Meet the drifter Part 38 Richard Dalby Smith.
Sarah: So Richard, introduce yourself to Drivetribe.
Richard: Hi my names Richard Dalby-Smith from Buckinghamshire .
Sarah: What age were you when you first got behind the wheel?
Richard: I first drove a car age 11 or 12 driving in a field from the car park to the air field at a model flying club. Then at 12 I did something called early drive at Silverstone which was driving around a section of the track in an XR3i.
Sarah: What was the next step for you after that?
Richard: Nothing else between then and turning 17 and passing my test other than driving different cars in fields at the flying club.
Sarah: What was your first 'legal' set of wheels?
Richard: My first car was a Peugeot 106 because of how expensive insurance was.
Sarah: What first caught your attention about drifting?
Richard: I was part of the SXOC and drifting was a section on the forum. I had a tail slapper on the road in my s13 and decided I wanted to learn know to control it properly. That led to going to a very early days practice day and getting hooked from there.
Sarah: What age were you then?
Richard: I was 22 or 23.
Sarah: What made you think, I could actually do that?
Richard: After giving it a try at the practice day I was hooked and wanted to get better and better at it.
Sarah: What was your first proper competition car?
Richard: My S13 evolved in to my competition car. For many years I had been doing passenger rides and demo’s at shows around the UK.
Sarah: Why did you pick the car that you have now?
Richard: I bought the car as my second car on the road, it evolved over time with getting better at drifting and competing in the FBS and gymkhana events which lead to getting a bug for competing and decided to get in involved with drifting competition.
Sarah: So you've been a spectator and a competitor. Has it good side bad sides etc?
Richard: I’m a really bad spectator now as when watching all I want to be doing in on the track driving. But saying that it is great to watch close battle and wild entries.
Sarah: Best aspect of drifting for you personally?
Richard: I like the accuracy and consistency you need to have to hit the clips repeatedly. In battles it is the adrenaline hit every run, can’t beat it.
Sarah: One thing you could change about drifting what would it be?
Richard: The number of venues that have had to stop drifting due to complaints. It would be great to get some of them back.
Sarah: Whose you best friend(s) you've made through drifting? Why?
Richard: I’ve made some great friend through drifting over the years. It’s great that for the most part drifting brings people together.
Sarah: Have you got any advise for anyone wanting to get into drifting?
Richard: You don’t need to build a competition car to get in to drifting, get something rear wheel drive with a locked diff and get to a practice day and have fun. Seat time is king.
Sarah: Are you glad/happy you got into drifting? Why?
Richard: I’m very glad I got in to drifting for the good times and friendships. My wallet on the other hand hasn’t been happy for a long time haha.
Sarah: One thing you hate about drifting from any aspect of it?
Richard: When anything brakes and stops the fun through a failure.
Sarah: Tell us a random fact about your drifting career to date?
Richard: I have had the same car since I started drifting in 2005.
Sarah: You have drifted and battled with some world famous drifters, who was the best and why?
Richard: The most well know was probably Conor Shanahan at Anglesey, such a shame I dropped a wheel in the dirt. The result may have been different if I hadn’t.
Sarah: If you could meet or battle against one other famous world known drifter who would it be and why?
Richard: At this point in time I’d be completely out car’d to any world famous drifter. I’d really like to have a battle with Mad Mike. I love his screaming rotary’s and it would be great to chase one.
Sarah: Endless amount of money for a new car and build what would it be and why?
Richard: I’d really like to have a ps13 with an RB26 in it and the most indestructible gearbox and diff setup.
Big thanks goes to Richard for taking the time out to do this interview with me, also to Reece Wells Photography, Fueltopia Dan Nugent, MS Photography and Dan Flower Photography for the pictures!
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