Yes the second event for this month, but this one had a slight twist, the second half of the day was a gymkhana event. For those who are not sure what that is and the rest that do I apologise, its a dual car battle following a set course of turns and precise directions in order to find a winner. This event however was not a competition but a bit of fun encouraged by the staff of the Norfolk Arena Drift Team. A lot of the faithful decided to give this a go, not just in their drift vehicles but a few took part in their road cars. The course was a series of gates and bollards that mirrored each other for the drivers to follow and for the simplest explanation decide a winner. This ultimately was a practice event to provide a break from the norm and give a little insight into the world of pro-driving of the faithful.
Also we had a guest driver at the arena, a professional class 10 grasstrack driver by the name of Josh Hassell. Together with his family they gave the hallowed concrete of Kings Lynn a burn and I must say he took to it just the same as the other drivers, not even missing a heartbeat. The cart was powered by 2 GSX 1000cc bike engines, providing over 320bhp to the wheels. Tyre smoke was a certain.
Also a first time visitor to the track was Mr Fozzy Foskett`s Ford Pop 100e. A long time project of various parties concluding in the workshop abilities of Jim and a select few it breathed life on the track for the first time unknown to its owner. Smiles were delivered as promised.
The sun was shining once again on our little part of the country. The drivers were eager as well to prove their worth oin the hallowed concrete of the Norfolk Arena. The car park was busy with many a tyre change and I am always amazed by the dedication of everyone whether they are a driver, passenger or just a simple spectator. Whilst the sun shone, I have to agree the wind was bitter and strong which caused a sort of sand-blasting effect on everyone. With this being said the cars go out, wear out their tyres and come back in ready to do it all again.
It is always busy here and there is always time for help and a sharing of knowledge to others however small that maybe. The skillsets are so varied and the drivers always seem to be willing to talk openly to each other as to the best routes of attack on the track.
Lots of twinning this time which on a personal note I love to see and as this time proved be part of, thank you to Mr Cracknell for the ride and Paul `Smokey` Smith for the close battle. I asked him to be on the wing mirror and so he did.
One of my favourite places to hang around is the clipping point as seen above and as from this post I`m going to start a series that’s going to be CLIPPING POINT HEROS and every month I will post a picture of this months winner. Starting with this one above. Congratulations to Ryan King and Jon Cardy for this, you are this months Clipping point heros.
Once again the true Norfolk Spirit shines through to provide me with the best in grassroot drifting to photograph and show you all what a great place to be this really is.
All the best. G
Usually January brings the dreaded white stuff to bring that certain frosty chill to the air, but, not this time. The drift gods were happy and as they say, chance favours the brave, so that sideways loving crew took every opportune moment to destroy tyres as they always do.
It always amazes me how many people come to Norfolk just to enjoy the day, whether it be to drive, be a passenger of just to watch, and this one was high on my list of well attended days. Whenever these dates go up online they are always fully within a matter of hours with long waiting lists. This never deters the faithful from still coming to watch. Over the past two years I have been accepted as part of the scene, never a driver, just one of those faces who supports and helps any who need it. I have made friends very good ones and I will never forget the faith they have placed in me to portray their practice days by this blog as well as other formats. I hope that I can continue to promote the NADT so that others that take the time to read these blogs can understand what it means to them(as well as myself) and the sprit that is always around on the track or in the pits.
On a lighter note it was the best feeling to welcome Malcolm Fozzy Foskett back to the fold from a long standing break, his guidance and support to the drivers and friends is just the best feeling anyone can get in a car going sideways. Minnie has always been that little shining light that slips under the radar and I`m sure it would be amiss of me not to say thank you to her. For she is also the life blood of these days. She is one of many who without their mere attendance would make this day seem just not the same. Sam, Callum, Sian, Ammo, Sorrell and Ash all just fit in and make the day what they are, plain fun and smoky enjoyment.
It was nice to see some new faces as well as the older ones. It was also a nice welcome back to the Volvo beast that was Marc Huxley`s BDC barge, all be it with its new owner, Max Milwain. He will continue the legacy of quality tyre action in this monster of a vehicle.
Lots of twinning action on the day as well. The Cracknell clan always show their worth whether its father or son behind the wheel they constantly provide action for me to capture. This time it was with PezandTom Mchaffy.
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Windy and wet is indeed the order of the day, but once again out they come in their masses to destroy the tyre stock of East Anglia. The list was full and the drivers eager to prove their worth with drifts and sideways action. As time goes by the drivers always amaze me with their skillsets that I am certainly not worthy of. My friends, NADT is all you, together with Malx, Minnie, Ammo, Brian, Sam, Callum, Ash and all the other behind the scenes staff there simply would be no fun, friendship and petrol(or diesel) driven sideways action. From me to you thank you, for taking the time to allow me to capture the fun and action that makes others see what a great place this is. Whether its driving, watching or even being a passenger, there is no other place I would rather be, than amongst friends, and being the occasional clipping point.
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2014 will be the year for someone to be sponsored by drift365. He is already on board and will carry the website logo on his weapon of choice. News will be released once everything is confirmed.