No money, no automotive knowledge and without the most important thing support. This is the Queen of Drift Karolina‘s Pilarczyk story. A highly driven, motivated and hard-working Karolina opened a new chapter in the Poland‘s motorsport history.
“I laugh that “it was the love from the first slide”, asked how began her story in Drift says K. Pilarczyk – After doing my driving license, I wanted to improve my driving skills. So, I went to the Driving Academy. On a slip pad, when I was practicing how to control the slide, I felt that this is what I want to do in my life! This is how everything began”.
You started your career from nothing, but now you have one of the most well-known Drift Teams in Europe. How did you start everything? What kind of plan did you have?
Honestly, I didn’t have any plan. I only knew that I want to drift, but I didn’t know where to start. That’s why I did many mistakes in my strategy. From the moment I’ve decided to drive to the moment when I built a competitive drift car. It took to me 9 years, but I did it. I was patient, persistent and found out the most successful method. Meantime, I learnt a lot what helps me in the further work.
You are well-known person in Poland. You are a model, actress, stunt driver, we could see you in television shows. Could we say that you were born “under a lucky star”?
No, definitely not! Everything is a result of hard-work. I studied Marketing and Management and worked for the biggest IT corporations. We can say that the experience, which I gained there, I copied to motorsport. And truly it worked. There are no coincidences here. In the beginning of my motorsport career it was a chaos and I did many mistakes. But later, I was more aware of my activities and results. There was always something that led me to this place.
What does your family think about your career in Drift? Do they support you now?
No, they don’t support me. As you mentioned, no one in my family was into motorsport. No one had any workshops, any relation to cars and nobody even really liked cars. My family and friends think that cars are just the metal boxes which you can use to go from point A to point B. My mom is an actress and dad is an IT specialist. They completely don’t understand my hobby. I will tell even more…
They don’t like it, because drifting destroyed their expectations for my life. My mom was hoping that I will work at a management level for some corporation, I will have a husband, two children, cat and a dog. My dad was expecting that I would get a Nobel Prize in an IT sector.
Honestly, most of the time everything was according to their expectations. I finished the best high school in Poland, I graduated one faculty at the University, second faculty. I was working for IT companies at a management level. But at some point I went to a different direction.
“My family and friends think that cars are just the metal boxes which you can use to go from point A to point B.”