Trax Setup Day: Behind The Scenes

It’s September, so that can only mean one thing. All that is great and good in the UK tuning and styling scene descends on the hallowed ground of Silverstone for the Trax show.

Trax is one of the jewels in the UK show calendar. Awesome cars, plentiful public track time and of course the setting for Round 5 of the British Drift Championship.

The BDC guys were pretty much the first on site, with the cars starting to roll in from around 3pm.

Team SATS were first on the scene with their as-ever immaculately prepared Supra.

The Viper-engined S15 will be sure to love the fast and flowing turns of the Silverstone drift track.

That really is the thing that makes Silverstone so special as a drift venue. There may be longer and more technical tracks, but for outright speed Silverstone takes it hands down.

I remember the early days of drifting at Silverstone: a set of part-worn tires could see you through qualifying and perhaps into the Top 16. These days, a brand new set of rears will last you no more than two laps!

As the afternoon went on the Silverstone paddock slowly became the Trax show…

…with more competitors arriving and setting up camp.

This included Speedhunters’ own Fredric Aasbø, ready to defend his 2011 BDC Silverstone win.

A quick diff change to suit the fast track…

…and we’re good to go.

Speedhunters have a large presence at Trax 2012.

Two drivers and a full Speedhunters area right in the BDC paddock.

Rod has even brought along possibly my favourite ever car to display in the Speedhunters section. Me, jealous? No, not even a little bit…

Whilst the team were setting up Speedhunters base camp, I took on the important role of tour guide for Larry on his first visit to Silverstone.

By the time Larry and myself arrived back in the paddock, Speedhunters’ D-Mac had rolled up with the awesome D-Mac 86…

…and things were taking shape in ‘Camp Speedhunters’.

It was an all hands to the pump effort to get there, but it’s done. All stations go. Tune for maximum smoke. Speedhunters are at Trax 2012.

Stay tuned for more Trax and BDC 2012 coverage over the next few days.

Ross


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8 comments
Melvin H
Melvin H

When more of the new 86's show up in the drifting scene, there should be an old school vs new school drift "battle" at every event, itd be cool to see Aabaso and D-mac go at it old vs new style

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

Wow, you weren't kidding when you guys said you had a presence there today!!! You guys were all over Trax like stink on...well... you know. I picked up a hoodie too :D. Gutted I didn't really get a chance to meet anyone but you looked crazy busy, I did see Jonathan grabbing some coffee but judging by your stand I thought I should give the guy a break haha, besides I'm pretty shy lol!

EdafeOmosowofa
EdafeOmosowofa

Man oh Man I can't wait.. Do you guys know if there is any way to view this livestream

bradjh
bradjh

Can't wait, can't wait!!!!

Dominique_v
Dominique_v

Be sure to check out Kevin Corsius in the yellow BMW E36 (showing in the 2nd pic)! He won the previous BDC round, and that was his first appearance on the BDC!

Frank
Frank

 @Melvin H Its not really old vs new.... more new vs new!

Larry Chen
Larry Chen

 @Robo_No1 Next time just say hi. How else are you going to get some Speedhunters decals?

westhave
westhave

 @Larry Chen  @Robo_No1 Yeah, I had the same. I've been talking to DMAC and Fredrick for half an hour I think but you and the rest of the photagraphers were just running around. The only person that stood still once was Rod, I wanted to talk to him but the wished Darren good luck and then ran off.. well that is the life of a Speedhunter I guess! BTW, thanks for the advice on the size of the shirts, I got a M and it fits perfectly!


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