Red Bull Drifting World Championship

Well, I have to hand it to Red Bull.. if there’s anything worth doing that you can do better by throwing money at it, they’ll do it.. the event was pretty big.. at least as big as Irwindale, but felt bigger.. more people, more vendors, etc etc.. I’d say the ticket prices were a little steep, but I guess that didnt phase the people who were willing to spend $35 for a 2-day event.

The competition was “eh”. I expected more from the international folks.. I was VERY impressed with the Red Bull FD RX-7 from New Zealand.. it was rockin’ a 4-rotor NA motor that had a very NON-rotary sound to it.. one photographer mentioned that it sounded very “F1-ish”.. at which point a grizzled and seasoned UK photographer (John Brooks, who had photographed F1) said.. “uh, no”.. but secretly, I thought the same thing.. hey, don’t talk smack.. not like I ever been to an F1 race.. ok, how about, the Red Bull FD sounded like an F1 car on my TV? better?

Most of the international guys were ousted after the first round. Too bad really.. I mean, these guys have the most to prove to the US crowd.. the Formula D drivers could care less (aside from the big prize money).. the US cars were, overall, much more polished.. newer/current/relevant model cars.. pretty paint jobs, nice vinyl jobs, etc etc..

The winner was Rhys Millen.. he’s sponsored by Red Bull, by the way.. he is definitely one of the best.. so I wont say it looked rigged.. but to people who dont necessarily follow drifting.. um, it probably looks rigged..

I’ll be uploading pics to Flickr in a bit.. but for now, here’s one thats different from my normal perspective..

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Shot with my Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L, 27mm, 1/125 @ F14

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Kumakubo Drifting the Yukes/Takakaira Subaru WRX STi @ Irwindale

This is actually an “old” picture (shot 12/17/2005), but this is another one of my favorites. It has nothing to do with photographic ability or skill, other than possibly “timing”. But these guys (the Subaru drivers) were putting up so much smoke, it would’ve been hard to capture an image without a large amount of smoke.

The first time I saw these guys, you could instantly tell they were going much faster (higher entry speed) than most of the other drivers on the track (especially the US drivers).

Its a shame the Subarus only make it out twice a year (beginning and end of the year) for the D1 Grand Prix events.

This image was published in DSport magazine and I think its on the front page (the subscription button or something). Just checked and its not THIS image, but one of the many I did capture that day of this car

The image was processed (again) using Adobe Lightroom, cropped, sharpened, contrast’ed, saturated, and whatever else I could adjust to make it look better. It was shot with Ed’s Canon EOS 20D and his 70-200 f2.8L IS USM.