I’m from the Midwest, and that means sometimes I take it for granted that there are teams like Risky Devil and Proceed nearby. I get to see them drive often, but when you throw them into the mix with some of the best teams from all over North America, you really get something special. You get Final Bout. A weekend of fun, friends, shenanigans, and drifting. The number of teams at FB has more than doubled this year, and the size of the audience has grown incredibly since their inaugural event. I can only imagine what it will evolve into in the years to come.
At the track, drivers and media got to loosen up before the event. Team personnel, fans, and vendors rushed around getting situated for the event to come. Walking through the paddock area, we watched as teams like Animal Style and Blackmoon unloaded their cars and staged next to teams already in place. Seeing this in person only added to our excitement for what was definitely going to be an unforgettable event in the following days.
During the competition portion of Final Bout we really got a chance to see the teams go all out corner to corner. Risky Devil (along with everyone else) were consistently banging doors and grazing walls – Fish’s Rocket Bunny s14 certainly showed it by the end of the weekend.
Final Bout is a refreshing reminder that drifting is more than the sponsor funded, 1,000+ horsepower, and extreme speeds of series. The grassroots scene is all about friends, family, fun, and self-expression in the form of motorsports. Nothing against Formula Drift, we love watching the insane entry speeds and different styles of each driver, but the feeling you get from an event like Final Bout is unparalleled. Don’t just take my word for it, the pictures speak for themselves: