When Calder Park thunderdome is on offer who would say no? So without hesitation Primal Motor club jumped on the opportunity and quickly organized a grass roots drift day. With only 30 spots on offer the event was extremely quick to sell out.
Upon arriving I was completely shocked by the turn out. There were so many nice cars and almost 90% of the people had driven to the event in the car they were competing in. Now that’s dedication!
When you see a Cefiro you know it means business. Even before it hit the track I knew I was in for a treat with this unique Nissan. This was one of the most powerful cars of the day.
The ‘My Little Pony’ drift toy said it all. This car had to be something special if its mascot was a brightly colored horse that could perform magic and fly.
No need for a taxi when Karls Ke70 wagon is in town. It is one of the first I have seen with a quad headlight conversion.
This car made me double take as at first I thought it was Enders car with a new front end straight out of the shop. It looks pro; why haven’t I seen it before and who does it belong to?
This was one of the most consistent cars of the day with the driver constantly hitting his mark and pulling good angle.
What’s a drift day with out an AE86?!
Chris in his s14 was looking great all day long. He was taking plenty of speed into the main corner and very rarely got it wrong.
This is what 80kw chasing 286kw looks like. Ryan in his r32 would initiate the drift early, hoping to catch up mid corner, but the Nissan Cefiro would just disappear as soon as it exited the corner.
The day was split into two courses one for beginners and one for intermediate to advanced drifters. Most people would have a go on the beginners circuit before joining the big boys on the other circuit.
The beginners track layout consisted of many evenly spaced orange markers. This allowed you to drift in between each marker until you reached more at the end that forced you to rip a big u-bomb.
No tofu here; only wicked drift action. John in the blue AE86 had the car screaming the whole time and progressively got better as the day wore on.
Neil in his s13.5 was blowing away the cobwebs before hitting the advanced circuit. It didn’t take long for Neil to get the feel back and he was soon ripping it up with plenty of flair.
The great thing about Calder is its track width. It enables the driver to throw the car at the wall catch grip and use the weight transfer to help propel the car into the main corner.
Sometimes things go bad and it was very sad to see the sil80 crash. We loved the style of this car and have seen it at many events. We hope to see the car reborn and back on the track asap.
The heavens soon opened and the track was littered with puddles. Yet surprisingly the drifters got a lot better with the wet track. They seemed to gain confidence and started to perfect things that hadn’t worked in the dry.
Gerald does know how to thrash a car! His car has been to so many events in the last six months that he himself admits it needs a freshen up.
It wasn’t only men who were drifting. There were some up and coming women who really started to shine once the rain set in.
Even the competitors could not keep their eyes off the track while changing a tyre.
Not only was the main corner being abused, but also the back straight where many people would drift better without the fear and pressure of the crowd.
The angles got more extreme just before lunch was called and maybe it was their hungry stomachs that made them go harder.
There is nothing better than a free lunch. With so many starving people a bbq was the only way to satisfy the large crowd.
While everyone was eating I took the time out to take a closer look at these two beauties! With such great attention to detail both cars really stood out amongst the crowd.
One of the more modern cars on track was this toyota 86, it really looked amazing and we cannot wait to see more of these out there.
The rain came again so we all huddled under a temporarily shelter. The view was limited but the drift action couldn’t of been better!
With so much water on the track it was hard to tell if we were watching boats or cars!
Primal Motor Club really knows how to throw a fantastic casual drift day. It’s great that this group of friends have come together to help extinguish the rivalry and ego that breeds within some parts of the drift scene. If your interested in grass roots drifting make sure you like their Facebook page> (Primal Motor Club Inc) to get involved.
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