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The Rock-itt : February 2010
DRIFTING This one's for the gear-heads... I must admit, I do not know anything about cars. But, after experiencing drifting first hand I look at cars in a very different way. When I mention the word drifting to people most of them have absolutely no idea what it actually is. Drifting refers to a driving technique where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction while maintaining vehicle control. A car is said to be drifting when the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa), and the driver is controlling these factors. My first experience was something I will never forget. My good mate Struan Wallace who is a cinematographer told me to come out to Oran Park Raceway to shoot with him for the day. I arrived to a convoy of cars like something out of the Fast and the Furious. We positioned ourselves on the first corner and the day got underway. The first couple of cars flew past us and the adrenalin was pumping. Then, a car came flying down the track and lost control and flew off the track in our direction. It hit Struan and he went cart-wheeling into the air with his camera and ended up about 10 metres away in the bushes. My first thought was he was dead. I was first to his aid and he was clutching at his shoulder. He looks at me and says "How's my camera?" We spent the remainder of the day in hospital and he was lucky enough to come away with a dislocated shoulder and a few cuts and bruises. The car actually came off second best I thought. What a way to be introduced to the wild world of drifting. When I visited the Philippines late last year with Struan we were asked to film/photograph another day of drifting. For some reason I couldn't wait to tell you the truth, especially after what had happened previously. Stru's mates are the best drifters in the Philippines and compete professionally. After a few hours photographing trackside the boys asked me if I wanted to get in and go for a spin. I'm not going to lie, I was so nervous. In I got, camera in hand and we were off. The rush I got is so different from anything else