Well, where do I start? I SUCK at keeping this blog up-to-date! Until recently, a new lease of enthusiasm has occured with my Silvia drift car (yes I still have it!)…
So since my last update over a year ago, not that much has been going down. To summarise quickly I have taken my car to a massive TWO drift events in over a year and crashed the car pretty good on both occasions.
The first time was at Lydden Hill, a track which id not driven before. I got over excited and didnt ease myself into the driving after a long spell off – sending the car into the tyre wall on the first session. The damage wasn’t so bad as the car hit the tyres straight on the side, making the drivers side of the car look like tin-foil. Here are some pictures from the event.
And an in-car video from the day
The second event was at Snetterton, Norfolk. The first drift event to be held at the track – the day was great! (well, mostly!). The car felt really good to drive, even after yet another long spell since driving it at Lydden Hill as mentioned above.
Again my rusty-ness got the better of me and I bit off more than i could chew, this time it was worse however. I was itching to get some opposite-entries into my driving so after finding my feet in the first few sessions I started having a go. After pulling off some super fun entries into the faster corners, i sent the car across some wet grass for approximately 100 meters nose-first into the tyre wall, ending my day short.
Fuck. So we pulled out what we could trackside. Rad support was bent so far back it was pretty much touching the block, everything was a mess, but we managed to bodge the car and DRIVE it home which took 6 hours, not the greatest highlight of my drifting hobby so far…
Again here is a clip from the day, including the crash. I tried to put a light twist on the video with some Phil Colins, as for some reason my gopro didnt record the sound.
So since then the car has been off the road. It underwent some minor changes before the two events since my last update, including some rear Driftworks Geomasters.
There has been some other interesting things happening behind the scenes while the car has been out of action, some pretty exciting stuff is currently happening and my Silvia will be back better than ever before, i literally cant wait.
An annoying habit of mine is getting really stuck into something, then distracted by other things, so progress with this project comes in big chunks. Recently my love and enthusiasm for my car and drifting as a motorsport has been re-lit. I was lucky enough to be at the recent Speedhunters Workshop held over here in the UK, again at the Snetterton circuit. My good friend ‘Daze’ over at – http://dazecoop.wordpress.com/ was kind enough to let me ride shotgun as he personally took part in the workshop with Mad Mike in his RX8 and Frederic Aasbo in his totally awesome GT-86. The day was inspirational with so many true-spoken words and really interesting talk about driver technique, car setup and approach to the sport of drifting itself.
Witnessing this event has really kick started me into completing my car now – just what i needed.
So stay tuned as over the coming days I will be updating this page with all thats been happening (and the parts i’ve been collecting!). This time I promise updates will be more regular!!