I spent the best part of the day hanging out with friend of SO, Sid Crowfoot, top bloke and driver of one of the coolest cars there. Blame me for this silly picture..
"Look gangsta!" I said. Sorry dood. LOL
The qualifying runs were really showing the skill differences in the drivers and the ones having most success were driving hard and consistent. Sid was worried he was a little rusty after next-to no practice this season but put in consistent, clean, fast, smooth runs that earned him a final qualifying position of 5/6.. Can't remember exactly what it was.
The best part of the day for me were the practice sessions. With several cars out at once all hooning around it's a lot more fun.
You can see Sid and his JZX90 bunny hop over one of the huge bumps at the end of this clip.
Everyone seemed to be enjoying the day with a good track, good weather and a pretty chilled and well organised set up by the JDM Allstars crew that was getting the best out of the drivers.
More pictures and videos of the main event tomorrow.. tomorrow!
I can't wait. (Please don't rain!)
JDM import 735i Mtech.
Slammed on Bilstien shocks and springs.
Manual with Mtech LSD.
Full leather with sports front seats.
Two 12" subs, amp and aftermarket head unit.
Smoked hella front lights.
Future plans include wider wheels, de-tango the rear lights and streeto.
Passion. The word is a pet hate of mine. It gets thrown around and so watered down it's rarely used to describe anyone worthy. Luke however has it.. In shed loads. For the love of his life, Drifting and it's community within.
Your heart, like mine may have sunk a little after reading Matt's report below of his experience at the recent round of EDC. You start to wonder if people actually still get what drifting is and why they are doing it. Some drivers over here, obsessing with getting stickered up with sponsors and forever winging about having no money.. For fucks sake! Get the spanners out, see your friends, fix you car.. and learn how to drive it! Sorry. It's not like me to rant but, Jeeeeezus! Where was I? Oh yeah.. Passion. And Luke. He has it and "get's it." I'm really looking forward to seeing the results of his project. If his preview videos are anything to go by, it's going to be truely awesome.
You can see more of his work here, read his Running Life blog here and get all gooey inside reading about the project here.
Keep it up Luke.
There were only 21 cars at the event sadly so all were put through to the twin battle, except one driver when had to borrow an AE86 for the weekend as he'd blown his 12th engine in his drift spec R32 GTR. He couldn't get to grips with the 86 so pulled out.
But there is something incredibly satisfying and ultimately badass about a car with the proper ride height and wheel fitment. To the point where a car can be a rusty ratty shit heap and still out cool anything shiny and expensive parked next to it. Hell! There's websites out there like Hellaflush, Rimtuck and Wheelwhores dedicated purely to this ultimately foolish pursuit. So take solace that there are plenty of sufferers just like you out there.
Some say there is a magic formula.. Wheel rims flush with the wheel's arch, ample tyre stretch and at least 1/3 of your tyre side wall tucked..
(my own pic no less. D1 visiting Silverstone 200oanssomething.. 6 I think. Yeah. I was there bitches.. and the year before. Cue dorky fan picture)
Anyway.. The easy way for me to tell if the car/height/fitment is right is that it doesn't make me itch. There's no niggly voice in the back of my brain saying "it's just not quite right.. if only it was a little more.." none of that. just silence and a warm feeling of satisfaction.
So I present to you a collection of photos and cars that in my opinion appease the ill effected. Find peace and tranquillity in the following. Perhaps return here for nourishment after any particularly itchy car of fail cake ride height you may find on your internet travels.
(more about that very special car soon)
and I'll sneak in some euro goodness too me thinks.
ahhhh all better ^_^ that was a good fix.