Nizpro and Archerfields first official drift comp kicked off recently with the first round of the PM Lubricants 6 Round Series. Now you may have realised that I have a bit of a soft spot for Archerfield and attend quite a few events here, and that’s because I love getting close to the action. Which is also handy because I use short lenses to shoot anyway.
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.
This weekend was pretty busy for me. First working on my Excel track car before visiting a workshop for a while on Saturday, and then after finding out about the drifting at Archerfield I decided to go out to watch. This weekend I had a different camera though; a borrowed Nikon D3100 which I had good fun playing with. Lots of awesome shots came out from using it at Archie, even though I was restricted to the 18-55 so mostly I was up right next to the track. I met Brett (iBrettowski), a fellow drift photographer who spent a lot of the day talking to Chez (Watts) and I. The track was overflowing with cars as over 50 drivers had entered, which meant other potential entrants had to miss out. This overflow of cars, however, made for some exciting action. Due to the event not being a competition day there was continuous drifting throughout the event with lots of opportunities to shoot cars as they came by. There were quite a few Aussie cars entered too and since it was only the start of the drifting experience for some, this gave good track time for them to learn.
In the short time that I have been going to Archerfield for drifting I’ve seen some pretty talented drivers getting around the tight track that was originally intended for go karts. Sarah “Sez” Rogers is one that stands out from the crowd with skills that exceed quite a few of her male peers. In her bright pink S13 Silvia, Sez is carving her way up the field and putting her foot down on the comments that women can’t drive. Maybe she has trouble parallel parking or getting it straight at a shopping center, but ones things for sure, she’ll whip you’re ass when it comes to taking corners. Sez took some time out from a session to have a chat to me about her aggressive style.
Local Brisbane photographer Chez Watts has sent me through some pretty amazing photos that he recently took at an afternoon of drifting at Archerfield. Typically most images you will see from Archerfield are quite yawn-worthy as there are only a small variety of vantage points to get photos from. Chez however has come back with an incredibly fresh perspective that would make anyone want to go check out an Archy event as soon as possible!
When you turn up to a typical afternoon practice at Archerfield, you don’t always expect the A Team of drift cars to turn up. Not to say that happened for this particular event, but I certainly had my expectations of the event exceeded.