Hey, I'm David Kim or better known as Battle Driven. I never did a proper introduction of who i am, or what I'm really about, and that really stemmed from the fact that i wasn't really sure myself. To put it in perspective, It's been over a year since i began this blog and i still haven't updated my "About Me" page, haha. Sure, i write every once in awhile and i love documenting memories through photography, but a person's hobbies and interests doesn't completely define them, and i don't think it should. So where do i start?
There isn’t much we can say about VTEC Club that isn’t already common knowledge. If you’re reading this, you likely have an appreciation for motorsports ranging somewhere between casual enthusiasm and rabid obsession. For those who are just joining us, let’s bring you up to speed – Autumn Speed. VTEC Club started as a simple idea by a few diehard track guys who felt Honda enthusiasts could benefit from a manufacturer specific time trial series, an environment to compete against and alongside like-minded individuals, a racing series built from equal parts competition and community. Now in its fifth season, the series is stronger than ever, competition between drivers is only becoming closer, and the events overall popularity is at an all-time high.
Let me start off by writing that this post, part 2 of the Twilight Event, was almost never going to see the light of day and be buried somewhere deep in my storage hard drive. If you read my previous part 1 then you know it was really, and i mean REALLY, dark once the sunlight faded away, and the flood lights available at the track, or the lack of, really didn't do much other than light up a tiny spot of the tarmac. Which by the way, was only really useful for indicating turn locations for the drivers. So fast forward a couple weeks and i wasn't really sure if i could do the event justice and provide "quality" images for everyone to enjoy. At first i thought i could and i created a tiny speckle of hype over it, but i soon realized i was wrong, and the fact that the event never made it to publication from another photographer, made me realize why.
This past week i had the opportunity to pick-up a carbon window delete for my personal coupe from the man behind one of the most unique automotive media site in the world, Narita Dogfight's, Sean Lucas. As many already know, NDF is really the only outlet that bridges information about Japanese time attack cars to the U.S. on a consistent basis, and unlike other more syndicated channels, NDF shares insight into the drivers behind the grip machines that is usually not easily accessible to the average person like myself.
This is the most photos I've ever worked on for a single publication in a short time span of a few days after the event, and this is in-between heavy midterm exams, side projects, and life obligations. However, there's good reason for this and It's because Vtec Club has seen a lot of new drivers, new supporters, and of course, fast new cars, so i had to do this moment some justice.
Some of the fastest and dare i say it, ballsiest, drivers came out to play during the August 19, 2017, Vtec Club USA round 5 Twilight event, and it was definitely another night event for the books. Starting at 4 pm sharp, advanced drivers all the way down to the beginner class began putting down their hot laps before the sunlight would completely vanish under the desert sky.
Toss in a little Global Time Attack into the mixing bowl, add a little 86Fest into the mix, include a touch of Auto Club Speedway, then sprinkle in everything motorsport to make yourself a delicious treat of Motor Massive. Served on a beautiful, but very hot, Sunday afternoon is the collaborative affair between GTA and 86Fest to bring one massive automotive event to Southern California, and yes, I was probably a little hungry at the time of writing this, but this event really catered to literally all forms of automotive interests. Want a slice of high performance time attack racing, sure, it’s only a few steps this way.
In 2004, a couple of Japanese drivers and a film crew came to California to drive several local cars head-to-head on the tightest road course they could find. The purpose of their visit was to film an episode of Hot Version, a video magazine distributed in the form of DVDs all over Japan. The world was a different place 13 years ago, without the existence of social media and only the most basic of file sharing websites at their disposal — car enthusiasts relied heavily on print and video magazines to stay updated on news in the world of cars and racing.
Big Willow at Willow Springs International Raceway is an unforgiving 2.5-mile road course that favors high powered vehicles and significantly rewards those with the finesse and confidence to push the limits of speed. Unsurprisingly though, this exhilarating track has claimed some of the finest engineered race vehicles throughout its creation since 1953. The first turn 1 and last turn 9 is unforgivingly quick to dish-out punishment for any driver error, and does not play nice with any chassis that is improperly setup for the high-speed corners. However, it is a challenging battlefield that is a favorite among many drivers that appeared at Global Time Attack’s 3rd Pro Am round of the 2017 season.
Global Time Attack returns to Buttonwillow Raceway Park to challenge the legendary 3.1 mile road coarse for GTA’s Pro Am Speed District round 2 event. With the weather predicted to hover around a beautiful mid 70 degrees throughout the race day, drivers arrive ready to attack the clock, reset records, and set a new standard of performance in their respective classes.
From completely stock Ford Mustangs and lightly modified Subaru BRZs, to the heavily modified unlimited class where one could stumble upon a J35A1 swapped Honda Civic Coupe built specifically for the circuit, a plethora of different types of cars can be found at any Global Time Attack event. Yes, you read it correctly, a stout V6 Honda Odyssey motor- in a Civic! This is the series where not only the world’s fastest and most dedicated drivers come to play, but a series where an enthusiast can find some of the most creative tuners in the industry. With this in mind, welcome to Global Time Attack! Let’s get started.
On April 8th, Chuckwalla Valley Raceway hosted the second round of exciting VTEC Club action for 2017. Though further from Los Angeles than most other Southern California tracks and lacking in local accommodations (the nearest hotel is 50 miles away), 47 competitors attended the event. Many drivers chose to drive to the track the night before, braving Friday evening traffic - arriving around 11:00PM, just in time for dinner. In typical VTEC Club fashion, a barbeque greeted the tired pilgrims who made the trek out into the dessert in search of freedom from their 9-to-5 jobs.
It is Sunday, March 26th in beautiful Rosamond California, and the official kickoff day for Vtec Club USA’s 2017 season. The all-Honda time attack event that is known to bring FUN track days wherever they go, and trust me, they always deliver the FUN. As a Vtec Club participant for nearly a full year, and the newly appointed photographer for the 2017 season, I can thoughtfully say that there is no other event like this one. With a completely sold out round one, the air was filled with excitement and the feeling of an inevitable good-time was something no one could help but feel.
March 26th marked the start of the 2017 season of VTEC Club, almost four months of off-season had passed since the final round of the 2016 season held on December 3rd 2016 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. The paddock was packed to the brim at the Streets course of Willow Springs International Raceway, Hondas of all generations and models were well represented – to the tune of 99 entries. Ninety-nine competitors, all Hondas, battled it out for the top spots in each class. It became apparent that many competitors had made the most of the downtime between seasons to revamp their cars for this year, of the five classes – two had their records rewritten by the end of the day. Not only were the times faster, the aesthetic presentation of many cars were also notably improved, several cars were freshly painted, some competitors had new wheels and we even spotted a new livery or two. Though these factors may not translate into faster times, spectators and drivers alike were visibly excited to see the result of what the competition had been up to during the off season.
While everyone is anticipating the next 2017 Vtec Club USA race season, the club masters held a private BBQ for the most involved members within the race organization. In locations unknown (RcompoundUSA) we had a sweet turnout of both veterans and newcomers. Like most potluck gatherings, just about everyone brought some kind of meat to be chard on the grill, and Grill Sensei Danny was all over it.