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Oct 30, 2014

Videography By: Mike Koziel

Words By: Mike Koziel

Video: First Class Fitment 2014

As a videographer, it takes more than the cars in attendance to consider a show/event “good”. Year after year, parking lots and convention centers become bland and repetitive. Without variety, what makes something unique?

Organized at Princeton Airport, First Class Fitment is a breath of fresh air. Multiple lots, garages, landing strips, and grass (underappreciated) give the words “car show” new life. It’s more than one of the last chances to see everyone from across the country I’ve come to know and love, instead it’s a chance to experience something so unique to the point that it’s truly like nothing else.

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Oct 30, 2014

Photography By: Garrett Church

Words By: Josh Wilson

Misfit Delivery – Deron Nicholson’s Laid Out ’59 Metro

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Normally when you think of a delivery truck, you think of a big brown UPS truck with the driver hopping out and running to the door like he’s carrying a box of condoms and his girl just texted him that her parents aren’t home. Deron “Sugar” Nicholson’s ’59 International Harvester Metro is far from your everyday UPS truck but it still may require that box of condoms to handle the pure sex appeal that his laid out Metro displays in full spades.

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Oct 27, 2014

Photography By: Benjamin Garcia

Words By: Aleksey Royt

Sweating the Small Stuff: Jessy Villaruz’s Immaculately Detailed Lexus LS430

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When doing things the “right way” there is a certain level of obsession that is required to reach a level where a build becomes more than just another car evolving into a show-stopper. Obsessively going over every detail whether you are into stance, horsepower or track ability is what makes a build stand out. I mean when was the last time you heard of someone cutting corners and succeeding in the long term with their overall build? There is never a suitable substitute for good old-fashioned patience and hard-work. This mindset can be applied to anything in your life whether it be financial success, dating, hobbies, and even our cars.

It takes a special type of person to rise to the occasion and dedicate themselves to doing things the “right way”, regardless of how many roadblocks they may hit or obstacles they may have to overcome. That “hard-work and elbow grease” type thinking is what led Jessy Villaruz to create the work of art you see sprawled across your screen this very moment. A combination of out of the box thinking and a lot of trial and error resulted in his truly unique VIP-inspired Lexus LS430.

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Oct 22, 2014

Photography By: James Baxter

Words By: James Baxter , Josh Davis

Formula Drift Irwindale 2014: The Final Fight

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Irwindale, California  is where the Formula Drift season comes to close. Champions will be crowned, and hearts will be broken. Cars are pushed to their limits, and some are pushed too far. This is what it all comes down to, and the stakes couldn’t be any higher for some. This event is fantastic, the seats are great for all, the atmosphere is incredible, and there’s always so much to do. It truly makes for an amazing weekend. With three drivers competing for the top spot, anything could happen.

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Oct 14, 2014

Photography By: James Baxter

Words By: James Baxter, Josh Davis

Offset Kings 2014: Irwindale

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Offset Kings, to some, is one of the last great shows of the year in Southern California. This show takes place during Formula Drift Irwindale, the final fight. With cars flying sideways only feet away accompanied by a layer of smoke covering the whole area this show is one you simply can’t miss. Though the area is small, the show certainly is not. The quality of cars is fantastic, the atmosphere is full of energy, and it’s noting but good times. To get into the show you must buy a ticket for Formula Drift, but this means one can enjoy the show and all the vendors while also watching the best drifters out there pushing the limits trying to win the championship. Offset Kings Irwindale is definitely one to add to your list of shows you must attend.

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H2O International 2014 (Ocean City, MD): Coastal Highway Madness

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“You know… if you tell someone to ‘light ‘em up,’ and they actually do it, you get in just as much trouble as the person committing the act,” a cop politely explained to me as I sat on a curb, waiting for his fellow camber cops to quit hassling my buddy about his BRZ. The heightened level of police presence kept everyone on their toes with their heads on a swivel, but it did not, by any means, prevent the beloved annual H2oi getaway from being a very, very wild escape from reality.
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Oct 6, 2014

Photography By: Oscar Navarro

Words By: Preston Klemm

Kouki Cutter: Omar Cabrera’s 1995 Nissan 240 SX

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240s are a dime-a-dozen these days. I have one, you have one, your unemployed neighbor has one. Nissan 240s are the absolute antitheses of what some wish the modern car scene was–upscale, sophisticated, yacht-club-esque gatherings of high society, self-labeled “petrol heads.” If this car hurts your feelings then I have one word for you: good. 240s are thorns in the sides of every car enthusiast, young and old, who takes car modifying too seriously. Omar Carbrera’s S14 is a perfect example of garage built, hopes and dreams, started from the bottom, pure joy in ownership car culture. It’s lovely inside and out.

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Oct 2, 2014

Photography By: James Dorsey

Words By: James Dorsey

Random Beat: Rachel Clancy’s BMW E46 M3

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Introducing Rachel Clancy’s BMW E46 M3, a very recent build as of  H2oi 2014. Rachel’s M3 is rolling on BC Extreme Drop coilovers and Work Meister S1s (18×10 and 18×11) rebuilt by VR Wheels in California. “I chose Meisters because they are my favorite wheel. I wanted an aggressive but functional setup so I felt that was a happy medium,” Rachel proudly mentioned when asked about her choice of wheels. Her wheels are white with polished lips and a bit of red to compliment her stunning imola red interior.

When talking about the bags vs coils debate, Rachel tells us “I decided to go with the coils because I would never bag an m3 or sportier type car, it’s just my style.” When she first started the build her vision was a turboed M3, and the necessary mods to get there are next on her list! Keep your eyes out for this build as it progresses and enjoy this mini shoot conducted in downtown Annapolis, Maryland.

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Sep 30, 2014

Photography By: James Baxter

Words By: James Baxter , Josh Davis

Against The Grain: Robert Sia’s Aimgain Scion FRS

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Robert Sia’s FRS made quite a splash when it first hit the scene. It debuted on Instagram, and a roller on the freeway of Robert’s car was enough to take the car scene by storm. Up until then no one had really seen the Aimgain kit on an FRS since FRS scene was dominated mainly by Rocket Bunny kits, but people were in for quite a treat.

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Sep 30, 2014

Photography By: Josh Davis

Words By: Josh Davis

Random Beat: Gettin’ Fit

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Amongst the severe accounts of post-H2o International depression many are enduring on the East Coast, many are going through the countless photographs they captured during their long-awaited getaway to Ocean City, Maryland. Yes, H2oi has been primarily a euro show, but recent years have let H2oi, like the other nationally recognized shows, to become blended with vehicles from different makes. Many are disgruntled, others, including myself, appreciate it. In light of the other makes and quality builds that attended this year’s H20i getaway, we present Thomas Shepherd’s bagged and wrapped 2010 Mugen Fit shot at a location apart from the typical oceanfront photographs that flood Instagram feeds during the last weekend of September. Hiding from the beloved camber cops can lead to some pretty unique locations. Keep an eye out for our official H2o International coverage coming soon!


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