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Import Face-Off Bakersfield 2017

IFO’s drag season officially kicks off

Matt "Rodrez" Rodriguez
Mar 2, 2017
Photographer: Jimmy Nguyen

If you’re not actively involved in the sport compact drag racing community, or rarely keep tabs on current happenings, you probably think the sport is long gone – and you couldn’t be any more incorrect. A movement that not only established the import enthusiast presence in the U.S. in its early days, drag racing has remained a staple in both performance development and culture, even if your Instagram feed tells you otherwise.

February 26th marked the opening day of the largest import drag race and car show series in the west: Import Face-Off. With over 15 years under their belt, the IFO crew’s schedule remains consistent, and year after year drivers continue to take part, many of them piloting Honda/Acura chassis.

Throughout the day blue skies were met with a slathering of grey, and while clouds threatened, Mother Nature managed to cooperate enough to allow the event to run the length of the day. With temperatures hovering around 60 degrees, ETs were impressive – in fact, the SFWD times proved to be a force, inching closer to Pro Outlaw territory. With a full season in front of them, teams gathered data to make the necessary changes to come back even stronger next round.

Where is IFO landing next? Keep tabs on its Facebook page.

Sipes bros prep Photo 2/32   |   Sipes Bros Prep
Sipes bros civic blox sfwd Photo 3/32   |   Sipes Bros Civic Blox Sfwd

The Sipes Bros decided to pick up and drive 16 hours to Bakersfield in order to debut their Blox-sponsored SFWD Civic and clicked off a personal best of 8.29 seconds at 179mph to earn the win. If the name sounds familiar but you can’t quite place it, you might remember their all-motor monster featured back in 2013.

Raceworz dc5 rsx Photo 4/32   |   Raceworz Dc5 Rsx

Marshall Angel’s boosted ’02 Type-S (and SS feature car) was displayed in the Raceworz booth.

Speedfactory outlaw class civic Photo 5/32   |   Speedfactory Outlaw Class Civic

Even if you don’t follow any sort of Honda drag racing, you undoubtedly know about this car. It’s the one that shuts up the anti-Honda crowd faster than any other. Speedfactory’s James Kempf continued his barrage of passes that, over the past few years, fans have almost come to expect. It was a strong 8.03 @198.79 at Bakersfield that earned their Outlaw Class win. Their Civic EH also appeared in Honda Tuning magazine back in 2012.

F2k swap integra Photo 6/32   |   F2k Swap Integra

Beautiful Myers Comp header mounted to an F-series head.

Integra da burnout Photo 7/32   |   Integra Da Burnout

In the mid ‘90s, 2nd gen Integras were everywhere on race day; today however they’re few and far between. That makes cars like this blue DA, and this DB2 we featured recently, that much cooler to see on track!

Tb motorworx integra Photo 8/32   |   Tb Motorworx Integra

Once upon a time TB Motorworx was the B-series underdog. Surrounded by K-power in the All-Motor Class, he made his way with a tall deck B-series. Since then, he’s moved on to a J-series set up in his Integra. Here’s a look back at his HT feature.

Hush star civic ed Photo 9/32   |   Hush Star Civic Ed

Hush Performance was on hand and brought out Arturo Parker’s awesome Civic ED. We originally spotted this turbo, B-series powered hatch during SEMA ’16, which you can see here.

By Matt "Rodrez" Rodriguez
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