No Star Bash – Gingerman Raceway

On Monday May 4th, my buddy Charlie Quatmann called me and let me know about an event that was taking place over the weekend in Michigan. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it since it was Mother’s Day weekend but I told him I would see what I could do. By Thursday I was still not sure if I was going to be able to make it. After some convincing (a lot of pleading), I came up with an agreement with my wife and I was able to go! I got off work at about 4:30pm on Friday, ran home, packed my bags, and headed out for about a 7 hour trip to South Haven Mi. I ended up making it to Gingerman by about 12:30 local time, found a place to stay and went to sleep (or at least tried to).

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  Saturday morning, I got up and headed to the track. When I arrived it was still misting a little but all of the drivers were in great spirits. Starting with Group A (advanced group) they went out getting a  feel for the track. It was quite interesting to see these guys get out there and get a feel for the massive track. After a few shake down laps the drivers really started getting a feel for the track, speeds kept getting faster and the smoke show was starting to come out.

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  As the afternoon progressed, the track continued to get drier and in turn, allowed the drivers to put more smoke and started to tandem. As a closing set, Groups A and B were allowed to go out and hotlap. Seeing 15-25 drivers coming around the corners slidways one right after each other is something to see.

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  I was only able to stay for the Saturday session although I would have loved to stay for the Sunday session, it was an awesome experience and look forward to more events with the midwest drift folks!

I want to thank No Star Bash, Drift Indy, Midwest Drift Union and all the people that helped put this on.

 

– Kyle Cross

Kyle Cross is a photographer from St. Louis Missouri. Automotive Photography is a passion of his, although he has only been shooting professionally for a short while he strives to produce the high quality photography that enthusiasts are looking for.