President, photographer, film guy, medic, saviour of cones, chronic pointer at things are just some of the hats that D1WA president Dan Davey wears.
In his first year as D1WA president he has continued the growth of the "other" drifting promotion in Western Australia, and with high attendance numbers, a friendly atmosphere and some magnificent driving displays D1WA events are fast becoming the most talked drift events outside of drifting circles for all the right reasons.
Introduced to D1WA events by some friends who are not huge motorsport enthusiasts who suggested D1WA based on their experience of going down and feeling welcome at each event they had been to so far, I originally packed the camera back in January 2018 and went for a look and what was my first ever "on the other side of the fence" foray. Since then D1WA events have been some of my favourite to attend and where new friends have been made.
With D1WA's championship wrapped up for 2019, their 2 day Matsuri event at Collie Motorplex, Western Australia coming up and the Drift-Ability event in two weeks, I managed to pin Dan Davey down for a look Behind The Sport.
D1WA 2019 Championship Round 1 Crowd / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
D1WA EVENTS ARE VERY WELL ATTENDED BY SPECTATORS, WHAT DO YOU PUT THIS DOWN TO? That is like asking for the Colonels secret herbs and spices isn't it? ;-) We have always put a focus on making it an enjoyable spectators sport. Having shade, kids entertainment and most importantly, a kick arse show! So minimal downtime on the track is one of the key strategies. When the action is meant to be happening, it's always happening!
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE WITH RUNNING A PROMOTION LIKE D1WA? Challenges are part of what makes me keeping going.
So if we aren't facing them, we aren't trying hard enough to push the limits of what we can do. We can't sit back and think it's all going to be happen, you have to work your arse off to make it happen.
The biggest challenge for me has been trying to keep alive, something that a good mate created. To keep it held in as high regard as it was when we started doing this thing called D1WA. It's not easy to do....its even harder when you have such big boots to fill.
I have definitely had some failures this year, ones I have learnt from and will go on and grow from. Having a vision for where the club and the sport can go is what drives me when those mistakes happen and drag me down a bit. Knowing that we have the potential to change the scene for the better if we just keep going, keep learning, keep growing and don't go backwards.
Dan discussing the layout before the beginning of an event / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED WITH MOTORSPORT?
WHAT WAS BEHIND YOUR DECISION TO GET INTO MOTORSPORT?
I have been a car guy for as long as I can remember. I came in with a camera around my neck, ended up as the track medic at numerous events before Pat asked me to help him run the track and setup for this club he created back in 2012 called D1WA.
HAVE YOU DONE ANY COMPETITIVE MOTORSPORT, IF SO PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IT WAS AND HOW YOU WENT? When I was a kid I raced Soapbox cars at Jacks hill but that's about it for competitive racing. It was far too long ago to remember how I actually went or even the colour of it!
Entrants lining up to run in the D1WA 2019 Championship / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING MOMENT IN YOUR CURRENT OR A PAST ROLE IN MOTORSPORT?
This role has been rewarding in so many ways. The amount of people that come and thank you, or congratulate you on how awesome an event was. Or how cool it was to watch from the stands. Seeing those entries flood in for an event we helped make happen. Knowing we are keeping this sport of Drift alive and well is a truly awesome feeling.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CATEGORY OF MOTORSPORT?
Deep down, I'm an off road kinda guy. Off road racing, rally, rock crawling those sort of things. When it comes to tarmac though, Drift is the only one that gets me going .
Dan during a drivers briefing at a D1WA 2019 Championship Round
IN GENERAL, HOW HAS MOTORSPORT CHANGED SINCE YOU’VE BEEN INVOLVED?
From a drift point of view, the first event I watched live was an ADGP round at Barbagello. That was big names, big sponsors and some seriously talented drivers! To then go about as grass roots as it gets and start working in the sport at an old mine site access road (later became the Collie Stadium) was truly eye opening.
Those humble beginnings are sometimes forgotten but they helped shape our view of what we do so much. That appreciation for the hard work its taken to get us here never goes unchecked.
Through the smoke, saviour of the cones Dan returning to safety in between runs / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
HOW LONG DO YOU THINK YOU’LL KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING?
Who knows! haha As long as I can .
DO YOU HAVE ANY GOALS WITHIN YOUR ROLE TO MOVE FORWARD OR DO OTHER THINGS IN MOTORSPORT?
When I was voted in as president, I had a few goals to achieve for 2020. We are 75% there on those. The next goal seems simple on paper but, will hopefully make drifting as easily accessible to the public as drag racing or burnouts have become.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT MOTORSPORT RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The perception of drift from the eyes of the grip racing community. We get a pretty bad wrap sometimes and I'd like to see that change.
HUGE THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT!
To keep up with all things D1WA, check out their Facebook page for upcoming events. Every Tuesday Dan also goes live on their Facebook with updates about what's happening with D1WA so if you're keen to get involved or ask questions, jump on and ask away!
One of the D1WA 2019 Championship layouts / PHOTO: BeardySnaps