This has to be one of my favorite images from the 2012 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge. Nigel Petrie, a driver who I am privileged to say I have driven with this year, put on a phenomenal show up against some of the big names in the game and managed to push out near flawless runs all weekend.
I love Morning Sessions. I’ve said it plenty of times before, and I will happily say it again. Honestly some of the best cars and drifting action can be seen at these laid back events. What started out as overcast and potentially rainy November 28th, quickly turned into a scorcher that would remind us all that summer is here. Normally for an event like this I would be out amongst the action with my own car, however being knee deep in turning my Corolla into the Nissan powered abomination it will soon become I had no choice but to sit back and watch. For something Different I decided it would be interesting to leave the Digital SLR at home and come to the track armed with nothing but my EOS-1 film SLR and a couple of rolls of color slide film.
The World Time Attack Challenge is an event filled to the brim with a variety of car culture that could please any fanatic. With drift car, trade stands, show cars and of course the time attack cars themselves it is amazing that it all fits into only two days. What many overlook during WTAC, however, is the sea of equally impressive cars owned by the spectators of this very event. During our very busy weekend in Sydney, Cooper and I took some time to check out some of your cars, so here they are!
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…
The guys over at GT Channel have passed me through their first Episode of their second season of “Behind the Smoke” – A documentary that follows the efforts of Formula D driver Daijiro Yoshihara. The series covers much more than what you see at the events and goes a bit more in depth as to what it takes to be a Formula D drifter.
“2012 is off to a great start and we hope to duplicate the success enjoyed with “Behind the Smoke” last year; while expanding the show’s distribution and promoting the sport of drifting worldwide”, says Taro Koki, Executive Producer of “Behind the Smoke.”
Season one focused on the struggle to win Dai’s first title, season two will document the rigors to stay at the top of the podium. With more in-depth coverage the viewers are drawn to the drama and hard work required to field a competitive Formula D car. More action, more pressure, and more smoke…
“Last year was the best of my career and hopefully GTChannel can be my good luck charm again in 2012. After eight years on the Formula Drift tour it felt great to finally win a title. I would like to thank all the drift fans out there for their support especially last year” said Dai Yoshihara.
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 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 the expanded driver field will pose a formidable challenge for 2012. Dai and crew have added horsepower to his Nissan S13 to keep up with the competition and if last week was any indication, 2012 should be a fun ride.
Here at Excitement! Car Magazine we will be bringing you guys each episode as they keep churning them out, so be sure to check them out!
It’s funny how those of us who toil with track specific cars still insist on owning fun daily drivers. It’s like a disease that we can’t seem to shake. Despite the many years of owning my Corolla it has always been a must for me to own a daily that can make me grin from ear to ear. Even my last daily; an automatic MX73 Cressida with, get this, working air con had its kicks. Sounds boring right? Wrong. That grin still came from the chassis rails almost kissing the ground at a mere 25mm.
I rarely admit it, but I love my daily driver. Despite its many faults, it’s relatively comfortable, it has a decent head unit and it has bit of poke to keep me happy day to day. Best of all though, it’s clean and keeps me out of trouble. Unlike my Corolla.
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Being very close to the end of the year there has not been a huge amount of events that I have been able to attend. With that in mind I have been digging out some old content that I have shot over the last few years to show you guys. Today I thought I would share with you some shots I took a while back at one of the many late afternoon Archerfield events. Archerfield is a very small track situated in Brisbane that has basically been converted from a go kart track and used for drifting for the last few years. Despite its small size it has always been an awesome little track for some cheap fun.
Scott Mitchell has come back with yet another awesome drifting video this time from the WSID. Have a look through the video to check out the excessive smoke, loud noises and awesome wall taps!
As per usual Excitement! went down to support the local cars at our monthly JDMST meet.
Last year on a trip with Jayrad to get some parts for his S14 I took some snaps of JDM Garage at their old location. Anyone that knows Erin from JDM Garage will know he is heavily involved in the drifting scene as you would have seen earlier this year at one of the Queensland Raceway morning sessions. Today I will be giving you just a taste as I will be heading up again in the coming month to do a proper shoot of the new garage in Capalaba. Erin has recently put a bit of work into the show room so I would imagine things will be looking very impressive!
After so many years of being away Drift Battle is back and it’s looking pretty damn good! A post like this may seem very unorthodox for someone in my position, but I am very happy to be seeing this magazine back on the shelves of my local newsagent. The thing that I always remembered fondly about Drift Battle was the consistency of quality in each Issue. I still remember drooling over all the cars at the BM drift event at Nakayama Circuit which was published in the fifth issue.
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!
If a common enemy had to be named among automotive enthusiasts, then surely rust would take the majority vote. Regardless of the geographical origin, drivetrain orientation, or the badge of the car, our mutual fear of this dormant threat unites us.
A couple of you guys have asked very nicely for me to create a wallpaper from one of the shots of Ross’s S13. The car looks pretty damn rad when following it up the mountain so I agree that it should be gracing some monitors as well!
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It’s always exciting when you decide to buy a new car, particularly if it is something you have been wanting for some time. For my good friend Ross, the road to purchasing an S13 has been long and arduous. As a fellow S13 owner I know how hard it can be to find a Silvia in a suitable condition these days, let alone one that won’t be giving you some very nasty surprises along the way. After looking at several different cars and finding nothing but disappointment, Ross recently found the S13 he has been looking for. This week, to test out his new toy we decided to take both of our cars for a test drive up our local mountain.
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