When it comes to seeing the most exciting drift cars in South-East Queensland at one single gathering it’s hard to look past a Queensland Raceway morning session. You need only take one look at perfectly crafted cars like Dylan Salmond’s freshly built s13.4 to spot why there is clearly no exception.
I say it time and time again, but there is something magical about a Queensland Raceway morning session. Without a doubt it is my favorite drifting event in Australia. From the minute I arrive, the perfect mix of crisp winter morning air, with the smell of burnt tire gets my heart racing.
It’s been quite rare for me to be making it to drift days over the last few years with work, uni and of course the fact that I often have to decide whether I would prefer to take photos or drift. Believe me it’s a tough decision sometimes!
Today I have been preparing for my next drift day that I will be attending on July 5th. Jason and I are both in dire need of tires for the event so being the one with a day off I decided to go tire shopping for us both. I was very excited today to be getting these new tires as the car is now for the first time sitting on all four Hayashi Streets wrapped in 185/55 profile tires. For those that don’t know my car personally it has previously been using 60 profile tires which several months ago I decided needed to be given the flick after seeing the C’s Garage ke70.
Anyway, I’m all set for tires now and cannot wait till July 5th.
Come at me Mereki!
As someone that has been heavily involved in Japanese performance cars for most of their life, I have always loved to experience new and different car cultures. It amazes me to see the variety of styles and trends that can be found. One such culture that I love to explore is the classic American car culture, which Cooper and I managed to find plenty of at the Cooly Rocks On Festival in Coolangatta. The week long event saw Coolangatta packed with people and varieties of old school cars, like those seen in this line up along Marine Pde. It’s moments like what you see in this picture that made me feel as if I had gone back in time!
Some more great coverage from Behind The Smoke of Dai Yoshihara competing in Formula D. This time coming from Palm Beach in Florida. It never ceases to amaze me the efforts that the teams put into the cars in Formula D; through this episode we see Dai Yoshihara receive something of a solid love tap from fellow driver Chris Ward. Despite only slight scratching of the wheel and a little bit of cracked fibreglass the team still gave a thorough check of all suspension components as well as replaced both rear wheels before the next run against Ward.
Just a quick teaser for what Cooper and I have coming up for you this Friday: Some very fine machines from Cooly Rocks On in Coolangatta.
On May 18th we battled the freezing cold to watch some of the tightest battles and wall running action Brisbane had to offer at round 3 of the Queensland Raceway Short Track Series. This 3 part series organized by Wreck ‘Em and Sponsored by Etnies Australia saw some of the coolest looking drift cars in South-East Queensland hit the tarmac; one such car being a very low S14 driven by none other than Morgan Dowling.
Just a quick teaser for you guys of what Josh and I captured at yesterdays Queensland Raceway Morning Session. We will be bringing you full coverage from the day in the coming week or so.
Here you go guys; I have added some new wallpapers for everyone to check out. I recently got my hands on some smooth Fujifilm Pro 160 NPS film so I thought what better way to try it out than on the Corolla and give you all some images to have!
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A bit of a teaser of some coverage that Josh has coming up for you guys in the next few days on Morgan Dowling’s S14.
Wakefield Park caters to all types of motorsports and Ferrari Club of Australia take advantage of this holding track days throughout the year with luxury European cars screaming around the track. This particular Orange Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera is just one of them. Not afraid to give it a bit and being driven how it was built is what car enthusiasts are all about. Sensibly too… Of course!
I’ve also created a wallpaper of this for you guys to use, so check it out in our Wallpaper section!
I honestly cannot wait to get another opportunity to go meet up with these guys again. If you have been privileged enough to experience drifting in Japan it feels like nothing else; everything is much simpler. There is no ego, there is no “This car looks better because…” or “This car looks shit because…” it is simply guys out to have fun. It should mean nothing more than that.
I was incredibly lucky to go meet Nozomu Sakai and the rest of the guys from MotorFIX last year, and I couldn’t have done it without help from Shane Bingham and Ewan Paterson who run K-Tours Osaka.
Hopefully I will get the opportunity to again go over there next year!
A bit of a Midnight Mechanics video for you guys today. I finally edited my GoPro footage from the March 9th Queensland Raceway Morning Session. I seriously love these events for the people that turn up and the time we get on track. I’m really happy with some of the tandems Jason and I go on the day, I can’t wait for us to get back out there asap!
I have been getting plenty of people asking me when the next slider session is going to kick off, and I hear ya! I’m keen to get back out and ride these things too!
Good news is I have been talking with the boys at Streetkarnage , and while we haven’t got anything planned yet we will be looking at doing something soon. So sit tight!
For now, if anyone has any suggestions on spots, feel free to hit us up!
Yes I know that it’s not actually a Sunny, but I like to call it that anyway. Just this week I went over to visit my friend Nathan McKenna to check out some work that was being completed on his new 1200 shell. Last time we saw the car it had just finished having a base coat on the outside. While it may not look like there has been a whole lot of progress on the car itself, there has been some significant progress on external parts.