Since its inception in 2013, the event itinerary for the UK’s answer to the worldwide matsuri drifting phenomenon has remained largely unchanged. In short, it means two days of drifting with a night time demo and a whole lot of socialising. But, while the schedule was the same as always, I definitely felt a change in the vibe this time round.
Since selling my trusty facelift EJ9 (1.4) Civic to buy an FC3S RX7 Turbo II convertible back in 2011, my car ownership history could probably be described as “impractical” at best. From an E36 that followed to two S13s, a short-lived S14 and then the Y32 Cedric and C33 Laurel that both remain with me to this day, all were modified by me in a way that, at the time, I thought to be “correct”. It is only since buying and modifying my 26-year old, slightly rusty and really quite slow P10 Primera that I have started to think back to those past and current builds and really wonder why I chose to follow the modifying routes that I did with them.
A few weeks ago (during what will be remembered as the great heatwave of 2018 here in the UK), myself, Jimmy and Jamie (the new owner of Mat’s P10) had a little meet up to talk about incredibly nerdy (yet important…!) things such as manifold nut torque settings while having a bite to eat.
On Sunday I visited the annual Retro Rides Gathering at the historic Shelsley Walsh hill climb venue for the first. It was an amazing event and I’ll be sure to post my photos up shortly but, in the meantime, here is my video footage of some of the hill climb action.