There are some things about drifting you cannot put into words, or explain in a way which anyone can understand. The level of concentration that you reach while millimetres away from the car you are mirroring. The state of mind when everything’s in slow motion, when you can hear and feel every particle of rubber and dust, when your peripheral vision tracks debris hitting your windscreen as you focus on your target. That feeling at the end of the run when you're awaiting the result of a battle when in reality you don’t care which way the result goes because that run was f*cking awesome.
2013 PS13 Photo: Alistair Graham (STL)
For everything else that can be put into words, I’m going to try and put them down in this blog. Over many years I recorded and shared my drifting experiences in a build thread for my old Ps13/Onevia on the now minimally used Driftworks Forum. In a way it's sad that social media like Facebook and Instagram have taken over from online forums I felt like the words accompanying the pictures really could explain the feeling and reasoning behind what was going on, and maybe convey some of the emotion of a particular time, especially when written in the first person.
2017 S14 - Photo: Ffion Jones
"Why now? Why here?" you may ask… Well the timing for me is right. So let’s fill in the gap with abit of history. The old build thread finished around the end of 2013, I was lucky enough to be part of Team CarLoan4u, with two of my best friends within drifting Alex Law and Matthew Samuel. 2013 was our first full season within the BDC, we managed to win the constructors championship in cars that we had built in carparks and driveways. Against all of the odds, against Teams with huge budgets, with a little help from CarLoan4u we managed to stay afloat and buy some gazebos and snatch the championship by a handful of points. The following year the 2014 season saw the CarLoan4u team disbanded, even though I had continued success I made the decision to retire my Nissan Ps13/Onevia from competition.
2015 VG30DETT S14 - Photo: Alistair Graham (STL)
2015 was spent developing the New S14 chassis (the trials and tribulations of this teething process will be covered in the next post focusing on the build of this new chassis). I took the decision at the end of that year to take a season out from drifting. I had a lot of personal changes and challenges over the next 12 months and I knew if the S14 setup was the one i wanted to use going forward then there had to be some changes to not only the chassis, engine and aesthetics but also to myself. All of this was going to take time and money.
2017 S14 - Photo: Ffion Jones
So we come to today, where the new car is built and it’s in the stages of ironing out the teething problems. As you can see it is now yellow and fitted with a fresh SR20DET. The plan for this build in not only be ready for the 2017 season but a 3 year assault on competitions, exhibitions, drift events and basically every opportunity to drive we can physically manage to attend.
This blog’s aim is to cover these events, the ups, the downs and everything in between from car setup, drift preparation and styling, through to driver progression.
2017 S14 ft. 7Twenty style 49 in one off Hyper Silver - Photo: Ffion Jones
So, why here…. 7Twenty are a company that have literally taken my goals for the next few years and stamped them with a ‘hell yeah’. So this seemed like as appropriate a place as any to publish this journey.
Don’t be under any illusion: This isn’t going to be the most powerful car, I'm not going to be the next James Deane, but this will be a continuation of a journey of a normal guy who has built a car to push himself and the car as far as possible, which stopped when I tried to mix drifting with being an adult. I've decided being an adult can wait a few more years, there is plenty of time for that.
Till then, Here’s some useful links
Take it easy,