Drivers

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Drift Cat From Space

Drift Cat From Space

Cheif Executive / CEO

Hello I am the drift cat. I am the spokes driver for east10drift and all it has to offer.

Stephen Johnstone

Stephen Johnstone

Driver

2018 will mark my 6th year of drifting starting out with a bone stock s14 at Chilhowee park with East10Drift. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to drive at multiple different tracks between the Northeast for 2 years and the rest of the time at all the great venues East10 has to offer. Good times on and off the track is what keeps me going! Current car and setup is a 91 Nissan Skyline GT-ST running a rb20det at stock power with suspension, steering angle, and exterior mods. Current mindset is keeping it a street drift style, more of a spectacle kind of build.

Member of team Slyde Guys. Hopefully you’ll see more from us this year. Looking forward to traveling more and hitting all the East10 events possible in 2018!

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

    Tyler Berry

    Tyler Berry

    Driver

    I am getting ready to start my second season of drifting. After going to my first East10 event as a spectator in 2012, I fell in love with the sport. I have always been a car enthusiast/fanatic. So to be able to drive a car that is “uncontrollably” under control is just an amazing feeling to me. Last year I finally received enough help from sponsors and money I had saved up to purchase a car and make it more than drift ready. After my first season, I am hooked. I plan to compete during this 2018 season if I can afford it and it would be a dream of mine to work into the pro ranks someday soon. I feel that I have what it takes as long as I can continually gain seat time at each local event and better myself by driving with both better drivers and beginner drivers. At this point I am devoting anything and everything I can to cruise my way into the pro ranks. I have started a YouTube channel to try and put my name out there a little more and gain sponsors. Hopefully everything will pull together and I look forward to this East10 season in 2018!

      Jr Powers

      Jr Powers

      Driver

      I started drifting at chilhowee park back in 2013. I started drifting shortly after getting my license and purchasing my first 5 speed car and it was a 240 with a welded diff .I decided to turbo it and try to drift. Ever since that day of the first event I decided I wanted to pursue drifting and continue building my car to be more reliable and more powerful it currently has a rb20det. With attending more and more events I am hoping to increase my skill level and possibly compete someday in the near future.

      Started with East10Drift in 2013.

      Hometown: Sevierville, TN

        Richard Matthews

        Richard Matthews

        Driver

        I’ve been around hotrods and race cars 90% of my life from building ratrods to vintage inspired track cars and motorcycles. In highschool i used to look at superstreet and sport compact keeping up with drifting in japan as much as possible. i never imagined i would have the opportunity to get behind the wheel in an organised fashion. Senior year i traded a boosted crx for a sr20 240 and started learning from there. Roughly 6 years later i heard about some guys in Knoxvile hosting events, by this time I had Came across a miata that I had been sliding around for a year or so. That was when i decided to take it a little more serious. already having a background in automotive tech, it made things a little easier for me. Its been roughly 6 years since the first east10drift event i attended i would not trade the friends or experience for anything. Thank you for all the time and energy you guys at east10 put in!

          Josh Travis

          Josh Travis

          Driver

          2018 will be my second year in drifting. Ever since I attended a D1 event in Atlanta in 2003 I’ve wanted to own a drift car. I bought a 350z in February 2017, drove it to Knox Power in Knoxville and a few weeks later entered my first event! Hit a curb, bent some stuff and a wheel, beat it out and kept on sliding. I hope to get enough experience to tandem at Atlanta Motor Speedway one day. Grassroots Drifting is comprised of some of the best people I’ve ever been around. It’s a great family atmosphere and an illegal amount of fun!

            Marco Martinez

            Marco Martinez

            Driver

            I drift because tires killed my grandfather, so I am getting my revenge 1 set at a time.

            Started with East10Drift in 2013.

            Hometown: Yuma, AZ

              Craig Lambert

              Craig Lambert

              Driver

              Craig Lambert – 27 years old.

              I come from a racing background where I raced go karts, some road racing and then I decided to pursue drifting because of its attention to both style and challenging physics. I’ve been around the sport for awhile now but helped friends and always wanted to compete but always had other things pop up, Since purchasing my VH swapped S13 240SX in May 2016, I’ve participated in Hyperfest, Low Style Heroes and East 10 Drift, along with multiple informal drift days. My future drifting goals include attending at least six sanctioned events 2018.

              I own a 1990 s13 with at VH45 q45 motor swap.

              exterior-
              – Dmax style kit
              – Chargespeed 50mm overs
              – MST wheels
              – lexan windows
              -rocket bunny wing

              Interior-
              – Momo containment seats
              – Driven steering wheel and belts
              – Cage built by FNO racecars
              – accusump system
              – safecraft fire suppression system

              Driveline-
              – VH45 tuned on 100 octane
              – Z32 transmission
              – Xcessive mount kit
              – Kaaz LSD
              – mishimoto radiator
              – Setrab oil coolers
              – Driveshaft shop axles
              – aluminum driveshaft
              – Z32 calibers

              Started with East10Drift in 2017.

              Hometown: Concord, NC

                Kyle Frische

                Kyle Frische

                Driver

                Started drifting at chilhowee in ktown through the drift clinic days 5 years ago and been going since then. Haven’t competed in any competitions i just do driver days for fun at the moment. I bought my car with a bone stock rb20det swapped into it being held together with duct tape. Been slowly working on building it up the last 5 years to what it is now.

                  Ryan Smith

                  Ryan Smith

                  Driver

                  I’m 31, from Sarasota, Florida. I moved to Chattanooga, TN back in 01. I’ve been drifting so long the lines have blurred for me as to when I actually started. I learned to “drift” before anyone in America knew what it was. I found a picture of me drifting when I was 13 back in 1999… So I guess you could say i’ve been drifting since I was 10 years old and had a steering wheel simulator with NASCAR, CART and SCORR (Short Course Off Road Racing) and knowing that “loose is fast” and learning to drive the car sideways at speed, or crash. Literally. Now I create simulator physics using real data i collect from the various tracks we run that I have modeled into the game. My frirst real lilfe drift was in a go kart at 13 (the picture I mentioned) and I started touge drifting at 16 in a 99 chevy blazer of all things hahaha. Learned to never do that again a year later when I was link drifting a set of turns and rolled it. Got a z31 in 04 and learned to really slide in real life with it but still the terrible stock lock held me back till I got my current s13 240sx in 06. Even stock it was a dream come true to slide compaired to what I was used to. It’s still pretty stock. I’ve just improved it’s reliability. Some of the guys call me the “one wheel wonder” because I can drift any whole track with a stock powered open diff car, something many people would consider impossible but my experience and physics understanding allows me to do it. I recently put a VLSD in it. Still stock power KA and factory steering lock though. All i’ve done is lighten it and add a lsd and coilovers. Occasionally you may see me in a “grandpa modded” sc300 factory 5 speed. Just has drop springs and exhaust work and a torsen LSD. It’s my money maker as I deliver pizza in it for my income, and my tow vehicle, as in, if I ever towed my vehicle it’s the one that does it. In the future I plan to do more non drift racing in the form of hill climb with the 240 and I plan on building a dedicated track drift car with a FD legal cage for competition out of an old Z31 turbo. With steering lock, an lsd, and more power I believe it to be the ultimate nissan drift platform for todays competition standards for my suiting. Plus it’s my favorite car of all time. It’s why my 240 kind of looks like a z31 now. In the LONG LONG term future I hope to run a high performance driving school at an ebisu style track using my in depth tire physics knowledge to teach others to do the impossible and ultimately to not crash as much because of it. I hate seeing good cars be destroyed because nobody is actually taught how to drive properly in this country. If you want some personal physics coaching just message me. Email or Facebook. I’m happy to help in any way I can. I can provide links to data that will completely change the way you think about driving and especially drifting.

                    Abram Heath

                    Abram Heath

                    Driver

                    Who Is Abe?

                    I am Abram (Abe) Heath. I was born in Meadowview, VA. I grew up in a super small town, the high school had 200 or less students. Grew up the small town life helping on the farm. I enjoyed it for the most part but I knew I wanted more out of this life. I decided that I needed to get out of the small town and move to something bigger. My sister already lived in Knoxville, TN so I knew I had a place to lay my head. So at 17 I packed up and headed to Knoxville. My family had always taught me to chase my dreams and still supports me as I still chase this dream.

                    How Did I Hear About Drifting?

                    Growing up, I would do burnouts and spin sideways on the family farm and later, on the streets. I didn’t know it actually had a name until I moved to Knoxville. I researched early on watching YouTube videos and began to study the sport. A buddy came to me and said, “Hey there is a drift event here locally… Let’s go see what this is about….” I remember thinking why not watch people do it in person and not on a computer screen. My first ever ride along as a passenger was with a driver named Jonathan Christian. From the moment I stepped out of the car I was hooked.

                    How Is My Driving?

                    Well my first car was a wrecked 240sx that was found on craiglist. I thought well it is cheep and can’t do any worse than it already has done to it. So I ran about sever or eight events on it. I ended up wrecking it at Nashville Super Motor Speedway, I made the necessary repairs to drive at the event the following weekend. I finished up my first season. With a new season coming up I changed my motor to a SR20DET. I went up to Bowling Green, KY and had my first ever devastation. I totaled my car. I hit a wall. I felt like a complete failure. I felt like I was going to get the worst criticism in my life. I thought my only option was to give up. Little did I know I received the complete opposite. I received so much love and support. I was offered an amazing deal on another 240sx. It was just the shell so I would have to work super hard but that didn’t scare me at all. I had the new car completely rebuilt in two months. This car is what we refer to as the “Green Demon”. It did have some slow upgrades but I had to upgrade my car as my skill level was getting better. Beginning in 2016 I attained a sponsorship with Fastech motorsports. They helped bring the Green Demon to what we see it is today. The Green Demon is now “One of the most reliable drift cars for what it has in it.” I wanna be a household name.

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