Drift Matsuri held its 7th annual end of year event at Anglesey Race Circuit in North Wales. Since 2013 it has grown to become the one event that many of the drift scene strive to do regardless of other competitions, practice days and demos.
The weekend really starts early as most people try to leave work early on Friday, making their way to the track from all corners of the United Kingdom along with a few from Ireland.
The paddock quickly filled up with drivers setting up their pit area and checking over their cars before a long weekend of drifting. The rain didn’t dampen people’s spirits as they caught up with friends, fitted their sun strips and got their cars scruitineered.
Saturday morning kicked off with driver briefings before the tracks went live for the morning session. The usual three tracks were open for all drivers, giving them the option to swap between them as much as they wanted.
fast track is always popular as its one of the only times that drivers can
drift at such high speeds with many drivers managing to link the first corner
to the hairpin without needing to manji the straight.
touge track is the other busy layout with the queue often being the biggest
throughout the event. The drivers didn’t have to wait long between runs with
large trains of cars leaving the start line.
track twists its way up the hill to the top of the circuit before looping back
around and down to the finish. It’s a favourite of many of the drivers and
spectators too as the view is incredible!
from the attraction of being able to drive several different tracks within one
venue, Drift Matsuri gives drivers of all abilities a chance to drift together
and learn from each other. It’s not uncommon to see a British Drift
Championship driver on track with drivers that may have never competed before.
The spectators get to see a wide variety of cars on track, the usual S-Chassis and R-Bodies were well represented but also some rarer cars were out on track.
Hudson has been getting everyone’s attention this year in the ex-Huxley
Motorsport RA28 Celica. The car is driven hard in Driftcup and this event was
no different, Harry managed to hit some tyres causing some damage to the car
but he was still enjoying himself afterwards!
Ford might not be the brand that you associate with drifting but they were out in force with a few Escorts and even an Escort van.
quick walk through the paddock wasn’t possible with so many cars to draw your
attention away at every turn.
end of the day came around after what felt like only a few hours but as the
light faded the drifting wasn’t over. A selection of invited drivers lined up
for the night demos. Think 40+ drivers, very little lighting other than what’s
on the cars and large trains of cars on track at the same time.
drivers really excelled this year with their lighting solutions with several
cars sporting rally light bars and neons.
night session was purely for the entertainment of the crowd which loved every
minute of it.
an hour or so the drivers all left the line together for a couple of runs in
trains of 20+ cars before the session ended with a fireworks display.
That ended the track action for the day but the party was only just starting for many people around the track. The official party was in one of the pit garages with Mike Lewis smashing out the tunes until the early hours but groups of friends could be seen all over the paddock having their own parties.
Sunday morning was a slow start to the day for the guys that partied until late but for others they were eager to head out onto the tracks for another full day of drifting.
another 7 hours of drifting the paddock slowly started to clear out, drivers
loaded up their cars and headed home, memories made that will need to last
through the next year before we will do it all over again. Until next time!
For 6 years, Drift Matsuri has marked the end of the season for many in UK Drifting with a festival weekend at Anglesey Circuit.
More than 150 drivers took part in the on track action with multiple layouts in use throughout the weekend with thousands of spectators lining the track to catch all of the action. The paddock filled up quickly on Friday evening as people headed to the track from all over the country, it wasn’t uncommon to find people that had travelled 7 or more hours to be there.
There was something for all levels of drivers, the first of the three tracks was a simple hairpin which was being used to attempt backward entries by the more experienced drivers.
The next track is the touge style run up through the corkscrew before cresting the hill and winding its way back down the other side, a favourite for drivers looking to run in large trains of cars.
The final track layout is the fastest of them all, many of the BDC drivers were managing fourth gear for much of the track although drivers will less powerful cars were still having plenty of fun on this layout too!
As the tracks opened on Saturday morning the drivers flooded out onto the start lines, all trying to get the most seat time out of the day. The drivers swapped between the tracks whenever they wanted so if there was any downtime on one track everyone ran on one of the other tracks so there was no reason to be sat in long queues for anyone.
The weekend really brings everyone together one last time before the winter, from BDC drivers to grassroots drivers, which means it’s a great chance for people to drive with more experience drivers and learn from them.
As the sunlight faded the tracks closed to the majority of drivers with around 40 selected drivers lining up ready for the night demos. In the past we have seen battles between the UK and Irish drivers but this year they would all work together to put on a show for the crowds.
The atmosphere around the track was great with everyone joining the commentators in some banter whenever the odd car had to be recovered off track or tyres put back in place, even the drivers that had spun out were joining in!
The evenings track action came to a close with a fireworks display and possibly the longest drift train the UK has seen, with all of the drivers that leaving the start line one after another. As they got to the hairpin there were cars everywhere with drivers taking different lines, everyone made it through without any damage so it was now time to party through into the early hours!
Sunday morning is always quiet in the paddock with everyone recovering from a late night on Saturday, it’s also the ideal time to take a look around at the variation of cars that come to the event. BDC driver Matt Denham’s RX8 sat looking a bit sorry for itself after breaking early on Saturday morning.
AE86’s always make a popular appearance in large numbers at Drift Matsuri, this year was no different.
The tracks were opened up for another day of drifting shortly after 9am but that wasn’t the only thing for spectators to do during the days, one of the garages had been turned into a carpeted RC Drift track.
By the end of Sunday the drivers had started to filter out of the track, several cars were needing repairs, others had ran out of tyres but they all left with smiles on their faces!
It’s been another memorable Drift Matsuri, bring on the next one!
It is with great pleasure we can announce the Drift Matsuri at Anglesey circuit will take place on Saturday and Sunday the 27th and 28th October.
Once a year the picturesque circuit opens its doors to drifting.
This allows us to run 3 very different track, the National track which contains the bank hairpin and the fastest corner drifted in the UK.
The Touge track, up the Cork Screw and over the mountain. This is one of the highlights for many with trains of cars using this layout all weekend.
The Hairpin, used by the experts for practicing backwards entries. Along side them, drivers who want to get their nerves settled and maybe its their first event. The perfect section of the circuit for beginners.
The night time demo is also a highlight for many. Drivers are invited to take part in what is a fantastic spectacle. The track may appear lit to you, for the drivers its a different story. They need all their skill and judgement to make sure they are prepared for drifting at night time.
The after party – the ‘Party in the pits’ sees the beats drop when the engines are turned off.
DJ Kuta will be dropping the tunes once again. Those who have been know how good the vibe, tunes and whole experience is.
A weekend ticket is £340
A Saturday ticket is £179
A Sunday ticket is £179
A weekend ticket is £30
A Saturday ticket is £20 (Pay £30 and have £10 refunded on removal of Saturday wristband* before 9pm). *Only Saturday wristbands will be refunded.
A Sunday ticket is £15
On the gate prices
Weekend ticket £35
Saturday ticket £25 (Pay £35 on arrival and have £10 refunded on refunded on removal of Saturday wristband* before 9pm). *Only Saturday wristbands will be refunded.
Sunday ticket £20.
There are few more announcement to be made in the run up to the event, so make sure you check out our Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat account at @driftmatsuri