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Part II of Best Worst Day at the track

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

As I said in my last entry, I have a lot to say about my return to the drift track! Time stops for no one. Benson is coming home late tonight, which gives me exactly 20 minutes to write this entry. Whew.

Two weeks ago I finally made it back to the drift track. Its been shamefully, almost 4 years since my eyes have been hit with tires and dirt. Between getting my life together after having Elise, raising a teenager, working on my accounting career, running Drifting Pretty, buying a new house and keeping the family happy…where is there time for drifting? There isn’t. But as my old buddy Yoshie preached a long time ago, “if its that important to you, you will find a way to find money and make time for driving.”

The biggest hurdle was getting my car to the track. I can’t drive it and I have no truck and trailer. I am very lucky to have friends that will bend over backwards to tow the Drift Queen to the track. Thank you Chris.  He lives near the track and made 2 trips back and forth from Lancaster to Temple City.  THAT is friendship.


Best Worst Day at the Track

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I made it to the track finally.  Big thank you to Chris Martin at ACT for trailering the driftqueens to the track <3.

I have a lot to say.  But for now, I will let my photos and videos speak (vids are at the bottom).




































Nadine Hsu 2011 – Drift Feature by Mondoy from Nadine Hsu on Vimeo.

Nadine Hsu is back! 2011 from Nadine Hsu on Vimeo.

Kicking the clutch for the first time

Monday, July 28th, 2003

14,005 miles. I’m home from Drift Day! I had so much fun at drift day 7. I got to try out my new coilovers & tire set-up and loved it. At this event I finally got down Krispy Kremes going both ways and figure 8’s. At the J-turn course I finally brought it through using my e-brake.

I kicked the clutch (for those of you who are aliens to drifting, “kicking the clutch” is a way to initiate a drift in your car) for my 1st time at the J-turn (my girl Yoshie was teaching me how).  Kicking the clutch is so scary cuz its reallyout of the ordinary.  It took me a few tries at it cuz my foot kept wanted to get off the gas pedal when I kicked it. I was so scared the car was going to do something crazy when I kicked it hahaha, but hey I was at THE place to do it, an open course with very few poles in sight. I started using the clutch at the skid pad too. At the other longer courses I practicedmy e-brake technique. I’m happy to say I GET IT NOW. I need to work on bringing the drifts through and ending them smoothly.

I left the event with a happy (finally I got somewhere) feeling. It was hot, but you don’t think about the heat when you’re on the track drifting. The 180SXxy’s temp didn’t budge the whole day. I’m really satisfied with my set-up thus far.I sold my Cusco coilovers (Kyle you’re a sweety), so I’m going to Bride USA today to pick up my new Bride Ergo racing seat. I plan to get one now and the other after I buy my front mount.

My few complaints of the day were: my tranny fluid was leaking on my exhaust piping everytime I did my crazy Krispy Kremes, I’m not sure if its my overflow on the tranny or therez a leak (back to Gushi Auto I go for that), and there were only two girls on the track (me & Yoshie). You don’t know how many girls me & Yoshie drove by, but there were a lot, just sitting there, looking pretty under tents watching their boyfriends. OMG. These girls have no guts, its sad to watch them just sit there the entire day (6 am – 6 pm). If you know any girls that would be willing to comeout to an event and actually DRIVE, have them email me, and I’ll hook it up. Yoshie & I (my only fellow girl drifter)will help them out on the track. You can take a stock car with stock suspension out there! Even an auto! Even a car with no LSD! (I had no LSD when I went to my first drift event) My friend brought his 240SX out with stock suspension and did fine (good Job ED ;)! Anyways, I’m happy with everything, and looking forward for the next drift event.

I just want to say thank you to Richard, Alex, Kyle, Ken, Ernie, Brendan, and Jason for suprising me & Ben with that beautiful plaque of our article from Drifting Magazine. You guys are so thoughtful, we’re so lucky to have friends like you!

Tire shopping and girls drifting side by side!

Thursday, May 15th, 2003

12,486 miles. Going to school & work everyday is putting a lot of miles on my car!! I finally changed my oil a week or so ago. I finally got my friend to put in my new head unit I’ve had for like months now.

I’ve been tire shopping, because its about that time of the year! Benson might give me his new Falken ST-115’s he won at Drift Showoff, I’m excited about that. If that doesn’t happen thenI’m going to be getting Yokohama ES100’s. Both the ST-115’s & ES100’s I’ve been hearing good things about, and hey, Kouguchi rolls with ST-115s all the way around.~I’ve been eyeing some new Work wheels.

I plan to sell off my Cusco Comp2’s & Work E-wing mesh soon. I’m going 5-lug 17×9 baby. Time for a change. The Cuscos are too soft for me. I hope to be able to wear Benson’sHKS HipermaxII’s. First thing is first, I’ve got to pay for my Bride seats…I ordered the ERGO reclining seats. How cute they are huh! Enough about buying stuff…my drivers-side ball joint is ripped and I’m hearing some clunking noise coming from there when I brake. Uh oh. Time for new ball joints.

Drift Day 5 is next weekend, 5/24 & 5/25. I think I’ll be driving Saturday and staffing Sunday, that is, if I have my ball joint(s) fixed! There are a lot of events coming up in the next few months. I’m excited about it, but also nervous. I want to get better at drifting, and especially in these coming months I’m going to practice way more. Me & my girl Yoshie (fellow girl drifter who drives an AE86) want to one day drift side-by-side. That’s my dream & my goal. Hopefully by the end of the year we’ll almost be there. Practice makes perfect. Take care and I’ll see youat the drift events!

I go drifting, finally.

Friday, November 29th, 2002

5,971 miles. Happy Turkey Day. The 180SXxy has been running cherry.

Just got back from a private drift event at Camarillo Airport (11/16).   This was one of my first drift events and boy did I have fun ;). I went on the Skid Pad a few times, trying to do doughnuts (or as we say ‘Krispy Kremes’) with my one-legger (no-LSD) diff.  The concrete (or they call it “tarmac”)  was really messed up and slippery, so I was able to break it loose just by tapping my brakes. Very Very Fun! I ran the cone drift course about 10 times hahaha.

Spinning out my car numerous times was very entertaining. I was breaking my car loose again, with only my brakes. So I learned braking drift there and had soooo much fun killing my tires!!!

A few days before the event I changed my oil at Cartune.My muffler system needed tightening too, omg. I really don’t like 2-piece muffler systems, the screws are tightened all the way and I’m still leaking air. WTF. I miss my Apex, this 5Zigen one sounds really cute, but isn’t that air tight. Also, the whole month of October I was driving around and heard clanking noises everytime I’d hit a bump on the front driver-side. We finally figured it out and that big bolt on the upper pilo-ball mount was soo loose. Imagine if that had popped off? Pretty scary stuff.

Anyways, all of December I will be on my Christmas Break. What I plan to do with the 180SXxy? Install my Viscous LSD (yes, finally), change my oil again, install my Greddy Downpipe, and install my dummy cat.Yes, I’ve had my LSD sitting around since June, but my baby wanted me to learn how to appreciate it before install it. I plan to have my viscous on for a while and see how I like it and how good it will do me at the next few drift events. Ben baby says viscous & clutch-type are like night & day (clutch-type being better). So, if I get really good (which I hope) then I plan to get a KAAZ 2-way LSD. Anyone want to sponsor a girl drifter? Sheeeez.

I got laid off a few weeks ago, but I’ve found a few new job, so again I’m working, but not getting paid enough! In January there’s a drift event, I’ll be at that one, hopefully testing out my viscous LSD. Hope you all had a fun Turkey Day, wish me luck!!