Last few weeks have been crazy busy…
I went to Superdrift in Tynagh to test the car a few weeks back.
First 4 laps and the car drank €20 of petrol, I feared the worst and thought something serious wrong, possibly another fucked engine.
Dave M gave me a set of injectors to try out and the car went great after, my driving was shit though.
It was a completely different car to drive with the 4.1 diff, more power, and steering quickner, by the end of the day I had the hang of it again.
Was delighted I got sorted and car was running well with no overheating.
Turns out the car was too cold and there was no problem with my injectors. Always learning…..
So after the car went well at Superdrift I decided to give Driftfest Masters Round 1 a shot so I got it logged in Mondello at the AE86 day.
Great day and some serious cars on show, jaw dropped when I seen Adrian Walsh’s car, it is unreal!
Got through logging and headed for Fermoy at the weekend, I entered street class as I’ve no cage. Was never in Fermoy and first competition so I was pretty nervous.
Saturday went great, car never missed a beat all day and got loads of practice, even got to follow a few of the pro’s which helped me get my line right around the track.
Qualifying came in a bit of a panic as I had to change tyres and rush back to the line just in time for my run so I was a bit stressed! First run was only OK and second was a bit better. Ended up qualifying third, about ten points behind Danny and Noran so I knew I had a bit of work to do on Sunday.
Sunday morning practice went well, had two good runs and two middling runs. I was very surprised with the car and how close I was running the walls and hitting clipping points, really enjoyed it!
Had half an hour to spare before the street class superlap which would decide the overall winner so was fairly chilled out, headed for the line with about ten minutes to go, next thing I realised my Go Pro fell off the car! FUCK! Couldn’t find the thing anywhere and was stressed to the max when I was called to the line.
Nailed the first superlap and nearly hit a wall head on on the second run so it was a no score but was fairly happy with the first run.
Didn’t get to see or hear about Noran’s or Danny’s runs so wasn’t sure where I placed.
Turned out a couple of lads found my GO Pro and gave it to a marshall, so thanks for that lads, fair play.
Results time came and I couldn’t believe I got first place in my class, I was over the moon. Delighted with the car and how it’s handling at the minute.
Sorry for the essay!
Not much to update on, I got a push button start and switch panel, along with cut off switch and pull cord wired in last week.
Dropped the car down to get caged yesterday, should be ready to collect in a week or two, need to find something to sell to pay for it now!
I sent the car down to get a full CDS cage with Shane Bradley.
Got it back Tuesday night and I’m delighted with. Shane does great work.
It’s fully up to reg’s so it was well worth the bit of extra money to get the CDS cage.
Next is to get the inside of the car painting matt black and the cage painted massey ferguson red and try and get the seats reclothed to tidy them up a bit.
This should have been a very happy update….but it’s not!
A few days after I got the cage back I spotted a competition on speedhunters for a drift workshop over in the UK which Mad Mike and Fredric Aasbo would be giving talks on sponsorhip, car set up, getting lines correct etc and also on track tutorials, along with bring them in your own car and getting tips etc from them.
So I entered and I was one of the twelve to be chosen to take part. I found this out on the Tuesday and the workshop was on the following Sunday.
I had a lot of bits to do on the car to have it presentable.
I painted the cage and inside of the car;
Then got the dash back in, fitted the switch panel and finished the kill switch and pull cord.
I also went and got the seats covered over to tidy them up a bit.
So that was that, car was all back together and I was delighted with how it looked, headed for the boat Saturday morning and boarded no problem.
Got off the boat in Holyhead about 4.00pm and hit the motorway.
2.5hrs up the motorway we got pulled over by a very very dutiful policeman, inspected everything, gave the trailer a right going over. Then checked licence and said I don’t have the right licence, I need a trailer licence, He impounded the car and the trailer and said to get it back I need to bring someone that has a trailer licence. He wasn’t for budging.
So we were stuck in the middle of England trying to figure out how we’d get the car and trailer back to Holyhead to get the boat home Monday morning at 2.30am.
Between a lot of phone calls we eventually had to bite the bullet and fly my father over to Manchester Sunday evening and get the car back and head back to Holyhead.
Dream weekend turned into a nightmare. I got to meet and chat to Mad Mike and Fredric but I had to leave after two hours but by all accounts it would have being an class day.
Absolutely gutted about the whole weekend. Everything was such a rush I never even thought of the trailer licence, never imagined he would impound the whole thing either.
I’ve spent any money I had budgeted to compete in the remaining rounds of the IDC getting the car out of the impound and home etc.
Anyway, shit happens and sure that’s rallying for you.
Booked in for trailer licence now anyway!
Went to the JustJap practice day in Mondello, it was a serious days craic and car went great all day.
Rolled the back arches before that as the wheels were rubbing a fair bit when it sat down. Happy enough how they turned out.
Tinted the front lenses;