We’re very excited for this weekend’s Japfest and ProDrift Finale at Mondello Park. Judging by the intensity of his practice runs today, Darren seemed to be pretty pumped too.
This is also Larry Chen’s first experience of the Irish drift scene and I’m quite interested to see what he thinks. He’s checked out the Nordic car scene which gave birth to the likes of Fredric Aasbo and now this weekend, he’ll finally get a feel for where Irish drifters like Darren McNamara learned their craft.
Today’s setup and practice day is already over, but the festivities are just getting started.
Even Daijiro Yoshihara has crossed the Atlantic to compete once again. Like last year, he’ll be driving a 500bhp Toyota Altezza.
Today’s practice went pretty smoothly with no major wrecks.
We also got a taste of both amateur and pro Irish drifting, which left us wanting more. The level is just that impressive.
Fredric’s 86-X is looking a little rough-around-the-edges from last weekend’s competition at Trax, but is still running strong.
We’re also very excited to watch the ProDrift championship race between Brendan Stone, James Deane and Damien Mulvey. A mere 5 points separate all three drivers.
The championship race might even go all the way to the finals, who knows.
The lucky Irish Speedhunters out there who can make it to Japfest, should stop by the booth to see our cars, get autographs and check out our new Speedhunters EDTN Lifestyle Collection. It will be for sale exclusively at Mondello Park this weekend, the only place in the world you can pick up a fresh Speedhunters sticker, t-shirt, hoodie, keychain or lanyard!
See you at Mondello!
I hereby request the creation of a web store for the benefit of everyone far away from those mega, awesome drift events. This way Speedhunters' merchandise could be available 24/7 I want a sticker..... =[
RicardoRamos1 I AGREE! I was at the main Gatebil event, but when I arrived the Speedhunters stand was empty of merch. I got one sticker of the dj tho! Thx
Are those Speedhunter clothes hangers? i would actually do my laundry if i had some of those
@Dotgeeone I'm wondering the same. My mouth is watering for a hoodie and one of those Dmac t shirts!!
A very large portion, if not the majority of the SPEEDHUNTERS coverage is in North America. Formula Drift being the bread and butter of this site. And yet, SH merchandise only makes its way to these other events. How about some merch available at FD events? Thanks to Larry Chen for hooking me up with stickers from across the pond. But how about some North American involvement? Rod?
@RodChong Any chance of you guys covering the Cavalcade of Customs in Cincinnati? It's not until late January/early February but some of the countries finest customs show up on their way to Detroit for the Ridler award. Would love to see you guys there!!
swerv13 Sounded greedy as alot of places in Europe rarely get SpeedHunters coverage.
And I am pretty sure that the reason they have not had the merchandise over in an FD event is because they have not had the chance yet. :)
@RodChong Intrested in your opinion on the level of amateur/semipro drifting in Ireland, tell it as you see it no BS. Superb photos rod...
Scon RodChong the level of the semi-pro drifters in Ireland is amazing! This is definitely one of the best grass roots scenes in the world :>
is it me or does "Mondello" sound like some exotic sunny palce or something?! not something that you would expect to hear at Ireland!!