The Queensland Raceway Short Track Series took off last night, and one of the outstanding drivers of the night had to be Mereki keeping it real in his GZE ke70.
Some of the best footage I have seen yet from the Queensland Raceway short track. My god it just makes me want to go drift RIGHT NOW!
Thanks to www.freeworks.com.au
On Sunday, while attending the afternoon sprints, I was treated with seeing Morgan’s BN kitted Zenki as well as a few other very nice cars. They were doing a practice day before the short track comp, which I cannot attend, so I took the opportunity to go photograph them. Obviously with running on a track like this, you run into some dangers. The day ended with a bang, between Mereki in his blue ke70 and Morgan, which is repairable, and hopefully fixed before the comp where they will be running 5 car trains when there is down time. Besides the accidents, the day was filled with lots of action, however my battery only lasted 45 minutes, but I made the best of the time I had. Eventually I will have a post covering the short track action and a small feature on Morgan’s Silvia.
- Cooper Macmillan
Waking up at 3am is never fun. But waking up at 3am to rain, lightning and thunder for a first time track day at Wakefield Park in Goulburn must have been a daunting experience! Luckily I was photographing it.
If you have missed the first round of stadium drift at Queensland raceway I will fill you in with this post. What most people will remember that day is that it was darn hot that day but they did have grins at the end of the day even if they were peeling like a snake and were red as a tomato.
Round one of Stadium Drift, held at Queensland Raceway, had to be one of the hottest days I’ve experienced out at Willowbank, and I’m sure many others would agree. However, this didn’t stop the show with a great amount of cars up for both the show and shine and general spectating. On the way there, stopping at a petrol station, the fuel pumped stuffed up for while, but not for long, as I headed back out on the way following Daniel Batchelor and his friends, who he seemed to be the only one not in a rush. The car kind of shut down on Champions Way again, so sorry to anyone we held up.
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Here’s a quick look at Anthony’s k11 Micra, we’ll be making a small spotlight on this cool little daily shortly!
So aside from the unfortunate circumstances towards the end of the day, who enjoyed the Streetkarnage and Excitment! Car Magazine Slider session? I’m incredibly proud to see so many people turn up to the event, and I’m especially impressed how well behaved everyone was. We are looking forward to bringing you guys another one of these events, but obviously we have to re-think locations and event organisation.
Well I have to say it has been a bit of an interesting week for me after our slider meet on Sunday. While I have always known it was only a matter of time before I would have to take the Corolla off the road, for my own reasons or otherwise, I never would have thought it would be under the particular circumstances.
I’m still a little upset from Sunday’s events, and as I have said not so much because my car is now off the road. It was always going to happen eventually and I have known that for a long time. The disappointing part is that under fairly innocent circumstances (riding of huffy sliders in a deserted, open to the public street) the police felt it necessary to corner us in and license/breath check/fine/defect each one of us as appropriate.
On a very positive side, despite all this I’m still going to Queensland Raceway this Friday night for drifting. I will just have to trailer it up. I’m looking forward to this as the last time I drove was at the QLD Matsuri. Hope to see you all there!
It was 18/3/2012 4:30PM Sunday, as I have arrived to the mysterious location in Advancetown which looked like in the middle of nowhere with no inhabitants. Just a few empty streets and 2 houses in the process of being build; a perfect place for everyone’s sliders to come out and play as well as have a bit of a get together.
Well while the Streetkarnage and Excitement! Car Magazine slider session really didn’t go to plan, we still had some fun. We got some decent photos coming to you guys in the next few days, many of which are thanks to James Dean of James Dean Photography.
Once again, I’m very sorry for anyone that received a fine on the afternoon. I assure you I copped the worst of it by being stranded there until well after dark. The fact that my car has been defected off the road has never been what I have been upset about, the fact that the police deliberately cornered us to defect our cars while we were doing something as nonthreatening as sliding tricycles is what really pisses me off. Believe me when I say I will not lay back and take it, especially when that is what we are expected to do.
I would like to ask anyone that has thought about revenge or wrecking havoc due to all this to not give them the satisfaction. It won’t solve anything, and it will only justify their reasoning behind all this.
Apparently in this day and age, sliding a tricycle in a deserted street is just as likely to get you defected and fined massively as if you were using children in a school zone as clipping points.
I would like to take this opportunity to comment on how incredibly defunct the policing system is in this day an age. I find it sickening how a group of people cannot ride a form of push bike in a deserted undeveloped residential area without being hassled.
SURELY, surely there is something more threatening going on other than a group of youths ‘terrorising’ a deserted street, in tricycles no less.
I would like to again personally thank the man who decided to call the police to state that we were “hooning”. You have done a great justice to your community, dear sir. Well done. I would implore you to maybe try asking us to leave next time. Maybe during the point when I was chatting to you, instead of just calling the police on us. Not every 24 year old in this day and age is on methamphetamines and ready to stab you at any given moment.
So what an eventful afternoon. For the simple act of populating an area and causing harm to no other, I now have to take my car off the road.
I am not the only one either. I would like to take this time to personally apologize to anyone that received a fine this afternoon. It is not right.
God help us in this world.
So while I have been quite happy to sport the panel damage over the last couple of months since my wall hit at the Queensland Raceway short track, I had been severely lacking motivation to actually do anything about it.
For almost no reason at all other than I had a few spare hours to myself yesterday I decided it would be a good idea to start cutting back the collection of cracked paint, rust and copious amounts of bog in order to get a start on the panel work. It’s gonna say bare for a short time until I get another burst of motivation. Till then it will be looking straight, but rusty.
As we speak myself and the rest of the Excitement! Car Magazine are busy filling out media accreditation forms in order to get up to the World Time Attack Challenge again this year. We certainly cannot wait to get out there again to bring you guys some awesome content, so I hope you guys are looking forward to it too!
Be sure to check out the wallpaper section, I have just added a new wallpaper for you guys to download of a slightly oversteery Mercury Motorsport R35, enjoy!
Don’t forget guys! It’s this Sunday!!
See you all there!
One of the first guys I met when I started heading to drift meets was Luke Knight. I had a bit of a chat with him that first night and then ran into him again out at QR in the following weeks and it’s safe to say that you can find him at a track somewhere tearing up tires at any given opportunity.
It’s quite rare in our part of the world to find many groups of car enthusiasts that are not obsessed with either Japanese cars or Australian made cars. It’s even rarer at times to find people that are obsessed with European cars. For James Dean, his obsession lies within this Volkswagen Bora.
Scott Mitchell has come back from the Winton Drift Matsuri with some amazing footage. Looks like the guys are having a kickass time down there. I’m especially proud to see my old N/a 4age 16v is still kicking about in the beige ke70!
Have any of you wondered what it would be like to ride shotgun with Grant Scott?
With Misko and Grantt posting up their recaps of Matsuri, I decided I would as well being that it is my favorite set of photos I’ve taken to date. This event was really a learning curve with my photography; I really got into the manual modes, and used them as much as possible. It really helped learn the panning technique, which I’m still learning, but by doing so really improved my photographs. This was a great weekend for both drifters and spectators, and with the 2 days of non-stop drifting I was in for a treat. I arrived near lunch on the Sunday and it wasn’t long before I spotted some awesome cars and drivers pushing the limits.
I thought I’d remind every viewer on how much fun everyone had on October the 7,8,9th as well as getting hyped up and days after (for some weeks) talking about how much fun they had at our favorite track in Queensland: The Queensland raceway of course.
This week we have two new contributors on board; Cooper Macmillan and Misko Martinovic so we will be revisiting the 2011 Queensland Raceway Matsuri. Both of these guys covered the event and have some fantastic content to show you. We will also be showing you some of the photos that you didn’t see during our coverage of the event. One of the cars that I think basically defined the Queensland Raceway Matsuri has to be Cameron Macleod’s S13 that he built especially for this event. There were plenty more amazing sights to see during the weekend, and we all cannot wait to see what the 2012 Matsuri Brings us.