Each year, the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge is held alongside World Time Attack . Without fail, it brings the best of the best from all over Australia and New Zealand. This year, an absolute bombshell was dropped with the announcement of Japan’s legendary Team Orange drivers, Nobushige Kumakubo and Naoto Suenaga, confirming entries to take a shot at the prestigious title.
Scott Mitchell has just finished up his video of the Zen Garage x 7Tune Party that was held the Thursday night before World Time Attack Challenge. There are some amazing angles in this video which perfectly describe the atmosphere of the entire event. Get stuck into it! E!CM
Running for just over two years now, The-LOWDOWN.com wanted to lift things off the ground with their first big event, Showcased, which attracted audiences from all over Australia. Of course, when the boys from Streekarnage caught wind of this event they knew they had to be there to cause some trouble.
This past weekend I attended round four of the Stadium Drift Australia series, held at Carnell Raceway in Stanthorpe. The event was full of epic battles, tones of close calls and plenty of paint trading, all of which we’ve come to expect from the boys who compete in this series.
I know this post is slightly overdue, but the short track series ended with some spectacular driving that can’t go unmentioned. The drivers were out in full force with plenty of amazing entries and extremely close tandems. This series has been one of the best so far in Queensland for the drifting scene, and I definitely hope for it to pick up again. The atmosphere at these events is super friendly and of course with Mez M.C.ing, the night was even better. Flynn Dowling didn’t participate in the tandems as he had, somewhat unwillingly, entered the competition side, rendering him unable to join in on the tandem fun, but he did very well in the comp…
Last week, The-Lowdown.com’s first proper event ‘Showcased’ was held in Sydney. The online hype surrounding the event created much anticipation, and so I took the 2000km journey down from Goldy with the Streetkarnage crew to see what all the fuss was about. In this first post I will be taking you behind the scenes of our 13 hour roller coaster trip down, with many highs and lows along the way.
Not often do you get to see this many track animals congregating in one place, but that’s the beauty of the EvolutionOz Nationals. For the 7th year running, the EvolutionOz car club of Australia held its annual Nationals (or “Nats” for the usuals). This year the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution gods descended upon the town of Goulburn, New South Wales, bringing with them 68 Evo owners to battle. Owners came from interstate, enduring long journeys just to be part of the Nats, and it’s safe to say that they thoroughly enjoyed it.
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.
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!
In the land far far away (For us Queenslanders), we have this town called Goulburn, and at this time of the year it has special powers to make our thermometers read in the negatives and wind strong enough to make the clouds look like a time lapse video.
But that has never stopped a drift competition before and it it never will.
Straight back into the coverage of Round 3 of the Queensland Raceway Short Track Series! Flynn Dowling, the owner of this rather amazing Onevia, was on form all night. In my opinion one of the best looking cars in Queensland at the moment. It’s rolling proof that even though setup of a drift car is important, you can still slamm it down hard for maximum style and drive better than everyone else.
Episode 4 of “Behind the Smoke” from GTChannel. I’m really enjoying seeing this documentary style coverage of a driver in Formula D. What you opinion of all the videos so far guys?
Hollywood CA, – May 14, 2012 In this episode of GTChannel’s “Behind the Smoke” Dai’s Formula D Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 gets another thorough examination before heading to Atlanta for Round 2. A local SoCal track is used to simulate the upcoming Atlanta layout and the crew tries to dial in Dai’s car.
“I am very happy with the car this year. The additional horsepower along with the adjustments we made with the suspension really feels good,” said Dai. These new changes among others are highlighted in this latest episode of “Behind the Smoke”.
2012 looks to be even a more highly contested season with more experienced drivers and expanded fields for the Formula Drift series. In addition to a new tire specs and suspension requirements there are a number of challenges to be faced for the upcoming season. The Formula Drift drivers in 2012 are more experienced and more importantly expanded driver fields will pose a formidable challenge for 2012.
This Wednesday just passed as you may already know was another famous monthly Queensland Raceway Morning Session.
Despite abundance of drifting events that we have floating around these days, sometimes you just can’t beat a good old fashioned Friday night drift event. Just this Friday past I got a very unexpected text from fellow Midnight Mechanic, Jason Sherring, asking me to come up to Queensland Raceway to watch him drift his 4agte AE86. Considering he has been trying to sell it for the past year, and hadn’t taken it to the track in what we worked out was more than two years, I was both very surprised and excited to hear he would be hitting the track.
I only took a few photos of Jason driving on the night and a few others, but I thought I would share them with you all. I also have some GoPro footage from the night coming up too.
Time for another Stadium drift Round! This time at my personal favorite track to shoot; Carnell Raceway (better known as Stanthorpe).
A good friend of mine, Jared Ahearn, turned up to the most recent Queensland Raceway Short Track round with more video gear than any single person should be able to afford and managed to produced this amazing video from the entire event. Somehow managing to mix Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds into the mix is a skill that only few can have, so enjoy the clip!
Hardtuned.net celebrated Remembrance Day in 2012 by hiring out the Holden Performance Driving Center and holding a private track day. After all, the men and women who we honor on this day fought and died for the freedoms that we have today. With a live DJ spinning out tracks, BBQ sizzling out the back and a large crowd of cars eager to hit the black top in time attack, hot laps and skid pans, the mood was set for fun. The clouds offered a cool day for both drivers and their vehicles, which made the whole thing just that little more comfortable.
If you have never taken the drive out to Stanthorpe before, the drive alone is an experience in itself. I drove out the night before and braved the bugs on the Cunningham Highway, which sounded like rain on the windshield and caused some trouble with oncoming headlights. All this in the attempt to get a room and not have to get up at 4am to make the drive from Brisbane. Alas this was not to be. I pulled into the first motel I came to out that way, and being a good hearted guy, I held the door open for a British tourist, who snaked the last room in town on me and I had to go back to Warrick for a room. I won’t be doing that again.
Now on to more pressing matters…. Who like skids?
This past Friday, I attended the second round of the short track series, which had to be even bigger than last round. There were a few cars out of action as I turned up due to things breaking and such but the action was still on par. I met even more people this round; I’m starting to get to know a lot of people within the drift scene. I also followed Grant everywhere, like a sidekick, so I used his 5D to get some decent shots of the drifting.
Here’s my final photos from Round 2 of the Queensland Raceway Short Track series that was held on Friday night. One of the understated cars of the night was Simon Mercers LS powered S13 which is still being dialed in but had no problem pouring out the smoke for the crowds.
It’s been incredibly refreshing shooting the last couple of rounds of the Queensland Raceway Short Track Series, and I am already pumped to shoot the next one. There has been some amazing action across both rounds so far that has seen plenty of drivers really push their cars past the limits, which is really what we want to see!
Last week at Queensland Raceway, a drifting comp was held on the short track; Round 1 of the Queensland Raceway Short Track series. There was a huge turnout with loads of people turning up to watch 16 cars battle it out with 5 more doing trains in between during the down time which were great to watch. The night was good, despite turning up an hour late there was still lots of action to see and plenty of people to meet, two of which being Grant and Josh who I finally met for the first time.
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.