March 12 2014 Latest news:
Monday, January 6, 2014
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.
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.