It’s not often I quote from a TV series, let alone the A-Team, but I love it when a plan comes together. Here at Speedhunters, we cover some of the same events year in, year out but we always try our best to bring you not only the best shots but also a unique angle on the happenings every time. As part of the pre-event planning, many story ideas are formulated and discussed, while we toy with different ways to bring the experience to you, the reader; the aim being to always make you feel like you’re sharing our journey besides us.
Of course, when the event in question is Gatebil Rudskogen, it’s the finale of the Speedhunters European drift tour and there’s going to be not just one, not just two but three Speedhunters drifters in attendance, then those plans have to be good.
We’ve used car-mounted cameras before but we thought what better way to get right in on the action than to put a Speedhunter right in the car with the drivers? In fact, let’s put one in each car! Travel sickness be damned! Up in the hot seats were Paddy in Vaughn’s Mustang, Taryn in Mike’s BADBUL RX-8 and Gatebil veteran Egil Håskjold in Fredric’s 86-X.
But though that would give us the perfect view of the action from the driver’s perspective, of course we also wanted to know what it would look like from the other cars. Sivert Naas came to the rescue, providing the chase car that Larry Chen would jump in the passenger seat of, posed to capture the action.
Of course, we also needed a complete outside view of the action, so Bryn Musselwhite headed trackside and the Rodbot was dispatched to the top of one of the rocky outcrops that divides the circuit.
Now we just needed the small matter of some drivers: Fredric Aasbø, Mad Mike and Vaughn Gittin Jr. Of course this was Vaughn’s first time at Gatebil, so their first run out together in traffic was no small occasion.
So, plan formulated, Speedhunters were dispatched to their assigned positions, cars fired up and the clock began ticking down to the drifting sessions. The stage was set…
It’s at this point that I should perhaps take a step back and set the scene a bit further. Gatebil’s renowned for its crazy on-track antics anyway, but after the three drivers had been keen to start winding each other up about the action weeks ago, there was everything to prove.
So the cars set off, warming up and getting used to the track, before one lap in, the craziness began to ensue. Early entries, insane angles, and huge blankets of smoke. It was just as we’d hoped – the guys were perfectly placed to get some amazing shots from in-car…
… as well as the chase car and trackside.
In fact, the guys were battling so hard out on track that the wing of Mike’s car even knocked against Fredric’s window!
We thought we’d set the stage for the perfect shots, but we could never have imagined what would happen next… About four laps in, one of those amazing moments occurred. Something you just can’t plan for, but always hope to capture. After rounding the first downhill corner, Mike and Fredric had pulled a little bit ahead of Vaughn, who had the incorrect gear ratio set up on his first proper run. Involved in a crazy chase battle through the traffic, Mike and Fredric rounded the corner to find a BMW making its own way round the track.
Did they slow down? Of course not! Fredric held to his motto of ‘Hold Stumt!’ and piloted the 86-X round the outside…
… only to round the bonnet of the BMW and have Mike appear from the inside!
And there you have it. Drift sandwich!
If all these amazing shots weren’t enough, Speedhunters’ friend Luke from Zero Media was perfectly placed to capture some video of the moment…
That’s what I call a plan coming together. Now where’s my cigar?
Words by Suzy Wallace
Photos by Paddy McGrath, Larry Chen, Rod Chong, Egil Håskjold, Taryn Croucher and Bryn Musselwhite
Tags: 86-X, Badbul, Bryn Musselwhite, European Drift Tour '13, Fredric Aasbø, Gatebil, Gatebil Rudskogen 2013, Larry Chen, Mad Mike Whiddett, Mustang, paddy mcgrath, Rod Chong, rudskogen, speedhunting, Suzy Wallace, Taryn Croucher, Vaughn Gittin Jr
Even after watching that video a million times it doesn't fail to put a smile on my face. Gatebil is DEFINITELY on my bucket list now!
Hey, what happened to Dmac!? No mention whatsoever of his presence at Gatebill? Not a single shot of him or his car, why?????
A great look into how big the Speedhunters presence is at a large event, Some amazing shots and an epic scene that played out right in front of the camera's! Love it!
I actually cannot believe that they managed to pull that off.
Old mate in the BMW would've been shitting himself though, to be passed by two cars stupidly sideways, accompanied by the soundtrack of three triangles spinning faster than they should be allowed to.
Loved the writing on this Suzy!
As an 80's baby I can appreciate the A team reference
If youre gonna be Hannibal that makes Fredric "Face", Mad Mike as (obviously) Howling Mad Murdock,
and Vaugh Gittin Jr as BA Baracus haha
@tenpennyjimmy Nothing at all. Crazy fool!
@azmedaj It's not babe-hunters :D
@Alex Rios I was right behind them in an E46 chase car. I pooed in my pants when that happened.
i think he changed sponsors or something and now speedhunters doesnt have permission to post about his car. :(
Wait, it gets even better. Hillbilly Bob won the car of the show award. Out of the vast variety of mental builds, the BoogerStang got the trophy. And I though that the FD judges were disappointing. Politics. It is always about politics.
@Taryn Croucher #cannotconsidershuttingeyesformorethanasecond
@aussieANON Well they did a lot more batshit crazy things.
@vroomtothetomb Hmmm. Not Baracus. More like a baracuda that digests tons of fatburgers.
@vroomtothetomb Haha - perfect casting! :)
@hashtagfatlaceillestlifestyleryO Dmac and Ryan Tuerck are also @ Gatebil but they possibly not mention them since they are not part of the SH team. :(
@Larry Chen hmm..babe-hunters..now that's a thought
@AmericaMan I think that would be a stupid move of his sponsors to make, and dont think any business in the right mind set would deny receiving more coverage....
What politics????? hahah.... Love the conspiracy thoery's. I agree with your opinion that there was some much more mental builds there that could have been nominated. Does not change the fact that we are very flattered and honored to have received the award.
@greenroadster Because "The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection" is the official Lexus mantra.
I know, it seems these days Speedhunters is more about themselves than everyone, I mean suddenly Vaughn Hittin is a Speedhunter?
@PaddyMcGrath You win.
@Larry Chen I heard that Vaughn's car is specially mapped to run on the tears of orphan children.
@AmericaMan The conspiracy theories are strong in this one...
None of them are right mind you.
I think it's more likely that speedhunters, which is owned by EA, doesn't want to give free advertising to whoever his sponsor is if they might be a competitor.
@sean klingelhoefer Not in my country. BTW, here LEXUS is "Amazing in motion". And its not because your article.
@hashtagfatlaceillestlifestyleryO Yeah, he has been part of SH since the beginning.
@hashtagfatlaceillestlifestyleryO Vaughn Hittin?? Its VAUGHNSTER TRUCK get it right!!!! Publicity stunt????? OR I just love having fun in my car with my friends! I've been a Speedhunter since day one my man! It's ok dont be embarrassed.... We all make mistakes ;)