David "Derpy Drift" Adams

December 18, 2015

A New Beginning…

Filed under: Photos and Videos, The Build — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 2:08 pm

Before I get started, I want to say that Derpy is STILL my car and I will still be shipping her up to work on her and see what can be done.

Project “Derpy Drift” is currently being transformed from my 1987 Chrysler Conquest TSi, over to my 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata. While I’m NOT super happy about this (for many reasons), it is the most logical move and makes the most sense both financially and in terms of motorsports logistics. Disregarding the fact that the Miata out performs a Conquest in every way imaginable, it also has an infinitely larger aftermarket and far more persons and shops that are willing to support her.

You can ask my best friends and my fiancee, I did NOT come to this decision easily. It took 3 years to decide to move on and it took weeks to decide to finally use the Miata (as opposed to buying another car).

 

With that said and out of the way, I am beginning the build now and working towards getting her ready for 2016. It won’t be the fastest build, but I should be ready to hit my first event by season open. I’ll still be mixing drifting with racing, so no need to worry. My hope is that with the availability of parts for the Miata that I am able to participate more readily and for less money than I would have if I stuck with the Conquest.

Some pics of the latest. Here’s her roll bar getting put in. We decided to purchase just a hard dog hard bar and modify from that. With the help of a MazdaSpeed MX-5 group member, Brenden, we got a slamming deal! The end result will be a welded in harness bar and structural bracing from the bar down to the rear deck.  I’ll have to draw up an idea of how I want my rear bar to be,  hopefully I can throw that together sometime here soon.

I hope you enjoy!

Pictures!

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September 3, 2015

New Wheels Installed . . .

After a bit of trial, that is.

So, as we are up to speed (pun intended) it’s known that I recently purchased some wheels and tyres for the MSM (Mazdaspeed Miata). I take them over to Discount Tire to get mounted and balanced and they looks ready to go and I’m excited to get them rolling.

I pull off the old wheels, place the new wheels on, after installing the locking lug nut, I go to put the rest of them on. BAM! The factory lug nuts are too short and too wide to go on properly. LOL! I should have known it wasn’t going to be that easy!

AMAZON TO THE RESCUE!

You have to love that Free One-Day (sometimes same-day) shipping on items. I order some new lug nuts, longer and narrower of course, and get them in the following day.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!

So I get the wheels unloaded and setup to install.

Wheels are ready to setup. Leaning against Octavia (my Verano) looking so cool!

Wheels are ready to setup. Leaning against Octavia (my Verano) looking so cool!

I pull the first wheel off and weigh it . . . It’s roughly 1KG per inch of diameter. Not the heaviest but definitely not the lightest.

17 and a half kg. That's not TOO bad . . .but stepping down will definitely help.

17 and a half kg. That’s not TOO bad . . .but stepping down will definitely help.

Just for good measure, I weigh the next wheel as well. It’s not MUCH lighter, but a 2KG difference is supposedly pretty big when considering it’s unsprung and rotational. The new lug nuts we purchased are also CONSIDERABLY lighter than the factory ones. By a very tangible amount. So that helps too!

Right around 15.5kg . . .good bit of difference supposedly. I'm not convinced yet, but people swear by it.

Right around 15.5kg . . .good bit of difference supposedly. I’m not convinced yet, but people swear by it.

Of course, it was at this point that I absolutely HAD to run into another road block! 😦

Yep, I couldn’t use the 4-way as the socket-portion was too wide to clear the spokes of the wheel. So I went out and picked up a 21mm 1/2″ socket for my torque wrench (which you ALWAYS use to tighten your wheels on, right?!?!) :p

Freakin 6 freakin dollars!

Freakin 6 freakin dollars!

I get home, get everything sorted (after misplacing my wheel key several times, HAHAHA) and finally get all four properly placed (directional tyres ) and installed.

These bad boys ride as good as they look! I'm super satisfied with this purchase. Good upgrade!

These bad boys ride as good as they look! I’m super satisfied with this purchase. Good upgrade!

Only did a VERY small amount of driving to shuffle the cars back around back into the garage properly. I can already tell the car is going to ride, handle and GO a lot better than it did before. Just from the little bit of movement. I’m hoping that it prove to be true. I’m very satisfied with the look, now I just have to lower the damn car! HAHAHA! The $$$$ never ends, right?

Here’s a comparison pic, for good measure:

You can see it sits a hair lower, but the wheels are nearly the same size after you factor in tyre height.  Good stuff!

You can see it sits a hair lower, but the wheels are nearly the same size after you factor in tyre height.
Good stuff!

March 31, 2014

Talladega Shake Down Run!

Filed under: Photos and Videos, Track Time — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 6:20 pm

Hey all! Finally got Derpy out on the track and BOY WAS IT A BLAST!!!

 

Blew the turbo up though, LOL! Yeah, that happened.  I feel it HAD to happen, however, because if it didn’t, I wouldn’t know that she still needs work. I’m the kind of person that if it runs, I’ll race it. You can even see after losing all boost I still get out there and beat the crap out of her until she completely loses power and I get called in.

 

Soooo much fun out there, I’ll hush now and let the video do all the talking!

 

March 24, 2014

THE CAGE EVOLVES! I CHOOSE YOU!

Filed under: Photos and Videos, The Build — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — D.Adams Drift @ 11:39 pm

Just a quick one here . . .the cage has been legalized for SCCA and NASA competition. So we’re ready to start climbing and battling . . .more updates as they happen. Her first track day is this Sunday, March 30th . . .let’s hope it pans out for the best!

ON WITH THE VIDEO!

March 15, 2014

Slowly But Surely Coming Together! New Cage Work

Got my car dropped off at Team 1 Motorsports to get my cage modified so it can conform to SCCA/NASA spec. The long and short of it is, a 6-point cage is perfectly fine, but it lacked the necessary cross brace and harness bar to get things up to code. That said, all of that was added and the results are so awesome, I can’t wait!

 

First, Jon (my fabricator and mechanic) got the tube notched and ready to weld.

 

Cross brace tacked into place and fitted. All that is left from here is to complete the welds and get the harness bar in.

 

 

The man is SUCH a genius with this stuff. He makes it look SO easy!

 

I can’t wait to continue with the roll cage project. We have ONE thing to do before we continue the cage. I’ll let you know what that thing is once all of the pieces are in place.

 

The cage will go forward with rear-strut-tower bracing and door bars. Then we MAY do a halo X-Brace . . .we’ll see.

 

 

Thanks so much for viewing!

 

April 27, 2013

Renewed My SCCA/NASA Memberships! Aiming For Time Trials!

Those who have known me for a while know that I held SCCA and NASA memberships about 4 years ago but dropped them to focus on drifting exclusively. Well I recently got the itch to do some group racing and time trials (more specifically hill climbs) so I recently reupped them both in hopes to get the best chance of participation as I get closer to preparedness. It’s an expensive journey but one that I’m willing to FACE this time, instead of just talking about it like so many do and never realize.

 

It’s GO TIME

 

Img below.

 

SCCA on the Left, NASA on the Right.

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