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Jun 15, 2012

Photography By: Armanda Zukic

Words By: Andy Carter

A Second Chance: Vihn Le’s Supercharged Pontiac Firebird

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of my trips to Road Atlanta is the opportunity to see other enthusiasts’ cars that otherwise would never fall into my circle of interest.  There is almost always some vintage European car to discover, adorned with decals or medallions of historical significance, or a luxury SUV that has broken free of its usual suburban entrapment, having been outfitted with huge mud tires, a wench, and snorkel (and there’s almost nothing cooler than an off-the-lot GX460 with a snorkel, I assure you). The reminder that the automotive scene is so much larger than yourself, and what your friends think is important is both humbling and refreshing.  And so, when I caught a glance of Vinh Le’s Firebird driving past the stands to find a parking spot amongst the sea of Nissans and RWD Toyotas, I knew I had an opportunity for a great story. Read More


May 25, 2012

Photography By: Yuya Yamashita, Key Mamiya

Words By: Andy Carter

A Look Back At: USDM Jam Ver 9.0 (Japan)

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When Mick Jagger sang “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in 1969, he was certainly on to something pivotal in regards to the frustrations we as enthusiasts experience in our daily lives with our cars. Interestingly, however, it is the converse of that lyric that has created and fed various scenes around the world; that is, “you always want what you can’t get”. That idea reverberates throughout our culture everyday, from the diehard Toyota fans begging for the return of the Supra, to FF Honda’s fans begging for a legitimate Type-R. Luckily for the scene, few of us stop there. Many JDM and Euro enthusiasts go to great lengths procuring models, parts, and merchandise from our markets of choice.  Whether it’s a JDM coin tray or an R34 Skyline, there’s a certain feeling of owning something that was never intended for our shores. Not surprisingly, this feeling isn’t limited to American gearheads.  For the ninth year in a row, thousands of USDM enthusiasts gathered in the Mie Prefecture to check out the best of what the American car scene has to offer, as interpreted by Japanese enthusiasts.

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May 21, 2012

Videography By: Load It Productions, Vossen Wheels

Words By: Andy Carter

Cruel Intentions: Brendan Hinds’ Audi S5 (Video)

Many of you will remember Brendan Hinds’ Audi S5 that we featured a few weeks ago. He originally purchased the car with the intention to keep it stock, but we all know how that story ends. Here’s Load It Production’s take on that gorgeous S5 and the perfectly fitted Vossen wheels.


May 18, 2012

Photography By: Chad Lunn, Andy Carter, Ethan Watson, Matt Best

Words By: Andy Carter

Formula Drift: Road to the Championship

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Last weekend, Road Atlanta once again hosted the Formula Drift “Road to the Championship” for the ninth year in a row.  A favorite track for many of the drivers, the course offers both high speeds and close, technical areas, making for an awesome show for the record-setting audience.  Fueled in part by the recent attempt by Atlanta city council’s ban on drifting within the city limits, the atmosphere was one of excitement, passion, and camaraderie.  With the scent of tire smoke and BBQ filling the air, Atlanta natives enjoyed a solid two days of professional drifting, Pro-Am up-and-comers, time attack, and Formula 2000 races. It was, without a doubt, the best place to be south of the Mason-Dixon last weekend. Read More


May 3, 2012

Words By: Andy Carter

[Editorial]: Quality Over Everything

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For those of you that really love this scene, who always have cars on the brain, I ask you to remember what made you fall in love with this culture.  For many of you, it was a family member; you recall spending your childhood helping your father turn wrenches, polish wheels, and prepare his car or truck for whatever show or race was next on the calendar.  While my father and grandfathers had a healthy appreciation of automobiles, I don’t think I can necessarily tie my enthusiasm to them though.  For me, I remember sitting in high school, bored to tears, thumbing through an issue of Sport Compact Car my friend had just finished. I had a bone stock 1991 Honda Civic sedan at the time and can recall being amazed at the transformations of cars just like mine that unfolded in the pages of that magazine. The synergy of quality photography and design, engaging articles, and most importantly, the cars themselves, sparked something inside of me that has continued to burn for the past ten years.

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Apr 25, 2012

Photography By: Andy Carter, Chad Lunn, Ethan Watson, Matt Best

Words By: Andy Carter

Welcome to Atlanta: IA Spring Meet and Greet

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With the Import Alliance spring meet last Sunday, our friends at Southrnfresh hosted an event at Mainstream Performance on Saturday in an effort to welcome all of the guests to the city. While much smaller than the main IA event, the SF pre-meet is always a perfect time to chill with friends in a much more relaxed atmosphere, while getting an advance look at who the superstars will be at the main event the next day. As always, the meet was a success, pulling in a wide variety of cars from all over the Southeast. Read More


Apr 19, 2012

Photography By: Joshua Hoffman

Words By: Andy Carter

Random Beat: Honda CL350 Cafe Racer

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I was browsing Facebook yesterday when the solo image of this bike showed up on my wall, from some of my non-car related friends. I was blown away. I’m by no means a bike enthusiast, but the sleekness of this old Honda CL350 just pushed all the right buttons. Read More


Apr 18, 2012

Photography By: Brendan Lester

Words By: Andy Carter

Unstoppable: Dan Hong’s Immortal Mazda RX-8

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One of the coolest aspects of writing for Canibeat is the chance to feature incredible builds of brand-new, high-end cars. To a lowly nine-to-fiver like myself, the chance to talk with individuals that can go all-out with boutique wheels and aero, kept safe by a full custom air-suspension is appreciated. While one can be tempted to play the envy game, the smaller companies need these people pouring their hard-earned cash into the scene to stay alive. Nevertheless, that song and dance is somewhat daunting and tiresome to the average enthusiast.  When every car featured is a $50,000 two-week build, what’s the point in saving pennies for a shift knob? None of us are strangers to the “life’s not fair” mantra, but the constant reminder of our own need for compromise squashes our passion. Dan Hong is a self-admitted everyman. He knows what it’s like to fight the daily battle against a world dead-set on destroying your pride and joy, with a finite budget. Read More


Mar 30, 2012

Photography By: D.Tek

Words By: Andy Carter

Cruel Intentions: Brendan Hinds’ Audi S5

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We’ve all been there at some time or another. It might be when you picked up a new car off the lot and soaked in that new car smell; or perhaps it was that first quick trip to the grocery store where you were able to speed into the lot, unconcerned about speedbumps, pot-holes, or approach angles. More often than not, the promise is made when one finally finds that car they’ve been searching for, convincing themselves that it’ll do just fine to ride out as the car gods intended: OEM, factory fresh, standard…stock. Brendan Hinds made that promise when he picked up his 2010 S5.  His intentions were to leave the car alone, content with those gorgeous curves and aggressive fascia.  Well, you see how that turned out.

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Mar 29, 2012

Videography By: КВАД Фото-Видео

Words By: Andy Carter

Resto 2103 (Video)

Here’s a video that was posted yesterday by Ukranian videographers КВАД Фото-Видео. We love these old Ladas and are excited to bring you some exclusive features of these cars once the snow melts. Stay tuned!

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