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WWW: Battle Ready

Where I live, there seems to be two ways to approach drifting. The first (and probably the most common) is: see drifting, build drift car, then try and drift it. The second (and less common) is: see drifting, start drifting and build car as you progress. This Silvia has taken the road less traveled.



Taking this road can often be a mistake made by most people starting out. However, the Silvia’s owner, Carter, is not most people. He started with a beat-up S13 that he acquired for pocket change and pretty much got to work on driving.

It wasn’t long before Carter outgrew that S13 and went on the hunt for a S14. With help from Spencer at Boss Imports, they obtained this Silvia and it wasn’t long before it was on a boat being shipped across the ocean.

Once Carter got the car, it didn’t go straight to the garage for a full build. Instead, it went to the street where he could just drive it. Soon after that, the car went to the track so Carter could get it sideways.

Winter came and Carter parked his car and started obtaining new parts. Nothing major, just a few new bolt-ons and some wheels. Usually on Wednesdays we talk about Works or Volks or something pretty expensive, but I don’t think we’ve talked about MB’s before. I think there’s a valuable lesson to be learned here.

You see, Carter is building a car to drive and as his skill set changes he’ll have to upgrade more parts. Parts require money and if you spend thousands on wheels it’s going to be very hard to buy anything else. So instead of some fancy Work wheels, we’re looking at these MB Battles that measure 18×9.5+15 all the way around.

There is a time and a place for everything, and right now the place for these Battles are on this S14. But who knows what the future holds.

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