Something strange happened to me the Saturday just passed. As a lot of you know Saturday the 15th October happened to be the 2011 Eastern creek drift night.
When we started drift club, we felt there were too many Honda owners track days out there. Be it circuit club, oz Honda, itr club – they all felt to Honda centric. Car lovers should be all encompassing and dance around the racetrack
holding hands with other car lovers from a different “allegiance”.
I had been to other Honda shows before. I Joined the oz Honda sports car club with my Nissan 180sx and went bbqing with ITR with my Navara. I didn’t mind them so much, but having a different make was like an act of defiance.
It was like I needed to show them that all that life outside vtec existed, and that fast cars were actually produced.
But last Saturday i had the time of my life. I rocked up a little late, and as i drove in I spotted two other 180sx sitting side by side. Even though there were spots closer to the action, for some reason, i magnetically drove my 180sx to be next to the other
Silvias. Then after I had parked my 180, I wanted to actually get in and go on the racetrack with the other silvias so I did.
Walking through the pits and helping people work on their cars. I wasn’t getting bored but rather looking forward to getting out on the circuit with them. I wasn’t disappointed as boost kicked in and all i could hear was limiter bashing tire frying drift cars.
One after the other with not a single p plater trying to drag race me in his fart cannon equipped single cam POS.
That’s what was weird – i think my inner joy at not seeing a single riced out slammed on steelies painted black FWD shoe box got the better of me – i even yelled out “what’s that Toyota doing here?” when a corolla rocked up. I almost said “hail Nismo” afterwards but didn’t because i decided i wasn’t a giant faggot.
I guess i still can’t understand why one make meets and vtec are so special. A common love for niche in niche is a great reason for people to get together and circle jerk, and the Honda guys did a great job of facilitating this.
Time to put that Honda pride away before the next CC trackday then.