Probably the most major thing that's happened in this time period is that I have started my first 4-wheeled sport: drifting. Drifting is something I have always been a fan of, but I never had any intention of getting into it. I have my hands full with motorcycles and that is expensive enough. But here I am at Pats Acres one day riding supermoto, and I was sharing the track with some drifters. It was pretty much my first time watching drifting in person, and I was definitely digging it. Next thing I know, the track owner points me towards a car and says "ride along with this guy, he's one of the best in the world." So I jump in of course, and get the ride of a lifetime! The first time being pitched into a corner completely sideways made my heart drop. I would say I was scared for just that first turn, until I almost immediately became familiar with the sensation and trusted the driver. The driver was Chelsea DeNofa, a Formula D winner. After a couple laps, I got dropped off in the pits, and jokingly my first words were "how much to get into this?"
That night I went home and looked at drift cars for sale on Facebook marketplace and craigslist almost all night, while also watching dozens of YouTube videos on drifting. I couldn't even go to sleep because I was so stoked on it! I knew I wanted to get behind the wheel myself. So before I bought a car, knowing nothing about cars or if I could even drive one, I went out to Pats Acres for a school. A drift school, ran by Chelsea DeNofa! How convenient, that in-house, there is a fleet of prepped BMW E36 drift cars? To me, the investment in some training was going to be worthwhile in finding out if I had what it took to drift. To nobody's surprise, except myself and maybe Kelly (my instructor), I had what it takes! I was a natural, and in a 3 hour session, I was drifting around the track like a veteran. I couldn't have asked for it to go any better, and I couldn't have had any more fun than I did. After the session, I talked with Chelsea about cars, and started eyeballing one he mentioned he'd sell. It was double what I was originally planning on spending, but I realized I needed a better car than I originally thought. Having found out my driving ability was pretty high to start with, I would for sure want a car that can perform highly too. So after a couple of days of digestion, I committed to buying a BMW E36 off Chelsea and The School of Drift. It was a recent build of his that was fully setup. Literally a turn-key drift monster. If there was a drifting track-record at Pats, this car would own it. A few days later, I went out to Pats to pick it up, and I got an hour of driving in with it, and Chelsea to coach me personally during that time. I am really excited to drive the car again! We will see where this goes. For now it's just for fun. I think it will be great for content creation and promoting some of my sponsors that are motorcycle and car companies. I love sliding though. The feeling of sliding a car is just as addicting as it is on a motorcycle. I was surprised how much transferred over between road racing and flat track, to drifting.