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This massive stadium is the home to the final round of the World Drift Series in Hangzhou, China. Usually home to sports like soccer and track & field events – it has been covered in a thin layer of asphalt and prepped for some of the best drivers in the world. Its cool to see the grassroots scene in Shanghai and China.

I’ve given out a few KDF stickers to some of the Chinese drivers. Some of which were sporting some knock off Illest and Fatlace stickers.

– Will

KDF in China

Kyle Mohan adds a few Keep Drifting Fun stickers to his former FD car – his Mazda FC RX7. Kyle along with FD drivers Matt Powers, Ross Petty, Josh Guild, and Vaughn Gittin JR are in Hangzhou for the 2nd World Drift Series event at Yellow Dragon Stadium.

Note the KDF logo in the center of his hood!

Some bamboo ladders got some KDF love too. The bamboo ladders helped us gain access to the cat walk to get some cool overhead shots.

Keep Drifting Fun security camera style. Remember, we ship stickers worldwide. So pick up a few in the KDF store.

– Will Roegge

Photo – KDF on the Right Coast

Check out my write up on Speedhunters on the Right Coast leg of Keep Drifting Fun. From the motor swap in Atlanta to checking out East Coast Bash at Englishtown. Next stop, Formula Drift this weekend at Wall Raceway. Stop by the bus and pick up one the 75 limited run KDF Teal New Jersey shirts. Or put your sticker on the van camper shell.

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Photo – In the Woods Virginia

Westy hard parked in our friend Eric’s driveway in Richmond, Virginia. The camper shell is starting to get better covered in stickers and vinyls. You can help us out by swapping stickers with us – send us some of your stickers and we’ll ship you out some Keep Drifting Fun stickers.

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Photo – New Motor for Westy

Project Westy has had a rough week. Trailered around Atlanta to Formula Drift and South East Drift at Turner Field instead of being driven. Things are about to change – Westy is getting a new motor. An upgraded motor a remanufactured 2 liter to replace the blown stock 1.8 liter original. Hydraulic valve lifters – yes!

Stay posted. We will be back on the road soon. For now we are in Atlanta – Keeping Drifting Fun with Andy Sapp

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Photo – Roadrunners and Guns

Hobo and I shot some footage of the Hoover dam as we crossed into Arizona. The third state on the Keep Drifting Fun production tour. Visitors at the dam backed up traffic on the highway and we met some other VW bus enthusiasts in the parking lot. One of the nice things about traveling in a VW bus is the bus has a solid following of fans.

Arizona has wicked sunsets, clouds, and desert-scapes: which all make for great photos and time lapses.

The new solar panel setup that we installed in Las Vegas. Two 15 watt panels which are mounted inside the luggage rack fiberglass shell with steel “L” shaped brackets.

In Kingman, Arizona we met up with Josh’s uncles and cousin who took us out to shoot off a few rounds.

The USP 40 caliber had some kick.

The 22 rifles did not, but were fun to shoot.

Strung out across America, Poppin’ spent shells, and being bad.

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Photo – Project Westy Wrap

Thanks to Blue Media and K2 Forma. Project Westy is all wrapped up in fresh vinyl. With robots, dinosaurs, bearded eyeballs, and other random doodles. We chose to pay homage to the split window VW van and do the two tone V on Project Westy – but with a gradient.

It wouldn’t have been possible without hard work from Brandon @ Blue Media and Kelly @ K2 Forma.

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Photo – Westy at Vegas Drift

Saturday April 17th was Vegas Drift # 18 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We had the van out in full effect. Pop top up, running a fan, the stereo, and recharging batteries with our new solar setup. Look closely at the front fiberglass shell – you can see the two panels tucked in the luggage rack indentation.

Our next stop is in Phoenix, AZ where we will be getting the van wrapped by Blue Media. Come Monday night, the KDF van will be looking good.

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Photo – LA to Las Vegas

After moving all of my non-road trip essential personal belongings into a storage locker – I jumped into the van and headed for Las Vegas, Nevada. Vegas is about 4 and a half hours from my spot in Los Angeles. In a 1974 VW van making 35 horsepower, it took about 5 and a half. Not bad all things considered. It ran great!

Throttle pinned and drumming the wheel – thanks to some Memphis Car Audio speakers. One of my favorite driving songs is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Stop. With my ipod on shuffle, some trail mix courtesy of K2 Forma – our design company, and some cool air – the trip was nice.

Josh and I will be shooting this weekend at Vegas Drift at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If you drive, sign up, and attend. If you have never seen a drift event, come watch!

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Thanks to Dang for hooking up Keep Drifting Fun with a survival kit. It has everything we need including some HellFish branded Peanut Butter.

Plus WD-40, sip ties, silicon adhesive, duct tape, and shop towels.Good looking out. Will be sure to keep you posted on the emergency peanut butter supply. The real question is: in case of hunger and no spoon, can you use your fingers to scoop peanut butter?

Maybe we can MacGuiver a spoon out of the supplies included in the kit. Zip tie handle, wrapped in duct tape, with a molded silicon spoon shape on the end.

Thanks Dang! Enjoy your streetfighter ZX’r this summer.

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Photo – Tillamook Cheese VW

I had passed a billboard in LA somewhere with three little VW split window buses on it for Tillamook Cheese. Little did I know that the vans actually existed and were part of a marketing campaign for the cheese maker. To my surprise I found one in Venice on friday night. After enjoying a Grilled Cheese Truck Mac n Cheese Grilled Cheese.  Also that the delicious grilled cheese sandwich I had just devoured was made with Tillamook cheese. Double rad.

Since picking up Project Westy, I have learned a bit about the van’s heritage. This engine is the original 1600cc air cooled – single carburated model that was the predecessor to the engine in my 74. Look at the simplicty.

The Tillamook vans have been dropped three inches and been chopped in length to under 9 feet. Check out apron wearing home boy towering over the squat little van.

Dig it. What a great idea for a campaign.

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Photo – Project Westy Painted

After a few weeks of grinding, sanding, removing old paint, bondo, and fiberglass repair – the Keep Drifting Fun Project Wetsy is painted.

We asked our friends on twitter and fans on facebook what color we should paint the van. The answer was a resounding Orange. To keep it the stock/factory color.

It was important to quality of the exterior without spending a fortune. That limited us to a single stage (no secondary pass of clear coat) paint job and just basic DIY body work.

I stripped the entire van’s paint and ground off the surface rust with an angle grinder. After a week of grinding my skills improved. The photo above was from a few hours of work in a single day. Stripped and multiple passes made with different grit discs.

The front end was a mess of bondo and body filler. I ground it all out and started over. It was important to me to see what was left of the front end. The previous owner had the front spare rack drilled through layers of patching fiberglass. Fiberglass was no’t going to support a full sized spare wheel & tire for long.

On the backside of Project Westy there was some rot that went through to the engine compartment by the taillight/side indicator. It was easily patched with fiberglass cloth and filled with a new layer of body filler. The sheet metal was too thin for my welder. We tried to tack a fresh sheet metal cover over the rot, but it kept burning through – even on the lowest MIG setting.

This photo really shows the warped and aged metal panels on the driver’s side. Project Westy is not a show car and was never intended to be – its going to be driven… a lot. To the south east atlantic coast, up the atlantic coast, across the midwest, to the pacific northwest, to the Bonneville Salt Flats, through Nevada, and back to Los Angeles.

Besides this Project is about keeping things fun and this build was fun. Ask Pete, Aya, my neighbors, Hobo, and everyone else who helped out. There is something about a DIY project that is contageous.

Next steps are replacing all of the exterior components, pop top shell, install the new hardwood floor, and rear bench seat.

Thanks for your continued support and contributions to Keep Drifting Fun!

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Inspiration is seeing other VW Vans in public. This Van wasn’t as Westy conversion like our van, but still had tons of character. Check out the front bumper, winker lights, emblem, and clean headlights. The wear n Tear on the exterior gives it a nice look in the setting sun.

Remember to Keep Drifting Fun.

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Photo – Project Westy Pops the Top

Project Westy got some serious work done today. Removed the fiberglass camper roof shell, the rotted pop top tent, and the front luggage rack, ground the vents and back hatch, primed all bare metal, and gutted the interior.

Removed the sink, and sink shelving. Ripped up the floor, 70’s carpet, and wood floor supports.

Van will be ready for paint at the end of the week!

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