“That’s ridiculous,” exclaimed Les Nimmo, bordering somewhere between a laugh and a grimace. It was the first thing he ever said to me, following my explanation of the problem at hand. For reasons not worth explaining, it was imperative that I find a way to mate an S550 Mustang hub and bearing to an SN95 Mustang spindle, some six years ago. Three other machine shops had said it just wasn’t going to work, and that I was better off finding an alternative. The .
Photography by Mike Crawat
A Mustang Fastback isn’t exactly rare here in the states. It wouldn’t be fair to call it common either, but it wouldn’t be unexpected to catch one at the weekly Wednesday night Sonic Drive In meet, driven by a suburban dad re-living his high school years, for example. In Belgium, though, it’s a piece of machinery that takes on a whole new meaning.
With each new season of Fromula Drift comes new cars, new drivers, new teams, and new styles. It’s a sport that has evolved in countless ways – some more appreciated than others – but one thing remains constant. Formula Drift is owed a sense of gratitude for its captivation of young enthusiasts, and their introduction to the world to auto racing, in one form or another. And to that end, we owe the drivers too.
I distinctly remember saying to myself, sometime in high school, that I’d never understand how anyone could like the Fox Body Mustang. Both its predecessors and successors seemed to have something to offer, but how anyone could choose the boxy fox as their favorite was comletely beyond me. Somehow though, many years later, the Fox has inexplicably earned a special place in my heart – truly and wholly – as one of my favorites, period.
For any race, half of the joy stems from wandering the paddocks. There is, of course, something to be said about the magic of cars screaming their way around the race track, but I also find a special sort of enjoyment in seeing the cars up close. At the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, much of the field stays the same, although year in and year out, a handful of new cars make the rounds.