Meet the drifter part 87: Stavros Grillis.
Teenage loving drifter.
Sarah: So , introduce yourself to Drivetribe.
Stravros: Hello, my name is Stavros Grillis I am 17 years old.
Sarah: What age were you when you first got behind the wheel?
Stravros: I got behind the wheel for first time when I was 5 years old with pedal extensions in order to can reach them.
Sarah: What was the next step for you after that?
Stravros: Actually the very first step after driving was to put a long tube in the handbrake in a FWD car and I was trying to make some small drift.
Sarah: What was your first 'legal' set of wheels?
Stravros: I haven't got any legal wheel yet as I'm only 17 and I have not driving license but I am building a Rocket Bunny E30 and this will be my daily car
Sarah: What first caught your attention about drifting?
Stravros: Since I remember my self every vehicle I had even a small plastic toy car I was trying to make it slide. I was feeling very nice whenever I made a vehicle sliding. So, the same happened with the car.
Picture credit: Darkroom project.
Sarah: What age were you then?
Stravros: I was about 3 years old when my father put an electric motor on a toy plastic quad-bike and I was drifting around some oil tanks.
Sarah: What made you think, I could actually do that?
Stravros: I was always making small “steps” and I did everything within my capabilities. I have never passed the limits of my capabilities so when I felt ready I did it.
Sarah: What was your first proper competition car?
Stravros: My 1st competition car was my BMW E30 with which I am still competing in races in Cyprus.
Sarah: Why did you pick the car that you have now?
Stravros: Now I am driving an AE86. It is a legendary car in drift scene and it is very lightweight, well balanced and after all these thoughts we built it. Now it makes around 900hp and I feel very happy when I drive it because when I was very young that was my dream car and now I have one.
Photo credit: Clutchkick
Sarah: So you've been a spectator and a competitor. Has it good side bad sides etc?
Stravros: Being a spectator is less tiring and it's entertaining to watch drifting but as a driver is much more exciting even you have stress and tiredness it is really worth every second of time.
Sarah: Best aspect of drifting for you personally?
Stravros: It would be my dream if I managed to become a professional drifter in the future.
Sarah: One thing you could change about drifting what would it be?
Stravros: I would try to make the judging more objective by using technology maybe.
Photo credit: Diamantilda K.
Sarah: Whose you best friend(s) you've made through drifting? Why?
Stravros: I have met many many people from the drift scene that are really important and with which I have great memories. Each one a different story.
Sarah: Have you got any advise for anyone wanting to get into drifting?
Stravros: I advise everyone who wants to start drifting to drift only on racetracks or private places and starting to drift doesn’t demand lot of money as top level cars. Even with a stock RWD car with just welded diff you can have great fun
Sarah: Are you glad/happy you got into drifting? Why?
Stravros: Of course I am, as this was my dream since I was young.
Photo credit: Ascheberg Photo.
Sarah: One thing you hate about drifting from any aspect of it?
Stravros: May be the judging as it is some times unfair.
Sarah: Tell us a random fact about your drifting career to date?
Stravros: I am the youngest competitive drifter. I started when I was 11.
Sarah: You have drifted and battled with some world famous drifters, who was the best and why?
Stravros: Each battle for me is a challenge it is something new even from the most infamous to the most well-known driver.
Photo credit: Darkroom project.
Sarah: If you could meet or battle against one other famous world known drifter who would it be and why?
Stravros: I would like to battle with James Deane as he is crowned as the best drifter in the world and his driving is exceptional.
Sarah: Endless amount of money for a new car and build what would it be and why?
Stravros: A GT86 with the same engine as my AE86. It doesn’t need a big amount of money but this would be perfect I believe.
Sarah: When it's time for retirement what do you want to be remembered for in the drifting world?
Stravros: All the happy moments and the fun we made with the other drivers. And of course the drift feeling. I will always remember the crowd screaming and the pressure you feel on your shoulder every time you get to the start line. But this pressure is addictive when finally you catch your target.
Big thanks to Stravros for doing this interview. If you want to follow Stravros on social media I've linked his social media below.