Let me ask you a straight ahead query: What’s your favorite a part of a automobile present? Bar catching up with my associates, I believe watching the vehicles roll out and in of the venue must be a spotlight. Our challenge vehicles are meant for use and pushed, so naturally there’s one thing tremendous satisfying about seeing them on the transfer.
Now, what if mentioned there’s a present the place challenge vehicles spend two full days shifting. However they’re not merely driving about; they’re getting into a chicane at 80mph, backwards, in entrance of an viewers of about 2,000 individuals… beneath 1,400 present vehicles parked up round a stadium. Ultrace actually is the reward that retains on giving.
Simply once you start to surprise how this occasion may presumably get any higher, the organisers present a big chunk of the overall automobile park subsequent to the stadium to a bunch of associates. This group of associates goes by the title Subsequent Stage Drift, they usually’ve been on the forefront of grassroots road drifting in recent times.
Subsequent Stage Drift’s job at Ultrace is, on paper, an easy one. The workforce get to placed on a present beneath the principle present. Right here, they entertain the occasion attendees while placing Poland’s road drifting neighborhood within the highlight of the digital world that tunes into Ultrace yearly.
However why can we tune in? And, why are these the blokes and women that get given the job to entertain us?
During the last twenty years, Poland has slowly however certainly paved the best way for on-line road drifting content material outdoors of Japan. The geography of the nation means it has entry to a variety of mountainous, twisty roads straight paying homage to true Japanese touge footage. Changing into a part of the EU made it awfully straightforward to search out and import low-cost, rear-wheel drive German vehicles into Poland, and a thriving, partaking method to web use has seen like-minded communities flourish and develop at lightning pace.
Anybody can add a video onto the web of an E36 drifting some quiet backstreets, however the factor that made the Polish movies stand out was the styling and high quality of the vehicles. They regarded unreal within the movies – low with huge wheels well-fitted into the arches. And not one of the drivers had been holding again.
It didn’t take lengthy for the remainder of the world to begin clocking onto what was taking place on the streets of Poland. Earlier than everybody knew it, these vehicles and their house owners had been getting extra consideration than skilled drivers competing in aggressive occasions on the time.
With a buzz in regards to the sport, teams of associates started to type and occasions began to creep up. Occasions which celebrated low, well-styled vehicles extra so than ridiculous tech and driving kinds.
Quietly, the purpose turned to construct a one thing that regarded prefer it shouldn’t drift, after which ship it round a observe in entrance of all of your mates. Wheels turned shinier and wider; paint turned extra flamboyant; fitment turned tighter.
Subsequent Stage Drift celebrates all of this by way of a number of occasions a 12 months. The purpose on the occasions is to look good, and with regards to this Poland is solely forward of the curve in comparison with the remainder of Europe. At present’s 15-year-old, car-obsessed teenager is taking part in Want for Pace constructing vehicles impressed by what they’ve seen on Subsequent Stage’s Instagram feed.
That’s the reason Subsequent Stage Drift is the group tasked with organising and executing an incredible show of road drift vehicles at Ultrace. The followers need to see it, and boy did they take advantage of it final weekend.
All through your complete weekend, the boundaries overhanging the observe had been chock-a-block with spectators. Even as soon as the observe opened as much as the general public within the night so everybody may take a nearer take a look at the parked vehicles, there have been nonetheless individuals hanging over the railing above.
So naturally, you need to know extra. Who’re these people who helped pioneer and orchestrate the entire thing?
Effectively, there are a variety of faces concerned, and the factor in regards to the Ultrace show is that it’s in the end a trailer, or fairly a prologue to Subsequent Stage Drift’s primary summer time occasion, which takes place subsequent month. The excellent news for you is that Speedhunters will probably be there, and we’ll get a better take a look at the people who make this celebration come to life.
On that notice, it’s time to lastly wrap up my Ultrace protection (Vladimir has some extra on the best way, although). I had a loopy couple of days in Wrocław, making associates and experiencing a brand new layer of automobile tradition. I realized loads and will probably be taking these experiences onwards with me for certain.
I’ll go away you with a present within the type of the rest of the gallery. Contemplate this a taster of what’s to return later within the 12 months.