Club Loose Spring Moves!on Apr 29 in Drifting, Uncategorized by Alexander Fabrication
I just got back from an amazing day at Englishtown Raceway in New Jersey for Club Loose’s second event of the season, Spring Moves. This was also my second event and a second shakedown after fixing some issues from the first outing with the new engine and drivetrain.
We arrived and checked in, unloaded the car and gear, and assembled the front bumper and side skirts on the car so it would look pretty. Got the car tech inspected and attended the drivers’ meeting. Everything was falling in order and gearing up for a great day. The skies cleared up and the temperature began to climb. Our run group was scheduled to go out at noon, so I had an hour to catch up with some friends I hadn’t see in a while.
My ASD Mob brother, Tanner Munson, and his father Larry were in attendance. I was excited for them to give my LS setup a once over, because they have a ton of experience with this engine platform. They also ended up bailing me out big time by hooking me up with a MAP sensor that broke the night before. What a great friend to have, so thank you Tanner and Larry Munson for making my day possible.
I took the car out for the first session and there was a massive difference from the last shakedown. There was a ton more power—at the last shakedown I had to clutch kick and was losing power through turns. It turned out I had a faulty fuel pressure regulator, so with that fixed and a tune by Jeff Lowry in Annapolis, Maryland the car felt brutal. I also switched out a leaking rack and added a small cooler to the power steering system to keep temps down. This was just what the car needed, it was in magnificent form. It took me awhile to get used to what I have now, which is gobs of power on demand, lots of steering angle and plush suspension settings.
The first session was finished and so were a set of Falkens. With the rough course and newfound power, I was blazing through tires. I checked over the car from front to back almost expecting to find a problem, but everything was in good working order. Finally diligence has payed off. This was great news, so now I could focus on driving the car and getting fully acquainted with it and so I could push it to the limit.
For the rest of the day I just drifted as hard as I could, and the car was not phased at all. All the temperatures stayed in check. Suspension pieces all kept in place, nothing bent or bound. I can’t express how pleased I am with how the car performed yesterday. I got to drift with some really cool cats, Geoff Stoneback, Ed Tini, Charlie Tyson, Alan Brentzel, Tanner, Miro Ovcharik, Justin Hoitsma, Steve Angerman, Anthony Fallon, Fellow Amvivero, Ben Sarli, Hector and Willie in their 86s, There were a shit load of Tuercks, Brian Hoplamazin, and Chris Forsberg was out dialing his FD car in, and tons more awesome drifters.
All in all the day was a great success, the car ran flawlessly, and I’m confident driving it. I got to hang out with a bunch of rad dudes in the pits. I couldn’t be in higher spirits. I’m looking forward to another small shakedown and then hitting the ground running at Streetwise Drift, Road Atlanta Pro-am in May. Big thanks to ASD Motorsports, Falken Tire, Sikky Manufacturing, Mishimoto Automotive, Enkei Wheels, Race Design, Mechanix Wear Gloves, Club Loose, and Mike Ruppert for the tow.