All In The Family: If You Think The 15-year-old Can Drift, You Ought To See The 11-Year-Old!


All In The Family: If You Think The 15-year-old Can Drift, You Ought To See The 11-Year-Old!

Would you cut your child loose with a powerful race car? Here in the states, that might be a cause for panic, especially from the “Think of the children!” groups, but in Ireland there is a family that has two young drifters…and they are good. Meet the Shanahans…Fifteen year old Jack is a pro drifter in the Irish Drift Championship and runs a Nissan S14 packing over 800hp from a BMW-sourced power plant. And he’s plenty good on his own right, but if you want to see impressive, his 11-year-old brother Conor is equally as good in his own ride, a BMW 3-series hatch. You don’t have to understand drifting to get why this family is awesome: father John has some racing in his background as well, and their mother Valerie is fully supportive of their endeavors. They build it, beat on it, break it, fix it and go out again for more, and that’s everything we love to see in a racing operation.

You know, it’s funny…when my mother caught me drifting her Firebird around in a field as a kid she threatened to remove me off of the face of the Earth…


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