When I first came to Sydney, and more specifically, when I discovered the size and relatively easy access to entry level drift events in Australia, I came across two distinct factors. A) Sydneys population meant that a lot of people take part in these events (be it behind the wheel, peering through a lens or watching from the tray of a ute on a grassy bank). B) As people tend to do in large numbers, they form into little groups in an almost cliquey fashion. Within car communities, these groups usually manifest in the form of crews or teams.
One of these groups, and probably the most attention grabbingly notorious is Hit and Run. Unfortunately, first impressions tend to last. My first impression of HnR was not so great. You must understand, that in contrast to the attitude of the drift scene in NZ, a bunch of guys sliding around a wet skid pan acting cool seemed a bit..laughable.
Maybe it was the classic kiwi tall poppy syndrome shining through, or maybe just envy and jealousy, but over the next 6 to 8 months I just couldn’t bring myself to be anything other than something negative* towards these guys. Murmoring snarky comments amongst my friends for laughs, taking snide jabs at people I’d never even met properly. I’d spoken to ‘Biggie’ a few times here and there, but typically avoided the rest of them. In the video description below, you will even see the producer comments on this attitude – so clearly they are aware of this behaviour.
I’m not ashamed to say that in the last few months, I’ve stopped and thought about the way I perceive these guys. It was very constant, the interesting ‘commentary’ people have behind these guys backs. Yet they still showed up each time, stuck together, did their own thing in their own very distinctive style and generally had a good time. With an attitude shift of trying to avoid judging books by covers, I’ve come to realise that HnR actually have something special, and with each update of their build threads, and as the excellent videos produced as a result of their efforts graced my facebook stream, I’ve only grown to appreciate them more and more.
This most recent video, specifically, resonated a sense of community that reminded me all too much of D1NZ. And given that I’m talking about drifting in NSW, that is high praise indeed. From what I’ve seen, drifting in NSW has a long way to go. It’s still all too easy to find foul attitudes and bad apples amongst the general pitlane population, but if it turns out that HnR are ahead of their time and setting a trend, then I think grass roots drift in NSW has a very bright future indeed.
Check out this video shot at a recent Hit and Run invitational day at Wakefield park and see what you think. I imagine by now pretty much everyone in Australia is familiar with it, so it’s more for my brethren back home to have a glimpse at some of the cool stuff going on across the ditch.
*I’d love to use the term Hater, unfortunately the recent trend of idiots using ‘haters gonna hate!’ as an excuse to do idiotic shit has kind of run the phrase into the ground.