Staying Classy in NZ

03/24/201124th March, 2011

Mad Mike Whiddett

Hello Drifted! My name is Roo Wills and I am writing this from a little corner of the world known as New Zealand.  It feels strange writing an introduction about yourself and where you’re from, so bear with me.

Zenki S14

I have always been interested in photography but only started taking photos properly in 2009 when I purchased my first DSLR. Thanks to the help of a close friend and a few forums I soon learnt the basics of automotive photography.

C's Garage Onevia

Our scene here in New Zealand has really taken off recently, probably due to the rise of internet forums and blogs, and I’m proud to say we have some amazing cars!

Zenki S14 VS-XX

It seems like people are finally beginning to understand what it takes to make a car both look good and drive well. We still have a large bunch of people who don’t quite get it but I imagine you get that no matter what country you are in.

C's Garage 180sx

There is no shortage of events here either, grassroots days happen at least once a month…

Fanga Dan Woolhouse D1NZ

…while our National Drifting Championship that goes by the name of D1NZ is a six round summer series that takes care of the pro stuff.

Andrew Redward D1NZ

This is the first season of D1NZ that I have photographed every round; unfortunately there is only one round left before it breaks for our colder months. The upside to this is that private/grassroots track days tend to occur a lot more regularly during the off-season.

Mazda FC3C Convertible

Cars have always been a consuming interest of mine; I have owned two Nissan Silvia’s and currently have a Mazda RX7. Due to my interest in Silvia’s myself and a couple of friends started an NZ based Silvia forum called in 2009 which has really exploded over the last 12 months.

Kouki S14

Just under a year ago I started my own blog, StayClassy as a platform to publish my photos and I have been completely blown away by the number of people that stop by every day.

Blair Martin S14 D1NZ

It’s amazing how well you think you know people from the other side of the world through blogs and forums; and how quickly photos and information is shared. Last week I was approached by Jord and the team here at Drifted about covering automotive action from New Zealand. I was amazed that they even knew who I was!

Gaz Whiter S14 D1NZ

I am really excited to be involved and look forward to keeping you all up to date with everything drift related from down here. If you are reading this from New Zealand and have a car or an event you think Drifted may be interested in, then get in touch via e-mail!

Matt Sellers S14 D1NZ

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