The automotive hobby can turn into a lifestyle and sometimes grows into a career. But there also are times when we find ourselves caught in a niche and unable to move out of that niche. Hot rod builder Noah Alexander has turned on his signals to explore another lane.
Alexander owns the Classic Car Studio, a build and restoration shop based in St. Louis that was featured on Velocity’s Speed is the New Black program.
But just a 15-minute drive from his shop is World Wide Technology Raceway, where motorsports events range from drag racing to NASCAR to Formula Drift.
Alexander had plenty of experiences at the track, but the recent Formula Drift event marked his introduction to that aspect of competition. So, with little knowledge about drifting, he took a look and found some common ground between his passion for cars and the passions he found among drift drivers and their fans.
ClassicCars.com–sponsored driver Andrew Schulte chatted with Alexander about his journey to Pro2 drift events and about swapping an LS V8 engine into his Nissan 240SX daily driver for drifting. Another conversation with Team Schulte crew chief Alex Anderson gave another perspective into what it takes to compete.
While Alexander was very familiar with utilizing LS engines to produce even more power, the suspension setups and steering angles used in drifting were something new for him. After a single day at the three day event, Alexander admitted he was eager to get back to another Formula Drift event.
We hope you enjoy the video as two very different aspects of the car hobby find common ground.
See Andrew Schulte and his competition car at the Future Classic Car Show in Scottsdale, AZ on Jan. 12th 2020.