Last weekend we ventured on a journey out to Northern California for Wekfest San Jose. Usually we travel in large groups, but for this trip it was just Roy and myself (both co-founders of Canibeat for those not familiar). What made this adventure different from past trips is we had absolutely no set plans except for, of course, the Super Bowl of cars shows–Wekfest San Jose. In 2012 Canibeat collaborated with our friends from Fatlace to do a show in Southern California called INFAMOUS. Since then I have personally stayed in close contact with Mark Arcenal just to talk about cars, technology, cycling, our businesses and all things cool. When I had told him we were going to be in town for the show we made plans to grab lunch right after we landed at SFO. Mark had mentioned to me they were taking their Illest Shaved Ice Bus (Volkswagen Bus) to the show and their RC Drift Car track was almost done at the shop and invited us to come check it out. I documented our tour of the Paddock with some traveling photos thrown in there… I hope you enjoy it!
We went back to Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall Speedway for the second time… my have things changed. More horsepower, fiercer competition, and plenty of upsets and surprises. All around good time. This time we were filming solo, but since we’d been before we had an idea of how things would unfold.
Back in June I was invited to hangout in Baltimore for the weekend to shoot Jose Chong and several of his friend’s cars. The weekend began with washing the cars in the Baltimore suburbs, followed by a trip to West Virginia for a photo shoot with More Than More photographer Anna Taylor. Anna has had her eye on this industrial factory spot for a while and it ended up being the perfect location.
Many of you may have seen Jose’s wagon before. In the last two years it has undergone countless changes, most currently the red wrap and prima donna RS’s. Jose’s other build, his MKI cabrio, boasts flawless original paint and drives as smooth as ever (I would know, most of the rollers are from the Cabby). Several of Jose’s local friends joined in, including Matt Wiese with his beautiful Passat and Erik Holloway with his MKIV R32 on those awesome Hartmann Twists. Perfect weather and gorgeous scenery was the cherry on top. Thanks for an awesome weekend guys! Hope you enjoy the video.
On Saturday July 12th our good friends over at BlockstarCars are opening the doors to their premier shop for professional automotive services, aftermarket products, and accessories. We’ve setup our first ever pop-up shop inside and will be opening that up as well. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. come by 7401 Fullerton Rd Unit E Springfield, VA 22153 and enjoy live music, dope cars, and food from Pho Wheels DC.
Wekfest LA came and went, but let me just say the quality of cars out there was beyond amazing. We made the trip with a handful of local friends and made the best of it! Right now we are just waiting till August. If you follow myself, Roy or the brand (@Canibeat_Crew) on Instagram you probably heard we opened up a little pop-up shop inside Blockstar in Springfield, VA. We are planning a grand opening event soon, so stay tuned for details. As always I hope you guys enjoy this weeks Web Picks. Keep submitting photos into our Flick Group and you could have your work featured on here. Until next time everyone… enjoy!
A warm 80 degrees and an offshore breeze is a great combination for a car show. Wekfest LA kicks off the year with yet again another awesome show at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, with Canibeat posted up right in the middle of all the madness. This year the theme was RED. Red ruckus, Red DC2 (Integra) and a Red FRS 86. With the Long Beach skyline in the background you couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop. This year we tried to enjoy the show a little more so we talked and met with a lot more people. Surprisingly this year Wekfest LA gave us all a little bit more room to breathe. Giving us quality over quantity, you were able to walk around more and set up your shot for the perfect Instagram post.
On May 31, Formula Drift returned to Florida for Round 3: Miami Heat. This was Formula Drift’s third visit to Florida, but this time in a new location. In 2012 and 2013, Palm Beach International Raceway hosted the series, but 2014 brought Round 3 to Homestead-Miami Speedway. This facility hosts NASCAR, IndyCar, Grand Am, and now the Formula Drift Series in an expansive multi-track venue. The event utilized the infield road course starting at turn 2 and completing each run at turn 5. Vaughn Gittin Jr. earned victory over Chris Forsberg in the final round. This was Gittin’s second win in a row after taking home the victory at Round 2: Road Atlanta. Finishing third behind Gittin and Forsberg was Kenny Moen. This event was a fresh breath for the increasingly large amount of fans and a new challenge for the lineup of drivers. While learning the new track, teams and drivers practiced and adapted to the unfamiliar setup. The Saturday competition was strong and the energy was high. Florida’s heat persisted all day, but the threat of rain held off and the skies remained clear and the track stayed dry. Please enjoy our video coverage from Round 3: Miami Heat.
Jun 8, 2014
Photography By: Elliot Heigel
Words By: Danny Rice
At some point in our lives, we have all had that classic movie moment where everything turns slow motion and the girl of your dreams (or at least you think so at the time) comes through the crowd and everything in your existence is suddenly fixated on her. In that moment, you’re completely and utterly helpless as your little heart is pounding out of your chest and you’re trying to reel your eyes back into your skull. For some, this is a fleeting moment in a foreign city where she disappears back into the crowd, never to be seen again, while others are fortunate to not only watch her walk into the room but also, into their life and they get the chance to pursue this goddess (and some lucky ones even marry her). No matter the outcome, that moment can have a lasting impact and influence one’s preferences, opinions, and desires more than what some are willing to admit.
For those of us who have a love for the automotive we have experienced this same feeling towards a particular make or model, and for some it became a pursuit. No, I’m not talking about the Enzo or Diablo you had on your wall growing up — I’m talking about your non-lottery car. Some are fortunate enough to own the exotics us members of the $30k Millionaires Club could only dream of, but for the Average Joe the term “dream car” can have a different meaning.
Wow… what a fun and crazy last few weeks it’s been, and show season has only just started. Spring Fest was such a fun and huge success for us. Our own home state showed us nothing but mad love, and the quality of builds surpassed all of our expectations. I had a chance to go down to Helen, Georgia for SOWO (Southern Worthersee) this past weekend and let me just say it was the most fun I’ve had at any car event ever. I made the trip purely for pleasure and had a blast! I miss it so much already but am already looking forward to Wekfest LA in two weeks. You know the drill, I am back again with this edition of Web Picks. Check out some amazing photos from Garrett Church/GrcExposures, Incognito Media, Jan Glovac Photography, Zandbox Photo, David Schiffner, Richard Benson, Andy aka Sharkix, and Grant Young Photography. Enjoy!
May 12, 2014
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