This is drifting and that is the Tannery. All in Portlaw, Co Waterford. Visit their Facebook page and save the date of their next drift day in your calendar.
I will write more about the Tannery some other day. This post is all about drifting.
A fan of Fast And Furious, I am happy that just a half an hour drive from Waterford there is a place where I feel so wonderful. I am truly grateful to those who run the local ‘drifting rink’ in the old parking lot of the derelict tannery. So many young lads stay out of trouble because they are busy doing something good. Something they enjoy doing. This short amateur YouTube video gives you an idea about the atmosphere on the site. The drivers come to the Tannery from as far as Donegal.
To take these pictures I pan my camera along with the moving cars. I use a low shutter speed – not faster than 1/30 sec- and usually focus either on the driver or on the surface of the car that is close to the driver. You can guess that using this technique only a tiny fraction of the shots can be called a keeper, 10% may be, but I love giving the shot a feeling of motion rather than freezing the action. If the environment doesn’t add to the shot, it is better to leave it blurred. It would be a different story if I took pictures of a swimmer or surfer: the waves look gorgeous around a surfer 🙂
You can tell that car is moving if the wheels are spinning. The cars are not necessarily moving straight in these pictures even if they look so.
Some drivers like to impress the spectators with a cloud of smoke.
I make myself comfortable on the concrete barrier. From here I can see everything quite close, and if I turn around I can see the cars on their way to the ‘drifting rink’ and back.
The last advice before the start?
Age doesn’t matter, we all love drifting.
I think I have picture of these people in the same place but in their winter clothes 🙂 The tires are gone though. Somebody put them on fire.
Auto Chem, one of my favorite teams. I move my rug so that the weeds wouldn’t get into my next picture.
All kinds of minor accidents happen during the drifting. Tire blowouts are the most common. I have seen a deflated tire hula-hoop, roll away, make a circle and return back to the car.
This car was doing just great, and then there was a loud boom.
This car is loosing its rear bumper but the driver never bothers to stop. After a few seconds the bumper frees itself from the car and flies away.
This car hit the tires during the drift and got its bumper damaged.
Old tires can be quite agile when pushed.
“Sorry, give us a second!”
Sometimes a car has to be pushed using manpower.
After the drift.
Some lads make alterations to their cars. I am not an expert to understand the purpose of this one. Improved aerodynamics or an emergency exit? Looks cute anyway.
I take a peek inside the car.
The cars are so clean that it makes me ashamed of mine…
They use a motorcycle engine in this car. Doesn’t it look like a heart?
I hope you love cars as I do. Enjoy your January, and if you are drifting stay focused like the driver in the picture.
Have a wonderful week!