I just have to say that Drop Dead Drift put on a heck of an event this past weekend July 25th-26th. A huge props goes out to the Drop Dead Drift crew for generating a donation of $5000 for Astonished (http://www.beingastonished.com/)
There were 30+ drivers from all around Saskatchewan and Manitoba with skills ranging from independent amateurs to Formula D Pro-Am. This was an open event with a main goal to have fun! With all of the drivers putting on a show, food trucks, a glow competition for driving participants AND spectators – how could you not? This entire event had a toxic “feel good” atmosphere going on.
The weekend started off with a full pit of drivers piling in with plenty of drift eye-candy.
The night began with a full line up and introduction followed by a pause for the National Anthem.
The first night was a success with over 700 spectators walking through the doors to check out the festivities which included a 50/50 raffle, beer gardens (for of-age spectators only) with food trucks provided by Booster Juice and Prairie Dawg Catering who served up some great food and drink.
Here are some snapshots from the first night:
Finally the sun went down and the glow event started on the track. Strobe lights and underglow began to light up the track. Unfortunately for me my T5 was not cutting it anymore. I decided to put the camera away and go enjoy the festivities with friends, do some ride along’s and take it in. On the way to my car I took a quick couple of snaps of Matthew’s 240SX and Kyle’s R32.
The drifting shut down just after 11:00PM and the party started. The glow competition was wild. I mean crazy. It was a reminder of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with all of the underglow. Anthony Thiessen had wired up some Christmas lights and had them strung on his doors and even went to the extent of strapping on and lighting some fireworks for more added “glow” (albeit unsafe in a crowd of people, the end result was quite amusing).
That concluded Day One.
Day Two started with the track going hot at noon. The sun was high and the heat was dry. Consider Day One practice.
Day Two was the actual tandem competition and the drivers were definitely getting more aggressive with their driving.
Everyone loves tandem. The drivers love tandem. The crowd goes wild for tandem. My spot of choice was best picked on the bank end of corner 4 where the smoke, dust, and tire bits would fly up and hit me in the face.
Unfortunately for Kevin – his competition ended as soon as it had began. Rest in pieces. Don’t take this accident as a reflection of his driving skill; Kevin is one of the most consistent drivers out there but this freak accident took him out. We are all glad he is okay and his powertrain/drivetrain will surely end up in another BMW for next season
In the end of the tandem competition for day two the results were as follows!
Congratulations to Anthony Thiessen for driving his way to first and taking home the win!
For a video summary of the event check out Anastas Maragos’ video here:
In closing: as the term goes – “Keep Drifting Fun”.