Let’s just lay some facts on the table first; Driver tickets sold out in around 3 hours giving us a recipe of 100 drivers, 4 tracks and 1 hell of an afterparty, all under 1 roof on a surprisingly sunny October weekend. Safe to say, the Drift Games End of Season Bash was already going to be the craziest Bash to date, but we never really could have expected what actually went down at our 2019 season closer.
In case you still have a sore head from the Bash weekend and can’t quite piece it all together, read on for a little recap of what went on!
To talk about the latest Bash weekend though, we first need to talk about the origins of the Bash. You see the Drift Games Bash was a mad idea we had 3 years ago to host an end of season blowout for pro and amateur drivers, all of whom could all be let loose on a “Disneyland” of sorts for drifters in Mondello Park.
Roll on 3 years later, it has turned into a must-attend event for drivers and fans across Ireland and even the UK, featuring numerous tracks, endless seat time and a mental after-party that’s remembered by most and maybe a bit of a haze for others … We mean, what’s not to love!?
Exactly 1 year on from partnering with the guys from Club Loose Ireland, the Drift Games Bash has also changed the way drivers look at track days in Ireland. The new start-line system has created a culture of progressing beginners quicker than ever by spreading out the pack until they find their feet, whilst at the same time allowing seasoned pros lap the track more than ever, letting them go door-to-door until either their tyres or fuel call it quits first.
This new “Pro” start-line system also created some of the highlight moments at the 2019 End of Season Bash; The sight of 6, 7, 8 or even 12 car drift trains lapping Mondello at any one time was pretty damn crazy!
When it comes to the term “Pro”, it doesn’t get more pro than James Deane. The newly-crowned 3-time Formula Drift champion was back home after a long season of competing in the US and Europe, and was ready to rip up his home track with the sole aim of just having fun.
After what was undoubtedly a pretty stressful and travel-packed season for James, this weekend was all about letting loose and falling in love with drifting all over again … and it’s safe to say he did exactly that!
It’s certainly not all about the pros though. On the other end of the scale, if your first or one of your first drift days happened to be the Drift Games Bash, there’s probably nowhere else in the world where you could say you were able to line up on the start line with arguably the world’s best drifter on one of your first days out.
For us, skill level doesn’t matter one bit; It’s all about having fun and that really is what the Bash was made for!
Oh, on one slight aside we also want to say thanks to everyone who jumped on our #BashPrep buzz in the weeks running up to the Bash. We loved seeing you all prepping your cars in all sorts of different ways, so make sure you keep tagging us from here on in over on our Instagram!
Back to the actual weekend at hand, it wasn’t only the main National and International loops we used, because we also made use of the Mondello Park paddock, giving our drivers the choice of 4 tracks.
Some people might only have seen the paddock layout as a slower course for beginners to learn on – which it certainly had a place as – but with it being tight, technical and flowing, it was a track that let plenty of our drivers and go door-on-door with their mates for as long as their cars would last. We saw plenty of people spend most of their weekend on this track and they were constantly left smiling from ear-to-ear!
Once the darkness kicked in and the track closed then, Mondello Park came alive in another way altogether as the afterparty kicked off until all hours. It may have been a blur for some of you, but Danny C and Mike Fitz had the bar absolutely hopping into the small hours.
No doubt the lads gave some of you a fairly sore head on Monday morning, but the track was still ready to rock at 10AM for another full day of madness and right from the off, it was drift trains galore. Now that’s a hangover cure if ever we’ve seen one, and of course the perfect way to round out a bank holiday weekend!
So regardless of whether you were in Mondello Park for the latest Bash weekender or not, make sure you check out our full photo gallery down below and make sure you keep on reading below for more info on our next Drift Games Bash alongside the lads from Club Loose Ireland.
Does our little recap already have you longing for the next Bash weekender? Well, our 2020 Kick-Off Bash in Mondello Park on February 1st & 2nd is gonna be the perfect way to start off the year. Best of all? It isn’t even that far away.
Driver tickets for the 2020 Kick-Off Bash, the first of 4 Bashes in 2020, go on sale next Tuesday, November 19th at 12.00pm and seeing as they sold out in 3 hours this time around, make sure you set your alarms now so you don’t miss out!