For many, just a few years ago adding any sort of forced induction to your car was an unlikely upgrade. Nobody knows this better than Honeywell Garrett, who has been in the turbo game since the '50s when they made America's first turbocharged vehicle, a Caterpillar D9 tractor. A few years later they boosted the world's first production car in the Oldsmobile Jetfire Rocket. Of course, now with better technology, it's relatively easy to turbocharge virtually any car, so in celebration of boost and force-fed motorsports alike, Garret hosted its annual Boost Fest event at Willow Springs International Raceway.
How do you celebrate boost? You take equal parts Time Attack and drifting, sprinkle in some good vibes and good people, and there you have the recipe for an awesome event. If racing against the clock is your thing, Global Time Attack hosted a Pro-Am round at Streets of Willow. If you prefer going sideways, the Just Drift guys shredded tires at Horse Thief, and if that track is a bit too intense, Drift 101 held a drifting school and gave some sweet seat time to newcomers. Dai Yoshihara rolled through with his Formula D Subaru BRZ, fresh with Kei Miura's Pandem kit, as well as the Spoon Sports USA center-drive FD2 Honda Civic.
It's remarkable to think that even Honda, the kings of naturally aspirated engines, have turned to forced induction for production vehicles. The future looks bright for turbos; whether it's for motorsports purposes or our daily commute, boost is life.