Welcome to North Carolina, home to Nascar and Cheerwine. It also happens to be home to Streetwise Drift, which has tons of grassroots talent and even gets the occasional visit from a FD driver. This event was just a test day to get all the Pro AM drivers ready for the SWD Pro AM season, and man did they put on a show!
It’s that time of year again! Drivers are dusting off the cobwebs and doing other cliche things to get ready for the 2011 competition season. I rode up to Thunderhill with Formula DRIFT rookie Fabian Fernandez today to see what was going on.
Right when we got there, we saw Fabian’s fellow rookie Ryan Kado back his orange S14 into the wall on the skidpad. He moved the right rear corner of the car into the wheel well. OOPS!
Here it is finally!
Ross Fairfield: Thanks Kyle for giving us a bit of your time for this interview. We know you’re a busy man
Kyle Mohan: No problem man anytime.
RF: So lets get the basics out of the way, How long have you been drifting for and how did you get your start in the sport?
KM:Well I started drifting right about when I turned 20. I saw Japanese videos that a friend of mine showed me. Henry Shelly actually. I instantly knew that’s what I wanted to. I’ve always been into automotive racing. Its been about 8 years now. From my first track event till now. I started with a FB RX7 and then moved to being with JIC and Grenade in a 180sx. Then jumped to my FC RX7. And now I’m in a 2009 Mazda RX8.
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SO! The BDC was awesome in 2010…fierce competition over some of the greatest drift tracks in the UK. 2011 has a lot to live up to right? Well the organizers have just came back and blew it up with the new dates and tracks…the legendary Teeside circuit is back and open for business, as well as bringing over the Nissan Factory that did the rounds with JDM Allstars last year. It’s looking to be a great year! Dates after the jump!!
Since I/We havent posted anything in a while i thought id make up a list of better and less known drift cars that in my opinion deserve the right to be in my top ten list and also will be telling you why!
Japan, the Spirant JZX100 Chaser…
When I showed up at the Super-Am Finals yesterday, there was this insanely awesome rat rod jalopy Model T sitting in the paddock. I asked Geoff what was up with it, and he said it belonged to this guy named Fish and he was doing some drifting. “Oh really…” I said, “I’ll have to do a feature on it.” So that’s what I did.