Earlier in the year, our social media expert Mike Sabounchi and I headed to the Midwest to attend Gridlife's first stop at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. If you're anything like us and you love to party and be around rad cars, Gridlife is something we definitely recommend you check out. The best way to sum it up is that it's essentially a weekend car and music festival. Throughout the weekend you'll have Time Attack sessions, drifting exhibitions, and driving schools (HPDE). Of course, Gridlife isn't exclusive to just motorsports; one day is set aside to highlight show cars. And at the end of the day, people flock to the main stage area where live bands and DJs play music until 2 a.m. Gridlife founder Chris Stewart planned his second stop of the tour at Road Atlanta, and we were more than happy to tag along.
We treated Gridlife South the same way we would for a Nopi tour back in the day, even bringing along our grumpy old salesman Greg "Yamz" Yamamoto to help man the Super Street booth and sell our shirts; Mike, on the other hand, went balls out. He completed a road trip from California to Atlanta whilst towing his Subaru Legacy project car-that's more than 2,000 miles one-way! The madness didn't stop there, as we teamed up with SPEC and Konig to give away a free clutch and a set of wheels to our awesome fans. Jealous you didn't go now?!
Judging by the crowd, the drifting exhibition was the biggest thing to see, especially since this time around, Gridlife brought out an all-star cast of pro drivers—Geoff Stoneback, Chris Forsberg, Vaughn Gittin Jr., and Ryan Tuerck. On the last day of Gridlife, these guys got to do something they've never done before at Road Atlanta, which was drifting the full course. This meant triple-digit speeds and, of course, a few battle scars (ask Geoff Stoneback about his rear quarter-panel).
What we loved about Gridlife is that it caters to different types of people and you don't have the serious ambience of trophy-hungry show car builders or Time Attack competitors. It's all good vibes. It gets even better when the music festival gets lit, and this time around artists like Andrew W.K. and Waka Flocka took the stage. There's no doubt we'll be back next year. Maybe it's time to bring back the old Super Street Tour, stock up on Yuengling, and let the good times roll.
SPEC Clutch Car Meet
Before making our way to Road Atlanta, we dropped by our friends at SPEC Clutch in Alabama, where they gave us a shop tour and fed us some awesome barbecue, because that's what you eat in the South. One thing you'll notice about the South is that the people are extremely polite and friendly. Don't be surprised if a complete stranger comes up to you to say hello, like Phil Sohn. Some of you might remember him for his 13B-powered Mazda RX-3 that appeared in Super Street issue vol. 18 no. 10. At the time of his feature, the exterior was two-tone blue with gray, but now it's a clean, solid, white exterior. Shout to David Norton of SPEC who showed us his dry-carbon, widebody, turbocharged Lincoln LS. That thing is sick! We're already planning for a bigger car meet next year, so be sure to cruise through!