Well it happened again…not updating this blog like it needs to be, shame on us. Lets change that with a recap of our trip to Mineral Wells, Texas for the Mexican Standoff event!

So it began for me with driving all the way from Alabama since I recently moved there for work. The trip to Texas was 11 hours and over 750 miles one way, no trailer or truck. I drove the Z to the event and back. 

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It was good to see everyone when I got there. It was a long day of driving for myself to get to Texas and I was exhausted so we called it a night. We had to get ready for the next 2 days of driving anyways! The next morning we rolled out to Mineral Wells Airport for the first day of Mexican Standoff.

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First thing we had to do was to welcome out newest member Aaron but we all call him Pooter. He is driving an IS300 just like Andrew with similar setups and style with this being his first event.

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So the first day was fun with hard driving and tons of seat time. We didnt take a lot of pictures because we were trying to maximize out time on the track but Im sure they are floating somewhere on the internet. And I did manage to destroy my Veilside Lip :(

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After that, we chilled under the tent and cooled down. Thanks to _on3l3g for the photo!

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Break Time 

 

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I think Mayday Mikey has some pictures and videos that he will post them eventually, just wait for it.  Sy took some photos too, thanks! We gave Yokoi some stickers and a shirt so he can rep Essence Garage while he is competing in D1!

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Pooter was getting some points from Justin.

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So anyways, we all went out for mexican food after the first day and it was delicious. 

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After dinner, we ran around walmart and check out the “party” that was being thrown at the track. It didnt look too entertaining so we just headed back to the hotel for some good old fashion R&R.

The next morning we were ready to rip.

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We found Mikey passed out in his car as soon as we got to the track lol 

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Pooter was getting the hang of things by day 2!

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We drove again all day which was awesome. Andrew was killing it all weekend and later even got Yokoi to drive his car!

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There was a Team Tandem competition that Andrew and I  “competed” in but I suck at driving so we made it fun.

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We drove until the sun began to set into the horizon. It was a successful trip. That Monday morning, we all headed out on our separate ways back home. It was awesome to see my friends again, drive with them and make memories. 

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-Jimmy

Boxcar Racecar

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

This weekend I talked Andrew into finally installing his longtube headers on the Altezza. I finally had a open weekend from school so I went ahead and drove down to Andrew’s for the day. Once I got there, I had to do an oil change on my car and figured i would lower the front a little more since the front of the car was jacked up already. After I finished, it was Andrew’s turn to start tearing stuff up. Eventually Justin showed up to not help at all lol

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Removing the headers on the 2j was pretty easy and the install was fast. So fast that I didnt even get a chance to take pics haha

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Before

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After

Like I said, the install was very simple and fast. The only thing that was we didnt have were gaskets so we made some.

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When we finished and right before Andrew was going to start the car, Imran arrived with his brother to hear the beast come alive.

http://s905.beta.photobucket.com/user/NismoJimbo/media/20130209_180022_zpse213b87b.mp4.html

After getting cleaned up, we made a run to a local mexican restaurant so we celebrated with fajitas and cervezas on the  job well done.

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The night was spent just like any other night at Andrew’s house, watching Option Videos or Drift Tengoku videos. It started to get late so I just crashed at Andrew’s house while everyone else went home since I live further then anyone else. (Thanks again!) Woke up early to meet a guy for some Z parts and went home with a nice little stash of aero to end an awesome weekend.

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All in all it was a great weekend to see everyone and it felt good to get the wheel rolling for the upcoming season. Ideas are being passed around and its going to be an exciting year for Essence Garage!

- Jimmy

Lone Star Drift Series 2013

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Just announced, the first round of the Lone Star Drift series here in Texas now has a date! We cant wait for the season to begin!

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Happy New Year!

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe new year! See yall in 2013!

Lone Star Drift: Round 5

Posted: November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

A couple of weeks ago, the team headed down to La Marque, Texas for the final round of the Lone Star Drift series hosted by Fabricated Motorsports. For the first time in a long time, every driver of Essence Garage was drifting at the same event which was awesome to say the least. It would take too many words to describe how great the event and weekend was so we will let the pictures do the talking.

 

Early Morning Prep

 

#BLC

 

Slammin’ Banana

 

The Stig

 

Iron Man?….

#SAC

Nismo

Big Wang

Smoked Out

 

Zenki POWER

 

Angle

#BLC #GGC #SAC

We would like to thank all the photographers that did media coverage for this event!

http://southrnfresh.com/

http://propergarage.com/

http://www.whatthefitment.com/

http://www.strangerhythms.net/

http://www.facebook.com/autoessence

http://www.facebook.com/JaythanPhotography

 

 

 

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Holy Smokes! Drift Event

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

The gang decided to hit up a new drift event in Texas called Holy Smokes! at Texas World Speedway this past weekend. Even though Andrew was the only one that was going to be drifting, Imran and myself tagged along to see how this event would go. The night before and the morning of the event, the weather was nothing but rain. Brock White, the man behind the event, decided to close the event but let drivers that wanted to drive the course in the rain drive.

Not only was the track AWESOME but this event was surprisingly good with only a handful of drivers and not the best of weather. Andrew did very well and even got to tandem without a cage, which he KILLED IT on his following run for the 3rd place running. It was the best run of the competition and had everyone excited to see that kind of driving come out of nowhere. Unfortunately, on his lead run the clutch went out and was the cause of the 4th place finishing.

Overall the event was great and we cant wait until the weather is better and more people show up. I think that drifting at Texas World Speedway could be a premier avenue for drifting here in the Lone Star State.

Heading out

Rolling

Ganadores

The Arrival

Free Parking

This was pretty much the coolest thing ever. Free PADDOX for all drivers!! It was very unique to see this available for drivers at a drift event but something that would be very appreciative in the community. I had to take some cool shots with the new iOS6 Panorama feature.

Banana in the Paddox

The PADDOX

After a few laps, Andrew felt that he wasnt driving as well as he could because he was hungry, so we took a lunch break. Go to find out, he actually was looking air in one of his front tires and forgot to turn on his H.I.D.s lol

After lunch, Andrew swapped out tires and continued on his was of killing it on the track.

Imran the Spotter

When Andrew was finally allowed to have passengers, Imran and I decided to ride along but Imran forgot his helmet so he improvised…lol

3/4 of Essence Garage

At the end of the day, our friend Thien Ngo did a little photo shoot of The Bruised Banana and Andrew’s IS300

The Bruised Banana

Reppin’

No kits or lips

Essence

So after the event, Andrew invited us to come chill at the house and said that Justin would be joining us since he didn’t come to the event. We went to grab a bite at House of Kabob, where we met up with Justin. And whats not a good meal without dessert? Its not a good meal haha so we got some Italian ice cream at Poocomolo where we just chilled and let the food digest.

The whole gang!

After our ice cream raid, we went to Andrew’s house and hung-out. Doing the typical drifter stuff like car talk and Video Option D1 crashes haha. That night we decided to take the Lexus to our favorite place to eat…Taco Bell!!!

Wangan Run!!

The Last Dinner

And with that, we went our separate ways into the night after an excellent day of drifting, food and bros.

 

GONE

-Jimmy

Instagram Shoutout!

Posted: September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

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