When I wrote the last blog about round 1 I was also very excited at the thought of seeing the championship land in Sunderland for round 3 but there was a catch.
As the date crept in closer a worry set in, no venue was announced would the event get cancelled? Then as if they could read my mind the post came up….. BDC would now be held at Teesside for round 3. I love Teesside for drifting and in my eyes it is the home of British drifting so although it’s further away I couldn’t complain.
I now had a chance to see if there was progress in the future for BDC. I would see how much had changed since round 1.
Where do I start, well I guess from the start, sadly I didn’t make it to the practiced day but I was up bright and early on Saturday for pro Am. when I arrived it was clear someone had been reading the last post the trade section was full of life and well actually, it was full in general. It had a variety of stalls including Driftnuts/Project touge, Walton motorsport (which felt like a real shop this time), Ratrap and BDC merch. That wasn’t all the trade area had many cars on display which filled the voids and made it feel like it flowed well. The music from the RC track and the live stream playing at Walton motorsport stall made the area seem more alive.
So overall the improvement hadn’t been drastic but it was a big step in the right direction.
Right down to the action
It’s no secret I was hoping to see Ian Rutherford do well and I was in for a treat but before that we had the pleasure of seeing some drivers put it all on the line.
The day wasn’t without its victims Jolene was one of the first to fall from grace after putting in excellent runs during practice and fighting gearbox issues it seemed she was going to be a worthy contender but it all went downhill with a bang on Southbank as her diff give up the go (insert hello darkness my old friend song).
William Hanna was soon to follow retiring for unknown reasons it was a real shame to not see these drivers in battle.
Another return for this round was team battles. As a spectator this was a nice addition, hopefully in time more teams will take part. Sadly although the team runs were fun to watch they held a heavy price for Nerijus Voliukevicius seeing his skyline burst into flames at the end of the run. Thankfully the fire was put out fast but meant he wouldn’t make it to his battle with Maciek Blazejewski.
Throughout the day the new comer Maciek ran a nice high line round southbank which helped see off the competition and put him in contention for his first podium. Veterans of the sport would not make the fight easy as Ian Rutherford and karl Farrar also landed into in the battle for a podium.
The day ended seeing new comer Maciek land in a well deserved 3rd, Ian 2nd and karl 1st. It was fantastic to see Ian end the day on the podium as a regular at Teesside.
After an impressive day 1 it seemed the bar had well and truly been stepped up. Practice went well and was rather uneventful seeing most drivers take a safe approach. The weather had been fantastic up until qualifying then it all went wrong…………….
The track turned into a pool and most people ran for cover in the driftnuts tent.
Thankfully the rain was short lived and action was back underway after using the drift cars to dry the track.
As the drifting got back underway we had the pleasure of seeing drivers of days gone including Sweeps the founder of BDC, the king of style Alex Law and fast and furious Scotty. Although there weren’t many returning faces it defiantly gave BDC the feeling that a void had been filled. Hopefully the team at BDC will continue to invite drivers back.
The real heroes of drifting.
The staff at BDC had kindly gave me pit access for this event so as qualifying wrapped up I headed to the pits to see what was happening. Something that is overlooked by many is the people that keep the cars on track and I wanted to catch a small look into the hard work of the teams.
As teams ran to each others aid many cars sat in what appeared to be a state of disrepair.
Sadly no matter how good the team were some cars sadly did not manage to make it back out but in amazing fashion some seemed to perform miracles bringing the monsters back from the dead.
Time for war
Onto battles it went sadly the low origin got bumped out in qualifying but the battles had some heavy hitters paired up early on. Sadly one of my favourites Martin Wonnacott got knocked out prematurely after a tough battle and destroying the rear of he car on the final wall …. again, poor car
I think it is fair to say something had happened since round 1 the level of driving had really hit another level, at the start of the year I thought it would be a walk in the park for Aurimas but many driver had really brought the fight
The man on a mission was Ricky Lawrence fighting off many big names and eventually battling it out in the final to see off Aurimas for first place.
Well many companies ask their customers what they need to change and they clearly don’t listen was BDC the same?
As amazing as it seems the staff at BDC really had stepped up and cover absolutely everything mentioned in the previous blog.
Everything from the trade area, old school drivers and even the commentators had all been stepped up.
If the BDC keeps up this standard and still builds on it there will be a promising future.
How can you not love this car really? With a real JDM feel and a nice reminder of Ken Nomura’s D1GP car Lee Barker has been around for a few years and is a big fan favourite and I must admit having a death or glory sticker on his car defo makes me love it more.
Sadly Lee was knocked out earlier on in the day but with a consistent driving style and the confidence to run the wall he is a driver to watch in the future.
Go follow his drifting https://www.facebook.com/leebarkerdrifting/
Big thanks to the BDC for the pit pass and see you all at another event keep up the good work
Words and pictures by Craig (Project Thirteen)
Thanks for reading
One of the most common thing you hear in the car scene, “the car scene is dead” well if anyone was going to prove it wrong it was E85.
As everyone knows the winter months really do push cars into hiding, with excessive salt use and dreadful weather it is probably for the best too. That all being said a meet was announced for JANUARY!!!!!!!!!! With much doubt I attended anyway as these meets seem to draw out some rare JDM goodies.
Being one of the first to arrive I had the pleasure of watching the hoards of cars descend on the usually quiet car park. Before I knew it there was a line of cars waiting to get into a car park that was bursting at the seems. Like a scene from the fast and the furious cars revved their engines and played loud music, the event could be heard for miles.
It was only when I stared walking around the true monster showed their face. Feeling like I had just stepped onto the streets of japan I was surrounded with some of the coolest Japanese cars to have ever graced our roads.
From Evo’s to skylines there was a bit of everything but one of the first to really pull me in was a white Nissan s14a.
This car seemed like a lightly modified s14, low with minor body changes that was until you look under the bonnet.
Sporting an rb26 skyline engine this was clearly not your average car. Hats off to the owner this car put most cars to shame tonight and drew some of the biggest crowds.
Although I am a sucker for big RWD cars the Japanese hot hatches brought their A game too. A Suzuki ignis sport parked away from the action really caught my eye, I think its fair to say that these are very underrated sporting a 1.5 engine, bucked seats and a body kit as standard they are a great started car and have a real JDM look.
Several Mazda mx-5s came and went but this one kinda caught my eye with a lightly modified look and an excellent choice of wheels it really did look like a street drift car.
As always there where a few rare cars but the two that got my attention where a volvo(yes I know its not Japanese but its rwd and can drift like a hero) and a rather odd import corolla.
The fun didn’t stop there as far as unusual cars go, have you ever seen a bright yellow Micra with 3 spokes and neon’s ? well you have now!
Whilst we are on the subject of Micra’s I came across this rather clean Micra sporting the death or glory stickers.
Overall E85 drew out some awesome cars for a winter meet and I look forward to the next one.
words and images by Craig Johnston
Lily the 1JZ LEXUS
Where to start…
I F**king Love this CAR…. AAAAHHHHHHH
So you join me 4 years into this obsession, I bought Lily for £800 and it was love at first drive.
I have been playing with cars all my life and no car has ever spoke to me so much made me feel so alive, so connected. No object has ever opened so many doors, taught me so much, made me so many friends, become my life as much as this car has. If I was to sit here to write down every reason I drift my Lexus I would end up writing one of those self-motivation books.
So I’ll spare you the boredom and keep this build thread focused.
6 months after buying her the diff started making a horrible grinding noise and being a “sport” model I feared the LSD was damaged. So removed it to find out what was wrong. It was an Open diff that had multiple teeth sitting at the bottom of it hahaha. So the welder was kicked into life and I got a crash course in welding from youtube and I welded my first ever diff to get her back on the road for work the next day. “ I’ll buy a LSD at the end of the month when I get paid” I thought to myself.
That weekend a local venue was hosting a Jap car meet at their track which I attended.
I thought I have a welded diff I might as well do one skid just to try it before I buy the LSD Diff.
Yeah, that was 4 years and over £16,000 ago… and you guessed it, the LSD never got bought. Haha!
I drifted her with the standard engine and minimal mods for the first year before I sold my MK4 NA Supra to fund my new habit.
2 years ago the JZ got fitted and much much more.
So Lily Spec list as of 2018 (she is currently off the road getting more done but will update you on that as and when progress is made.)
Thank you for reading and if anything doesn’t make sense drop me a message. I am dyslexic so reading and writing is not one of my strong points so bare with me.
1JZ-GTE vvti single turbo from a JZS 171 (Toyota Crown)
BOV Delete Panel + Bung
Custom Stainless Steel FMIC piping wrapped in heat reflective gold tape
SFS Green Silicone Hosing
Walbro 255 LPH Fuel Pump
Custom Fuel Lines and Relocated Filter
NGK Spark Plugs
New Engine Plugs from Brands Hatch Performance
Ram Air Filter with custom piping to house MAF
Full Custom 3” stainless Steel Exhaust System
Custom Steering Pump Relocation Pipes and custom cooling panel
JapSpeed Alloy Radiator
3 Electronic Fans (2 on Rad 1 on FMIC)
Mk4 Supra W58 Gearbox
Competition Clutch 6 Puk Sprung Paddle Clutch
Competition Clutch Lightened and Balanced Flywheel
Lexus IS200 Automatic Welded Diff
Suspension + Handling
HSD Mono Coilover struts with Custom Springs
Full Minty Fresh Rega Rox Lock Kit
Eibach 25mm Hubcentric Spacers on the front
Driftworks Adjustable Caster Arms
Full KFD Rear Adjustable Arm kit
Strong Flex Racing Poly Bushes
Fixed Carbon Kevlar Bucket Seats
TRS 4 Point Racing Harnesses
OBP Hydro Handbrake and OBP Cylinder
Custom Centre Console
Custom Switch panel, Fuse box and Relay holder.
Cusco 6 point Bolt in Roll Cage
Stripped out interior
Hand Held Fire extinguisher
C West Front Bumper
Custom “D-Max” Style vented bumper
Aero Catch bonnet Pins
Garage Ascura 45mm wider Full front Fenders
Lexus Sport side skirts.
Sunroof delete panel
Japspeed BGW with Custom extra low Bootlid Mounts
Minty Fresh Carbon Radiator Cooling Panel
Minty Fresh High Level Rear Spoiler
TRS Towing Straps Front and Rear
Custom Intercooler Support Bar
500 Bhp worth of Stickers
XXR 527 (front Wheels) = 17×9 et30
Azev Type Bs (Chromes) = 17×10 et 25
Rota GTR (Skid Wheels) = 17×9.5 et35
Thanks to / Sponsors
City Quay Car Services
Death or Glory Appeal