EVENT: 2012 European Drift Allstars Round 2: The Big Smoke London

Posted by Ste Trackslide on 28th June 2012

As a greyhound track, Wimbledon Stadium was a surprise location for Drift Allstars round 2 this year, but a great turnout and lots of action made it one of the better tracks I’ve covered. With a 32 hour day for myself (and Anthony ‘Scotty’ Scott as I travelled down with him), there was lots of noise and smoke, not to mention girls, bikes, fire and the odd crash. The Drift Allstars guys certainly know how to put on a good show. It looks like I went a bit OTT with the pictures, there’s ALOT but I want to give you guys a real feel for the event, so I hope you enjoy.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

As people arrived we were sent onto the track to wait for the Sunday market in the car park outside to be cleared so the pits could be setup. I used this time to wonder round, chat to some people, check out some of the cars and grab a few pictures.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

As a big Levin fan I was quite happy to see this there.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I spotted some JZX goodness hiding behind a van at the rear of the track, I was rather hoping it was competing but it disappeared never to be seen again.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Mr Daniel O’Brien signing on fairly early, very keen.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Tom Yates looking abit nervous as this was his first outing in his new Vauxhall ‘Money’ Monaro.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

A nice slogan on the rear bumper of John Fuller’s S14.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

James Deane’s FD RX7 is looking brutal this year. A very, very wide body

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

The ‘Money’ Monaro, sporting a vinyl wrap and rollcage made of fifty pound notes.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

An awesome vinyl wrap on Nigel Colfer’s 180SX, very nice matt grey, I spent a bit of time looking round this and speaking to Nigel, nice car, nice bloke.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

In the drivers briefing, the drivers chatted among themselves waiting to be told the track layout and plan for the day.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I spent quite a while looking at this engine, but only noticed the piston oil cap when I was writing this.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Walton Smith’s Impreza is seriously wide, this car has a lot of presence.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Steve ‘Stiggy’ Evans Toyota Starlet is very well known, a lot of people were talking about this amazing little car which packs a serious punch.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Always a pleasure to see Works Meister S1’s at an event.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Reppin…

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Drivers start gearing up as the morning progresses.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I wonder if the scrutineers marked down Daniel O’Brien’s paint as a distraction to other drivers?

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Anthony ‘Scotty’ Scott of Skylinepart.com was in the world famous Rocket Bunny, He’s a handsome devil isn’t he…

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Sometimes bonnet catches can lock too well…

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Once the market place had vacated the vicinity, the cars and crews move off the track to get the pits organised.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Practice starts and Nigel Colfer is first out.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Walton’s Impreza went out fairly early on as the Quaife gearbox in his car unfortunately died.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Nathan Chivers supercharged S14a is a serious car, although nobody was expecting see what we would get from him today.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Alan Sinnot in the SR20 powered AE86 Levin and Luke Fink in the ‘Stiggy’ Starlet, that little starlet really was setting the standard as it was so controlled, very quick and right up to the walls on each run.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I suppose it wouldn’t be Britain without a spot of rain.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Its hard to miss Daniel O’Brien’s Aerokit S14a, Seriously bright paint dude.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Juha Rintanen’s S14a is a serious bit of kit, He was very consistent all day with massive speed and huge grip.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Dan Chapman made his first runs in the newly rebuilt Low Brain Drifter’s PS13 this weekend, a huge V8 and throttle bodies sounded superb.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I managed to sneak into the judges booth for a few pictures to give you an idea of what’s happening behind the scenes.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I stuck my head (and camera) in quite a few cars, I got chatting with a few guys and have to say their all very friendly and happy to talk to, well, anybody so don’t be shy at any events, go and say hello.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I loved shooting this moment, a father and son both staring in awe at just how much work goes into these cars to keep them sideways.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Scotty well and truly destroyed one of his GoPro’s when he put it between a wall and his car.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

The first victim of the day, while transitioning out of the first corner Jacob Høgh Hansen lost the rear of his S15 and caught the unforgiving outer wall putting him out of the event.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

A puddle on the track from the rain made for some nice effects.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Unfortunately Scotty was having problems with the rocket bunny SIL80, it was badly misfiring and even after fitting another air flow meter kindly donated by Walton Smith, Scotty was out of it.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I could hear the laughing and cheering all around the stadium on this run, as James Deane made an epic 3 runs catching a banner on each one. What a guy.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I always seem to get a can shot…

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Nathan Chivers had a fairly bad crash writing off his hardcore supercharged S14a, I have spoken to him since, he says he is fine, a bit sore but he has stripped the shell and is already planning a new build so watch that space…

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

James Deane and Peter Green in the V8 powered E30 BMW have an awesome run knocking Peter Green out.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

The track claims another victim as Matt Chiappa slides the General into the barrier losing his rear light on the way.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Then came the very talented fire ladies.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

James Deane in the widebody FD RX7 enters for his final battle with Alan Sinnot in the SR20 powered AE86 Levin.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

The love tap, Alan Sinnot carries huge speed into the first corner bumping the rear quarter of James’s RX7. After a quick trip to the pits they are both back out and ready to rock with one of the closet battles of the day.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Alan Sinnot goes though to the semi finals, but not before a little celebratory double donut.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Next up was Alan Sinnot Vs Nigel Colfer, after another few epic battles, Nigel goes though to the finals.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Pete Barber and Alan Sinnot battle it out after both being knocked out in the semi finals.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

Juha Rintanen blasts to victory in the final battle against Nigel Colfer in an extremely close  battle showing the talent and skill these drivers have.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

A well deserved podium with Juha Rintanen 1st, Nigel Colfer in 2nd and Alan Sinnot in 3rd. Well done guys.

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

 

JDM Allstars R2 2012 @ Wimbledon

I didn’t really put alot of words in this write up as I feel the pictures tell it better than I anything I could write, so I hope you’ve enjoyed it,

Peace.

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*Drift Allstars tables courtesy of drift-allstars.com

 

Written by Ste Trackslide

Ste Trackslide

I’m a photojournalist for www.drifted.com shooting mainly drift motorsport photography.
Never give up, the beginning is always the hardest…

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  • EmpathyRequired

    Wow , whos the retarded one that keeps on forgetting to count up the official points standings – Matt Chiappa – 61 points – position 15 , pathetic Niall , just pathetic.

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