Ipswich: Talks offer enthusiasts hope that ban on Drift-Swich car event will be lifted

Some of the action at one of Ray Connors' recent Drift-Swich events. Photo by Kev Bennett. Some of the action at one of Ray Connors' recent Drift-Swich events. Photo by Kev Bennett.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
10:00 AM

Organisers of a banned motoring event are hopeful it will be given the green light again after a council boss agreed to discuss their concerns.

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Motorsport enthusiast Ray Connors will be meeting with Stephen Baker, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s (SCDC) chief executive, to discuss the controversial events with the hope of reaching a “positive outcome” for Suffolk’s modified car community.

Mr Connors’ monthly Drift-Swich meetings at the Orwell Crossing Lorry Park were issued with a stop notice by SCDC on Friday, January 17, following noise complaints from neighbouring residents.

He fears that by banning events, which he claims are safe and well managed, the authorities will drive the enthusiasts back to the streets.

“We do not condone any form of ‘makeshift meetings’ in areas that are designed for the use of public roadways,” he said. “However, if the car enthusiasts of Suffolk keep 
feeling that no one is taking them seriously and continue to be treated with unjustified contempt, then they may feel they have no choice. That would be a massive step in the wrong direction.”

Despite the ban, a number of high profile supporters have come forward to defend Mr Connors’ event. Steve Jay, a church minister for Heart for Ipswich, said the events were “positive, constructive” ways to engage younger people, which he described as “fun family days out”.

Tony Burchnall, of the Eastern Counties Motor Club, has also shown support for the events, which he is keen to distinguish from the “nuisance informal gatherings” around the streets of Ipswich. “The two are poles apart,” he said.

“Perhaps an opportunity has now arisen for parties to start a dialogue to encourage understanding and reduce prejudice,” he suggested.

A spokesman for SCDC has confirmed Mr Connors’ meeting request, though no time or date has been set.

“Hopefully these details can be worked out,” the spokesman said.

9 comments

  • Re the stadium was there before the houses. I hope my ex neighbour is reading this I know he does we have commented to each other before when he moved in he complained about my bassy music and parties but as I told him. Was here first, and when he visited before buying he must of seen all the beer cans outside, he couldn't get his head round this and called me selfish! Karma sorted this one in the end, he broke down and lost his gf, just because of me being there first.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Docker keep out. He should not call me selfish modern music is loud. The point is I was there first. My dad told him too.

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • I believe the oldest drifter that takes part is 48! So obviously this is not a sport just for young lads! I also believe that the oldest person to partake in a passenger ride was 66! Young at heart!!!! (As stated by the organsier that was on Radio Suffolk) These events are well managed, and give these drivers an sensible option in which to partake in a sport they love! These events do not hurt anybody, they are out of the way from your average daily commuter and very much have a "warm and high spirited" atmosphere about them. Which unfortunately is something society lacks nowadays. I wish the organisers the very best of with luck getting this event back on track, i believe them to be a credit to themselves and to the car community they represent. It is a shame that some of the local community have to bully this event, all because the sound is audible!!! Foxhall Stadium and Ipswich Town are Audible but you dont see them getting shut down? Also i do wonder whether Councilor Chris Hudson has ever investigated been to one of these events before commenting in the press how unsuitable he deems them to be? I would put my last £1 down to say he has not???? - Keep fighting for what you believe in guys, at least someone has the passion to fight what they believe in!

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    Not A Friend!!!

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • For the record, Not A Friend. The whingers and whiners of the Broadlands estate are forever trying to get Foxhall Stadium shut down due to noise. Considering it was built in 1950, I think its been there alot longer than those houses and with the proposed new build off Bell Lane, the complaints are only gonna rise once the people move in no doubt without researching the area first.

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    Chubby26

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Chubby26 - I completely agree, its the same as people that complain about Gatwick Aeroplane noise once they have bought a house next to the run way, I am aware of the complaints that Foxhall Stadium receive, why and how can people moan about noise from one another? We all live on this world together, and humans generate noise FACT! If this event was run on a sunday or early in the morning or late at night i would understand the complaints! However an event running from 9-5 and a 1 hours break in the middle is hardly unreasonable hours, i am sure you will agree?

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    Not A Friend!!!

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I would also like to add on a side note. Just to try and remove some of the 'stereotyping' going on at the moment. I am 26, work in a local school as an IT Technician by day. I own a BMW drift car which i work on in my spare time and weekends. I have taken part in these events and also ones in norfolk. They are extremely well run events and i wanted to just get across the message 'we are not hooligans or misguided youths'. We are car enthusiasts who treat it as a hobby and a passion.

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    Kev_b

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • To be fair Lee, you do sound like a prat with a attitude like that. Let hope you don't get a bad neighbour one day who makes your life hell, hey.

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    The Disgruntled Docker

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Sorry, I didn't realise that your only a child, well done on your dad for telling the big bad man off.

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    The Disgruntled Docker

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • To be fair Lee, you do sound like a prat with a attitude like that. Let hope you don't get a bad neighbour one day who makes your life hell, hey.

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    The Disgruntled Docker

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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