It’s been a busy four weeks for Baggsy. With events stretching from the UK to Norway, there has been no time for rest. It all started with the prestigious Festival of Speed at Goodwood.
The annual hill climb through the heart of the Goodwood House estate in West Sussex, is the highlight of any motor racing fans calendar.
Attracting over 100,000 spectators on each of the three days, along with representatives from every major motor vehicle brand in existence, Festival of Speed is a dream for many drivers across the globe. Baggsy’s Monster Energy rig would house fellow athletes including Ken Block, Vaughn Gittin Jr, Liam Doran, Luke Woodham and Buttsy Butler for the duration of the weekend.
Armed with his LS3 V8 S13, Baggsy attacked the hill climb to put on the ultimate smoke show for the crowds.
“It was a real privilege to be invited by Lord March to attend Festival of Speed 2016. It has been a dream of mine to drift the hill climb for many years at Goodwood, and it didn’t disappoint. The event has a great atmosphere and amazing crowds, which makes driving there even more awesome. Getting to meet so many motor racing legends and people from the industry was unbelievable. It really is one of the best motoring events on the calendar and I can’t wait to get back in 2017”, so Baggsy.
Next stop on the tour was Ireland for Drift Allstars vs Irish Drift Championship – Global Warfare 3. With a twelve year undefeated streak by the Irish, every driver from across Europe was bringing their A Game for what promised to be an epic event. Baggy’s S13 had some upgrades installed ready for the fight including the latest AEM Infinity ecu.
These improvements were proving their worth during practice on Friday and Saturday, with Baggsy managing to secure the fastest entry and exit speeds over the two days. Sunday was the main event and kicked off with qualifying for the pro drivers. Unfortunately due to an issue with the S13’s drive by wire throttle, Baggsy would have to abort his qualification runs ending the weekend early.
With a drive through the night back to England, it was time to load up the #StreetWeapon S14a and set off on the Road to Gatebil with the Monster Energy crew. A four day long road trip stopping off in Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and finally Norway for Gatebil. Whilst Baggsy took on the Road to Gatebil, his lorry loaded with SB13 was making it’s way through Europe also headed for Norway.
SB13 was ready and waiting for Baggsy by the time he arrived. The weekend would be spent in true Gatebil style, surrounded by some of the craziest car builds on the planet and three days of non stop track action. #StreetWeapon took pride of place being displayed on the Autoglym Norge stand, whilst SB13 was hosted in the Monster Energy camp.
Supporting fellow Monster Energy driver Jason Webb from South Africa, Baggsy spent his time on and off track driving and giving advice. Jason Webb was visiting Gatebil on a media project and being two times South African drift champion, was handed SB13 to pilot round Rudskogen over the four day event.
It’s hard to put into words. When someone questions you as to what Gatebil is like, you can never fully explain it. You can never put the experience into words. It’s every petrolhead’s nirvana, its like car heaven. Every corner you turn there is something more wild or unthinkable. Everything has a 1000 plus horsepower, it is whats considered normal at Gatebil.
Its one of Baggsy’s favourite tracks to drive, its definitely a track that requires full commitment with scenery like nowhere else in the world. “It was great to be back in Norway with the Monster Energy crew. I really enjoyed hanging out with fellow driver Jason Webb and supporting him during the event.”