While our town might be known for big, powerful V8 engines, you’d be surprised at the eclectic car and racing scene. Though there isn’t much in the way of drifting competitions, except for what people try on weekend nights at Woodward Avenue. Most of the time resulting in a ticket, or colliding into something.
Thankfully, the Midwest Drift Union changed that this past weekend. A ProAm level drift competition named ‘Streets of Detroit’ happened near the long-defunct Michigan Central Train Station, at Roosevelt Park, just south of Michigan Avenue in Corktown. For those who can’t figure out where that is, it’s by Slow’s BBQ. In contention were forty-odd drivers trying to take home the gold.
The winner, Mike Skudlarek, 22, of a nearby town Plymouth, was ecstatic to win, and thankfully has some drifting experience. He did it in a Nissan S13 240SX — a traditional drift car, powered by what’s considered unorthodox: a lovely 6.2L LS3 Small Block V8. The car was built in a mere four months, with the help of his father, who is a Nissan Tech Engineer.
“First ever official sanctioned drift event here in the city and I got first place,” said Skudlarek. “It feels awesome to wrap that victory being here in my hometown and i can’t wait i hope they come back and do more events in the near future.”
Skudlarek has been competing in drift ProAms for 4 years now. At the young age of 15, Skudlarek wanted to road race. However, that was a bit young. At 18 he obtained his Formula Drift Professional License and was invited to hoon in the Formula Drift Pro-Am National Championship in California with some of the more experienced and best drivers around.
Thanks to MLive.com for the bits. For more, enjoy the aerial video below.