In only its first year, the Street Driven Tour series has been making waves across the country. After very successful events at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA and Gateway Park in St. Louis, MO the third stop of the 2015 tour was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway just outside of Atlanta, GA. Much like the first two stops, the third was a great success with a huge turnout.
For this stop, Street Driven Tour paired up with locals SouthrnFresh to combine the tour and SouthrnFresh 5. Between the SouthrnFresh Showcase car show portion, the Street Driven Tour organized drifting events and over 50 vendors on hand, there was a lot to be seen in just one day. Nonetheless, an estimated 3,500+ showed up for the event and I think its safe to say that everyone had a good time. The best thing about an event like this is the diversity and the simple fact that there is something for pretty much everyone, especially those enthusiast who can appreciate a clean car parked in the paddock with fresh quick detailer and tire shine but also love to see cars being pushed to their limits out on the track.
Over 450 cars took part in the SouthrnFresh Showcase and there was definitely a ton of variety. From an almost astronomical amount of pristine vip-style big body Lexus to a rather large group of newer Mustangs to plenty of clean Hondas, Nissans, Volkswagens, Audis and even a few Porsches.
Everyone seemed to be staring at this following group of cars all day long. Almost every time I walked by there was a crowd gathered.
You couldnt miss these two very bright and very wide Honda S2000s.
Apart from the car show, 62 registered drivers were in attendance and drifting the course pretty much all day long. Runs were one after another and I dont think anyone could complain with how much seat time they were able to get. There was definitely no shortage of amateur drivers that were on track simply killing it, for lack of better words.
In addition to those 62 drivers, multiple Formula Drift drivers were on hand. Alex Youe, Tommy Van Cleef and Chris Forsberg made appearances along with BC Racing sponsored drivers Ryan Tuerck and Pat Goodin. While Goodin had his S13 Formula Drift car out, Tuerck and Forsberg opted to bring their street/demo cars.
Tuercks Rocket Bunny kitted FR-S and Forsbergs Infiniti M45 Sedan were the talk of the paddock all day long. I will admit, it was kind of crazy to see such a large four-door car getting completely sideways for hours on end with all four Recaros occupied. Oh yeah, did I mention Goodin, Tuerck and Forsberg were giving ride-alongs to fans and show-goers throughout the day? Yep, for a fee, you could put a helmet on, strap yourself in the passenger seat (or the back seat, in Forsbergs case) of one of three of these 500+ hp cars and go for a lap around the track in a sideways tandem.
Over 100 ride-alongs were taken between the three cars and the only casualty besides plenty of sets of tires was one axle that Tuerck blew out. With the help of his brother and a few others though, he was back on track in no time.
The day ended with a tug-of-war between Tuerck and Forsberg and then a Hoonigan Tire Massacre burnout competition that was won by Joey Whitaker, all of which we unfortunately dont have any photos of. All in all, we had a great time at the third stop of the Street Driven Tour and we cant wait to see what the final stop at Las Vegas Motor Speedway holds.