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The raffle was a massive success raising around £400 to the Hospital at Home charity and we'd also like to mention Lewis Cracknell's efforts as he managed to raise £15 by washing cars as they came off track :-)
We'd also like to thank our army of regular drifters who never seem to tire of our little track, come rain or shine they turn up to challenge themselves and have a good time with a great bunch of friends. There are too many to mention, but you all know who you are, Without your support there would be no NDT so Malx and I thank you :-)
Hospital at Home is a charity which provides 24hr care support to those who
Any donations to the raffle will be greatly received. Tickets will be £1 per strip
Many thanks (in advance) and much love''
We have just returned from the annual dinner dance for the BDC (British drift championship) get together to celebrate the winners and the year end, we did as a team win the 'best entertainer award' i say team because i always have minnie doing the hard work right behind me in the pit area and Ammo belting about all over the place to help us both, we run pit, grid, and track, its hard going but enjoyable and as i have said a thousand times the drivers are the best bunch going and help us to make it the best(probably) run drift championship going.
The support on the night was a humbling experance for me, as we just help out, the real stars are the drivers and the cars, so that made it all the more special,
Another good day had by all at the 8th Sept event, we will be
An old friend of ours from the race ovals has been to check out the drifting, and he liked,,, so he is now booked in at norfolk for a few 'trips', his hobby as you see below is to draw race cars in his very own style, we will be able to see a drift car example very soon but if you would like a drawing done of your car, or a favorite car you follow, Zak Stace will be able to help, PM me on face book or e/mail and i will pass on contact details, and as ever the price will be 'norfolk style'
We are pleased to announce that the weekender was not just great fun but also raised over £2000 for Scotty's Little Soldiers, a great effort from all our regulars as well as all the guests that turned out to help us, thank you....
New Weekender page on line NOW
Please have a look at the TOG's pages
we have always encouraged new photographers at norfolk, we also now have a regular bunch all taking great shots at the track days, many now have a page of there own on this web site, they are looked after by Our head of TOG's Kenny Hawkins.
We are pleased to announce that the weekender was a great success, raising over 2K for the Scotty's little soldiers charity, bringing hundreds in to watch us messin around and having fun, the top 16 BDC style demo battle was something else and the finals were as good as we have seen anywhere this year, once i get rested!! i will open up a page, as for next year, we will see.
NEVER SAY NEVER!
Our first away day or 'norfolk drift team on tour' to Skegness has been and gone, and enjoyed by all those that made the effort to get to the Lincolnshire track on the 24th March, the pic's and another great vid from Mr Impact, who turned up to support, are on the face book page and will be uploaded onto the site asap,
we did find that tyre wear was more than norfolk, but that's to be expected as we were running on the race track tarmac, with Minty busy we had a local tyre fitter, and stock car driver step up to help us out, so thanks to Stuart Hodgson for that.
I will be looking to do some more dates, probably Saturdays, and details will be posted with hopefully a little more notice.
With my passion for the Ovals these days would be a compliment to norfolk, not an alternative as norfolk is 'our home' its just nice to visit somewere else now and again, with constant noise issues at other venues the drift practice days are always going to be looked at by local councils, so it is important that we stay in there good books and offer help were necessary.
Skegness track has had a new section of tarmac laid across the infield and we managed to incorporate that into the day,
we are also looking at helping out with a few demo's for the holiday makers when they visit the stunt shows during the summer months, So thank you goes to the owner Hazel and stadium manager Steve for helping us out.
I have to report that we, norfolk arena, will notbe running the ODC rounds this year, following a massive push last year by all of the staff, our drivers have shown great promise and will be representing us at the 2011 finals, at Silverstone in March this year.
FEB 11th date has been moved to the
18th FEB 2012 due to the ice-breaker banger meeting being cancelled.
All drivers are asked to rebook through normal channels.
Happy New year to all our followers,
drivers and families.
2012 is here.
minnie posing for our calender shoot!,
After a few years away from racing i will be back out on the ovals for 2012,
a swan song i guess, as retairement looms,
I will be campaining a Classic modifide 3ltr Mk1 (60's) Cortina
The season will be covered by retro Ford magazine and the
Stock Car heratige magazine.
And Flying the flag for the norfolk drift team along the way, most events will be at Swaffham raceway in Norfolk.
Yes he really is drifting in DECEMBER with
''the top down"
CLICK on the link for as look at the 'wet' track day 17th Dec 2011
A good turn out of over 36 cars for the last drift day of 2011, many regulars
shopping but the die hards! were still out in force, with the weather turning 'rather
night the roads around norfolk were 'slippy' to say the least but all the staff managed to get
to us along with drivers from all the surrounding counties,
We had a dinner break (1st one in 5years) for a Christmas Raffle, Phill Crackers idea and first up to add prizes to the fund,So a big thank you to all that chipped in, Japspeed offering up a free day at norfolk for next year as well as our's so in all a great effort and ALL monies going to the Cancer charities.
I also wanted to say thank you to all our staff members as well, and as a surprise had some plaques made, sponsored by Buster from the stadium and TRACK STAR the stock car promotion.
nice for them to see all the drivers and family show they are also respected for what they do.
We also managed to sticker up minnies car, well Ammo and Ian did with some graphics for the stadium, just to say thanks for the support they constantly show us.
It was the first all wet day we have ever run! but there were hints of tyre smoke near the end, we now its dirty though this time of year and we always offer to wash the worst off for the drivers that have to DRIVE home, like to stay on the right side of the Law...
We are still waiting for some dates for next year although we can run a few in January, why would you want to?? but i know most of the drivers will!
So from me and the team
Merry Christmas, and i hope a great New Year, hope to see you all in 2012
The Drift team staff were on hand to help with the BDC licence day at the arena on 3rd December,
a total of 30 drivers having a slippy start to the day but after an hour or so the speeds increased as the track dry'd out, we were represented well with 5 norfolk regulars,
Lee, cowpatt matt, gaining semi pro, and Ross Gregory driving through a miss-fire a very well deserved pro, well done to all the drivers and Yassa just missing out, harsh but sure he will be there at the next attempt.
we also welcomed our good friends from Scotland, David Waterworth and his crew,
Team Scott Drift.
There 1000 mile round trip made all the better with their young driver STEVEEEE
gaining a semi pro licence on his first trip to norfolk and his first attempt for a licence.
I have made them Honourary norfolk members 'Scottish Division'their spirt and fun nature making them fit in so well with everything that is norfolk,
The Team Scott Drift have also sponsored us so that we can carry on teaching and bring new drivers into drifting,
I can not thank them enough.
The norfolk drift team were well represented at the BDC annual diner dance held
in Coventry on 19th Nov 2011, A worthy mention for our ever present Ammo from the
promotion, and a very well receved special recognition award for Minne for her hard work in the pit and grid for BDC this year.
Follow the link above and read all about it and see ammo's pics on our good friend Lozza@s blog.
You may even see me in a suit!!!
Click here for Minnie's birthday track vid, by Laura.From the Nov 26th track day.
BDC are running a licence day on the 3rd DEC so we are moving our Dec date to the 17th.
OCTOBER practice day sold out in 3 day's.
Norfolks own radio station KLFM will be sending along their Breakfast show hosts to see what we get up to!
Dont forget that we do NOT charge spectators.
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norfolk drift team.
Norfolk arena Practice days 2011 on the news page.
On a personal note,
I have over the last few years run the drift team with the aim of getting
New drivers into drifting by running days at norfolk, thanks to the owners
we have had a low fixed price since we started in 2006, and along the way
we have made hundreds of new friends, run fun events and worn out 6
school cars!!, i decided at the end of lastyear that i fancied competing
we looked around for a car, sadly the Lexus project was cancelled a
following a few let downs with the POP project all budget went so no track car,so
the s13 we started will now be minnies new passenger ride car, the lads at J_R_Ford
doing a real nice job on it and should be ready to test on 15th Oct.
We have the pick up truck which has been made from one of my spare cars, the finish
was just as i imagined it to be and it is a great advert for us and for the Cunninghams, and already very popular.
Marc Huxley, bless him has offered to finish the POP which was always going to be for
promoting norfolk, at trade shows and demo's so we are on the look out for a sponsor to
help finish it, follow the part 2 build on SPONSORS Page
The new fun passenger ride BMW at norfolk, built by
just for us, here is a word from our sponsor.
Cunninghams Garage is a 3rd generation, family run Village garage based in
Hempnall, which has occupied the same site for over 75years.
Having developed and grown significantly over the years Cunninghams is
committed to customer care, providing a fast, friendly, professional and
most importantly a personal service. Offering an extensive range of
services for all motoring needs including Mot Testing, Servicing and
Repairs on Cars, Motorcycles and Quadricycles.
Cunninghams Auto are also the Sole Uk importer and Distributor for Secma
across the UK. Focusing on sales for the Four main Secma models the
F16, QT440DC, QT500 and FAMILY Four, other models including the Qpod, Fun
Buggy and Fun Runner are also often available second hand. Secma vehicles
are available for hire for advertising and promotional purposes. They are
easily customisable for your own business needs and attract a lot of
attention.Secma parts and accessories are available being despatched
nationally and internationally on a daily basis.
The philosophy at Cunninghams is to help if at all possible and those
values are paramount to our daily work.
Cunnignhams Garage are extremely proud of the modified Drift Taxi donated
to Malcolm and Norfolk Drift Team. Converting the BMW E30 may have taken
some time, with a little blood, masses of sweat and a few tears, combined
with a little imagination and lots of hard work Cunninghams proves
anything is possible!
The first guests, Vicky, Little Grace and brother Tom having
a ride around the staduim at the Sept 10th event..
And below, the extra passenger seat, just for do-nuts but fun
all the same.
NEW DATE Saturday November 12th now replaces
the origanal date 19th.
We are now fully booked for the drift track day,
we will be closing the track at 5pm to tidy and ready for the
cruise fun night.
The fun starts almost straight away as we welcome all car clubs and owners
of modified road cars to norfolk arena for a car club cruise night,
We are running track activities and the cruise is organised for us by the
west suffolk cruisers,(Damen Haskett, organisor)
we Will be using the hard stand car park areas (cafe side) for all show cars,
The show and shine and POSS sound off will be judged in the 'show area' car park
The burn outs and car tug of war will be in the main arena,
We as ever at norfolk are keeping costs as realistic as we can and with the the support of the stadium we are charging £5 for over 12>>> free for under 12 anyone that has purchased a wrist band during the day will also receive FREE entry
There are NO parking charges,
we have full use of the stadium, including the bar and cafe, also BIG BBQ will be fired up for us,
WE will also in the main arena have drift car passenger rides at regular intervals.
TIME TABLE for on track
Gates open from 5.30 pm
Drift taxi rides from 6pm,(donations to the drivers)
your chance to have 3 laps of the norfolkdrift track with some of the norfolk regulars in a variety of cars.
Car tug of war and burn outs
First round of the TOP 8 DEMO twin drift battles.all drivers guesting from
the British Drift Championship (BDC)
drift taxi rides
finals for the TWIN battles.
followed by top 8 all drifting together!!!
parade of show cars on track
(times subject to change but will be announced over the PA system)
TIME TABLE for off track comp's will be advised on entry to the stadium.
BIG Nath will be 'on' the music and the mic!
THE norfolk arena DRIFT TEAM Organiser
Projects page updated 14/8/2011
Burton Power to help out with the
ford POP project (July 2011,)
Huxley motor-sport helping out with the pop(Aug2011)
see details on malx project page.
Next up for the norfolk drift team will be Knock hill round for
the BDC 20th 21st August
we also have a Q-pod to use as a pit patrol from our good
friends the Cunninghams, complete with trailer we will be
towing behind the camper.
norfolk drift team on tour!
latest vid from norfolk on dvd page
August 13th track day. just one of many nice comments we have received.
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Colchester, Essex area
Awesome day once again, and a massive amount of seat time too! Thanks to all the event staff, another text book drift day
We really didn't expect too many cars at this event with it being peak holiday month, but we also did NOT expect buckets of rain, incredibly the first Rain start we have had, but the look on the drivers faces said it all as they managed to get round, (track at 9am)
Heath McGoldrick in his BMW
and although no tyre smoke were really enjoying the challenge.
As ever at norfolk as soon as the rain stops dry patches appear within minutes and
within 20 mins
the dry line was there and tyre noise was getting stronger,
Jamiequinin his S13, yet another new driver to drifting starting out with us at norfolk, and doing very well.
(track at 10.30am)
(much the the relief of the tyre fitters!)
I have for the last 2 track days stepped back a bit and have been 'training a trainer'
has been a supporter along with ALL the family of norfolk for a few years and Chris
has become a great driver, and a great mate, i have been impressed with his
willingness to learn and he has picked up the basics of teaching really quick, so i have
been able to take a rest! whilst the youngster takes a turn!!
Dad, Dave H
has been running the start line so well. we dont let him off the track all day, and brother
Kenny getting some monster picks has left Ammo time to skid a car for a change,
so from ME a massive thanks to the Hawkins family they a big part of what we are all
about at norfolk,
Kayleigh was on hand again talking everyone to a standstill(LOL) and organising what was the
last round of the ODC, so well done to her for hard work all year.
Brian once again eating all the pies, we hid the gigantic smarty topped cake him, home
baked by Mum Hawkins,XX
Even roped in Sophie to help out at this one (child labour!)
Minni taking over the passenger rides, 10 sets of rear's so i guess prob did a few laps!!!
Normally Chunk and Nathan judge the ODC runs so for this one with Chunk not able
to get to
us Nathan and I judged for the last round of the year before the final in OCTOBER
(Date TBA) at Mallory Park.
We will be toting up the scores and we will announce asap.
another new recruit to drifting and one to watch in the future, MATT CROSS
still a youngster but showing signs already of a good drift talent, and takes pics AND
takes some good vidfootage, add Matt onto your face book site or see his vids on you tube.
(and Dad is getting into it as well)
AWSOME FEST 2011
Norfolk drift team were on hand again this time at the Awesome fest
July 2011 organised by our good friend Bob Inglis and Driftworks,
Brian and Ammo on hand with the track preparation and the team running the pit
with the help of our sponsor, Cunninghams Garage
Our friends at Cunningham's Garage were on hand, Kevin,Lucy and Glen working along
sidedrift team and supporting the event with the loan of the Pods, not just for us,
they were well received, but also for the Maxis Girls to drive around the site
stickers and leaflets.
a great event and we hope to be invited back next year (July 2011)
and thanks to Simon for helping out the team
all weekend with the recovery
Once again a 50 car turn out for the july practice day, and once again NEW drivers, not just to norfolkbutto drifting, with a dry day andnotto much wind the track was bedded in very quickly and this makes for lots of noise and the drifters favorite, TYRE smoke, this also keeps MINTY tyres very busy.
Despite many other events over this month for us to get a massive turn out is great for the stadium and for us, we also had a few regular BDC drivers on show, Andy Arnott giving passenger rides for the whole day.
The ever faith-full Starion of Ash doing more laps than most put together, even i had a few laps in the ol girl and was pleasantly surprised on how well it go's despite the horrendous amount of hammer it has had over the last 2 years.
Minni also out giving passenger rides all day and also securing some new drift customers for the team, a great effort also from the team Hawkins, Dave sorting the start line, Chris teaching and Kenny sorting Photos as Ammo was able to use our spare car to do some laps himself, SOZZA mastering the pit lane all day AGAIN, what a star, and Kayleigh organising the ODC cars and drivers for our star judge 'CHUNK'
follow pics on the driftworks forum.
2nd - 3rd July 2011
norfolk drift team at the BDC round 3,
Myself, Minnie, and Ammo have spent the weekend working the pit and grid lanes for the BDC at round3 at Tee-side,
Once again we have worked hard along side the BDC promotion to help everything run smooth, as drifting once again is shown in a very good light at championship level,
also helping with track marshal duties was Brian (who ate the pies) Ringwood,
once again our local drivers were on form(see BDC web page for results)
With appaling weather,( it rained all night and didn't stop until 1 hour before start time) andwith several other events going on the same day we were pleased to see over 50 cars arrive for the June practice day, as well as the die hard regulars we had several new faces and cars on hand to try out the norfolk track, the weather was a bit changeable and it was the first wet start we have had for well over 2 years, the concrete surface at norfolk does dry very quick and despite 3 showers the damp only lasted for 'minuites' and we were back to tyre smoke!
as ever the faithful and skilled AMMO arrived the night before to help us set up, and team Hawkins spent the day helping out trackside, great effort as it is a long journey for the guys andthey were not driving as Chris is waiting for a turbo ready for the BDC roundatTee-Side next month, and once again Sozza spent 99% of the day working the pit lane for us,
thank you to everyone,
New to me is the company name of Jam-Sport, they are renowned in the Ford world of track and race for car set up, build and engine work, they have been involved with the engine ECU set up for the Morley sport escort and now are looking to enter the drift world.
These guys were introduced to us by Jay Fowler who was a big part of the build of Ben's escort.
As we know the rear wheel drive days at Ford are long gone so the owner is 'up for' some jap style tuning,
We have the loan of Matt Cawley's IS200 Lexus for the foreseeable future, so we have talked Jamie at Jam-Sport into helping us set up the car and also to map the engine to its proper spec.
Matt had lent his car out previously to Chunk and later on to Drifter John Stevens,
As the car is new to us, and to make sure that it works to it's potential, we really needed to strip out the suspension and do a full 'nut and bolt check, for this part i asked Jay Fowler for some help to which he has agreed to do this for us FOC, the plan is to get the car right on song and campaign at BDC next year, with also the chance to run the car at shows and events on behalf of The owner,
Also this is a route for Jam - Sport to show their metal in car tune and set up, so between us all we hope to be melting tyres REAL SOON,
for the latest laser suspension set up and rolling road have a look at their web page on the NDT approved companies page,
the lads are based in Northampton, more details and pics as we get them.
Stiggywill be helping out with this car and we will feature his new workshop space very soon.
Norfolk host to the BDC in May 2011, as ever the event ran smooth with a little help from the norfolk drift team, and ran well on track as well for our drivers, Chris Hawkins, mittsi matt Crackers and AJ
Main man, Jap-speed Paul
Sweeps, organizer and everything else really
Shane to malx, did you want to borrow my hair trimmer mate?
Chunk andJulian Smith at the norfolk round of the BDC 2011
Interview with the pit controller!!!
loads of pics and interviews on driftworks NOW,
New's all good from the Cunninighamsgarage on progress with Malx passenger ride special, body and roll cage in and looking good
coming to a practice day SOON
I no i say it after every event that we run, BUT
We all do it for the drivers andthesport, we all go home knackered but with a real sence of pride at the attitude and commitment from all that is norfolk drift team,
we have intruduced so many new people to drifting, several top flight speedway riders and officals asking to have a few passenger rides, andreallysmilingafter, when you think how quick they go on track,with NO brakes thats hell of a buzz for us, we did more passenger rides yesterday than ever before and we will see a few of them back in cars of there own without doubt
A big thankyou to SozzaforrunningthepitlaneALLDAYwhat a star, make sure that you give her a thank you as you drive past next time round,
Minty tyres again looking after us, they go not stop all day and have always got a smile (under a load of tyre dust!!) for everyone, tyre fitting leg-ends
Ammo, who always rocks up the night before to help all the set up,and cook, and then spends all day doing all the jobs we ask, and takes photos, and now stickers to
We also need to thank Minnie for doing everything not just on track days but sorting bookings and paperwork
Mark and tarmac for keeping the red BM going.
Brian and Callum for marshal duties,
And thanks to Chunk for judging and advice and mallory Bob for helping out again,
The staduim staff that look after us and the cafe, and Big nath for all he does, a lot that you dont seeman of many talents
and of course you guys and girls for the never ending support
Read the callum's view from the start line on his very own page.
Note from Mr Impact
If anyone can think of a group of cars / mates that could be put on the same DVD, let us know as that should make it easier. Cunningham Garage for example, I'll group all their BMWs onto one disc.
I'll still do a couple of uploaded clips, as usual, but we usually collect over an hours worth of footage so Im going to give it a go at doing personal DVDs. Cant tell you how long they will be until I do them, and if it all goes ok, will film more stuff next time. Should have some 'roof cam' footage from Malx' BMW aswell, but I havent seen it yet.
With several of our regulars away on their hols we had a few BDC driver along, checkin us out before the next round of the BDC at the end of May, Kirsty getting smoke
Belinda and Pete Barber trying out a bit of twining practice And And (14) waiting in the que
and to prove a point that we encourage everyone.......................our most senior driver
at a bit over 65
to our regular youngest driver, soon to be 13!!!
and as soon as i get a few shots of the green team, including a Malx moment!! will post
New pages now added, have a look
With another monster turn out, and on a day you would swear was mid summer off we go again for the norfolkarena drift practice, joining us for the day were more than a few drivers from the BDC camp keen to try out their cars before the 1st event on 22ndofthismonth, a few teething troubles for a few but a good day had by all, the driftworks media page has some good shots, andagainwetriedoutthebumper cam with Mr Impact to good effect, we will link in asap.
nice to see our regular long distance travaler'cowpatmatt' back out after a big accident at another track last month.
the hot weather helping to get the tyres smokin!
and the returning scotty J with his new machine, bit of a step up from the MX5 and really going well.
March 12th Practice Day.
Another great turn out of cars for this event, a few regulars missing but numbers still in the 50's with several new drivers and cars,
Also once again some of the elite BDC drivers coming along to have a relaxed day of skids, i will have some more pics for the gallery soon.
Ammo now has a site of his very own and all his pics are sorted and posted up, looks good.
here are a few from carlrst's mate.
The First practice day 20th Feb 2011.
And a fantastic turn out we had,54 cars and a few new drivers as well for our opening practice day,
We set the track a bit tighter than normal as the weather had not played ball and rained all day Saturday and left the shale very wet, myself,ammo and minni spent a few hours sat night sweeping water off the corners and down the main drain, the rest of the track was however all clean as always sorted by our mate SWEEPY,
the biggest clipping point in drift history is the shale pile that sits most of the year at the far turn, its never a problem as Buster always sits it before the apex for us, the shale is used during the year and is kept on the concrete to let it dry out before being placed on the speedway/stockcar track.
Sunday morning was thankfully dry and witha bit of wind dryedthetrack well following the constant rain, the shale track was also smooth and firm so on and off was not an issue,
morning practice ran well with the young wip'r snapper, Callem working the track & flags.
Hails & tarmac working the pit lanes, Hails also co-ordernating the ODC drivers.
I had decided to run the ODC judged runs in with normal practice, we had a briefing at lunch time and ran the judged runs from 2pm.
My good mate and all round sound bloke CHUNK had agreed to carry out the judging for us,
the driving standards were very good with some heroic attempts at hitting the cones!! not the idea but fun none the less.
Also turning up for a run out was the top BDC driver 'BAGGSY' in the japspeeds14, although he seemed to have more fun in the school BMW!!!
nice to see the top drivers mixing it with the regulars.
so in all another good day had by all.
Norfolk Arena will be again having a revamp during the 2011 season, nothing new there as Buster and the team are nonstop every year building something new, last year it was terracing around the main road bend, thousands of tonnes of concrete going in and some new hospitality suites.
The plans this year are some new indoor viewing areas and integral bar / cafe along the home straight, andwith the news that the speedway team are 'going up' a league it's all go for 2011 at norfolk.
The Roger Warnes Stars will be racing in the 'Sky Sports Elite League' covered by SKY TV andtheworldcupwillagain have a round at norfolk in 2011, in no small part thanks to Nath for helping to sort out a great event last year (JAN 2011)
ODC, open drift championship (5/1/2011)
We are looking again to send 10 drivers to the finals at Mallory Park, we are not holding any qualifying rounds at norfolk, this is the same as last year, we will be running our practice days as normal, we are however going to watch drivers over a set period of time at each practice day and then offer the drivers we think are best suited to REPRESENT norfolk at the Mallory ODC finals.
I have stated in the past, and there is no change to the fact that I will not be running EVENTS at norfolk, we run fun days / practice days.
This is because the stadium hosts events run by the BDC,(british drift championship) that is their Main drift Event during the year,
We / I support them and help out at the events they hold, i also support drivers that want to enter BDC with any help and advice i can,
Drivers wishing to enter ODC also have my blessing, myself and the team will work our socks of to help drivers reach their goal, i have been lucky enough to have competed in oval motor-sport all my life, and have notched a few championships on the way, i didn't do it alone, it was a team thing!
to that endi understand how vital it is to have support, so those that want to compeat in the up and coming sport of drifting we will be proud to 'help were we can'
To make it as fare as possible we will have a guest 'judge' watching the drivers that hope to represent norfolk, i am to soft andwant to send everyone
My belief is that the ODC will help new drivers get a start into the world of competition, we try our best to emulate it at some of our practice days with clipping points etc, it is and i hope it stays a grass roots competition, a feeder into the heady world of the BDC
Another great day at the norfolkarena, withthecountrycoveredwith snow and ice we really didnt expect a turn out of that many cars, However over 35 made it to norfolk for our last run out of 2010,
First job of the day, drivers briefing
We had a little ice in places which the track staff 'salted' and the shale was as hard as rock, but other than a bit of dust tyre noise started straight away,
With several cars anddrivers, 'decorated' and with festive clipping points donated by Brian and Ammo the day was ON.
Ammo really trying to do the santa routine, replacing the reindeer with the tractors was a nice touch though!!
Some new to norfolk drivers took to the track andwere pleased withwhat they found, like we always say, come and try it, you WILL like it.
We also managed a camara car for this one, Mr Impact fitting 2 to our S14 andthenwe 'got in the mix', the preview footage looks good, i am sure that Nick and'Dad' with have the dvd out soon, i enjoyed the filming as much as the driving, good work guys, put on a great show.
Minty has been a star for us this year looking after all our drivers in the tyre fitting dept
Callum joined the ranks of STAFF for this one anddid a grand job in very cold conditions,
we were awarded again by the owners and had the floodlights on for the last hour
EPIC DRIFTING AT NIGHT
So as we see out 2010,let me wish you all a merry Christmas and a GREAT New Year, not just from me but from the NORFOLK DRIFT TEAM
hope to see you again in 2011
2011 looks to be even better than the last, we have again got the backing of the owners to run drifting at norfolk.
The ODC (open drift championship) is a championship run for the amateur drifter, it is aimed as a feeder into the bigger championships like BDC and JDM.
Our very own Chris Hawkins entered in 2010 and in November this year gained a Pro licence with the BDC, so we no it works
We at norfolkarena will be sending 10 drivers through to the finals, we will not be running a comp but we will judge nominated drivers over 4 practice days, we will be using guest judges to score for us, Chunk has kindly offered to start us off.
Our reason for nothaving a set competition day is that we ONLY run practice days, we also support BDC and their championship rounds at norfolk,
We do have a few drivers signed up for ODC, the cost for the year is £10 with ALL monies going to ODC, we will not be charging a fee to run at norfolk.
I will confirm before 2011 but i am hoping that we will have a guest judge to watch drivers for a set period of the day, I will make sure that all the drivers that have registered with ODC get a set number of runs in that period,
we also have a few GIRLIES entered.
Following the last drift day on the 13thNov, we have been inundated with requests to run again before the years end.
WE now have another day planned on the 18th December, after just 2 days we are already booked up, the stadium owner, Buster has offered to flood light the track for us again to extend the day.
Having raced for years under lights with the stock cars I had forgotten just how much it changes the atmosphere for the better.
So we are looking forward to another bumper turn out of cars for this one.
BDC licence day 20th November 2010
All norfolk regulars and now BDC licence holders.
On a difficult track layout, andwith not the best weather conditions, the norfolk drift team members managed an impressive display in front of the judges to gain there licence to compete in the 2011 British Drift Championship.
We had 7 drivers attending and sadly a few nerves crept in at the judging stage for a few but they by no means disgraced them selves.
The drift team staff were on hand to run the track and pits for the BDC, the judges for the day were Sweeps(BDC organiser) and Chunk (Guest judge and top flight BDC driver), the format was different to our type of track days, the whole day running along the competition route as used by the BDC,
set times are issued and the drivers are allocated practice time slots, in this case 45 min sessions,for there practice runs, the start of practice was 1 shot laps, later in the day running 3 laps continuous.
After the lunch break all drivers are briefed for the judging, from the start line(run for the whole day by minni) drivers complete 1 full lap past the finish line, (Jay withthecheckered flag), back round to the start line and stop.
All drivers getting 3 laps, judging was scored for consistency, entry to the first corner, transitions and clipping points, add in some showmanship and GO for it.
Drivers that managed all of the above are awarded with a pro licence, small mistakes but good car control semi pro, when i say mistakes that sound harsh, and to the spectator probably not even noticed.
we have been lucky at norfolkall year anddamp for an hour is as bad as we have had, on the 20thNov 2010, not so good, very heavy mist all day resulting in a wet andslipperysurface, that coupled with a very tight track layout made the driver really have to work hard in their cars.
Chris looked comfortable in his new car, having still to put the final bits on late into the night before!! was not the best preparation, but after a 'chat' following the first runs, Chris was on the button for the remainder of practice, and when it came to the judge runs he was 1st in line to go, a faultless 3 runs, and a wave as well pleased the judges and scored points needed to take a PRO licence,
Crackers runs were also very neat and tidy scoring well to take a semi pro,
Mittsi Matt after trying virtually every car in the pit lane in the end used Chris Hawkins car and also scored well to take a semi pro licence.
Brian working hard around the pit lane helped us,as a team have a great day at norfolk arena,
Ammo,Minni and Jay having to suffer the cold all day on track, Hails and Kayleigh sorting pit and parking.
For me, cleaning windows!!,
why? because we care and the drivers needed to see were they were going,and just trying to help out and give advice were i could, Big Nath looking after the stadium stuff,
So between the BDC andnorfolkarenastaff i think a successful day all round.
open practice day on the 13th November at the norfolkarena Kings Lynn
We had been fully (over)booked for this event for over 2 weeks,
we had a monster turn out with over 60 cars taking to the track over the day,
We had the last 2 hours under the flood lights which was cool and nicely captured here by norfolk local MONTERx7
We fully support the BDC (British Drift Championship)
THE BDC will be running a licence day on the 20th November at norfolkarena
We will be running as per program at norfolk on 13th Nov, The BDC are at Norfolk 20th Nov for 1 of their licence day's,
I will be there in a support role for any of our drivers that need advice or help (for what it's worth) on the 20th
supported by the driftworks fourm this is going to be hard to beat for value for money,
Tickets for the weekend are priced at £35, but thats for everything!!
follow the link for a lap roundMallory with Phill Morrison fromdriftworks
Driftworks S15 - AwesomeFest 2011 Promo
The norfolk drift team will be there helping out and with a stand showing some cars and some KINGS LYNN All Stars speedway bikes,
going to be a hell of a great weekend
The ticket price includes all the activities (excluding drift cars)
Fun Fair, live bands,wall of death, moto X, skate boarding---ON the race track!!
and loads more.
I also strongly recommend a day at, Mallory Park
a great contrast to our home track,
The next date for full circuit drift days is,
Full Dates on home page
Bob at Mallory and ourselves at the norfolk arena welcome spectators and we DO NOT CHARGE for Spectators
All days are as per usual, 30 car maximum.
All days are on a first come first serve basis.
All payments by paypal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a look at this and the price, ok it maybe wet and cold but still a great place to drift /drive, I and some of the team will be at these events helping out were we can, tuition is available if you ask
We also have supported the ODC this year and we had 5 drivers representing norfolk at their finals at Mallory Park
NEWS for the ODC will be on line soon.
I am slowly adding to the boys and their toys page as well as the girlies e/mail me if you have anything you would like to add