LIFE

British Summer Time

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.

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Santa Pod DWYB 20/3/13

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.

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Lydden Hill Test Day

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!

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Sweeps’ AE86

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…

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A Visit to Protuner

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.

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Drift One at Angelsey

After the runaway success that was Angelsey’s first ever drift event back in November it was no surprise to see that, not only was another event at the track arranged almost immediately after, but it also sold out almost straight away as well (something that is rarely heard of, if at all, in the grassroots UK drifting scene). I was determined to take part this time round and bought myself a ticket but, woe and behold, my car wasn’t ready in time. Nevertheless, I made the trip down to Angelsey on Saturday afternoon and headed to local boy Joe Ankers’ house with the rest of the Manchester crew in preparation for the long Sunday ahead of us.

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