EVENT | DWYB – Santa Pod Raceway

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Luckily, maybe by mistake, on Wednesday 15th of January I had a day off. Usually events such as car shows, big meets, track days, drift days and whatnot, are on weekends. So, needless to say I took advantage of this random coincidence and went to Santa Pod Raceway in Wellingborough, to attend a DWYB event. Of course, as we’re in the UK, the weather wasn’t really suitable, at least it wasn’t for me as I went to take pictures and not slash rubber unluckily. Hopefully we’ll get there one day with my new old MX5 which I just bought.

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Drift What You Brung, that’s what DWYB stands for, and surely people did bring a lot of rear wheel drive cars to the drift day, even if it was on a Wednesday. You don’t really get the opportunity to attend drift days very often, as a photographer as I did, as a spectator or as a drifter, so personally I think taking a day off from work to go to a drift day on a Wednesday is not really a big deal and I reckon a drift day is a good reason to have a day off. It depends on the kind of job of course though. As usual, apart from the 1 pm break, you hear nothing but loud cars’ exhausts screaming and tyres screeching all day. I wasn’t complaining, especially if it’s the sound of a V8, a 2JZ or just a turbo blowing like mad. There were many BMW’s as usual, 3 series most of them, a few 5 series and that was all from Germany, apart from a curious RWD Audi A4. When it comes to drifting though, Japan might come across your mind, and of course there were a lot of Japanese cars there aswell: Silvia’s, S13 and S14 mainly, saw no S15 this time, as usual several MX5, a few Skyline’s, R32 and R33 etc. I must say I’m lucky to live about 30 minutes away from Santa Pod: as my daily routine is kind of stressful and sometimes you just need to get away from everything, go to the countryside and breathe in some burnt tyre smoke. Feel that vibe if you get it…

Words & Photos: Angelo Di Massimo

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