Gridlife is an event that you seriously need to consider. Here’s the premise: trackday, drifting, car show, concert, & camping. Sure – we’ve all heard of other events that combine the same elements… but Gridilfe has that key ingredient extra spark of life to it. It’s one of those events where, much like Import Alliance, the people ARE the event… they’re not just attending it.
Gridlife is an event where you can get your street car out on the track – with no judgement. Where people buy real wheels because they’re light… not just logo’d. There’s no line drawn in the dirt between the car show guys, and the track guys… or the track guys, and the drift guys. If you want to take your daily on the track, there will be an instructor ready to jump in the car with you & show you the way. Everyone is intermingled & inter-exposed. And everyone seems to take an open-minded interest & respectful attitude in what others have brought to the table. For a guy like me – it’s so energizing to see good attitudes on the comeback.
This year – Mother Nature was being kind of bitchy and threw everything short of an earthquake & tornado at the event. It was a total ‘worst case scenario’. 50 degrees & raining practically the entire weekend. The track was wet, the infield was saturated, everyone was soaked… yet literally no one gave a damn. It’s like they didn’t even notice And the fact that everybody unanimously kind of decided to rise up & not give a damn – only made the spirits & positivity soar that much higher.
The Gridlife event really has a pulse to it. It is chill and it is continuously moving & shape shifting. It never gets stagnant; you never look down at your watch. There are cars on track all day long, and when sessions change, it’s like a fresh wave spilling into a tide pool – with the pits/grid coming to life. And all the while, there are cars moving/cruising through the infield & camp grounds. The gates are open 24/7. You know how strange it feels pulling back up to the event at 10pm, and seeing rave lasers and HIDs all through a dark track?
The thing about Gridlife – is that it’s sort of like backpacking in Europe. In order to ‘do it right’… you’ve kinda gotta make yourself rough it a little bit, as it’s part of the adventure. Bring your sleeping bag & bring some beers, because everyone camps. And after hours, the DJs come out on stage, and everyone parties, chills, and socializes till the wee hours. And that’s the thing – from opposite mountains separated by a valley, it’s easy to judge your fellow man because you don’t know him yet. It’s easy for a track guy to criticize a show guy… or vice versa. But when you meet in the middle of the valley, share meals with these people, and share some good times… those walls come down, and people develop a respect for the other side. Now we just need to take that Gridlife mentality, and apply it globally lol. Piece of cake right?