This weekend gave me my first opportunity to check out some grassroots drifting with the guys from Drift Spot. Drift Spot are a great team of guys and girls who enjoy drifting, they organize a series of events throughout the year both for learning how to drift or Drift 101 they call in and a drifting competition with it’s first round happening on the 5th of May.
The Drift 101 clinic opened up the 2012 season. This year’s event featured 20 drivers, who were ready and willing to learn. Three stations were setup for the drivers, each increasing in difficulty. The first station allowed drivers to focus on creating simple donuts from their drivers moved to larger circles and figure eights, for the final station a mid-speed course designed to use all of the skills introduced at the previous stations was created and drivers were allowed to run at their own pace.
In speaking to the folks at Drift Spot I understand they introduced a limited, invite only, test & tune session. This session took place on the final station and allowed the more experienced drivers to work on shaking down their vehicles and test out new setups in a low pressure, low risk environment. As the day wore on that low pressure, low risk environment didn’t stop some of the drivers from stepping up their practice and turning these simple runs into all out tandem battles. Judging by what we saw, this year’s competitions are going to be very interesting and very exciting.
Those getting their early in the day were treated to an appearance by local Formula D driver and special guest, Ryan Tuerck, in his personal car aka the drift missile, a Nissan 240x with a Toyota 1JZ motor. Ryan is a huge supporter of grassroots drifting and was taking part in the test & tune portion of the day. Unfortunately, some mechanical gremlins which ended up being a failed transmission ended his day very early. I just hope when he come back for the next one we get to see more than three runs from him.
Drift Spot was founded in 2009, by an enthusiastic group of drivers whose goal is to provide quality drift events, including instructional and competition style events, with a focus on community and a grassroots atmosphere, to the growing New England Drifting Community. DriftSpot’s 2009 season surpassed all expectations, holding the highest attended grassroots drift event in New England. As a result of this the events have grown and now in 2012 they are almost bursting with drivers and volunteer’s.
If you want to learn more about “Drifting” then these events are an absolutely fantastic step into that realm to either watch and learn about something new, or even to learn about car control and how to “drift”.
I would really suggest checking out the Drift Spot website or the Drift Spot Facebook Page to find out more details on events or just more info about the group. The next event is the first stage of the 2012 competition and will be held again at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. I very much look forward to seeing you there.