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Dec 02

2011 Wakefield Matsuri – Marvel

So I spent alot of the weekend hanging out with the Marvel super happy best friends drift club and, due to an overwhelming photowhoring-ness, I feel it’s only fair they get their own special feature article.

Home to Newy’s finest drifters, Marvel can trace its origins back to the mountain roads of Japan where most of the member’s cars copped a thrashing before being imported into Oz as “one lady owner; only ever driven to the shops and back” grey imports.  Today, Marvel is the premier drift team of Newcastle, harbouring a number of talented and(/or?) passionate drifters that smoke up East Coast race tracks as often as possible.  In no particular order, I introduce to you the members of Marvel who showed up to Wakefield over the weekend…

First off we have Moggy, who has mastered the art of breaking his car and then fixing it again in the quickest and dodgiest way possible.  As an example, Steve broke a tie rod on the Saturday and in a show of his mechanical aptitude he had the wheel off, broken tie rod out, a spare tie rod fitted, and the car back on the ground in record time so that he could get back on track for more drifting.  What was more impressive though, was that after he broke that only spare tie rod on the Sunday he decided it would be prudent to cut the handle off his jack and use it as a sleeve to weld the broken one back together.  The car then held together for another 4 or 5 solid hours of drifting.  Bush mechanics emeritus…?

Dylan Roberts is the next team member:  In terms of infamous boats that have left Newcastle, Dylan Roberts’ R33 Sedan is up there with the Pasha Bulker.  Due to an unfortunate incident on a closed road* Dylan’s car has been out of action until recently, but with a new rear end welded to the 33 the car and driver’s performance was rock solid until an over-exuberant Wes gave him a love tap resulting in a spin, bump and a broken radiator.  Hopefully Dylan will have it fixed and back on track again soon…

Steve demonstrating what the manoeuvre looked like…

Next on the list is James;  James loves drifting so much that he cloned himself in order to drift two R32 skylines at once, however this fact is argued by Brent who claims that it was, in fact, he who cloned himself.  Nevertheless, the two clones both have sweet looking rides and super-smooth driving styles and it’s always a pleasure to watch them out on track.  Fortunately their cars look more different than they do, otherwise no-one would ever have any idea who was who…

Brent and his R32 Gts-t…

James sliding smoothly around the top of the circuit in his 4 door…

Wes, arguably Marvel’s most successful drifter with a runners up placing at the Wakefield round of Stadium Drift earlier this year, was in fine form again this weekend drifting the bonnet off of his Cefiro.  After sorting some electrical dramas on Saturday, Wes went round and round and round until he managed to put an end to his weekend late on the Sunday after his tangle with Dylan.  Never one to shy away from a bit of panel rubbing, Wes was playing chicken with the wall on the main straight all weekend and is keen to get back on track ASAP so that he can practice drifting with people without actually punting them off…

Next up we have Ryan in another R33 Sedan….

And, following the R33 4 door trend is Po who previously owned 2 180s but obviously got tired of the tractor engine sound and moved on to what is now referred to by his peers as his old man family car.  Goes sideways alright though…

And finally we have Blake who obviously likes rockin’ the old school – re-shelling his rolled Mark III Supra with this sweet looking Z20 Series Soarer.  Although he completed it only 2 days before the event and had never driven it before he still managed to spend a fair bit of time out on track in between trying to sort out his fair share of problems.

The Marvel boys showed Matsuri what a drift train was all about with numerous runs of 5, 6, or 7 car drift trains – at least until the first corner!

And a few more photos for the collectors…

  

I ‘d just like to finish off with a big thanks to Steve for his help with putting together this post, and a shout out to the rest of the Marvel boys for always being willing to stop for a chat or take me out for a spin – cheers dudes.

 

 


 

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