If we're being honest, truth is we were a tiny bit rattled when, at the beginning of the year, the owners of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park announced they were closing up the property's drag strips. The quarter mile was an iconic stretch of asphalt, the scene of some pretty significant racing, so the obvious question came up: is everything else in the motorsports park closing, too? Englishtown, a.k.a. E-Town, also boasts a few motocross tracks and a road course, which hosts several ClubLoose drift events during the course of the year—would those survive?
Turns out we had nothing to worry about. While the drag strip is expected to be converted into a concert venue, the rest of E-Town is thus far and for the foreseeable future unaffected, which means drifting endures. And ClubLoose marked their survival with what they always do, planning out a full year of events on said road course. Our roving U.S. shooter at large, David Karey, decided to take in one such drift day following Formula D New Jersey, the 2018 Pro Bro Down, arguably the most unique event on the ClubLoose calendar.
It goes something like this—an open invitation is extended to the pros in town for Formula DRIFT at Wall Stadium, some 21 miles away, to come out and party after the FD affair with ClubLoose's more accomplished drivers. The Sunday spectacle is one of a kind, featuring 1,000 horsepower pro drift cars shredding the circuit with the jankiest of missile cars. Fans fill up the stands—often clutching a libation from Sneaky Pete's, E-Town's onsite bar—and watch cars slide and bash, some of the bolder onlookers even buying a ridealong to get a more complete experience. Good times ensue.
This year's crop of driving pros included Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink 370Z, Kristaps Bluss in the HGK Motorsports BMW E92 "Eurofighter," Dirk Stratton in the Stratton Racing Chevrolet C6 Corvette "Driftvette," Federico Sceriffo in the FFF Drifting Department Ferrari 599 GTB, and Faruk Kugay in the Wreckless Racing E92, but there were also a bunch of pros on hand just spectating—2017 FD champ James Deane, his Worthouse Drift teammate Piotr Wiecek, Dean "Karnage" Kearney, Alec Hohnadell, Matt Coffman, and others. Hot shoe Kenric Meyer in his red E36 repped Pro 2, Dmitriy Brutskiy held it down for pro-ams and the brand new East10 Drift series in his Z4, and we even spotted DeathKart builder Mike Prez mixing it up in his Toyota Supra Mk4.
Enjoy the photo gallery from the 2018 edition of Pro Bro Down, and for more info on drift events at Englishtown Raceway head on over to ClubLoose.com.