Just Drift RD1 at The Balcony

Back in March I flew to Los Angeles for a weekend of noxious fume inhalation and tire slaying with the AMDrift crew. This was my first time at Willow Springs, but there were plenty of familiar faces from all over the Southwest region. As expected the California drivers charged hard, so everyone had to step up their game.

Frank Cundari lost his brakes entering the second corner while Sean Guthrie managed to avoid the impromptu special stage.

This is what happens when fitment takes precedence over function. Wheel spacers were used without extended lug bolts, which caused the partially threaded lugs to let go and subsequently the front wheel popped off the car while entering the first corner at speed. Thankfully only egos were injured.

The inside line around the lookout tower was a perfect place to make up ground, but it wasn't without risk. Those fluffy bags of hay are more sinister than they look.

Crowd favorite Dan Brockett made the trek out from Albuquerque only to be plagued with car problems. Sad, but a very real part of racing. As I type this Dan is loading up for another trip to The Balcony for redemption.

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SQC Tuning's Dyno Day and BBQ

The motosports seasons are beginning to wind down but Fall is a beautiful time of year in the land of abundant sunshine, so why waste it? SQC Tuning held a dyno day and barbecue at Motiva Performance on the 3rd of November where $40 bought you three pulls and lunch was only $5.

A closer look at Eric Dotson's Datsun

Outside Motiva was a large mix of cars either waiting for their turn on the rollers or just hanging out on a Saturday afternoon. 

On the opposite side of the building a line formed for the dyno. The Motiva staff were well organized and kept the flow of cars moving.

The crowd was buzzing with conversations of horsepower estimates and bench racing, which were interrupted by the screams of engines turning high RPMs to measure peak power.

The best part about cheap dyno days are the older low horsepower cars that show up to see how many ponies they lost over the years.

Making a pass through Motiva anyone could see how serious they were about making power. They have an ultra clean engine building room and some beautiful metal on the racks.

People filtered in and out of the shop from 10 am to 8 pm. Here's a small look at some of the cars that gathered throughout the day.

There will be more photos to come throughout the week.