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.
Today marks the start of BST, or British Summer Time for those living outside of the UK. In other words, it meant I lost an hour’s sleep last night, spent the whole day walking around in shorts (despite the tepid temperature) and reminisced about past summers.
Here’s a shot of Rich Hudson throwing it down at Mallory Park back in the summer of 2011 which, looking back at it, was a great time for drifting in the UK. As each day passes it’s looking less and less likely that we’ll ever be able to drift at Mallory again thanks to the over-sensitive local residents, but by signing this government petition you can do your bit to let the powers that be know what we really think.
Believe it or not, when I’m not busy taking pictures of other people’s drift cars, other people drifting or fixing my own drift car I actually like to try my hand at some skidding myself! Last week I headed down to one of Santa Pod’s infamous Drift What You Brung days to give my S13 it’s first proper blast since dropping the SR20 into it. Alex Law rode shotgun for the day to give me some much needed pointers throughout the day and to also help keep me awake on the long drive there and back.
After my aforementioned trip to Protuner we spent the rest of Saturday continuing our trip towards Lydden Hill. Dropping the cars off at the track and having a decent night’s sleep at a hotel down the road was shortly followed by another early start, a considerable amount of Monster to wake me up and a full day of skidding!
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…
As mentioned in my previous post, I found myself at Protuner on Friday in order to collect the Japspeed Impreza and take it down to Lydden Hill that night with Ste and Josh. While proprietor Greg Gush busied himself with mapping Paul Smith’s 1JZ powered S15 I thought it’d be rude not to have a look around.