I was approached by friend Neil DeVera of TopSpeed2nr.com about a privateer father / son drift team WolfPack Drift Club that is in it’s mist of creation since 2011. Usually my posts are related and sharing events which happen on this side of the globe ( Japan ) but it you have to give a massive amount of respect to anyone venturing into the realm of motorsports. Here we have a write up from Nick Pullin of WolfPack Drift Club;
My name is Nick Pullin of the Wolfpack Drift Club, and this is my story…
It all started on May 25, 2011, the day I purchased my first S13. I had no idea what I was in for, but I was soon to find out. I bought the car with the intention of modifying it. Although I had no idea what I really wanted to do. This would be my first time really tearing apart a car and putting my mechanical skills to the test. I bought an SR20DET from a local importer and began to gather the other necessary parts to install it. It was quite the learning curve for someone with very little mechanical experience, and it took me a long time to complete. But I got it running!
Shortly after that, a friend from the local S-chassis community invited me out to a drift day with a few of the guys. I was a little nervous to take my car out there, having just put a lot of work in to it… But I decided to go check it out. It would be my first time at a track, and my first time laying eyes on drifting. I filled my car up with tires, tools, and any other necessities and hit the road. When I finally arrived at the track and got a look at what was going on, I began to second-guess my decision. But I gathered up the nerve and took the car out! My driving was terrible, my car was not set-up properly, but I was having the time of my life! I knew from the first lap, that this was something I wanted to do.
I took home a lot of new knowledge from the first event and got to work! I spent many late nights researching parts, alignment setups, working on the car… Anything to improve my setup and hopefully get back out there next time and progress! I kept at it despite the rocky path I was on. Anyone who has put the time in at the track, knows what a beginner goes through. I was struggling, but a little bit less each event. Being able to see progression from event-to-event kept me coming back for more!
I kept tweaking the car, trying out new things. Trying to get the car set-up to suit my style of driving. Finally, I was feeling the car beginning to come together. I was really starting to understand how the car was working, and how to manipulate it to do what I need it to do. Around this time, my driving skills were also beginning to come together. It was amazing to feel the car and myself working in harmony. With the suspension feeling solid and the motor running strong, I finally was able to start on my favorite part… the aesthetics. I gathered up all the body panels that I needed and got to work on cleaning up the appearance of the car. I spent the better part of the winter hiding wires and prepping the car for paint. Spring time came around, and I was ready to start the season strong!
I ran the car hard all year and really started to make some progress. Met some really cool friends along the way, and was just having a great time all around. Every time I showed up, I managed to drive a bit better than the last time. Soon I was smacking my bump-stops and feeling like I was needing more. I began to research how I could push my setup further… more angle, more power. When the winter came around, the car went under the knife again.
t turned out to be a busy winter, and I could hardly find the time to work on the car. But somehow I did and was able to get the car together just in time for the first event of the season! The car was a whole new animal! Once I got warmed up to the new setup, I was really starting to push my limits. I was carrying more speed, more angle, and making more smoke than ever before! The car was really doing it’s job at this point, and each lap I was able to squeeze a bit more out of it. I had the car setup exactly the way I wanted it. Now I just needed to drive it every chance I got!
I ran the car as hard as I could. My driving was really progressing, and things were starting to get interesting. I continued to push myself to my limit each and every lap. Until one day I pushed too far… I hit the wall at a high rate of speed, and ruined the chassis. I was devastated. Standing there staring at my smashed-up car, it all felt like a bad dream. You always know it’s the risk you take, but it feels surreal to see your car like that. But despite the tragedy, I knew what I needed to do…
I got the car home and started to tear in to it. I pulled off all the parts that were salvageable, and figured out what needed to be replaced. It was staggering to say the least, but I kept my head up and pressed forward. Thankfully I had another S13 around, and I started to swap everything over. I had no idea how long it would take, but I knew I wanted to get it done as quickly as I could. I needed to get back out to the track, and prove to myself that I could beat the crash!
What ensued would be possibly the longest four weeks of my life. I furiously worked on the car, every day. Every chance I had. I did my best to keep the replacement parts coming in, to keep myself working. I was working myself in to the ground, but I couldn’t stand to just sit there. I kept at it with everything I had and the new car began to take shape. I finally deemed the new car ‘ready’ at 9 p.m. the night before the next event. I quickly loaded up and tried my best to sleep.
Woke up early and began the long drive to the track. This drive down was especially tense, I was very nervous about the new car. Soon enough, I found myself back at Shenandoah Speedway. It felt great to be back with a new car, just over a month later. The crash was devastating, but I was able to stay focused and never miss a beat. I surely turned a few heads when I showed back up for more. The day ended up going very well, and the new car feels great!
This brings us to now. I am still saddened by the loss of the coupe, but the hatch is feeling solid and I am excited to see what I can do with this car! I’ll spend the rest of this season dialing in the car, and then try to get it looking as good as the coupe over the winter. Keep an eye out! Good things to come from the Wolfpack Drift Club. Thanks for reading!
I did my best to break this story down in to a manageable size. If you like what you read, and would like to get the more gritty, in-depth details… Check out my website – www.wolfpackdriftclub.com .