So I dont have any media ready yet however I was there! and the track was amazing but my car was being less then stellar as I had all kinds of heat issues. anyway I have some on car footage and somewhere possibly with Justin there are some photos as as soon as I dig this stuff up i’ll post it I also even have some video from the NASA PIR drift event I did at the beginning of the season but I havent taken the time to do any editing yet sorry
in the mean time enjoy some content from lifeblasters unfortunately I didnt make it into any of the media on that writeup but they have some amazing pictures of the event and it give a good feel for what it was like
First off you gotta see this video by chris campbell its awesome and its from the event mentioned below
AE86 Attacking The Track from Chris Campbell on Vimeo.
then I went to FD which was awesome saw some friends from my old home town per the yearly now tradition
then I tried to photobomb sam when I saw a great opportunity to make it look like he was picking my nose but he noticed what I was doing
Then after FD I met up with NASA Northwest to drive in the HPDE class at Pacific Raceways which was awesome even if I did get meatballed several times for trivial things
I even talked my dad into jumping in the car with me
me-dad-720p at pacific raceways with NASA northwest July 20 2014 from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.
Then I went and had some fun at PARC but I’m fiarly sure I dammaged my turbo at Pacific raceways it was backfireing alot on that track and its never made full boost again since but it still kinda works so game on
So this just happened last weekend
it was a really awesome event thought we may have lost this track as the Karters dont seem very happy with us but it looks like its back! hopefully we can keep this track going as it is an excellent drifting venue.
Go Pro Hero 3 Chase Cam of Drifting Corolla AE86 (2 bash 2 future) from Chris Campbell on Vimeo.
There was also a team tandem competition which had some seriously amazing driving going on!
like this Kyle and Derek’s 2nd place run during the finals
I got to team up with Pro Formula Drift Driver Matt Moffman who is always fun to drive with! (this is his pro-am car) really keeps me pushing my self as hard as I can just to keep up!
I also got to drive with Kyle and Austin
I also was representing a new sponsor Team SDMF, who made my dual caliper brackets and had just finished up some custom wheel spacers just before I left Eugene
Also a lot of the really awesome media I have access to is thanks to this guy Chris Campbell who was driving the chase car in the video above
and of course this screen cap from the chase car video is really cool!
also cant forget me and Matt got 3rd place in the team tandem competition!!!
we actually had a really neat run worked out where we did a pass on a straightaway which really upped the difficulty level unfortunately I gave him a little tap the second time and spun him out the second time we tried it but luckily it was a meeting of bash bars so the dammage to both cars was minimal
First off as promised here is my completed dash board and switch panel its all industrial because that’s what I do for my day job so I thought I would integrate that somehow
so for events I did the Douglas County Speedway which was an unplanned last minute thing which happened after my dyno tune session where I finally got the car running correctly I ended up going back to the distributor after I had some difficulties with the EDIS which I later found out was probably due to a bad distributor. I really dont have much media from the douglas count speedway event since it was a small last minute event however after that I did the NASA PIR event which was really awesome. had some problems but all in all it was a good way to test out the car.
Also some friends from my old home town showed up which was really awesome unfortunately I had some problems with the car durring Jeff’s ride along and it was a little bit of a wild ride to boot.
Video from the event will be posted soon I have some raw footage but its not really edited or posted anywere other then on my hard drive but its some amazing footage thanks to Chris Campbell Photography!
Most recently I also made it to a PARC event where I was involved in some really epic tandems with both James Wiklund and Kyle Stryker which was especially awesome considering how bad the weather was which made it very difficult
Craig ae86 & James s14.5 Tandem Drift Raw from Chris Campbell on Vimeo.
Also new Sponsor decal revealed this event Team SDMF are the guys who made the dual caliper bracket I’m using which allows me to have dual Wilwood 4 piston calipers on my GTS rear end
This is Kyle’s new Cadillac CTSV drift car and even though it was his first time at an event with it you wouldn’t have known it based on how he was driving it
Also had some very close calls nearly donated some paint on Mike’s car (That’s Nathan in the passenger seat probably surprised he didn’t get to see some paint traded moments before)
I also hot to tandem with Arial quite a bit too and his car is looking really awesome for this year saw him out at the PIR event too
here is a great in car video thanks to chris campbell Photography as well
craig inside gopro 1 from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.
and this one which just came out from Chris Campbell
So whats left you ask? how about a new Dashboard! again with some help of Team SDMF and Dustin Comer who is really good at sheet metal work BTW (he does modified bodies so I’m sure he gets tons of practice)
Looks almost like it was put their by the factory!, I also made some brackets to mount it all up which are thankfully obscured by the dash it self ( my welding is not very pretty but its functional)
Installed some gauges
I also made some head light mounts the head light buckets are a 6 x 4 and the brackets actually came from a Blazer but I made it work and it looks ok and installed some HID projectors
I also re-wired the entire car with a Keep it Clean Wiring harness I got from Johnny Law Motors in Portland. looks and works much better now I’ll need to add some pictures of that as well. its a great kit and I would highly suggest it as it makes the wiring very easy and simple each wire has its intended use printed on it which is a great way to label the wire
I also gave the EDIS ignition system a try got it going and it seemed great then I had some problems with it as you can see from this mess
Garage 808 discovered that the timing would jump to 10 Degrees which is the limp home mode sooooo back to VAST why? because it works! so now we are mostly caught up so I’ll add my finial wiring pictures and my new switch plate as well as my dyno results oh ya and I did some steel braded fuel lines thanks to my parents
So next up are more mounts for the front end but Luckily my awesome employer who lets me use the facilities afterhours let me use the burn table as well to make some additional parts!
these brackets do both the hood and the radiator
Also sorry for the pictures that look all Orange these were taken at the fab shop where i work high pressure sodium lighting doesn’t make for great photography and neither do cell phones
Also this is kinda out of order but dont forget the W58 transmission install!!! this took a custom bellhousing I bought from New Zealand where they made a custom sand mold to fit the W58 transmission onto a 4AGE block looks practically factory! uses a hilux pickup truck clutch slave and a Level Ride custom cross member to mount it all up and a custom made drive line as the output shaft on the W58 is much bigger then the T50 I used to run. these transmissions are a great upgrade as I have blown up a few T50’s. these came out of the 2wd 22R equipped trucks as well as the celica/supra with a 22R and the supra that had the 7M motor. so they are not too hard to get and fiarly stout and all of the JZ guys are always getting rid of them in favor of the R154 so they are not too expensive. the one Im running I pulled from my local junk yard for 70$ and I have a spare from a MK3 supra!
So once the Fab work was done we were ready for paint! which I’m not a big fan of as painting is very hard work but i got some help here as well from Ryan Donnelly
What you dont see is the temporary paint booth that we already took down (this was after it was fully sprayed) I just barely got enough paint and I ended up getting some more made into a rattle can for later touch up work its also Limco Single stage got it at my local Industrial Finishes
So next Up drop the motor back in for the last time (hopefully)
as you can probably guess this took place over the course of about 6 months for the winter rebuild and I did most of the work my self so it took a very long time so because of my pesky job getting in the way of my racing ambitions
So lets see how that tandem master install ended up here we have the lines in which is some special Gates hose rated for brake fluid and some special fittings in the masters for a remote reservoir
So as I’m sure if you have looked at this website it hasn’t changed much lately, I blame my job or you can call me lazy. So it was now last season but I got to drive ORP during a NASA event which was has to be now my all time favorite track ever! and Thanks To Cosgro Media I even survived a dragon attack!
but this was a start to some crippling car reliability problems. at this event I signed up for both racing and drifting and I got to drive most of day 1 before I had a few problems due to overworking my car. To start off my turbo bolts loosened up on the pedestal mount which lost me some boost pressure. I also had problems with my brakes from racing the brake master went out from the high temps and over use and the brake pads them selves were heat glazed. when I pulled off to address these issues I also found a nearly torn apart timing belt. was unable to procure a replacement at the track (no surprising its in the middle of no where).
I also participated in the PARC two day event but again had problems broke an axle early on on day 1 then got a replacement and broke it again early on day two but there was some awesome footage and a cool video thanks to Chris Campbell!
this was after one of my axle breaks kind of a pain to swap em out in the dirt and keep everything clean.
here I am staged next to Henry Cooley just before he went KA-T!
Robert Hardin of Shutter Me Short got some really awesome shots from i think henry’s passenger seat
oh and dont forget this awesome video from Chris Campbell
Craig & Quad Chase Cam from Chris Campbell on Vimeo.
the outtakes are really cool too!
PARC Drift Bloopers & Track Lap from Chris Campbell on Vimeo.
I also did the next PARC event where again I had some Issues with this time wiring so my Next post I’ll talk about my winter Rebuild (which is actually nearly done when I wrote this post).
First off Justin Yamashiro made this great video with the help of Chris Campbell and Kenny Lander, at least i think they were involved. Justin is the mastermind behind the Crag’n it stickers which have been appearing on cars all the way from the grass roots to the pro level
Tandem Maybe? from Justin Yamashiro on Vimeo.
Also looks like i got a new sponsor for graphics
Apparently I needed to put more stickers on my car too, right here i was getting the matching Level Ride decal on my drivers side door, and doing my best not to screw it up again ( that’s Kenny in the background )
Also there was some real Epic tandems going on unfortunately no one got a picture but that day I actually was able to press my quarter panel up against Quad Murray’s rear quarter panel (never done that before but it was really cool).
and as usual Chris Campbell took some really awesome pictures
Terry Cable made it out too and he was doing really well keeping the tandems super close! its difficult to see who that is behind me but that’s terry less then a foot off of my door
Got to drive with my old team mate James too!
We also had a meeting of the Central Oregon Corollas as well a few days after the event ( or was it before?? )
I made it into this really nice video
SINEMATIKS | NWMOTIV’s Forumfest - Kent, WA 2013 from SINEMATIKS on Vimeo.
I also edited the footage I took with my contour HD, also you can thank Justin Hunt for the first song!
ForumFest 2013 on board with me! from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.