“Streets of Detroit”
Photos and Narrative: Chad Lunn | Intro: Richard Graves
One of the more imposing examples of Detroit’s infrastructure atrophy and urban decay, Michigan Central Station provided quite the monolithic backdrop for Midwest Drift Union’s 3rd round…
….which took place…quite literally, on the actual streets of Detroit.
Taking advantage of the wide, sweeping interchange of Dalzelle, LaCombe, and 15th, the course wound in and along side Roosevelt park in the shadow of the derelict train station.
Something of a landmark (no pun intended), this event goes into the books as the first ever pro-am drift event held on essentially public streets.
A dream come true? Show me a drifter who hasn’t fantasized about having a borderline-deserted city to themselves……right, you can’t.
The pits in the morning are always fun to walk. The Ice Nine group brought out their Ford GT so I had to stop by and drool.
Shane Whalley’s GTO
Mike Feiock back in action with his new RX8.
Being on the street it has its hazards. Drift cars do not need to meet the curb as Travis LaComb and one other driver found out.
Photo Credit: Edgar Sarimeinto
Practice started up at 9am, and drivers really came out swinging. I started out covering the sweeper, and figured out the drivers were close enough I might could have gave them a high five as they came by. Alex Ledbetter demonstrates how close he could get.
Team Breaking keeping it loose.
Matt Lynch drove up from Nashville to party.
Tyson Schmidt killing it as usual.
Andrew Lewis tore it up all day. I had him picked to win it in the end.
Stu Kelly another rotary head driving great.
This car was getting stupid angle all day.
Travis LaComb before the accident.
Nice super charged M3
Sarah Burgess bringing her drift car out. The car was nasty looking and the sound was beautiful.
Brian Peter’s 2j FC came in hot at every turn.
I’m a big GTO fan so seeing Shane Whalley’s GTO re-done was amazing.
Hooman Rahimi showing you don’t always need a lot of power to slide.
Some media are just inconsiderate.
Geoff Stoneback and Mike Skudlarek battle it out in the finals.
Mike Skudlarek ended up taking the win for this round after an intense battle with Geoff Stoneback.