Day of the AE86 / Taupo August 2011

August 8, 2011

Adam set up to pass Nick in the last corner, both cars run Billspeer.  Although not quite showing full lock yet, trying to drift Miatas without them sucks big time.

8/6/2011, day of the AE86 2011. In celebration of this (any excuse to go drifting) Katsu and Picket organised a drift day at Taupo’s Track 3 with priority on AE86s and similar low powered cars. The drift gods took pity on the small engines and dampened the track for about half the day. At first I was pretty bummed about this because wet drifting sucks but it was actually a blessing which allowed for proper 3rd gear entries. It was the first time on the track for many so the day started out some what slow but after a few sessions most got right into it and it was good to see everyone improve greatly by the end of the day. The rain stopped in the last few sessions and the track dried out, which made it harder for most of the field but allowed dudes like Brendan and Teeboon in their high power AE86s to get some proper runs in.

I spent the weekend with metal in my eye making me feel and look like death (going to the hospital today to get it out). I also haven’t picked up my digital camera for months now so the photos are kind of rusty but I managed a few pretty cool ones none the less. I’m sorting through them now so expect to see more over the next few days. Mr. Olly J was also there getting video so keep an eye out there. It was a killer day, one of the best track days in a while. Thanks Katsu and Picket for organising and cheers to those who gave me rides, hopefully it won’t be long till I can add some Datsun to the mix.

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3 Responses to “Day of the AE86 / Taupo August 2011”

  1. Davy said

    This pic is full of win.

  2. Joel said

    Man, so awesome. How did Nick and Nick go?

    • Both took a little while to get into it (first full track, day) but did awesome. Both were entering top of third and got pretty decent near the end. Will need more power to do the same in the dry but had plenty of grip in the wet. The track is pretty cool, another corner or two would be nice but still super fun. Tall Nick needs billspeer still.

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