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Ryan’s Red Rocket

18th August 2017 — by Dave Cox

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At car shows like Players Classic, there is a wealth of high quality builds. Picking a personal favourite is hard enough. I didn’t ENVY the task to be taken on by the judges.

However, as I was meandering around I came across Ryan’s Red Rocket. A red s13 that really caught my eye. It’s low ride height, aggressive wheels and smooth body work resonated with me.

I started making up some assumptions about the car as circled it. It wasn’t a drift car, definitely not built for time attack. And if I am being honest here, not a show pony either. All of this was fine in my eyes. Someone had just built this to have fun with.

I liked the idea of just having a car to be a fun car. Not something to smash up drifting or constantly stress about racing. Ultimately, something I would like to achieve myself one day.

I caught up with Ryan over instagram (ah, the wonders of social media) to find out a little more about the car. It turns out this is exactly why he built the car.

With the help of his friends he added fibreglass over-fenders and wings and set about painting the car Dr. Pepper red. It’s this colour that caught my eye when walking past. Not usually being a fan of red cars, this paint certainly set off the look.

A SpecR SR20DET was swapped in and a full stainless steel exhaust added. So it should have some go and sound nice! It was the wheels that stood out, not the usual choice but they look pretty aggressive. They are 17inch Extreme Offset Wheels.

They didn’t come in s13 PCD so Ryan re-drilled them. The manufacturer then saw the result and has since started making them. Ride height has been addressed with HSD Dualtech coilovers.

The gold bolts on the wheels really help draw your attention to them. It’s the small little details like this that I like.

Projects like this have a certain attainable feeling about them. They aren’t massive budget, they can still be used on the road and more importantly you are building memories. This was built on driveways by Ryan with help from his friends. I am envious of that D.I.Y. mentality.

One day I will get round to doing it myself. One day.

Words & Pictures: Dave Cox (SHOOTING DAVE)
Instagram: @ShootingDave

 

Event

Street Track Life 2 – Drive Harder

16th August 2017 — by Connor Mathieson

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Street Track Life is the full on Japan themed event that brings the best of the best from around the UK to Driftland to perform savage stunts and have an epic load of fun.

This year STL was attended by a few youtubers. Toby (Monkey London) was at last years STL in his missile Soarer. This time he brought his monstrous D1SL S15 which unfortunately caught fire after his first session. From what I hear, this isn’t the first time it’s caught fire either. A massive shame as from his one session he was doing big pulls down the wall and by god can that car move. Easily on par with full on BDC/IDC competition spec drift cars. Something you might expect from an ex D1SL car.

Adam Ivell (6TWO1) came up in his nice S15 as well. Really enjoying the colour of his car, it’s a fairly different colour to what you typically see in drift cars.

Lastly Chris (ChrisDrift) brought his awesome GT86, my first time seeing one drift in person and I must say it’s such a cool sounding car! Think of a slightly quieter Subaru Impreza smashing limiter and there you have it. One of my favourite cars of the event to watch getting thrown around.

The variety of cars at STL is what really makes the event so great. One minute you can have 3-4 MX5’s running together, 15 minutes later they are back out chasing down cars with double their power and grip.

On the 2nd day the AE86’s were out. Still to this day there is nothing that makes me as excited as when there is 2 or more 86’s on track screaming their heads off. For STL there was a total of 5, 4 from Ireland and Mr Finalboss in one of his 86’s.

Dan Joyce was chasing down Danny Whyman in what must have been the 2nd or 3rd session of the event. This kind of driving right off the start is what makes the event so fun to shoot and I imagine to spectate. From the word go you have people pushing their cars and running together with other people. This does of course come down to either bravery or just full trust in the person your following. Though I guess if you have no trust in someone your following, why follow at all.

This is my 2nd time seeing the Stylecase guys out on track and its so good to watch them. It immediately obvious that these guys are friends and drift together a lot. Evident from their constant close proximity driving with one another.

Dan from Destroy or Die and Goodboi Style Freddie were showing of their sick new team livery. I’ve always been a fan of livery’s on drift cars but only a certain style per say. This style is the one I think is most noticeable as a Japanese style livery. Flat colour cars with chrome vinyl. It’s Always been something i’d picture when thinking back to older Japanese drifting and its awesome to see it traverse over the sea’s and be well done at that.

Low Origins Alex and Dan were putting down some really nice runs on the first day, it’s a shame Alex had issues with the car and didn’t end up driving on the 2nd day. I’m fairly sure every time these guys have came up one of them has had massively bad luck with their cars and only gotten a short amount of seat time.

The Launder’s were out in their awesome Type X S13’s. I believe Kane in the red S13 was having issue with the car earlier in the first day of STL so it was nice to see them both out on track together.

Steve Saunders has always been someone fun to watch. The thing that always gets me going with Steve is his entries. Coming down the wall he enters 3-4 car lengths further back than anyone else and carries a huge drift from the back end of the wall all the way through the next corner, it’s really something to behold.

In this photo hes already on the wall and been on drift for a few seconds where Dan’s only just started his drift. It might not seem like a significant thing to mention but when you stand and watch him do it for 5 minutes straight, it just oozes massive amounts of aggression.

Will Crashcroft brought his little MX5 up for STL, had been looking forward to seeing Will do some stunts and have a few crashes and he didn’t disappoint.

I was standing watching him over the course of about 10 minutes get progressively closer to wall and had a pretty good feeling he was about to make contact.

he did make contact. Throwing the front of the car into the wall and running straight into the gravel. Surprisingly the damage was fairly light, a dented rear quarter that Freddie the wizard sorted in no time and a small dent to the front of the car.

Here’s a little GIF of the crash!

A huge part of STL that makes it so enjoyable as an event is the general atmosphere. Whenever you come of track for a bit you end up spending half an hour walking around talking to everyone having a laugh.

It’s actually one of the more enjoyable aspects of the event as a whole, the driving part is great but the atmosphere you get walking around the pits hanging out with everyone just has a nice chill vibe to it that I think in some sense should be what sums up drifting in general, in terms of non competition events at least.

Although the guys at GarageFuckHouse have been doing an amazing job of providing a similar vibe to STL in a competition aspect.

STL 2 was a great event, chill vibes and some sick driving for the 2 days. It’s one of those event where if you like nicely styled Japanese drift cars running in trains of 3+ cars, it’s certainly the event that needs to be on your calendar for next year.

Photos and words by Connor Mathieson

 

 

Reviews

Boost Is King at Gatebil

8th August 2017 — by Dave Cox

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During my last blog post, I mentioned that above all, Boost Is King at Gatebil.

Walking around the paddock will quell any naysayers. Everywhere you look, the all too familiar chrome snail can be found making elbow room inside engine bays.

Event

FittedUK 2017

4th August 2017 — by Connor Mathieson

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I’ve never been much of the person to attend shows, Being someone to shoot more of an action based area within car culture I always thought a show would be too boring for me.

It’s been roughly 2-3 years since I last attended one (not including the Scottish Car Show) a few weeks ago.

The pacing is so laid back it’s an almost alien feeling to me. I can stand and wait a few minutes to get the right shot that I want with no one in the way or with people in the way if that’s the kind of shot I’m looking for. It’s nice to have such options, I almost feel like with drifting I’m rushing to get a base shot so I can try some weird angles or something unusual setting wise then, if I don’t hit them, I’ve still got the base shot to fall back on.

Again it’s nice to have time, If a car is crowded you can just leave and come back later if you wanted, Which I did with this MX5.

Kirsty’s S2000 caught my attention from the second I saw it. It has that super aggressive track spec look to it, Right up to the splitter almost touching the floor. I’ve always been a fan of aggressive looking cars. The way i see it is you either go maximum aggressive with your styling or stick to a more simple OEM look. Both can look amazing and for me either of the two are the best way to style a car. That being said though, Kirsty’s car isn’t massively aggressive in its mods department rather in the way the car sits.

Going back to the whole aggressive versus OEM look, here’s a great example of OEM. Simple and cleanly executed. The car has a small diffuser on the rear and a nice wing that really suits the car well.

My car of the show goes to this Beetle. I mean just look at it. Old school livery that you’d typically see on a Group 5 Porsche with the amazing Porsche TurboFan wheels. It’s easily the best looking Beetle I’ve seen myself and that’s what I like about these kind of shows. You turn a corner and see something that totally blows you away.

The hottest Asian guy I know Jesse had his awesome Lexus sitting in the VIP hall. I watched him build this car over the years through Facebook and it was great to finally see it in person. Work VSXX’s with black faces and bronze lips, First time I’ve seen a pair in this colour and they suited the car well.

Chris’ Gold is yet another of those “simple” cars that really catches your attention. The colour alone makes the car stand out, A real deep yellow colour stands out in the darker VIP hall.

What stands out more however is the impeccable fitment. Lips caressing the arches, It certainly stand out for being a fairly simple looking car for the most part.

I have a great deal of love for older Porsche’s and there’s nothing I like more than a classy Porsche on a nice set of wheel sitting low. Something about them appeals so much to me, I reckon it stemmed from the whole RWB craze.

Hawkeyes are for sure my favourite Subaru of the 2000’s, with a more pleasing headlight arrangement than some of the other models from the same era.

This 350z built by Revolution Paintwork was something I was looking forward to seeing in a finished state. The last time I saw it was pre paint and when the kit was still being put onto the car. It’s a real eye catcher of a car, Super wide stance to it that you can see from quite a distance away.

Car shows are really growing on me. Being able to take time to explore cars and shoot in a more casual manor is a huge difference of pace to what I’m used to but I like it.

Hopefully I’ll be attending some more big shows in the future as the FittedUK guys put on a really great show, Really bringing in a cool atmosphere to the whole event.

Photos and words by Connor Mathieson

Event

Barrel Sprint Rocks

2nd August 2017 — by Craig Toull

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Saturday the 29th of July saw the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint return for round 3 of the 2017 championship.

This time instead of the usual venue of Santa Pod Raceway, the barrel sprint track was setup at Rockingham Motor Speedway. With a slightly cambered track surface in the outer paddock and a different surface material this would make for interesting results.

With perfect track conditions the drivers were setting blisteringly quick times during practice. Some already surpassing the times set at previous events held at Santa Pod with times down as low as 18.1 seconds .

This event also saw the return of Hadley Fulbrook in his S14 (nicknamed the smurf) and after not competing all season it soon became apparent he was here for only one thing and that was a podium finish. With everyone already working out where they would be on the leader board through points it could really stir things up if someone else came into the mix and took a podium position.

After a short break for lunch we went into qualifying and it was soon apparent just how close the times were between all the drivers, Nobody could call it from spectating and everyone gathered around the podium to hear the results. With only 0.18 seconds splitting the top 3 drivers it’s no wonder no one could guess.

It was then straight into the battles, which saw some even closer racing than the rest of the day and the times fall even lower. Going into the finals would be Adam Elder against Hadley Fulbrook in the RWD class, Dmitrij Sribnyj against Yordan Andreev in AWD class and Andrew Biddle against Mark Elder in U1 class.

The results of the finals aren’t released until after the race so everyone gathered around the podium to wait for the results….

RWD- 1st place-Adam Elder, 2nd place Hadley Fulbrook and 3rd place going to Mike Newland.

AWD-1st place-Dmitrij Sribnyj, 2nd place Yordan Andreev and 3rd place going to Andrew Stevens.

U1- 1st place- Andrew Biddle, 2nd place Mark Elder, and 3rd place Nick Biddle

Each event has a hardcharger award, this was awarded to Oak Richardson in his 350z on his first ever event.

Words and photos by Craig Toull