It was around June of 2012, I had been told about an event up in Minnesota called MAP Proving Grounds. I didn't really know much about it other then there would be drifting, drag racing, road course, auto x, and parties at night for 3 days. I hadn't been to a drift event yet and after watching some videos this looked like something that would be perfect for my first time out. I'm not saying I was bad or anything, just not confident in sliding at an event. I had a fear of making a fool out of myself if I were to be really bad compared to everyone else. My biggest concern was I didn't have a good working e-brake which I had grown very incredibly accustomed to when I was driving FWD cars for the past couple years.
I hit up PBM to see about ordering one of theirs, found out they were several months on back order. Looking at other designs I became frustrated as PBM was the only front mount master cylinder which is what I was looking for so I could mount it in my dash. Then one day I came to the conclusion that I was going to need to make one myself. I got a copy of AutoCad and went to work on making the basic layout for the handbrake. At the same time I also placed an order for a 3/4 pass through master cylinder.
I went to the misc/scrap bin and got to looking for some material, that's when I stumbled across the perfect match! A nice block of aluminum, grabbed that and as I went to hand it to him and leave he stopped me and told me I better get to work if I wanted to make this handbrake. He wasn't going to make it for me! Instead he lent me a helping hand at using his equipment to make it myself!