Jonny’s S13 chilling at Anglesey.
Another shot of that super cool SIl80 from the first Anglesey drift day.
It’s always great to see your friends doing well, but when it’s a major sponsorship deal for a sport that they dedicate themselves to, it’s especially humbling. My good buddies Alex Law, Joe Ankers and Matt Samuel (formerly known as SkidRoh) are now the Car Loan 4U Drift Team, and I spent a day with the guys last week as they went to collect their cars from being vinyl wrapped to hang out, talk skid cars and eat a lot of pizza.
As the number of drifters continues to rise within the UK, demand is higher than ever for organised practiced days and competitions. With the organisation of an event comes a great deal of hard work and hassle; something a limited number of people are willing to put up with. Imagine then, trying to organise and run the UK’s biggest drift championship, finish your project car and then, on top of that, trying to get a bit of time behind the wheel yourself. Welcome to the world of Mark “Sweeps” Buckle, a man who has not only been at helm of the British Drift Championship since its inception in 2008, but also in charge of the spanners when it came to putting together this incredible AE86 (a build that started way back in 2007). Oh, and he can skid pretty good as well…
While visiting Protuner on Friday afternoon I came across a number of cool cars, but one that stood out in particular was Phil Morrison’s JZX110 Mark II. Being what is quite possibly the only JZX110 IR-V in the UK it is hardly something that can be described as a common sight, so I took a few minutes to have a poke around. Despite it missing the recently imported Vertex aero kit that was fitted not so long ago it still had a serious presence to it – no doubt helped by the menacing custom rear arch work. Phil recently put the car up for sale but I hope that it doesn’t change hands to soon, purely for the fact that I want to see this thing getting the abuse it so rightly deserves beforehand.
You can read more about the car on Phil’s build thread on the Driftworks forum.
You may remember when, back in 2011, the guys at Fast Car magazine teamed up with Japspeed and built a “ready to drift” S14a within 48 hours (if you don’t remember, check it out here). The car is now in the hands of Ant (who is pretty much solely responsible for all of the work involved with my SR20 swap) and he’s been working on making the car his own by bringing it up to his own mental spec. Ant is very much the perfectionist and, while the car could have been out on the road months ago, he’s still soldiering on doing those jobs most of us would just keep putting off. Don’t worry though – I will make him slam it!