Matsuri was bright and intense, it was fun and exciting with old friends and new. It was chaotic and still calm with people everywhere doing many different things yet an attitude of cool soaking over the QR paddocks. There was so much going on and despite the 2 day schedule there was so little time. Everywhere you looked there was something happening, mates peeling out of sheds in groups to hit a track in trains, newer drivers easing into things on the skid pan, pro level cars flicking toward short track wall at unfathomable angles and speed. All of this, all the time. We didn’t need 24hrs, we needed 2 weeks to take all this in.
Have any of you wondered what it would be like to ride shotgun with Grant Scott?
With Misko and Grantt posting up their recaps of Matsuri, I decided I would as well being that it is my favorite set of photos I’ve taken to date. This event was really a learning curve with my photography; I really got into the manual modes, and used them as much as possible. It really helped learn the panning technique, which I’m still learning, but by doing so really improved my photographs. This was a great weekend for both drifters and spectators, and with the 2 days of non-stop drifting I was in for a treat. I arrived near lunch on the Sunday and it wasn’t long before I spotted some awesome cars and drivers pushing the limits.
I thought I’d remind every viewer on how much fun everyone had on October the 7,8,9th as well as getting hyped up and days after (for some weeks) talking about how much fun they had at our favorite track in Queensland: The Queensland raceway of course.
This week we have two new contributors on board; Cooper Macmillan and Misko Martinovic so we will be revisiting the 2011 Queensland Raceway Matsuri. Both of these guys covered the event and have some fantastic content to show you. We will also be showing you some of the photos that you didn’t see during our coverage of the event. One of the cars that I think basically defined the Queensland Raceway Matsuri has to be Cameron Macleod’s S13 that he built especially for this event. There were plenty more amazing sights to see during the weekend, and we all cannot wait to see what the 2012 Matsuri Brings us.
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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.
Continuing on with our coverage of Queensland’s first ever 24-hour drift Matsuri.
It takes a certain kind of obsession to take part in drift events, some people have it, others think they do and very soon find out they don’t. A matsuri event will push you to that obsession’s breaking point better than any other.
The first Queensland Raceway 24 hour drift Matsuri has just wrapped up this weekend, and what a weekend it was! Originally the event was planned to be a 24 hour straight event starting at midday on Saturday and winding up at midday on Sunday. Due to some complications they had to change this so it was a total of 24 hours over two days. Considering the last minute change, they pulled it off pretty damn well!
24 hours of drifting certainly puts the pressure on each and every car in attendance of the Queensland Raceway drift Matsuri. As you will see over the coming days, there were few people lucky enough to not have to work on their cars over the weekend to ensure they had a running car the entire time.
For myself I was lucky to not come away with anything terminal, but my clutch has definitely seen better days. I pulled this out of the car yesterday afternoon after it had got to the point of being able to start the car in gear with no movement. I’ll be getting a brand new one very soon and will have the car ready to go asap!
Wow! What an amazing weekend! The Queensland Raceway 24 hour drift Matsuri was a fantastic event. There were some amazing cars to watch at the event, but the most amazing thing to watch were the people working overnight to ensure they had a functional drift car in the morning. Unfortunately for myself, I was having clutch problems all weekend and it finally decided to let go about 10am this morning. Having just finished pulling the clutch out now, I can safely say there is no coming back for it. Luckily though, it meant that I was able to troll around and get some great photos for you guys to see!
Check back soon coverage of the entire weekend from Josh and Myself!