Story by Brian “B.Dot” Miller /// Photography Jared Ryder
Nick Hogan’s got a drinking problem. Don’t worry, it’s not the kind that involves hangovers or anonymous meetings—rather, it’s an undeniable thirst for everything fast. Just after earning his license last July, Hulk’s youngest maniac became Dodge’s youngest professional drift driver. But Nick’s been in the game for years. Matter of fact, the 16-year-old VH1 star of Hogan Knows Best knew his way around a clutch before reaching his 10th birthday. A modifying maven, he recently added what he calls his “breadwinner,” a limited-edition 800hp supercharged Dodge Viper, to a convoy of nine that already includes two 700-plus-horsepowered Toyota Supras and an additional 550hp Viper. The streets ain’t safe no mo’.
The paint jobs on your Viper and Supra are literally bananas. What gives?
My dad had red and yellow, so I didn’t want to copy. I’ve always liked yellow—it’s so obnoxiously loud. I like all my shit really loud. The Supra flew under the radar, so I was like, nah, I’ma be loud. I wanted to build [a] Supra, [and they] never come from the factory to America in yellow, so I was like, I’ma do it, and I’m a be different.
You also decided to buy two of each. What makes these cars that fresh?
The Supra, for the era it came out and the crowd it appeals to, is like the god of the import tuners. I like the way the Supra looks, and the potential that they have is just unbelievable. I started driving for Dodge last year, so I got into the drift Viper and fell in love with it. I went and I bought the silver one and started building it. I picked up the yellow one last year. The Viper looks similar to the Supra with its long front end and short back—the hatchback look. Both of the Vipers have custom steering for drifting. I changed the whole steering angle and everything.
So you added some American muscle to your stable, but why the Viper over, let’s say, a ’Vette?
Viper is direct competition with a Z06 ’Vette, and for a while, I wanted to get into a Z06 ’Vette, but how often do you see a Corvette? I think the Viper has so much more of a presence than a ’Vette does, and the way they’re put together, they can handle ungodly horsepower. The ’Vette has all the electronic stability. I mean, a skilled driver can drive with no traction control. Only thing electronic on the Viper is the turn signal and the radio. Everything is on the driver.
Wow, these must break necks when riding down Ocean Drive.
The yellow Supra and yellow Viper are pussy magnets for sure. I mean, the green and the silver appeal more to men, ’cause a guy knows what he’s looking at and will drool over it. But girls see the yellow, and panties start dropping off.
Jeez, talk about a flashy color. Anyway, most 16-year-olds haven’t had enough practice yet to become a pro drifter.
[Laughs] Let’s just say I have a terrible driving record.
Uh-oh. Looks like someone has a story to tell.
In my silver Viper, I was driving from Miami to Tampa. I got pulled over going 107 [mph] and the guy let me off. He’s like, “Hey, I know who you are, just keep going, ya know.” Dude, I got back on the road and two minutes later I get pulled over going 113 [mph]. Another highway patrol from the same county said, “I just heard on the radio that my buddy pulled you over and let you go. I’ma let you go this time. It’s your second warning. You get pulled over again, you’re probably going to go to jail.” Three minutes later, [I was] doing 123 [mph] in a 50 [mph zone]. The guy is like, “Hey, I just heard you got pulled over twice in the last 10 minutes. I got to write you a ticket.”
Ahhh, the benefits of celebrity life.
In the green car, I’ve dusted an Enzo. The look on the guy’s face when he got beat by a three-liter Toyota was pretty cool. The yellow car just stomped out a new Lambo LP640. The silver Viper is the slowest one I have, but it beats Gallardos. Driving a Viper, I have to fill up [on gas] every 50 miles. I’ll get on the bridge and smash the gas, and just as fast as I watch the speed wind up, I can watch the gas gauge drop.
Do you race the other members of Team Hogan?
We always go out and run each other. My sister definitely can’t keep up, especially with the busted rear bumper [points to a dent on Brooke’s Expedition]. My mom has a V12 Mercedes-Benz 600. My dad’s pride and joy is a ’68 Charger; it’s got 800 horsepower.
Miami is known for its Donks and Bubbles. Ever thought about scraping the sky instead of the concrete?
I like ’em, but I can’t really get into them. I can’t really see myself in one. If I was going to get anything old-school, it would be a ’63 or ’64 Impala on Daytons sitting on the ground.