WINTER JAM 2018

My sincere apologies on the tardiness of this post. We have been very busy in preparation for 2019. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

It was supposed to rain on Saturday, but we lucked out with only dark grey skies. I pulled up to the garages where TBTM was staged, and there they were…Crick, Joe, Elijah and even Crystal. TBTM has a whole all in one place! The last time I saw this was in 2015; shortly after Crystal’s Driftmas production. Joe was cleaning his car, Crick just pulled out to give someone a ride, and Elijah was tinkering with something under the hood.

Unfortunately for Elijah, he would experience numerous issues throughout the Winter Jam event that would in the end prevent him from driving at all. I hate seeing any of my teammates struggle with their cars. In a way…it’s heartbreaking for even me. I do however admire their determination; this especially is directed towards Elijah. Though his car wasn’t working the way it should, he didn’t stop…THE WHOLE WEEKEND Elijah tried to conquer the gremlins, but sadly couldn’t get them all.

Whether it’s one of us or all of us, TBTM has never completely sat out of Winter Jam’s Team Tandem Competition. Joe and Crick set out to get some practice in, but Crick would put a little too much pressure on Joe and ended up hitting him hard enough in practice to damage his own rear suspension.

It’s been so long since the event, I can’t remember if Joe went out with some of our local friends or not. I think he drove with Sideshow Tone?

Sunday would be a different story; break out the rain gear because the rain is here! Time for slow motion and tire saving drifting.

Crick’s choice of layouts at Sonoma is the classic ‘Summer Jam’ section that uses turns 2-5. This is where he would show whomever is riding with him, just how familiar he is with this track and how hard he could push his car through the turns.

Winter Jam 2019 exceeded 330 registered drivers, and a record number for crowd attendance for a drift event at Sonoma Raceway. This event grows more and more large every year, and we are excited to watch the growth of not only this event, but the drifting sport as whole.

We are grateful to spend these moments with friends, family and partners. You all are responsible for the drive that pushes us to put on a good show. Thank you for all of your support.

Photographers:
Gonzales Industries
RIP Media
Naveed Yousufzai
Jessica Miller

TBTM X FORMULA DRIFT (IRWINDALE 2018)

2015, this was the last time Crick had the opportunity to drive Irwindale in competition form, and since then the rumor has been that each year would be the last year this track would still stand. We couldn’t take the gamble of missing Irwindale’s last potential year so without further adieu here is how our competition went at the iconic Irwindale Speedway. 

 

Practice: A goodnight’s sleep, healthy breakfast, and your support system ready to go are just a few things we needed before Thursday’s practice/qualifying day. The car was in order and tires were mounted as the team set out to stake claims on our pit area of Irwindale Speedway. Crick’s car was still on the same suspension setup that he had from the prior week when he attended Thursday Night Drift at Irwindale…and it showed! Crick was laying down qualifying passes in practice from beginning to an end, but with one minor hiccup, we had to stop our practice session just after 2 sets of tires were burnt off. The alternator decided to take a dump on us and send us back to the pits. Now most of you don’t know this, but 1 of 3 LS alternators will be 14v and the other percentage will be 17v. We needed the less likely 14v, but the only way to know is to hook it up to the car. Kevin, Jake, and Tone b-lined it to the closest automotive store, bought and alternator, came back, installed it and BOOM!!! Folks…we had a 14v alternator! Time to follow Crick back out to the hot pits where we’d wait for qualifying to begin. 


1st pass: HIGH on the bank, fast through the 1st inner clip zone, but a little shallow on the outer zone. Nonetheless, Crick’s score was still a 80 and the first time Crick scored a 80+ point qualifying pass. Crick knew and the team knew we had more in the tank and could polish the run up to get in a more comfortable qualifying zone. 

2nd pass: HIGH on the bank again, faster through the 1st inner clip zone, and deep into outer zone, running the wall, clipping the last inner zone clip and crossing the finish. A 88 comes over the radio, tying Crick for 1st place qualifying position. Fellow Nexen Tire driver Dale Denton, would later go on to score a 90+ taking the 1st place qualifier position, and bumping us down to 2nd overall, and pairing Crick against Dylan Hughes for Top 16 battle on competition day. 

Friday: Competition day

After a night of celebrating Crick’s 2ndplace qualifying run, it was time to get to business and prepare for a night of competition. PRO2 drivers get 1.5hrs of practice before the Top 16 opening ceremony, and on Crick’s 1stpractice pass partnered with T. Beechum, he threw a belt which caused him to lose power steering and throw the tail-end of his car into the wall. As Crick came into the hot-pits, we all noticed the passenger rear wheel was not where it was supposed to be. The result of the crash was a bent rear knuckle and sheered bolt from one of the rear suspension components. We didn’t have a knuckle, but we were able to source a bolt + spacer by a driver in PRO1. Unlucky enough…we missed the rest of practice locating the bolt + spacer, installing them, throwing on a new belt and re-aligning the car; but we were grateful to make the opening ceremony and prepare for Crick’s first battle against Dylan Hughes. 

What seemed like hours for a decision was only minutes before the judges unanimously chose Crick as the victor! Onto Great 8…and here comes the rain. Can we get a round without rain? PLEASE! The team was on the line when the rain and lightning decided to show up. Crick buried his head and said, “God…I hate the rain.” FD officials gave Crick and his opponent Robbins a parade lap to get used to the wet conditions. Crick and Robbins lined up for their first bout, a drag race to the first bank, Crick flicks in (at this point we were thinking ‘oh s*&$’) and rides the wall and completes the course in fashion. Robbins spun just feet before the finish line, which would give him a 0 on his follow run. On Robbins’ lead run he spun in the first outer zone on the bank, and Crick would drift passed him (with no power steering because we broke another belt). Crick would come out on top of this battle, and would advance to the Top 4 against. R. Sexsmith. Sadly, this is where our trip to Irwindale would come to a close. When the belt broke, it also pulled the wires out of Crick’s temperature sensor and we wouldn’t have a plug nor the pinning tools to replace it. Crick’s 2ndplace qualifying pass would be our saving grace in Crick achieving the 3rdplace spot at Irwindale. Later, Crick was also presented Formula Drift’s Most Improved Driver Award for 2018. 

It goes without saying that without our support system; Crick’s wife ‘Tiffany’ and children ‘Nik and Cole’..Nik being Crick’s spotter, Jake B. his right-hand man on and off the track, Tone F. as his eyes and hype man, Most Films for enduring the blistering heat and wet rains to grab that perfect shot, Kevin and Nicole Q. for showing their love for their childhood friend by traveling from AZ to give what they can on and off track, Nexen Tire USA’s managerial staff as well as the laborers in the pits…y’all take care of us with the utmost urgency and respect, and there’s no way the competitiveness of this sport would be possible without you, TF Dave from Stance USA for being a call away for sudden suspension setup questions, Phenix Industries staff for making it to their first ever drift event in support of Crick, Knapik’s whole team for always lending a helping hand when we need it most, Beechum’s whole team for being right there to try and get us back in the game during our 5min mechanical timeout, and lastly all friends and family that have watched Crick progress over the years and have shown love in person, on social media etc. You are ALL appreciated.  

Huge shouts to all of the media at Irwindale, and that have been at each round capturing these moments for the driver’s and their families to share for years to come.

 

Photographers:
David Karey
Bob Hernandez

Videography:
Most Films

TBTM X FORMULA DRIFT (TEXAS 2018)

Crick and Texas Motor Speedway have had bad blood between each other since Crick earned his PRO2 license; Crick’s first encounter with TMS resulted in not qualifying due to an ill-prepared car, and his second season we only ran the track 4 times before the supercharger broke. This season we gave TMS and fellow PRO2 competitors a run for their money, and all sights were set for a podium finish until….Well you just got to read to find out what happened.


Monday 9/10: The team hits the road (Jake B: mechanic/pit support, Shane J. (videographer, and Anthony F. ‘aka sideshow tone’ as spotter). 
Wednesday 9:12: Robert Ljuba and childhood friend of Crick; Kevin Q. showed up to give their support, and to lend a hand wherever it was needed. 


Thursday 9/13: Qualifying/Practice: What kind of weather do you expect in Texas? Well if you haven’t been there, it can be very hot, humid, and surprise rain. Luckily for us we had the pleasure to experience all 3 of those elements this weekend. After the driver’s meeting we had a solid 4hrs of practice before qualifying would start. Straight from the gate Crick was looking solid and was driving his ‘fast’ line through the course. Though it looked pretty from the outside, Crick was still battling some front suspension issues. This was the first time we did not experience any mechanical issues the 1st day of practice in Texas. Crick would go onto lay down a 74 on his first run and a 76 on his second run that would land him in the 15th qualified position, and pair him up against Travis Reeder for tomorrow’s competition. 


Friday 9/14: Remember I said ‘surprise rain’? Well here it is! On competition day it decided to rain on us. A text was sent to our Stance USA support aka TF Dave in hopes that he could come assist us with dialing our car in for the rain. Crick and Dave went back and forth on what Crick was experiencing, while Jake was taking notes on current setup + changes they were going to make. After about 5min of actual changes it was time for Crick to go out and put the car to the test. 

The result was a night and day difference in a positive direction. Crick pulled back into the pits with great feedback. The next practice pass with K. Rowlings, would be our last of the event. As Crick initiated into Turn 1, he broke the through-shaft in his Speedway Quick-Change, and without a spare it’d eliminate from competition. 

This track has gotten the best of us year after year, but we know as we hone in on our issues, we will grow to overcome them and be back to conquer this raceway. 

TBTM x Formula Drift (St. Louis 2018)

After a high tempered event in Atlanta back in May, our priority as a team was to eliminate all potential failures on Crick’s competition car before entering Round 2 of Formula Drift PRO2 in St. Louis. This meant we had to test as many times as we could at Sonoma Raceway as well as find any other local to semi-local locations holding drifting events. Luckily for us we were contacted by our friend Caleb Quanbeck to attend his ‘Shotgun Bash’ in Oregon alongside a local familiar face here in the Bay Area; Sideshow Tone.

 

Crick drove his car hard at Shotgun Bash with intentions to break anything that would fail. He reported that the only things he had to change was more Nexen Tires because the car was slaughtering the course!

 

Now that the car proved itself at Shotgun Bash, it was time for the team to hit the road. Sadly, I (Robert Ljuba) would have stay behind this round, so the final head count would be Crick, Jake as pit support, Shane as media, and Crick’s son Nik as Spotter.

 

Thursday (Practice/Qualifying):
The car gets stage fright when attending Formula Drift; with that said I’ll go into telling you that the team had issues with the oiling system + turbos, but was resolved prior to qualifying. Crick was able to lay down a couple practice runs with positive feedback following them. It was time for the show…

 

Crick set out for his first qualifying pass and it looked to be a good one! The score came back with a 61. It’s not a terrible score, but the team knew he’d have to go 75+ to qualify. Crick called me and told me it wasn’t the car, and it was him that made a mistake and that he will come strong on his 2nd pass. His 2nd pass would soon come and he did just as he said by laying down a solid 77 that would put him qualifying in 15th position. After his 77 scored run, the judges praised how he filled the outer zoner better than anyone in the field that day. It’s always good to hear positive feedback from the judges.

 

Closing the night knowing that Crick qualified left his family and friends in pure joy. We knew the next day would bring excitement…or rain…or rain and WIND STORM!! If you haven’t already seen some of the carnage that took place Friday then go on @formuladerp ‘s instagram to check out some of the footage. The rain and wind capsized many EZ ups and forced Formula Drift staff to push the PRO2 competition to early Saturday morning before PRO1.

 

Us early birds had an easy time waking up to view PRO2’s 6:00am PST start time, but some found it difficult. I woke up and tuned into the FD Live page and began watching the tandem battles in Top 16. Finally, Crick was up! I was sweating, heart was pounding, and I was cheering as Crick drove like I knew he could drive! It was no question that Crick would advance to the Great 8 and sure enough the judges dropped the hammer and he did in fact advance. Success! Crick has never advanced beyond Top 16 until now. Does he have what it takes to make it to Final 4? Sadly the decision was left in the judges hands and the advancement would go to Rollins, Crick’s competitor. Rollins de-beaded a tire on his follow run before the dirt drop, then damaged it more after the dirt drop. The judges approved of Rollins changing this tire, which was debatable. In Crick’s lead run, he went too inside on the first clip and straightened going into the 2nd clip. The disqualification of Crick was sad to many, but we are all very proud that he advanced beyond Top 16. Crick now sits in 7th overall position in points standings.

 

By following us you’ve probably seen that our FD trips aren’t like others. Crick likes to take the scenic routes back home and stop to take in the sights. There were many stops along the way that involved water; rivers, creeks, waterfalls to jump off of etc. It also pays off to have a fun guy like Shane here to document this whole trip so that we can share it with you in the end.

 

Next stop…Rushmore? Yes! Rushmore!

 

So if all you saw was this picture, what would your mind tell you or show you on how the subject got there? This ladies and gentleman is the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats where land speed records are made and broken. Crick took it upon himself to take advantage of this historic setting and unleash his twin turbo’d LSX beast of an S13. We are pretty sure this is the first time a set of Nexen SUR4G tires ever touched the Salt Flats, let alone drifted on it! Don’t worry…The first stop after this fun show was to a gas station to wash off the salt.

 

We hope you enjoyed the editorial. If you don’t like reading then feel free to watch this 30min video put together by Shane Jaskolski!

 

Bash to the Future VI – Elijah Wright

What is the first event you look forward to attending when the season starts? Is there one that you just HAVE to drive in or spectate? For Elijah Wright his full attention goes to traveling up north to Eagle Point, OR where Medford Cruise & Drift Evolution have been hosting the drift event dubbed; Bash to the Future.
 

 
2018 marks the sixth year of this event, and it has only grown since day 1. I remember the 1st year of Bash; Joe and Crick took home the top spot for team tandem, and then the 2nd year, Elijah drove hard and sold out of his personalized TBTM apparel and stickers. I was stoked when the guys come back from a trip and have some positive news to share. When the team has a genuine good time, no car problems, and positive feedback from the crowd; it makes for a good atmosphere and great memories.
 

 
This year we had the pleasure of working with recently featured photographer: Kingsley Hurley from @visualsofkings. Kingsley surprised us with a edited video specifically for Elijah that paid homage to all of his partners as well as the teams’ partners. Along with the video you see here, Kingsley also supplied all photos within this blog. Give his page a follow while your scanning through his Instagram.
 

 
Elijah’s Partners:
Big Duck Club
Canton Racing Products
Gates Auto
Manley Performance
Nerp Tech
Phenix Industries
Stance USA
West Coast Ravenol
TF Works
XXR Wheels

Nexen Tire USA Formula Drift Partnership

In 2017, Formula Drift was being directed by Hankook, Achilles, Nexen, Falken, and Nitto for approved tire companies. So you might be asking yourself, ‘Why Nexen?” or “How do you know what to go with?”. This is an acknowledgment to our newest partner Nexen Tire USA and how we established this partnership.
 

 
Time crunching; something we are all far too familiar with. This was an ongoing pattern in 2017, and unfortunately for us, during this time we were cut from our tire partner due to lack of budget. With just 2 weeks until the second round in Atlanta, Crick Filippi was without tire support. Team manager, Robert Ljuba began making phone calls, but none resulted in positive news. With each call Robert made it seemed to be that the tire pricing was getting more expensive. This was simply not feasible for our grassroots/self-made budget.
 
We started looking on Tire Rack for Formula Drift ‘approved’ tires, and stumbled across the Nexen SUR4. Robert and Tire Rack went back and forth to see how they could source us 30 tires and at what cost. Tire Rack would’ve had to source the tires from 4 of their warehouses around the nation and there was a chance they all wouldn’t get here in time for Round 2. This was a gamble we could not take.
 

 
In desperate measures, Robert reached out to a partner of TBTM for some potential guidance, which in the end led to an introductory call with Nexen Tire USA. The responsible personnel from Nexen said, “We don’t want to leave a driver behind”. This quote spoke volumes to his character and how he genuinely looks out for drivers. With just a little over a week until Round 2, Crick Filippi knew his tires would be supplied by Nexen Tire USA. This trend would carry on through all rounds we attended. Each round we tried our best to prove our worth and Nexen saw that. We think that our determination was noticed, and thus resulted in this partnership for 2018. TBTM is privileged to represent such a company as Nexen Tire and look forward to sharing our success with them!
 

TBTM x Road Atlanta 2018

HOTlanta, The ‘A’, A-Town, ATL, or whatever you may call it; shows no mercy to this seasons’ competitors in Formula Drift…
 
Day 1: Thursday
After spending the week at teammate Crystal Hooks’ back acre property and enjoying what Georgia had to offer, it was time to get down to business. The team showed up to Road Atlanta early so that we could setup our pit area plus get Crick on time to the first driver’s meeting of the season. As Crick was in his meeting; team members Crystal, Jake, and Robert tended to updating Crick’s partner signage on the car, getting all 30 new Nexen SUR4G tires mounted on the XXR Forged 527 wheels, and nut n’ bolting the car to insure everything was good and tight.
 
 
 
It was warm…maybe 80 degrees with high humidity. After wrapping the new hood, Crick chose to leave the vents out so that we wouldn’t have any restrictions for the hot air escaping that the turbos + manifolds would produce.
 

 
I mean…it was HOT! Here is Crick’s youngest son hydrating their family dog; Biscuit, in the most efficient manner haha.
 

 
Practice: Dave, Jake, and Robert loaded the truck to set out to the hot-pits where they’d meet Crick. After 2 passes we could physically see and Crick could physically feel a difference in the new SUR4G tires. They lasted a lot longer than the SUR4 from 2017, and had more grip. Crick would suggest a gear change after these couple of passes. Unfortunately for us we did not have the tools to do the swap in the hot pit so we had to go back to the paddock. The gear swap went quick and smooth and soon we were back out. The car looked solid on its first pass after the gear change, but something went wrong…broke the alternator pulley. Back to the pits we go where we were able to borrow local drifter and friend of Crick, Matt Field’s welder. Crick fired out the welding, while Jake was under the car ready for the install, at this time we installed a new Gates belt that was supplied by our partners at Gates Auto. We made it back on track, but not in time for another practice run before qualifying. So yet again, just like in 2017, we were only able to get a few runs in before qualifying.
 

 
Qualifying: Crick’s 1st run…solid…fast…a little wide on one clip, but nonetheless a strong 74. He comes back and mentions that he’s loosing power steering, and that the car was running funny. The hood comes off and sure enough, the pump failed. There would be no time to fix it before his 2nd and final run, so Crick muscles his car through the run in what we thought would be a higher score, but judges ruled it a 70. Like 2017, we would be sitting in 15th place with 4 heavy hitting drivers left: Goble, Schmidt, J. Robinson, and K. Lawrence. Each driver fully capable of knocking us out of qualifying. I believe J. Robinson was the only one of this bunch to get a score higher than us, and would in the end drop us to 16th. Yes it was last in qualifying, but the point was that we were in the SHOW!
 

 
That night we took a spare power steering pump we had back to Crystal’s house where Crick and Jake machined the necessary pieces to make it work for the competition the next day. Crystal also had a spare electric fan she let us use to add to the front of the intercooler to help move air around, and hopefully keep the intercooler from getting too hot. This would make for a short to-do list for Friday, competition day…or so we thought.
 

 
Day 2: Friday (Competition Day)
First thing was first…get that power steering pump installed along with a new Gates belt (yes we change belts frequently).
 

 
Aren’t you excited when you change a used part to a new part? Jake is!
 

 
Korbyn, our Georgia residing friend who just so happens to takes pictures (supplied us with every picture in this blog) wanted to shoot Crick’s car before practice. Korbyn set out to find a location, came back, and we followed him to a very (race-feeling) location.
 

 
On the way there…tragedy struck…one of the hardlines on the steering rack failed and was literally dumping power steering fluid like a faucet; not to mention we also ripped off a V-band clamp on a speedbump. Luckily for us, we were pitted next to Adam Knapik who had a spare rack, and without hesitation let us dissect it to utilize the hardline for our car. Thanks again Adam for keeping us in the game!
 

 
While Crick was working on the power steering hardline, Rob and Jake swapped the damaged V-band on the exhaust.
 
Next on the to-do list was getting the fan donated by Crystal working on the front of Crick’s intercooler. (Note: this was a temporary install just to run for this event. A new fan + shroud will be built and installed as finished product.)
 

 
It was time to load up and make our way to the grid for the only practice session we’d get before Top 16 competition. The first couple of runs were great! Crick led one and chased one, both looking really solid and at steady speeds!
 

 
Looks could and were deceiving…Crick came back up to the hot pit and said something under the hood was on fire. Jake and Rob pulled the hood to find that a damaged fitting on the power steering hose was leaking on the turbo blanket, then catching fire. We are sad to say that we did not have the necessary tooling and/or fitting to repair this before the Top 16 competition, which in return forfeited us from moving forward.
 
Each day is a learning experience for us…we learn and we grow! We learned a great deal about ourselves, our system, and what we can do to further improve on our performance. We will be making adjustments to our program and charge hard towards a podium in St. Louis for the next round.
 
Though we didn’t have the fairy tale ending we were hoping for, we still had a great 10 days exploring the East Coast with our friends and enjoyed each others company. TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More.
 

 
Crick put his car on display for Saturday’s PRO competition. Crick’s wife, Tiff and teammate Crystal added some feng shui to the pit area. Looks good doesn’t it?
 

 
Photographer: Korbyn Ketchledge (@korbyn_ketchledge)
 
Partners:
Canton Racing Products
Fitzgerald USA
Fuel Injector Connection
Gates Auto
Manley Performance
Nexen Tire USA
Phenix Industries
Sparco
Spec Clutch
Stance USA
TF Works
Wright Wraps
XXR Wheels

Fitzgerald USA – Semi Casual Show 2018

We are all familiar with the wide variety of shows revolving around the automotive industry, but have you ever heard of a semi truck show? Yeah…neither have we, until Crick’s partner Fitzgerald USA invited us to their Semi Casual Truck Show!
 

The timing was perfect; May 4-5 would be the days for the Semi Casual show, located at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, TN. After the show, we would be able to make our way to Atlanta, GA for the first round of Formula Drift PRO2 that would land on the following weekend.

 

 

 

Let the show begin! We drove Crick’s car to the staging area; this is where the tractors would line up to drag race down the famous Bristol Dragway…yes DRAG RACE! Before this weekend I never thought I’d see a tractor run a 15.4 in the quarter mile. It was quite impressive considering Crick’s 17′ F250 ran a 16.2 with 6 of us packed in there haha. Diesel powered trucks took over the drag strip for 3-4 hours with nothing but sunny skies and black soot above them!

 

 

Show tractors that would rival some great builds at SEMA were driven miles to attend this show, and then cleaned for hours before the show began. These were not only show pieces, but workhorses that provided the means for the drivers and their families. No two tractors were the same in any way; you could analyze each one closely and see personable touches that would be significant or sentimental to their owner. Each was a work of art to say the least.

 

 

Demo time! Freestyle stunt riders Jesse Toler and Rodney Sargent would share the spotlight with us as we gave the folks of Bristol a show to remember and to look forward to for years to come! Jesse, Rodney, and Crick piloted their toys around the truck show to bring attention to the staging area where the demo would take place. Once the crowd was in place…the stunts began! Jesse and Rodney warmed the crowd up with some stoppies, drifting, and other sketchy stunts on 2-wheels. Following the riders was Crick; who woke his twin-turbo V8 S13 and began destroying his Nexen Tires on the staging area. Mid-drift, Crick gave Jesse and Rodney the signal to come out for the finale! Red, White, and Blue! While Jesse and Rodney roasted their rear tires revealing blue and red smoke, Crick continued to swinging wide donuts around them completing the trio of a patriotic smoke cloud! The crowd went crazy!

 

 

 

 

With the sun setting, it was time to acknowledge all participants and give awards to the trucks that stood out the most not only by the judges, but by the spectators as well. I thought it was really cool how the spectators got to vote on their favorite tractor of the show. Categories would include but not limited to; best engine bay, interior, exterior, Top 25, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Congratulations to all participants!

 

 

 

Closing the night out. As a surprise to us and probably most of the attendees, Fitzgerald USA closed this event in fashion by having the band Foghat perform on stage for the folks of Tennessee. The speakers were turned up, stage bumpin’, and crowd jumpin’!

 

At the end of the show; the Fitzgerald staff presented Crick and the team with the “Furthest Traveled” award for our efforts. This capped off the weekend on the highest note for us, and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
 

 

At this time we would like to formally thank all branches under the Fitzgerald USA umbrella for inviting us to your Semi Casual Truck Show. This will forever be burned into our memories and will go down as one of our best trips as a team. We’d also like to thank Jessica: @jayfizzy4rizzie and Chelsea: @_charms for shooting these pictures that capture the essence of the event. Lastly, we’d like to thank our friends Lisa and Nate for their support of TBTM and giving us this opportunity. We hope we made you all proud! Thank you!

Gates Promo: Asphalt to Agriculture

Last season we acknowledged our partnership with Gates Auto; one of the leading manufacturers of application specific fluid power and power transmission solutions.
 

 
This season we are grateful to announce that our partnership is continuing, but has kicked off in a slightly different route than expected…We all strive to make whatever we are racing as reliable as possible, but sometimes we seem to forget what gets us there or what pays the bills to get us to our events.
 
2002 F250 (7.3): This truck has been in my possession for 6 years and I’ve loved every bit of it. There was even a length of time when we were using it to tow Crick’s car to Bash to the Future and ASB. Recently I installed 2 new Motorcraft batteries and an alternator, while doing so I thought it would be a good idea to replace the belt, so that’s when I called our contact at Gates. Shortly after our call, the order was on the way! After I received it; there seemed to be a lot more than what we spoke about. Gates supplied us with 2 radiator hoses, belt, tensioner, and clamps! For those of you with this truck, you know that the OEM upper radiator hose goes through the belt so if you ever needed to change the belt you’ll have to pull that hose first. This can make for a messy install, which should be clean and very simple. Gates has resolved this issue by re-routing the upper radiator hose! Save yourself the future headache and convert yours now! Part numbers can be seen in the photos!
 


 
Here is the finished product!
 

 

Next up to reap from the benefits of Gates Auto…Crystal Hooks. Crystal has recently acquired John Deere 1010 and 2010 tractors to help maintain her 40 acre back-country home. Crystal mentioned to me that she was in need of 2 drive-belts; 1 for each tractor. One tractor I believe was her father’s, and she’s in the midst of bringing it back to a reliable/functional state. She decided to display her appreciation to Gates with this video she produced in her shop, showing the installation of Gates RPM belts on her SR20, as well as the drive belt on her 1010 tractor! Enjoy!

Wisefab 2.0 Install w/Crick F. & Faruk K.

Wisefab has been the leader in angle modifications within drifting the last 5 years running, and has only evolved since. Their new 2.0 kit recently hit the shelves and is even more intense than before (which is hard to believe). Here is what 2017 Formula Drift Champion; James Dean has to say about it…

 

For those that do not know; Faruk Kugay of Formula Drift is one of the USA connects for all of your Wisefab needs. Faruk also assists in running our Sonoma Drift program here in Northern California, and is where are relationship with him strengthened.

Faruk and Crick competed in Golden Gate Drift Pro-Am together and earned their Pro2 licenses the same year. Both drivers have ran the Wisefab 1.0 on their Formula Drift competition vehicles and were impressed with the results, so when Faruk brought the 2.0 to Crick’s attention we knew we had to get our order in ASAP.

Faruk and Crick’s dedication to help and guide the drifting community in the correct direction has led them to formulate this install tutorial for the new 2.0 kit. With Faruk’s background with the company, and Crick’s fabrication and  ‘know-how’ skills; we hope this video can make it easier for you to install your own kit. TBTM would like to thank Shane Jaskolski (@2shaanez) for the shooting/editing of this video. You knocked it out the park dude!