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Koss Motorsports Alabama Drift, SPL, Car Show Championship
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July 28th 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
*The times shown may change, depending on DST settings
Where: Joe Davis Stadium, 3125 Leeman Ferry Rd, Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Contact: Steve 803-320-3193 www.kossmotorsports.com


From the facebook event listing:

KMS Alabama Drift, SPL, Car Show Championship!!!
No WayZ but Side WayZ Tour Championship $5000.00+ Cash
Calling All Imports, Sport Compacts, Mini Trucks, Classic, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Trucks & Bikes for the KMS Drift Tour In Alabama
2 Great Dates:

July 28th 2-10ish (Drivers in at 12 Noon)
October27th Halloween Drift 10-6 (Drivers in at 8AM)

Location:
Huntsville Stars Baseball Stadium
3125 Leeman Ferry Rd.
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Will Have:
KMS Kutie Contest, Food, Vendors, Wing Eating Contest
Bands, DJ, Car Show, Car Meet, Sound Off & Glow Off, Swap Meet and Much More
General Admission $15.00/$10.00 ($5.00 off with coupon printed from site or on flyer)

Car Show or Sound Off: $30.00 Driver Only, with judging around 5:30-6pm.

Car Meet: $20.00 Driver and Passanger

Drifting: $75.00 Pre Register (closes 1 month before) and $90.00 after that Day of 105.00
Tandem Team Battle: $40.00 dollar buy in per team, Winning team will receive all monies/purse


Glow Off: $20.00

Autocross:


Sponsors:
Koss MotorSports, KMS Drift, Hooters, Dyno On The Go, Rockauto
PAS Mag (Performance Auto and Sound), Car Show Nationals
more info www.kossmotorsports.com
Steve 803-320-3193
always check out web site to make sure the event was not changed or canceled
Series Info: http://www.kossmotorsports.com/KMS_D...p_Series-2.pdf
Series Schedule: http://www.kossmotorsports.com/2012_Series_Schedule.pdf
Registration Link http://kossmotorsports.com/kms-drift/
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I also need 1 respectable / Dependable person for running / managing the AutoX.

The way we prefer to run AutoX is sort of like a "Test n Tune". Our last 2 events that we have added AutoX to have done quite well, we pulled in 25-30 drivers. Each driver had about 30-40 passes by the end of the day under their belt. Which is far more passes then any autox event I've personally ever attended.

If you are interested / Have some one in mind, Call me @ 386 438 9012

my name is Brent.
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It had been a few months since the first ever official drift event in Huntsville, and today's event was gearing up to be even bigger than the last with drift, autocross, and a car show at the same venue at the same time. Over 45 drifters registered even with the extreme heat that had a few drivers cutting out early. Even Grant who was helping me with event coverage almost passed out from the heat. Special thanks to Anthony (gorkoracing) for catching him before he got too far gone, and Luke from site sponsor Wheel Fix-It help keeping us all hydrated. I would've been heat exhausted too if it wasn't for them.

My day started a bit later than I wanted since I couldn't prep cameras ahead of time. But the commute was interesting as I ran into this very unique vehicle:





Once I got to the event, I found Grant had already covered the car show and paddock areas. One of the requests from the drivers in the last event was for more video. So this time, Grant primarily shot pictures while I shot video. And thanks to a new memory card, I was able to shoot almost 2 hours of video. The only disadvantage to this much video is that reviewing takes, well, 2 hours. Much different than photos that can be reviewed one a second. But hopefully the drivers will find the efforts worth the wait.

Grant and I weren't the only ones shooting media. Lots of photographers were out there--many just starting out. I gave out a lot of free advice while shooting video, and you can hear some of it amongst the sound of screeching tires. The funny thing is, most people were trying to shoot manually versus letting the ultra-smart cameras do what they're good at. I'm not saying shoot fully automatic, but most of the time getting a killer shot is more about framing and being at the right place than camera settings. And a shot like this illustrates that point well--shot with a used camera that costs only $100 and with no post-processing:


The event arrangement was a bit different than last time--the previous drift lot was used for parking/paddock; the previous parking/paddock lot was used for autocross; and the previous car show lot was now used for drift. The drift course was a bit more technical than the last, and it did take the drivers a few runs to get smooth. But once that was accomplished, tandem runs opened a whole new challenge.

There were three main clipping cones, but what always caught my eye were the light poles. No one hit them (as far as I know), but there were a few close calls. Luckily all the drivers are well versed in car control, so any contact would have been more of 'love tap' than anything. And there was some really amazing car control during the tandem runs--much of it captured on video.

It rained for a short period, but that didn't stop the events, including the drifting, which lasted well into the evening. And since the parking lot lights were not on, it was drifting in the dark--and even tandem in the dark. Luckily, I can shoot nightvision video and have an infrared extender, so I have a lot of that captured on film.

When I left at 9:45pm, I was pretty exhausted. But the drifting was still in full effect with a DJ spinning some tunes into the night. See everyone next time!
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Old July 24th   #61
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they are supposedly drifting in the bigger parking lot which means higher speed entries. I'm not to worried about my suspension just my front tires not getting enough grip
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The front lot isn't that much larger in surface area to be honest. Its just more rectangular where as the lot we used last time is more square. It should be somewhat faster but not that much faster.
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The front lot isn't that much larger in surface area to be honest. Its just more rectangular where as the lot we used last time is more square. It should be somewhat faster but not that much faster.

just means a challenge for a newb like me cant wait, i cant get better if there is no challenge


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I believe a few minitruck guys are going to come out as well. Hopefully there is a solid crowd.
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they are supposedly drifting in the bigger parking lot which means higher speed entries. I'm not to worried about my suspension just my front tires not getting enough grip
Suspension can play a big part in which wheels slip and which wheels grip. Talk to G_Horneck about how much grip he's got up front.
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I believe a few minitruck guys are going to come out as well. Hopefully there is a solid crowd.
Sweet. Always great to have diversity.
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Suspension can play a big part in which wheels slip and which wheels grip. Talk to G_Horneck about how much grip he's got up front.
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Guy's DO NOT FORGET.

we are not only Drifting and having a car show, But we will actually be AutoX'ing aswell. Sign up!!!
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Here is what the Autocross course looks like for today. If you ever wanted to try Autocross, perfect opportunity this afternoon. Not a competition, no timing, just fun.



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Here is what the Autocross course looks like for today. If you ever wanted to try Autocross, perfect opportunity this afternoon. Not a competition, no timing, just fun.



Thank you! I've added these to the event listing.

Great course and great layout! There were a lot of people checking it out too. As much seat time as you wanted too.
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What a great day of cool stuff all in one place!

If you've got some pictures that you'd like to post, upload them here and they'll magically appear for everyone to see:
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Yep--I've got 10gb I just queued up to upload. Busy day tomorrow going through it all!
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What a great day of cool stuff all in one place!

If you've got some pictures that you'd like to post, upload them here and they'll magically appear for everyone to see:
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KMS puts on a great event. Well organized, great staff, and now the Autocross format. Lets do it again in October, it was too much fun.
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Very cool! Sea of cones for sure. What was the approximate time of a run?
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Very cool! Sea of cones for sure. What was the approximate time of a run?
Runs were around 34 seconds. Had a nice mix of different turns, lots of places to set the car up for the next turn by creative use of the brakes and throttle... aka the drift.
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Runs were around 34 seconds. Had a nice mix of different turns, lots of places to set the car up for the next turn by creative use of the brakes and throttle... aka the drift.
That's a nice run time considering I've seen JHP events around that time. And with basically unlimited runs the seat-time was probably as much as anyone could stand. I saw some places to use oversteer, but not many. The finish was one of those places, but if you didn't do it right, you were set up for cone carnage, lol.
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Samir, mine are up. If they need to go anywhere for whatever reason just do what needs to be done. I'm still thumbing through some decent edits so people can get a good photo of their rides.
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Samir, mine are up. If they need to go anywhere for whatever reason just do what needs to be done. I'm still thumbing through some decent edits so people can get a good photo of their rides.
Sweet. How many files were there total? There were dupes so I fixed that, but there might be some missing or something.
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Sweet. How many files were there total? There were dupes so I fixed that, but there might be some missing or something.

615 I think There was like 60 dupes because I shut my computer down like an idiot.
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