Jules Lund is still on an adrenaline-seeking fix and was keen to see what happens at Project D Drift School in Sydney
. What began as an underground motorsport on the mountain roads of Japan has developed into a professional sport. Its popularity has exploded across the world. Our national series, Toyo Tires Drift Australia, began in 2005, and you can test your skills in a fun and exciting environment.
The only ability you need before joining the course is knowing how to drive a manual car. After a briefing, your instructor will show you how to do 180-degree turns and drift donuts on the skid-pan track.
It's all about white knuckles, the smell of burning rubber, handbrake turns around witch's hats the faster, the better. Here is one place you're legally allowed to have a lead foot. There are no speed limits and no-one to tell you to slow down.
It's all done under safe conditions by instructors Fernando Wiehrl and Chris Easton who have competed in the national drift championship.
Cars have five-point harnesses, fire extinguishers and an "off" switch. Instructors can cut power if necessary. Vehicles need to be as light as possible without drag-causing weight. Suspension, two-way differential and power are modifications needed to create a drift car.
Competition involves two cars in battle. Points are scored on technique, not on who crosses the line first. Judges watch transitions, when direction is changed and angles taken going into corners and speed.
It's not just the boys who like fast cars and drifting, with 40 percent of pupils being female. Fernando says he's had a father and daughter duo vying against one another.
Blacktown, an hour's drive from Sydney's CBD.
Project D Drift School full-day courses are $499 per person. Professional in-car instruction, hands-on driving session, information pack, lunch and refreshments are included. A minimum of a learner driver's licence is required and 16 is the minimum age.
Virgin Blue has flights to Sydney.
One-way fares from:
- Canberra $75
- Brisbane, Hobart and Melbourne $89
- Adelaide $129
- Perth $209
- Darwin $250
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at August 20, 2009, and are subject to change.
Prices correct at August 20, 2009.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
Project D Drift School
Unit 5, 1 Forge Street
Ph: 0413 614 684
Fax: (02) 8814 9038