12 October 2004

The finest slide-rulers in the business make their annual return this week, as Autocar publishes its Sideways Challenge 2004. Held around the final few bends at Brands Hatch, this year's drift-a-thon featured thrills and spills a-plenty, as seasoned professionals, practised specialists and determined amateurs tail-slid it out for the title of Autocar Sideways Champion - and you can find out who emerged victorious in Autocar magazine.

Bigger, better, and more challenging than it's ever been before, more than fifty drivers turned out to compete in the 2004 challenge, in a vast range of cars, from tricked-up pick-ups to turbocharged track specials (see gallery). Three of Brands' legendary corners stood between them and the Sideways Trophy - Surtees, followed by the McLaren and sweeping Clark curves known collectively as Clearways. Round two saw fifty become twenty, and the final stage, twenty become six, who would go on to test their commitment and skill over one last run - in a 305bhp Nissan Titan double-cab pick-up.

Discover the spectacle of this year's slide show in the Video section, and find out who was crowned champion in Autocar.

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