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
It’s that time of year again! The Tectaloy International Drift Challenge is coming to Sydney Motorsport Park this Friday and Saturday the 10th – 11th of August.
Our managing editor, Courtney McColgan, caught up with Jake Jones this week to discuss the talented field of drivers he is about to face , and his preparation for this year’s event.
For further information on the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge, please visit www.worldtimeattack.com
For further information on Jake ‘Driftsquid’ Jones, please visist www.driftsquid.com E!CM
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.
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!
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.
It wasn’t long ago since I caught up with John Dollisson and Brett Mattingley to see how the MA61 makeover was going.
It’s quite rare to see one of these cars in this day and age, particularly in this condition; a two door R31 GTS. I was lucky enough to be shown this beauty in the flesh by a friend of a friend recently which just happens to be sporting a rather tidy RB25DET install.
I might try organise a shoot of this some time if you guys would like to see more of it?
This Wednesday just passed as you may already know was another famous monthly Queensland Raceway Morning Session.
Late Thursday night I met up with some of the Stadium Drift guys to see them off before their long drive all the way down to Wakefield. With the actual event staring on Saturday, leaving late on Thursday gave them enough time to get down to the track by about Midday Friday and rest up for the big event the following day.
You might remember this Ae86 from a few months back which was picked up by my friend Aaron. Long story short the Ae86 build was not to be and was passed on to one of our other friends, Beau, who probably has more experience than both Aaron and myself put together with building Corollas.
Today I’m bringing you four new wallpapers that I’ve whipped up from Round 1 of the Queensland Raceway Short Track Series.
…Is what I would imagine you would be quite proficient in if you ever owned a car like this. A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of shooting Lexus GS300 owned by my good friend Jayrad. These cars have been gaining an incredible amount of popularity in the last 12 months or so. I swore to myself a year ago while in Japan that this would be the sort of car I would buy when I wanted to become ‘responsible’. For people like Jayrad however, that term couldn’t be further from the truth.
A bit of a quick teaser from a shoot this week, more later!
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.
Here’s a quick look at Anthony’s k11 Micra, we’ll be making a small spotlight on this cool little daily shortly!
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.
So we have just recently found a new spot to take our sliders to and are very happy to announce we will be organizing a session in the future in conjunction with Streetkarnage!
Michael Harris from SK will have a flyer for you guys with all the details in the next couple of days so be ready!
This week, a bunch of mates and I have been busy hitting up the hills. Even though we love to do that on any occasion, we pushed to do a few more runs this week as we have been visited from our Tasmanian contributor; Sean Jarzynka.
I have just recently had a bunch of film rolls developed so I thought I would share some of the shots that didn’t make it to the CJSS post last year.
Last week I went for a bit of a drive with my good friend Aaron who has just made a very exciting purchase; an Ae86 rolling shell. As you will find further on, Aaron is no stranger to the Ae Chassis world.
So I have finally got around to developing my roll of 100 TMAX from Locky’s private track day at QR’s short track.
This looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!
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!