Last weekend saw Prodrift hit its local track, Fermoy. This is always one of my favourite rounds. One reason is that its always an exciting round. Another is that its less than 15 miles from my house.
This is not the usual OMG post. This covers my year from start to this point. It won’t cover until the end as there is a drift day on new years eve that I’ll be covering but we can ignore that for now.
This has been the most eventful year of my life. Mainly because this year I got married. We had the our idea of the best honeymoon possible. I joined the ranks of OMG and covered some of the best drift events I’ve been to.
This is a quick shot of my car that after 2 years of being idle and with loads of help from my friends they got back to an almost running state for their wedding present to me and Aideen.
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Here it is finally. Prodrift Round 5 2011, Japfest. We’d all been hearing the stories of a US invasion but we all guessed it wouldn’t happen. When we saw the official driver entry list we were all pretty happy around these parts. We had Dai Yoshihara, Fredric Aasbø and D Mac all coming over from Formula D. D Mac was breaking out his new N3 AE86, Aasbø was bringing his Supra and Dai was jumping into the MG Crash Repair SR Altezza (IS300 for all ye state siders). Not to mention the UK guys coming over. We had Team Falken, Matt Carter and Paul Cheshire. And Team Japspeed Steve Baggsy Biagioni and Shane O’Sullivan.
And to finish it off there was a nice little show and shine going on.
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Take a look back on Christy Carpenter’s year of drifting the gorgeous Yokohama Nissan S15. This year Christy has competed in both Ireland and the UK in the JZ engined Nissan.
Christy had a fun year scoring and equaling his previous best result of 3rd in Fermoy last year with a 3rd on his home event in Ennis at ProDrift Round 1. Christy followed that up with a 2nd place to James Deane (ProDrift 2010 and Drift Allstars 2011 Champion) at Drift Allstars Birmingham.
This past weekend seen the final round of the Drift Allstars championship that has taken part all across Europe this year. The final round took place at Wembley stadium in the heart of London. This was my first time at Drift Allstars and I have to say I was really impressed with entire event. I will let OMG photog Stew Noble give you the full low down on what happened at the event as I just want to share my photos from the event!
Hey everybody, James Deane here driver of the Low Brain Drifters, Rockstar Energy Drink PS13 writing my 1st blog for OMGDRIFT.com Thank you for having me OMGDRIFT! For my first blog I’m writing my story from Drift Allstars round 5 in Birmingham which was held last weekend. This was another new track for me to experience this year. The weekend started on the Friday for us. For this event I had lots of support from home (Ireland) as the Drift Allstars series is a European series, I travelled on my own for the other events across Europe. We decided to drive to Birmingham From Ireland in a 7 seater Ford Transit van with my Dad driving, Mam, Chris my nephew (up and coming drifter) Martin (OMGDRIFT photographer) and Aisling coming along to support me. We left my house at 6am on the Friday morning with a 2hr30min drive to the Ferry, then a 4hour ferry crossing to Wales, and first stop 3 hours later in Lydney, Britain was to Low Brain Drifters to check over the car.
This was my first Drift Allstars event this year. These events are not easy for me to get to, I end up going through 3 countries to get there (more on this in a driver blog later). Not to mention the risk of the event not going ahead, not enough cars turning up if it did, getting hurt when I get there, having the cops shut it down. Basically the event was at risk from the riots in the UK during the week. While going for food during the day the windows and doors of the shop next to where we ate were all smashed. This was less than half a mile from the track.
Needless to say the event went ahead, enough cars did turn up, I didn’t get hurt (much) and the cops only flew over a few times.
On Friday I was kindly invited along to a private test session organized by ProDrift competitor Christy Carpenter at Mondello Park in Co. Kildare. Christy was testing his Yokohama backed Nissan S15 drift weapon ahead of the next round of the ProDrift Series which takes place this coming weekend. I have said it before but there is no harm saying it again, this S15 is a seriously gorgeous competition car and in the words of James Deane, who was up spectating, “For someone who owns such an amazing drift car he (Christy) doesn’t hold back!” – this was after watching Christy launching into the first corner at Mondello. Anyone who has witnessed Christy this year in ProDrift can attest that Christy has been trying very hard at every round this year.