Monday, October 4, 2010

NZDrift nationals @ hampton downs

yesterday we piled up the bB with performance car magazines (this lowered the car considerably!) and scraped our way down to hampton downs for the nzdrift nationals. don’t laugh, but i’d never actually been to a drift competition before so i was secretly pretty excited. drivers also got the opportunity to compete in the wynn’s super lap competition so there was a variety of impressive cars in the pits – not just the drift machines. i was also surprised and pleased by the amount of people that came along – every inch of the fence by the track was covered in spectators by midday!

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one of the perks of getting to tag along with pedey to these things is that i seem to find myself being allowed access to areas that others wouldn’t. it’s pretty exciting being able to get right amongst the action - here are a few shots of the drifting competitors about to go out for a few warm up laps.

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mag 'n' turbo owner bruce tannock was competing in his new s13 complete with work meisters and impressive fitment – bruce never falls short in this department. check it out…

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since being featured in nzpc a few months ago hugo mclean’s ae85 has got new shoes and a whole lot of new stickers. fresh on the drift scene, hugo has received a lot of criticism over his car but he’s certainly got an equal amount of fans out there, me being one of them. at only 18, hugo has some serious talent as a driver and i love how he’s just so passionate about it!

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eventually i got sick of being behind the fence and managed to sneak my way into the judges scissor lift. now this was the way to view the competition – from above we could see everything that was happening on the track. mike whiddett also made an appearance and was the ‘guest’ judge of the day…

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despite mad mike’s recent rise to fame at an international level, he’s still a super nice guy and it was great to see him back in nz supporting our car scene and sharing some interesting stories from his overseas exploits!

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after a long and very hot day, drift champ gaz whiter ended up taking out the top spot in his aggressive s14, followed by andrew redward in 2nd place and daynom templeman coming in 3rd.

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gaz is an all round good bloke and an incredibly talented driver so i was definitely cheering for him. i was lucky enough to go out for a burn with gaz earlier this year for a drift demo at the 4&r nationals, and although it wasn’t at high speed, boy it was a seriously eye-opening experience! i never realised the skill involved in operating a drift car – not that i really understand it or anything but i certainly take the sport a lot more seriously now. an ordinary driver can drive a car fast but it takes extraordinary talent to be able to drive a car fast AND sideways, and while gaz’s hands and feet were busy in a flurry of fast movements, his face didn’t move a muscle…

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congratulations gaz, and a big thank-you to nac insurance, the performance car team and 4&r events for putting on an awesome day filled with bad-ass cars and plenty of smoke. next time, if you could please increase the amount of burger suppliers by 100, that would also be ideal.

you can check out the rest of my photos on my flickr here!

1 comment:

  1. LOVE this blog! Awesome girls perspective with still being girly! Respect!
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