Having spent my Sunday last week stood watching everyone having fun on the Rockingham Meihan layout, I knew I had to get back on track ASAP. I haven’t drifted myself since STL!3 at Driftland in June (I think?), so the urge to get back into the drivers seat was the highest it had been for months. There was no way I could stand by and watch the final Rockingham drift event from the sidelines having spent 99% of my time at the venue in the past filming others have fun.
Sunday was a bittersweet day. Just as it felt like the team behind Rockingham Drift Days had truly got their Meihan replica formula dialled in, the announcement that the huge Rockingham complex was due to close spread like wildfire across social media.
I make no secret of the fact that I’m far from the best photographer or videographer out there. I take pictures of things I like and film things that I see using the fairly average equipment that I have and, thankfully, a lot of people seem to enjoy it! For the most recent Drift Matsuri event at Anglesey, I decided to try something different and chose to film the event through the lens of an almost twenty-year old camcorder.
It’s amazing how the different format altered my filming style, but it also made me think harder about what I wanted to film. In particular, the classic optical zoom feature was particularly handy and made me rethink my approach to some shots.
Getting this technology (which is quite possibly as old as many of the readers of this website) to work with my modern equipment took a great deal of time, research and experimentation and I hope that you enjoy the full video below.
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.