Event>> Mallory Park Grass Roots Drifting


Drifting is becoming ever more popular in the UK. Over the last ten years or so the fascination of throwing a car sideways through a series of bends has grown from the realms of the rally boys and is now becoming recognized as a stand alone sport. The problem faced by UK drifters has always been that amount of drift friendly venues that will allow practice days are few and far between.

For a number of years Santa Pod raceway has run their excellent Drift What You Brung days, catering for everybody from the raw beginner in their very first rear-wheel-drive car up to the pro driver wanting a bit of set up time. Over the last few years Santa Pod has been a life-line for the UK drift scene. The problem was there were no regular drift days available once you wanted to progress from the relative safety of Santa Pod's coned layouts to a purpose built circuit. Until now.  

I visited Mallory Park on the very first drift day the circuit held, I returned almost one year later to see how the regular drift days were progressing.

The first day I attended there were 5 drivers booked in. one year down the line I'm happy to say it was a sell out! 28 booked in plus 10 guests.. Busy day.

Mallory pretty much caters for every level of drift ability.  From the 100mph 4th gear scariness of Gerrards …

… to the slightly more sedate second gear Edwinas …


… and to the awesome elevation change through the Devils Elbow, Mallory certainly has something for everybody.

The day was pure grassroots drifting at its best. With the majority of cars driven to the track the field was quite varied. From near stock S-bodies …

… to a VIP E32 740 drifter.

What ever way you look at it, this is one huge car to go drifting with.. Love it!

Last time I saw this R34 Skyline,  it was in the JDM Allstars Wembley paddock with Rod snapping the home grown Speedhunters.com stickers adorning the rear quarter panels. It's great to see it out on track being driven.

It was in fact one of a pair of R34s ripping it up all day.

A few pro drivers turned up for a cheeky bit of off season practice. 2009 BDC champion Steve Biagioni for one.

Steve Moore in his super clean S14a.

Old Corolla legends never die, they just buy S-bodies and attend Mallory. Chris 'Paz' Parry showed he has lost non of his skills over the last few years being smooth and consistent all day.

Jim from Jims Factory took a day away from his airbrush to give the MX5 death.

Julie Robinson made a long trip up from the south coast for a bit of pre season practice.

Along with Andy Turvington in the XE powered KP60 Starlet.  

There are two people in the UK who can REALLY drive a KP60 and Andy is most definitely one of them!

He didn't always get it right but was by far the driver of the day.

Rally-cross star Liam Doran was adapting his rally-cross skills to drifting. From what he was doing on track I think we are going to be seeing a lot more or Mr Doran over the next few months.

This 330CI now packs a supercharger.

As usual with drifting if you encounter a problem throughout the day you will always find people willing to help you out of a spot.

Cable ties and a bit of mud.. shows you have had a good day.

[lock-stock tags on] Saaaaf of da water,at this time..sideways? yooour avin a laaarrf [lock-stock tags off]

Come in number seven your time is up.

Normally used to handling a Canon 1D, photographer Ian Blackett is really getting to grips with drifting. Unfortunately 30 seconds after this photo was taken Ian had a 4th gear 'moment' leaving his R32 looking a little second hand. Ian was unhurt in the incident and I'm sure will be back to fight another day.

I really enjoyed my day at Mallory Park and its great to see the circuit as a regular feature on the UK practice calender.

-Ross I'Anson



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looks like it was a good day.. funny how you can tell 'your' in the UK! and yes we need more venues for Drifting, the scene is growing but i think we are limited! - Come you Millionare investors and you Venture Capitalsts..


the bmw on the top is an E38 or? E32 is the older version


Great to see Mallory on here. Its a great little circuit, complete with its own lake. I did one of only two Formula Ford events there many many moons ago. It's strapline used to be 'The friendly circuit'


Really enjoyed that dude, great photos(as ever!) and great words. I attend mallory as much as possible, and apart from Teeside it's got to be my favorite circuit for drifting. P.S: the pic of jay droppin' the dirt is insane!


BMW 7 is E38 not E32


It's a E38...pre-98 740i to be exact.


@ jojo the seven is an e38 ! bad.ass.


It is an E38, the E32 has two separate headlights on each side, the old school bmw look.

The 3 series e36, 5 series e39 and this 7 series e38 where the first models in their series to change that look.


Yeah, that's an E38.


we want HI res!


The 21st photo of the Japspeed S14 is excellent, I love how you got the rear locked up perfecly. Awesome shot!



Need. More. Info,

And yeah, thats the E38, not the E32, and arguably the sexiest 7-series ever made. Whoever drives that thing is the biggest legend ever.


Nice post. Remeber visiting the track a while ago.

Question maybe fellow speedhunters can help me out on, I'm looking for a good site for buying stickers/decals. I've noticed that fatlace store is no longer doing the speedhunters stickers!!! which sucks. So if anyone could recomend a site with similar kinds of stickers it would be much appreciated.



Guys... Its BMW e38, not e32!


??? ?? 32 ?????! ? 38


Is the supercharged 330i E36 or E46?


dryer should be done in 15 minutes.... sweet!