuff that was thought to be easy to get is now getting difficult. Not too long ago I was look for an air filter for the car.
Can you believe I haven't changed it since I owned the car. I visited a few local auto parts stores and none was stocked. Had to be special ordered. Even at the shop I work at on weekends didn't have anything. Luckily for me Herb @ Cabe Toyota, as usual, comes through with a filter in stock. I should be ashamed that I didn't go there in the first place.
Anyways if you own an old Corolla like mine or any older Toyota go give Herb a call, he'll probably have in stock and ready to go.
Looks like Katsuhiro Ueo built himself a new ride for drifting. I've always been a fan of his driving style which is much different from other drivers, especially when it came to piloting AE86. Here's a video of him stepping into a 4 door. The name of the vehicle is Nissan Crew, which is used normally used for Taxi service.
Here's a picture in it's normal setting.
I thought the TE wagon he built for drift was cool, but a drift taxi, now that's something else.
I swung by the shop to continue my work with the old Corona wagon. There's always a corolla being worked on, but I usually don't pay much attention. But one car did catch my eye. It's kitted, decent paint, and nice radio. Something you'd see at a show or meet. It was getting a 4AG 20v dropped into the bay. What really gave me the shivers was the suspension. Here's a picture, and yes that is a wood block. It's looks like the springs were heated to lower it I guess it was dropped the car more than the owner liked, so he fixed it by shoving a wood block to even it out. I guess he's still a noob cause the first thing that should be done, for a corolla owner, is suspension and brakes. Remember power is nothing without control. Let's just pray he just takes this car to shows only.