I met with local drift guy Nate Hamilton last Friday for a quick photo shoot in North Dallas. Though It was tough finding a good spot to shoot during rush hour on a Friday, I finally found what I though at the time was a abandoned mechanic shop. Turns out it only looked abandoned. The owners also have another shop across the street and while I was waiting for Nate to show up, they cam over and interrogated me for a few minutes. There I was with my tripod set up, taking pics of the shop, checking to see if any of the doors were open, prowling around the back of the building, all without permission… so I guess I can’t really blame them for asking for an explanation! I proudly said I was with What Monsters Do, to no surprise, they said “who?” so I had to start name dropping. Told them I was the Marketing Director at Enkei Wheels, was shooting Nate Hamilton’s bad ass full built 240, etc. Turns out they love Enkei Wheels and a couple of the mechanics are fans of Nate’s. They gave me the go ahead to shoot and just asked that I give them a heads up next time.
Nate and team member Jake Morgan showed up minutes later, unloaded the car, and the shoot began. So let’s take a look at Nate Hamilton’s 1988 Nissan 240SX drift car! Nate has owned the 240SX since 2007 and built it from the ground up. It was his everyday driver and bone stock when he purchased it. I love seeing these type transformations. Like the hole idea that you can start with a low cost everyday beater and end up with a full blown drift machine. (The car was built by Kustomz Unltd.) I don’t have all the facts on the build but I’ve noted what I do have. Check out the pics and feel free to share! – Alex
For suspension, Nate is currently running all KSPORT products. For wheels he uses the lightweight 17×9.5 +18 Enkei RPF1 Racing Series MAT Wheels in front and 18×10.5 +15 for the rears. Though Enkei offers the RPF1 in matte black, Nate’s RPF1 wheels are custom painted black with purple accent to match the car’s color scheme.
Equipped with a Corvette V8 LS2 engine with LS6 heads and cams, the 240 is pushing about 450 horse power and sounds amazing. The transmission is a lightweight durable T56 6 Speed.
Nate keeps PSALM 91:11) stamped right on the front driver side panel. The verse represents a guardian angel and gives Nate piece of mind that Jeorge, a good friend of his who passed away, is still on the track with him. The number 144 after his name also represents Jeorge’s favorite number. The number 44. The number 1 was added last year during XDC New Jersey when another car already was using the number 44.
NOS Energy Drink is one of Nate’s number one sponsors and started backing the team earlier this year.
The gages along with a Keep Drifting Fun sticker on the right of them.
Custom roll cage built by Kustomz Untld. More pics below!