“I have always envisioned my car to be the best I can get it to.” Jan Martin Villanos, known simply as “Martin”, described what he has always conceived of his first vehicle that will carry the signature VIP features. Making the best of something is what Martin can implement on himself. As a corpsman in the U.S. Navy, Martin’s career is one not easily feasible by just anyone. In charge of mobilizing reservists and sending them overseas for their mission, Martin’s work involves making sure whoever is putting their lives on the line for the country are both mentally and physically qualified for the job. In 2006, Martin was based in Atlanta, Georgia and despite his love for his Toyota AE86, he knew he needed a reliable, daily-driven vehicle that would take him wherever the Navy would and combined with his earnest automotive hobby, it resulted in this alluring Lexus GS430.
If you’ve been following Canibeat for anytime at all you know that many of the features I share here are Infiniti/Nissan builds. As an Infiniti owner myself, I’ve gotten to know many in our community. This time, I’m excited to share Thuysi’s (“2C”) 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe, the third time I’ve shot his car. 2C has recently gotten new wheels, overhauled his interior, and gotten a new BBK. I first met 2C in 2007 at a local monthly Thursday night meet hosted by Rare JDM. Back then, he had an HKS Supercharged G35 Coupe. In 2008 he picked up a brand new G37 Coupe and quickly started working on it when there weren’t many aftermarket options available for the new platform. Around the same time he founded team Outcast and has been the President and leader of the team since day one.
Some thick fog rolled through my area and after not being able to access a few locations I wanted to shoot at, I settled for this cemetery location nearby my house. The silence of a winter morning, thick fog, and atmosphere of the location made it pretty creepy.
In the culture of modified cars, there is a preconceived notion that more is better. Cody Gronbach from Sayville, New York shows us that simple and clean can be just as satisfying.
Go to any car enthusiasts and most likely, they will tell you stories about their very first vehicle. It is something to be remembered, as it likely holds the foundation of where their passion stemmed from, and how it has made them the enthusiast that they are today. Several cars later, we find ourselves submerged into this lifestyle of customization with the knowledge and the tools to achieve the look, the purpose, and the pride of our cars. However, for Cody Gronbach residing along the shorelines of Sayville, Long Island, New York, his first car became his platform and he got it down just right.
Dec 5, 2012
Words By: Danny Rice
Blogs, like Canibeat, face a unique set of challenges when it comes to keeping our “doors” open. Not only do we have serious expenses when it comes to the website, we also have to front a large amount of capital for merchandise, show appearances, and hosting our own shows. Most blogs are primarily dependent on merchandise sales but some can’t clear expenses that way. We have the unique opportunity with a large audience to offer opportunities for advertising and sponsorship with companies who want to partner with us. Although this is a business transaction and fiscal agreement, we often find ourselves becoming very good friends with these sponsors, as both of us are part of the same scene and share a deep passion for cars. Here at Canibeat, we have some of the finest and most well-known companies in the industry partnered up with us and our newest addition to the Canibeat Sponsorship Family is no different!
A ‘Wild Card’ feature for Performance VW Magazine – This one-off feature looks at a group of PVW regulars, that ventured across to Porsche ownership. PVW Magazine got over their insane levels of jealousy and decided to get together 10 of them and find out what it is about Porsches that people are going crazy for.
Cleverly thought up by the owner of this 2007 Lexus GS350, Chance, “Street Suited” showcases a well rounded street car that is also suited for a more classy VIP feel whenever need be. I’ve always been a fan of his car and was thankful enough to get a chance to get it on film.
Once the pre-meet at CCW’s facility was over on Friday night, it was time for the actual show the next morning. This year, Simply Clean 4 was hosted at the spacious and beautiful Destination Daytona. For those who have not been to Destination Daytona, it is pretty much a shopping center with hotels, restaurants, stores and a pavilion for events all in one. The Simply Clean Staff was anticipating multitudes of spectators throughout the day so Destination Daytona was the perfect venue to hold the masses.
Nov 17, 2012
This past weekend I had the pleasure of flying down from Washington, DC to the sunshine state for Simply Clean 4 in Daytona. 2012 marked the fourth year the guys from Simply Clean have been putting on their event and the first year it has been held at Destination Daytona. Prior to this weekend I had never been to anything car related in Florida and I will say that it exceeded my expectations heavily. Dan and the guys over at Complete Custom Wheels (CCW) hosted this years pre-meet at their facility in Daytona and I made it a priority to be there while I was in town.
Nov 14, 2012
For the third year in a row, our annual First Class Fitment meet at Princeton Airport has been a successful bookend to the East Coast show circuit. The event is organized as an invitational showcase for the best examples of the fitment scene on this side of the Mississippi, and the key draw for this show has always been a concentrated diversity that simply doesn’t exist in other events. First Class Fitment is a manifestation of Canibeat’s commitment to bringing our readers the largest variety of cars in our community crammed into a single day of food, music, friends, and feature-worthy cars