While many may be forgiven for thinking drifting cars is an unlawful pastime, five young friends are demonstrating not only their skidding skills but that the alternative motorsport can be both safe and legal.
The group of twenty somethings from Grantham and Lincoln are part of a drifting team who regularly meet at approved tracks in Norfolk to showcase their driving prowess in turning tight corners.
While requiring a daring amount of dexterity, the drifters stress that this is all done in a safe environment, with harnesses and protective gear.
Team member and Gonerby Hill Foot resident Shaun Frazier, aged 23, explains: “There is a large stigma around street racing/drifting which we are not into and find it very dangerous.
“We want to encourage people to get into the sport in a safe and legal way.”
Alongside Shaun in the team is James Hipkiss and Jonny Goddard, both 23, Ben Cook aged 24, and 22-year-old Ed Winfield, who are all currently driving BMWs because their strong engines make the cars perfect for the motorsport.
Indeed its seriousness as a sport is demonstrated in the fact that professional drifting competitions take place all over the world.
In most of these competitors are judged according to their ability to take a line specified by the judges, as well as the angle, speed and interestingly ‘show factor’, determined by the audience’s reaction.
During the local group’s regular meets they practise their technique by having a lead car which takes a line and then a chase car which tries to keep as close to the same line as possible.
Moreover to them drifting is not just an opportunity to mess about in motors - although that is obviously part of the fun - but it is also a chance to use their knack for steering to raise money for charity.
“We all travel once a month to tracks around the country.
“We have attended charity events over the past few months raising money for several different charity causes, and have raised hundreds,” said Shaun.
However while they enjoy travelling around the UK and their trips to Kings Lynn and Swaffham to use the specialist tracks run by the Norfolk drift team, which comprises of Hilary ‘Minnie’ Collins and Malcolm ‘Fozzy’ Foskett, they are keen to find a place to drift nearer home.
“We are looking for a suitably big enough space in or around Grantham, either concrete or Tarmac, where we can practise once a month. We would pay for the time and I’m sure many other people would also pay to use a safe, open area to learn and practise.”
The team are also happy to help others interested in getting involved learn more about drifting.
Shaun adds: “We want to practise but also encourage others not to be doing this sport on the streets of Lincolnshire. We would love to show people what we do.”
If you think you have some land which would be appropriate, contact Shaun by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos provided by photographer Lewis Collard, Blackbird photography and SJ photography.