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Spring Matsuri

21st March 2017 — by Dave Cox

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So it was my first ever Drift Matsuri. And being one of two yearly events this spring Matsuri event took place at Rockingham Motor Speedway, East Midlands.

I set out on my 3.5 hour journey at early hours of Saturday morning to and get to the venue as early as possible and get the most out of the weekend.

The journey was super smooth in my old Mercedes, which made it extra enjoyable traveling up. Arriving at the track I was immediately overwhelmed with the sheer amount of effort people have put into their cars, and the variation was incredible.

The word ‘Matsuri’ meaning festival in Japanese was clearly shown here, by the chilled and party-like atmosphere, inside and out of the pits.

Using 3 separate tracks meant there was action to be seen from all angles. 1 of them being used on the Sunday for the Drift Cup Round 1.

Apart from shooting trackside I also took the opportunity to catch up with some old mates (fellow photographers, organisers and drivers). Which is the great thing about the drifting community; it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been away from it you can jump straight back into the deep end and it was like you’ve never left.

Hearing feedback from drivers of the event was very positive, and the main thing they all loved was that they could drive next to whoever. Whether it be a learner, streeto hoon or a BDC pro. It was all in the name of drifting and having fun.

From 600bhp animals to 100bhp low powered clutch kickers all the drivers gave it a shot.

That aside it is a real shame that other drift events in the UK aren’t as entertaining as this, and show as much of a variety of cars and driving styles.

What we can’t forget is that there are so many styles out there and not one of them is wrong, as they all have their place. Even the cars in the car park were on another level!

Overall it was a really enjoyable weekend and a great event to go to after having so much time out from it all.

Words & Pics: Al Hughes

Topic

Five radical drifting hot hatches

9th February 2017 — by Black Flagged

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A hot hatch isn’t your default car for drift, but it doesn’t mean its not the right path to smokey tyre enlightenment – after trawling through our Fueltopia file of rad images, I’ve pulled out five the naughtiest drift hatches that have slayed rubber

Roger Holland’s twin engine Toyota Starlet creates plumes of crowd pleasing tyre smoke into the 50,000 strong crowd at Gatebil, Rudskogen. Dave Cox caught the double packing, drifty, hot hatch action on his last visit to the show they dub the  greatest in the World. We’d definitely want to get up  close and personal with this car next year

This list wouldn’t be complete without one of the most iconic drift hatches ever… The Driftworks AE86 – LS powered and classic lines makes this drift-hatch one of our favourites of all time and that distinctive orange livery is hard to miss.

A personal favourite is Dan Firminger’s little Volvo. This car might be small but it packs a punch with it’s V8 heart up front. Dan has been peddling this car on the car scene for a while in drift and gymkhana and it’s always great to see it decimate opponents on track.

This literally blows my mind,  Danial Björk’s Ford Fiesta lays down smoke like a total badass at events like Gatebil. The Blue Oval  brands engine has been cast aside for a native Volvo B230 Turbo engine that pumps out  a staggering 500hp or in this case moose power.

In at five and rounding off this blogs five radical drift hatches is another little 1986 Volvo 360 owned by Mark Vissers from the Netherlands. A respectable 357hp and 388lb/ft of torque makes this a fun, handling, tyre, shredding machine to be feared. If you fancy giving it a run then make sure you scope out the Drift Championship Netherlands.

 

 

Reviews

Top 10 wagons you need to know about

6th February 2017 — by Black Flagged

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I love a wagon. Like me, there are a few select that can see the beauty in the cars which were originally designed with nothing but practicality in mind.

For this article, I’ve dug deep into the Fueltopia archives to bring you the mega guide to Wagon love.

Opening up the proceedings is this  1998 Subaru Legacy GTB shot by Dan Fegent. This is no slouch, 2.0-litre turbo that packs a meaty 280hp from it’s Boxer engine heart, that classic Subaru sound magnified by the aftermarket Kakimoto exhaust. This isn’t factory fresh, its classic lines remain with the stock wheels getting upgraded to some 18-inch Work Emotion XD9’s

While looking at Wagons, I needed to include an Audi. The list wouldn’t be complete without one and getting one on the list is James Hughes’ Audi A4, shot by Ben Gaut. It’s Jon Olson inspired camo wrap is set off by its aired-out stance on the Airlift Performance V1 Management kit, allowing the Rotiform IND T wheels to squeeze excellently under the arches.

The wolf in sheep clothing. From first glance you may have thought this BMW 330D had managed to luck out to make it onto this list. However, this car is maybe the one to watch. Owned by Dan Fegent, it might look unassuming from the outside, but it’s the 390lb/ft of torque that will show you up off the lights

This car might be aerodynamically challenged, but it’s a classic and was the pinnacle of estate/wagon luxury during the late 80’s and early 90’s. However,  I’m sure that not one owner during it’s prime would ever have imagined seeing their family pride and joy do this! Thanks to Huxley Motorsport, the stock engine has been ripped out and replaced with a BMW M60 4.0-litre V8 that now allows it do this!

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The Gravel Express – with less than 15 of these in the UK it makes them rarer than rocking horse poo. However, Rich Maguire has taken his classic Subaru designed for the hardy Australian outback and given it a stunning contemporary look for the hazardous West London travels. What it lost in bull-bars and gated spare wheel carrier, it gained in style and stance

The drift world gets a lot of flack, but it needs some credit to helping save the fate of many wagons from the oily fingered grasps of the banger fraternity – who’d only abuse each other with gleeful wrecking abandonment while sending future classics to the great scrap yard in the sky. Fraser Stark’s BMW E30 however still has a slight death wish as it unleashes it’s tyres into a fire show extravaganza thanks to the hearty Toyota 2JZ engine that now resides under the hood

Another Subaru and it’s Gymkhana that saw this glorified dog carrier grab some lime light. Jake Archer’s Kamikaze wagon took on the internet’s best, Ken Block, at his own sport and surprisingly it did pretty bloody well. This might have been built in a shed in Birmingham, but it’s been fielded against the best and held it’s own!

Gatebil, it’s a bonkers three day car festival that boasts the most amount of engine swaped cars than any other show we know – I mean there are 2JZ engines in everything you could imagine. While the Volvo mafia reign large, a cheeky Mercedes always gets the looks and thanks to Dave Cox for capturing this weapon looking as good today as it did when it rolled out of the showroom… Well, perhaps not, but way more exciting right?!

More drifty action, this car dominated the UK drift scene. Michael Marshalls BMW E36 Touring – powered by the favoured Toyota 2JZ I’m sure this couldn’t be further than the sales dream of long weekends away and throwing the golf clubs in the back for a weekend of birdies and eagles… Thanks to our in house rally expert Steve White for getting this smokey run

To finish off our top 10, there could be only one car that took this spot, Edward Blom’s 1975 Volvo 242. It’s not quite a wagon, but I’m bending the rules. This car was originally shot by Andi Gordon and Edward and his mates welcomed in Andi to shoot his awesome M50 turbo powered build. However, sadly not long after Eddie passed away. So, with that in mind this car was  the perfect end to my blog and it’s a tribute to a real petrolhead – check out the hench burnout marks on the garage floor!

News

Luke Fink’s V10 E46 M3 sounds unbelievable

1st February 2017 — by Black Flagged

Australian Luke Fink has never been one to shy away from the limelight. His character is larger than  life, BMX’er turned global drift phenomena, he always manages to grab the attention whether it be developing his own drift series, DCA, or in this instance his insane BMW E46 V10 M3.

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If you happen to be a drifting fan, you may have noticed that in recent global events, the cars loaned to Fink haven’t seemed to come up to scratch. However, that has all changed on his most recent trip out to Yas Marina in the UAE for the King of `Nations event. Tuning group, Kinetechnik, managed to shoe-horn in a massive s85 V10 engine into an E46 M3. It was like the first mating of jam and peanut butter – this Fink,  V10, partnership was set to blow minds and with that the internet was won. Fink’s impressive driving style and that V10 song has had petrolheads, globally, lapping up every video they can find to get another fix.

Thanks to our bro’s at Crank & Piston who have managed to put together maybe the best all round video of this amazing sounding drift car.

If you’ve not done so already, you’ll want to listen to this!

I can only hope that we might see more V10’s emerge into drift, in a sport that has as much importance on style and sound as technical skill it would really amazing for fans to hear the scream of a high revving V10 tear around again

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Bonkers Renault Kangoo

31st January 2017 — by Black Flagged

I love a van,  I can’t lie. Despite getting to drive some decent cars throughout my time in the motoring press, there is just something about a good van that really floats my boat.

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Now imagine my  excitement when I caught this video of this bonkers Renault Kangoo built by  the Andersson brothers on the Bilsport website

The stock 1.5 dci engine has been cast aside and replaced with a Mercedes OM606 turbo diesel engine. To us laymen thats a 3.0-litre, straight 6, turbo charged beast, that came in the Mercedes W210. The brothers haven’t left it stock, they’ve changed  the turbo and now have the executive car engine screaming out an impressive 4-500hp

To cope with the power, the rear axle of the  French mini-van has been switched to a tried and tested Volvo 940 set up

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Source: Bilsport