First Name: Tommy
Last Name: Van Cleef
One Stop Auto Shop
Tommy started racing in 1993 at the age of 7 in the World Karting
Association. During his time in the WKA, he was awarded 20+ poles
nationally, he won 6 National Championships in the Gold Cup Series,
and he professionally campaigned Karts up until 2006 winning countless
local level, regional, and national series races and championships.
While Tommy had a long and successful Go Karting career, he also
branched off into other forms of motorsports. After building up a
successful repertoire of awards and accomplishments in karting, in
2003, Tommy was Invited to the Skip Barber Racing Scholarship Shootout
where he competed for a $100,000 scholarship in the Skip Barber racing
In 2004, Tommy started racing in the Sports Car Club of America all
throughout the South East. In his first race with SCCA, Tommy competed
at the world renown Daytona International Speedway. He drove a 2003
Toyota Celica GT in the Show Room Stock C (ssc) class in a 2 hour
Enduro, and placed first in class. To this day, he continues to
compete in SCCA regional races whenever and wherever possible.
In 2007, Tommy was Invited to work at the BMW Performance Driving
School. Since 2007, he has become an accredited Driving Instructor,
leading and teaching everything from Teen Driving Schools to ///M
Performance Driving Schools. During his time at the BMW Performance
Center, he enhanced his drifting skills and an attachment to the sport
of Drifting became a passion. In 2010, he received a ride for a local
shop in regional drift events, and successfully placed the car at the
In 2011 Tommy made a strong effort to begin building and competing in
a personally owned and operated drift car, a 1989 Toyota Supra Turbo.
He most recently competed in the final grassroots solo event in
Charlotte, NC and placed 2nd. 2011 allowed for the newly born team,
Van Cleef Motorsports, to showcase the car at several Drifting
exhibitions, growing the teams popularity and testing for the 2012
In 2012, Tommy plans to take his drifting career and the Van Cleef
Motorsports team to new heights. The Supra is currently in the works
for a new look, better drift-ability, and high performance safety.
This year he has hopes of a successful drift season with StreetWise
Drift In the Formula Drift Pro Am series.