In this week’s installment of Better Know A Driver, we caught up with David Mesker. He’s got an E36 and an S13, and both are powered by Toyota. He’s been driving the Midwest Drift Union series for several years and, as of this writing, is ripping up the Ebisu North track in Japan.
SMASHED: How did you get into drifting?
Mesker: My friend Steven Fishel got me into drifting at the end of my sophomore year in high school by taking me drifting in his mustang GT and every since then I have been hooked.
SMASHED: Last week we had Topping’s car, and you have the “other” E36 that’s a regular in MDU over the years. What made you go the German route instead of jumping onto the S-chassis ship like most people?
Mesker: I went German because my friend Tim was selling this car for a great price and I needed a car for the season because my S13 was not done being built. It ended up being one of my favorite drift cars because of the amount of angle it lets me throw.
SMASHED: Your BMW’s got some Toyota power in contrast to Topping’s LS. What factors made you decided to run with a Toyota power plant instead of building up the BMW engine or dropping a V8?
Mesker: The car already had a completely stock 1JZ in it and I love boosted motors so I stuck with it. I went the entire season with it as a stock 1JZ then I upgraded to a GTX3076 so I could keep up with the power war of the LS motors.
SMASHED: You had a red S13 at some point. Do you still have it, and if so, what’s the story on it?
Mesker: Yes I still have it. It was under construction for two years and went through about three different shops before it finally got into Andy Seahausen’s hands where it finally got completed. It now has a Brian Crower 3.4 liter monster that destroys tires within three minutes of drifting.
SMASHED: What would you say your ultimate goal is with drifting?
Mesker: Right now it is to just have as much fun as I can and get my Pro2 license this upcoming season while hopefully making many more trips to Ebisu to fine tune my skills.
SMASHED: What’s your biggest motivation to reach those goals?
Mesker: My biggest motivation is just the joy that I get from drifting. It’s like nothing else on this earth the accomplishment I feel when I connect a very difficult course like the touge course at Ebisu. There is so much risk involved but such a high payout once completing the track.
SMASHED: What is/are some of the biggest hurdles you’ve had to overcome to get where you are now?
Mesker: Trying to keep the car in one piece from event to event and mentally not siking myself out. The place I fall part most is scaring myself during comp thinking about not messing up my line.
SMASHED: What advice do you have for those just starting out in the sport?
Mesker: The first two years you are staring out don’t worry about what your car looks like just focus on honing your skills then after that be as stylish as you can and drive your own style.
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Current city: Denver, CO
Car (year/make/model): 1998 BMW M3 and 1992 Nissan 240SX
Engine: 1JZ in the BMW and 2JZ in the S13
Suspension: BC coils BMW and KW on S13
Wheels: Enkei RPF1 on both cars
Tires: 245/40/17 and 265/35/18
Sponsors: Schaefer Oil
Years drifting: 4
Day job: Student at Regis University
First drift car: S13 coupe with an LS1
Favorite track: In the U.S., Gateway’s road course. In Japan I love the Ebisu North track