Finally catching up.

by ryandriftingfat on March 24, 2014

I know you’re waiting with baited breath, “what’s new?”

Well, went to ToyDrift. Day 1 was balcony and it rained like crazy. After having a pretty good run of events where I progressively got better and more confident, trying to drive in the rain again was a major slap in the face. I think I didn’t link the course until after lunch; by the end of the day I only had a couple runs I’d even call decent. No footage, no cool pics. Then I let my friend Mickie go out the last couple laps of the day and he linked the whole thing both tries. Frustration growing. Day 2 was HTM and did OK. There weren’t a lot of other experienced drivers to tandem with, but I think the prior day was still in my head so suckfest 2013 was in full swing.

So that’s how 2013 ended. In the off-season I decided to upgrade my steering setup since I had no mods there, at all. I picked up a set of 1.5″ extended LCA’s, extended tie rods and Ackerman-corrected knuckles from Jason Kim at Rival Auto Works. Alignment, new power steering cooler, a few other minor repairs and it was February already. Time to get back out there for the season opener!

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It took just a couple laps before I realized that the knuckle setup was a gift from god himself. They don’t fit with the stock fenders but who cares, the steering range and stability was incredible. I was going wider, deeper and FASTER without even really trying. Talking about going from spinning every 4th or 5th run to 2-3 times a day, that’s the difference it made. By afternoon of Day 1 I was really getting comfortable and hot-lapping in the tandem trains. Day 2 was basically the same thing. FUN FUN FUN FUN. After finishing off a set of tires shortly after lunch I was going to pack it in. But seeing Taka, Ken and Dennis were all out doing close tandem I decided I wanted to go play with the FD guys. Went out and got 3 or 4 laps with them.

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Now, this is coming from memory. I have it on video but the sounds you hear on video aren’t the same as what I could hear. Dennis passed me on the front section and I remember thinking I heard something. On video I check my gauges at this point and confirm that I have pressure and temps are within range. So I keep driving and complete another lap. I’m following Dennis’ V8 car super close and again think I heard something. So I checked my gauges again, fine again.

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I dismiss the sound as something from Dennis’ suspension. I start another lap following the three of them, apex at the top of turn 1, go wide to set up for turn 2, transition……. BOOM.

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Smoke starts coming from under the hood so I roll off track, pop the hood and me and my passenger jump out. No fire luckily but there is oil everywhere.

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Get it back into the pits and find a 2″ x 4″ hole in the exhaust side of the #1 piston. Fuck. my. life.

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On the video, clear as day, the sounds I heard were knocking rods. Faint when Dennis passed me, much louder when I was chasing him and critical once we started drifting. At the season opener no less. So now I’m putting another motor in. Great.

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Hope to be back in April. We’ll see. So lazy.

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