Ipswich: Young driver holds drifting events to keep ‘D-Boys’ off the streets

Motoring enthusiasts at Rob Connors' Drift-swich event at Orwell Crossing lorry park. Motoring enthusiasts at Rob Connors' Drift-swich event at Orwell Crossing lorry park.

Monday, January 6, 2014
6:33 PM

A young man with a passion for cars is organising monthly “drifting” events to help enthusiasts enjoy their passion for the sport in a safe environment.

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Motoring enthusiasts at Rob Connors' Drift-swich event at Orwell Crossing lorry park.Motoring enthusiasts at Rob Connors' Drift-swich event at Orwell Crossing lorry park.

Ray Connors admits that the Drift-swich events he has held at the Orwell Crossing lorry park had initially caused some concerns for the authorities but claims to have won their backing.

“The aim of the event is to do it for all the boy racers, take them off the streets and from Cardinal Park and give them somewhere they can do it once a month in a legal, safe and suitable place,” he said.

“I used to be one of the ‘D-Boys’ and although I grew up I still have a passion for cars and the whole modified car scene but now I’m a business owner, I’m trying to use my experiences in life to make it a positive.”

Mr Connor, 29, from Felixstowe, says the events are run in accordance with the relevant safety guidelines and are supervised by professional drivers to ensure minimal risk.

Although a number of complaints were made to the council and police when the events first started in October, Mr Connor claims the noise monitoring that was carried out failed to identify any problem.

Lorry park owner Karl Rout has also expressed his support for the events, which are carried usually take place on the last Saturday of the month, involving around 25 pre-booked drivers.

“It’s all been very controlled and well organised – I don’t know how they could make it any safer,” he said.

And having carried out sound monitoring of his own, Mr Rout is also sure it is no louder than the background noise of the A14.

Despite the assurances, at least one nearby resident has raised complaints with Suffolk Coastal councillors.

Christopher Hudson, a county and district councillor, said all events must be held in accordance with the planning regulations.

25 comments

  • Stupid site! All i did was refresh the page :( nice to see its moderated regularly...

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    Kev_b

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Glad this is getting the support it deserves! A brilliant event and fantastically run!

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    Kev_b

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • so thats the last Saturday of month...what about the rest of time....police should be out monitoring this every night. punishing those who cause a nuance on the double D's...hit them were it hurts...mum & dads wallet!

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    Mr DJ

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • a friend a tw@

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Always someone looking for the negatives. And today's winner is: a friend

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    Robotix

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Yes, lets promote driving in a dangerous manner!!

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    a friend

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Glad this is getting the support it deserves! A brilliant event and fantastically run!

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    Kev_b

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • This is not a hobby, it is anti social behaviour and these thugs should be banned from the road

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    ipswichLAD

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • A Friend???? Dont you mean narrow minded idiot! I have an idea! Lets just ban ALL Motorsport!! After all its "promoting dangerous driving!!" F1, Rally, Stockcars, British Touring cars!!! I think "A Friend" needs to think of the greater good before he comments!!!

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    Not A Friend!!!

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • So lets ban all motorsport shall we???

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    Kev_b

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Glad this is getting the support it deserves! A brilliant event and fantastically run!

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    Kev_b

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • "Not a friend!!!" what time I decide to get up on a Saturday is up to me.. I can assure you that the noise created from this event is very audible in Warren Heath and is a continuous noise that just goes on and on all day, the screeching of tyres is very audible even inside my house, which is actually alongside the show ground so not a mile away from the truck stop at all. I have lived with the noise from the Speedway stadium & A14 for 10 years but this is different it is persistent and annoying. I am quite happy to live & let live but can see no purpose to this event what so ever.. if people feel the need to race round a track why don't they take it up as an organised sport instead of making a nuisance of themselves. As Davin says it is illegal, so why try and make it legal just because its on private land. Also until such time as you prove you know me personally I do not see how you can make your last comment, this is one thing I have commented on here for probably 6 months or more so why you think I am constantly moaning about everything I have no idea. you need to get your facts straight before you start casting aspersions on peoples characters.

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    Karen Stockdale

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Great event, fantastically run... except that it CAN and IS being heard - from over 2 miles away and terrorises the neighbourhood that has to put up with 8 hours of very audible screeching and drum n bass. This includes causing distress to elderly and vulnerable residents. Do the organisers care about this? Or the complaints that the article conveniently forgets to mention? Obviously not. No surprises that Karl Rout expressed his support (for his wallet) although I'd have to question whether he needs a hearing aid, or a morality check?

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    belatedlyred

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Can I ask what was the db reading 2miles away from site? I took a reading at my elderly parents house 400 yards from the event and found that the sound being different from the background noise was no louder in fact the police helicopter which hovered overhead for some 35 min was noticeably louder. By the way I personally receive no payment from any events at the lorry park any money's raised goes to charity's like the blood bikes or the radio suffolk charity. I am sorry to hear your neighbourhood is terrorised by drum and base I myself prefer Kate Bush

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    Karl Rout

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Is there an echo in here?

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    Tamara Knight

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • In reply to "Ipswich Lad" I seriously recommend that you start to look at the greater good! - If there was an award for most narrow minded person in Suffolk, unfortunately you would win hands down! What is "thuggish" about people participating in a sport they love, on private ground, in a supervised manner? If I was you i would look at a dictionary and get the correct definition for "Thugs" - because its a million miles away from what these guys are doing!

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    Not A Friend!!!

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • *Aimed at belatedlyred* You really have no clue! You either make up the noises that you can hear or you dont ivestigate wherewhat the noise is or is coming from. IF and thats a very questionable IF at this point, you hear any noise at all from the drift-swich event then yes you would hear screeching tyres.... but the fact you "say" you can hear drum and bass playing makes me wonder if its another event your hearing or a car parked down the road from your house. The reason i say this is because 99% of the cars taking part at drift-swich are stripped out for less weight. Therefore there is no space for big heavy speakers... and for the 1% of cars that are not stripped out l, the speakerssubs would be thrown around ripping out the wires within the firsy corner. Mosy dont even have cd players! So there is NO loud drum and bass or any music beibg played.... which then asks the question can you hear tyre screeching? ...... probably not.... maybe you need the hearing aid, and a hobby for that matter!

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    ben

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Unfortunately I think the Police have other things to do rather than just sit done the D's, rather than punishing people for having a hobby, I think its best to help them have a place to go, rather than keep moving them on!

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    Not A Friend!!!

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • To Karen Stockdale: I really do think your are being very selfish and unreasonable! These events only happen 12 days out of 365 in a year!!! The drifting does not start until 9am and finishes no later than 5pm! There is also a designated lunch break from 12 - 1pm! The organisers only allow 3 cars to drift at any one time and as Warren Heath is over 1 mile away I very much doubt the noise is that excessive! If the drifting wakes you up on a Saturday morning when it doesn't even start until 9am then can I strongly recommend you get up a little earlier and do something with your day! Rather than moaning about every little noise that I doubt you can hear very loudly at all? Also I can promise you that this little event is nowhere near as load as Silverstone or Brandhatch!!! Karen you really must learn to live and let live and stop moaning about every little thing! - Best of luck with that!

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    Not A Friend!!!

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • To Karen Stockdale: I really do think your are being very selfish and unreasonable! These events only happen 12 days out of 365 in a year!!! The drifting does not start until 9am and finishes no later than 5pm! There is also a designated lunch break from 12 - 1pm! The organisers only allow 3 cars to drift at any one time and as Warren Heath is over 1 mile away I very much doubt the noise is that excessive! If the drifting wakes you up on a Saturday morning when it doesn't even start until 9am then can I strongly recommend you get up a little earlier and do something with your day! Rather than moaning about every little noise that I doubt you can hear very loudly at all? Also I can promise you that this little event is nowhere near as load as Silverstone or Brandhatch!!! Karen you really must learn to live and let live and stop moaning about every little thing! - Best of luck with that!

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    Not A Friend!!!

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Below comment was aimed at 'a friend'....

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    Kev_b

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • imagine if the thing you love to do most was illegal, and the closest place to do it legally and in a safe environment was hours away. That is the situation that motoring enthusiasts face in Ipswich so why shouldn't they have somewhere to go and learn a new skill? some people just need something to complain about.

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    Davin

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Glad this is getting the support it deserves! A brilliant event and fantastically run!

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    Kev_b

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Well I guess I now know what wakes me up on a Saturday morning. Mr Rout may think the noise is no worse than that from the A14 and this may well be the case when listening to it from his parents house alongside the main road but I can assure you that in Warren Heath the drone of engines and wheel spinning is considerably worse and far more irritating than the level of noise from the A14 even at it's most busy times. I really do not see why this has to go on for so long and start so early.. there are many noises thar can be haerd around Warren Heath but this has to be the most irritating one I have heard in the 10 years I have lived here. Surely it can't be allowed to continue on a monthly basis. If I wanted to live alongside a racetrack I would have bought a house in Silverstone or Brands Hatch.

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    Karen Stockdale

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • good for them- as someone that has had to put up with the boy racers around Commerical Road for several years, I wholeheartedly support any even that enables them to enjoy their hobby without presenting a danger or nuisence to other people. Well done - hope it takes off.

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    Sentinel Red

    Monday, January 6, 2014

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