I almost forgot these pictures were on the harddrive… I was asked to come shoot a video for the Bavaria in the city, so it would have been a shame not to bring the picture camera also to get some snaps. The day itself had massive potential, its just this Quality Irish summer which made it somewhat of a misery. Julian Smiths Mac tools 34 was over for the weekend for a drift display which was going to be happening on the streets of Dublin, a very rare opportunity for the Prodrift guys.
Buttsy and Kearney were also asked to be part of the display along with some of the more attractive looking Irish drift cars.
Like James Deanes FD…. I cannot get enough of this car.
Alan Sinnott was Bringing his SR86… its insane to think he runs an 18 inch Meisters on it now!
One more shot…..
Just when we though we were in the clear, mother nature reminded us just exactly what an Irish summer consists of.
It was a somehwhat surreal feeling to walk down the middle of some of the busiest streets in Dublin with not not a single car in sight. Somehow they managed to close of O Connell bridge and a collection of other main streets to build a makeshift track for the the F1 cars.
Their pit area was a little more high end, compared to your average shed and a few “lads”! They had the McLaren 2011 car wrapped in the 2012 livery. I’ve never really had a chance to have that close up of a look at a proper F1 car before so it was a childlike experience, you would almost take for granted the amount of engineering that goes into these cars.
Spot the Irish one.
Also in attendance was the Caterham F1 team, both cars would be out on the makeshift track a few times during the day, opening the throttle on the streets of Dublin.
Jensen was taking the Mclaren mp4-12 the name is too long for a spin. Despite the miserable weather, hundreds made an attendance and the crowd was growing significantly.
The guys lined up to head to the locations, Graham from prodrift had a pretty cool idea to do a Tri-colour burnout to open the ceremony with three sets of three in different locations on the makeshift track. I have to admit the MG cars look fantastic.
I hit the bridge with Richie Kelleher. Its not very often you get the chance to see three drift cars do a burnout on O connell bridge. Regardless of the wet weather the smoke storm went down a treat. A once in a lifetime for the guys I guess.
The amount of crew which surround the F1 cars is insane!
This is where the generic F1 shots started to happen, im sure this was a day off for Jensen, a time to have some fun in the car.
I’ve heard some pretty loud cars over the years, but never had the opportunity to go to an F1 event. The sound of that car as he opened the throttle will haunt me for the rest of my life!
*Warning* Generic Porsche shot! I’m sorry I had to.
I’m still on the fence when it comes to the Spyker, I still don’t know if I like it or not…
Manta goodness! followed by the Group B Renault 5 Turbo.
What a mental little car.
It was almost like mission impossible trying to get out the back to shoot photos of the cars, for some reason a press pass meant you couldn’t really go anywhere at the event, which was a pain in arse. So jumping a fence and sneaking over to this Murcielago and others like was harder then pissing against the wind.
There was a nice collection under the make shift tents… the only one that really appealed to me was the F40, the childhood dream car, sure the rest of the Ferraris are nice, but there is just something about that car!
The “pit” area had a nice line up, it was enjoyable to see the 86′s rx7′s and 15′s up against the other cars. Many people of the next generation will regard those cars, because of games and movies, as their dream car.. or maybe not!
How could you not enjoy this Legacy? Bring back the old racing liveries!
Even though the rain decided to stick around for the day, I guess we are well used to it by now, listening to the deafening sound of the F1 cars sort of made it all wothwhile.
Game of Forza anyone?
Just look at how badass the F40 is!
Things started to get very interesting when both F1 drivers started to try and drift and donuts…. it was only going to go uphill from here.
The GT3 was very nice on the eyes.
You may have noticed to 80% of the photos are from the same place… well thats because it was a complete nightmare to even move to another location, and if you did you may not have a chance to return to the original. If they run this event again next year I really hope they sort out some of the hiccups that made it a pain in the face to shoot photos.
I have to admit, watching Adrian Walsh and Alan Sinnott manji through the collection of closed of streets made me super jealous, how many people can say they were legally allowed to blacken the streets of Dublin, whilst hundreds of people cheered you on!
This was the absolute highlight, even the F1 drivers wanted in on the slide action! Imagine being allowed to tear the tires off of such an expensive piece of machinery.
Definitely was not expecting to see an Adventador, such an amazing presence this car has in real life….
But call me a complete and absolute loser, id still get more excited over a stripped out 86 or FD with a BGW going sideways anyday. Isn’t that just sad….
Unless its an F40!
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