Event>> Awesomefest

We are now mid-season in the UK Drifting calender. With the competition hotting up and stress levels rising, a mid-season break was just what the the UK drift community needed, enter Awesomefest!

This is the first time an event of this kind has been hosted in the UK. A weekend dedicated to drifting, motocross, BMX, skate, music and errrr, beards. No competition, no egos, just get out there and enjoy what you love doing!

A massive ramp park had been erected in Mallory's paddock area. Open to both skate and BMX it catered for the raw beginner right upto the back-flipping pro riders, all for the price of your weekend ticket. That was the amazing thing, once you were inside all the attractions bar the track time were completely free. Never in the UK has this been done.

But the track was where the majority of the action was. Pro or amatuer it didn't matter, the track was open 9am to 5pm for two days so you paid your money and got out there.

Friday night was no engine night so the Devil's Elbow section was opened up to the Huffy sliders. BDC front man Mark Buckle was first up there and took to the trikes like a duck to water. Tempted to have a go myself I swapped my camera for Mark's trike and following his "go as fast as you can then give it a big flick" advice I took to the track …

… and it didn't end well! The white mark on the track is actually the skin off my elbow. Glad to report back that the Alpinestars supplied Speedhunters photographer jacket did an amazing job of deflecting the tarmac and came away totally unscathed.

With Friday night shenanigans over the track opened at 9am on Saturday morning. First out was Remmo Niezen who proceeded to put in four full on and deeply impressive grip laps. Watching from the Devils Elbow I was a little awe-struck to see just how incredibly fast the Falken E30 actually is …

… then as if he had flicked a switch from grip to drift, went into a full-on drift lap. Amazing!

With no pressure it gave a chance for the drivers to show off a little – one hand out of the window at 100mph in Gerards to wave at Paddy and myself was pretty brave …

… even if it did end in a seat pinching 'two wheels on the grass' moment a split second later.

Two wheels on grass was no problem for Terry Davis and his YB powered MKII Escort. All weekend he was entering the scary fast right-hander with a flat out flick from halfway up the straight. Running a little deep on this run with both front wheels on the grass, ending just inches from the armco before getting all wheels back on the tarmac. Lift off? NEVER!

Mallory really was the perfect choice for Awesomefest. Spectators get nice and close to the action …

… an awesome mix of turns to suit everybody …

… with any kind of car.

The S-bodies proved to be a particular favorite. Fast flowing 3rd gear turns then down to a big stop for the hairpin.

These two 540 BMWs were thundering around in pretty much every session. 

Possibly the most surreal experience of the weekend was the Awesomefest Beard-off. A few months back it was announced that there would be a best beard competition, with the prize being free beer all Saturday night.

The judging criteria was, well, strange to say the least. Judged on feel, smell, rash potential and general nastiness.

After much deliberation, poking and prodding John Beezy was judged to have cultivated the most awesome beard of the show. Well done that man.

Paddy McGrath dropped in for a days shooting on his way up to Cadwell Park for Modified Live. He will be bring you a behind the scenes look at Awesomefest later in the week.

Awesomefest was of course the UK debut of the Need For Speed D-Mac '86. This was the first time I had seen the car in the flesh …

… and it didn't disappoint. A truly amazing build. Darren will be going into more detail of the weekend in his drivers blog later in the week.

Another car I was looking forward to seeing for the first time was Phil Morrison's V10 powered M3. Recently fitted with an exhaust bypass valve, it can now go from muted V10 growl to full on 90s F1 car at the flick of a switch. I have never heard another road car even vaguely like it. Crazy stuff.

As night fell the Pro drivers assembled for a night time demo.

Gerrards looked quick during the day, but under the floodlights it looked impossibly fast.

In just half an hour all that was left was smoke from a few dozen tires drifting across the lake. (insert Deep Purple pun of your choice here)

Sunday Morning and it was back to business as usual.

Dragon Performance brought along their 'rat look' FD complete with flame belching smoke stack.


It had taken 72 sleepless hours for Ben (Bon Bon) Broke-Smith to get his Chaser rebuild and to the event. Very sleep deprived he arrived early on Sunday morning to grab a few hours sleep in the briefing room before taking to the track.

Norway has Gatebil, The UK now has Awesomefest!  I truly believe it's the breath of fresh air UK drifting needs, a weekend to get away from the stresses of competition, kick back and and get back to the very roots of drifting … Fun!  




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Fantastic weekend the boys done good


Cool writeup!!

Awesomefest was ..... Awesome :D


Good work Ross. It really was an awesome event, I think itd need about 10 Speedhunters sized features to capture it all, needs one on the nighttime fun alone.

UKs version of Gatebil, and I cant wait for the next one!


The Awesomefest weekend was so much fun it has made me re-think my whole outlook on drifting, sod competing lets just have fun !!!!

Congratulations to Driftworks for a whole new experience in the U.K. and waking me up !!! RAAAAHHHHH


Perfect writeup............nice picture of the Blitz R34, Sound


Good work on the trike, Ross! Always above and beyond the call of duty haha.


im all for people modding their cars how they want but that dragon RX7 just looks like such a dog. However the V10 3series is awesome


More irish people and drifters should definately try make it over to this next year...


Truly an 'awesome' weekend, I've done many things in my time but this has just jumped to the top of everything. Huge thanks to Bob and Driftworks for giving us what we needed in the UK.

Can't wait for next year as it will be bigger and better.

Amazing write up Ross.


Awesome . :)


Great post. Awesomefest looks amazing...

Is that Stephen Brooks in the 5th pic down with his cycle cam rig? Sure am looking forward to his videographical interpretation of Awesomefest.


Brilliant write up Ross. And amazing pictures as usual.



can you do a car feature on the v10 m3


The Bon Bon's Chaser looks awesome !

Spotlight ? Please !!!


When is there not a good turn out of S-chassis?


Feature on the E46 M3 with the E60 M5 V10????


more pics of the fd shooting fire at night


where was this held?! i wanna go!!!! looks sick!

and that 6th picture made me LOL!!!!! especially when i read the previous comment i could see what was coming!


Wow! What an ugly ass RX7!!! :D


Was such a good weekend... epic in fact


Desktops of pitures 2 (s14a) and 8 (e30) please


That looks like such a good time... Damn living in the U.S.!!! That RX-7 is sooo sick btw


i heard this event was well received.. (a kind of Gatebil) - love D-Mac's AE86, don't see enough of that car. V10 powered M3?? that should sound monstrous by default! - you see, the UK can 'thrown-down' & put on a awesome show.. its called Awesomefest! - be there or suffer elsewhere!


Sweet write-up Ross. Who would have ever thought that our first ever event would be received this well!?!. Awesomefest 2012 is already being planned, and advanced tickets are already on sale in the Driftworks shop. Don't miss it people! :)


we came special from belguim to awesome fest being the first time in uk for something like this and we can only say best drifting weekend ever !!! everthing was Awesome ! big respect for driftworks and the organisation crew who made it possible