Gatebil main event 2014

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Gatebil’s main event. The saga continues at it’s twentyfirst year, an event that has become on of the hotest international car festivals  on this side of the galaxy. Few other places has so many stars, crazy builds, and late night partying. This motor fest continues to attract major international stars of all varieties. This year, one of the coolest surprises (For me) was this chap.

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And no, he ain’t a big shot driver. It’s Bil Baldwin, also known as the bearded man of drifting. He was constantly around spreading joy, and bringing a smile on everyone’s face J. And when performing his checkered flag waving, he does it like no one else. Bil had taken the long trip from the vest coast, where he normally attends at the Long Beach Formula DRIFT events etc.

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Big names like Vaughn Gittin Jr.and our own Fredrik Aasbø attended this year also, obviously bringing more spectators. Porsche legend Magnus Walker also went across the pond, to see what all the fuzz was about. If you don’t know Magnus, you should start out by watching this video http://vimeo.com/44410797. And when speaking of Porsche’s, this is one personal favorite from this event.

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This vehicle is built by Swedish Elite Projects. It’s a 1,100kg, Porsche 918 inspired build, based on a Cayman, fitted with a 996 Turbo engine. Looks awesome if you ask me!

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Another guy who had a fair bit of traveling was Andy Grady from Scotland. His Subaru looks splendid 🙂

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As you can see from the first picture in this post, Rudskogen raceway finally got the bridge to the inner track ready. This means the spectators can come across on the “island” in the center of the track. This is a 110% improvement, as you now can see a much bigger potion of the track. Thumps up on that one. Looks like the spectators had a great time in the sun!

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But unfortunately this year’s main event wasn’t all sunshine. On the last day, Sunday, there was a big crash. I won’t comment any further on this case, but you can read about it on the official Gatebil webpage. Our thoughts go to the friends and families of those injured. Let us pray that everything turns out well. After the big crash the rest of the event was called off. This means that Taavi Toomara took First place in the Gatebil World Powerslide Championship 2014 (Based on the qualifying results).

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Did I mention that his BMW 2002 looks even better this year than last?

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One thing I didn’t expect when turning around after hearing a big V8 roaring behind me, wasn’t this Mazda Miata. Fitted with a turbocharged V8, the Danish ”Drift team Overboost” was showing some proper skills whipping around the track in this small ”hairdressers” monster.

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And Gatebil isn’t really Gatebil without Fredrik Sørlie. He was showing some amazing driving skills doing backward entries in to the sharp left turn after the main straight, doing 100 mph. That’s some great skills right there, in a ”stock 2JZ” Cressida.

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The pit area is packed with incredible builds. Turbocharged BMW V8 in a Volvo Amazon anyone?

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And classics like this M3.

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The Speedhunters team was busy replacing the straight six 2JZ engine in this Lancia Delta (”LaSupra”)

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Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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Movie bird Norway made some awesome video captures this weekend. And they didn’t let Vaughn Gittin Jr. Get away without some great slow motion on “tape”!

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When speaking about builds out of the ordinary. We have to bring up this Toyota Starlet.

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The build isn’t finished yet. But when placing one turbo engine in front, and then one in the rear of this little car, you are bound to get in trouble. That is if you’re not up to the task of handling this little monster. The driver of this car obviously didn’t have any problems handling it, as he was 4 wheel power sliding around every corner!

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Vidar Jødahl high speed drifting ”Angsten”

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What’s not to like in the body lines of this old Z model Datsun

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Drivers are constantly encouraged by the fans to run the wall. And quite a few bumpers and rear wings have gone to waste in that process.

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Fail Crew from Russia are becoming regular guests at the main Gatebil event.

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Tor-Andres Ringnes was having some engine trouble this weekend, but when everything was working good, he was rocking big time!

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Now if, just going to leave you with the rest of the shots to enjoy!

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Cheers, and remember to check out my automotive photography Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kkmfoto

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