Gatebil is an event like no other, and Rudskogen is one of the most amazing and unique tracks I’ve ever been to. So naturally, the two combined makes one of the wildest motorsport spectacles ever to be had bringing over 50,000 people to the three day event in July. This September event does not hold quite as many people, making it more of a driver’s event, rather than having what seems like 100+ cars on the two mile long track.
Justin and I have become very familiar with this track, as it was our fourth trip there. It’s almost a home away from home.
The longest straight of the track is roughly 640 meters, but you can see drivers initiating for the first corner at around 200 meters! And this is going up hill.
It’s always nice coming out here and seeing our old friends like Kenneth Groth still killing it. Before the last Gatebil event in July, Kenneth crashed his old hatch and was able to put this new chassis together in only 9 days! He says its actually much better than the last car since he knew what to change from the old setup.
Gatebil is never short of its Toyota Supras, which is seemed odd to me at first because the they are quite a rarity as drift cars in the United States.
BMW’s are also a plenty here.
If Batman drove a BMW……the George Clooney one of course.
For everyone who thinks that Justin and I have too much camber, think again.
With the over abundance of Supras flying around, it never dawned on me until the last day that there was only one AE86 out there! This SR20 powered 86 owned by Fredrik Gustavsen is one of about 10 Corollas in Norway. It’s nice to see that he treats it right.
Gatebil has a team of team of drivers to pilot their BMW Taxis about the track and give paying fans a ride. With how often these drivers are on the track in these cars I wondered why we never saw any team taxi tandems. How bout it guys?! Let’s see some trains!
Vehicles of every sort come here for a weekend of fun. From fully built 800whp drift cars like Dag Harlem’s JZA80…
…to this ex-JGTC S15 Silvia.
You may even see a monkey or two.
This wild “Not Really a Mini ” Mini is quite the unique build and was very fun to watch.
This X30 Toyota Cressida owned by Fredrik Sørlie instantly caught our attention. Not just because It looked amazing sitting on a set of SSR Longchamps, but because Fredrik drove it like a man!
Apparently Fredrik was one of the original drivers to help make drifting big in Norway and then eventually, Gatebil. With so many big turbo, high horsepower, 2JZ Supras around, Fredrik decided to go a different route and throw an N/A 2J into this rare vehicle. Even though he’s only making 230whp, roughly 1/4 the power of most everyone else on the track, he certainly stands out in the crowd.
On the last day of Gatebil, the Time-Attack race is held.
It’s cool to see the different types and styles of cars that are driven out here, anything from this…
…to this Porsche 993 GT2.
This RWD Volkswagen Golf caught my eye last year and it was really cool to see it out here again. This time attack built machine is one of the quickest out here, but once in a while we’d see it drift a few corners. Pretty cool.
It was fun watching this 993 GT2 chase down this Ford RS200. Lap after lap the two cars were within inches of each other. Very fun to watch.
Last year at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill was the first time I’ve shot an actual car race, and I haven’t shot one since until now, and I really want to keep shooting. I think I’ve caught the bug.
A lot of the cars really appealed to me.
After an excited driving session, we would “Nate Hamilton” our way back to the pits for sustenance.
Naturally, skateboards, scooters, and bikes can be seen rolling around the pit area.
Mini bikes and interesting race cars can be seen rolling around too.
It’s not surprising to see classic American cars driving around, even on the streets of Norway. It almost seems that they’re more common here than in the States, but this was a pretty rare find.
By the end of Saturday, the event holds their “Breisladd” drift competition. This is a solo run competion open to RWD and AWD car platforms.
Joachim Waagaard in his FD3S always looks good in this competition.
As well as our Yellow bro, Dag.
The last turn on the track, where they hold Breisladd, is very long and open, so its fun to push the shutter open and see how slow I can take it. This was at 1/10th of a second.
I ended up pushing my shutter to one full second.
Big cars, big angle, and big smoke is the way of most drivers.
…but sometimes the simpler things are just as appealing.
As soon as the rain started coming down on Sunday, drivers started packing up to head home. I always think its so cool to see track cars towing their wheels, tools, and even living space.
As most people had left already, the few drivers left take advantage of the wet open track. Seeing less than 5 cars on the track at once is a very rare sight.
Justin and I took advantage of the situation as our friend and Team Yellow driver Skåland Sindre offered his S13 Silvia for us to drive!
After a few solo laps, the Unicorns of Die locked onto a possible tandem partner, and engaged the target.
We were able to catch up with Ringnes for a couple of turns.
But even with the rain, we were no match for this high powered monster on the straight.
So this is for you Ringnes, we’ll get you next time! So long Gatebil, it’s been swell!