At Hutch, we love a bit of track action. So when the chance came along to get behind the wheel at Santa Pod and make cars go sideways, some of the Hutch guys grabbed it with both hands.
Pro-Am BDC Champ Danny Grundy and Belinda Challis from Bayside Motors crack the whip and get the Hutch guys working hard.
From donuts, to figure-of-eights, up to some big track action, we had loads of fun and the hard work paid off.
After a weekend behind the wheel, here are our Top 5 Things We learned from a Drift Day Out with Danny Grundy
Learning to donut
Donuts are stage 1, the basics when it comes to drifting. We needed to prove our proficiency before moving on to other techniques. Most of the guys got the hang of this pretty quickly. However, sustaining the donut was a challenge; keeping the car under control and learning to steer with the gas was certainly not intuitive. We are clearly novices at this game but hungry for more.
Figure of eights
After a few donuts, we moved on to figure of eights. This involved transitioning the car and understanding when to best apply the gas and when to ease off. Hands spinning faster than an over-excited DJ, gripping the wheel like a veteran swordsman, the buzz was real. Donuts lead into a few longer drifts, this is where the real skill of the drivers around us became apparent.
Our coaches Dan and Bellinda kept up the pressure and their expectations were high! Slapped hands when over-revving took us back to our school days.
The noise and smell
Ah, the smell of burning rubber in the morning! With 50 cars drifting around the circuit at Santa Pod the tyre and engine noise was immense. The smell of burning rubber gets everywhere. The horizon swathed in blue smoke, engines roaring like a T Rex stepping on lego. It’s like nothing else and needs to be experienced first hand.
The Drift Community
Drifting is a whole barrel of fun, and attracts a group of really hardcore fanatics. It was great to meet a bunch of people and hear their stories. The drift community is really tight-knit and helpful, with advice on techniques, best components and a wide variety of views on the best car for drifting.
We left the event having made some new friends, and a new view on how cars can be handled. We picked up the basic skills and got a view into how deep the rabbit hole goes. Drifting is a game of skill, nerve, guts and determination.
Key advice from Danny Grundy
It’s all about the fun, if you are enjoying yourself, improvement comes quickly. Just relax and enjoy the process and try not to think too hard about smashing the car into a concrete barrier. Don’t think about it, think fluffy bunnies, not crashing. Don’t crash, don’t crash.
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