Last year's Bash to the Future was the first real drift event I'd ever been to — it didn't take long for me to get hooked. This year's event was busier and better than ever before; Tandem of Die, Star Collision Centers, Drift Evolution and Medford cruise deserve a huge thanks from the drift and local communities for what they've accomplished here. In addition to a weekend full of fun slides, they raised a huge sum of money for local children's charities.
Upon arrival, I saw some familiar dudes setting up in the pits. The Villains' cars have come a long way since last year, and a third member was in attendance this time too. The old S13, FC, and Suzuki van as well as new liveries, merch, machined parts and the FD were in and out of their paddock all weekend.
In addition to the karting layout used drifting, Jackson County Sports Park also has a circle track and a drag strip on site. Hearing engines roaring in the distance a short walk around the corner was necessary. It had been a while since I'd watched any drag racing and to be honest it'll probably be a while until I go again. Owning a '66 Mustang myself it's cool to be around the classic scene here and there, but it's not really my jam.
Back at the drift track guys were investigating their rev limiters until late at night (or early in the morning depending how you look at it). I rolled out of my tent nice and early to over 100 cars in different states of readiness. Dudes from Portland to SoCal had shown up and began preparing their cars for two full day of drifting; 10am to 10pm, plus Sunday.
It wasn't too long before guys were back in the paddock with bald tires and destroyed aero kits. There were a couple tires machines at the track, with a handful of guys who brought their own as well. I was also stoked to see two of the ShaDynasty cars roll up mid day. Definitely the oldest machines on track, they're an easy favorite of mine.
The sun started setting and golden hour began. The field was full of guys shooting; the sunsets in Medford really are a rad situation when you couple them with drifting. The drivers didn't disappoint. The track was hot, and active, until after the promised 10pm.
The next morning some friendly neighbors shared some heat with me to boil some water. A few dank cups of coffee later and I was good to go get sunburnt all day again. Guys lined up in the hot pits and were eager to make it back on track for another day of slides and practice for the team tandem to come later in the afternoon.
It's easy to forget how many people are involved in making this a good time for everyone. Without countless volunteers, events like this to raise money for charity simply wouldn't be possible. When the track went cold, Manny cruised around on a long board letting people know it was time for the team tandem event. Even before the competition, it was pretty obvious who was going to win.
Neither Wicknick and company, Street Magic USA, nor the Villains were able to shut down a group of Canadians that made the trip to Oregon. Right from the their first run at the track, all 5 cars were laying own nearly perfect runs. They unsirprisingly took first place in the Team Tandem and continued to dominate all weekend.
Husky Situations accepted their gas cards and 1st place plaque with a surprising amount of shirts on. Luckily Scott Mitchell was there to capture the moment; keep an eye out for another rad video from him of Bash 4.
An enormous thank you to Joe Ayala and Justin Shreeve for putting together another epic weekend. Four years down and many to come, I can't wait to head north again next summer for Bash to the Future 5.
Thanks as well to all of the talented drivers who invest so much time and money into their cars and making it to events like these. It is, of course, about the driving and it was great to see some West Coast favorites for the weekend in Oregon. I'll be back next year for more slides.