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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It wasn’t long ago since I caught up with John Dollisson and Brett Mattingley to see how the MA61 makeover was going.
This Wednesday just passed as you may already know was another famous monthly Queensland Raceway Morning Session.
Today I’m bringing you four new wallpapers that I’ve whipped up from Round 1 of the Queensland Raceway Short Track Series.
For us photographers, sometimes taking photos of the sport we love just is not enough. Much like our contributor Josh Dobrik, more often then not we can’t wait to get out there and give it a go ourselves. Josh took took it to the Pan recently to learn to drift in his own Mazda MX-5. The skidpan being one of the best places to learn the art form that is drifting; No Police, no traffic and best of all no tire usage!
For the past few months I have been popping in to Option1 for bits and pieces to fix my little Miata. In that time I have always found myself staring at Anthony’s funky 1995 Micra.
Here’s a quick look at Anthony’s k11 Micra, we’ll be making a small spotlight on this cool little daily shortly!
Have any of you wondered what it would be like to ride shotgun with Grant Scott?
On my way to work last week I spotted this funky Cube on a set of BBS RS’s. I do recall seeing some images of this Cube from JDMST meets but never seen it in the flesh. Luckily enough I had my Leica mini by my side to get a shot.
Last Friday night Queensland Raceway opened the track back to the public to its newly refurbished track. As eager as any drifter heading out for the night, I brought out the camera to snap the action.
So I have finally got around to developing my roll of 100 TMAX from Locky’s private track day at QR’s short track.
In the past week I have taken my TT-01D s15 out to 2 new tracks to have a play on some better surfaces than the WOW sight n sound car park I regularly to go to.
Last Monday night I joined John and Dan from AUSZOKU in their newly acquired 3 wheel sliders.
Having only been in operation for half of the year, 2011 has been an incredible year for all of us at Excitement! Car Magazine!
In a very short time we have gained some very significant contributors who have been invaluable towards the success of the magazine. However, one of the greatest things that has helped us to point the magazine in the correct direction has been the feedback from you guys; the readers. We love to hear constructive criticism about the site so be sure to keep letting us know what you like and especially what you don’t like!
As per usual Excitement! went down to support the local cars at our monthly JDMST meet.
The end of the year is approaching fast and there is plenty going on. Most of Brisbane’s graduating students this past week have made their way down to the Gold Coast to celebrate what is the end of 12 long years of schooling.
Just this Sunday past Josh and I took the trip up check out the private track day held by Lachlan Gassman. Until recently the only option for laying down your rubber was the main track which is quite a large, open track. The latest exciting addition to Queensland Raceway has been the short track which is essentially a very long skid pan. With the ability to have a number of different track configurations it makes for one awesome little track!
Sundays action at the 21st Anniversary of Jamboree kicked off with the street compact cars.
I can’t say too much about the second Freeworks vs Streetkarnage meet as you might say I was fashionably late. Luckily enough there were a few quality cars left like this VW on BBS RS’s.