Its the last event of the year and Justdrift is hosting its 2nd Toydrive for CHP. Every year JD partners up with CHP to collect toys for the less fortunate children. Its a way of JD giving thanks to the society or the the people in need.
For this event I traveled with my Dad. We are also delivering Jason Aquino’s new daily drifter project.
We left vegas a little after 3am. We had to do a quick stop to a 24hr Pho joint for breakfast. it was 34 degrees and Pho was the 1st thing in my mind.
I drove straight to WSIR as my dad took a nap. We traveled almost 4 hours and with 13 miles to go I had to stop on the side and switch with my dad. I was so tired and sleepy. LOL.
pops took over the driving and I slept. Got a good 2 hour sleep and almost every one was getting ready for the drivers meeting.
After everything has settled and the track opened for the drift session, me and my dad dropped off the corolla. Then went straight to pick up my S13 and Green Corolla.
It was nice seing my car again! Car was so dirty and it had spider webs everywhere.
The coupe had multiple issues since the make over, I guess we overlooked a lot of stuff after a year of parking and storing the car. Some issues were fixed and some was still to be found. The car hasnt ran quite the same ever since it got painted. My dad brought and prepared some stuff to fix the car, he even took his welder with him just in case he needed it. I was complaining about the lack of power, my dad assumed that we needed to change the gaskets on the down pipe and the turbo-downpipe gaskets. There was a leaking sound from that area the last time I drove it.
After checking everything, from the hood and under the car, my dad saw the problem. I have a cracked turbo manifold! its something that we cant fix on site. It has to be replaced when we get back in Vegas. However, my dad was not gonna let me park the car. He said that it will just get worst and you will start loosing more power throughout the day. He adjusted the timing and we changed tires and Im off to the track!
quick snap shot before hitting the tracks.
I probably missed the car so much that I ignored the car issues. Bumped up the tire pressure and im off to play!
I gave a lot of ride-along to the poeple watching and to some visitors. Drove and played tandem with Carlos and Hiro as well.
throughout the day the crack manifold was starting to get worst… the car was getting harder and harder to drive. it seriously felt like driving a corolla, where some parts of the track that you dont need to clutch kick you know have to double the amount. even on the straigh away I had to feather the clutch to push my revs up. It was time to pack up and put the coupe on the trailer.
We also checked on the corolla. this was a sad sight. the car looked like a junkyard material. it breaks my heart that this car is loosing our attention. I wish money isnt hard to come by. after so many years I dont know what happened… we ended up with a lot of car project that made this car loose its love.
The corolla has a blown block. Someday we will get around this and will be back home to Vegas. I hope to refresh this car like what I did on my coupe. I think best of this car back when it was white. So if there is somebody out there who has an extra 4ag red top block holler at your boy! Help me bring the corolla back to life.
End of day.
Packed up and ready to go, Charlie invited us for dinner with the staff. I only attended the saturday event because I need to be back to Vegas for Sunday errands. Wish I could have stayed for sunday, but it was all worth it and I got my fix of driving. Very happy to transport the s13 coupe back to vegas.
Ghost Town Ca.
45+ miles to vegas! thats Primm Valley. The drive was not bad at all, considering I only had 2 hours of sleep. Traveled 3.5 hrs total with one stop @ Ghost town Ca.
sat down sunday morning while drinking my coffee, i just looked at the car. it was nice having her back. so i took the liberty of cleaning her up and fixing her parking spot. shes now in storage until further notice. i’ll start her up every now and then and who knows when will this car see the tracks again.
great 2011! looking forward to 2012
Happy Holidays! Cheers!
Drift fotos from Paul Lopez – Justdrift Staff/www.everythingdrift.com
and my iphone.