They call it the Gauntlet for a reason. It’s a track where real automotive combat goes down. Cars break, wreck, catch fire, and only the strong survive. By the time the event is wrapped up, the track looks like a mini war zone / junk yard. Parts are everywhere. The rails are bent, tire pieces everywhere, broken bumpers, wings, etc. Even the media guys and some fans don’t leave un harmed (sun burn). This years Formula Drift round 4 at Wall Speedway was no exception. [click to continue…]
Formula Drift Miami. My title for Round 3 was crew for Nate Hamilton. My duties involved changing tires, mechanical work on the car, and working on pit lane ensuring that the car was ready to run. Due to the track layout, pit lane only offered a view of cars launching from grid, initiating drift, and quickly disappearing from view around the first corner. This means I would be seeing minimal drifting this weekend. Although this doesn’t sound ideal, I have learned that grid is an exciting world of its own that not many get insight into. Words by Max Fuerst Photos by Corey Denomy
A great video by Yaer featuring Formula Drift Rookies Nate Hamilton and Rob Primo. Check it out and make sure to share it with your friends!
“I feel like I get asked the question a lot, How did you become a pro drifter? The only way I answer it is, I did it! I decided I wanted to do it!” – Nate Hamilton
Check out this awesome video by Corey Denomy. Nate Hamilton gives an in depth walk around of the car that him and one44 motorsports built for their 2013 rookie season of Formula Drift. He talks about changes to the motor, new additions and sponsors from last year, and about the design and wrapping of the car. Looking fresh in that WMD Hachi Roku crewneck Nate! – WMD
Nate Hamilton and 144 Motorsports have been hard at work preparing for their debut pro season at Formula Drift.
In this video, Nate Hamilton explains the new car for his rookie season of Formula Drift. The team tests and tunes the new car at Willow Springs, just weeks before the first round in Long Beach, CA. Nate also touches on why they made certain changes to this car and how they are preparing for their first professional year of competition.
Beat Connection – Sunburn
Made my second stop at Nate Hamilton’s shop and as you can see, the engine made it in and was being worked on during my visit. Nate is using a LS7/LS3 built by LG Motorsport – a bigger motor than what he ran last year. It’s basically a LS7 head with a LS3 block. LG Motorsport will tune the car as well. This year, Nate picked up Holley as a sponsor so will be using Holley throttle body, fuel rails, etc. More photos after the jump.
Had a chance to catch up with Formula Drift rookie Nate Hamilton at his shop just outside of Dallas, Texas. Nate will begin his rookie season of Formula Drift this April in Long Beach. We’ve been following him around for a couple of years so definitely looking forward to his first run at the pro level. He’s building a brand new S13 similar to the one he ran last year in which he earned his Formula D pro license. Last year’s S13 will be used for demos, local stuff and perhaps some international events. More photos after the jump.
Catch up with Nate in Palm Beach, FL to start things off, then head to Summit Point, WV and finally end up in San Diego, CA at the Motor Union presented by Five and a Dime.
Our good friend Nate Hamilton releases his first episode of 2012. Featuring Nate’s experience at XDC Round 1 and 2 which were back to back events in Arizona. Put together by Corey Denomy who keeps stepping up his game with every new video he puts out!
A big shout out to the entire Hamilton crew and thanks for rockin the WhatMOnstersDo sticker! – WMD
We had the opportunity to shoot Nate’s S13 last year and were excited to hear what he had in store for 2012. If you spent anytime on the web this past week you’ve likely seen the teaser photo Nate and his team released. As we expected, it caught fire and is being praised by many of the industry’s leaders as one of the best looking non-pro drift cars out today. Luckily, I happen to reside a 40 minute drive away from Mr. Hamilton and jumped at the opportunity to feature it on WMD once more!
Team JDM Relief along with NOS Energy put together a meet and greet for Nate Hamilton (pictured above) this evening to help launch the JDM Relief charity for the good people of Japan. Good to see so many people come out and show their support for a good cause! Big shout out to NOS Energy, the whole Nate Hamilton crew, Chris, Marcus, Geoff, Chanh, and Yulisses.
Matt of NOS Energy.
Nate and crew t-shirts, Enkei Wheels catalogs, What Monsters Do Stickers and NOS Energy drinks. Official.
Marcus’ Honda Fit with newly bought Enkei RPF1 SBC wheels. Dope!
Marcus popped the hood to reveal the Honda Fit motor built by Kustomz Unltd. So serious.
Geoff dropped by in his Jotech built Nissan 350Z with Volks.
Ulisses’ (Saul Canelo Alvarez look a like) Honda s2000 with Rays and Works.
A bunch of the Scion guys came out as well. More XB Scions than I’ve seen in a while… in one place. This one sporting some Axis OG wheels.
Definately one of my favorite cars at the meet was Chanh’s from Team Just One… Lexus iS350 with Strasse Forge SM8 step lip 20×9 in front and 20×10.5 for rears. So dope!!
We had a great time meeting and talking with everyone, looking forward to the next meet. Enjoy the rest of the pics! – Alex
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!