Posts Tagged ‘Silverstone’

VIDEO> The British Drift Championship

MAXXIS Tyres BDC Round 1 – SILVERSTONE from Stephen Brooks on Vimeo.

We recently received a Facebook message from a videographer named Stephen Brooks, which included a link to this video. What I like about the video is the fact that it’s not just a bunch of boring, repetitive footage of cars drifting… I actually like this video because it features more than just the cars – it also captured great “lifestyle” imagery from the British Drift Championship at famed British grand prix circuit Silverstone.

I’ll be honest… with so many different (and separate) drifting event organizers in the UK, it’s so hard for those of us in other countries to understand the differences between them. Last time I was in the UK, I was fortunate enough to be flown out to shoot an EDC event at Donington Park. However, since then, I’ve been hearing A LOT of talk on the internet about JDM Allstars, and now… the BDC. My head’s spinning now! Let’s see, there’s EDC, BDC, IDC… and idk what else. Just imagine if all the event organizers somehow managed to work together to create a massive, super sick series… that would be incredible! (It’s probably not likely, due to differing sponsors, management styles, and personalities… but I’m just saying, it would be pretty cool.)

If someone out there could please enlighten me, and provide some more information as to the differences between the different events, I’d appreciate it! However, for now… check out this entertaining video from Stephen Brooks.

:: Antonio Alvendia

PS: I thought it was interesting that ONE tire company was allowed to buy title sponsorship for the entire series! It’s kinda funny seeing cars with Falken livery and a huge MAXXIS banner on the windshield! Hahaha…

GALLERY> Southern Style’s Journey to Silverstone

You may remember my last feature about the JDM Allstars Driver Search at Silverstone a few weeks back. Well, I failed to mention that I had a pretty interesting journey up to Silverstone, and since I was heading up with Southern Style, a group of people who own some of the dopest grassroots drift cars on the UK streets, I thought it would be rude not to show you MotorMavens readers some of the photos I took and tell you about what happened on the way!   Read more...

COVERAGE> JDM Allstars at Silverstone!

I think I can safely say it feels like the 2010 drift season has started, albeit in a typically British fashion, with plenty of rain and cups of tea.

While fellow MotorMavens crew members Antonio Alvendia and Edward Uche were out baking in the Californian sunshine at the XDC event in Irwindale, I was getting soaked to my skin in Northamptonshire, England, at the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone Circuit. Here, JDM Allstars were holding an invitation-only driver search day to give the selected drivers a shot at gaining a provisional entry to compete in this year's series. Also, with only 26 days to go until JDM Allstars takes over Manchester City for Round 1, it gave some of the current competitors in the series a chance to give their updated and freshly built cars a good shakedown!

Silverstone has been a home for UK drifting since the early days. The OPT Drift Club used to hold practice days there and some of the old UK D1 rounds were also held there. It was even the stage for the D1GP Exhibition Rounds (one in October 2005 and the other in 2006) when the Japanese came over to show us what it was all about - pushing our drivers to become even better. Since then it's been home to various drift championships such as the European Drift Championship (EDC) and the defunct, D1GB. Back in 2009, it was JDM Allstars' turn and there they hosted the final round of the series on the famous GP Circuit. This year Silverstone will play host to the final round yet again and it will be bigger and even better. I'm seriously looking forward to it - just as long as it's not raining!

Anyway, on to the Driver Search...  

WEBMINING> EDC Drifting at Silverstone

DRIFT SILVERSTONE 2008 HD from Clashproduction on Vimeo.

If you’ve had a hectic, mind-numbing, soul-searching day, I think this video from Clash Production might just help you to forget all of the “craptasticness” (my own word) of life. Give yourself a timeout and enjoy a few moments of pleasure.

Granted, it is old, and it has two of my favorite people in it: Nobushige Kumakubo and Kazuhiro Tanaka from Team Orange. Some great camera work inside and outside of the car, with a mellow song to bring it all home. Speaking of home, Clash Production says Silverstone is the “home” track for a lot of the UK-based drifters. It’s a pretty sweet track to call home – especially when considering the F1 history there. It also happens to be one of my personal favorites. So sit back and watch some sick drifting and let the BS of the day go away.


:: Travis Hodges

European Drifting Championship (EDC)