I spent last weekend totally emerged in car culture under beautiful blue skys. How lucky am I? I spent Saturday at Players Classic at Goodwood then hot footed it over to South Wales for Round 2 of the British Drift Championship.
With the great weather and a new course to play on excitement was already running high when I arrived just in time for the drivers briefing.
Back for its 11th year, Japfest, Europe’s biggest Japanese car event, returned to Castle Combe Saturday.
Being deep in rural Wiltshire, getting to the circuit can be an issue, with some people queueing into the afternoon for last years event. Despite some doubters though, it seems the improvements made this year alleviated the epic queues.
After a good start, British spring time struck again at round one of the Maxxis British Drift Championship. After a bright morning for the Semi Pro and Pro qualifying sessions, the heavens opened on Lydden Hill circuit in Kent meaning the Super Pro’s had to wait.
Which ment Sunday became 5 hours of non-stop drifting for the big crowd that turned up in the glorious sunshine.
Worldwide driving sensation and King of the Hoonigans, Ken Block came to Santa Pod and he brought some friends! Along for the ride were drift legend Vaughn Gittin Jr, British rallycrosser Liam Doran and the massive spectacle that is the Gymkhana Grid roadshow.
Two entrants from each of the 4 heats held in France, Germany, Holland and the UK came together in Northamptonshire to battle it out for a chance to drive head to head with either Block or Gittin.
Just what is Gymkhana Grid? I’ll let the guys themselves explain in this understated public information film.
The crowning glory of British Drift champions took place over the weekend of the 29th September, where full driver commitment and nerves were tested to the extreme. Navigating their way through the action packed track, drivers put on a show of integrity and determination.
None more deservedly so than Team Japspeed driver Paul “Smokey” Smith who was crowned Super Professional champion of 2012.