The 2nd annual Off Road Evolution JK Experience presented by Falken Tire was a great success! A weeklong off-road event exclusively for Jeep® Wrangler JK's.
This year the participants tackled trails in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The JK's encountered various levels of terrain from switch back mountain climbs, rock obstacles, rain, snow, mud and sand. All participants were required to be self sufficient and prepared for anything, even a night or two of camping in the rain.
Thanks again to all our sponsors who made this event possible for the participants and the crew, the 2nd annual JK Experience will not soon be forgotten.
The JKX DVD will be available for sale this December. Until then, visit our website www.jk-experience.com and our facebook page to see photos of the 2010 JK Experience and see what's in the works for the 2011 JK Experience.
2010 Formula Drift Atlanta - Dai Rocks Hotlanta
All eyes were on Team Falken to see if the performance tire manufacturer
could keep the momentum going after its first place finish in Long Beach,
and the dynamic results from Round 2 of the 2010 Formula Drift Championship
proved the team is on a roll after Falken Driver Daijiro "Dai" Yoshihara
took the overall win on the proving grounds of legendary Road Atlanta,
defeating teammate Vaughn Gittin, Jr., in the final. It was the first
overall win for Yoshihara as a Team Falken member. Gittin, Jr., leads the
standings after his first overall in Long Beach and second place at Road
The Frequency of a Heartbeat by the Stand Ins
2010 Formula Drift Round 1 - Falken Tire Takes Long Beach
LONG BEACH, CA The inaugural event in the 2010 Formula Drift season began
with a big win for Team Falken where factory driver Vaughn Gittin, Jr.,
debuting his new 2011 Monster Energy Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang on the famed street course of
Long Beach. Gittin, Jr., and Team Falken faced a very competitive field of
entrants, totaling 53, one of the highest entry counts in the history of
Team Falken had a full complement of drivers at the popular track, the
fifth year Formula D has visited Long Beach. In addition to Vaughn,
rounding out the companys paddock and marketing activation areas were
returning team members Daijiro Yoshihara in his rebuilt Discount Tire
Nissan 240SX (S13); Tyler McQuarrie with his Nissan 350Z Convertible; and
Darren McNamara, with his Saturn Sky in new Falken livery. Adding to the
excitement of the weekend was the addition of several new faces to Falken
including Justin Pawlak in his 2010 Ford Mustang and Formula D rookie James
Deane who shocked the crowd with his aggressive driving in Falken's Nissan
S15. Independent drivers on Falken Tires included Ross Petty, John
Russakoff, Dean Kearney and Fredric Aasbo.
2010 will certainly be a busy year for Team Falken. Next stop, Road
Final Fight at 2010 Formula Drift Irwindale
FONTANA, CA -- After finishing second in the "Title Fight" at Toyota
Speedway at Irwindale, CA, Formula Drift's final event of the year, Team
Falken's Vaughn Gittin Jr., driver of the Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011
Ford Mustang, became the
Formula D Champion of the 2010 season.
It was the 11th podium finish for Team Falken in seven Formula D races,
a season in which the tire company's factory-supported teams dominated all
year long. Falken placed first in five of the seven events.
Three Team Falken drivers were in the top five in the final standings.
Total points between the top five drivers were close, but Gittin Jr. was
clearly the favorite after taking two wins in the six races leading up to
the Title Fight. He finished the season with 632 points. Irwindale winner
Tanner Foust eventually finished second in the standings at 568.5, and Team
Falken Driver Daijiro Yoshihara ended up fourth overall, just one point
behind third place Ryan Tuerck. Team Falken Driver Darren McNamara took
"This was Jr.'s year plain and simple, said Jonathan Bradford, Falken's
Drift Team Supervisor. "There is a lot to be said about finishing on the
podium six out of seven events this year. It was a pleasure to be involved
with a team that left everything on the track and drove with an all-in
attitude. We have successfully rewritten the record books and I would like
to personally thank the fans that rooted for Falken throughout this
"Our team's success would not be possible without the support, hard work
and dedication of our two fabrication/engineering facilities, Autosport
Dynamics (ASD) in Charlotte, NC and SPD Metalworks in Anaheim, CA," added
Nick Fousekis, Senior Manager, Consumer Marketing. "I'd also like to thank
all of the sponsors, including our newest, Monster Energy, for their faith
in Falken's program. Last but certainly not least, we thank the fans of
drifting. Without you, the sport would not have grown into that it is
The Irwindale event started off well, as Falken's Darren McNamara qualified
first, followed by Yoshihara in third. Gittin Jr. was sixth. Both
McNamara and Gittin Jr. made it to the Top 4, but McNamara lost a chance to
take a podium when he spun out in the battle for third place.
"On behalf of everyone at Falken Tire, we wish to express our best wishes
to Vaughn," said Andrew Hoit, Falken Director of Marketing. "This was a
great season for Falken, and we entertained close to 500 guests over the
weekend at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. I'd also like to salute the
efforts of our other team members: Dai Yoshihara; Darren McNamara; Tyler
McQuarrie [who finished 8th in the standings]; and Justin Pawlak [who
finished 11th]; as well as our privateers, all of whom, like the factory
teams, competed on Falken Azenis RT-615K tires: Fredric Aasbo [13th]; Ross
Petty [19th]; "Mad" Mike Whiddett [21st]; James Deane [24th]; and Dean
Kearney, who came from Ireland. Their participation successfully enhanced
our overall effort, and we'll all join the celebration."
Drifting takes competitive motorsports to the extreme, and has
successfully attracted strong crowds, loyal fans and car enthusiasts from
all walks of life. Falken quickly realized how popular and demanding this
format would become, and since 2003, has been a solid fixture within the
sport. The focus is on skill and precision driving, as competitors in
specially prepared, high-powered vehicles intentionally execute controlled
sideways slides at high speeds through a marked course.
The 2011 JK Experience Teaser
The 3rd annual Off Road Evolution JK Experience presented by Falken Tire.
A weeklong off-road event exclusively for Jeep® Wrangler JK's. This
year the participants tackled trails in Colorado, encountering various
levels of terrain from switch back mountain climbs, rock obstacles, rain,
snow, mud and sand. Thanks again to all our sponsors who made this
event possible for the participants and the crew, the 3rd annual JK
Experience will not soon be forgotten.
Thanks to: Mastercraft Safety, Skyjacker Suspension, KMC Wheels, PSC Power
Steering Components, Dynatrac, Nemesis, Falken Tire, Rch Designs, Off-Road
Evolution, EVO Manufacturing, Rockstar Energy Drinks.
Black Jeep Rubicon off road. Area BFE Moab Easter Jeep Safari Black Jeep JK and Jeep TJ run.
Green Day 4x4 Trail. Part of area BFE. Our small group of two Black
Rubicons and a black TJ had a fun day. First watched the JK experience
Jeeps take on helldorado, then we went and ran Green Day. The larger JK
was sporting a new Teraflex 6 inch LCG, 38x14.5 MTR, poison spyder rock
sliders and fenders. Poison spyder front bumper. Had a great time, broke
in a new rig.
Jeep JK WFTW Event @ River Rock ORV Park
Wheelers For The Wounded event held at River Rock ORV Park in Milledgeville
We drove from Miami straight through 13 hours and wheeled for a few hours
on Saturday before I had to retreat to the hotel to pass out from Exhaustion. Everyone else camped at River Rock.
It Stormed heavily through the night and when we got to River rock Sunday
morning every one had either left or was in the process of leaving since
the storms had made a rough night for them.
We stayed and had the whole park to ourselves..the weather cleared and was
HEARTLAND : The 2012 JK-Experience - Redbird, Indiana [Part 1 of 3]
Watch Part 2 of 3 here: http://youtu.be/Iwj5KAneHYA
Check us out at: http://www.WAYALIFE.com
Born and raised in Southern California, our idea of off-roading has always
been about exploring the wide open desert, high mountain peaks and crawling
over big rocks. Of course, there is really is so much more to off-roading
than just that and, thanks to Off Road Evolution's JK-Experience, presented
by Nitto Tire, we got a chance to experience for ourselves how the
Heartland of America plays!
In this first of a 3 part WAYALIFE film series, you will see the beginning
of our week long adventure which started in Terra Haute, Indiana and got us
playing out in the hills of the Red Bird Off Road Park. For most of us,
this was our first time playing in real Heartland of America mud and,
thanks to a little storm known as Hurricane Isaac dumping 6" of rain before
we got there, it was one hell of an experience!
We hope you enjoy our film and come back soon to watch parts 2 and 3.
The 2012 Off Road Evolution JK-Experience presented by Nitto Tire was also
made possible from support of the following sponsors: AdArt, ARB, ATX
Wheels, Daystar, Discount Tire, Dynatrac, Dynomax, EVO MFG, Hi-Lift, Hora
Zero, Impact, King, Mastercraft, Project-JK, Rancho, Rockstar, Superchips,
Skyjacker, Tochmate and WARN.
Jeep Rubicon and Toyota FJ Cruiser Off-Road in Hawaii
We witnessed first hand the capabilities of both vehicles on the trails.
I'm personally a Toyota guy, having owned several Toyota 4x4s, an FJ and
now a Tacoma. They aren't evenly matched because the Jeeps articulation and
flexibility with the solid front axle, shorter wheel base and being lighter
weight. Driver experience, error and patience were also contributing
factors in how each vehicle performed.
We didn't create this video to make one seam better than the other. Ohana
Trails is a Jeep Club here that we were filming and by chance, a group of
FJ Cruiser owners were convoying with them. Unfortunately, we had more
video of the Jeeps over the FJ's.
All in all it was an epic day up in the mountains at Peacock Flats on Oahu
looking over the North Pacific.
HD video produced by FreedomRiding.com
Music: "Pedestrian" by O-shen
Pikes Peak 2011 near miss
Ralph Murdoch's 1970 Camaro drifted out of the normal
line and nearly went off the road. His back tire was in the loose stuff
when he gunned it spraying me with dust and gravel. The only casualty was a
chipped camera lens and mouthful of dirt, but no one was hurt and Murdoch
went on to win the vintage class with a time of 12:51.004.
What you can't see from the video is that this is in an S-curve and the
other cars were hugging the apex on the other side of the road from me. I
was joined at this spot throughout the day by other seasoned photographers
and even a race official said it was a safe spot to shoot. But like any
rally event, anything can happen. If you still feel the need to comment and
tell me how much you wish I was dead, knock yourself out.