I would be quite interested in hearing how those of you have who have only experienced Gatebil vicariously, through Speedhunters or any other medium, interpret the event. Do you see it as a mega car extravaganza? Do the ideas and theories behind the builds excite you more than seeing how these machines demonstrate their potential?
It really only struck me this weekend how much Gatebil revolves around drifting and other forms of tyre decimation.
You’re probably laughing at me now, and I understand why but for me, Gatebil doesn’t feel like your usual drift event.
I honestly can’t remember the last competitive drift event I enjoyed. There’s always some call or questionable decision that leaves a sour taste in your mouth. I guess that’s always going to be the way until organizers can figure out a way to base their decisions on solid and tangible data.
What makes Gatebil different is that it has been capturing the spirit of drifting since long before the majority of us knew what a clipping point was. The Scandinavians have been at it for nearly two decades now. You don’t have to look for long on YouTube to find old Gatebil videos of 1000hp E34 BMWs destroying tyres in spectacular fashion.
Today, the same simple recipes still often apply: take a potent engine package and add boost. The result is pretty much always devastating.
These guys aren’t afraid to explore new means of slaying rubber too.
And slay rubber they do. These guys often don’t stop until they’ve literally destroyed every last remnant of rear (and in some cases all four) tyres.
No tread left? Don’t care. Tyre delaminating? Don’t care. Tyres completely atomised? Guess it’s time to get some fresh rubber.
Most of the guys (and girls) there are there for their own pleasure and enjoyment. Their utmost concern is that they come in from the track with huge smiles on their faces and the faces of their passengers. It’s rare to see a car head out with just a solo driver.
Something special happens though when you combine the non-chalant driving of the more casual attendees and introduce some world class drivers into the mix. Watching Fredric and Mike dice through traffic and performing the most spectacular overtakes in the most ridiculous of circumstances was simply awe inspiring.
Because there are no rules and no judging instructions, the result is absolute maximum attack all day long.
And I mean absolute, no lift, bin it or win it styles of driving.
You’ll often just find yourself laughing at the absurdity of the things driver’s will try.
I can still hear the sound of rev limiters being absolutely nailed and I’ll be cleaning rubber molecules out of my cameras for the next 12 months, but you know what? It was bloody well worth it.
So it happened. I’ve just enjoyed a drift event for the first time in many years. But we all know that it’s not really drifting, it’s something much more than that.
Before I wrap this mini-report up, all of us at Speedhunters want to congratulate Mad Mike and Fredric for their performances all weekend and for qualifying first and winning the the Breisladd respectively. Hold Stumt.
Additional Photos by Sean Klingelhoefer & Rod Chong
Can't argue with that. Gatebil means horsepower and tire smoke. Even from a reader's point of view, reading all these Gatebil posts on Speedhunters made Norway in the top of my list of to go places. Hopefully bringing my own car. Haha.
Sounds like what pro drifting needs to get back to. They need to take a cue from "Whos Line is it Anyways?" Where the rules are made up and the points don't matter. Incentivize teams and drivers equally to show up, shut up and nut up. When a pro teams viability is contingent on subjective criteria, you're fucked from the word go. The crowds fun will be directly proportional to the drivers fun, start selling fun, not rocket science. Think more monster jam than NHRA, more WWE less UFC. If theyreally want this kind of car engineering and insano-bizarro driving to be truly competitive, look to Gymkhana/Rally cross.
Thanks for one sick weekend :)You guys in the speedhunters tent are so kind :) Glad i could help out :)
Ps, i sleep bether when the revlimmiter is pounding my head :) Cheers.
It just looks amazing from the drifting to the absolutely bonkers car builds, this event is definitely a bucket-list item for me as well as lapping the Nurburgring. If only i was able to do it in my own car..
From what I get off speedhunters, it looks like all out chaos awesomeness anything goes on the track. Really making it a goal to get out there for the event one of these years.
Mr. Chong, I see a couple of excellent shots from you there :) Well played, sir.
Paddy, that B & W shot of the supra is just............uuuuuuungh!!
Like I told Suzy before this Gatebil, it's mayhem and heaven at the same time. Thanks for an awesome weekend to all of you in the Speedhunters tent, looking so forward to see you at Rudskogen in July :D