It may seem like we live the luxurious life because we get to travel all the time. But not so much if you see some of the dumps Primedia puts us up in. So when we had a chance to tag along with the Slipstream guys to the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico, we said hell yeah with no questions asked. Seriously. We barely had an itinerary when we got to LAX. Buthey, you only live once.
With guest appearances from Kenny Tran and Steph Papadakis, the Texaco Cayman Islands International Auto Show was on track to be the biggest automotive event ever to hit the island. But who would have thought a few days of rain would flood the venue, causing a cancellation? No worries though, because we're innovative and can always come up with something to do, legal or not. We were in the Grand Caymans, after all. How could we not set up an off-shore account to stash our cool $50 paychecks? When the rain died down, we headed down to Tony's Toys, which does everything from importing Skylines from Japan to building full-on racecars to slanging Super Street magazines. Can't be mad at that. Then it was off to some industrial park where the True JDM Island Fanatiks crew and a bunch of other locals joined us to have a mini car show and to watch Steph give some drift demos. As the night grew closer, we trekked to what seemed like a deserted road in the jungle for some street racing, old school style. Oh, and the cops didn't sweat us one bit while we were there. Of course, we had to hit the local clubs like O Bar. And our only souvenir was some rare island illness that lasted for over a month.
What can we say except that we brought the rain with us again? Three full days of motorsports on an island known for its beautiful big bootied women is good, but the transvestite prostitutes were all bad. We'd write a reggaeton-style song about it, but we don't nearly roll with enough bling or hot mamacitas. The Furious Wheels Drag & Drift Edition event was the first time that Puerto Rico has seen a live drifting event. Sure, they're a force to be reckoned with down the 1320 drag strip, but the fans have yet to devour a lunch combo of tire rubber, dirt, and random debris being kicked off the rear wheels of an SR20-powered 240SX. With the likes of Alex Pfeifer, Ben Schwartz, Casper Canul, and Chris Forsberg on hand, spectators were lining up to get their first look at the stunt-like drift show from Formula D. As with any event like this, cars start having problems. But ex-Primedian Gary Castillo and the Red Star Racing staff were on hand to get the cars back into running order. We don't bet, except on the Washington Generals, but we're willing to throw down some major coin that this isn't the last time drifting is going to hit Puerto Rico.