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260KM/H ON A WET PUBLIC ROAD: Early morning at Mt Panorama

By in 02-05-2010 7:53 pm

I was sent an anonymous email just now with a link to this video.

For readers who aren’t familiar with Mt Panorama Circuit in Australia, it’s a street circuit in the city of Bathurst that basically consists of some very long straights up and down a mountain, with a whole lot of turns at the top that leave very little room for error. Here’s some Youtube videos of the circuit.

During non-race periods, it’s a regular street with a 60km/h speed limit that can be accessed by the public, and is regularly patrolled by the police.

Here’s what makes it interesting. This video was obviously shot very early in the morning, and that black R34 Skyline in the video looks and sounds an awful lot like Mark Berry’s car, which will be competing in the World Time Attack Challenge being held at Eastern Creek circuit in a couple of weeks.

So, is it real or a fake viral video? Right at the end, you can see the driver leave the circuit and start driving away along the public street that leads to the circuit. You can also see a car coming the other way on Conrod Straight. All I can say is either someone is either going to have some explaining to do to the Bathurst constabulary, or is very good friends with the Mt Panorama management.

Here’s a video of Mark’s R34 at Eastern Creek. Same car? You decide.


WEEKEND EDITION: The story of Calgary drift and Race City

By in 25-10-2009 3:16 am

Remember Dave and Devin, the two Canadian guys who came over here a while ago?

Canadian lad Paul Harrison sent me this video about the Calgary drift scene. Apparently, they’re due to lose their legal drift venue, which is something at an extreme level of suck. I can relate to this, since I was around since the beginning of track drifting in Sydney back in Australia, and we’re due to lose our best drift track, Oran Park, to a housing development.

Also, I’m in love with that duck-egg KE20.


WEEKEND EDITION: Videos from Canada and Texas

By in 24-10-2009 3:04 am

The first one was sent to me by Steve from Canada. He probably thinks I wasn’t going to post this video, because I just sent him back a “that’s nice, thanks for your email” kind of email. Language warning on this one if you’re playing it out loud somewhere. The track looks like fun. Do the guys from Seattle and Vancouver have to get a ferry over there or something? The best part of this video is when the guy in the blue 180SX hits the switchez.

Lonestarbash @ Mineral Wells, TX 2009. By Fabricated Motorsports. from aaron losey on Vimeo.

The next one is Aaron Losey’s video of the Lonestarbash at Mineral Wells in Texas. It’s kind of long, but you didn’t come here because you’re busy now, did you? I like the idea of the “party circle” at the end of the run. The best part of this video is when the camera was in focus.

The best part about both these videos are Cressidas.


WEEKEND EDITION: How to make a video of Ebisu’s Drift Matsuri

By in 18-10-2009 12:29 pm

Pay attention. It is possible to make an interesting drift video that contains closeups of weeds blowing in the wind.

This video was made by a guy called Eiji from the Australian team Red Stage (here’s a pic), and a member of my old club, Initial Drift. He came to the last summer drift matsuri with a couple of other guys and pretty much had a camera in his hand the whole time.

Keep an eye out for the “Team Mad Max” Skyline, especially at 3:35 where I actually make a somewhat decent run on Minami! Also, the guy I shake hands with is Luke Fink, the recent winner of the Australian drift championship, after we won the Drift Land twin competition.


BIG IN JAPAN: Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Japan trip, now in HD

By in 14-10-2009 4:19 am

Something interesting popped into my Youtube subscription box the other day. Remember those videos of JR in Japan? They’ve been re-uploaded in HD!

So, here they are, linked for your convenience.

Click here for Part One – JR visits street drifting in Osaka.
At 0:57 seconds, where you can see me driving the van and looking to the left in the rear-view mirror. I was looking at a police car! This being an official Ford video though, they couldn’t show that sort of thing…

Click here for Part Two – JR visits Bihoku and goes drifting with Naoki Nakamura and Mitsuru Haruguchi.
See if you can spot my Skyline in there.

Click here for Part Three – JR and Keiichi Tsuchiya on the set of Hot Version.
This was a fun day too, because I got to drift the track during some down-time, and translate an interesting conversation between JR and Nob Taniguchi.

Click here for Part Four – JR at Ebisu.
This was also fun, mostly because I snuck off to the North Course when nothing was happening and had a good go at it.

Click here for Part Five – D1 drivers try out the Mustang.
More fun at Ebisu.

Click here for Part Six.
A summary of the trip.

Click here for JR visiting a takoyaki stand.
I was slaving away in a hotel room on two hours of sleep trying to get photos uploaded while everyone else went out to Amemura and had fun.

Click here for the Midnight Onigiri bit.
My cameo!

Click here for the Japanese parking bit.
I think this was Gay Andy’s idea to see what happened when the car disappeared into the mysterious expanse of an automated Japanese parking garage.