Drift­ing off to a good start

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

THE SHARP smell of burnt rub­ber was a con­stant at the Mackay and Dis­trict Drifters’ first prac­tice day of the year on on the week­end.

Ten driv­ers spent their Satur­day hon­ing their skills on the track, with around 100 spec­ta­tors watch­ing in in­ter­est over the course of the day.

Mackay and Dis­trict Drifters pres­i­dent Leigh Bain said he was pleased with the turnout.

“It was good to get back out there af­ter a break over Christ­mas and the New Year,” he said.

“It was a pretty good turnout for the first one back.”

Bain said the club’s next track day would take place on March 28, with cars on track from 8.30am un­til 2pm.

Spec­ta­tors are wel­come to come any time they want.

Mr Bain said the club also en­cour­aged any­one who wished to give drift­ing a try to get in touch with the club.

“You can ac­tu­ally test the lim­its of your car prop­erly on the track,” he said.

“There’s a big adren­a­line rush in be­ing able to push your car to its lim­its.”

Mr Bain said prospec­tive drifters could con­tact the club through their Face­book page.

“There’s also a con­tact num­ber there they can call us on,” he said. “Other than that come and talk to one of the com­mit­tee mem­bers at the track and go from there.

“We’ve also got a car that we hire for the public for first timers to get a feel for (drift­ing) or to find out if its some- thing they’re into.”

You can find more in­for­ma­tion at www.face­book.com/mack­ay­drift

SMOOTH MOVES: Leigh Bain takes a cor­ner in his Nis­san Lau­rel at drift­ing on the week­end.

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