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Marc showed me this old video made by Andy Sapp. It’s his event coverage of the RS-R Drift Festival held at Joliet, IL. Orido was there and Alex Pfeiffer was lucky enough to do demo with him all day!

I finished in 2nd place, but to this day I’m still not really sure how that happened or if I really deserved it. It was the first time really driving Yellow Thing, the 3rd gear synchro died and would never get into gear straight out of 2nd, and 3rd gear seemed to pop out into neutral whenever it felt like it. I beat out Hiro and Taka who were driving crazy hard like they were possessed, whereas I would just put around the track. I lucked out because people kept making mistakes around me. I was driving super consistent (as much as the problematic car would allow) but just not all that great.

Here’s a picture of Yellow Thing in all it’s glory on the cover of Turbo Magazine:

This was also a significant day for me, because not only did I get to meet a lot of cool Chicago who I’m still friends with today, but also because I used the winnings as my first step towards saving for an engagement ring for Nadine. It was also the event I was very torn about attending, because Nadine’s grandfather was gravely ill when I left Los Angeles. I took the very first flight home the next morning, but he passed away while I was in the air.

RS*R Drift Festival. (2004) from Andy Sapp on Vimeo.

Last month, Ken had the crazy honor of drifting Orido’s Supra… I can’t even imagine the feeling!

Good luck this weekend Dai!

CNN has posted a blog entry suggesting some organizations where you can donate money to those affected by the terrible tragedies in Japan. Click here to read. I hate it when people say “click here” on websites!  Some of those organizations make it so easy to contribute… just text a number from your cell phone and you’ll be donating $10 that will appear on your next cell phone bill.  Other organizations listed might be closer to your heart… like those that will aid the children affected in Japan… or you can just donate to the Red Cross like Nadine and I did.

Or you can go to and click on the upper-right link that says “Donate to the American Red Cross”.

Or you can go to Yuta’s website and donate $5 and he’ll send you a nifty sticker.  He will send your entire $5 to Japan.

So many ways to donate!  Just pick one!

Just imagine yourself while trying to enjoy that nice $20 meal, people in Japan are sleeping outside in the snow, have no food, no home, trying to find lost loved ones while trying to survive themselves… yeah, lost your appetite huh?  That’s cool… just donate the $20 that you won’t be needing anymore!  Heck, give up some of your luxuries for a week and donate more!

DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock: Round 1 (FULL) from AlohaServedDaily on Vimeo.