From WHINE to WHISTLE *PART 2*

If you didn’t read *Part 1* then let me fill you in really quick…Crick installed his new MAST Black Label heads, and mounted the turbos temporarily so he could begin fabricating the custom manifolds. Drawing the imaginary lines from head to turbos would be Crick’s job as he had the turbos in their fixed location.
 

 
It made the job a little easier having a spare set of cylinder heads, that way Crick could utilize the flanges on his work bench for perfect fitment. One small hurdle that would be easily overcame was to wrap the runners around the shock tower on the driver side.
 

 
Looks…looks seem to be everything. We bounced ideas off of each other as to where to locate the collectors…straight up or tilted out. We agreed on tilted out.
 

 
All built and tac’d
 

 
With the driver side fitted and built. It was time to seal those openings with some dime-stacks.
 

 
Passenger side has begun.
 
Passenger side runners all finished and ready to be welded up.
 

 
The beginning of the Tial Sport 44mm adapter flanges. We can’t wait to hear the noise that comes from these babies!
 

From WHINE to WHISTLE *PART 1*

Since 2015, Crick Filippi has been whining his way through Formula Drift…quite literally I might add. (no pun intended). His Magnuson TVS2300 Supercharger was a very fun power adder, and it gave Crick that signature whine so everyone knew when he was on their door. For 2018, all of that would change…
 
After many ideas were tossed around in Crick’s garage about what to do for not only Winter Jam, but the 2018 season, Crick settled on going from whine…to whistle! Immediately after concretely deciding on a turbo setup, We reached out to ATP Turbo in Hayward, CA for their recommendations for the power we are seeking. The chosen setup was a set of twin GEN2 GTX3071R turbos that would be assisted by twin Tial Sport BOV and Wastegates.
 

 
Crick and the team have already started the disassembly of the older components, and started assembly for the new components. First thing first, removing the supercharger and opening a box we didn’t even know Crick had.. a brand new set of MAST Black Label LS3 heads that he received earlier this season. We thought this would be an appropriate time to get these beauties installed for more flow.
 

 
Next up was to mount the turbos where they’d find their final home.
 

 
We’d like to clear up any misconstrued words that have been lost in translation. Magnuson Superchargers makes a great product and they have wonderful customer service. They always took care of us, and made sure we were ready for war. The decision to go turbo was a group decision. We are hoping to make more reliable power with less abuse to the engine. And you better believe that Crick’s TVS2300 is staying in the family! It’ll either find it’s home on a 67′ Nova or a 67′ Camaro amongst the team.
 
Keep an eye out for Part 2!

Photographer Spotlight: Kingsley Hurley

After publishing our 1 on 1 with photographer Harry Chriest last month, we received a lot of praise for recognizing some of the local media personnel, which has led us to showcase photographers and their work throughout the year in our new ‘Photographer Spotlight’ series.
 
Our 2nd installment to the Photographer Spotlight goes to Kingsley Hurley / Instagram: @visualsofkings . Kingsley has been a name brought up more than on one occasion for not only his motorsports work, but also portrait, landscape, and other action sport visuals. Kingsley’s work is on a broad spectrum, which makes him an intriguing artist to follow. One day you may see a 1000hp drift car shredding tires up turn 2 at Sonoma Raceway, and the next day you may see a beautiful model being one with nature and all of its beauty. His artwork behind the camera is unparalleled, and we are always privileged to receive his work in our inbox!
 
Here is TBTM with Kingsley Hurley!
 

1: What brand/model camera do you shoot with?

I shoot with a Nikon D5200, in intermediate beginners camera but I have a couple $1k plus lenses that have helped me bring up the quality of my images to hold me over this last year. I’m actually buying a Nikon D750 in a couple weeks so I can take my business to the next level.
 

 

2: How long have you had photography as a hobby and/or job?
Well I started with film photography back in high school after I blew my knee out snowboarding. After about a year I ended up being the person in front of a camera more then behind one because I had got into BMX to strengthen my knee. Then life happened and about three and half years ago I got back into photography as a hobby. And a year later I was doing paid shoots for families. So for the last two years I’ve been growing my business slowly because I have a full time job to pay the bills but it has been coming along. I’m a regular photographer for some Wine Country Events in Sonoma and I’ve had 4 published shoots including a paid shoot for the Auto Meter catalog cover with Old Smokey F1 which was a really great opportunity.

 

 

3: What are your favorite types of events to shoot and why?
 Events, I would have to say drift. It’s laid back and fun and a great way to see cars that you don’t see often.

 

 

4: How long have you been shooting Sonoma Drift events?
Well this October marks 2 years for shooting regularly out at Sonoma Raceway for WND. When I first started going out there and shooting I noticed the regular photographers out there and I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes. So the first year I mainly focused on doing heavy toned out “Instagram” edits of drift cars. I was also doing those edits to give the drivers something different then what the other photographers were doing from what I saw. After shooting out at Sonoma for a full year and people recognizing those edits and knowing who I was I started doing more standard or “magazine” edits to show more of what I can do.

 

 

5: Do you have a favorite event that you look forward to going to every year? Not necessarily to shoot, but just to attend?
No not really, I’m too busy. But this last year I went up to Bash to the Future 5 in Medofrd Oregon to shoot photos for just a day and that was rad. I liked being able to basically get right up on the track and get in spots for photos no other event will let you do for safety reasons. And I get it but I’m used to putting myself in harry spots with some of my other hobbies so the adrenaline junky in me likes shooting that event and will definitely be back this year.

 

 

6: Since we know you through the drifting demographic…If you had the opportunity to build whatever drift car you wanted; what would it be and what engine would power it?
That’s a tough one.. I’d probably have an old Datsun 240 or 280z with a 1jz so I could daily drive it and slide it.

 

 

Kingsley’s Social Media:
Facebook: Kingsley Hurley
Instagram: @visualsofkings
 
Without the media personnel at these events we all attend…there would be no material for us to reminisce on. Photographers and videographers not only build their own memories when they shoot an event, but they build our memories; the drivers’ memories. We want to take this time to not only thank Harry for his hard work, but ALL of you out there that scan the track for that perfect angle, stand in the blistering heat or frigid cold weather for hours, and endure the tire smoke we throw at you just to get that 1 shot…that 1 story…that 1 memory. You all deserve credit! Thank you.

What goes up…must Double-Down!

Feeding and grooming horses, firing up the tractor, and tilling the garden are just some of the many responsibilities Crystal handles at her back-country home, which has been dubbed ‘Hooks Farm at Sweetwater’. Deep in the back of her property stands a shop that houses her two S13 coupe chassis’; one of which is her play-around SR20 powered car, and the other being a Formula D prepped chassis awaiting her new LS3! Both of which have been collecting dust this year since Crystal’s priorities were focused around her newly purchased and first home, but this weekend that would all change. Crystal is back in the driver seat to try out her newly installed Garrett GTX2867R turbo / Tial Sport BOV combo, along with giving her livery a little twist…Say hello to Crystal Hooks!
 

 
For the past couple of months we have been coordinating with Crystal in regards to some changes she had planned. Wheels, logo, performance upgrades etc. were all taken into consideration. XXR Wheels supplied Crystal with this trendy set of 557’s in their flat black / bronze finish that surely pops on her vibrant purple wrap. Crystal runs a squared setup (17×8 +15) all around. We want to thank XXR Wheels for rushing this order to her within just a few days in order to make the deadline of her event. You guys are the best! The wheels look great don’t they?!
 

 
Next was her logo…As the team begins to individualize themselves, and focus on their own visions and desires their cars become more personal; thus making their own signature logo a way to express themselves. Though their physical appearance may differ from one another, but they still withhold the common denominator of representing the name that brings them together ‘Burn The Most’. Crystal’s analogy behind her logo in her words are, “I feel that we are a tribe, and I’m a woman warrior amongst all men. The symbolization of the burning hand represents a bad investment that you will never get a return on, which is basically the definition of a race car.” Personally, I thought this was very fitting to Crystal’s personality and encouraged the idea. It’ll be great to see what this concept can grow into in later seasons. 
 

 
After fulfilling all that was needed to be done prior to race day…it was off to the races! Crystal attended the Fall Double-Down 2017 event in Cordele, GA. There were some issues throughout the day (over heating), but it wouldn’t stop her from having a good time. Crystal and her team worked together to make the car drivable for the event, and took advantage of the weather to take some nice still pictures for us to share with you. Her car is now in a solid state and ready to begin the next chapter in the TBTM book of surprises.
 

 
TBTM would like to thank all involved with Crystal’s journey to this event. It was great to see her back in the driver seat and most importantly; having fun. We’d also like to thank Korbyn Ketchledge for supplying us with all of the media you see in this post. We appreciate it Korbyn!
 

 
We have something very special we are working on that involves the team. We can’t wait to share it with all of you!
 
Crystal’s Partners:
Canton Racing Products
Gates Belts
Phenix Industries
Stance USA
TF Works
Tial Sport
XXR Wheels

Photographer Spotlight: KINGS Photography

Being heavily active in the Sonoma Raceway’s Wednesday Night Drift program leads us to some really fantastic and energetic supporters. Along with the loud screaming fans lined up on the walls, there are those that are rarely seen because they’re hiding behind their camera lens documenting each and every Wednesday night in order to share their experience with others. One photographer in particular that has stood out to us the past few years has been Harry Chriest. Harry’s loud and color popping edits always capture our attention, and leave me anxious to post. We had the chance to catch up with Harry and ask him just a few questions regarding his photography hobby and his love for drifting. Take a look!
 
What brand/model camera do you shoot with?
I work with a Nikon D7200 with a few lenses. Hoping to upgrade soon to the Nikon D850 so my work will be even better.
 

 
How long have you been into photography?
I have been a photographer for 3 years.
 

 
Have you always shot motorsports or are there other subjects you like to shoot?
I have always shot motorsports. Nothing beats motorsports photography.
 

 
You say nothing nothing beats motorsports…what is your favorite form of motorsports?
My favorite form of motorsports would have to be drifting. I have been a fan all my life and has been my dream to go pro one day. I do like other motorsports as well but there is just something about drifting that gets my full attention.
 

 
Since we know you through the drifting demographic…If you had the opportunity to build whatever drift car you wanted; what would it be and what engine would power it?
If I had the opportunity to build a drift car it would have to be a Nissan Silvia S15 with a 2JZ twin turbo set up. I would say i’d want it with a LS7 in it but nothing can beat the beautiful sound of 2JZ. I would try to get at least a 1,000hp out of it
 

 
What is your favorite track to shoot at?
My favorite track to shoot at is Sonoma Raceway. I never shot at another track, but hoping I will soon.
 

 
How long have you been shooting at Sonoma Drift?
Since 2014.
 

 
What keeps you coming back?
The thing that keeps me coming back is how crazy it can get. It’s the moment when someone comes at you at about 50mph doing a wall-ride and the only thing in between us is a wall. It gets my heart pumping like crazy and I just love it!
 

 
What would be your ‘dream’ event to attend/shoot and why?
My dream event to shoot would definitely have to be Formula Drift. I used to always go to the one they had at Sonoma Raceway, but unfortunately they stopped doing it at that track. I would love to shoot at a Formula Drift event because it has been a long time since I went to one and the new drivers are just ridiculously good. I couldn’t imagine what kind of photos or videos I could get from a Formula Drift event. I’m sure they would be great though.
 

 
Harry’s Social Media:
Facebook: Harry Chriest
Instagram: @kingofswing_hoonigan
 
Without the media personnel at these events we all attend…there would be no material for us to reminisce on. Photographers and videographers not only build their own memories when they shoot an event, but they build our memories; the drivers’ memories. We want to take this time to not only thank Harry for his hard work, but ALL of you out there that scan the track for that perfect angle, stand in the blistering heat or frigid cold weather for hours, and endure the tire smoke we throw at you just to get that 1 shot…that 1 story…that 1 memory. You all deserve credit! Thank you.

FD Texas 2017-The Rise and Fall

1,695 miles. That is the distance from our city of Vallejo, CA to the home of the world’s largest TV and last round for PRO2…Texas Motor Speedway. Touching back on our PRO2 journey to Texas in 2015; we came close to qualifying, but would end up falling short due to suspension alignment issues. That was the first year Crick had the newly introduced WiseFab angle kit on his car. Since then he has adapted to this new steering + tons of other changes we made to the S13 chassis.
 
With 2 consecutive qualifying rounds and consistent growth with the car; Crick had high expectations for himself and his team going into Round 4 at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
Thursday (Practice/Qualifying):
I wish I could tell you that there would be a paragraph following this titled; ‘Friday (Competition), but unfortunately Thursday was it for TBTM.
 
11:25am: Aaron and Robert finished prepping the car, and packed up the support vehicle to follow Crick out onto the track. 1st set of tires: Crick lays down what already looks like it could be a qualifying run, but comes in seeking some alignment adjustments. After the request was filled by Aaron, Crick lined back up on grid and laid down yet another solid run. 2nd set of tires: We asked a friend in the stands the speed Crick was clocked at through one of the last clipping points…It came with no surprise after watching the field that he was 7mph faster than his competitors. Crick pulled into the pits feeling confident, feeling good, and knew this would be the event we were waiting for. 3rd set of tires: Crick pedals his 740whp S13 down the straight-away, initiates into the first turn, no boost…A belt? another jackshaft? We don’t know. Crick pulls back into the pit and the team yanks the hood. Everything is where it’s supposed to be and looks how it is supposed to look. We pull the front belt and spin the supercharger to find the culprit; the supercharger broke internally.
 
Blood was boiling and tension rose. Robert called his rep at Magnuson in hopes of receiving some (ASAP) assistance while Aaron and Crick went to the pits to see if anyone had a spare supercharger. Savior!!! Gale and Alec H. had a brand new spare, all we needed was approval from Magnuson that they’d replace theirs if we used it. By this time it was around 12:30pm; leaving us with 1 hour to uninstall and reinstall a supercharger before qualifying at 1:30pm. Approval was granted and relayed to Gale, Robert called Aaron to give him the green-light to start uninstalling our supercharger. 15min into the disassembly of both Crick’s supercharger and Alec’s we get a call saying there was a misunderstanding. Unfortunately the needs could not be met (logistically) so we had to return their supercharger, and forfeit ourselves from the competition early. We still want to give Alec and Gale a huge shoutout for their generosity for even entertaining the idea of letting us use their spare. We can’t thank your team enough!
 
Friday:
The remainder of the trip Crick and his team set out to see what Texas had to offer. With BBQ on the menu everyday, we looked for the best The Lone Star state was serving. Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ came up repeatedly so after a less than successful day trying to ‘noodle’ or ‘hillbilly hand fishing’ we stopped by Billy’s just to find a sign that said, “Sold out of food. Come back tomorrow for the best bbq.” Naturally we didn’t take that for an answer. Robert went into the restaurant to find Billy and a young lady cleaning up for the day. Robert asked if the sign was true and without hesitation, Billy responded, “Yes. We sold out at 4pm and opened at 11am. Try coming back tomorrow.” Robert explained to Billy that the team had traveled a long distance and were leaving the next day in hopes of receiving some famous BBQ. Billy had just enough ribs left over to feed our team of 5 and treat us with that signature southern hospitality. The team got to visit and get to know Billy while we were there, and setup a future visit for next year’s trip! Before leaving we had the pleasure of taking a group picture in front of his restaurant. We are all still talking about those damn ribs today! If you’re reading this Billy…WE ARE COMING BACK!
 

 
Though this trip didn’t go how we foresaw it, we still made the best of it and built more memories with our friends. TBTM will be back for you Texas and we won’t be leaving without a trophy! Each trip is filmed and edited with the help of our friend Shane Jaskolski. Now check out this footage!
 

 
Partners:
Aeromotive
Canton Racing Products
CorteX Racing
Fitzgerald Glider Kits
Gates Auto
Magnuson Superchargers
Manley Performance
Phenix Industries
Sparco
Spec Clutch
Stance USA
TF Works
Wright Wraps
XXR Wheels

TBTM unites with Gates Auto


 
Without easing into anything we want to acknowledge and announce the partnership recently made between TBTM and Gates! Shortly before Formula Drift Seattle, some representatives at Gates got word of our issue with breaking Crick’s serpentine belt off of the front of his Magnuson Supercharger. Soon after a proper introduction and breakdown of our program the partnership was born, but not just for Crick…the entirety of TBTM!
 

 

Whether it’s for a car, truck, bus, boat, motorcycle or whatever motorized equipment you may have; Gates has you covered with the highest quality belts. If you have a performance race car you may want to take a glance at their Gates RPM line that can be found here.

 

 

Gates RPM (Racing Performance Muscle) belts are for the drivers/riders focused on winning! They specially-engineered to deliver optimum boost from forced induction engines, these belts feature the most advanced technology:
 
› Nylon-fiber reinforced undercord
› High-modulus, low stretch aramid cord
› Advanced, exact-fit precision-ground belt profile
› Strict OEM dimension specifications
› Two layers of adhesion for increased durability
 
These features result in lower heat, noise, vibration and belt slip, for increased durability, improved power transmission and unsurpassed boost. Stock up on Gates RPM High Performance Serpentine Belts today and deliver the ultimate in performance for your customers.
 

 
We want to thank the Gates team for diving right into our program and sparing no time to have the team outfitted in their gear and race products. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings TBTM with Gates on our side!
 

Formula Drift Evergreen 2017 Recap

To re-cap on our previous experience with Evergreen Speedway; in 2015 we showed up short of sleep, short patience and short of a proper working vehicle due to our shortened build time of 6 days. The team knew they had to reintroduce themselves to the fans of Washington come 2017…

 

Since Atlanta a lot has changed on Crick’s PRO2 S13; Immediately after we returned from the Southeast we placed our order with Dave at Stance USA for our custom XR3 coilovers and also installed/tuned our Nick William’s throttle body. We used the lengthy time between Atlanta and Washington to test as frequent as possible at our home track Sonoma Raceway on Wednesday Night Drift events. During this testing the only mishap we ran into was breaking the carbon fiber jackshaft on the Magnuson Supercharger and along with that; breaking the front belt, and bending the tensioner. Magnuson was quick to send replacements before the team headed up the West Coast to Monroe, Washington.

 

 

The team headed up 2 days prior to the event at Evergreen so we wouldn’t be pressed for time, and it was a good thing we did! TBTM took a small detour and had the pleasure of stopping at Tamolitch Blue Pool/McKenzie River in Oregon where we hiked in about 40min to see this beautiful pool filled with vibrant blue, 37 degree glacier water. Everyone went for a dip to cool off from the 100+ degree weather, and even our good friend/videographer Shane jumped from the cliff which was about 30ft up. After a couple hours spent at this majestic location it was back to business. Time to hit the road!

 

 

15 hours of travel time later we finally arrived at our friend’s house located about 10min down the road from Evergreen Speedway. The team got their much needed rest and prepared themselves for the next day’s practice/qualifying.

 

Thursday 8/3…Practice/Qualifying Day!
TBTM arrived at the track and immediately dropped all 16 XXR 527 Forged wheels to the Nexen Tires truck where they’d mount half of our ordered 30 N’Fera SUR4’s for the weekend. Shout out to Fitzgerald Glider Kits with the means to fund our much needed rubber for this event, we couldn’t have done it without you! The team also took the morning’s downtime to replace the front accessory belt with the newly supplied Gates RPM belt that was sent to us just days before the event. Thank you Gates for coming on-board the TBTM program!

 

 

 

Crick set out on his first practice run of the day and did not cease to amaze. He linked the track in style and at a good pace. We knew this was a great foundation to work with in hopes of qualifying high. The only thing Crick wanted to fix was the wear pattern on the outside tire. Crick and TBTM mechanic Aaron H. communicated well and would make little adjustments after each practice session (1 set of rear tires) which would soon even out the wear to get us the maximum amount of rubber needed to run this course back to back. Once the tire wear was sorted it came down to suspension adjustment. Crick and Robert communicated with Dave of Stance USA via phone call since he wasn’t at the event, and worked together to make the necessary changes so that the car could get faster after the banked turn to conquer the infield more fluently. Dave’s consulting was a huge asset to the team’s success this weekend, and we are eager to work with him more and more and the season progresses.

 

 

It shortly came time to qualify…Crick was the 5th driver up right after our local NorCal brethren Donovan Brockway. Crick put down a solid 74 point run for his 1st pass and a 78 on his 2nd pass. The 78 score would end up being a 5-way tie between other drivers, and would place Crick in 9th overall qualifying position that would match him against Brandon Schmidt in the Top 16 battle.

 

 

Friday 8/4: Competition day!
The team slept in being that the driver’s meeting wasn’t until 3pm so we made sure everyone was well rested and fed properly (thank you Tiffany Filippi for making sure we had food in our bellies) before a long evening at the track. The car showed us it was solid for competition with how well Crick was driving and how much he progressed after each run throughout Thursday. We knew the belts on the supercharger were still good, but still changed them before competition just as a precaution. With 16 tires left for practice and competition; Robert set aside 2 sets for practice and the remainder for comp to accommodate 2 (one more time) situations. Crick and Brandon were set to be the 2nd battle of the night and lined up after D. Stratton and his opponent. Brandon would take lead first as Crick would chase. Immediately after initiation into the bank we knew something was wrong. Crick fell back considerably, but still maintained momentum to make his way through the course. As soon as Crick pulled into the hot-pit he threw hand gestures that signified the blower belt breaking, which led to the team calling a 5 minute technical time-out. Kevin Wells made his way over to the pit where Aaron and Robert got the tools ready for the belt swap. 3…2…1 GO! the hood pins fly off, hood off, and instantly we see it wasn’t the belt…the carbon fiber jackshaft broke yet again. Without a spare shaft to swap, Crick gave Kevin a high-five and told him, “We are done!”.

 

 

Yes; this was not the way we wanted to go out, but we had a lot of solid driving that made a valuable impression to not only the rest of the field, but to the fans and partners of TBTM. Once we fix these weak points in our system we know that Crick will be able to pilot this car with confidence that all of the equipment can put up with whatever we throw at it! Thank you all who came out to show support! We also want to acknowledge our NorCal brethren Donovan Brockway and his accomplishment of making it to Top 8! You rock brotha!

 

Check out the event recap video Shane Jaskolski put together as he road with us throughout this journey! Subscribe to his youtube channel too:

 

Photo Credit:
David Karey
Lael Visual

 
Partners:
Aeromotive
Canton Racing Products
CorteX Racing
Fitzgerald Glider Kits
Gates Auto
Magnuson Superchargers
Manley Performance
Phenix Industries
Sparco
Spec Clutch
Stance USA
TF Works
Wright Wraps
XXR Wheels

TBTM GC8 SS Feature! ‘The Ljuba-ru’

We will leave this short n sweet…Team manager of TBTM; Robert Ljuba has been building this Subaru…Ford…Custom….well whatever you want to call it for about 7 years. After this long grueling road it has come to this; A feature in the October issue of Super Street Magazine! Shouts to Patrick Lauder for the artistry behind the camera.
 
http://www.superstreetonline.com/features/1707-1995-subaru-impreza-l-the-ljuba-ru/
 

Crick Filippi x Fitzgerald Glider Kits

We have to acknowledge our friends Fitzgerald Glider Kits for being the real MVP’s of our PRO2 Road Atlanta journey as well as continuing their partnership with Crick for the remainder of the 2017 season. If it wasn’t for you this wouldn’t have been possible. Your act of selflessness goes unmatched and has us speechless still. We’d like to take this time to announce the partnership established between TBTM’s Crick Filippi and Fitzgerald Glider Kits. We hope to make you proud with every step of our success and journey throughout motorsports. You are family.
 
If you are not familiar with Fitzgerald and their line of work here is a brief ‘about us’:
 

Fitzgerald Glider Kits is North America’s number one Glider Kit assembler. In 1989, the Fitzgerald family recognized a need in the transportation industry for a quality built Glider, and with already over 10 years experience running a trucking company, they rolled their first Glider Kit out of their one bay garage. The goal was to build a truck that was easy to service, capable of getting better fuel mileage, and extremely reliable.

 

25 years later, they continue to produce one of the most reliable trucks on the road that can easily be maintained and worked on if needed. Click here to learn more about Fitzgerald Glider Kits.

 
Photography Credit: David Karey