One of the more interesting aspects of the online automotive community I enjoy following are the ebbs and flows of a particular model’s popularity. For example, 2012 was the year of the Toyota 86 and it’s brethren. But that made sense, there were three new models that were aimed squarely at enthusiasts. Of course they blew up, and of course every shop was building one. But the recent popularity of the 911 has been much more organic. (A disclaimer: The 911 is obviously one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, and talking about its popularity seems trivial, but bear with me.) This resurgence of interest, from my vantage point, has come from the equally amazing, but completely different, approaches of Magnus Walker (Urban Outlaw) and Nakai-San (Rauh-Welt). These two builders have injected creative energies into this car that opened up a new audience to the model.
Brian Lee’s 911 is styled completely different than either of those approaches, opting for a GT2 inspired look. He used Getty Design Clubsport RSR flares and sideskirts to widen the body, making room for the 18×9 & 18×12 Kinesis Motorsport Supercups. The interior has been upgraded with a pair of Recaro Leather Pole Positions with Recaro Brackets and Recaro Sliders, Rennline Aluminum E-Brake Handle, and a DAS 4-pt. roll cage. The car is motivated by a 4.0L bored out and built motor and Cup intake kit, while a set of Bilstein PSS9 coilovers keep that power firmly planted to the ground.
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I believe it was probably 2008 or 2009 when I first saw the Swang and Bang Nissans out of Texas. At that time, I remember being completely blown away by the look of those cars, bewildered at how they could even move, being so low to the ground and having such aggressive, wide wheels. 5 years later, with the proliferation of high-tech air suspensions in the scene, much of the original shock and awe of an aggressively stanced car has been replaced with concessions to everyday livability and comfort. Seeing this 350Z crawl around the pitted streets of downtown Macon, GA for this shoot however, brought it all back. Read More
SOWO, only a one year until you return and I can once again visit the sleepy town of Helen, GA. This is the sixth year I have had the chance to attend the event and without a doubt I can easily say this is my favorite show hands down. There are a lot of great shows out there but nothing like SOWO. The atmosphere, the town, and even the people that come together all make this event truly special. Each year dozens of people including two men, Matt Bounds and Chris Cooley, dedicate hundreds of hours into making this event happen but each year it becomes a little more challenging. We need to remember despite the fun we have to keep it respectful and not ruin this happy little town by going too over the top.
SOWO offers a lot for the car enthusiast in us all. From mini-meets all over town to photo shoots, mountain drives, and of course the main show, there is something for everyone to enjoy. For me, though, the chance to escape the work flow, experience a German themed town full of German cars, and get a hold of some German beer is all I really need. Starting the Thursday prior to show day you can cruise the strip and enjoy seeing all the awesome cars roll up and down and have a chance to meet up with friends from all over the country. Personally it was great to meet up with the rest of the Canibeat staff and also to have Mr. Andy Carter take some great shots. Enjoy part two of our SOWO coverage! Get ready #SOWOPREP2015 starts now!
For this week’s Wallpaper Wednesday post, Photographer Ed Whitbeck has shared his recent shoot of Tyler Hayes’ bagged STi. The car is dropped on Airlift Slam Series Struts with Accuair managment. The wheels are a stunning set of Brada BR10s with gold hardware wrapped in Hankook Ventus V12 rubber.
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For many of us of the Millennial generation, our fascination with JDM automobile culture began with Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series for the Sony Playstation. My first exposure to the game was the third installment, and I remember first seeing the red Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex and having no doubt that it would be my starter car, owing much to the unapologetic 80′s styling cues . As we dived deeper in the game, our eyes were opened to dozens of cars whose manufacturers might have been familiar, but only as modes of reliable, safe, vanilla transportation. Our parents, born into the era of the great American muscle car, remembered the Mustang and Camaro as the performance beasts that they were, but many had opted for more reliable Odysseys, Siennas, Accords and Camrys as their daily transportation and kid-haulers. While the Japanese sports cars were far from unknown, their existence did not penetrate into the American consciousness the way that domestic muscle cars and Italian supercars had throughout the 80′s and 90′s. And yet, our culture finds itself in the middle of an explosion of vintage JDM boom. Read More
For Wallpaper Wednesday today (sorry so late!), Rodney Ty sent over some amazing light-painted photos of a Lamborghini Aventador. Wrapped to emulate somewhat of a Tron theme, the car is owned by Anthony Lee, owner of Promax Motorsports out of Alhambra, CA. Enjoy the shots! Read More
Mar 26, 2014
Photography By: Andy Carter
Words By: Andy Carter
Last weekend was a great time for Central Georgia. Not only did the nation witness the bracket-busting upset of Mercer University over Duke, but Justin Rescina also put the final touches on his gorgeous Rocket Bunny FR-S and debuted it at the first Macon Madness meet during the opening day of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Read More
Mar 19, 2014
Photography By: Danny Rice
Words By: Danny Rice
Every year around this time, thousands of enthusiasts across the nation are putting the finishing touches on their rides, draining their bank accounts for the last few parts they need to button up their build, or putting the last of their blood, sweat, and tears into their creation after a long winter project. Through all the trials and tribulations, however, there is no better feeling than the smile you get after lowering the car onto all fours for the last time or firing it up for the first time. Read More
I first spotted Lauren’s C10 at the Simply Clean meet last year in Orlando and absolutely fell in love with it. I happened to see that she was going to be in Amelia Island for the Concours D’Elegance at the same time I was, and figured it would be a perfect time to get a few shots of the truck. The build is a collaboration with her father, who joined us for the shoot. The truck was completely redone to suit Lauren’s flair for the Euro aesthetic, painted in an Audi silver and bagged with Airlift suspension components. The 20″ Mobsteel wheels tie the whole thing together with updated take on classic hot-rod styling.
Tupac Shakur, in a 1996 interview with San Francisco’s KMEL, responded to a question regarding the balance of his challenges and successes with the declaration, “I’m a reflection of my community”. Community is a topic that gets thrown around a lot nowadays, as many of us find ourselves isolated in our online lives, trying to find real connections amongst hundreds of thousands of Facebook friends and Instagram followers. Read More