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Hot rod builder explores Formula Drift


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.

Formula Drift
ClassicCars.com-sponsored drift driverAndrew Schulte | Photo by Valters Boze

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.comsponsored 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.

Supercharged LSA 6.2L (556hp) in a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad built by Classic Car Studio
Supercharged LSA 6.2L (556hp) in a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad built by Classic Car Studio

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.

Rebecca Nguyen
Rebecca is an experienced automotive motorsports photographer and enthusiast of all things with wheels. Former Marketing and Project Coordinator for several aftermarket brands, Rebecca has a unique perspective developed from being on several different sides of the automotive world. From developing innovative automotive products to doing her own DIY modifications on her 2003 Subaru WRX and 2014 Ducati Monster, Rebecca’s passion for the hobby brings fresh ideas to The Journal. In addition, she has spent many years publishing event coverage for events like SEMA, Formula Drift, and Global RallyCross while coordinating the annual Future Collector Car Show in Scottsdale Arizona.



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