Last year, the “Heart of Oregon Wine Country,” McMinnville, Oregon was host to the very first Oregon Airstrip Attack. The event was a hit, and couldn’t have gone better. The bar was set. The quality of cars left us speechless and we’ve been biting at the bit to see what this year had to offer. Everyone was looking forward to it being bigger and better than the last.
There’s a new Rip City in Oregon, and it’s not Portland. The charismatic town of McMinnville was the host of the very first OB Prestige Auto and English Racing Oregon Airstrip Attack presented by Revvolution.com and Shift-S3ctor.
Every year in March, hundreds of the nations baddest high horsepower builds and industry influencers make their way down to the Lone Star State. Located just outside Houston, Royal Purple Raceway has become the new home for the ever anticipated TX2K15.
Corey Kelty is a 23-year-old Air Force crew chief who “works on C130s, gets his hands dirty, and travels all over hell,” in that order. Growing up, he raced slot cars with his gramps, and learned about old Austin/Morris Minis from his dad, so it was no surprise that when Kelty got close to driving age, he fell in love with European cars.
The latest flick by Jeffrey John Hart and team, showcases some of the baddest cars in the country. It accurately captures the absurdly high speeds of some of these vehicles are capable of. Burnouts are plentiful, and a combination of race gas and torched tires wafts through the air.
Morris is used to that—whether he’s working or driving. This lifelong car enthusiast has built everything from a 700-whp, twin-turbo 350Z to a Camaro ZL1. But when he decided to buy something that was already competitive from the factory, he turned to the fastest Corvette in history. “The 2009 ZR1 was the answer: it had the motor, drivetrain, suspension, brakes and aero right out of the box.” And so began his reign of terror on the local streets, his long nights “Mexico” racing and his quick expulsions from drag strips for being way too fast for the cage requirements.
Modifying a two-door Nomad may seem like a waste of modifying potential, but in the hands of Johnny Martin art is made.
Austin Oakes and his band of merry, likely clinically insane fellows teamed up with English Racing and Extreme Turbo Systems to craft the lascivious and salacious LLRGTR, which recently set the GT-R half-mile record at 223.88 mph at Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack 7.
Master wheelman Ken Block has gone from a rally racer uploading gymkhana practices, to one of motorsport’s biggest stars. And here’s your first look at the highly modded 1965 Mustang set to take Gymkhana 7 to the next level. It’s called the Hoonicorn.
We thought Myles might have been just another basic Honda fan. He talked of owning several Acura Integras over the years, drives a beat up old Civic with over 200,000 miles on it and had the audacity to think those "wrong wheel drive, torqueless wonders" could be competitive in many forms of motorsport. Myles has indeed had the nerve to use his Integras in road racing, autocross and drag racing. Boasting high horsepower numbers, while conveniently omitting torque numbers, all while trying to outrun/outrace vastly superior cars was clearly part of the basic Honda fanboy delusion that Myles was consumed by.
As the last event of the year, the two-day Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack 7 by Diamonds by Wire and OB Prestige went out with a bang by hosting the most powerful and record-setting half-mile drag we've seen to date. To give you an idea of how hot this event is, the total attendance was tallied at 1,500 over the course of both days with 240 participants. That's 120 of the fastest and most powerful street cars in the nation running each day. Saturday sold out in only 15 minutes, and Sunday was sold out in 24 hours. Ridiculous.
We figured that not everyone knows what an Airstrip Attack is (shame on you) or really understands what they’re about. Enter the official AA5 video. Presented by Jeffrey J. Hart and That Racing Channel, this teaser and quick recap video embodies the true essence of an Airstrip Attack. The high horsepower, smoky burnouts, high profile builds, grudge matches and absurd trap speeds are all present.
Don't blink, or you'll miss it. These are words to live by at any high-speed racing event. And this mantra isn't truer than in the world of NHRA Drag Racing where competitions are separated by mere milliseconds. In this latest "best of the best" slow motion video, the NHRA captures the rare and short-lived moments that exist in every NHRA Auto Club event. As this year's Mello Yello Drag Racing season comes to an end, they celebrate 50 years of Auto Club Finals. Homage is paid to the lesser known nuances that are a part of each and every race.
SoCal native, Andy Kuo’s 2007 WRX was the first vehicle feature we shot as part of the tour. It couldn’t be a more fitting ride as it exemplifies everything that Revvolution stands for. It has the looks, the style and the performance we love.
At Revvolution, we’ve been to our fair share of events, and we figured it was time to create one of our own to bring the culture and lifestyle that we’ve grown so fond of to our own backyard. Since the Colorado car scene is diverse, we wanted an event that could cater to all makes, models and genres.
Welcome to our second installment of our Scene Theory series. This time we dive into what it means to be JDM in America. The acronym JDM has become more than a three letter abbreviation; it's become a lifestyle, a scene, a brand and a way of expression. On the most basic level, JDM refers to the "Japanese domestic market"⎯the heavyweight of the import scene. Honda, Subaru, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota⎯all of these manufacturers are of the JDM variety.
What started out as an idea, gradually spiraled into something amazing. We picked a set of locations and assembled our small team of automotive photographers and videographers known as #TeamRevv and set out on an adventure. From Los Angeles to San Diego and finally to Las Vegas, we documented our experience along the way. This is the story behind what went down at the first of many ModLife Tours. The people we met, the cars we shot and the places we went.
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.
When you think about Texas, what's the first thing that comes to mind? If it's high horsepower, you've come to the right place and we've done something right. It's only fitting that Texas throws an event of this caliber considering it also hosts two of the oldest and most well-known high-speed races, the Texas Mile and the Texas Invitational (TI). And, it’s home to what was once considered the fastest non-restrictor plate tracks on the NASCAR circuit with entry speeds in excess of 102 mph, and corner entry speeds over 200 mph. This makes it a perfect venue for TX2K. For the past 15 years, TX2K has kicked off the automotive season in March and has easily become one of Revvolution's favorite events of the year. Who needs a beach with a bunch of drunk college kids? It might just be us, but a mass gathering of some of the baddest cars in the nation sounds far more appealing.
Each week we sift through all the automotive content we uncover on Revvolution.com, our social channels, and through direct submissions to determine the week’s Top Automotive Photography Candidates. We then present this selection to our audience through our social channels for your vote. Every Monday we tally the votes and add the winning selections to the Weekly Top 10 Social Automotive Photography article.
Clarity. Exposure. Sharpness. Tone. Contrast. Subject & Composition. These are all qualities that define a great photograph. And they’re exactly what we’re looking for. With this series, we aim to highlight the industry professionals and amateurs who have dedicated their time and expertise to create anything from perfect renditions to stunning works of art. From that perfect natural golden hour light scraping across the car in just the right way to full-on studio lighting where photographers masterfully shape the car with strobes—as long as the primary subject was taken with a camera, it’s fair game. If you like what you see, please be sure to jump over to the photographer’s Facebook or Flickr pages and follow them to show your support.
What sets Trey’s ride apart from most of the other Civics that we see is his attention to detail and uniformity of all the parts he’s chosen for the car. Even his oil and radiator caps are Skunk2! Perhaps one of the coolest parts about the car that will have all the JDM fanboys drooling is his rear license plate that lights up. Straight from Japan, it’s one of the only working ones stateside. Why can’t our license plates light up?
This week we're touching a bit more on the technical sides of automotive photography. The use of external light sources can really improve a photo, but on the flip side it can also take away from it. It's important to know what kind of mood and style you want before actually clicking the shutter. Below are examples of some of our favorite shots this week.
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.
Founded in 2007, Targa Trophy is no stranger to the automotive lifestyle and culture that we’ve grown so close to and love. When we first caught wind of this rally, we literally had no idea what it was all about. That changed this weekend when we attended our first TT Experience, Event #3, the Euro vs. JDM Festival and Rally from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
This year we had the opportunity to not only attend but also enjoy one of the world’s largest BMW M festivals, MFest VII “The Super Show.” Typically held in Las Vegas during April, this year’s event fell on Memorial Day weekend. To some, this date was a blessing, as it provided an extra day of reprieve from the chaos that is Sin City. To all, MFest epitomizes what we care about in the automotive lifestyle—that it’s not just about the cars; it’s also about the common passion and camaraderie with like-minded individuals for a few nights in America’s party city.
Bandimere Speedway kicked off its drag season with the explosive annual event, NAPA Auto Parts Night of Fire and Thunder last Saturday, May 18th. Jet Cars, Nitro Cars and Domestic Drag Racers put on a show for a good cause. And Revvolution of the Rockies was there to enjoy a little sensory overload.
Back in April, we covered the Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack, where we sponsored the Domestic Class Winner. When we first arrived, we noticed all the usual high-powered American suspects—Ford GTs, Camaros, Mustangs, and Corvettes—but one car in particular stood out. We were positive that the Twin Turbo Ford GT nicknamed the “Black Mamba” would be the car to beat and also the one we featured. We couldn’t have been more wrong.
The sun was barely peeking out from the clouds on that cold Cinco de Mayo. But it was the season's first Drift Colorado Point Series event at IMI Motorsports Complex in Dacono, Colorado. Cold for us, but it was the perfect temperature for turbochargers to suck in all the cool air they wanted and keep those engines happy.
Recently, we have been covering a handful of high-speed and high-powered intense airstrip attacks—and why wouldn't we? They represent almost every positive aspect of automotive culture that we here at Revvolution care about: passion, competition, speed, beauty, taste, and exotic builds. The most recent of these events, the Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack, embodies one of our favorite aspects of the automotive culture—camaraderie.
Many of us don’t hesitate to say we have fast cars. In reality, our cars are only quick. Ninety percent of the cars we drive can only be defined as quick. The term fast, however, should only be reserved for the other 10 percent of cars. Fast is taping body panels, seams, and emblems to reduce drag in order to gain that extra half mile per hour. Fast is gutting the entire interior of the car and replacing it with a full roll cage. Fast is accelerating from a dead stop up to speeds of 267MPH – in only one mile.
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.