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With summer on its way out, most of Colorado’s big automotive events have come and gone, but we often hear the saying that the best is saved for last, and Triple Crown Drift Week August 15–17 was no exception. TC Drift Week was a three-day drift and lifestyle event right in our own backyard. Drifters, crew, family, and friends all gathered at one of the most capable local venues—PPIR. With four different tracks, a gymkhana course, drift kart, autocross, and the main drift track, the event wasn’t lacking in tire smoke.

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Shift-S3ctor and Revvolution, in conjunction with the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), are proud to announce the first event of its kind, the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack, at the Colorado Springs Airport June 27th and 28th, 2014 as part of Pikes Peak Speedweek. Check out the official press release.

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The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show is the epitome of the automotive aftermarket industry with exhibitors bringing only the best to show off their craft and design while giving the market a glimpse well into the future. With over 130,000 participants and 2,500 exhibitors from 130 countries, the show truly reaches all corners of the globe. The industry has been preparing and anxiously awaiting its arrival all year and the whole world is watching, business and enthusiasts alike. This is our day one coverage highlighting some of the more popular SEMA builds and platforms.

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It’s very cold as the snow packs down in Colorado, but not in the Lone Star State. Hot Import Nights is one of those events that we all dreamed about going to when we were in middle school – when neon under-glow and altezza taillights were in. Things have definitely changed quite a bit. Going from ridiculously big vinyl graphics to clean, stanced-out, and tastefully modified rides, the import scene has changed for the better, and this is one event that really captures the movement.

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Dynos⎯You're either all talk or you know for a fact what your ride puts down. After weaving their way through the crowds, gawking at various cars and popping off the rev limiter a few times to turn heads, entrants pulled up to the garage where techs hopped into the driver’s seats and carefully backed up the cars onto the dyno. The cars are then strapped down, fans are turned on and the techs rip off three different runs. The reading is then written onto the running list of makes, models and horsepower. Typically, dynos are used for tuning tools, much like a tape measure is used for building something with precision, but they also double as fabulous competition power measurement devices. Even then, with so many variations and often inflated power readings these days, it's difficult to truly know how much power a car is capable of. Instead of comparing scurrilous dyno sheets, dyno competitions offer up an opportunity to compare real life numbers, while minimizing the variables. This leads to that unquestionable requirement for facts that are a prerequisite for a true contest.