At times, I’ve found myself looking towards SoCal as a better leverage for Fitted Life. It seemed like a wise move at the moment, but there was something missing. Something that even the luxuries of SoCal could not provide. Thunder Drift’s Round 2 of SuperAm reminded me of that something that I’ve grown to love.
It’s quite inspirational seeing these drifters go out and tackle the course. For one, these people are down to Earth real. Some of them, if not all, are working off their own budget without help from major time sponsors. However, they’re passionate about what they do and most importantly they have fun with it. For them, NorCal is where the heart is.
I arrived at Thunderhill around 1:00PM, just in time for drivers’ meeting which began 30 minutes after. As the meeting began, Jared Thompson explained the course layout and the importance of not holding back. A neat feature of this competition layout is that the course, to me, resembled Irwindale. The long sweeper at the farthest end, the tight chicane after the sweep and finally connecting with the last sweeper are highlights of the famous drift track.
After drivers meeting, SuperAm round 2 kicked in gear. Might I add, my photo buddy Andrew Bohan from OMGDrift was in pretty good spirits as well.
Recently I’ve been getting into hachis. No clue why, but there’s just something raw about them. Lucky for me, there was this super clean hachi rocking sideways at TD by Henry Van.
And of course, what’s a NorCal drift session without the ladies drift team SlidinSexy!?!? Angel Velasquez was running clean drifts all throughout the afternoon.
Thunder Drift organizer Geoff Pitts was working his butt off picking up cones all day. Don’t forget about Fabian Fernandez locking it down over at the starting line.
As the final round approached, we were left with two familiar faces from round 1, Noah Welch and previous winner Daniel Chong. The crowd was pressed against the seats as the two headed face to face.
After shouting random Japanese and German words, the judges finally came to a thoughtful decision on who would claim round 2. And Noah Welch..well let me leave it to Ryan Kado and Julian Jacobs. FTW!
Noah Welch takes home first place for round 2 while Daniel Chong follows in second. Fabian was Noah’s trophy for the day and it goes to show how awesome we NorCal folks are. hahaha.
I really enjoyed the company, the friends and seeing everyone out there at SuperAm. Everyone did a great job out there rocking the course and I’m excited to see what’s in store for next round.
Thanks everyone for providing the laughs, the slick drifting and the works. I’m confident now to call NorCal home, a place for the heart to reside.
:. Michael Cabuco
note: More photos will be uploaded from this event in the upcoming week! So stay tuned to my Flickr for additional photos.