Final Bout 2 2015 Coverage…Part 3…

I think I took about 1,700 photos that weekend at Final Bout 2. It sounds a little crazy but shooting with that volume usually means that the event was pretty entertaining. I can’t honestly even tell you the last time I took that many photos. It was probably in Japan but that typically includes multiple events. I shoot doubles of everything so only about half of that batch actually makes the final cut but, as you can tell, I have a lot of photos to share. Of the three parts, this last batch probably contains my favorite photos of the entire Final Bout 2 event. These were captured on two separate days but I found that the photos towards the end were the best because I had enough time to get used to the lens I was shooting with. I wasn’t quite used to the panning of the shots at first but my confidence grew as the weekend went on. Shooting video can be a distraction too because I’m constantly trying to capture the moment but I really like how the Vlogs are coming together so I want to continue to improve on that segment of content. Near the end of Sunday, which was the final day of Final Bout 2, I concentrated more on shooting photos and was as focused as I’ve ever been…

There probably isn’t much else I need to say in regards to the Final Bout 2 event that hasn’t already been said. It’s a great event to go to and even if you don’t like drifting, I think you’ll develop a fondness for it just being there to experience the excitement and camaraderie between the enthusiasts there. It is a very personal, almost intimate look at grassroots drifting and I’m glad I made the trip out. Wisconsin is an interesting place to be as well because it is so far removed from anything that California has to offer. You learn so much more about life when you leave your comfort zone and it also helps you develop a better appreciation for what you have at home. I don’t take living in California for granted, EVER, because I’ve been to many places and I see how the locals live wherever I go. I have friends that constantly talk about moving somewhere else or living in another state besides California. I don’t know. I could never do it. I love where I live. Like, there are people in other parts of the country, even the world, that dream about living out here. That must mean that you live in a pretty spectacular place if you’re out here in Cali. Anyways, before I go too far off on a tangent, enjoy the photos and thank you to everyone for checking out my content from this great event. For the regulars, I know it’s not something that you’re used to seeing on this site. For the newcomers that came here because you are drifting aficionados, welcome, and I hope you stick around….

If you happened to have missed any of the two previous posts regarding Final Bout 2, including the two-episode Vlog, click the links below…

Final Bout 2 2015 Coverage…Part 1…

Final Bout 2 2015 Coverage…Part 2…

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Simba Nyemba’s S13 coupe from PROCEED spent much of its time in the pits that weekend because he ran into some motor troubles…

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Tim Tulov’s RPS13 from Risky Devil before it got banged-up…

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Julian Jacobs’ S14 from Animal Style…

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I’ve always been a huge fan of the Advan Model 5 wheel and feel like they are perfect on S14s. This green Kouki from Gold Star was spectacular….

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Drift Team Animal Style…

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PS13 from Dark*Squad kicking out the rear 15-inch Watanabe wheels…

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Jason’s D-Max S13 in action with the rest of the Animal Style crew…

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Ryan Kado’s RB20-powered PS-Duce Type II RPS13…

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Julian Jacobs’ S14 Zenki…

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Animal Style in true tandem fashion….

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Ryan McClure’s AE86 looked pretty peaceful as it rounded the corner as the sun began to set…

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Edgar from Dark*Squad’s 240SX rocking a thick set of tires…

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Daring Partners BN Sports RPS13…

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Rob Riter cruising around the track in his freshly-completed AE86…

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Touge Factory/TF-Works Rocket Bunny S13 drift car….

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Street Dancer KA-Turbo S14 Zenki….

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Pretty cool to see a truck out there sliding around…

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Riter’s BEAMS 3S-GE AE86….

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Fish’s Rocket Bunny V2 Boss S14 with GM LSx engine swap….

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McClure entering with some good angle…

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The starting grid showcased Nissan S-Chassis’ of almost every generation…

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HIGH FADE FD3S RX-7…

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Daniel Barrett losing his rear bumper….

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The Street Dancer S14 lost control for a little bit and pulled up some grass chunks…

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…it almost nearly lost a front bumper in the process…

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Bianski’s Sexy Style FD from BREAKING….

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The great thing about having a beefy GM LS-swap is the amount of power and tire smoke it can produce….

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Not car-related but this was one of my favorite shots of the weekend. I loved how the sun rays were being accentuated by the thick plume of tire smoke…

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AJ Gillett’s BN IS300 from Risky Devil…

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Fish’s Rocket Bunny V2 “Boss” cruising around before it was smashed and beat-up…

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HIGH FADE FD getting that angle…

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Dirty Love Nissan Hardbody….

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Hertlife’s FC from Animal Style sans rear bumper…

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Derek Bianski’s FD…

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A Rocket Bunny V2 BRZ/FR-S that did not participate at all that weekend….

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Fish’s S14 after the rear bumper and quarter panel did some wall-rubbing…

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JZX90 from ESSENCE car club…

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PROCEED member Ilia Smolov’s Toyota Cressida….

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Chuck Uemura’s 1JZ-powered PS13 coupe on Enkei RPF1….

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Matt Panic and friends working on the clutch in his BEAMS-powered Toyota Celica…

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Caleb Nichols’s Z33 from BREAKING….

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Daring Partners…or…Staring Partners…?

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Dirty Love Hardbody riding the edge of tight go-cart track…

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I thought it was cool to capture these guys chatting while one of them cooled down the Nissan truck with a water hose…

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SNEAK ZERO S15 smoke show…

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An older Japanese enthusiast who wasn’t a part of any car crew was there to beat on his FC3S a little bit….

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Tim Tulov’s RPS13 after it had an unfortunate encounter with his teammate Fish’s Rocket Bunny Boss S14…

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BLACKMOON IS300 on Work VS-KF….

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Hoodless Hardbody riding the wall at the USA International Raceway…

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Aero meets pavement as Bianski makes his way through the track…

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TEXT

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Black 180SX Type X looking nice and simple…

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TRACKER RPS13….

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BREAKING FD once again….

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TF-WORKS Rocket Bunny S13 coupe….

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Paul Harrison’s BEAMS-powered TE27 Corolla…

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Loved the Nascar-style livery on Anthony Covey’s S14 from BREAKING…

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The end result of throwing the Boss S14 around the track….

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The A/C line exploded on the SNEAK ZERO S15. Luckily, there were plenty of people who were willing to lend a helping hand to fix it…

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Wings.

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Josh from PROCEED and his Sexy Style 1JZ-GTE RPS13…

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Julian Jacob’s S14 back in the pits…

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Chuck Uemura attempting to repair the damaged front bumper on his Auto Factory REALIZE S13…

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Auto Factory REALIZE 2JZ-GTE S13 owned by Gary Sukrattanawong….

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Alex Cook’s C-West SXE10 on white Work Emotion XD9…..

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Myriad’s beautifully-executed black S13 on bronze Advan Model 5…

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TRACKER S14 stripped down…

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ShaDynasty TE27 BEAMS….

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ShaDynasty RA20 BEAMS…

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Dark*Squad AE86 BEAMS…

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Funk Ad Subaru BRZ…

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Tandem S-chassis drift…

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Jake Rio and friend looking relaxed….

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BLACKMOON Kouki S14…

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Eric Chob kissing the wall in his Lexus GS from PROCEED…

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Josh Maghirang’s RHD 1JZ-GTE 180SX….

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Matt Panic’s Celica once again…

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…along with his brother Mark’s 3S-GTE powered Toyota Corona…

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…and officially closing out this chapter of the Final Bout 2 coverage with two very different generations of 86s sharing one common bond…

Well, that’s a wrap. Thanks for looking!!!

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3 thoughts

  1. 1) Amazing coverage all throughout the Final Bout event. Loved the vlogs and the photos!
    2) That S14 from Animal Style, Julian Jacobs’ I believe, looks FANTASTIC! Looks like a true Japanese drifter.
    3) Advan Model 5’s on ERRTHANG!!!

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