Norfolk Drift Team Charity Weekender 2014

So here we are again, its been and gone, and what can I say.  Wow, what a huge success that was, but what a catalogue of weather and emotions it was.  From wind and rain to beautiful sunshine and dust, but I wouldn`t change it for the world.  Just to be a small part of it was a honour.

The day started as it usually does at these events wet and lively, but this never deters the drivers from coming out to once again took to the hallowed concrete of the Norfolk Arena and showed their skills to all who gave their time to watch.  The days events took shape in the form a usual practice day but later it would turn into the Kings Of Lynn Drift Battle.  The pro drifters were invited to compete in three formats from the 4nations, the retro drifters and the great8 battles.

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Steven Donnelly, our northern cousin never fails to impress. Always giving his time and never ever misses a beat.  A true gentleman.

The night continued along nicely with the elimination heats of the great8 until the final loomed.

This year the honours were taken by Lewis Cracknell

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The main treason for this years event was as normal to raise funds for our chosen charity.  This year was The Guide Dogs for the Blind Kings Lynn Branch and I can happily say that the total is in and it raised a whopping £2709.  As Malcolm Fozzy Foskett would say its all about the family of Norfolk Arena that makes this all possible and I whole heartedly agree.  Without the pro drivers, grassroot drivers, the passengers, the spectators and all who attended and put their hands in their pockets this would have never happened.

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Ian Bizz Phillips, one of the pro drivers in his brand new 350z powered by a chevy v8. This car had very little run in time but the skill set of Ian proved that was a little problem.

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Ross Gregory in his own custom built Nissan proved to be a fan favourite.

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Gary Hughes in his retro Ford Sierra showing that you don`t need to drive Jap to go sideways.

The event went without a hitch and all thanks go to the staff of the NADT that always carry the load of what proved to be the best yet.

On another note, the local BBC radio station interviewed Malcolm Foskett and Matt Hitchcock for a motorsport program, that can be listened again here for the next seven days.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021qb1z

 

NADT vrs BDC @the Nationals 2014 Show Report

As strange as it seems this blog is not really a show report as I saw very little of the show.  Now that was not any bodies fault but my own.  The whole weekend was spent helping passengers get their jollies from a ride in a professional British Drift Championship drift car. The days were heaped with smoke and sounds that are common with drift cars giving all their worth, shredding tyres left right and centre.

It was common that knowing the weather in East Anglia it was to be the complete opposite ends of the spectrum.  Saturday was a mix of intense rain and warm spells that whilst soaking you to the skin allowed the sun then to dry you 90% and then the heavens would open again bringing you full circle to a 100% sodden state that only a deep sea diver would normally experience.  It would be easier to wear a wetsuit and a pair of waders.  Now Sunday was as I said completely the other end of the weather spectrum.  Intense sunshine that baked the concrete dry worthy of the tyre-killer devil himself.

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The boss admits that possibly this drifting lark is loud, noisy and smoky.

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Team MnM all out in the sun.  Glorious.  It was these guys that made my weekend, and few trips around the oval, the question was asked ” fancy a bit of fun?” and the smoke generators were turned up to 11.

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Christian Lewis in the It`s a DRIFTlife car turned out(sideways).

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A sweet view of Lee Barry, one of the Team MnM drivers showing lock.

At the end of the two days over 500 passengers had the experience of a BDC car ride.  Cars and drivers all provided the highest of driving standards and never missed a beat.  I have to say a big thank you to the staff of the Norfolk Arena Drift Team, Malcolm, Minnie, Sian, Ammo and Sorrell, they made my experience of the days one to remember, not only from the drivers but the weather and company. Also the BDC for allowing the drivers to show off in their tasty rides and the drivers themselves, for without these people this would never have been the success that it was. Thank you all.

 

 

NADT Practice Day May 2014 & ODC East of England.

As regular as clockwork here we are again.  The day and track started out wet and chilly but lady luck was on our side once again.  The track dried out quickly and everyone set to the track with gusto.  The regulars were in attendance together with some new faces all eager to prove their worth on the concrete of Kings Lynn.  Six laps of the track back to the pits and then onto the pit line up ready to go again.  This is the lot of the drivers and passengers of the Norfolk Arena Drift Team. As the track dried out the tyre smoke levels grew and so did the dust.  The breeze that seems common here at the track can make the dust seem a bit of an annoyance but its soon forgotten when the action levels grow.

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Nick Gillott gets his entry perfect into the first corner.

This time added to the day was regional heats for the Open Drift Championship, which allows grassroots drivers to compete against the rest of the country without travelling it.  Several drivers decided to give it a go and as per the rules you can have as many practice laps as you want but once you decide to go for it you only get three laps all of which are marked.  These marks then go off to ODC HQ for them to process.

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This the first clipping point of the lap, as you can see the next few pictures illustrate how close everyone got.

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All gave it their best efforts.

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Phil Cracknell getting it spot on nearly both wheels in the box!!

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Josh Phillips, not bad at all.

Soon it will be the Charity Weekender. DO NOT MISS OUT!

Norfolk Arena Drift Team April Practice Day

A new month and a new practice day.  Once again the pits were full and tyres were smoking.  The sun was out but the wind was blowing, unfortunately that meant the dust was cutting.  I left that day with a severe cause of sandblasting.  This day was a shakedown day for many BDC drivers, to iron out kinks from their machines and to identify and outstanding problems before the first round  at Lydden Hill on the Easter weekend. Also it was the last day for the BDC newcomers to get the heads and cars in shape ready for the impending baptism of fire that the championship brings.  Also once again the hallowed concrete of kings Lynn was home to the Gymkhana event previously run this year.

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Existing BDC car co-owned by the Cracknell Clan

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The 70`s Disco Throwback Compact Hod Rod owned by Ben Rowland

Good luck to Ben this coming weekend in his BDC Kickoff @Lydden Hill

Norfolk Arena Drift Team on Tour

This seems to be a common venture for the Norfolk Arena Drift Team in some shape or form.  From visiting local tracks to different race formats.  Whether it be in the now famous Ford Pop 100e or the Classic Modified Cortina.  This time it was to demo the Pop and two fellow Drift Competitors at the famous Crail Raceway just south of Dundee.

It was a misty Sunday morning in March that the team arrived on the decommissioned Royal Air Force base.  It was truly an awesome sight.  The base has a historical preservation order on it which prohibits the building or removal of any of the buildings or contents, even a hole requires a written confirmation.  The decay of the buildings has just aged these hangers and barracks in such a beautiful way. The rust and wind ravaged paint has merged into patterns that gives them a unique character all of its own.

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The above picture of the Ford Pop 100e was captured in front of one of the hangers for a photoshoot the day before.

The demos were performed in front of a crowd of fellow Ford drivers and owners from the surrounding Scottish cities, towns and villages all intent of displaying there pride and joy as well as putting in quarter mile times on the strip, for which Crail is famous for.

Malcolm “Fozzy” Foskett, Steven Donnelly and David Waterworth all gave their time, tyres and fuel to the crowd and then finale was a cameo by Minnie on the scooter of doom.

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See the rest of the gallery here:

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Kings Lynn Stars Season Starts Here……

Slightly different from the norm I agree, but Drift365 supports a speedway rider this year.  Two wheels I know but speedway if you didn`t know is my other motorsport following.  Might seem a bit strange but speedway has been a passion of mine for over 10 years and I following the Kings Lynn Stars speedway team at Norfolk Arena.  So with that in mind I decided to get the name out there by supporting one of the riders that I`ve known for the last couple of years.  Lewis Kerr rode for the Premier League and National League last season and due to the fast tracking rule change this season has been drafted into the Elite League.  Together with some big league hitters they as a team are pushing for the league championship.

For those that are interested they race at the Norfolk Arena most Wednesday nights.  15 heat format, 3 points for a heat win, 2 for second, 1 for third and 0 for last.

Here`s to a successful season.