Last weekend hundreds of punters converged at the massive car park at the Western Sydney International Dragway…
Why? Because 2 separate events were happening simultaneously on the Sunday. On the actual track Skylines Australia (SAU) were hosting a private drag day with numbers limited to 4o cars to ensure entrants could get as much testing and tearing down the strip as possible. Some entrants had up to 40 runs in the one day! On the other side of the complex ProjectD were holding a Sunday Skids day with a drift circuit made up using the massive pit/parking area behind the stadium.
Skylines Australia are one of Australia’s largest single make car clubs and online forums. The club is coming up to it’s 10 year anniversary and boasts over 65,000 members world wide. If someone owns a modified Skyline in Australia you can almost bet they’re a member. The club isn’t Skyline exclusive for members though, many members move on the different vehicles but for some reason choose to stay and lurk online, or at SAU events. Perhaps the right mix of people and cars or the regular events and race days?
There were plenty of quick tricks running low to mid 11 second passes in 30 degrees of heat and very little wind. The quickest car of the day on the strip wasn’t a Skyline though… It was a Datsun 1600 with an FJ20 running consistent 11.2’s all afternoon. Among the Datto’s and half dozen or so GT-R’s coming in under 12 seconds was one of the loudest, grumpiest sounding 300zx’s I’ve EVER heard pumping 11.3’s late in the afternoon as it the temperature dropped. The 300zx was looked stock bar a Nismo wing, so the extra grunt was extra welcome as it was completely unexpected. Lesson learnt? Never assume.
On the other side of the complex the ProjectD boys and their punters were sliding through the day in style with temporary track set up across a 300 area. A couple of the turns were tight so it made for some exciting action for the hundreds of spectators braving the harsh Sydney Sun.
Even though it was more of a social event drivers were using the venue to get some last minute practice in before the Australian Drift GP’s first round at Calder Park in Victoria the following week. Top Secret Imports and ProjectD were offering hot laps with experienced drivers, or if you had the cash and balls you could hire one of their cars and hit the track yourself without abusing your daily or forking out for your own drift pig.
Sliding around on a Sunday afternoon with smoke pouring out the back? Check. All sorts were at the event, even this JZZ30 Toyota Soarer, which is known as a luxury GT car in the United States, but has been used for sliding in professional drifting in Japan.
All in all, it was another great day for the Sydney car scene and both event organisers.