We were very surprised so see no imported/older cars on the road in the UK. Obviously the cost of fuel is phenomenal compared to Australia (about the equivalent of $2.50/litre) and we discovered later on in our trip that there was a scheme a few years ago that offered about £2,000 for people to trade in their old cars and buy new. This seemed to apply to every car but MX5’s – I have never seen so many in my life.
This all came too when Simon saw the events that Speedhunters were running in the UK, he sent me an sms while I was out and asked if we could go. Originally we were going to head to Snetterton but from Creative Director Rod Chong’s recommendation it would be a bit more laid back at Goodwood.
On our second day in the UK we drove from Manchester to Chichester via a gorgeous village called West Meon.
We arrived at Goodwood Circuit and it certainly was clear just how intense the UK car scene is and we were just in the car park! We picked up our free tickets care of Rod Chong from Speedhunters and headed in to check the show out.
There is a huge emphasis on stance in the UK as shown at the Players Classic. With a very vast range of cars from R35 GTR’s to Volkswagen’s to MX5’s and everything in between, mostly with meshed BBS wheels as well.
The Speedhunters booth was so diverse with an incredible mix of cars. It really shows what they are all about, not just one scene but every motorsport scene. We caught up with Mike, Toni and Linc also.
Following the demo’s we caught up with Rod Chong during a quieter moment. As the Creative Director of Speedhunters we were very impressed with how approachable and friendly Rod was. Especially since he knew Simon had such a soft spot for 86’s (Simon's love of 86's became even more evident in Ireland).
We grabbed some signatures for the Speedhunters Volume 2 #MaximumAttack book and then headed off.
We left Chichester the next day for a leisurely drive to Edinburgh. Aussies know that this is a walk in the park, for us this is Adelaide to Melbourne, our next closest capital city! Everyone we spoke to in the UK were shocked, apparently it’s a huge drive!
Following a few Facebook messages we were on our way to meet up with Jeek & Kyle from Team Chizfab and their workshop. Upon arrival and a bit of a chat we discovered that the first drifting on Driftland would be happening the following day! Perfect timing.
I must point out that photos of Driftland don’t do it justice. This track is sensational. Considering we travel 8 hours to the next closest drift track in Aus, Driftland isn’t too much of a drive.
This wraps up our UK motorsport adventures. Next up, drifting in Ireland.