The Calm Before The Global Warfare Storm
Two Tribes

There are events which we cover, where afterwards, you must really use your imagination to find the story which needs to be told. There was no such issue at Global Warfare III, where the Irish Drift Championship faced off against the Drift Allstars series.

If you even have a passing interest in drifting, you should be able to appreciate the continued success and rise of IDC. Based in a country with a minuscule population, which itself has no real love for motorsport, IDC has risen from the ashes of a deep recession to become one of the leading series in the world.

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Whilst IDC was building, the Drift Allstars series was quietly doing its thing around Europe, seeking out and helping to develop the sport far and wide, typically in areas which rarely received the international spotlight. If there wasn’t a venue suitable, they would simply create one, often in the middle of a city on closed public roads.

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It was inevitable then that with both series at their strongest, that the Drift Allstars tour would eventually have to come to Ireland and face the new era of Irish drifting. With months and months of hype and build up, it finally went down with spectacular results. In my 12 years of covering drifting, this might just be the best event I’ve attended with fascinating storylines and unexpected results right down to the very last battle.

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The big talking point, of course, was Ireland’s unbeaten record on home soil. For 12 years, since the birth of drifting in Ireland, none of the 74 international drivers who have travelled here have ever stood on the top step of the podium. That’s a remarkable number, regardless of what was to happen at Global Warfare. Some will bemoan the fact that often, the drivers from abroad didn’t have their own cars or crews with them (which isn’t technically correct as plenty did including Aasbø, Saito and Nishida), but there were to be no such excuses for the DA drivers.

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With drivers coming from Australia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Finland, the United Kingdom and more, every one of them would drive their own cars with their own crews supporting them. There would be no borrowed or hired cars; everybody was bringing their own weapons to this fight.

On the Sunday morning, despite some fighting talk earlier last week, I realised that we, the Irish, were staring down the barrel of defeat for the first time in over a decade.

This would be our last stand.

Paddy McGrath
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Cool to see all these new spot formats, image flash is a preview type of category I take it?


Not doubting it - you know far more than me :) But does Ireland as a whole really have "no real love for motorsport"?

As an outsider I always thought folks over there were fairly well into the rally stuff and you see masses of cool RWD cars and builds and in recent years some solid VAG stuff coming out of there.

Funny how we (me) can make assumptions a country's on board :)


TomRich As a whole, yes. Although I believe that only makes the small percentage of us who do love motorsport, be it drift, rally, clubman racing etc. all the more passionate and dedicated to succeeding. 

I guess motoring enthusiasts in general are in the minority anyways, it just feels especially so here.


DaveT We're trying to bring more images, more often without weighing them down with copy all the time. It also means we can get stuff out faster which is an added bonus.


While I can appreciate drifting, I much prefer time attack. Just appeals to me more


LukeEVOVIII Are you the kind of guy who guys to a football match just to tell everyone you prefer rugby? :)


Nah don't follow any sport at all Paddy! ;) I like looking at the builds themselves I just don't like their purpose as I've just never had in interest in that area. It's like supercars/hypercars. They all bore me and I have no interest in them. I just like the processes that go into making them, it's just I don't like the finished product.


LukeEVOVIII I can respect that, is it their purpose or style that puts you off?


Lovely stuff, Paddy! That was an awesome weekend for sure :)


ConorLuddy Thanks, Conor. Just finished editing everything, now the process of cutting 200 images down to 50...


Most definitely style. They're just way too high end for me and not what I'd want. Hell, id take my k10 micra over a LaFerrari any day of the week


Paddy McGrath DaveT Is anyone else having issues with presentation mode not showing the text any more though? I miss seeing the pics in large format and still being able to read the text.


Robo_No1 Paddy McGrath DaveT Same happening for me, I'll let the tech people know. Thanks!


Piotr Więcek from Poland will win this event :) Eazy


@dima Well, this is awkward.


with a driver that is very reliable car that can drive very well




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