The last twelve months has absolutely blown by, but for us Midnight Mechanics it has been a year of unforgettable drift events. Our 2012 saw more track time together than any other year, and as such we have been getting quite the collection of footage from each of our events. I thought it would be suitable to do a compilation of all of our events from this year into one video. I’m looking forward to bringing you guys even more footage for the 2013 season. With both Jasons now running high strung 4agte setups, Cass’s ae86 coupe build and his current 20v Ae86 hatch along with my Sr20 ae71 build, we are really looking forward to ripping up the track even more so this year! E!CM
What do you desire most in a car? Performance? Style? Pedigree? Perhaps, like many automotive enthusiasts, the want for a reliable and comfortable car throws the possibility for these options out the window. For my good friend Cassian Finnerty, and many other passionate AE86 owners like himself, the chance for all of this and more has become a reality with the arrival of the new Toyota 86.
For 200 drifters in South-East Queensland the next two weeks will possibly be the busiest two weeks of their entire year. For the Midnight Mechanics drift team, there is no exception, and the roll will be called for all four of us on Saturday the 6th of October. Each and every one of us have a list of things we need to check, build and ready before this event as there will be no other track day this year that will put as much strain on our cars.
We had a small rendezvous this week with fellow Midnight Mechanic; Cass. His blacktop 20v ae86 that you see here on the right hasn’t been running for some time now but after finally fixing it he dusted it off and came down to see us. Considering Jason’s Ae86 is nearing completion with its new body work and paint it seemed perfect timing to get some quick photos of the two cars.
Daily drivers are a necessary part of any drifter’s life. There seems to be three ways you can go about it; one way is to go practical and cheap so that maximum funding can go towards the track car. Another option is to purchase a larger car such as a 4wd that can tow the track car. Failing that you can do exactly what my good friend and fellow Midnight Mechanic, Cass has done; buy something that will be fun on the road as well as hopefully get you in less trouble than the track car would… Maybe.
I’d like to introduce you to our long lost Midnight Mechanics; Cassian Finnerty. Cass first started skidding with us around 2005 in his Blacktop 20v Ae86. As you will have seen from our coverage of the Queensland Raceway 24 hour drift Matsuri he’s back on board and up to usual tricks.
It is a rare occasion at Queensland Raceway, particularly as a driver, on any given event to be strolling around the paddock several hours after the event has stopped. Let alone several hours before the gates even open. The Queensland Raceway 24 hour drift Matsuri was one such occasion that allowed me to bring you the photos you see before you.