Pat’s Acres Season Opener
Last Sunday marked the opening day for 2012 drift season at Pat’s Acres Racing Complex, commonly known as PARC, hosted by Loki Motorsports. In addition to this, it would also be the first time that the track’s new extensions would be driven on. Having these new extensions would help the track have a better flow for the avid drift enthusiasts that regularly attend.
This was the first time Justin Shreeve and I have ever been to this track, located in Canby, Oregon. We actually never realized how close the track was to Justin’s place, only a short half hour drive. Since Justin’s new 1JZ motor hasn’t arrived, he decided to take his car for a last hurrah with the KA24 motor.
We didn’t realize, though, how many pot holes there were that led to the track. It was pretty interesting driving in with how low Justin’s car is. This isn’t Justin’s car.
We quickly unloaded our stuff and walked over to the drivers meeting to listen in.
After the meeting, the cars began to line up on the grid. Its a good thing the rain stopped for most of the day, but I guess driving without rear glass isn’t too big of a deal.
All of the drivers were eager to get on the track.
And I was eager to get to shooting. It was really fun for me, getting to explore a whole new track again.
PARC was recently flooded during the off season, so we weren’t too surprised to see large puddles of water covering parts of the track. Justin took care to avoid as much of the water as possible as he paced the track.
Kyle Pollard took a different approach.
Justin seemed to adapt to the track pretty well.
By the end of his second lap, he was beginning to link some of the longer straights.
When Justin wasn’t out on the track driving, he he was out there with his camera trying his hand at photos. He refuses to believe that he is a good photographer, but we believe in you Justin. WE BELIEVE!
Kyle was really excited to get to drive the PSI F20-powered Corolla again. It had been over a year since he sat in the driver’s seat.
This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite Corollas I’ve ever seen. I was head over heels the first time I saw it at Big Foot Bash in 2010, then I fell completely in love with it when it received the Levin front end right before the 2010 Formula Drift ProAm All-Stars event at Irwindale.
One other Corolla driver, Craig Alexander, was one of the many familiar faces that we saw at the event.
Terry Cable here was one of the first drivers in Drift Evolution, back when it started in 2008. It was really good seeing him there, It had been almost three years since I last saw him drive.
Two more Southern Oregon friends who made it up are Chris D’Angelo, in his FC,
and Zak Abercrombie. Zak actually designed Justin’s lower control arms, giving him all that demon camber that everyone loves.
It was fun to see a good mix of cars there. I definitely don’t see nearly as many Cressidas at events as I’d like to.
And I definitely don’t see many Volvos at events either. Jeremy O’Harrow’s taxicab 240 is primarily a rally car, but every now and then he’ll take it out to drift. The last time I saw a taxi drift car was at Gatebil Rudskogen in Norway. I wonder if he takes people for ride alongs and collects a fare and the end.
What’s a drift event without a few cars going off course? But with all the rain and mud, it was a lot harder to get the cars back on track.
What makes PARC so much fun is all the elevation changes. With many rollercoaster-esque features, I can see why PARC is gaining popularity so rapidly.
Since I’ve yet to drive here, the reason I love it so much, IS BECAUSE IT’S IN THE MIDDLE OF A FREAKING FOREST!!!
So much about this track’s location makes cars being there at all, let alone drifting, so out of place.
Emmerson Eikren came out in his SV Performance S14.
I’m glad Justin’s wasn’t the only car out there that was able to tuck rim.
Lots of dirt drops were had throughout the day. This was my favorite section of the track. Cars would come out of the corner wide and hard on the throttle into the straight…
and then chuck it super hard into the next corner…..
then back on the throttle into the next straight. Loved it!
I usually don’t post photos of people sticking their hands of the window and waving to the camera.
but Stephen Kraft was trying to get himself some footage, so I’ll let it slide.
I had a blast at PARC! I definitely look forward to my next trip to this wonderful place. Hopefully by then, both Justin’s and my car will be one hundred percent complete.
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12 Responses to “Pat’s Acres Season Opener”
David Lindauer Says:
March 12th, 2012 at 11:50 pm
Joe Smith Says:
March 12th, 2012 at 11:52 pm
Hell yes!!!! Parc is blowing up thanks to the local scene
Alan Nguyen Says:
March 12th, 2012 at 11:52 pm
Sorry Joe, i almost took u out in the far corner :’(
March 12th, 2012 at 11:56 pm
hahahaha!!! No problem man! Almost slapped that ass as it went by!
Alan Nguyen Says:
March 12th, 2012 at 11:57 pm
hahah hope u got the shot
March 13th, 2012 at 12:08 am
nope I was set up for cars going by me, not at me. hahahaha!!
Nelson Ayra Says:
March 13th, 2012 at 9:28 am
Why don’t you normally post pictures of people sticking there hands out?
March 13th, 2012 at 10:04 am
I just don’t think it looks as good. It’s Really just a personal opinion. Thank you though! Glad you like them!
Mike Henderson Says:
March 13th, 2012 at 11:17 am
We need stuff like this if florida.
March 13th, 2012 at 12:25 pm
It really just don’t it look as good, does it Joe? haha <3
Mark Haleston Says:
March 14th, 2012 at 12:45 am
Beautiful stuff good to see everyone out on what became an excellent day. Good crowd and some beasty thro down by all the drivers. Awesome capture on stills. Got the spirit and feel of drift. Saaawwweeett MPS/HD along with LORENinHD
alex datsun Says:
March 18th, 2012 at 7:16 am
Braaaaappbrapppbrappbrapp,errrrrree,brrraappprbreaaaaaapp, errrrrrrr, bwaaaaaaaaatabrwaaaa.
Thats the sound of going from a straightaway to drift an repeat, nice entry joe loving all dirty the cars get.
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