Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 – Round 1 Competition Coverage

Check out our Offset Kings car show coverage from round 1 at Long Beach, CA.

Prior to last weekend, the only Formula Drift event that I had attended was at Evergreen Speedway in Washington. Sitting behind a computer screen watching the live stream of all of the other rounds, it has been impossible for me to get a feel for any of the other tracks. I wasn’t aware until I showed up in California that large portions of Long Beach are transformed into the Toyota Grand Prix racetrack with concrete barriers and chain link fences. Formula Drift uses a small section of the Grand Prix track for round 1 of their championship series.

Photos and video by TK Akiyama. Text by Matt Haugness.

Watch TK Akiyama’s Long Beach video on YouTube.

Garrett to Sponsor the 2014 Import Meet Street Car Competition

We are pleased to announce that Garrett Performance Products will be a major sponsor of the Import Meet Street Car Competition for 2014.

Garrett products are produced by over 6,000 employees and serve the leading global engine and vehicle manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, DDC, Fiat, Ford,International Truck Co, Peugeot, Renault, Saab and Volkswagen.

Through names such as AiResearch, AlliedSignal, and the Honeywell of today, Garrett has sustained its reputation for revolutionizing turbocharger technologies generation after generation. From its long list of industry firsts to its leading-edge patented dual-ball bearing turbos for high performance vehicles, Garrett develops and manufactures the same cutting-edge boosting expertise that goes into all Garrett products. The fact that Garrett ® turbochargers are the preferred choice of leading original equipment manufacturers and many top race teams in CART, World Rally, American Le Mans, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Pikes Peak is a telling example.

Today, Garrett continues to redefine the art and science of boosting technology with advanced air management systems for the full spectrum of modern engines. With over 30,000 turbos produced EVERY DAY, you know the Garrett name is one you can trust.

We are incredibly excited to have Garrett as a sponsor of the IMSCC this year. Based on the large number of winning motorsports teams that run their products, it’s clear that they produce the best performing turbochargers on the market. Be sure to check out the full line of products available on their website.

[Source: Turbo by Garrett]

Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 – Offset Kings Car Show & Paddock Photo Gallery

Here are some of our favorite shots from the Offset Kings car show and the paddock area within Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, California.

Full drifting photo and video coverage along with a summary of our trip to California will be shared towards the end of the week.

Photos by TK Akiyama & Matt Haugness.

Hawk Performance to Sponsor the 2014 Import Meet Street Car Competition

We are excited to introduce Hawk Performance as a major sponsor of the 2014 IMSCC. They have provided gift certificates as prizes for the first, second, and third place finishers and they have also given us a special promotional code for fans/followers of the IMSCC. The promotional code below can be used to save 25% off of any order on the Hawk Performance website (promo code effective until 12/31/2014).


Made to Drift Episode 2: Formula Drift Turbo Honda S2000 Chassis Preparation

In episode two of Made to Drift, we go over the roll cage fabrication, control arm development, power steering setup, and give you a teaser of which aero parts Chris will be running on his Formula Drift S2000 for the 2014 season.

In the next episode of Made to Drift, we will show engine and transmission assembly, turbo kit fabrication, and the final chassis prep before Round 1 in Long Beach, California.

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We Are Now Accepting Applications to Compete in the 2014 IMSCC!

Last year, brought together some of the best import cars in the Pacific Northwest for a unique competition to determine the best overall street car. Our 2014 search for some of the highest quality import street cars in the Pacific Northwest begins now.

We are now accepting applications to compete in the 2014 Import Meet Street Car Competition!

The final 10 selected cars will be compared in the following categories:

  • 1/4 Mile E.T. – Drag Racing – (Pacific Raceways – Kent, WA)
  • Peak Horsepower – Dyno – (Carb Connection – Kirkland, WA)
  • Power Delivery – Dyno
  • Autocross (Bremerton Motorsports Park – Bremerton, WA)
  • Skidpad
  • 0 – 60 – 0 Test
  • Car Show & Fabrication/Build Quality
  • Fuel Economy
  • Retail Price
  • Ride Quality

Read all about the 2013 IMSCC here:

The cars we select will be introduced with a full feature article and video on our website. See which cars competed in the 2013 IMSCC here.

2014 IM Pro Am Drift Media Partnership Announcement – Galen Callahan

A couple months ago we started looking for a Pro Am driver to partner with for the 2014 Evergreen Drift season. Our goal was to find a talented driver with a unique import car and share their build/season with our followers. We received a variety of applications but we ultimately had to choose one driver to partner with.

We are pleased to announce that we have selected Galen Callahan as our 2014 Pro Am driver. Galen is rebuilding his 1990 Toyota Cressida chassis that he competed with in 2012 and is taking the car to another level for 2014.

Watch Galen’s announcement video on YouTube.

Triple XXX Root Beer Import Meet 2014 – Official Event Coverage

This year was the second time that we organized the Triple XXX Root Beer Import Meet in Issaquah, WA. Last year was a huge success with minimal issues so Triple XXX invited us back to do it again.

Text by Matt Haugness. Photos by TK Akiyama, Randy Montgomery, and

Even with snow on the roads in BC and northern Washington, the turnout was just as impressive as last year. Being the first large car meet of the year, all types and styles of cars were in attendance.

DriftCon 2014 – Import Car Show & Drift Event – May 18, 2014

On May 18, 2014, will be partnering with Evergreen Drift to produce DriftCon, an import car show and drift event at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. The event will take place during round 2 of the Evergreen Drift Pro Am competition. All makes, models, and styles of import/European cars are welcome at the show. The event will be held from 12pm – 5pm.

Import car show (inside of the gates of the track)
Import meet (inside of the gates of the track)
EVD Pro Am round 2 competition
Team Tandem drift competition
Beer garden
Large vendor area (email for information about how to become a sponsor/vendor)

Spectator Pass: $10
Pit Pass: $15
Car Show: $25 (includes Pit Pass) – $35 day of the event
Meet Parking (Inside the Gates): $15 (includes Pit Pass) – $20 day of the event
Team Tandem: $300 per team of 3