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How to Select Which Drifting Events to Attend

 

If there's one thing that I've noticed about most drifters it's that they're savvy consumers (and they're not typically overflowing with funding). Being the savvy consumers that they are, drifters should be out looking for the best uses of their money when it comes to drifting in terms of tires, car parts, and even events.

 

With the steady rise in drifting activity across America, more and more venues and events specifically for drifting are becoming available. That being said, the increased choices allow drifters to select which events are best suited to their wants and needs.

 

In order to select the best possible drifting event for your money, you should be looking at a few things:

 

Location. Where is the event going to be held and where is that location? If it costs too much money to get to and from the event, it's not very cost effective. Also take into consideration what kinds of bills you might incur should your vehicle break down at some distant track.

 

Facility. What kind of facility is hosting the event? Is the facility an actual racetrack (with designated roadways) or is the event going to be held on a skid pad or in a coned off parking lot. Premium racetrack facilities typically demand premium pricing, but if you're paying top dollar for parking lot events, you need to ask yourself where all that extra money is going.

 

Solo-Pass or Lapping? Is the event structured so that you wait in a line and then get a single run through the track or are drivers allowed to continuously lap the track. In my opinion, 10 to 15 minutes of good, fast, continuous lapping is much more worthwhile than 10 - 15 solo-passes with an extended waiting period inbetween runs.

 

Promoter Reputation. I get several emails a month from people popping up out of nowhere, looking to promote a drifting event in their hometown. While it's admirable that someone with no experience would want to run a drifting event, is that the kind of person that you would trust to hold $100+ of your hard earned entry money? Suppose the event folds before it even happens? What recourse will you have to get your money back?

 

Event Structure & Regulations. While you're just lookign for a place to practice and not quite looking for the rigid standards found in pro level competition organizations, every event should have some basic rules and structure. Are there course workers out on the track flagging corners? Does the event have an emergency medical technician? Are drivers warned if they're doing things against the rules? Getting everyone out there to follow the rules so that the event runs smoothly should be a top priority to a consumer. Events that run smoothly give you the most driving time with the least possible interruptions or problems.

 

Cost / Time. If you only take one consideration when selecting which drifting event to attend, it should be the event cost vs. the amount of driving time received. For example, if you're spending $150 per event and getting 8 sixty-second passes during the course of a day, you're basically paying $18.75 per run; or $0.31 per second on the track. Look for events where you get a better money to time ratio.

 

Good luck selecting which events to attend!

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