Formula Drift Long Beach 2012: Setup + Driver Parade

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I’m at Long Beach this weekend soaking up the Californian sun and embracing the energy from the opening round of the 2012 Formula Drift USA Series.


I arrived in Los Angeles Airport (LAX) on Wednesday morning after 18 hours of flying and pretty much spent the rest of the day in a daze as I tried to adjust to the time difference (Singapore is 15 hours ahead!).


On Thursday, the track was being put together as the containers were unloading and the grandstands were going up. I even saw the steps of some of the grandstands being painted blue:




In the evening there was a parade for selected drivers to roll down the streets of Long Beach. I was on the open-top double-decker media bus ahead of the convoy to capture how they literally took the streets by storm and created such a presence, at all times accompanied by police escorts of course.


560342_379061655461411_131620790205500_1154398_1498781210_nFor a moment I thought we could have some real battles on the streets!


533432_379061532128090_131620790205500_1154393_573781439_nThat was genuinely traffic-stopping action!


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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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