FB Gallery Driver
Name: SAM MOLAKiDES
When did you first get truly excited about drifting?
I remember the night I first saw drifting, before then I had only seen drifting on TV so I assumed it would be some huge open lot and probably just a bunch of cars doing donuts. When we got to the spot I was shocked that we were on a pitch black mountain road, cars flying down the straight into the main turn. I thought these guys were crazy. I hopped in the car with my good friend Christian Santos and rode with him a few runs. After that I was hooked, I had to do this. A few months later, I bought my first S14 and started drifting.
Who influenced you to develop the drift style you have?
I would say the people around me are truly what has influenced my current drift style today. I always try to lay down very fast run while also remaining consistent. Getting into drifting a few years back, I remember the big thing from my area was drifting your car at a really low ride height. Tucking wheel but still being able to drift was a super popular trend which I still try to incorporate into my driving today.
What cars influenced your car’s style?
So many cars come to mind when i think of which car influenced my style. Getting into drifting and jus schassis in general my car’s style was heavily influenced by the people i saw around me, from Christian Santos in his S14 Zenki on VSKF with Vertex aero to Darius of Wolfreign with his S14 Kouki on XD9 with full oem aero. Of course can’t talk about influence of style without mentioning Wasted Summer 2011, the video that made me really want to go to Chicago. What i've taken away from many cars and what i’ve tried to do to incorporate into my own style is low ride height, minimal suspension modifications, shiny wheels and a simple and clean exterior.
Why did you choose to take the path through drifting that you did?
Well, to be honest it’s because i'm dumb. I don't even want to think about how much money i've spent on cars but i think the real reason I do this is because i truly love drifting. To me drifting is something that just makes me happy and it's also the reason behind many of the friendships that i’ve made in the past couple years.
Shoutout to Josh of Mpac for the help with the car, my girlfriend Victoria, my Acid Squirters, and to my teammates of Blvckmoon for always pushing me to never stop progressing as a driver and person.
Engine: S14 SR20DET
Cooling: Koyo N-FLO
Suspension: Part Shop MAX coilovers and suspension links. Nismo power brace, Ikeya Formula tie rods.
Aero: BN Sports Type 4 / S14 Kouki K’s Aero, Ganador Mirrors
Wheels: SSR Agle Minerva F: 18x9 -13 R: 18x10 +11 - Advan Model 5 F: 18x9 +10 R:18x10 +19
Interior: Bride Maxis 2 driver seat, Bride Brix 1.5 passenger seat, Cusco 6 point, Nardi 330 steering wheel, Yashio factory shift knob and Ebrake button, Dmax floor mats.
Special Thanks!!! ~ to @firstglancemedia for the video clips and to @deus.look for the edit - to all the photographers that supplied photos! Be sure to check out their respective Instagram accounts - THEY HAVE AMAZING PICTURES! OMGDRIFT, BAYSLIDE, (if your photos are being used in the post and would like them to be tagged please DM us ~ THANK YOU!)