The original VW Beetle is the great-grandfather of import car culture in America. Just as Honda and Toyota found customers looking for more efficient vehicles in the 1970s, and Nissan’s 240Z won fans that preferred a lower cost option to contemporary European sports coupes, the German’s VW Beetle found foothold in 1950′s America as consumers looked for a cheaper alternative to the pricier domestic competition.
To be completely honest, when I first heard about Zane Godwin’s idea to start a boutique wheel business out of Atlanta, I had my doubts. Zane was a mutual friend of Anthony Hancock, and I was introduced to Zane in 2012, about the time that he and KJ were in the early stages of designing the company’s first wheel, the BR7. I was certainly impressed by the engineering put into what they had so far, but I wasn’t sure how a few Atlanta S2000 guys were going to capture any significant portion of the luxury 3-piece wheel market. In a time where replicas have replicas, a person’s wheel selection is as much about brand recognition and the quality behind that brand, than it is about the exact design or specs of the wheels. And there are no shortage of great brands putting out amazing, original wheels these days. Carving a niche into a crowded luxury market is never going to be easy, especially with a product that costs thousands of dollars. I figured that the only way Brada could become anything was if Zane injected every bit of himself and his passion into the company. After our conversation, I’m 100% convinced that he has done just that.
As the S2000 draws closer to its 15 year birthday, the accessibility of Honda’s 50th anniversary celebration model is easier than ever. Early models can be found hovering around the $10,000 range, allowing young enthusiasts to jump right into the community, and immediately begin enjoying and building the car to their liking. The aftermarket has embraced the roadster, giving owners the option to pursue mild street-style, boundary-pushing stance, full-out track beasts, or any combination thereof. Sheldon Tran, a 19-year old Florida native, has dived head first into his S2000, fully embracing a variety of styles, with a look seemingly lasting only long enough for a few pictures to be taken.
There are few things more iconic to the American aesthetic than the Chevrolet Corvette. Debuted exactly sixty years ago at the GM Motorama auto show, the roadster has held our collective attention for over half a century. Considering the massive amounts of cultural change we’ve seen since the early 50′s, the Corvette serves not only as the poster child for the American automotive obsession, but as a stalwart symbol of consistency. The Corvette has always been a RWD roadster with naturally-aspirated V8 power, and although there have been numerous one-off creations by various tuners that have explored various other configurations, the formula remains the same as the 7th generation model is released onto American roads this year.
For anyone that has followed American professional drifting, the evolution from its roots in Japanese imported D1 demos to the spectacle of a modern Formula Drift competition is somewhat bittersweet. While the combination of low weight and big V8 power of today’s cars is undeniably entertaining to watch, there exists a disconnect between the competition cars of today with their more pedestrian relatives filling up the nearby parking lots. And although this disparity is nowhere close to the near-anonymity of NASCAR’s “stock cars”, their relativity for grassroots drifters and fans is diminishing. But with the stands full, is there any reason to try and hold these cars back? Is there value in preserving OEM integrity?
One of the goals of Canibeat has always been to inspire those in this community in their automotive aspirations. We hope that by showcasing various cars from around the world on the site, our reader’s aspirations for their own cars will grow, and that their appreciation and understanding for various styles will be enriched. John Gamboa has been a reader of the site for many years and can trace his eventual ownership of this car through various posts over the years. Read More
To be completely honest, I didn’t expect much from this KIA when it was first posted by Carlos Villanueva on our local Atlanta forum. Carlos had recently traded in his light modified Suzuki Aerio for the black Koup, and seemed to have serious ambition for the humble Forte.
Originally envisioned as a competitor to classic Japanese luxury sedans such as the Toyota Crown and Nissan Cedric, the Honda Legend was first sold in America as the flagship entry of Honda’s new luxury brand, Acura, in 1986. Read More
For Wallpaper Wednesday today, I have a few shots that I was able to grab of Ty’s VIP Lexus GS immediately following our First Class Fitment show several weeks ago. The sunset over the airstrip makes for an incredible location for post-show shoots. Our full coverage should be up tomorrow, so check back for tons of shots from our favorite photographers. Read More
Aftermarket automotive culture has never really been a place that catered to the fairer sex. From late nights spent in a dusty garage working with dirty tools while beer-swigging bros tell even dirtier jokes, to the meets and shows that cater to base masculine desires with scantily-clad models and greasy food. Read More