to Watch a Drifting Event
The day is almost here. The
big drifting event you've only been watching on TV is finally coming
to your town. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your
This is probably the most important rule when attending drifting events
and it can apply to numerous circumstances. Keep track of event schedules
so you know when tickets will go on sale. Buy your tickets early so you
get best choice of seats. Arrive at the event early so you can get the
best parking. Enter the event early so you won't get stuck in long lines.
Visit the concession stand before the lunch hour rush, etc.
Depending on the weather, it may be hot and sunny or cloudy and cold at
your local racetrack. Check the weather forcast in advance and prepare for
weather changes just in case. Pack a small umbrella if you can. Bring a
jacket along just in case. Dress in layers so you can put on more layers
or take off layers if necessary. For any daytime event, bring sunglasses.
venue and series rules in advance.
Most racetracks and drifting series have websites that provide information
for the fans. Go to these websites in advance and read up on the event
you're going to and any rules and regulations the venue or event may have.
Some events might not allow photography or video cameras. Some venues
might not allow bags or backpacks. Other venues might allow you to bring
in your own cooler. Knowing these things in advance can save you time and
trouble at the entry gates, so know these rules well.
up before leaving home.
Before you head out the door, make sure you have the essentials:
wallet (cash, credit cards, ID), watch, cell phone, video / digital
camera, keys, sunglasses, tickets / passes, jacket, and water bottle. Take
a backpack if that's allowed by the venue. You never know what you might
be buying while you're there and a backpack will make carrying things
easier. Make sure you have your cash in small bills ($20's or smaller) so
you can make purchases easily.
If you're attending an event during the day, be sure to put on some
sunscreen. Get sunscreen with a high SPF rating (like 40+) because chances
are you'll be sitting out in the sun most of the day with no shade.
Reapply sunscreen often to exposed skin, especially your face, ears, and
up an event program.
Once you're inside the gates, get an event program so you know what's
going on. Hopefully an event program is available telling you starting
times, etc. for various activities. Take a minute to study the program.
Find out what activities you want to see and plan out your day. Whenever
you have to be somewhere at the track for an activity plan on being there
15 minutes earlier than the activity starts to you're first in line.
the vendor midway.
If you get to the drifting event when the gates first open, chances are
that the action won't start for a while. Use this opportunity to visit the
vendor midway to see what people have on display and what they have for
sale. If you see something that you absolutely want to buy, buy it now
before supplies run out. Use this opportunity to also to use the bathroom
and buy any food and drink from the concession stands.
to your seats early.
If the venue you're at doens't have reserved seating, go to the
grandstands early. Try to get there at least 30 minutes before the
action is scheduled to start so that you have a better choice of seating.
Find seats that have a good view of the entire racetrack and get seats
high enough in the grandstands that your view won't be blocked by people
standing at the bottom of the stands.
the pit walk.
At most larger drifting events, the pit area (where the drivers, their
cars, and trailers are houses) is closed to spectators, except during the
designated "pit walk" time. During this time you'll be able to
get into the pits, take pictures of the cars, talk to your favorite
drivers, etc. Like advised before, get to the pit walk early so you're
first in line. The day before the event, you should know what drivers you
want to see and get autographs from. Go through your magazines, pictures,
toys, etc. and pick out items you'd like them to sign when you get there.
That way you'll have a cool autograph of an original item rather than the
standard postcards and stickers that everyone else gets.
After the event is over, there's going to be a mad rush of people out of
the grandstands and out of the parking lot. Unless you absolutly need to
be out of there in a hurry, just take your time. Stay in the grandstands
for a few minutes until everyone else leaves. Take a last minute swing by
the vendor midway to see if they're giving out anything or having any
closeout sales. Hit the bathroom before the drive home. By the time you're
done with all of that, most of the rush to leave should have gone. Now you
can leisurely stroll out of the racetrack.