MEET THE DRIFTER PART 35....Norbert Zamecz
Sarah: So , introduce yourself to DriveTribe.
Norbert: My name is Norbert Zamecz, 23 years old from Hungary. I reached second place in the Hungarian Drifting.hu's championship in 2018 and so I get DriftMasters licence for 2019. Really excited about next year.
Sarah: What age were you when you first got behind the wheel?
Norbert: I was 13 years old, have driven my father's E39 in an airport. .
Sarah: What was the next step for you after that?
Norbert: Repeat it every time when we were at a place where nobody disturb us. A year later in a Hungarian slalom event where my father was competing, he pinched his waist, so I had to drive instead of him.
Sarah: What was your first 'legal' set of wheels?
Norbert: It was an E36 318 IS
Sarah: What first caught your attention about drifting?
Norbert: Maybe the special type of take a turn. When you watch the spectators in a rally event, everybody whooping when somebody take the turn sideways. We are challenging in sideways, very cool looking sport in the eye of the spectators and the competitors too.
Sarah: What age were you then?
Norbert: 10, at the first drift event in Hungary.
Sarah: What made you think, I could actually do that?
Norbert: Nothing, I just would like to feel awesome on the track but the mean thing is that I regret to take a lap to challenge the time if I can slide too. So it was just hobby with a cheap car.
Sarah: What was your first proper competition car?
Norbert: BMW E30 with a four liter V8.
Sarah: Why did you pick the car that you have now?
Norbert: I always loved the Japanese car's look. Maybe this mind attract this purchase, but it was not conscious.
Sarah: So you've been a spectator and a competitor. Has it good side bad sides etc?
Norbert: When I am a competitor I can't see anything of the event (if everything goes well), I really like to watch the other events on livestream, nerve-wrecking thing when you cheer for somebody. But I know how it feels inside, I don't want to swap from competitor to spectator, not now.
Sarah: Best aspect of drifting for you personally?
Norbert: When you touch your opponent with your car. All of the preparation, the lot of work and money just for that moment.
Sarah: One thing you could change about drifting what would it be?
Norbert: Nothing, it is perfect as it is.
Sarah: Whose you best friend(s) you've made through drifting? Why?
Norbert: Tamás Treitl. We were opponents in 2016, in pro2. We do the whole practice with each other, because we went on the same line and both of us has no fear. After the event we discovered we have the same mind, so we drunk it out. I think I don't have to say more.
Sarah: Have you got any advise for anyone wanting to get into drifting?
Norbert: Just do it. Buy an RWD cheap car and have fun. Everything will find out when you are in.
Sarah: Are you glad/happy you got into drifting? Why?
Norbert: Of course, I made a lot of friends, have a lot of special experience and I don't have money for other things.
Sarah: One thing you hate about drifting from any aspect of it?
Norbert: I can't be there at every event.
Sarah: Tell us a random fact about your drifting career to date?
Norbert: In 2013, my first tsuiso. It was to me a whole new world of drifting.
Sarah: You have drifted and battled with some world famous drifters, who was the best and why?
Norbert: I can't choose between them, if you do tsuiso with somebody, it's a whole new experience. Every battle has a new situation what you have to solve. This sport is full with challenges I like every battle, do not matter who is my opponent.
Sarah: If you could meet or battle against one other famous world known drifter who would it be and why?
Norbert: All of them, I would like to learn about every style of drifting.
Sarah: Endless amount of money for a new car and build what would it be and why?
Norbert: I don't need something special, just a reliable, good handling car and keep going all the events. I really like functionality.
Sarah: When it's time for retirement what do you want to be remembered for in the drifting world?
Norbert: The person who acknowledged all around the world and show to the Hungarians we can do more than national events.
Big thanks to Norbert for taking the time out to do this interview! Thanks to Kristóf Tóth /HOOH3NT Crew/ for the pictures!
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