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Nov 11, 2012

Photography By: Jeremy Alan Glover

Words By: David Monzingo

Defying the Odds: Sam Mahmassani’s MAZDA3


When the law comes between an owner and his car, only the truly dedicated enthusiasts would go this far; to modify a car to be exactly how they want. Sam took a big step to overlook the law in order to get this Mazda looking just right.

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Sam is just like any enthusiast. The mod-bug hits, and ideas for building an ideal car start rolling. With a form > function approach, getting the car dialed in was Sam’s first priority. His first obstacle came when searching for a company that provided a bag setup became a larger hassle than anticipated. Fortunately, Airrex came through with a kit that got Sam’s car just the way he wanted it.

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Next came wheel fitment, and Sam had a great attention to detail in this department. You simply can’t go wrong with a classic set of BBS RS’s, fully polished, measuring in at 17”x9” all around. Needless to say, the pictures are worth a thousand words, but long story short; they fit absolutely perfect. Fitment didn’t come so easily though; Sam installed a good amount of necessary suspension components to get the car to sit how you see here. Alldayfab, Dominant Engineering, and Airrex all contributed by providing essential parts such as control arms as well as camber arms and plates just for this application.

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With the attention this car received, we’re surprised that the cost of Sam’s dedication hadn’t come sooner. Only a short distance from his house, Sam’s dream came to a screeching halt. In Quebec, Canada, the authorities heavily enforce a list of laws known to the locals as “Tuner Laws”. One of those laws states that a vehicles suspension must not be modified. Well, as seen here, Sam’s Mazda is far from being unmodified. Unfortunately, after 6 months on air, the law caught up to Sam, and with an on-the-spot tow, and a hefty fine, this beautiful Mazda was forced to be returned to stock. We can only hope that Sam’s misfortune serves as fuel for him, as well as motivation for the rest of us to push the scene in a forward direction.

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A very large thank you goes to Wingbert Chan at Memoryfab, Strasse Autowerks, Airsociety, Andy at Alldayfab and last but not least all of Sam’s friends and family for the constant support, without these people, this car would have not been possible!

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Editor: cristian loza