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Chuck's Bonneville Adventure Part 2 (In-car video inside!)

By Mike Kojima and Annie Sam

The cars that run out on the salt are very unusual; some like the Cobalt factory effort from GM Motorsports are high tech state of the art race machines.  Others look to be the work of eccentric mad scientist types.  Others are decades old cars that families have run and refined for several generations.  Finally there are a few cars that seem to have come directly from the set of mad max.  A wide numbers of classes with very interesting rules assures that everything from a wingless Bar Honda F1 car to a flathead Ford powered roadster has an appropriate class where it can be competitive and go for a speed record.


 

Billy Johnson in the office

The Buttonwillow Bible- Fast Lap (In Car Video inside!)

By Billy Johnson

Buttonwillow (BW) is a great test track used by many professional sports car and formula car racing teams because of the track’s variety of corners.  From on-camber and off-camber corners, to sweepers, chicanes, hairpins, and man-made elevation changes, BW is a well-balanced and technical  track that challenges both the driver and car.  In recent years BW has become center for Time Attack drivers and teams attracting cars from as far away as Japan. Like Tsukuba Circuit in Japan, Buttonwillow has become the milestone for lap times for the top tuners in the time attack world. It has also become the benchmark for bragging rights for many OEM manufacturers.


 

Project Rally Beater Return to Glory

Project Rally Beater -- Return to GLORY

(or return to rallying an old piece of crap, at least...)

By Dave Coleman

It only took one turn for all my doubts to disappear. It had been four and a half years since the Rally beater last turned a wheel in anger and I was, only moments earlier, quite skeptical that it could still do it. When I dropped the hammer at the start of stage 1, I still had no idea if the car would work. After all that time parked in your driveway, nothing you can do on the pavement will tell you if your old box still handles well in the dirt or if you still remember how to drive it. But as the SR20 wailed and the gravel flew, the beater's normally rough, clattery ride smoothed out into a gloriously fluid set of arcs, slides, and various maneuvers named after old Scandinavians. I had almost enough time to start giggling with boyish glee before the engine turned off.



 

Demolition Derby Tech Part 1- A Tech Look Inside the Disposable Motorsports Machine

By Mike Kojima and Aaron Guardado

Although you might think that Destruction Derby is the simplistic smashing of cars, it is actually a pretty sophisticated formula with an evolved set of rules that allow a high level of safety and competitiveness with a very low cost of entry.  Destruction Derby has a rich history dating back over 50 years and the rules and regulations have evolved continuously since then.  Let us discover what is inside a typical car preped to the maximum level of the rules.


 

EVENT COVERAGE:  Formula D Las Vegas 2009 

by Jeff Naeyaert

We hit Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend for Formula D's 4th "All In" event of the season.  While our Mike Kojima helped Team Falken with car setup, fellow editor Martin Gonzales and I snapped pics and video and did what we could to stay hydrated in the 100+ degree heat with water and beer.  CLICK for the official press release and our photos. Stay tuned for the video hopefully soonish!


 

VIDEO: "The Wall" Formula D New Jersey 2009 from Will Roegge

Check out this sick video shot of the Formula D event in New Jersey last month by Will Roegge.  Turned on to Will's work by our buddies over at Motormavens.com, we were so impressed we wanted to share it too!  Will captures the violent and fast action of elite level pro drifting and somehow makes it look surreal and beautiful. Only graduating from film school a few years ago, Roegge directs, shoots, edits, and colors all his own work and has produced content for Yahoo!, Pfizer, Wrecked Magazine, Streetfire.net, Rice Boy TV and a host of other clients.  We're looking forward to featuring more of Will's work as he cranks it out so stay tuned!  Check out more from Will on his website:  willroegge.com

Chuck Johnson's Bonneville Adventure Part One

By Annie Sam and Mike Kojima

Many of us can remember the heydays of the salt flats and have dreamed of one day running there.  I can remember as a 4 year old, having my Dad read me stories from the newpaper about Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons duels on the salt. I even had a toy model of Breedlove's Sprit of America jet racer.


 

How Not to Take Part in a Rally

By Aaron LaBeau and Mike Kojima

For those of you not familiar with Dave's pile, it is a rusting, dented, Krylon painted and smashed 1969 Datsun 510 immortalized on the pages of Sport Compact Car and on Speedchannel's crappy rally coverage.  However ugly it is, the old dog is packed full of state of the art stuff like a DMS long travel rally suspension and a modern SR20DE engine and transmission.


 

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