Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg had the chance to get behind the scenes of some of the best garages in the US in the Network A series Garage Tours. Garage Tours is the stuff gearheads’ dreams are made of. From high-tech professional outfits to grassroots backyards garages, you get to see the ins and outs and find out what makes these operations tick.
NoBraking gives you a sneak peek behind each episode to let you know what to expect.
In this episode Forsberg stays right at home at MA Motorsports, his home base outside of Baltimore, Maryland, a garage specializing in racecar and drift car custom fabrication. Co-Owner Brian Wilkerson shows off a huge variety of projects in the works from down and dirty missile car maintenance, to custom engine builds and tuning for racing and street cars, to a custom roll cage fabrication on a classic AC Cobra.
Forsberg gets a chance to provide a full rundown on his Formula Drift Nissan 370z including his secrets to getting that competitive edge beyond the nitrous fueled 1000 HP engine.
BBI Autosport in Huntington Beach, gives Chris the chance to get a look at their amazing custom Porsche builds. Co-Owner Betim Berisha introduces us to projects destined for the challenging Pikes Peak Hill Climb to builds of the ultimate everyday street cars demonstrating how BBI Autosport has mastered the art of race car technology, engine building and suspension tuning for the whole spectrum of drivers from pros to everyday driving enthusiasts.
Forsberg somehow convinces BBI to let him behind the wheel of a Porsche 997 Turbo to test out the 600HP engine on the curves of Malibu Canyon.
In this episode Chris heads to the Suicide Machine Company in Long Beach, California who specialize in two wheels. Co-Owned by brothers Aaron and Shaun Guardado, the guys put a unique spin on an American classic customizing Harley Davidson motorcycles for the racetrack. Aaron gives a tour of the back lot shop checking out some of the more aggressive builds in progress including a Hardtail Roadster with a 175 HP turbo upgrade.
In this episode Chris goes inside Magnus Walker‘s incredible Porsche warehouse and workspace in downtown Los Angeles. Magnus is often referred to as a rebel customizer for forgoing classic restorations on his enviable collection of early model Porsche 911s (1964–1977) opting instead for restorations and alterations reflecting his own less-traditional, more Rock “N’ Roll sensibilities. Magnus takes shows off his current favorite models as well as his iconic Urban Outlaw car—his 1971 Porsche 911T. Forsberg gets the keys to the city and tries out his luck in number 277.
Chris gets exclusive access to the Hendrick Motorsports complex outside of Charlotte, North Carolina with Jeff Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson. Hendrick Motorsports is home to four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams with some of the biggest names in motorsports at the wheel including Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
At this sprawling 100-acre complex, cars and engines are built from the ground up and then rebuilt after every race. Forsberg gets a look into the facilities that handle these major builds including the machine shop and suspension room, before giving a once over to some of the current cars getting race prepped.
In this episode, Chris introduces us to Sprint Car racer Brian Hosford and we get a tour of his personal Sprint car garage in Phoenix, Arizona. Hosford builds and maintains his small fleet of cars to race in the USAC 360 division race series—these methanol-fueled cars put out 700 horsepower in a super-lightweight chassis. Forsberg manages to squeezes into the ASCS 360 winged Sprint Car and way out of his comfort zone as he “wings it” around the dirt track.
Chris got a chance to tour the unique Rhine Enterprise garage. Rhine Enterprise specialize in the restoration of original vintage and historic stock cars and are located in the heart of North Carolina’s racing community. Bill Rhine gives Chris a tour of the restorations in progress including Dale Earnhardt ’s ‘81 #2 Wrangler Pontiac and Tim Richmond’s #27 Old Milwaukee Pontiac. Rhine handles all the fabrication work to bring these historic racecars—and history—back to life for fellow NASCAR enthusiasts.
Chris heads to the Bondurant School Of High Performance Driving outside of Phoenix, Arizona, which is better known as Disneyland for drivers. The Bondurant School is where people come to learn to drive fast. Fellow Formula Drift driver Corey Hosford gives Forsberg a tour around the 60-acre complex. With daily lessons and a massive fleet that includes race ready Corvettes CV Stingrays, Corvette ZR1s, Camaros, SNT Stock Cars, single seater Formula Mazda’s and much more. The Bondurant garage is possibly the busiest and hardest working garage they’ve toured yet.
Menzie Motorsports driver Bryce Menzies takes Chris on a tours around the Las Vegas shop for both the Desert and Short Course racing trucks. Bryce breaks down the process for building the off road racing trophy trucks from the ground up. Beyond the race trucks, Menzies Motorsports also runs a fleet of race prep and desert racing support trucks which Chris also takes a look at. This is a team that can build a race car that can handle taking 100-foot jumps and blasting 130 mph through 4-foot whoops.
In this episode, Chris heads to Drift Alliance team mate Ryan Tuerck’s New Hampshire home garage. It would seem that both fun and work happen here in his New Hampshire home, however we bet it is slightly more leaning towards the fun side. Evidence of Tuerck and his two brothers ten years of drifting are everywhere including sacrificed and resurrected drift cars littering the property. Inside garage #1 Ryan shows off the upgrades he’s making on his finely tuned 1JZ as seen in the Tuerck’d Off Seasons episodes. Meanwhile in his “missile garage” Tuerck shows off the gradual missile car builds he and his brother Evan have in progress. In the guest garage, Tuerck’s homie Dave is restoring a 53 Chevy Bel Air Hot Rod and shows us a killer custom shaved door handle hack!
Back out front, a gas grill and a headlight get Tuerck’d during a hectic driveway drift session, which devolves into a 50cc moto session, BMXing and …where’d the day go? We look forward to seeing more on Tureck’d Season 3.