Pro Mustang Drifter Explains Why Big Builds Don’t Matter

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Building a monster Mustang drift car won’t guarantee success on the track but it provides valuable life lessons.

This video from the YouTube channel of pro drifter Shane Whalley addresses the negativity around monster builds, similar to the one that he is undertaking with his new Ford Mustang GT. However, as a pro drifter, Whaley can make real use of the all-out drift build, but that isn’t the case for most people.

As Whaley explains, building a monster Mustang drift car won’t guarantee you passage into Formula Drift, but it will teach you valuable life lessons and plenty of new automotive skills.

Whaley Mustang Rear

Big Builds

At the beginning of this video, Whalley gives us a quick walk-around of his current project – a new Ford Mustang GT drift car. As we can see, it has a rear-mounted cooling system, a 1,000-horsepower engine build, a gutted cabin and lots of custom chassis work. As a pro drifter, he can actually make use of this machine, but the average weekend drifter cannot.

Even with that in mind, some weekend warriors get into crazy projects that result in pro-style drift cars, only to crash them and be out a whole lot of money. For example, Whaley points out that he had roughly $60,000 in his GTO that he destroyed in a crash.

When people pour a ton of money into a project, only to go out and crash it right away, they end up losing interest in the sport, but as the pro points out – you don’t need to spend big money to have fun. He points out that a cheap car with 300 horsepower will provide far more fun-per-dollar than a big money build, especially when you finally hit a wall and his example is his Celica Supra shown below.

Whaley Celica Supra

Advantages of the Monster Projects

While Whaley points out that a big money build like his Mustang GT will never guarantee victory, he stresses the valuable lessons learned from a project like this. He talks about the fabrication skills learned while building his previous GTO, and how the items that he developed led to a career in high performance fabrication.

Whaley Mustang Front

Not everyone can turn a project car into a career and a big build won’t guarantee you a competitive edge on the drift track, but it will help develop important skills and lessons on life.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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