Stephen Bayles is a newer driver in our Texas Lone Star Drift Series, put on by Fabricatedmotorsports.com. I put this video together to introduce him to the general public, and show some of the preparation it takes to get a car prepped for competition. Autocomp was awesome enough to let us use their space to put a cage in Stephens car, and Aaren Smith was awesome enough to do most of the work. While Autocomp didn’t exactly build this cage, it was just done over there out back and off the clock, at a certain point Marty ( the shop owner ) took pity on us and welded the entire thing up. The significance of that is the welding portion of the cage is a few notches, pun intended, above the rest of the build quality LOL. It wasn’t enough he was letting us use his shop space to put something together without expecting anything in return, he had to jump in when we fumbled something and just do it for us. We were actually lucky he didn’t make us start over, because if you know Marty, if everything isn’t absolutely perfect, it isn’t allowed to leave the shop. Fielding has been learning that as he helps Marty of at Autocomp on his S14. Fielding will make a part and it will be so close to correct, and Marty will make him throw it away and start over.
Stephen is a perfect example of a large part of our competition field, super excited to drift and learn, but many years behind the experience level of some of the other drivers. One thing he has going for him is the help of a lot of nice friends. The Handicap Mafia boys stick together.
So thanks again to everyone over at Autocomp that took care of Stephen, along with his friends for helping with the project. Aaren Smith and Marty Mary. I felt really guilty watching them work hard and get dirty as the plowed through the project, but someone had to shoot the video and stay clean.
Music by The Shins – Australia