Natural Progression | VTEC CLUB x NDF Attack Challenge
Natural Progression | VTEC CLUB x NDF Attack Challenge
The axiom that Vtec Club USA is growing and naturally progressing to something truly fascinating is irrefutable. So much so that looking into the series from the ‘outside’, we can clearly see that things have mushroomed into an enormous spectacle. Even to the point that our friends from other parts of the world have begun planning trips around Vtec Club events, and all this is clearly a good phenomenon. An absolutely amazingly-good phenomenon to be exact. Realistically though, the idea of elevating a grassroots series to something that is revered worldwide is a facade that multiple event organizers strive for. A facet that only a small percentage of organizers have been able to scratch, and even fewer of those that have actually been able to ascend past the metaphorical glass ceiling. Stories of a small group of friends brought together by one passion, one interest, and one goal, only to turn those ambitions into something beyond themselves is essentially, for many, a fabled fairytale. It’s one of those things that we only hear about, and if we’re lucky, get to experience and observe the end result. The final phase past all the growing pains, the behind-the-scenes bullshit, and the cultivation of years of creative brainstorming and painstaking hard work – obscured into ‘he said she said’. Why? Because no one bats an eye for something that isn’t established and known… until it is… so the journey essentially turns into a story that one friend tells another friend; only for those two to look at each other and go, “must have been wild… I wonder how much of that is true.” But here they are in the seventh season in 2019. Past the first phase of worldwide infamy, scratching… or more likely… banging on the thick and seemingly shatter proof glass barrier over their heads, and demanding to rise-up into something that has the potential to be wonderfully written into history.
And I guess… nothing would be truly legendary without a little fairytale floating around it. Will it evolve into the animal that Vtec Club needs to be? The animal that can dogfight past its barriers and crack through towards worldwide esteem? Who knows, but I’m eager to witness how everything unfolds and to share their journey.
The seventh season of the all-Honda time attack series, Vtec Club USA, commenced at one of the most interesting motorsports track in Southern California – Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.
So, if you were wondering what aspects of this series grants the potential to be truly one of a kind special. Then. Well. It’s something that genuinely cannot be put into words or presented in the form of video. In other words, you must be ‘HERE’ to witness, experience, and feel what Vtec Club has to offer. Then and only then.. will you have the understanding that many of us know all too well. Otherwise, everything is surface level perspective. To dive deep into something means to actually dive into it, and this is a series that welcomes everyone to follow along their journey - drivers, spectators, and everything else in-between.
Drivers’ meeting conducted for the more experienced of bunch. Imagine this group and times it by two, because right next to this was the much more thorough meeting conducted for the eager, yet less experienced drivers.
Will, one of the founding key members of the equally awesome all-Honda series, HFF Challenge, came out to partake in the festivities. Undoubtedly to enjoy what Vtec Club has to offer, and to also support his good friend and creator of Narita Dogfight, Sean Lucas.
The highly sought after Taffeta white Battlecraft Parts, Hybrid Racing, K-Swapped EK hatch owned and driven by Kristian Wong. Close to being completed between Kristian and Yuta Akaishi, this is the hatch that everyone is closely watching, and knowing a little bit about Kristian and his ambitions, it is one purpose-built time attack car that surely will not disappoint.
APG Performance, a premier full line-up brake package company came out to support Vtec Club and NDF. Who, if you’re not aware, is fully invested in bringing you quality braking performance at a reasonable price. Likewise, Narita Dogfight is the sole distributor of APG components in North America, and Dogfight is known to offer only the best of qualities in anything that they offer.
Most definitely the biggest news to hit the time attack community as a whole, Rays has come on-board as a full sponsor for this years attack season. A monumental supporting-partnership that will be very interesting to see unfold. For the first attack stage of 2019, Rays decided to raffle a brand new set of Gram Lights per the winners precise specifications. However, to add the cherry on top, they also offered the option to forego the completely free set for a $1200 USD credit towards any wheel in their line-up. Obviously, most would forego the Grams for a chance to scoop an iconic set of TE’s, CE’s, RE’s, or ZE’s at a discounted rate. Can’t go wrong in any direction.
Justin Tellez gaining the admiration of the ever-so-popular Tommy La and friends. I’m not quite sure what Justin’s direction with this build is, but with his determination and a solid core of friends between him, John Cruz, and Jose Meijia, this little hatch is sure to impress.
Abraham Sandoval’s mint time attack CRX on his brand new 15x8 +35 TE37SL wrapped in the tried and true Federal RS-RRs. A car I’ve been wanted to shoot for a long time now, but has been pretty elusive in the fact that Abraham always puts down a few hot laps and departs track days a bit earlier than most. So when i had the opportunity to snap a photo, i did so in quick fashion. Interesting fact as well, this chassis used to be owned by Vtec Club frontman, Duane Bada. Obviously now in excellent hands.
The legendary ‘Goldy’ which is owned and fully operated by John Cruz. John definitely understands what it takes to make a FF chassis fast, and if you haven’t already, check out his full hotlap run on my youtube channel - Here.
If there’s anything to take away from Vtec Club it’s this. Enjoying what you love with the one’s you love.
A familiar face in the automotive community, Robert Choo, came out to attend Attack Challenge and like always, to feed us hungry souls. Also, a new and welcomed addition to the community, Sebastian Choo, Robert’s son. Though it didn’t seem like Sebastian was very privy to having his photograph taken by me, he was well behaved throughout the entire day. Whenever he wasn’t hanging out with his parents, i caught him behind the wheel of the family RV like a true enthusiast - nothing but smiles. Likewise, when he turns 2 years old, Rob is planning on enrolling him into the karting community. If young Choo is inclined, his progression through the community and development as a driver is one I’m very curious to witness.
I can still taste the perfectly grilled chicken.
Another interesting concept and a product that is fully being realized as i write this, Hotlap.io is seemingly changing how motorsports timing is conducted. Think of their application as a mix between a video game interface and a social media platform. You download their app, add your profile, and through every smartphones gyroscopic capabilities, and the help of widely available GPS, all times are shown and shared live throughout friends and competitors. To add to the amazing features, drivers throughout any course can be seen live throughout their map interface. Kind of like watching your ‘icon’ go through a course in games like Gran Turismo and Mario Kart. Last but definitely not least, speeds, corner entries, and other data is readily available to the user of the app as well as friends and competitors. Exciting times with Vtec Club and Hotlap.io.
The legend himself, Andy Hope came out to play and like a true professional in the community, at full attention during the small drivers’ meeting for NDF Attack Challenge. If you don’t already know, Andy has a deep history within the ‘90s tuning culture, and used to pilot a very well-known CRX in the former, highly popularized, NASA Honda Challenge Road Racing series. Just google ‘Andy Hope CRX’ and I’m sure your memories will be reignited. Former Modified magazine and Honda Tuning magazine contributor and editor, Andy was and will always be a welcomed addition to any time attack event; Vtec Club or not.
‘Quitters Never Prosper’. Words that Joakim Macasero definitely lives by.
Not the best photograph, but one that had to be shared. Not a lot of people are willing to drive 3+ hours into the middle California’s desert, with the nearest resemblance of civilization being 20+ miles away, to watch a bunch of Hondas run around in a ‘circle’. However, for stage 1 there was an amazing amount of attendees that simply came to observe and hang with the Vtec Club community. If anything, this photo really speaks volumes of what this series has established.
The winner of Ray’s raffle, Thomas Van. Curious what wheel and size he decided to go with..
And a heavy hitter in the community, Philip Robles’ time attack EG. There will be a separate feature on Phil and his amazing machine coming soon.
Here we are at the end of the coverage… Inspired, anxious, and curious for what’s to come for the rest of the 2019 season. My only question and my only concern now.. Will you come to witness and participate in the Vtec Club experience first-hand, and be apart of something tremendous? Or will you wait on the sidelines and question ‘what if’ until it’s too late? Interesting thought…