A Lack of Bumpers
One thing that never really seems important at a drift event is the amount of body panels still on the car at the end. In fact, it seems that the enjoyment level is inversely proportional to that body panel number.
The number of participants and spectators was utterly astounding this go around.
With this kind of turnout the action was never lacking and the diversity of drivers and cars always gave something to watch.
From the get-go the crowd of drivers was massive for these events and the vibe was definitely one of fun and camaraderie, the two-course layout was going to give people a chance to mix it up and run one of the crowd favorite layouts.
Seeing this kind of magnitude at an event really shows that the group of people behind the automotive events in the Panhandle are stepping up their game to make sure there is never a dull moment.
After a hiatus over the holidays quite a few cars showed up with different owners, different paint, different motors, and plenty of tires. If this is any indication of the direction the local drift events are going in I am completely on board.
Not to get all preachy, but getting out to one of these events is one of the best ways to see some truly amateur motorsports. If you’re asking yourself why amateur motorsports is something you want to see, then let me explain. Events like this are one of the only places where people don’t care if you poke your nose in their business. Go talk to drivers, check out cars, hop in the passenger seat for a lap.
This isn’t the smoke and light show that big name competition provide either. That’s the joy of it. These guys are going to spin out, end up in the dirt, and do a big burnout anyways. It’s not about perfection, it’s about getting out there.
With such a large turnout there will always be a big variation in skill levels, but it can be argued that it’s more fun to watch someone finally nail it than to watch someone effortlessly stick it every time.
Let’s see more events like this one come together and let’s get even more people involved in this crazy thing we call cars.