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All Star Bash 2016

California’s drifting fam celebrates the 2016 season in timeless, drift-bashing style.

Luke Munnell
Nov 29, 2016
Photographer: Bob Hernandez

If you consider Just Drift LLC's status as Southern California's premier drifting incubator and full-season instructional program, and their Top Drift competition as SoCal's official pro-am FD feeder series, then it's easy to see their annual season-ending All Star Bash (ASB) as a celebration of everything their members have accomplished throughout the preceding season. But if you're like a lot of California and the Southwest's am and pro drifters with qualifying machines, you'll see it for what it's become known for as of late: a weekend of pure, unadulterated, open-to-all drifting.

E46 Photo 2/142   |   E46

Enter Willow Springs International Raceway, California's oldest and premier open-to-the-public performance driving facility. Four of its tracks are home to Just Drift instruction and Top Drift competition (Balcony, Horse Thief Mile, Walt James Stadium, and The Speedway), and situated more or less between Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. It's the perfect place for a weekend of drifting, camping, and related debauchery that ensues during the typical ASB weekend.

240sx white Photo 6/142   |   240Sx White

As in year's past, drifting commenced on Horse Thief Mile and Streets of Willow (normally reserved for grip racers and testing initiatives) throughout the weekend, but where the schedule and events like the “team drift” were thrown to the wayside this year, and drifters basically took to whichever course they wanted, whenever they wanted.

Solo, tandem, and multi-car drifts were blasted along each, and standout performances were seen throughout the weekend by attending pros Justin Pawlak, Forrest Wang, Matt Powers, and “Rad Dan” Burkett, Las Vegas' Sean Abellana, lots of drivers from 2016 Top Drift competition (including champ Adam Knapik and runner-up Jason Kim), and dozens upon dozens more.

Jtp mustang Photo 10/142   |   Jtp Mustang
Jtp Photo 11/142   |   Jtp
Dan burkett supra Photo 12/142   |   Dan Burkett Supra
Forrest Photo 13/142   |   Forrest
S15 Photo 14/142   |   S15
Knapik s14 Photo 15/142   |   Knapik S14

Just Drift / Top Drift season schedules for 2017 are on the way, as is another exciting season of drifting in all areas (including a few more coming offseason events). Check out some of our favorite moments of #ASB2016 in the gallery below, and join us for more next year!

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