Southwall Smokers....... Lydden Hill Drift Day 16th Feb 2013

Thread in 'Drifting Chat / Pictures / Videos' started by lezbrucelee, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. parnell2209

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    It was my first time at lydden and it was soo much fun. I thought everything was great apart from the flags werent explained at the briefing and the first session for intermediate seemed a bit overcrowded but throughtout the day it was perfect. Sadly I did go into the tyre wall but the Rex survived after just removing the rear bumper etc and carried on.

    So much fun looking forward to some more drift days here, thanks to everyone for a great day!

    & thanks to the marshalls for finding my gopro in 1 piece :D
     
  2. Gavwan

    Gavwan Back to Black

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    Cheers Dale :) De-stickered patchy black these days

    There were too many people in the 'experienced group' doing slow, last minute entries into the elbow which made it a bit scary but other than that a frickin awesome day! Thanks to all involved
     
  3. Racoon

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    First time drifting at Lydden yesterday, great track but not for beginers!



    There were too many cars there on the day, far too many in each session. The briefing was a joke, no one other than the people standing within 10 foot of the guy speaking could hear what he was saying and there was very little or nothing said about safety/flags etc.

    Unfortunately there were a few dickheads there, not respecting the venue or other drivers when on track. I guess there's not much you can do about them but hand braking it in the car park/paddock and drifting up the road etc isn't a good look for the sport or venue. Maybe these are the people that could have benifited most from a proper briefing?


    Sorry to sound negative but these are a few things that need sorting I think.


    It is a great track :nod:
     
  4. spaniel

    spaniel bigballs small brain

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    good to be back there again and i didnt do any damage!

    the only problem i had was queing for ages to sign in and missed most of the first session and people going to slow into devils elbow.

    i was in a 323 with engine problems and fuck all power, the only way i could make it up the hill and into the hairpin with out a clutch kick was by initiating into devils elbow at least doing 70 and then bury my foot in the floor to try and get up the hill. i didnt need people slowing me down.

    really good day though cant wait for the next one!
     
  5. Clive

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    EDITED for you.

    Seriously, if one' needs to be TOLD common fucking sense they shouldn't be welcome IMO :no: :smash:

    From watching from the sideline (for a change!), if I was organising the day I would of had a fair few people missing their next session to have a little think about their lack of COMMON SENSE!

    Not knowing what flag means? SERIOUSLYYY!!? They ain't there for "fuck this dudes awesome lets wave a flag at him to show are appreciation for how awesome he is and allow him to continue his mediocre drift around the dude who is facing the wrong way/in the gravel/in the wall/on fire ETC"



    Anyway, some BLOODY good drivers out there :thumbs: :worthy::worthy:
     
  6. n1tr0_9

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    I miss Alan who used to do the briefings! Shame he retired. I even told the bloke his microphone was off. He said something in reply but i couldnt hear him.
     
  7. stichy

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    I asked about the flags when I was waiting to go out for the first time.
     
  8. Chimp

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    The marshals can wave flags as much as they want but people not listening to has ALWAYS been an issue since lydden has been run. Something needs to be done.
     
  9. Ollie

    Ollie LOOSE!

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    Theres a lot of valid feedback in here, but lets not allow it to deteriorate into bullshit.

    The lydden days are great. The facilities, staff and atmosphere are what make it stand out.

    Lez, as a liason between the track and us lot, and considering the definite rise in attendance numbers and spectators (good news!) I think it might be beneficial to add a few things to your usual threads to hopefully bring people up to speed a little faster.

    I'd hazard a guess at the vast majority of drivers, especially first timers to lydden, having little to no other track experience. The majority of them would have graduated from Pod which whilst useful for learning driving techniques is miles away from teaching anyone any track etiquette.

    This doesn't excuse lack of common sense and selfish attitudes, but perhaps in your booking threads there needs to be a little more emphasis of what to expect from the format of the day, what the flags mean and what the etiquette is for allowing people to pass and limping off track. A bit of a 'guide' to the track so that people form up at the assembly point on time, know what the flags mean and will have an understanding of the track even if they are too deaf/blind/dumb to hear the briefing.

    Follow that up with a tighter enforcement of flag rules with people actually being warned or taken off track if they are driving dangerously. - no excuses.

    There seemed to me to be a far far far greater number of spectators signing on then previously (my wristband said I was number 70) - and whilst in the queue I saw/overheard people booking on more extra drivers than I've noticed before. Whilst this is undoubtedly positive for the track it might be worthwhile booking spectators in separately from drivers to reduce queue times for those going on track so that they are able to prep / attend the briefing.

    What concerned me a little was that there were people at the desk booking in very inexperienced extra drivers (im sure some had never drifted before), and from what I could understand, some of them would have been driving in more experienced groups. How does the extra driver thing work?

    The group sizes were alright if the track flowed - some groups were matched well for speed because if people werent drifting they drove considerately fast. Some groups didn't, funnily enough they were also the groups where flags were ignored and stuff got silly.

    Other than that people need to just learn to not treat the place like shit - If you gave me a broom I'd have swept our pit area after we were finished because I can't stand leaving a place thats so positive about drifting with a bad taste in their mouths.
     
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    The put stuff in first post thing ollie.

    Only gotta look at EVERYYY pod day thread to understand people just don't read it by the shear number of questions, that have already been answered in the F.A.Q!!
     
  11. Ollie

    Ollie LOOSE!

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    Yeah I appreciate that, but a track is a little different to pod and hopefully the attitudes can be too. I know pod does its best but that place is always a fucking free-for-all
     
  12. Talon

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    I agree with a lot that's been said in here. Had another great day at lydden again I really do love the circuit. A couple of down points,I started the day off in intermediate/novice after asking to be in intermediate group. Now I know I'm not a drifting pro by any stretch but by being in novice I was getting frustrated I would much rather have been told on the phone so I could've started in the experienced group but this is something I'm sure can be ironed out as the event continues.

    Signing on was a joke I was at the start of the queue but it still took 20 mins plus to get signed in, one person for drivers and one for passengers just wasn't enough for everyone as there's a lot of details needed. Is it not possible to email every driver whos got a passenger the release form first and then all they have to do is give you the cash and the completed form. Even if only 50% of people do this it`ll save a lot of time.

    On the briefing, it was a shambles, when I came back in October it was SPOT ON chap was clear concise and made damn sure you knew if you fucked around you were out. The chap this time might've been new but he whispered the briefing even though he had a microphoned attached to his head. Didn't explain flags or even confirm which track we were using. Such a shame as it was clear people thought yellow and red flags means "skid cus you'll look like a badass".

    Apart from that I love it! It was busy and there was a hell of a lot of red flags but hey that's drifting and you can't really tell people they can't drive and to leave after paying £100 as we all have to learn somewhere!
     
  13. mikeyce30

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    i think even if people have a limited track experience that shouldnt really be an issue as there really is only teo flags to look out for one is yellow and one is red, ok someone needs to explain the yellow for some but surely RED is bad!!!!!
    what do you do at a traffic light STOP!!!!!!!
    other than this i had an epic day but the signing on and safety briefing may need to bring some attention to some.

    i will illiterate that lez does some fantastic work to get us drifting down at lydden so if we can lets all try and keep this positive and see that lydden hill is still by far the best track to drift in the south. PERIOD!!!!
     
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    :nod:As above well said chap :nod:
     
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    It was my first time at Lydden and I had a blast! It is a great track and I can't wait to go back.

    The car went the best it ever has and I really got the love of drifting back.

    I don't really know why people can't abide by the flags, whether it was said in the briefing or not it is not exactly rocket science.

    There was a bit of dickish driving on the track from a particular car but I have heard that is not unusual for that particular person and I wasn't overly bothered so meh.
     
  16. Phil-Me-Up

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    FUN FUN FUN!!!!! loved it well done les and lydden.. yeh the briefing was abit poo but you cant really blame that for people ignoring flags im sure evey1 knows what they mean.. but yeh end of the day was a fun day, Glad Harry (rx7) and the guy in the Black 13 are ok after that heavy hit.
     
  17. reeperR32

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    lez, what a great day... well done dude..

    this was my 2nd time at a sessioned day here and was run really well, tyres would get killed in one session giving plenty of time for changes etc... ;)

    obviously not as good as the first lydden day that was open pit but then im not moaning.... :p

    flags were being ignored quite a bit in the experienced group... i missed the first and last session and watched instead and saw several folks skid past spun out cars... couple of close calls aswell... not sure how you can not know what the flags mean if your in the "experienced" group... basic shit you should know...

    other than that really smooth day and from what ive seen everyone was going real hard!!

    top work to all the staff ;)
     
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    awesome day ! cant wait to go back in April and improve a bit more, thanks to the marshalls for dragging me out the gravel lol. overall met loads of nice people , enjoyed watching the pros and felt ilearnt alot from the day :) see you all soon !
     
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    Thank to every one on the lydden team Grate day think the problem with the flags is That no one could heard the briefing apart from that it went well I thought
     
  20. stichy

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    Anyone know how to get hold of any of the photos taken?
     

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