Time travel with me to January, the Two Thousand nineteenth year(wow flying cars!) just became new. Like literally the time of year one is excused for signing checks with an incorrect year. Anyway lol, It was Leo Alvarado birthday YAY! All of the party revelers met up on the Ronald Reagan Turnpike(Florida Turnpike) at a service station in south Florida before the roosters could cock a doodle doo. It was a hefty bunch of us, as we mobbed up to Orlando Speed World on this brisk Saturday morning. Some towed their cars, while others just made the trip in drift cars with no heat, no windows to roll up and just blankets. Lol only one person did that bare bones trip. However at the track, after a quick safety meeting from the track officials and another “safety meeting” for good luck the day was on its way. How crummy for the birthday boys car to break down on his first outing. Thinking his day was doneski everyone lent a helping hand to get his car back on track! Success with some important phone calls and trips to advance auto Leo was back sliding his buns off!
Happy Birthday Leo.
Some time later I met up with Leo and asked him some dope questions about that day.
shane: What’s up my dude! like who are you? Why are we doing this interview? Lol seriously for the people reading this? Who is Leo?
Leo: I’m Leo, I live in soflo (South Florida). I work a bunch and when I have free time I normally spend it fixing my car or getting it ready for drift events.
shane: That’s it? You are a modern day drifter for sure. Eat, sleep, drift haha. Happy birthday(belated). So how was your birthday this year?
Leo: My birthday was pretty awesome this year.. I was able to get a hold of the head of OSW(Orlando Speed World) and rented the track for a day. With the help of my friends whom made it a possibility. It was a great time!
shane: Glad to hear that! So you and the boys at your birthday private sesh had some cool matching stickers! They said “BrakeBank”, who, where and why did this awesome idea of having this this team/brand come about?
Leo: Brakebank is pretty much a group of friends that all love drifting and good times. Besides drifting. We all skateboard which is how most of us know each other. As for the idea, it just kinda happened. We were already all hanging and driving together so might as well start our own team.
shane: That’s tight! So what is the future of Breakbank? Like where do you see it going?
Leo: I’m actually excited to see what the future brings, for now we just need to get all the cars together and drive together.
shane: What got you into the sport of drifting?
Leo: It was actually Kevin(very crazy funny guy)! An old friend introduced me to him and that night Kevin was doing some donuts and crazy turns. Then I met Camilo and Anthony from Brakeloose(drift team). Shortly after I got a hold of a Sr20 powered 240sx S13 coupe. Thanks to Camilo for helping me install a welded diff onto it and showing me how to clutch kick properly. Then the rest is pretty much tire smoke.
shane: Haha cool, tell me about the R32 skyline! Why did get it and why do you love it! What is done to it?
Leo: The R32 is my dream car! When I saw the chance to get one, I was lucky enough to get one the color I wanted which is pretty sick.. And my skyline actually had one previous owner in Japan. When I got it, it had low miles so it was very much stock besides an aftermarket front bumper and hood. Since I got it, I’ve upgraded the fuel system, turbo, suspension, Interior and body with mostly drift related upgrades and making it look good.
shane: What are your future plans for the skyline?
Leo: To cage it and take a couple weeks off work and drive events all over the US.
shane: Do you skate bro? How did you get into that?
Leo: Hell yeah! I’ve been skating for over 12 years and besides all the injuries and surgeries it has made me go thru I still love it and most of my family skated so it kinda just happened.
shane: And for the final question! Is there any cool things in the future you can let us in on, what going on with you?
Leo: The team just got a warehouse in which all of us are doing something cool and upgrades on our cars so a lot of cool content should be coming real soon!
Photo x shane prescod
Location @ Orlando Speed World, FL