On the 30th of November 2014 Drift Inc ran their final drift practice day of the year at Pembrey Circuit’s karting track.
I’ve been to quite a lot of these days (as a driver and a spectator) and they’re always a lot of fun with a really relaxed atmosphere and a good set of people. I really wanted to make it to this one as it was the last one of the year and could be my last chance to chat to these people, and pick up a calendar from Blacktop Photography that contains a picture of me driving 🙂
Unfortunately, just as I was about to leave the house with my flask, bag of snacks and camera gear, the phone rang and it was my work. Something was broken and I had to fix it. Luckily, working in IT means that I can do this from home so after a couple of hours it was all sorted and I was on my way.
There were some interesting vehicles at the track including a very angry sounding R35 Nissan GTR and a VW Caddy pickup with Mazda MX5/Miata running gear. Also present was the Kinzuru drift truck (Nissan Sil-80 conversion) which had just been featured in that month’s Banzai magazine. I managed to get a passenger ride in it and it is awesome. Whenever I get a drift passenger ride I’m blown away by the speed and g-forces experienced when an experienced driver in a good car takes the wheel. The drifting went on past sunset, with the day finishing with passenger rides for the marshalls – the least the organisers could do for these awesome orange-suited heroes who voluntarily stand out in all weathers so people can have fun in their cars.
It was a pretty successful day overall. The low sun and fairly clear sky gave some great light. One of the static car images above has been printed on a canvas as a Christmas present for the owner, another was printed & framed and given as a present to the 100th person to like the Lensburn Facebook page. I stuck to taking pictures in the pits mostly as I don’t have the necessary insurance to go out on track at the moment and there are other photographers out there who do a great job at that side of things.