Drift it, Baby!
King of Europe Drift, Slovakiaring
13/11/2013 08:06 |
We went to watch the last race of the King of Europe Drift Championship on Slovakiaring. Men and women driving their cars covered the track in rubber dust and thick smoke.
For a long time I had no idea of what drifting was. Around 2006 my new colleague, fellow car nerd Márk showed me an episode of Best Motoring. Eventually, we made a habit of coming together once a week to watch videos for about three hours of crazy Japanese drifting their cars. Orido and Tsuchiya became our favourites. Then he came up with the idea that we should go to Slovakiaring and watch the last race of this year’s King of Europe Drift Championship. After seeing the Japanese old school videos I was a bit hesitant at first, but as I realized the chances of me visiting Japan in the next 5 years are rather slight, decided we might as well do it. And we did it. On Sunday evening we crossed the Erzsébet bridge in Komárom with our jaws still dropped and full of what we’ve seen.
The Simpson helmet has become one of the essential, iconic objects of cool race drivers a long time ago. It oozes strength, toughness, and aggressiveness helping to deter the rivals. The drifters use it for the same reason.
Thumbs up to the Polish team for the cars, the driving style and overall professionalism
The contestants are waiting patiently on the asphalt covered by rubber dust
Karolina Pilarczyk drove the 8-cylinder, LS3 monster of an engine hidden in a Nissan chassis calmly and full of confidence.
Never mind the flying gravel, the splashing mud, the blanket-weed sparkling in the autumn sunshine, the advertisement sign is always up
Nikolett Szántó was ruthless fighting the male drivers. Her driving style is hard to describe, brutal and full of grace at the same time, well worth watching
The beautiful Nissan Skyline GT-33 trying to blend in in the car park was spotted in a matter of seconds. There were at least ten people loitering around it at any given moment. No wonder, it’s a rare sight
Josh Cartu, the Canadian businessman living in Hungary, who participated in this year’s Gumball 3000 took two of his Ferraris to the event. He was only an onlooker this time, though. This factory-made beige leather bag of his F-12 Berlinetta
Ukrainian Vladymyr Marchenko’s matte black S-14 Nissan Silva and its roaring V8 sound recalled the race cars at Nascar. The Ukrainian team meant business, too - their cars made more smoke than you see on an average Rolling Stones gig
Nissan Silva S14 Kouki and its driver sitting on top
One of the most pleasant surprises of the weekend was the AE86 Toyota Corolla of Austrian Klemens Kauderer. As a traditionalist lover of Japan he equipped it with a stock, turbo SR20 Nissan engine.
The original homeland of drifting may be Japan, but the American V8 does the job, too
Wearing a pair of silver sunglasses and looking like Lieutenant Cobretti, Francesco Conti didn’t win the final, but became the champion anyway
Hungarian driver Ádám Kerényi didn’t go easy on his race car. First the boot lid, then the hood opened. It didn’t bother him much, though, he carried on confidently
The back-lit BMW E30 looked more like some daft sea fish than a race car. It was almost beautiful in its hideousness
The black Mustang of Árpád Énekes had everyone gushing whenever it popped up. I couldn’t help but recall scenes from the film ‘Bullit’ at the sight of the sliding, smoking and rattling American dream car
A snow-white drift car driven by a lady with her nails painted black
The white smoke of the tires turned yellow in the corny sunset, giving the impression that the S14 is on fire
Polish Bartosz Stolarski was one of the most likeable drivers. He thanked the onlookers stepping back by theservice road taking a deep bow. In the final he defeated Conti, the champion, winning the last race of the season
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