Meet the drifter part 60: Ollie Evans.
Sarah:So introduce yourself to Drivetribe.
Ollie:My names Ollie Evans – I’m 28 living in North Wales and the reigning 2019 British Drift Champion.
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Sarah: What age were you when you first got behind the wheel?
Ollie:I was roughly 9 or 10 years old when I first learnt to drive. Old Spice (my Dad) always got banger cars for us to rally around the fields at home. Ever since then I’ve always enjoyed driving at speed or out of control.
Sarah:What was the next step for you after that?
Ollie: I’ve always had an interest in Classic fords. I bought an XR3i Mk4 Escort off my Uncle when I was 12 for £20, instead of destroying it I started fitting sounds systems and modifying it, the type of thing you are supposed to do when you turn 17!
Sarah:What was your first 'legal' set of wheels?
Ollie:Escort Rs Turbo Series 2 first day of insuring it, I got pulled over for speeding and was ‘awarded’ 3 points as a prize!
Sarah:What first caught your attention about drifting?
Ollie:I watched some MK2 escorts drifting at Silverstone as part of a ‘Drift Demo.’ I couldn’t understand how or why they weren’t getting black flagged off the track driving like that! So I proceeded onto the track in my Sierra Cosworth and ‘attempted’ to drift Brooklands and Luffield, and straight away was black flagged and removed from track. Rightly so.
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Sarah:What age were you then?
Ollie:21 (I’m still 21 in mind nothing has changed!)
Sarah:What made you think, I could actually do that?
Ollie:The Sierra Cossy actually ‘drifted’ quite well.Actually it performed a perfect ‘one wheel peel’ from any junction you liked! Till the diff exploded.Regularly!
Sarah:What was your first proper competition car?
Ollie:Nissan S14a Sr20 with around 270BHP I bought a show car and wrecked it drifting!
Sarah:Why did you pick the car that you have now?
Ollie:It was basically a show car with all the drift bits fitted! Roll cage, bucket seats, harnesses, adjustable lower arms etc. it had everything you would want on a drift car, except it was a show car! I still own the car now with a different engine fitted! But it’s had a slightly hard life!
Sarah:So you've been a spectator and a competitor. Has it good side bad sides etc?
Ollie:As a spectator you can witness the excitement without the expense of actually drifting! I watched drifting for the first time at Silverstone and was blow away I still remember it now! And at the Drivers ‘Signing Session’ after the demonstration, Old spice sat down on the end of the table and started signing autographs sat next to Phil Morrison we didn’t have any idea what was happening!He’s a legend!
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Sarah:Best aspect of drifting for you personally?
Ollie:Flat out,no lifting, with like minded drivers to put on a show for spectators or to solely terrify myself!!
Sarah:One thing you could change about drifting what would it be?
Ollie:We alot more faster tracks.
Sarah:Whose you best friend(s) you've made through drifting? Why?
Ollie: I’ve made so many life long friends through drifting! Karl Farrar is one of the first genuine friends I met through this silly Motorsport! Some of my team mates now Andrew Hughes, Phi Hughes, Holly Vicary are just a couple of the fantastic people that help me get to events and compete at events across the country!
Sarah: Have you got any advise for anyone wanting to get into drifting?
Ollie:If you are prepared to sacrifice a lot of time, money and effort. I would 100% recommend it! Why wouldn’t you want to do this!!
Sarah:Are you glad/happy you got into drifting? Why?
Ollie:The last few years have been an absolute roller coaster! Never did I dream of competing at a Professional level and to actually win the British Championship this year is absolute madness and also sharing that with all my friends and family who come to support me aswell!
Sarah:One thing you hate about drifting from any aspect of it?
Ollie:Lack of sponsorship opportunities. Sponsors and partners are so few and far between. The majority of the costs involved with my competition program are self-funded by me. 90% of the costs involved are covered by my own money.
Sarah:Tell us a random fact about your drifting career to date?
Ollie:My first ever competition at Drift Outlaws in 2015 I won. Ever since it’s been an absolute whirlwind of a journey. We also traveled to Ebisu circuit and drifted at all the tracks for 10 days! It was absolutely amazing!
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Sarah:You have drifted and battled with some world famous drifters, who was the best and why?
Ollie: I did a practice run with James Deane in my second ever Pro Event in 2017. My car at the time was around half the power of his and still managed to stick with him. Yes it was practice, but still counts in my book!Would ruin him now!
Sarah:If you could meet or battle against one other famous world known drifter who would it be and why?
Ollie: Luke Fink. He used to ride BMX and so did I. Would love to give him a good thrashing in a car.
Sarah: Endless amount of money for a new car and build what would it be and why?
Ollie:The one I’m building now! But I’m not allowed to say just yet! We are filming the entire build process and it will be published very soon over on my Instagram @ollieevans_drift and my Facebook. It will be posted on Youtube aswell Via AutoBarnBuilds. We have another exciting project coming up aswell (which we have zero funding for currently) but basically if you could make an escort cosworth drift car what engine would you use? Because I’m going to do it!
Sarah: When it's time for retirement what do you want to be remembered for in the drifting world?
Ollie: Retirement is soon! And I want to be remembered for the best crashes and most outrageous driving! That will be all.
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Big thanks to Ollie for doing this interview. Want to follow Ollie on social media? Links to his social media below!