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…Formula DRIFT opened on the Streets of Long Beach?

Formula DRIFT

The Streets of Long Beach hosted the first event of the 2010 Formula DRIFT season, and with all teams arriving fresh from a few months of R&R (that’s Rebuild and Replace) it was a chance to see some new drivers, new rides, and a few old favorites.

Formula DRIFT Cars

The new ride category included Samuel Hubinette’s new Dodge Challenger, which was finally finished after being teased all of last year, and is making north of 800 horsepower thanks to a methanol burning V8:

Samuel Hubinette Dodge Challenger

Another new body style making its Formula Drift debut was Conrad Grunewald’s 2010 Camaro, which was looking good in a custom body kit with a supercharged LSA pushing upwards of 600 horsepower to the wheels. Conrad didn’t manage to make the top 16, so it looks like he’s still getting a feel for the car, but when he finally gets this thing dialed, it’s going to be a beast:

Conrad Grunewald Camaro

Lastly, Vaughn Gittin Jr. took the wraps off his 2011 Ford Mustang RTR-C, which is easily my new favorite car, thanks to a full carbon fiber body kit, a 5.0 liter, supercharged V8 making 680 horsepower, and an awesome Monster Energy themed paint job:

Vaughn Gittin Jr Mustang

Making his driving debut in the States was Fredric Aasbo, who was looking super impressive in his Toyota Supra, and managed to snag fourth place after upsetting quite a few seasoned drivers in their head-to-head battles:

Fredric Aasbo Toyota Supra

Old favorites included Rhys Millen’s Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which features a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine making 500+ horsepower, a carbon fiber body, and the hottest umbrella girl ever:

Rhys Millen Umbrella Girl

Kyle Mohan and his Mazda RX-8, which was sporting a new paint job, new carbon fiber body panels, and the ability to spit fire out of the rotary engine:

Kyle Mohan Fire

Tony Brakohiapa’s Mustang with new Tuskegee Airmen “Red Tail” livery, which was easily one of the best looking cars out there, and will hopefully return to looking that way after they fix the new spoiler design (thanks to a minor run-in with the wall):

Tony Brakohiapa Mustang

Last year’s champion Chris Forsberg and his V8 powered Nissan 350Z:

Chris Forsberg Nissan 350Z

And Tanner Foust’s NASCAR V8 powered Scion tC, which was fresh from a scenic tour of Mulholland Drive:

In the end, it was Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR-C Mustang that would take top spot over Rhys Millen and his Hyundai Genesis Coupe, with Tanner Foust rounding out the all energy drink podium. (Vaughn Gittin Jr. drives for Monster Energy Drink, Rhys Millen for Red Bull, and Tanner Foust for Rockstar Energy Drink.)

Vaughn Gittin Jr Win

With just one of seven rounds on the boards, it’s still anyone’s championship to win, and they’ll head to Road Atlanta next on May 7-8 for the Road to the Championship event, where the competition should be as fierce as ever.

As always, DYH will be here to bring you the latest, so until then, be sure to check out the Flickr Gallery for more shots of the action, and stay tuned for more Formula DRIFT updates.

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2010 Point Standings

  1. Vaughn Gittin – Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang – 108 Points
  2. Rhys Millen – RMR / Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe – 100 Points
  3. Tanner Foust – Rockstar Energy Scion TC – 82 Points
  4. Fredric Aasbo – Japan Auto / FSR Toyota Supra – 72 Points
  5. Ryan Tuerck – Mobil 1 / Maxxis Tire / Gardella Racing Pontiac Solstice – 65 Points
  6. Samuel Hubinette – SHR-Dodge / BF Goodrich Dodge Challenger – 64 Points
  7. Patrick Mordaunt – Brian Crower / PM Racing Nissan 350Z – 62 Points
  8. Jame Deane – Falken Tire Nissan S15 – 61.50 Points
  9. Darren McNamara – Falken Tire Saturn Sky – 60 Points
  10. Chris Forsberg – NOS Energy Drink / CFR Nissan 350Z – 56 Points
  11. Ryuji Miki – APEXi / Hankook Tire Mazda RX-7 – 56 Points
  12. Daijiro Yoshihara – America’s Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 – 56 Points
  13. Tony Brakohiapa – Cooper Tire / Sam’s Autoboy Ford Mustang – 54.50 Points
  14. Stephan Verdier – Royal Purple / Crawford Performace Subaru STI – 54.50 Points
  15. Forrest Wang – BF Goodrich / K&N Infiniti G35 – 54.50 Points
  16. Michihiro Takatori – BF Goodrich / Exedy Nissan S15 – 54.25 Points

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…St. Pauli has a new Girl, and her name is Katarina Van Derham?

St Pauli Girl Katarina Van Derham

After what must have been a very long and grueling search, St. Pauli has finally found their St. Pauli Girl for 2009, and it’s a “successful print and TV model” named Katarina Van Derham.

In case you were worried that the St. Pauli Girl was going to be anything less than perfect, just be happy to know that Katarina is 5’6” tall with blonde hair and blue-green eyes, is fluent in five languages including English, Slovak, Czech, Russian and Polish, has modeled for Vogue, Marie Claire, FHM and Iron Man, has been featured in ad campaigns for AT&T, Bicycle Casino, Rockstar Energy Drink and Dodge, is trained in Krav Maga, a military self-defense technique, enjoys kick-boxing, wrestling and playing basketball, volleyball and table tennis, and when she’s not modeling, she’s developing her own make-up line and working on architectural graphic design.

Oh, and she looks good in a Bavarian Beer Girl costume. (Holding Photoshopped beers if you look closely at the image above.)

[St. Pauli Girl]

…Grand Theft Auto is special?

Grand Theft Auto

Usually around the third or fourth iteration of a popular game, the designers decide that there are enough fans to warrant a special collector’s edition.

Though collector’s editions usually filled with a bunch of stuff that no one needs, they’re gobbled up by hard-core fans that want to raise their 1337 level by a few points at the next gaming get-together.

Apparently Grand Theft Auto has reached that point, because with the release of GTAIV coming up, they’ve announced a pre-orderable special edition that comes with a metal safety deposit box, special packaging, an art book with never-before-seen production artwork, a soundtrack CD filled with exclusive material, a Rockstar keychain, and a duffel bag to hold it all. Plus, order through Amazon, and you’ll even get a Liberty City license plate to round out the collection!


…Grand Theft Auto IV has official box art?

Grand Theft Auto IV Cover

To officially reveal the box art for Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar put a bunch of artists in a warehouse and had them create a giant poster of the new cover.

It’s a time lapse that’s shot in HD, so you know that it’s going to be good. (And that it’s going to get posted here.)

[GameTrailers.com – Grand Theft Auto IV Box Art Reveal]

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