In my opinion, no other event sums up Drift culture in South-East Queensland like Rad Times does; Drifting, it’s thriving! We love it, and we’re going to keep doing it no matter how we are looked at as a culture. We are getting some amazing events these days that give us an outlet for our passion, and Rad Times has to be one of the best. Hosted by SecretDrift this event is based on the Queensland Raceway Short Track which is incredibly fun to watch and drive, yet it can be equally as unforgiving.
The morning for me kicked off with the obligatory hour road trip from the Gold Coast through to the far back of Ipswich where Queensland Raceway is held. Being winter, the mornings start off dark and cold, but as the day progresses and that beautiful sun comes through; it makes a long drive just that little bit better.
I always love to go for a good stroll through the paddock before any action kicks off. Many people may not realize it, but sometimes the most interesting thing about drifting culture is not the cars, but the people themselves.
Jansen butler was sporting his recently acquired Ae86. Having seen him out of action for some time, it’s actually really refreshing and somewhat fitting to see him drifting an 86 shell again.
First one out; Jansen’s Sr20de 86 was blazing it up all day and pushing every possible part of the car to its limits; including the motor which decided to have an argument with the head gasket at the end of the day.
Shiny and Jum as always were making it look easy. It’s never a worry to get shots of these two close together.
Jum was pushing the R33 incredibly hard all day. Camo also got in amongst it with his green R32, which has been around forever and still going strong.
This one, two, three combination was happening all day and it was mind blowing to watch.
Jesse Hinze, a good mate of mine who was kind enough to give me a lift to the track, was pushing his CA18det powered ke70 hard all day. Not deterred by something as simple as cradled bushes tearing out of the S13 rear cradle, Jesse took a drive all the way back to the Gold Coast to get spares and get back in time for the rest of the track day. The CA even held up all day, who would have thought!
Aaron Fairfull’s S13 was catching my eye all day, something about those Albino Racing wheels just make it look amazing.
Being powered by an RB25 meant there is definitely no lacking in power. Combined with the styling of the car, I would have to say it’s a winning combination.
Next to Danny T’s 1j S13 makes for an awesome pairing; the two low NiceVibe cars really stand out among a sea of Silvias in the drift scene.
Fellow Midnight Mechanic Jason Murray has been hitting the tracks hard since he freshly completed his 4agte Ae86. Having rarely tried this track, and often describing his dislike for it, I was proud to watch his driving of this track improve by an astronomical amount during the day.
Unfortunately during the day the 4agte just wouldn’t cooperate as it was constantly filling the catch can with oil, which is fairly likely a piston rings issue. It’s a shame that the car has only had so many events, but we will get the car back out on the track as soon as possible. Nothing that can’t be solved with a couple of mates and an equal amount of cartons of beer.
One particular car that shone out to me was this Streetkarnage S13 which was packing an lS1. There was some serious horsepower underneath the bonnet of this thing which made for a wild show when the taps were really opened.
A driver that’s always worth a mention is Nick Rombouts. This guy is amazing to watch drive in the dry, and even better to watch when driving in the wet. Some more photos of that later.
Steven Lewis has put some serious work into his R32 to make it look the way it does, and he certainly has no problem throwing it around.
Unfortunately during the day it came to the point of throwing it just that little bit too hard. We’ve all been there.
It really was a shame to see such a tidy car scarred, but as they say, that’s drifting.
Half way through the day unfortunately, the weather started to turn for the worst. Dark clouds started to roll in and everyone could anticipate what was going to happen, but it didn’t stop anyone from having fun.
That’s all the photos for today, more tomorrow!
- Grant E!CM