Photo Gallery: Gridlife South


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Story by Miles A. Wilson • Photos as Credited

Gridlife describes itself simply: “#GRIDLIFE is all about the merging of multiple automotive cultures.” Since its Road Atlanta debut in 2016, the question every year has been “Did it work?”

After spending this year’s festival watching, camping, and partying, we’d have to say yes. We made it our mission to see every aspect of Gridlife, a goal that had us awake at dawn and up past midnight. We watched teams prep to go on track, cheered for drifters and track drivers through nightfall, and partied long after sunset for each night’s full set of live music. It was exhausting–but it was also the best time we’ve had all year. Who played? Artists like Killer Mike, Slander, and Tokyo Machine. Who drove? Big drift names like Ryan Tuerck and Chris Forsberg, along with road racers from our world like Doug Wind and Savanna Little.

New for 2018: Radwood, “a celebration of '80s and '90s automotive lifestyle.” If you love slope-nosed 911s and fanny packs, this is the car show for you. We guesstimated 100 cars were in attendance, all resplendent in their ‘80s and ‘90s awesomeness. Radwood is show where you don’t just bring your Lexus LS 400: You display it, perfectly detailed, with a pyramid of champagne glasses on the hood (a reference to one of the car’s first commercials in the US).

Gridlife South brought people from every corner of the car world to Road Atlanta and made them into best friends. Look for us there again next year–the event is always at Road Atlanta in late August.


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P3PPY
P3PPY New Reader
8/30/18 8:12 a.m.

Man! What a clean 3G Accord.

Some of the other cars were nice too. :)

Miles Wilson
Miles Wilson Reader Services
8/30/18 8:20 a.m.

In reply to P3PPY :

My mom actually drove me around in one of those, a blue 5-speed, and it's the first memory I have riding in a car as a kid. Nothing like those sliding seatbelts!

 

That car we saw at Gridlife was absolutely spotless, inside and out.

sleepyhead
sleepyhead Dork
8/30/18 9:05 a.m.
Miles Wilson said:

In reply to P3PPY :

My mom actually drove me around in one of those, a blue 5-speed, and it's the first memory I have riding in a car as a kid. Nothing like those sliding seatbelts!

That car we saw at Gridlife was absolutely spotless, inside and out.

A blue '82 was my first car.  Looks exactly the same, other than the pop-up headlights.  I think I'm a FWD track driving enthusiast because of that car.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/30/18 11:35 a.m.

Quite a bit of carnage this year as well.

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