A Sideways Lifestyle
James has developed himself to become a local celebrity in the Northwest with his long smoke trails and the ability to tackle any corner with shenanigan ways. The S14.5 is an iconic image to all northwest drifters has left many marks including the Pats Acre go-kart track. So without further ado, we proudly present to you with James Wiklund and his RB25 machine.
Name: James Wiklund
Hometown: Lodi, CA
What was your car built for?
I had the car built with the short term mindset of keeping it on the street as well as to make it to local events to broaden my experience but also the long term goal of building it for ProAm.
What was it that got you get into drifting?
I was watching a YouTube video of Rhys Millen and noticed he was sliding a GTO and was instantly intrigued.
How did you obtain your car?
The motor is from my S13 as well as all of the front suspension. I got the chassis from my buddy Levi with the S15 front.
Why did you choose to go with this platform for your build?
I more or less didn't have many options and the opportunity was perfect for the S14.
What was the hardest part of the build?
Swapping the RB25 from the last S13 and working with a jank cherrypicker.
What are three words that could describe your car and why?
Functional, appealing, and mine haha. I have built the car for a definite "function > form" purpose and I always put my own touch with colors and decals that depict my personality directly.
I would love to thank:
Portland Speed Industries
Kyle Pollard Racing
M&B Cylinder Heads
Baxter Auto Parts
Shop Seven S7
Keep It Clean
And all my amazing friends for helping me out and getting me to where I am.
Written by: Yerem Saribekian
Edited by: Raymond Chiu