For me, cars have never been about making one look pretty and letting her just sit around. I much preferred having a scratched paint job that I didn’t have to feel guilty about scratching myself.
While I am head over heels in love with road course driving and racing, I have a huge soft spot for drifting.
Matt Powers' S14 at Formula Drift last year at Evergreen. My first look at real drift cars (and drifting) in person!
I may not have been following it for the longest, but I definitely grew my appreciation for the sport through watching bits of the D1GP, not Formula D like many modern-day drift fans. To me, drifting was Silvias and AE86′s, with some RX-7′s, Skylines and miscellaneous other cars mixed in.
Not surprisingly, I then developed a huge crush on Silvias and AE86′s. I wanted one and I wanted to build one so I could learn to drift too.
I never expected to actually get a 240SX, let alone as soon as I did… Then I had to ask, should I drift or should I not?
Reasons to Drift
My strongest reason why I wanted to was because I felt my 240SX deserved to do it at least once. This is just about what she was born to do, and I feel that it would be sad for her to never get the chance to do it.
I also want to learn myself. Yeah, I’ve drifted before. But not on a track and not really meaning to. And I can safely bet it didn’t look pretty, if it looked like anything at all.
Drifting is about control at its very limits, which is always a great thing to learn. I can never learn enough about car control, pushing limits and racing.
Plus I think it’d be a ton of fun to go to drifting school and a great experience to have, even though I’ve never planned on doing it past going to a school for it.
Reasons Not to Drift
I think, sadly, my reasons to not drift my 240SX outweigh my reasons to drift her…
For one, she’s suffering from car cancer — rust. She’s got some pretty bad spots too…. I hate thinking about it, because I don’t know what to do about it. We either have to patch her up, if we even can at this level, or find a new chassis. It’s really something I don’t want to think about too much.
The worry with the rust is that in the spots it is (near her suspension) that the stress of drifting would be too much for her.
Secondly, I’m terrified at the thought of hurting her. I’m not sure if that would happen in a drifting school environment or not, but the worry is definitely there. The last thing I want to do is have to replace her kouki tail lights. (Not cheap.)
I also don’t think my husband would like the idea of driving her across the state for a drift school, haha. I don’t know if I like it too much either. Of course I want to get her to the true Pacific Northwest, but with her age & condition I don’t know if I could justify stressing her that much.
I guess I’d rather get her to a huge Nissan meet rather than run the risks of drifting her…
I guess the alternative is going to drift school in the Miata…. I might look into that. It might be a fun thing for us to do, and perhaps a bit better for my driving skills to actually do it in the car that I race. (Especially for learning precisely where the Miata’s limit is.)
I would worry about cracking her up, but her rear bumper is already scratched to hell. Plus I replaced her driver’s side tail light and rear finish panel before — all the damage from her dump truck encounter. And while it sucked, it wasn’t terribly expensive. I’d worry more about having to buy ANOTHER RPF1, lol.
Plus I have no qualms about driving her across the state to race her and then drive her home. My husband still worries about this, but she did Hallett just fine and that was a good five hour drive each way. I’m hoping to do just that this summer anyhow. (For grip driving, not drifting!)
Time to Think
I plan on taking plenty of time to think it over, and possibly talk with drifters and the people who put on the schools to see. I have a feeling if I did it it would be in the Miata though.
Perhaps someday I’ll get my 240SX out to a drift event just to be there, maybe a car show that’s with the drifting event so I don’t have to park her where I can’t really watch her… Plus I want her to be a pretty show car too, I just expect her to drive as well. No point if she’s pretty and can’t drive herself anywhere!!
Another of my photos from Formula D last year.
At the very least, I want to make it out to Evergreen for their grassroots and pro-am drifting series and play photographer. (I mean, I kinda have to go and use the media pass I was granted! :D)