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Formula Drift 2015 Rd 2: Road to the Championship

Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship Results; Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis Takes His First Victory Moves into First Place in the Standings Word by: John P Photography by: Nelson Queralta Jr Long Beach, Calif. – May 9, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Road Atlanta for Round 2: Road to the Championship. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis in the Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Tire Nissan 240 SX takes the victory for his first Formula DRIFT win of his career and rises to the top of the standings. Round 2: Road to the Championship was a night of upsets as the top qualifiers failed to move past the early rounds...

Formula Drift 2015 Round 1: Streets of Long Beach

Formula DRIFT Round 1: Results; Fredric Aasbo wins Streets of Long Beach Word by: John P Photography by: Nelson Ayra   Long Beach, Calif. – April 12, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro kicked-off the first event of the 2015 World Championship season with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach to a sold out crowd. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC takes the victory and the lead in the chase for the championship. Round 1: Streets of Long Beach started off the twelfth season of Formula DRIFT to a sell out crowd. Over 20,000 fans experienced the action and excitement at the Streets of Long Beach Grand Prix...

Formula DRIFT 2014 Round 6: Showdown Results

Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results; Fredric Aasbo is Victorious at Texas Motor Speedway Word by: John P Photography by: Nelson Queralta Long Beach, Calif. – September 14, 2014 – Formula DRIFT for the second consecutive year returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6: Showdown. Fredric Aasbo in the Hankook Tire / Scion Racing tC takes his second victory of the season. Round 6: Showdown held at Texas Motor Speedway brought professional drifting to Texas for the second consecutive year. The event featured the Round 2 of the PRO 2 series, Offset Kings car show, and action from the Pro Championship. The weather held up on the main...

Joel Leiva’s CCW 280Z Jan16

Joel Leiva’s CCW 280Z

The year was 1996 and I had in front of me the latest issue of Super Street. Before opening it, little did I know my automotive passion was forever going to change. You see, gracing the pages of this particular issue was a double feature of Tod Kaneko’s famous red S30 and ’73 510. It was the first time I had ever seen an s30; mind you I was 13 years old and my automotive knowledge back then was very little, oh and this thing called the internet? Let’s just say it wasn’t so abundant. Anyways, the second my young unmolested eyes laid their sight on the absolute beauty that was in front of them, my romanticism with the Nissan...

Kickin it Old School | JPN Garage’s 240Z Dec10

Kickin it Old School | JPN Garage’s 240Z

Kickin it Old School JPN Garage Z Car Photography by Steven Martinez Words by Nelson Queralta Jr Oh boy. Where do I begin? Just look at the photos. That’s Central Florida. That car is within the borders of the United States. I mention that because when I see the photos taken by the very talented Steven Martinez and, I see the car built by the founder of newly-opened JPN Garage Fernando Reyes. All I can think and feel is West Coast style and Japan vibes. Can’t help it. Ok first, let’s start with a little background on the owner of this gem. Fernando is originally from New York and moved to Puerto Rico when he was ten years old. He’s...

Small World, Big Build Apr23

Small World, Big Build

Small World, Big Build Photography and words by Nelson Queralta My photographic collaborations here at State of Stance usually come as assignments. When shooting a feature I initially see the car, then start to get an idea on where I want to shoot it. At the same time I get in contact with the owner, which most of the time I end up meeting for the first time the day of the shoot. Car owners are awesome; they’re always willing to help so the shoot goes smoothly, whether it’s driving to a remote location or moving the car around multiple times to get the right angle. Knowing this, I always plan everything out before so I can be the...