Team Proceed Drift – Big in America


Additional photography by Nicolas Cassara and Will Roegge

Preface: Team Proceed is among the most recognizable drift teams in the Usa We’ve seen videos of them online but never had the chance to see them in action until Final Bout. Perhaps no one can tell their story better than one that belongs to them members, Ilia Smolov who drives the Cressida from the group. As well as all his other teammates, Ilia is living and breathing drifting for more than a decade. So without further adieu, here’s Team Proceed’s story as told by Ilia:your friends at midnight, and you wait. You wait for cops to have. You wait for a street to get rid of out. You wait for the warehouse shift to finish. If it’s not something, it’s another-and you also always wait.When you discover drifting, you wait, too. Every one of us who drift remember watching their first videos, flipping through their first magazines, and being absolutely floored by what we saw. You see your heroes driving cars that look like show cars on the circuit and on the road in ways that most people can’t drive purpose-built race cars, and your spirit is forever captured. And you wait. You work day job after day jobmakes sense. The cops leave, the street clears out, the warehouse closes for your night, and also you get your few moments of glory. Nobody but your friends may have seen it, but those few moments are priceless. Eventually, you graduate, your career repays, and you’re finally capable to build the drift car you’ve dreamed of your whole life and drive with the friends exactly the same way you watched your idols drive with their friends, decade before. Anybody who hasn’t been through it can’t truly understand, but those of us who definitely have made your journey will remember it.It is actually those memories that drive Proceed. We shall always remember engines screaming past abandoned highway walls of the city, never forget nights put in rougher areas of Chicago watching our friends practice drifting corners hour after hour, hoping that certain day we might drive like our heroes in Japan. The cars you see during these pages would be the products of years of dreaming, planning and waitingin America

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A whole list of modifications for each car is impossible to include-drift cars are an anomaly within the street car realm because literally every single component from the connecting rod bolt into a control arm is changed and touched to handle abuse of drifting. Each of the Proceed cars has this in common. They have all been changed drastically off their factory form and designed not only to drift well, but to look like show cars while carrying it out. The design and style aspect of our cars is and always will likely berealizing that street driving would be in its future, so he failed to skimp about the comforts every street car should have. Eric had been dreaming about a drift Aristo for a long time and knew exactly how he would build the car when he finally got it. This power is balanced with street car comfort, although chob’s Aristo has a 2JZ-GTE, Precision 6262 turbo, TiAL wastegate and AEM standalone to give the car greater than 500hp in the wheels. His interior is wrapped in black leather having a Bride Gias reclinable seat, plus it has everything he’d need to be comfortable on long trips-air conditioning, Alpine in-dash DVD player and full stereo by MB Quart. This car’s footwork was a mix of custom designed Serial Touge and 9 Factory parts, including Stance coilovers specifically suited for the large sedan. Chrome Work Emotion 11R wheels and a full carbon-fiber canard kit accent his aero and work perfectly with all the livery designed byhas become drifting 180SXs since the early 2000s but has had this right-side-drive S13 since 2007. Each piece of the car has become carefully changed for drifting, with an attention to detail that aspires to Josh’s favorite cars in Japan. The SR20 engine uses a Power Enterprises PE1420 turbo; Tomei cams, rocker arm stoppers, and head gasket; GREX/Trust oil cooler and filter relocation kit; Koyo radiator and an intercooler and swirl pot from Powered by Max. An A’PEXi Power FC runs the SR package, and all of these components work together with a full suspension by Stance and C’s Garage. The knuckles, tie rods, steering rack, control arms and subframe have all been custom-built by C’s Garage for flawless response and good steering angle. Shine Auto aero along with a full canard package from Origin give this car an unmistakable style, plus rare pieces like the Juran Garny flap, G Corporation wing, and East Bear mirrors are nearly never found on one car at once. Josh’s 180SX is seen either on Nismo LMGT4 wheels or somehas been drifting in Chicago since ’03 and has always been loyal to the S13 chassis. This coupe is his third S13 over 11 years and was made to withstand a trial by fire much like the last cars. The exterior of the car reflects Simba’s wild driving style perfectly with super-aggressive Works 9 aero, Origin fenders and wing and the infamous The Truly Amazing Wave off Kanagawa hood-a skill piece in its own right. Simba’s wheel collection alone is a evidence of his dedication to the spirit and style of drifting, with everything from SSR Vienna Courage to function Equip, Work VS-KF, and SSR Agle Strusse-all sitting in his garage ready to be used. A Garrett GTX2863R turbo powers his Haltech-controlled SR20 engine, by using a Z32 transmission conversion giving his drivetrain a fighting chance versus the clutch kicks Simba uses to keep the turbo in boost. Rare drivetrain pieces like HKS cams along with an ORC clutch round out the drivetrain package, while Stance Suspension components complete the car’s footwork. Simba’s car is finished with Burberry upholstered Buddy Club seats to mirror his love foris nearly complete after seven many years of continuous modification, revision and improvement. Throughout the years, Leigh has created one of the most unique Supras in the usa by making sure the parts he adds are not only effective, but additionally come together to generate a supercool and JDM vibe. Leigh’s 1JZ was improved with a classic Blitz twin-turbo kit using K26 turbos. The Blitz kit is something Leigh has dreamed of owning since senior high school, and after years of searching used parts listings, he was finally able to source this incredibly rare turbo kit. Sard fuel injectors, a Koyo radiator, and a host of first-generation A’PEXi electronics complete the existing-school feel. His aero fits perfectly regarding his car’s classic style, with Ab Flug-style pieces from Shine giving the car a pure ’90s look, plus ain the group. Its usability and comfort about the street just gave me a street drift vibe I couldn’t pass up, though i’m a former rotary FC owner, so the Cressida was a huge change to me. My 1J engine is utterly unmodified, but I have increased its reliability with an oil cooler and Koyo radiator. The Cressida carries a full Serial 9 arm set and Stance coilovers, a custom-built subframe by Touge Factory and with raised roll centers along with Xcessive Manufacturing knuckles for a great suspension feel. I left all carpets and panels in the interior and added some Bride Brix seats and HKS gauges, because this is a street car. The Cressida also has Serial 9 aero, Origin canards and trunk wing in silver carbon and Work XT7 and Advan T6 wheels to enhancein an interesting time for Proceed; it’s near our first official year as a team. Proceed has been a while coming-all of us have been driving together for nearly ten years in other teams, so when the idea for Proceed formed, we knew we could not merely create the team from thin air straight away. Instead, we talked, and waited and planned for more than a couple of years. As Phil Prescott dealt with us to generate the Proceed vinyl design, as we chose our team colors and described the ideas and morals our team can be about away from our driving, we knew we were trying to create an issue that was our very own. Also as professionals in our careers, and as people, although we are proud of where we’ve been and where we’re going not only as drivers.has been said, after the cars have been photographed and this year’s drift season draws to some close, we all in Proceed are preparing to do something we’ve grown so accustomed to doing: working dreaming, hard and waiting for this one moment of glory, that short chance to be like our heroes. Dailyin the usa

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Team Proceed wish to thank…

Simba: ClubFR, Grip Gambler, TF Works, Stance Suspension, Origin Lab, GTR Garage

Eric: TF Works, Stance Suspension, 3L, Fast Eddie’s, Serial9, Sergey’s House of Wheels, MB family, Quart and friends, girlfriend Geneveve, RT, Niko at RCN Motors

Leigh: Ed at Fast Eddie’s, Shine Auto Project, RCN Motors, TF Works, Scott at Empire Collective, 3L, my teammates and friends, my always supportive girlfriend Catie, my daughter Ellie, Brian Duong, Kyle Collucci, Dan Lewis, Ginash George, Ahmed Fahmy, Dr. Nick, TF Dave

Josh: RCN Motors, TF Works, Fast Eddie’s, C’s Garage, Stance Suspension, Earnest, Shine Auto, Origin Lab, GTR Garage, 3L, Marylou Seludo, ClubFR

Ilia: TF Works, Fast Eddie’s, Origin Lab, James at Falken Tire, ClubFR, Ryan Shook, Serial 9.