What can I expect on the day
If you fancy flinging a car around at flat out speeds it's time to enrol at Drift School! This Birmingham-based crew certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to getting a car sliding as it's one of the best places to do it in the whole of the Midlands.
Originally built by the council as a 'driving zone' where youngsters could 'let off steam' the venue is a brilliant set up for practising high slip driving antics. Not bad for the suburbs of Birmingham eh?
We also love the fact that the team here is young, passionate and full of fun. Safety briefings aren't long drawn out affairs, there is a whiteboard involved, but you won't be sitting for hours in front of it trying to work out the perfect arc, your training is most definitely on the job in one of the schools rear wheel drive MX-5's.
If you go for the introduction to drifting at this Birmingham school, you'll learn the basic concept of putting the car into a slide and how to keep it going in that smooth, very styled way using new-found steering and throttle skills. You'll also have a go a transitions, that's to say changing direction mid-drift. This course is rounded off with four laps as a passenger on the main circuit in a drift battle format, where two cars are out on the track at once in a thrilling close proximity chase.
The half day workshop goes more in-depth into the world of the drift. You'll be pulling doughnuts and figures of eight (actually double doughnuts) as well as the classic slides and you'll have a fabulous 25-lap session on the trainer track. You might even get a chance to have a game of wheel spinning football! Your session comes to a close with 10 rounds of the main circuit as co-pilot as you duel in your drifting cars.
These drift school experiences in Birmingham will turn perfectly law-abiding motorists into gnarly drifter girls and boys eager to get the rear end of that car swinging out, with the smell of burning tyre rubber filling the air. Maybe these drifting experience workshops should carry one of those 'don't try this at home' style warnings!
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