If you happen to caught my first publish from Gatebil Rudskogen 2023, you’ll already know that the occasion’s first two days have been distinctive. Saturday? Effectively, I might inform from the exhaust noise alarm that woke me, it was going to be one other wild one.
With Thursday being very moist, it was cool seeing Gatebil in numerous mild. Friday was heat however acceptable, however Saturday was downright sizzling. Not within the standard trend with clear blue skies and searing-hot daylight, however excessive in humidity.
Given it was nonetheless early at this level, I used to be shocked to see so many individuals already up and about. Certain, not everybody cuts completely unfastened on the Friday night time afterparty, however that sub-event was packed and even I received slightly funky with two cameras in hand. So I simply need to put it right down to Gatebil Rudskogen being attended by a lot extra folks this 12 months.
Final 12 months – which was my first time on the occasion – I ran round like an absolute madman attempting to doc something and all the things. This 12 months I knew the venue higher, which meant I might get to locations sooner. I additionally bothered to learn the schedule from time to time, which, belief me, actually helps.
Having mentioned that, trying out the Showgarden was one of many very first issues on my listing for Saturday.
Whereas the observe motion is what most Gatebil attendees look ahead to essentially the most, the automobile present is a good place to take a break from all of the insanity. That’s to not say it doesn’t get a bit rowdy at instances…
These guys made positive everybody knew they have been coming. Black exhaust smoke and loud rock music has that impact.
Whereas the Showgarden was principally made up of German vehicles, it was the Japanese stuff I used to be naturally drawn to. However let’s be actual – you’re not right here to take a look at present vehicles, are you?
You’re right here for the 2JZ-swapped Opel Ascona making a full-drift, full-noise overtake of a Supra.
Or one thing like this, maybe? OK, so Chevrolet Camaros fitted with 6.9L LS3 stroker engines good for 835 horsepower are distinctive at Gatebil, however it simply goes to point out that it’s best to at all times count on the surprising right here.
Every time the Professional Drift classes began, I hotfooted over it to that initiation spot. If you happen to don’t know what I’m speaking about, I’ll let Fredric Aasbø and Mad Mike educate you in this clip from nine years ago.
With solely a metal barrier between you and sure loss of life, it’s exhausting to place into phrases what it’s wish to see a drift automobile coming at you, at over 200km/h sideways. Whereas Fredric did do some runs, it was unimaginable for me to get a clear image – he was simply too rattling quick!
If I needed to describe the folks of Gatebil in a single phrase, I’d borrow a line from the late, nice Tina Turner: merely the very best. You don’t need to look far to seize folks having a good time – you simply level your digicam in any path and it’ll discover them. Whereas most individuals headed trackside to the stands, others saved the Gatebil occasion going within the campgrounds.
The final track-based exercise on Saturday’s schedule is the occasion’s largest, evident by simply how busy the paddock and pit lane get. I’m speaking concerning the Breisladden.
With over 100 vehicles vying to take advantage of smoke via a high-speed energy drift, it felt prefer it went on eternally – not that anybody within the crowd was complaining. Nevertheless, there was one explicit group of those that actually cherished what they have been seeing.
Meet the loudest, proudest and happiest folks at Gatebil Rudskogen 2023 – the Icelanders.
Every time any one of many six Icelandic drivers accomplished their run, the Icelandic crowd went completely nuts. Even Norway’s Morten Lyngøy joined within the enjoyable and rocked Iceland flags on the again of his Toyota Supra. I may be biased since I’m from Iceland, however this was my absolute favourite factor about Gatebil this 12 months.
The Breisladden has been a Gatebil staple for a few years, and I’ll be taking a more in-depth have a look at the spectacle in an upcoming highlight.
As you’d count on, Saturday night time brings greater artists to the afterparty stage and much more folks to observe them carry out.
The beers have been flowing, however once they began flying it was my cue to get the hell out of the hazard zone. Gatebil Rudskogen 2023’s afterparty was a banger, and I’m positive for a lot of an evening to recollect. Or not bear in mind.
Till Subsequent Time, Rudskogen
The ultimate day at Gatebil is at all times bittersweet. You need the occasion to final eternally, however on the identical time the considered collapsing onto your individual mattress turns into increasingly more interesting. However the occasion wasn’t over simply but.
The fervour proven by the folks within the stands is what makes Gatebil, Gatebil. To return trackside to watch yet one more drift run, yet one more time assault race, or keep till the very finish of the wildest lengthy weekend of the summer season is true dedication to the trigger. The electrical vitality by no means falters. That is the Gatebil approach.
The Breisladden last is what most individuals grasp round to see.
After an ideal run in his S15 Nissan Silvia, Øyvind Bogen took house the crown for the third 12 months working.
The occasion’s last competitors is the Gatebil Excessive time assault race. Right here, 17 vehicles battle it out to see who can set the quickest lap, however with all vehicles on observe on the identical time.
For long-time Speedhunters readers, Kai Roger Bakken wants no introduction. KRB’s builds are out of this world, and his newest – a Lotus Esprit on steroids – has been the Gatebil Excessive class automobile to beat for a number of years.
This 12 months it was overwhelmed, with Mads Siljehaug taking the win in his KTM GT2. It positively wasn’t a stroll within the park although; Mads beat Kai’s finest time of 1:23.398 by simply 0.098 seconds.
I don’t usually grasp round for award ceremonies, however I made positive to take a look at the final considered one of Gatebil Rudskogen 2023.
Earlier than I headed again to my trackside accomodation to pack for house, I needed to say goodbye to my fellow Icelanders and seize a photograph. I might inform that nobody wished to depart for Iceland, however I’m positive they’ll be again subsequent 12 months. Will I be coming again to Rudskogen Motorsenter in summer season 2024? Like it’s for a lot of, Gatebil has change into an annual custom, so sure I’ll.
The actual query is, will you be there?