Jul 2, 2015
Words By: Josh Davis
An event has been forged that brings appreciation of heavy bass music and high performance driving to one centralized location and it goes by the name of #GRIDLIFE. A few of us met up at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan to experience this brilliant clash of action and ended up leaving with a jarring amount of desire for more. Read More
So I recently turned 30, and for my birthday, my wife and parents organized a trip to Marysville, Ohio to visit the newly opened Honda Heritage Center. This museum was created by Honda to celebrate the company’s pursuits in the North American market.
Wekfest Long Beach seems to keep getting better and better each and every year and this year was no different. With hundreds of entrees from around California and many more from out of state, only the elite are accepted. What makes Wekfest great is the rarity of seeing this many high caliber cars at one time in one place. Wekfest Long Beach takes place right on the waterfront; Southern California around this time of year can get very hot so a location right on the water is something everyone can appreciate. With the Queen Mary overlooking everything in the background, the views are just as hot as the temperature. Wekfest is a truly amazing show, no matter the location. I encourage everyone to attend a Wekfest show no matter where you are. I can almost guarantee that anyone can find a car (or 75) that you’ll fall in love with at any Wekfest event. Whether you’re into crazy custom VIP builds, track monsters, or even subtle classics, Wekfest has something for everyone!
Jun 18, 2015
Photography By: Matthew Makarucha
Words By: Matthew Makarucha
On the May 21 we were invited to Markham, Ontario to cover one of Canada’s largest car enthusiast events, ERTEFA. While in previous years the events were held at parking lots, exceeding their capacity, this year was a change as the event was held in an enclosed and organized venue, the Markham Fairgrounds. This way a larger amount of spectators were able to experience the event in a safe and controlled environment. At ERTEFA you had an opportunity to witness an impressive line up of vehicles, hang out with friends and like-minded enthusiasts, as well as check out stage entertainment and many vendors. Many greater Toronto area and surrounding car enthusiast clubs were well represented. Vehicles such as exotics, euro and jdm stanced cars, luxury VIP, domestics, race cars, off-road vehicles, camera cars, trucks and bikes were all present at this event which is why it was massive.
An hour and a half north of Atlanta lies Helen Georgia, a small town of 450 residents well-known for its Bavarian architecture and humble setting. VAG enthusiasts know it for something more though. An event that’s so large the population rises from 450 to nearly 20,000 in just one weekend. An event so large that people from across the world travel to experience it.
The best part about traveling to car shows in different cities is being able to explore those cities and their culture. We have always been fortunate enough to have the luxury of being shown around by local friends whenever we attend shows all over the country. Trying new places to eat, seeing iconic landmarks, and visiting shops is what it’s all about! This year for our annual Wekfest Los Angeles trip we did a ton of exploring and had our best trip yet while doing Canibeat! This post is dedicated to almost everything we got into while in Southern California. We will have a full separate coverage for the car show itself coming very soon but until then, we hope you enjoy these pictures from our trip!
It’s set in stone and there’s no point in sugar coating it–SOWO is dead, and new doors are being unlocked and opened to build the future for the next best euro event/gathering in the South East. We could analyze the factors as to why SOWO’s grave was dug out within the hills of beautiful Helen, Georgia, but instead we’ll eat the accusations, wash ‘em down with the facts, and appreciate the development and execution of an event that has brought thousands of enthusiasts happiness for the last nine years.
It has been a while since we’ve hooked you up with a Wallpaper Wednesday to make your desktops all nice and pretty. Today we present to you Nick Wochok’s static 2013 Honda Fit sport sitting nicely on Rotiform OZT wheels (17×9 +25 all the way around for those wondering). Canibeat photographer Jose Torres, was able to capture these fantastic photographs of this build in the making just for you guys! It’s always the little things that count and this Fit has some really nice mods already. Its S204 Front Lip, Mugen Rear Lip, Custom Side Splitters and Muteki SR48 Neochrome Lug Nuts all mend together very well. This isn’t the last time you will be seeing this Fit on Canibeat, but for now enjoy these desktop wallpapers!
Year after year I have to hand it to the Fresh Meet crew for blasting memorable events. Definitely one of the few events I will actually travel outside of Canada to visit. It’s comical how our American friends react once they hear that I am actually from Toronto, Canada and not from the Tri-state area. The first question they ask me is how long it takes to drive down, and once they hear about magical eight hour drive they raise their eyebrows in awe. The truth is… worthwhile events such as this one are really worth the drive.
My Fresh Meet Spring Bash experience began on Saturday after a long journey through New York and Pennsylvania. I was fortunate enough to have my cousin, Raff, come out with me for this one, which was a good thing as he kept me up from falling asleep behind the wheel. Needless to say we arrived at the hotel that the Fresh Meet crew was staying at, hung out with Rey Pegan, the owner of the event, for a bit, found a local coin op car wash to wash the Lexy after the long journey, then hit the hay. We didn’t get many hours of sleep as we were all up at 4:00am to hit the fairgrounds and prepare for the event. Upon arriving to the the fairgrounds, I setup my car and booth and began detailing. People started to roll in around 8 a.m., and as soon as I saw the long lineup of teams heading in for the event I already knew that it was going to be a massive day.
May 18, 2015
Photography By: Cameron Pickett
Words By: Mike Meszaros, Danny Rice
Have you ever sat back and thought about what YOU liked? If you ever take the time to do so, you may be shocked to realize that everyone outside of your mind has influenced you in one way or another. It’s not a bad thing, really, but it can lead to a lot of stereotypes being developed which can be a bad thing. Consider the word “stance”: now that I’ve said it, stop reading this article and think about how you define term “stance”. Are you done yet? I bet you had the same mental picture as I did: huge wheels, massive camber, and beat fenders. That is the common stereotype we all get from a “stance car” and even as I conducted the interview with Eduardo, the owner of the vehicle before you, my face cringed as he mentioned the very word “stance”. As we continued to talk, however, I really opened my mind and thought about all the right ways a stereotype can and be broken and Eduardo Pineda’s Subaru takes any negativity surrounding the word “stance” and makes the viewer reconsider their own prejudices.