When it comes to drifting events in Australia, the way I see it is there are two types of events. The first type of event is usually in the form of a competition where conservative and practical cars are built to compete against each other. The drivers, while highly skilled, will drive in a way that ensures their victory but will not put their car into jeopardy for the next event. The other type of event that is seen will be smaller level private days where there is less to lose, and often more reason to push your car to the limits. Events like these will see a larger variety of modified cars, and the extremities of the modifications pushed to the boundary. While these events are much more relaxed, this mix of variety, skill and zero stress about pushing the car to the limits makes for some unbelievable drifting. The latter event is without a doubt my favorite, alas they are often far less popular for people to watch; there is no advertising for these events nor are there many or any big name drivers for spectators to be excited about.
What do you desire most in a car? Performance? Style? Pedigree? Perhaps, like many automotive enthusiasts, the want for a reliable and comfortable car throws the possibility for these options out the window. For my good friend Cassian Finnerty, and many other passionate AE86 owners like himself, the chance for all of this and more has become a reality with the arrival of the new Toyota 86.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
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!
Daily drivers are a necessary part of any drifter’s life. There seems to be three ways you can go about it; one way is to go practical and cheap so that maximum funding can go towards the track car. Another option is to purchase a larger car such as a 4wd that can tow the track car. Failing that you can do exactly what my good friend and fellow Midnight Mechanic, Cass has done; buy something that will be fun on the road as well as hopefully get you in less trouble than the track car would… Maybe.
A couple of years ago after several years of living in Japan, Ben Woysky, graced our land with this pristine S14a. Ben had been using it primarily as his daily and drift car where it would be regularly seen at Sekia Hills. When he brought the car to Australia I was immediately in love with it. After having only been in the country for a couple of weeks I asked Ben if I could take some photos of it.
Luke Fink is a very well known name in the drifting and BMX world. From the Red Bull World Drifting Championship to JDM All Stars as well as his domination across the drifting scene in Australia.
I recently caught up with Luke to chat to him about what he has been up to over the last few years as well as take a bit of a look into his day to day life in 2011.
Special credit for extra footage:
Will Shoot For Food Films
Hi guys and welcome to our brand new Magazine: Excitement! Car Magazine. I have been working very hard for the last couple of months to bring together some of the most amazing automotive content from around Australia as well as around the world.
For car lovers like myself Sunday afternoons are the perfect time for a car meet up. Blue skies and that beautiful winter sun makes a perfect combination for checking out some of the more interesting cars floating around on our streets. Just this Sunday past I took the corolla up to the first invite only Freeworks X Streetkarnage meet up that was held at Macarthor Drive in Hamilton.