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Nige
06-06-2008, 08:53 PM
Simon and Pye21, I strongly suggest you stop reading right now and close this page. (They both wanted to go but for different reasons, they didn't)...

I`d booked on a Drift Introduction day at Oulton and asked if anyone else wanted to come along too. Stan said that as it was his Birthday, it would be a good present and he`d love to join me. Plans were made and at 06:30 this morning we set off in convoy for the 1hr 25min drive to Oulton Park.

Uneventful journey, stopped to fill with fuel just before arriving.

Steady journey on the motorway gave me decent economy in the Z
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Quick tyre check before starting. Yep, they look Black, Round and well worn :D
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Met up with the other guys on the course, there were only 8 to begin with, a couple of others joined in later. :thumb: Fortunately, it was the first time for some of the others, but one guy with a dedicated drift car had done the last 8 events :o

There were the expected spins..
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Cones AHOY !
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http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Misc/_DSC2719Large.jpg :D

Had lunch and then continued Drifting.

"Oi, NIGE". huh ?? AH HA its YOU !
Weeman called to visit :thumb:
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Stan had to pull over, the dry track had caused his NSR Tyre to de-laminate :o Quick directions from marshall and after cutting off the offending part he carefully drove to a local tyre fitter for a replacement. The Guy in the drift car also had the same problem and had to cut short his day :(

I asked if he was disappointed but he said that out of all the events at Oulton he`d been to, this was the best ever :thumb: It was the first time there had been such a low number of drivers, as a result the marshalls said they wouldnt `wet` the tarmac and so it was the only dry track time he`d ever had there. No queuing and he did more laps in the morning, before his tyre delaminated than he`d ever managed in a full day :o

Pooky called to collect his M3 and we had time for a short chat before getting back to the business of going sideways.

As the day progressed, we became quite proficient B)
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Stan with Weeman passengering
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Weeman offered to take some photos of me. :thumb:
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WOOHOO ! !
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Whoops Stan :whistle:
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Well saved...
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After 94 miles of drifting, the fuel consumption wasnt that impressive...
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Said our goodbyes and drove home. Inspected my rear NS Tyre...
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whoops, that will be because of the constant drifting I did then :whistle:


There are upsides and downsides to the dry track. The tyre breaking up is the problem, but that was because we were out for long sessions. If the tyres didnt need replacing, I wouldn`t have hammered them with such long stints and they would have held up fine.

I set up the bulletcam, unfortunately, it was too low so you cant see enough of the track. This was just before lunch, I was better later, much less hand twirling, but didn't have the camera running :(

Bulletcam footage (http://www.vimeo.com/1129891)


..more incar from the 2nd course (there are 2 you can `play` on) :thumb:

http://www.vimeo.com/1143011

My arms are really aching, far more than on a trackday !

To summarise, it was the most FUN I`ve ever had in a car. We were all grinning from start to finish. Made much better by knowing someone else there, although I`m sure I would have still thoroughly enjoyed myself alone.

It wasn't as exhilarating as going to the ring or on a trackday, but I had a blast :thumb:

Massive thanks to Lou for entrusting me with her Z. I didn't hit anything and apart from being a little dusty, its fine :thumb:

Floyd
06-06-2008, 09:07 PM
Most interesting! I now want to do it but I'm not sure it would be the same or right in a 4wd car :( Do they accept none rwd cars? I do have the Omega though... :lol:

Glad you had a good time mate :thumb:

pye21
06-06-2008, 09:09 PM
:angry: :( :boom:

Nige
06-06-2008, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Jun 6 2008, 10:07 PM
Most interesting! I now want to do it but I'm not sure it would be the same or right in a 4wd car :( Do they accept none rwd cars? I do have the Omega though... :lol:
there was an Evo something and 4WD Audi A3 DIESEL !
Drifting all day long and they were having as much fun as we were :thumb:

you missed a fabulous day mate.. :(

Jim Cameron
06-06-2008, 09:12 PM
Nice one, looked fun :thumb:

Floyd
06-06-2008, 09:17 PM
Oh, I thought I would be a :loser: turning up in a 4wd car :( I suppose thinking about it Andy Walsh said the principles he taught apply to any wheel drive! I can't see fag wheel drive working though :lol:

Stan
06-06-2008, 09:24 PM
:D sorry i am unable to stop :D
my face is hurting :whistle:

BigJC
06-06-2008, 10:24 PM
Great report, I could here this from where I work in Northwich.

Dave Malings
07-06-2008, 07:29 AM
I just watched the vid.

When Steve and I went, there was a queue of 10 cars to go before we got another go :rolleyes:

It looks a bit easier in the dry I have to admit....either that or I am shite :lol:

Duncan
07-06-2008, 07:41 AM
Great report again Nige - looks great fun.

So much for the Z staying off a track :D

Nige
07-06-2008, 07:58 AM
Originally posted by dynamix@Jun 7 2008, 08:41 AM
So much for the Z staying off a track :D
:whistle:

Dave, it was much easier in the Dry, the guys who`d been before all said the same. There were 4 who`d been on previous events and they had always needed to queue before and it was always wet.

The downside was much higher speeds through sequences to keep the drift going from corner to corner.

The other downside was looking in the rear view mirror after a HUGE drift and not seeing clouds of tyre smoke filling the air behind :lol:

Weeman
07-06-2008, 10:17 AM
Glad some of my pics came out Nige!! Theres hope for me yet lol

Thanks for FUN afternoon, had a blast, really impressed with you and stans drifting skills, Love the noise that Z makes :):)

Floyd
07-06-2008, 11:14 AM
What sort of advice did they give to drift?

karan
07-06-2008, 03:15 PM
great stuff Nige! :thumb: looks a good setup they have there!

and boy does that zed look smooth

Dave G
07-06-2008, 04:34 PM
Cool Nige, see you've now realised where the proper fun is! :lol:

It's different in the dry.....not easier per say. More commitment in the dry, ergo more dangerous (due to higher speeds). Less controllable in the wet perhaps but slower speeds.

The key is:

a) Don't sh*t yourself and over-react. (Hard when first starting)

B) In the dry, you have to abuse the car/clutch or it won't happen. :whistle:

c) If it's your first go keep trying when you fail. You will fail to start with, lots.

d) When you get the hang of it, enjoy!

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

Stan
07-06-2008, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Jun 7 2008, 11:14 AM
What sort of advice did they give to drift?
Stay on the black stuff and dont keep it floored when you come off, or you will bring loads of crap back on the track. Dont use the steering wheel was one i felt unsure about :huh: . Less speed, but i thought he was winding me up :whistle:

Simon
07-06-2008, 06:03 PM
Looks like you all had fun and a guest visit by Weeman :D. got new tyres fitted on the BM now so not sure about doing 1 until they are a little worn as they were 165 + VAT each even with Russ doing me a massive favour on the price :o

Floyd
07-06-2008, 07:24 PM
165 each :blink: Feck me, I hope they last at least 50k miles for that :o

Stan
07-06-2008, 08:18 PM
i cooked the n/s/r tyre and it fell to bits :o 135 bugger

pye21
07-06-2008, 09:04 PM
15's FTW 40 a tyre!!!

Floyd
07-06-2008, 10:14 PM
I've not heard of these FTW tyres ;)

pye21
07-06-2008, 10:46 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Jun 7 2008, 10:14 PM
I've not heard of these FTW tyres ;)
:angry: :wave:

alclark
07-06-2008, 10:55 PM
Drift cars run around 0.3/0.5 degree's of rear camber, as the temps reached on the inside tyres on most cars (around 1.2 ish) completely destroy a strip of it as the heat builds up.

Incidentally, looks awesome Nige - I will be at the next one, as the purpose of the new car will become apparent hopefully not too long away.

Paz
08-06-2008, 10:42 AM
Originally posted by alclark@Jun 7 2008, 10:55 PM
I will be at the next one, as the purpose of the new car will become apparent hopefully not too long away.
Dibs on a go! :D Let me know when youre going Al, i'll try to pop up? My Corolla should be road legal in the next few weeks.

:boom:

JudeM
09-06-2008, 07:36 AM
Looks like a fab day, glad you had so much fun :thumb:

Jude

Nige
09-06-2008, 01:20 PM
Just uploaded some more incar from the 2nd course (there are 2 you can `play` on) :thumb:

http://www.vimeo.com/1143011

Weeman, I`m very pleased with the photos you took, considering I had to show you which end to look through, I think you did pretty well :lol: ;)

Dave, you absolutely correct, the speeds in the dry were quite high. I ended up at around 60mph in the afternoon :o In the wet that would have been much much lower.

When I`ve had a play before, in empty carparks etc, there is always that moment when your heart rate shoots up, until everything in controlled. I had the same experience first thing on the drift day, but by mid afternoon, I was much more comfortable and wasn`t `seizing up` as much.

Weeman, remember those biker dudes watching from the side? I`m sure they thought we were experts or something :lol:

found another pic I like, Stan took it too :thumb:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Misc/zed8.jpg

Weeman
09-06-2008, 01:59 PM
He was convinced you were a hero nige, and you were doing a good job on that corner thats for sure :lol: :lol: :thumb:

Dave Malings
09-06-2008, 02:10 PM
60mph seems rather fast :o

Nige
09-06-2008, 02:12 PM
Originally posted by Dave Malings@Jun 9 2008, 03:10 PM
60mph seems rather fast :o
I know :o its the rev limiter in 2nd..(well, 58mph or something)

thats what I was saying, the dry required more speed compared to the wet.

Weeman
09-06-2008, 02:15 PM
does the wheels spinning have an effect on the speedo reading?

Nige
09-06-2008, 02:17 PM
absolutely, but you know how fast Stan was going into that section before the hairpin !

I was wheel spinning out of the long right hander, then just before the right / left sequence I was stamping on the brakes to shed some speed. You are right, the wheels were spinning, so it wouldn't have been 60. Hard to judge from the inside, but it seemed quick !

What do you reckon we were reaching at that point?

Weeman
09-06-2008, 02:19 PM
yeah them sections must of been close to that I'd say, was definately on the limiter in 2nd, Stans felt like it was doing 200 mph from the passenger seat I damn near poo'd myself :lol:

Steven
10-06-2008, 08:34 AM
Originally posted by Dave Malings@Jun 7 2008, 07:29 AM
I just watched the vid.

When Steve and I went, there was a queue of 10 cars to go before we got another go :rolleyes:

It looks a bit easier in the dry I have to admit....either that or I am shite :lol:
In the wet it was like driving on black ice covered in oil. Would like to try in the dry, would be quicker too. In the wet we barely broke 10mph.

Will Browning
10-06-2008, 02:48 PM
Cool write up as usual Nige! :thumb:
I've got a few bits n bobs to go onto the mighty Sierra when I finish the bloody XR2i, maybe then I'll take her out to one of these days! :lol:

Stan
10-06-2008, 06:57 PM
Originally posted by Weeman@Jun 9 2008, 02:19 PM
yeah them sections must of been close to that I'd say, was definately on the limiter in 2nd, Stans felt like it was doing 200 mph from the passenger seat I damn near poo'd myself :lol:
I was flat out in 2nd gear after the short straight. in the afternoon i was flicking the car into a slide instead of braking ;)
Sorry if you had a brown pants moment Weeman :lol:
I was wondering why Nige was avoiding a pax lap in the afternoon :rolleyes: