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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

ITS A VIP THING

16th March 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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Japan & the JDM craze is nothing new, its an influence on the lives of so many with their mindset and ways of life. Their car culture especially plays a huge part with so many automotive fans from around the globe. From every documentary we’ve seen on the subject they are totally trendsetters without even knowing it, what we deem to be cool is often just because it was the only way to do it to them and therefore it simply worked.

So it would seem that little thought is put into what others think… refreshing that 😉

In the western world this kind of attitude can bring on hate. The desire to be different is shot down and conforming to the masses is the standard by which you are judged. With all that being said, we wanted to bring you all a little slice of the Japanese mindset from way up North in Aberdeen. A Lexus GS300 Sport that would not look out of place cruising the streets of Tokyo. At its heart is a JDM 2JZGE, for people who don’t live their lives knowing engine codes, thats a straight 6 3.0 litre engine pushing out around 240bhp and bundles of useable torque, easily moving this VIP wagon through the streets.

Its owner, Fraser, has a solid spec list of modifications, not the all of which are the usual ones you’d expect, its an awesome mix of mostly driveway mods that work, again saluting that JDM culture of doing it yourself & doing whatever you want.

A fully fettled exhaust and intake allow it to be heard long before its seen. But its the presence in person that demands your attention. Its most striking party piece would have to be the D2 Air Suspension system, dropping it to a floor scraping height thanks to 2 air zenith OBD2 compressors hugging the Works Rezax 2’s perfectly and worthy of its street sweeper gang sticker.

To suit all these lows the outside is as purposefully unique as possible with a Vertex front bumper flowing nicely into matching side skirts and a half cut OEM rear bumper allowing a Top Secret style rear diffuser to poke through finishing it all off perfectly. Spoiler wise its got a choice, the Toms roof spoiler is a permanent addition but bonnet spoilers, well, they come and go. As of this shoot it had a 326 Power spoiler, however we’ve seen since that its gone full BGW, an awesome addition to the overall look.

The interior has two red Recaro seats perfectly suiting the driven styling of this build. Adorned with stickers of varying degrees of awesomeness collected from travels to J town, once inside you’d think you were there. In fact check you can check this out for yourself in all its glory thanks to the work of Alex McArthur who has produced this ace video on the car, we feel summing it up perfectly.

This build isn’t a ‘trying too hard’ JDM replica, this is built completely to their same standard. If it fits it works, if it doesn’t fit well you just make it fit, you don’t listen to what the masses say, you don’t adhere to their set rules & accepted mods, this right here is the perfect example of the Japanese car culture.

Reviews

The Drako a car that demands respect

13th November 2016 — by JimmyDrama

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You can tell a lot by what a person drives. Just sit back and look and you’ll soon be able to build up a character of the person by the automobile they drive. So, what type of person builds a car that at any given crank of it’s mechanical beating heart wants to kill you? Dimitriy Illyuk is no normal person and he gave birth to one of the World’s most vicious drift cars, The Drako.
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The chassis is a master of illusion, they say that fear comes in many guises, this time the Nissan S14 has been over-hauled with the Rocket Bunny Boss kit. The end result is Japanese car that looks more like a US born Charger, that’s been jacked on an intensive steroid make over. Dark and moody in looks the beating heart of the re-worked V8 Nissan engine is where the business really gets interesting.

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Over 1100hp is produced by the 2012 Nissan VK56DETT, the engine keeps true to the Drako’s JDM heritage, but is far from stock. Mahle Motorsport pistons, paired with Carillo rods replace the standard items. The block and head are forced together under restraint from ARP’s head and main studs and it’s thanks to BC’s uprated valve springs this engine barks like one of Satan’s hounds.

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Fire spits from the external screamer pipes that poke through the bonnet like a pair of horns. The boost is triggered by a meaty pair of Garrett GTX3071R turbochargers.

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While producing an engine with insane HP numbers is no easy feat, getting that to the wheels is also an alchemy art. OS Giken R4c clutch mated with a Drenth MPG gearbox, fully customised and with reinforced internals was the only option for the Ukrainian driver. After all he wasn’t building a street car to impress the locals – this build was summoning demons from another dimension.

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After all this being a drift car, it needed insane lock. Wisefab front and rear Nissan S14 kit dons the car and works well with the Feal Suspension coilover kit.

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This car is pure aggression, Illyuk, a driver that is close to taming the Drako, but when this car goes it’s always got a wild streak that can never be truly domesticated. Tyres last a matter of milliseconds when all the power from the good foot is engaged, but we Dmitiriy beams from ear-to-ear every time he drives it, could he be the gate-keeper to combustion’s hades?

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Spec

1999 nissan 200sx s14a

Engine: 2012 Nissan vk56dett 1100hp Mahle motorsport pistons,Carillo rods, arp head and main studs, bc valve springs. 2x garrett gtx3071r turbochargers, 2x turbosmart powergate 60mm, 2x turbosmart raceport Bov’s, turbosmart fpr 2000, id2000 injectors , ais 3000 direct port water meth injection, ati race pulley.

Drivetrain: Os giken r4c clutch Tilton magnesium release bearing. Drenth MPG gearbox custom ordered reinforced internals. R230 differential with gtr shafts

Electronics: Vipec i88 Motec pdm16 Motec keypad Motec e888 can expander Link dash 2 pro Mil spec wiring and ecu maping and can programing by @afterfix

Suspension: Wisefab front and rear nissan kits Feal suspension coilovers

Exterior: Rocket Bunny Boss 2 kit

Interior: Rollcage by motorsportinheart S15lhd dash

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Event

AwesomeBoss 2016 Gallery

3rd July 2016 — by Andi Gordon

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Not every event is a blog. Some just don’t have the substance to do any kind of reporting on, or offer opinion. Some events it’s difficult to get the vibe of. Some events you just want to take pictures and not bother about all that other stuff. AwesomeBoss 2016 at Driftland is an event I don’t think I can do a blog on, but I did take a bunch of pictures, and here they are….

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Event

The Revolution – British Drift Championship Round 2 – Driftland

22nd June 2016 — by Connor Mathieson

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The Revolution has begun, Driftland has now hosted its first BDC event and shown just how incredible the driver level of the BDC has come along in such a short period of time. ProAm for a long time has been the great underdog of the BDC. In previous years there has been only a small crowd that attends. Round 2 has really amped up the hype for the ProAm category.

ProAm was quite easily the most exhilarating and intense round of drifting I’ve witnessed in a long time from the BDC. Driver levels are through the roof, this was easily recognised even in practice with some really close proximity runs straight from the start.

Qualifying has always been one of the more boring elements to a drift event, But with everyone giving it their all from the start, there was some really awesome to watch runs in qualifying. With the element of 2 wall runs in the section as well as having a pretty minimal run off, it was going to be an exciting day for sure.

Even more entertaining than that is when you look at the 2 new competitors in the ProAm class.. Ryan Caldwell, the 14 year old Northern Irish drifter in the quite insane RB powered 180sx. Then just when you think, “Damn hes young!” you see that Jack Shanahan’s younger Brother Conor, who has only just turned 13 years old would also be competing. Watching these 2 guys placing 1st and 2nd in qualifying at an age where most of us where playing with a tamagotchi is quite ridiculous.

To my surprise the wall hadn’t claimed anywhere close to the amount of people i had expected, especially when you consider your running down the wall on entry and then you ran back up it at the end of the section. Jason Clark was one of the unfortunate few who had lost to the wall, tagging the wall at the end of the run throwing the front of the car back into the wall.

The steep hill only a few feet behind clip 2 was the car destroyer, Stu Farley had one of the most spectacular crashes I have ever seen at Driftland. Clipping the grass with the rear of the car sending him flying through the air and almost doing a full airborne 180. The commitment level of drivers was really something else, all day people were throwing hard and fast into clip 2 in an attempt to run the perfect wide line that the judges wanted.

Conor Shanahan’s first battle was against Lewis Mitchell, i can imagine everyone was excited for this battle. The first time many people would see Conor drive in a battle in person and maybe even the first time they had heard about him.

Conor’s talents as a driver were immediately obvious. On his chase run he was not scared to throw it right on the door of Lewis. Naturally with such a dominating couple of runs he would progress.

Next battle on the agenda would see 14 year old Ryan Caldwell come up against the mighty Steve Will in what has the be the most insane E36 i have ever seen, never mind the noise that it produces.. Unfortunately for Ryan, Steve would take the win, which as you can see made him quite happy.

Bradley Wallbank was running the most under powered car in the whole field in ProAm, unable to compete in his BDC car, he instead brought up his missile E36. Amazingly earlier in the day he would beat Richard McCourt in the Lassa Tyres R33 to progress into the top 16 where he would face Karl Farrar. After a strong fight the win would go over to Karl, unlucky for Bradley not to get further but for the cars he was put up against he certainly put up an amazing fight!

Local hero Andi Halkett would come up against the mighty Matthew Denham who was on fire all day. On the first run Andi’s E36 simply could not catch the RX8 through the first few clips and would only be able to catch Matthew in the last section. When roles were reversed it was clear who would be the winner. With the amount of grip and power the RX8 has, it was to no surprise that matthew could keep on the door of Andi throughout the entire run.

Like any event there is always 1 single driver that stands out from the rest, for me that was Matthew Denham in the V8 Turbo RX8. his semi final battle would be against another stand out driver who i think a lot of people expected to be in the top 4. Conor and Matthew had a really intense battle and much to my delight, Matthew would progress through to the final pitting himself up against Steve Will, While Conor would face Scott Cartledge in the 1UZ R33 for the 3rd place spot.

The 3rd place battle was fairly cut and dry, unfortunately for Scott he just didn’t have enough forward bite in the tyres to be able to keep up with Conor. A very well deserved 4th place for Scott after taking down some mighty foes earlier in the day.

2 cars and 2 drivers that had been standout crowd pleasers all day had made it to the final. Their first 2 runs where far too close to call for the judges prompting a one more time decision. It would take only the slightest difference in line/angle or proximity to separate the two drivers in the end.

At the end of it all, Steve Will much to his delight would take the top spot from Matthew Denham.

This ProAm fight had been such an exhilarating day of hard fought battles, each driver gave it their all pushing their own limits to the test and what an event it created. The work David Egan & his team has put into the BDC in such a short space of time time has really catapulted the series forward and set the stage for the rest of the season to come.