Here’s some fairly raw material from the Falken European Drift Championship held by the International Drift Series late last year. This bit of footage shows Markus Militzer warming up in his E36 M3, chasing among others, Alexander Gräff, Dino Rockstroh and Dimi Patsatzis. I ended up wrecking that onboard camera. Anyone kind enough to help me buy a new one so I can keep on providing you more onboard action?
I thought I’d take a moment and try to remember how close I got to ending up with a tube up my nose last year. As some of you might recall, my closest call of 2008 was this at the Yokohama Tuning Festival, when Michu Sahli took a short walk on the lawn. If only you could see Michu’s expression more clearly…
For 2009 though, there was much less flying dirt, and a lot more flying cones. This was at the Pro Search, beginning of the year.
Be safe guys (and gals too, I know some really hot Swiss girl photographers ), ALWAYS wear a safety vest, avoid standing on the outside of the corners and wear something comfortable, not necessarily something out of the fashion mag, because when things go pear shaped, you need to be able to move quick.
A good friend of mine runs Speed Industries, one of Europe’s most driver friendly petrolhead groups. His trackdays are a blast. Neat cars and even more awesome people attending.
Not only do they do trackdays but roadtrips and meetups at exotic locations are not unknown. A recent trip to the Davos-Stelvio pass springs to mind at the thought.
If you’ve got high grade fuel flowing through your veins and you’re in Europe looking for a fun, cheap way to kill weekends, have a look at speed-industries.ch and sign up for their newsletter for upcoming events.
International Drift Series hosted it’s last and final round at the fabled Nürburgring on the last weekend of October, 2009. To add that extra dash, drivers from all major European series’ were invited for a Falken European Drift Championship.
The high speed track proved a new challenge to the visiting drivers who had to quickly transition between corners with speed differences of about 110kph.
The cup was won by Remmo Niezen in his E30 widebody, followed by Yves Faber in his fox-body Mustang in second place and Michael Sahli in third place with his camo E30 estate.