Drift Practice at Lydden Hill 2014

Drift Practice at Lydden Hill, 15th Feb 2014. Arrived at 9:15am ……a little later then planned. Parked up in the pits & opposite me was Peter Green in his V8 powered E30 beast! I would have to have a chat with him later but 1st thing was 1st, had to go sign in.

Went down to the office where there was no queue, result! Sometimes it works out better been a little late πŸ˜‰ The lovely young lady signed me in & gave me my wrist band & Orange sticker for the Novice Inter group & unlike last time on the reserve list I wouldn’t have to keep going back to check if i could drift again, woo hoo!

I had missed the 1st session, hmmm at times been late isn’t so good! Not to worry I had another 5 sessions to go!

Time to unload my tools, my tyres & check the tyre pressures. All the pressures were low even the fronts? So spent about 20mins pumping them up!

What I hadn’t realised, is that the gauge on the pump was set to Bar & not Psi……so now they were really pumped!!!

Then a familiar face approached me, it was Christian Freed. Met him through ebay when I was getting the M52 328i lump for my E30 swap, he was in the process of fitting the mighty M62 V8 to his E30!

He was selling the complete kit but I never won the bet but Christian had been a great help with tips & advice when I was fitting the M52 lump, although I wished I went the V8 route, still might do the V8, soon, very soon…… You just cant beat that V8 rumble & power!

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Santa Pod Drift What Ya Brung DWYB

Santa Pod Drift What Ya Brung DWYB. Let the good times Roll. Finally I get to go to the Pod, although I was not feeling too good at all. Had a damned nasty ticklish cough that I have had for over a week now & just cant shake the damn thing of……

Arrived at 10am, got there in 2 hours, there was just a little traffic on the way, Missed an hours worth of drift practice & the drivers briefing but asked the ticket man whats what, when I Signed in.

He just said there were several play pens. Start with theΒ  smaller pens, where you can practice doughnuts, figure of 8s & drifting between cones.

Then there were the bigger play pens, the 1st one has a pair of cones about 8ft apart for you to drift between.The next bigger pen had cones laid out in the shape of a kidney, for you to drift around. You had to go on this one to prove you are competent at drifting before moving on to the advanced track!

The Advanced track is laid out like one of the EDC (European Drift Championship ) Tracks…… awesome stuff, couldn’t wait!

As I went he said to just Have Fun!;) Ohh yes I intend to bud…..

Next I found a parking spot, it was a long way of as all the good spots had gone. Unloaded all my tyres & tools before setting up the GoPro & Ghost HD action cams!

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Keep Drifting Fun – Outsiders Japan

Keep Drifting Fun – The Outsiders Japan! The other day I found a little Gem of a video, called The Ugly Duckling and now I found this large Gem of a video, Outsiders Japan! I cant believe I haven’t seen it before but when I started watching Outsiders Japan, I was hooked!

This was filmed in 2011 by Driftworks, featuring Phil Morrison & James Robinson, who take a tour of Japans Drift scene. This is a great documentary for anyone, drift fans or not. It was beautifully shot, with a great soundtrack & gives an interesting insight into the Japanese drifting culture.

Japan has always been at the forefront of drifting. The Japanese always Keep Drifting Fun, from drifting in the city streets to the Touge Passes from the mountains or the dedicated drift tracks all around Japan.

They just drift for the pure thrill of it, not for the glory, the fame, the money or the sponsors! The Driftworks crew visit drift teams from the big to the small, Bee*R, Mind Control, Kids Heart, 326 Power and V-Factory. They visit many places including Bihoku, Suzuka Twin and Meihan, plus the crazy city of Nagoya! Continue reading

British Drift Championship 2013 Review

British Drift Championship 2013 Review. Although the British Drifting scene is coming along in leaps and bounds & the quality of drifters & cars has stepped up to another level altogether, there is a little problem.

The TV coverage is still somewhat lacking. Motors TV been the only channel broadcasting the BDC. Needs to be more mainstream & on for longer to fit more drift action in. Hopefully things will improve in 2014!

The BDC needs to get onto some of the Bigger tracks of the UK, like Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Snetterton etc to get more recognition & draw in some bigger sponsorship deals. And they need to add a couple more rounds to the season…. πŸ™‚

Its a bit hit & miss trying to watch the BDC on Motors TV & the coverage & production of the show is pretty poor! To be honest its shit! The commentators get on my tits & they only show some snippets of the actual drifting & they talk too much shite, often leaving the viewer unsure of whats going on!

Sadly it has a long, long way to go before they come anyway near the level of the Drift scene in Europe or the USA.

Round 1 at Lydden Hill, the 1st competition of the season. I went to see this event which was pretty damn good.

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The Ugly Duckling Drifter

The Ugly Duckling Drifter. This awesome short film about two mates wondering what to do on a quiet day, sound interesting? Well probably not but you just have to watch it….you will be amazed.

Its like one of them days we all have at some point in our lives, talking to a mate about how we often plan to do things, what we could or should do but never end up doing it…..

The story is fun, the filming, the editing, the music and best of all, the Drifting is so damn awesome, I love it! The star of the film is an old beaten up e36 BMW 325i, Filmed in Lithuania by amateur drifters Norbefilms. Great stuff.

I really enjoyed this short film, there is so much crap on YouTube these days, then all of a sudden you find a gem like this, if only there was more great little movies like this…..if you do find any just send them to me. πŸ˜‰

Drifting The European Way – Drift Allstars

Drifting The European Way – Drift Allstars, Drifting with style & passion! This championship gets bigger and Bigger every year! 2014 is going to be massive, Hugely massive….

Here we have is a great video showing the high lights from round 3 of Drift Allstars at Latvia from the 2013 season.

For 2014 there will be over 100 drivers from over 7 country’s competing in the Drift Allstars series. This series will also consist of 2 street circuits which are always a big hit with the fans & drivers.

The amount of media coverage at these events is massive. At some events the public roads are partially closed & the drifters get a police escort through the streets, you gotta love it!!!

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Arena Essex Drifting 2014

Arena Essex Drifting 2014, back for more drifting fun…… 1st bit of legal drifting this year. The 3.9 ratio Limited Slip Diff fitted, the Nardi imitation 350mm steering wheel fitted & Kenlowe elecy fan sorted. T dirte on route to the Arena with a full tank of Gogo juice, spotted another fellow drifter on his way with a Black e30 on his flat bed transit, thumbs up mate!

Is Marsh also on route in the SL55 AMG V8 Merc? I f`ing hope not…….Parked up at the Tavern & ran up stairs to get signed in & get my wristband. Run back down to the Beamer & of to the pits to tape the lights up!

Quick look around the pits & no JT or Marsh, looking good apart from the big queue of drifters. Got in line & set up the GoPro, not long now……. Continue reading

BMW Unveils Self Drifting M235i

BMW Unveils Self Drifting M235i, What the fuck are they playing at? The ultimate driving machine has now become the ultimate passenger machine? Impressive stuff BMW but where is the fun, the Beamer driving & drifting itself while you sit there like a f`ing dummy, come on…..some geek needs a slap for sure.

Consumer Electronic Show has witnessed lots of new car technologies and in between BMW has the show stealing tech for their cars and that is self driving drifting cars. These cars can drift on bends without touching any cones on bends.

For now only two models have this ultimate and fascinating technology and they are 2 series coupe and 6 series gran coupe. Both of these models can go round bends without any interference of driver. Car has a power slide for comfortable drift around corners without any intervention of driver. Car has 360 radar, cameras and sensors to adapt their surroundings for using all technologies accordingly.

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