Happy New Year!

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

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Lone Star Drift: Round 5

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




Slammin’ Banana


The Stig


Iron Man?….



Big Wang

Smoked Out






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











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Holy Smokes! Drift Event

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



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


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


No kits or lips


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.




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Lone Star Drift Round 3

Finally another update! Well we made it to another event at GGP for Round 3 of the Lone Star Drift Series. We all are pretty busy with our everyday lives but we always try our best to make it to local events whether we are driving or just to show support.

We began the morning with usual gas station stop to top off gas and to see if we could get anything to eat. Plus take a few photos.


Battle Ready


The Bruised Banana


Rep Yo Set!

Justin didn’t drive the event because he has some master plan about this little car he thinks is going be like his S14 or something like that. Plus he sold his car haha.

My day ended when I let Chelsea Denofa drive my car and blow through my spares…FML. Not to mention letting Justin drive and getting my new lip run over. So i rode with Andrew for rest of the day and helping him out with tire changes.

At the event, Andrew pretty much killed it. His driving keeps getting better and better every time he goes to an event. Plus on top of that, he was driving with a car full of people!!!


Rolling DEEP


Imran showed up fashionability late but he did get this really cool picture of him AutoXing the course lol

So there you have it. A short and sweet update of Round 3 from Essence Garage. Since this was my first time posting, I’m going to try to continue posting to keep things fresh since there are some new things happening within the team so look forward to future posts.


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Holy Update Batman!!

Just realized that there hasn’t been any updates on the blog in months. Oooops. With work taking up so much time, we don’t get to play cars that often especially when you have to drive 15 min. just to work on it. I was waiting on 1 wheel to get repaired and 2 others to be delivered. Got some shitty tires mounted to do some test fitting. The fronts are spaced out to -10. Looks and fits real good but it needs a little more camber OR raise it up a smidge (sp?) to avoid rubbing. Rubbing is not racing in this case. The brakes look cool with the Weds. The rear, well, needs a lot of work. The ride height is all wrong which means I can’t figure out a good tire size and offset. I can’t lower the car too much becuase it will scrape titanium exhaust on Houston streets. NOT GOOD! I need to figure out a good balance. The previous tires on the enkei’s were 274/40/18 NTO1 dot approved competition. At $275 a pop, I can’t afford to run those. We’ll figure something out! Here’s some pics I took.




Test fit the weds



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Top Secret VQ32. Truly Inspirational!

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