Blanketing the city in a haze of tire smoke for the entire race weekend, NOPI’s 2007 Phoenix event was perhaps their best showing yet in the valley of the sun. Spectators certainly had their choice of happenings to choose from, as numerous show cars, vendors, and race teams engulfed Firebird Raceway from morning ‘til night providing an outstanding car show, first rate drag racing, a bigger than ever bikini contest, and more. New to this year’s event was also NOPI’s first ever professional drift competition, following a qualifier event at the Dallas NOPI show just one week prior. With no shortage of activities on hand, drag racing qualifying kicked things off early on Saturday afternoon with Jason Hunt from CSI/Matco Tools trying to break records early in the Pro Outlaw FWD class running a blistering 7.631 @ 197.22 MPH. Brian Ballard began his weekend domination with his orange CSI Chevy Cobalt in the Pro Street class, qualifying in first place through several rounds and running consistent 9.6 second passes. Drifting was kicked off with qualifying on Friday, followed by competition rounds Saturday and a top 16 round on Sunday. Leading the drifting field were some familiar names such as Kenji Yamanaka, Alex Pfeiffer, Hubert Young, and Chirs Milano, with Kenji clearly showing the upper hand on the course all weekend – taking home top honors in the drift competition.
The car show saw several large local clubs, including Nicoclub.com and AZ350Z.com well represented, with Scion owners also showcasing quite a number of tricked out tC’s and xB’s. On the NOPI stage, most of the regular NOPI Chics were in attendance, including several hometown favorites Abbie Ratay and Jae Angel. And what NOPI event would be complete without giant foam pit action, burnout contests, girl football, and jello wrestling? Either way, NOPI put together an excellent package of racing, drifting, and entertainment that kept fans interested throughout the weekend. Look for expanded coverage and a full write up on all of the Phoenix, AZ activities in an upcoming issue of Modified Magazine!