EVENT COVERAGE: Street Driven Tour – Virginia International Raceway

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Drift conga line! Chris Forsberg, Vaughn Gittin Jr and Ryan Tuerck were at the event giving drift ride alongs. Can't say that I was not impressed, and amused, at seeing an M45 sideways with a full car load of helmeted passengers…lol. 

 

We weren't kidding when we said there was drift-soccer! Cars would enter the penalty goal area and the object of the game was to use the right rear of the car to “kick” the ball in. You can see in the background a spec-Miata racer making its way through the back section of the track. Not many places you can enjoy this kind of motorsport variety.

 

In all honesty not many goals were scored, but that's no different than a real soccer game. Right? It was super entertaining to watch though. I found myself cheering for the goals and feeling disappointed at the close attempts.

 

With all the drifting demos, drift games and burn out contests, the mobile tire changing station had no shortage of customers. 

 

Road racing and drifting not your thing? No problem! The east coast chapter of NASA Rally Sport was also holding a regional event during the Street Driven Tour. I've personally never tried rally, and after watching these guys go at it I don't think I want to. At least not in my own car. These builds take a beating! One rally event has got to be the equivilant of MPTCC season. The suspensions and chassis are definitely put through their paces…and then some.

 

The team at Taggart Autosport had a couple of their custom Local Motors Rally Fighters on display and were also giving ride alongs! These purpose built rally machines are powered by a 6.2 liter LS3 and used to only come with an automatic transmission. Taggart Autosport now offers their own custom version with a manual trans. If you're in the market for one of these six-figure toys, the Taggart Autosport group is a good place to start.

 

Obligatory SE-R pic! 😉

 

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