Drift Taxi drifting at USC Ultimate Street Car 2014

Once again, its been a fair time since I’ve last updated this! Been so busy recently that just haven’t had the time!

On the 2rd of August, as a fairly last minute decision, I went to Santa Pod to join the Drift Taxi crew for USC (Ulimate Street Car) show. I went last year for the whole weekend, but found it way too taxing on the car, and on me, so opted just for the Saturday only. I think it was a good choice, plenty of seat time, a great laugh, good company & the car went faultlessly.

I must have had fun as I didn’t take any photos at all the whole time I was up there! Luckily, a few days after the event, I found a couple of photos of me show up on Facebook.

After a beer & Chinese with some mates who were up there, I left at about 9pm for drive back home. A lot less stressful & so much easier towing everywhere! Stopped in at another mates house on the way back who were having a BBQ, so actually got home at just past 5am! Unloaded the car, apart from being filthy everything was good.

I say faultless, there were a few minor things that I found. Both my old Bride passenger seat and the passenger Takata harness failed. This was a major PITA for passenger rides as well, so I had to fix that. I bought myself another Bride Brix (one that isn’t broken!) and bought a pair of RSA NASCAR-style harnesses. The harnesses are a major improvement!

And finally, my wipers decided to fail (again) half way through the day. This was not ideal when it was raining either! It was the same problem as I had at the Finalboss Matsuri – the linkage. I’ve since got myself a new 2nd hand linkage, and have also ordered the part from Nissan direct (£15-something). Hopefully that won’t happen again!

Next up, I have a hectic week toward the end of August. Sunday 24th is SXOC weekender track time (I’m down for drifting & grip, should be fun!). Then Wednesday 27th is DWYB Santa Pod day which I’m going to along with a bunch of friends! Too busy, great fun!!

Replacing CS2 coilover rear bottom cup bushes

Found that my car drives a bit “funny” since Driftland. I’ve double checked over absolutely everything and I can’t find anything majorly wrong, so I suspect & hope its just the alignment, perhaps been knocked off just a small amount. Perhaps an arm or 2 has worked itself loose? Not sure, but booked for alignment on Saturday.

Something that I’ve known about for a while now on my car which I needed to fix up is my CS2 rear coilover bottom cup bushes. Driftworks supplied me with replacements poly items a while ago, but I’ve yet to have the time to replace. Yesterday I did.

Old bushes looking very tired!

Burnt them out, same technique as subframe bushes

But, as per instructions, not to remove the metal collar

And done

Refitted to the car, should make a lot of difference. Here’s a video on Instagram of before/after, lol!

http://instagram.com/p/qudNnjukH-

Other than that, all good, I hope. Alignment Saturday. Need to wash & clean the damn car too, its absolutely disgusting at the moment lol.

FINALBOSS x DRIFTLAND Matsuri weekender 2014. WOW!

Seems like ages since I updated this last, so here’s an update and a half!

Went to Driftland x Finalboss Matsuri weekender. WOW, what a weekend!!! Everyones driving was amazing, all the cars looked awesome, and everyone was a great laugh. Exactly what drifting is all about – having fun with mates.

Over the past month or so, I’ve finally got myself a tow car & trailer licence, so no longer am I driving to & from events. This is something that I’ve wanted for such a long time, and its a massive relief to be able to smash the car about on track and know that I can 100% get home worst-case. Plus, I can take more tools/spares & tyres with me!

With that said, car was loaded up on a hire trailer and ready to go on Thursday. We left 8pm Thursday night.

Got to Driftland at around 11am Friday morning and had the chance to chill out, unload the car and and check over everything. Had a shower and headed out to a Nando’s with almost everyone that was going to the event! We took over the whole restaurant, lol.

Saturday arrived, I slept well, and got into the swing of things straight away. My first run out and I unintentionally ended up on Ali’s door! Didn’t even have the GoPro running as I always assume my first few sessions of any drift day are usually rubbish!

Got more & more into it, was absolutely LOVING Driftland. Such a sick place to drive, by far the most fun I’ve had drifting since I’ve been drifting. I thought the track was going to be quite small, but its surprising. You can get some decent speed going clockwise (which I preferred), and have the ability to throw the car in big. So much fun

Started to have a play with backwards entries! Not sure if I actually managed to do an entry over 90*, but was so much fun to practice. Over and over again as well, the whole weekend!

On the Sunday they reversed the track, which I didn’t like all that much. I felt I didn’t have the space/power to build up enough speed to nail the big right hander properly. However, a touch of rain and it was easy. Did a couple sessions chasing my man Adam in his e36, was right on his door for several laps!

Few more pics

All in all, absolutely amazing. Literally, can’t even put into words how good this weekend has been. As always, I have an incar video of the fun. Its 14min long, which I apologise in advance for how long it is, but I think its worth the watch all the way through.

The car was flawless, so stoked with it. It drives SO good as well, steering is mega. Only thing that I found that went wrong is my wipers & washers stopped working!? Not sure why, but I suspect front arch loom again!

Absolutely amazing event. I hope Finalboss & Driftland organise the same event for 2015, in which case I will book up as soon as the tickets are available. Spot on!