Monday, July 7, 2008

Minnesota Dontyaknow

This past weekend was 4th of July and ClubFR put together its first Drift Day in Minnesota at Elko Speedway.

To start this weekend off with the nice 6 hour drive to MN, took the fit and T2 Films Tim's Risky "Banana" Devil Quest. Picked up Phill in Madison and I end up leaving the gas pump in the car and drive off. I guess you can consider it my protest against gas... I end up having to pay 25 bucks to fix itm and we head on over to MN.

Just before the boarder we stop at Fireworks City. We went at the request of Kristi to get some sparklers and little things. We end up buying Roman candles, and all this other random stuff. As we get to the back we find a box that we noticed everyone had called Goliath. It is huge and looks dangerous. So we ask if Fireworks are legal in MN and the guy laughs and says no. So we start second guessing this purchase. Then we see they have a deal for Goliath and a different one called Excalibur for a little less than the price of one. This is what we ended up getting:

So we get to Keith's place and settle in and get some drinks and sit outside and begin to bbq. As we are eating we start hearing fireworks (its still daylight). It is Keith's neighbors, and in his neighborhood it sounds like Earl is just driving around backfiring. At this point we realize it is nothing like Chicago and we won't have any problems with the law. It is like 9:30 and for some reason still bright outside and Earl is getting a bit antsy and starts to lay out all the fireworks all while smoking. We sedate him with potato salad and corn and he disappears to the bathroom for a while.

It finally gets dark out, we mess with the Roman candles for a bit, and the girls play with sparklers.

I have never seen people get so excited over sparklers, you need to see Anabel's face to truly grasp the joy of a child...

Most of you will figure out that this was a complete Earl production by looking at the next pic.

Minus the Diet Pepsi, everything looks good right...? So it finally gets dark enough for the fun stuff and all the mortars are on the board 4 attached to each other and same with the wicks as shown. We light it, roll the film on the camera, and step back. The wicks burn brighter than the sparklers as we wait in anticipation, then in a glorious earthshaking thump to the chest and ears 2 of the firework shoot up into the sky. Screams, cheers, and laughs are heard for a couple seconds, then the other two go off. One goes up as the other two explode in the sky, and lonely number four shoots straight into the corner of the backyard and bursts right in front of us in a shiny explosion. The screams and the laughs keep coming as Anabel wonders why she has beer all over her. As our eyes readjust to the normal light we realize one of the tubes flew right by her and knocked over a drink, and the other one is in front of the bon fire.

After almost killing us all we decide to staple them down and continue on with the show. We continue the night with drinking and crazy fireworks and let this go down as the best 4th of July ever!

The next day is event day, the girls go to Mall of America, and we go to Elko Speedway. Overall the event went well, we had a full event, all but one from Minnesota, so despite all the hate MN stepped it up and drove. After the event there was an Eve of Destruction. This is basically where 5000 show up drink, and watch cars, trucks, and busses run around the doing figure 8s, tipping over, hitting walls. Don't forget the Monster Trucks and Megasaurasus as well.

tMF Opposition did 2 demos during the evening and put on a great show for the fans out there. Mike, Ryan, Scott, and D all did an amazing job. Chris from Heiruspecs took care of narrating all the craziness. tMF even got some Kumho Blue and Reds for a patriotic Red, White, and Blue, burnout!

If you ever get a chance to go to MN check out an EoD, they are fun to watch, especially if the tMF boys are out there demoing.

Some pics of the tMF boys during DD22. In order, thats 2g1c2u Ryan, Black Magic, Day Walker, Miami Brice, D somalongadingdong.

You can expect us back in Minnesota sometime soon!

Also we ate sooooo much food this weekend, sorry for clogging up your bathroom Keith, I hope your plumbing is still ok...

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