Saturday, September 8th was a great day for the gentlemen to start their engines at the Holley LS Fest down at Beech Bend Park, but it sure didn't look that way Saturday morning.
The Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for Holley, Blane Burnett, commented on the inclement weather. "Well it seems like every year, September comes around it seems like there's some sort of hurricane brewing down in the Gulf of Mexico and we seem to get some remnants of that. We escaped by the skin of our teeth yesterday. This morning we ran into some issues with rain. That's offset our schedule a little bit, but all that really means is that there will be more action going on into the evening."
That action included an engine swap challenge, drag racing and a drift challenge. Now you may not be too familiar with the sport of drifting but from the moment you see it , you think one thing ... How can i get in that car? We'll that's exactly what, now professional drifter Joon Maeng thought.
"Once I got in the seat and tried it myself, it's just like, WOW! It's just that amazing feeling. You're hooked you know. It got me real good and ever since then, I've been really excited to be in the series in the Formula D Circuit."
The cars on the drift track were moving at about 70 miles per hour and that's pretty fast. Our own Jake Boswell actually hitched a ride in Maeng's Car to find out just how fast he actually goes.
He had one thing to say, "Wow!"
Joon Maeng tears up the track with the ferocity of a pro, but get this, he still keeps his day job where he lives in California, at a restaurant to pay the bills.
"A lot of the guys at the restaurant (say) "No, really i can't imagine you driving aggressive, speeding, and smoking the rear tires" and then they came out to support and said "You're a totally different guy behind the wheel you know."
But that's what the Holley LS Fest is all about; Letting go and enjoying a good time, with some good cars.