This is Ultrace after all, the Polish car show with stance at its heart.
The Wrocław course runs through a small driveway and parking area, and includes a section of paved stone, which doesn’t seem to worry anyone.
De-beaded or completely blown tires are a normal sight, and they don’t stop drivers from running more laps.
The spectators love it, and occupy every vantage point. It’s pretty much impossible to find a photo location from above, but I managed to squeeze in between a couple of guys and snapped a shot I liked, even if it’s blurry. I think it perfectly reflects the chaotic nature of this drift event.
The Japanese word matsuri translates to ‘festival’, so a ‘drift matsuri’ literally means a drift festival, which is essentially what the Ultrace Drift Show is.
Hert Eugene Jr. was invited to Poland and given a stylish yellow BMW with 280hp and zero suspension travel to drive. The livery was inspired by Haraguchi’s legendary 326Power Mazda FC as well as Hert’s own RX-7.
The madness continued the whole day, from 12:00pm to 8:00pm with no let up.
I have to say, in a way the drifting at Ultrace is more of a spectacle than drifting at Gatebil, but as they’re completely different it’s impossible to compare them. There’s just something so cool about watching a bunch of street cars shredding this street-style course without a care.
The next morning it did look like a battlefield, but no one seemed fazed at all. In fact, everyone happily continued on for another whole day.
The Poles know how to have fun and take a grassroots drift jam to a new level. I’m just happy that I finally managed to experience what drifting at Ultrace is all about.
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