2008 IDRC International Finals

It was pretty short notice.. it seemed like this year’s event was a little last-minute.. but it went OK nonetheless. Mike actually asked me to go just to check it out and snap some pics.. to be honest, I wasn’t all that excited. I told him if there was no drifting, then there’d be nothing to watch. He didn’t like that too much and bombarded me with a handful of insults. 😆

After checking out the schedule and since I’m relatively close to Cal/Auto Club Speedway, I figured I’ll check it out in the morning and get home in time to go to a friend’s kid’s birthday party. But I have to say, one big reason I decided to go was because DLo (AKA Eric Hsu) mentioned on his blog that he was going to be taking out the Beast AKA his XS Engineering Skyline R32 GT-R. I’ve seen the car in person many times, but never “mobile”. Plus, Mike and Wen said that they had contacted a handful (10-12) Skyline owners and that they’d come out for the “GT-R Shootout” at the event (it turned out to be a separate heads-up class, basically).

The event was actually much better than I had expected. There were lots of racers/racecars. I also have to hand it to the Honda drag racers who have kept at it. I saw Honda after Honda blast down the quarter mile running 9s and 10s. When I left Saturday morning, the cutoff for the Pro-Am FWD class was at 10.56 or something like that.. very impressive. I also saw a couple Hondas run 9.60s. But the highlight of my day was definitely seeing the R32-R35 Skylines line up and race down the track. One R35 (from Titek?) was running mid 11s and one that looked stock ran a 12.0 while I was there. Wen’s R33 that made 870+ WHP only managed a 12.1 (while I was there) but he figured he had broken something in the driveline, which is why the car was trying to drive itself into the wall. I heard Eric Hsu ended up qualifying Sunday and won the GT-R Shootout with a 10.40 pass.. not bad.

So anyway, here’s some of the images I took in the 2 hours that I was there.. look for full media coverage in an upcoming issue of DSPORT Magazine or on their website, http://www.dsportmag.com

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Wen’s HKS turbo.. don’t ask me what size it is, but I’m guessing its a T51R

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Hubie Fuh’s 10 second Mini Cooper S.. how about them gypsies, huh Hubie?

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An orange Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R

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TiTek Nissan Skyline R35 GT-R running mid 11s

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Speedline Racing & DSPORT’s Wen Lai and his Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R

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A random 10 second Honda Civic with about 1,100 more feet to go..

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A 9? second Scion tC.. who knew it existed? Not me.. but very impressive

All images were shot with my Canon EOS 40D and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. Can you tell I’m trying to be more creative in my cropping? 🙂

DSport’s Nissan Skyline GT-R

After class, I drove down to DSport to hang out while they worked on the D1 event program. I brought along my camera gear because I was hoping there’d be something to shoot.. anyway, while I was there, I went back to Mike’s house to pick up his Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R.. we drove back in it, but since it never warmed up, he never got on it.. I was really suprised at how loud the Hollinger transmission is though.. he just put it back together, but last week he took it up to Palmdale (LACR) to run some quarter miles.. on his first pass, he ran a 9.97 with a 1.85 sixty foot (he normally launches with 1.60 60-foots).. anyhow, after that 9 second pass, he wasn’t allowed to run anymore because he didnt have a certified roll cage.. prior to taking it to the track, he tuned it on XS Engineering’s dyno.. 879whp at about 3 bar.. since he’s running a 2.8 liter now, the peak torque increased a lot and came on about 600 RPM sooner.. also, at about 6k RPM, horsepower was increased by about 200whp.. pretty impressive.. you can read all about it in the next issue though..

Anyway, I shot some pics while I was there.. both to show Mike that Canon’s high ISO performance is pretty impressive and just to mess around with my camera.. when I told him I was going outside to shoot some pics, he said, “in the dark?” and I said, “yeah.. ISO3200, baby”.. here’s the shot.

dsport skyline

This was shot with my Canon 20D and Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (ISO3200, 1/20, f/3.5, handheld, no flash, USM in CS2)

Here’s a crop of the sky with a part of the Skyline’s windshield in it to show you where its cropped from..

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After that, I went inside and grabbed Mike’s tripod and shot a few on the tripod.. not that impressed, but its OK, I guess..

skylines

Shot with my Canon 20D and Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (ISO100, 13 second, f/7.1, no flash, USM in CS2)

Anyways.. that’s about it.. tomorrow, I’m heading down to Dynamic Autosports to see what I can shoot there.. Ed’s Peak Performance S14 is being prepped for D1 on March 3rd.. I think his new driver is a dude from Japan, Robbie Nishida with Falken.. I’ll post more pics later..