Apr 01 2013
Welcome to what I hope will bring some light to the grass roots drifting scene. Having spoken to Shawn a few times we thought this would be a good idea to show case the best and the worst as well as the differences between the UK and US. So this is where our journey for the season begins.
Well i was lucky and unlucky in many respects to be at the season opener, this was the second time the event had been held at Anglesey in north wales. But as i said I was lucky to be going but thanks to a good friend, who drove i made it. The unlucky side was that, from late Saturday night it never stopped raining. So getting in the car and driving 3 and half hours it never stopped for a second. So its no surprise that the track and everyone around it were getting a nice soaking.
The weather didn’t seem to be dampening the mood with everyone enjoying catching up for the first time this year or meeting for the first time. Though what the weather did succeed in doing was making the track like a small river, drivers were struggling to get to grips with the condition’s some catching the edge of the painted rumble strips causing them to spin out. Others just misjudging the grip or going to fast and ending up stuck on the soaked grass. It caught many drivers amature and more experienced drivers alike.
But the problems with stop and re starting while recovery work went on got better as the day went on and the track time increased which makes everyone happy. The day brought many highlights seeing old friends in either new car’s or with new modification’s to their old cars from last season. The drift days at Anglesey run by Drift one even pull in some of the bigger names in the UK drift world. BDC ( British Drift Championship ) driver Adam Simmons. As well as well known driver like Phil Morrison owner of Driftworks and a host of ODC ( Open Drift Championship ) drivers. Everyone had a good day, though a slight mishap for one driver brought a customers Aston martin to the event ( with the owners consent i have to add ), Now you have to bare in mind the Aston was a soft top, taking the car out for a few laps for a bit of a laugh turned from mental fun with some ones dream car to a bit of a nightmare, when exiting the hairpin and drifting over the rumble strip, the car detecting what its software said was the start of a roll. It shot the roll protection hoops straight through the rear glass window of the Aston. Now id love to be able to show this picture but i bottled going anywhere near it for the fear of being killed.
I hope this introduction of grass roots drifting interests a few and the word spreads. As the season progresses there will be more pictures and video’s from the events and a little write up of the days or events goings on.
More pictures and video’s can be found here – http://www.tailoutphotography.co.uk/
Feb 18 2013
Get to know a little more about the 3 of us!
This years trip to All Star Bash at Willow Springs was most definitely the best trip to date.
This past weekend Shawn and I had the opportunity to test on the new Achilles Radial ATR Sport 2 tire. The results……amazing.
I started off with a pair of tires that had only 25 % left in them. Even though the tires were almost bald I was warned by Bryan Bridges and Robbie Nishida of Bridges Racing to “Air them up because the grip level is crazy” Taking advice from the pros I inflated the tires to 55psi which is double what I normally run in any other brand. I hadn’t used the tire before competition so I thought it would be best to rip a huge burnout and then slide the infield to feel them out, they felt GOOD! Entering comp time , even with 350whp and 55psi in the tires the grip was still so impressive that it was pushing me to the bottom of the 5/8ths bank.
Sunday Funday would be the true test for these tires, lots of track time, all tandem and a long course would put them through there paces. As the tires wore throughout the day the grip level did not drop. After every session I would go check the tires and they would just get smoother and smoother, but the grip was still there. I told myself i wouldn’t change the tires the until the grip faded, I probably did 25 laps and didn’t change tires all day. The grip is crazy, the smoke is crazy, and these will not chunk. One set of 25% tires lasted me a huge opening ceremony burnout, 2 runs on the 5/8ths and a whole day of tandem fun with my bros. These are without a doubt the best tires i have ever run.
If you are after an affordable tire, that has the grip level of a super expensive R comp, but will last you FOREVER this is the tire for you. If its good enough for Daigo Saito its good enough for me!
Check out the link from Gaelen Norman and Big Boy Media for a few pics and kind words from the big man himself.
When everything works, magic happens. First event of the year all 3 cars have finished, Gaelen Norman somehow managed to drift all day long, and take some amazing photos at the same time. Thanks to everyone that came out to drive, spectate or volunteer.