Today I was having a blast photographing the Open Drift Championship held in Scheveningen. It was my first time shooting motorsports and I can tell you that it’s quite a challenge. In the end I did get more keepers than I expected which I will post on my regular site. Event organizer Driesse from Trendforward who manages the Norfolk terrain is an old friend of mine and introduced me to Dennis. Dennis is the one who runs the Open Drif Championship. He got involved with drifting about 5 years ago. He liked what he saw. It’s fast, spectacular, up close and in your face, the track is short and you can see everything from one vantage point. Not like regular racing where you can only see one or two turns. After several organizations tried to get drifting going in Holland and failed, Dennis gave it a go. He set up a foundation and is starting small on small tracks. Keeping the costs low and putting everything back into the foundation is the way to go. From what I saw it’s got some promise. It’s certainly a lot more entertaining than some guys in souped up tractors trying to pull some weights farthest… Dennis is constantly dealing with different city councils, government officials, resident groups, etc. Noise is one of the biggest problems. But then again how bad is 2 days a year of racing.. Environmental apparantly shouldn’t be an issue. The racers don’t even have to fuel up in 2 days. They do use a few tires but that’s it. A Fairground uses more energy with all those attractions. From what I gathered things are going in the right direction.
Dennis has his own company making stickers at Stickerland and next to that runs the Open Drift Championships on a voluntary bases. Must be busy busy. He is trying to make 6 events happen every year and is always on the look out for a good venue. Personally I really hope they succeed, cause it’s just a really cool and spectacular event. Keep it up and thanks for having me!
Nikon D300 17-55mm 2.8 Lightroom 3