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Once again, we had the opportunity to conduct another of our Drift 101 lesson for a bunch of enthusiastic Singaporeans. Held at the Nusajaya Drift track in Johore, this solid 8 hour intensive course saw our students drifting effortlessly by the end of the day. As much as we love to get all the credit for this, we have to mention that this particular bunch is by far the most talented that we have ever encountered !!!
Cheaka and I had the pleasure of teaching the a group of Singaporean the art of drifting in Nusa Jaya Johore last weekend. We rounded the ‘usual suspects’ of cars and trailed them down south for the one day lesson .
In attendance were also a mother and son team, Roslyn and Ben whom I had the pleasure of meeting ealier during the Formula Drift roadshow in Singapore last month.15 year old Ben is our youngest student to date ,whom by the end of the day even managed to impress Heng from Drift Garage with his newly acquired drifting skills!
Definately a talented bunch of people who I hope will take the sport seriously in the near future!!
Held at the Goodyear Malaysia headquarters in Shah Alam, the Advance Tech Inspection had the vehicles of the Malaysian drift teams thoroughly examined for the up coming Formula Drift Singapore PRO/AM series coming this early July. Conducted by trained and certified Formula Drift inspectors, Ricky Lin and Benjamin Khoo , the vehicles were made sure to meet the stringent technical and safety requirements as specified by Formula DRIFT Holdings LLC. This was in line of Goodyear’s goal of elevating the standards of drifting in Malaysia to international levels through it support and collaboration in this event !
The light showers night before made the weather was nice and cool
Tengku Djan was eager to get the his cars inspected that he came an hour early to be first in line!
Benjamin and Ricky at work
A number of the press were present that day and were given a brief overview of the event and which also highlighted the importance of the technical inspection that was being held that day.
Marketing Director K.T. Law giving an introduction of the Advance Tech Inspection
Marcus Lim , GM of Binter Co Pte Ltd, giving a brief overview of the Formula Drift Pro/Am series
Ricky Lin explaining the steps and procedure done during the technical inspection
While Benjamin Khoo ( Black shirt with red trimming) looks on. Seen here also is the multitasking Puay Ling (right) taking the role of a photographer too
Yoong’s pristine ride had the photographers buzzing with excitment
Fento D’s , Loyai showing off his new colors..
Cheaka and I were invited down to Singapore once again for the Formula Drift Singapore media day held at the actual site at the Changi exhibition center. Both of us had recently had some work done on our car, so we found it to be the perfect opportunity to test them on this trip. We decided to bring Leong along this time , just in case something happen though. We arrived at midnight on that day and once again were put up a night that the lovely Hotel RE. This time courtesy of ESPN Singapore. They were informed that there will be three of us going down this time, and so the thoughtful people in ESPN gave us a suite!!
Marcus came over the next morning and brought us to one of his Goodyear Tyre shops down town . He promptly had our cars fitted with fresh sets of Goodyear Eagle Rev Specs and a couple of pairs more each as spares. Thanks Marcus 🙂
We arrived at the exhibition center at 11 am and got around at setting up a simple course for the demo and taxi ride we were doing.
Leong tightening some bolts
Ivan dialing in some more opposite lock 🙂
We did interviews and demo/taxi rides for a number of different TV stations and Tv programs . Cheaka also did a basic drift lesson with the Channel News Asia’s host which was aired a few days later.
The Goodyear Eagle Rev Spec tires performed marvellously on the hot and grippy Changi Exhibition tarmac
After the event we had dinner with an old friend and former sponsor ,Patrick and wife Jacinda from Imperial concepts. Its been ages since we last saw him as he is constantly overseas but it refreshing to find out he is the same jovial person as before!
We had a good night’s sleep before making our way back to KL the next day.
Cheaka and I were invited by Goodyear Singapore to participate in their Formula Drift Singapore road show held at the Shaw Towers on Orchard road on the 13th June 2009. Since they wanted to use Cheaka’s 180sx for their ‘Design the Formula Drift car decal’ competition , I decided to bring the panda AE86 along as a precaution, as the 180sx was still in amidst of running in its’ freshly built engine. . We drove down a day earlier ,which went smoothly, till we reached the 2nd Link exit when suddenly I heard a loud clank followed by what sounds like something bouncing off beneath the petrol tank and off the back of the AE86. The car then started to make loud metallic noises whenever it went over bumps at the rear which I casually thought was just the exhaust hitting the under carriage due to a broken or loose mounting. However the car felt unsettled every time I turned which indicated something much more serious. We promptly stop by the road to take a closer look but couldn’t seem to find the cause ( the fact that it was raining didn’t make it easier). So we decided to drive at ‘limp mode’ all the way through the border and into Singapore. Thankfully we arrived safely to the hotel; The nice people at Goodyear Singapore had put us up in the arty yet comfy Hotel RE which so happens to be the official hotel for the Singapore’s Formula Drift leg this July 4th 2009
Early next morning, we were greeted by, a sleepy looking, Ivan Lim and his buddy ,Ben, They both led us to the Shaw Towers where the crew were busily in admist of set up.
Located right on the sidewalk in front of Shaw Towers off Orchard Road
Cheaka finds the right spot to park her car..
Adam(black tank top) ,who is also a drifter,was commission to do all the stickers and Jason from Pit Crew ( with T shirt )
Marcus from Binter, the person responsible for bringing Formula Drift into this region
Since it was still early and we were only suppose to be there at 12pm. We decided to grab a quick bite for breakfast at a Mamak restaurant
We then proceeded to Ben’s place while waiting for Ivan to freshen up a few houses down the road
Ben showing us his uber high tech multiple screened gaming console in his bedroom..He has tons of gaming memorabilia which includes a life sized Final Fantasy sword!! This dude will be getting a drift Supra shipped to Singapore pretty soon!
When we arrived back at Shaw Towers at noon the place was already set up with all the cars nicely positioned and the display booth and buntings erected . The following are some of the photos of the activities that took place that day
Tommy getting a member of the public to fill out a questionnaire , with Regina ( white skirt) in the background
Tommy working his charms again
Ian, Ivan and Ben showing me the different examples of the typical Singaporean postures while lepaking on Orchard road
Nick, the MC of the day, interviewing Cheaka and I
Ivan with his female fan
Ivan with more of his female fans
Contestants for the Design the car decal competition..
They had 20 minutes to cut out a design out of the colored sticker sheets given
One side per team
A crowd started to gather..
I was given the daunting task of judging the contest as both sides were equally as good
Winners of the first competition that day..
Ivan’s fans all the way from Thailand…I asked to be included in the picture 😛
The second group of contestants busy at work
The whole roadshow crew which consist of Binter, Pit Crew and Goodyear Singapore
When we got back to the hotel, I took a good look underneath the car and was shocked to find that the bolt the held the rear suspension strut to the axle had came off and was just hanging there!! We tried going around the shops to find a replacement bolt and bushing but were to no avail. Thankfully, the ever resourceful Ivan had tons of bolts and bushing at this house and was able to find one that fits. He even laid down on the road to help me fix it..For that I really owe him big time!!!.. thanks buddy!!
Soon after, Winston, a former drift student of ours came over with his extremely cool Porsche to hang out at the hotel parking lot
I really want one of those!!
...while Ben starts ‘Jay Chowing’
The night ended with supper at the Newton Circus food court before the leaving the next day.