Archerfield Drift Park – Team twin drift competition – review
*disclaimer: this review may have more cliches than a First XV after game speech*
Looking for a different activity to do with my son this weekend, I thought I would embrace my inner petrol head and check out what the guys at Archerfield Drift have to offer. The Team twin drift competition was being hosted there and it was going to give us the opportunity to check out some sideways vehicular mayhem.
Arriving on a balmy Saturday afternoon, Queensland was positively sweltering (with the thermometers threatening to ebb close to 40 degrees). Bad enough that drifters are apparently notorious for being late to events (probably an excuse to throw their cars around corners at breakneck speed to get to where they are going or make up time), but the high temps were also going to make things a little difficult for those drifters relying on a turbocharger for additional horses (for the uninitiated, turbocharged cars like to stay cool).
Kicking off the proceedings was Luke Fink galloping around the drift track in a Nissan R33 with wild abandon, preferring to travel sideways and ignoring “traditional” driving lines before having to ease off due to the heat.
The Truckin’ DJS provided some action in between Luke’s Skyline cooling down and other drifters arriving to “cut sick” through some interesting choices of music and delightful banter (predominantly reminiscing about their youth, working in clubs and driving quickly in a variety of vehicles).
The set up at Archerfield for drivers have been upgraded recently apparently, with Luke spending $75k on widening the tracks (making for a place where new drifters can practice the art of opposite lock to their hearts content).
With the temps high and the team twin participants low, the operators decided to open the field to all comers (for an entry fee of course) and within moments, there was more smoke than a cheech and chong film with an old school Skyline (R31) and a Turbo Holden station wagon entering the fray. With more squeals than a Sash Grey casting couch audition, the commodore found itself, like Sasha Grey, getting banged more often than expected and eventually removed from activity due to some overeager self panel beating.
Enter Luke Fink – The entertainer
With Drift cars in seemingly short supply, Luke stepped up with his recently cooled down Skyline and started working the crowd. Some team drifting with an R31 before a lot of circle work down the main straight, Luke moved on to some high speed parking before announcing to the crowd that the Skyline that he was so gleefully throwing around the track could be hired to drive around the Archerfield drift track (unaccompanied or with Luke as your passenger for handy handbraking tips and the like).
It was a pity that the temperatures were so high (which also led to a storm), otherwise a fun event could have been a lot better.
Either way, the team at Archerfield Drifting will surely help you succumb to your desire to embrace your inner Lightning Mcqueen or Kunimitsu Takahashi. Get down there for a look.
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