Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Just Drift Open Session 2014 (w/video)
Subscribe to the Free

Just Drift Open Session 2014 (w/video)

Saturday sliding at Horse Thief Mile

Sean Russell
Feb 28, 2014
Videographer: Mark Lenardon

Just Drift Open Session Details:

  • Put on by Just Drift org.
  • Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs Raceway, CA
  • Coverage of Saturday open practice
  • Mike Essa and Ken Gushi in attendance

Video by @marklenardon

Sunshine, missile cars, HD cams and tire smoke rang in Just Drift’s 2014 season opener this past weekend. Horse Thief Mile, a canyon-like road course at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA, was the stage for the open session clinic; Saturday’s open practice brought out a range of cars and skill levels, with beginner/intermediate talents sticking to the simpler and neighboring Balcony course. We pinned our hopes to the hillside Horse Thief, enjoying a relaxing kick back of slide acoustics and dust-bathed rubber wafting in the air.

Just Drift Top Drift ProAm chill out Photo 2/36   |   Just Drift Top Drift Proam Chill Out

After a not-so-cold West Coast winter hiatus, drivers took the day to brush off the cobwebs and shake down their rear-wheel-drive rides. Plenty of offs and busted suspension components at Turn 5 – a downhill U-sweeper - marked the return to the track for many. Attendance was far from packed but core slide-heads showed up and let it rip in chaotic fashion.

Check out last year's Just Drift ASB: All Star Bash 2013 (w/vid)

Just Drift Top Drift ProAm train Photo 6/36   |   Just Drift Top Drift Proam Train

2013 Formula Drift champ, Michael Essa, arrived with his crew and a BMW missile while Ken Gushi stayed undercover in a beat SR-powered Corolla AE86. S-chassis drivers were many with the likes of Drive Energy Drink sponsored Matt Coffman, Vegas ProAm STR Racing George Kiriakopoulos and filmmaker/photog Will Roegge laying it down. The meeting marked a good time and the first of many events to come on this year’s Just Drift org. schedule.

Just Drift Top Drift ProAm Nissan S13 11 Photo 10/36   |   Just Drift Top Drift Proam Nissan S13 11

For those SoCal locals getting into slide fun, the Just Drift’s Top Drift ProAm series works as both a local club-type series and Formula Drift feeder for the select amateurs skilled enough to mix it up in the premiere class – FYI, Top Drift RD 1 is March 29 to 30 at Balcony in Rosamond, CA while Formula Drift RD 1 Long Beach occurs April 4-5th.

Just Drift Top Drift ProAm Nissan 350Z 02 Photo 14/36   |   Just Drift Top Drift Proam Nissan 350Z 02
Just Drift Top Drift ProAm Ken Gushi Photo 24/36   |   Just Drift Top Drift Proam Ken Gushi
Just Drift Top Drift ProAm Nissan S13 10 Photo 25/36   |   Just Drift Top Drift Proam Nissan S13 10
Just Drift Top Drift ProAm Mazda Miata Photo 35/36   |   Just Drift Top Drift Proam Mazda Miata
Just Drift Top Drift ProAm Photo 36/36   |   Just Drift Top Drift Proam
By Sean Russell
143 Articles



A walk on the wilder side of Osaka's biggest automotive event.
RodrezFeb 15, 2019
In advance of Round 1 on March 2nd, The Drift League held its Tech Day at MotoIQ headquarters to give drivers a chance to get competition vehicle scrutineering out of the way instead of doing it onsite at the opener
Bob HernandezFeb 13, 2019
There were Hondas on deck at Tokyo Auto Salon, but Osaka Auto Messe has a way of highlighting some of the older chassis—the classic chassis—the ones you and I love seeing built.
RodrezFeb 12, 2019
Sponsored Links