Oct 23, 2013
Photography By: Jeremy Alan Glover
Words By: Morgan Wilson
Having owned three Volkswagens it’s to no surprise that this will be my favorite write up to date since joining the Canibeat team. There comes a point in every car enthusiast’s life when they have to make the decision on which route they will take in purchasing a car and building it. Some go JDM, some go Euro, some go VIP, some choose a little bit of everything in between. The Volkswagen scene consists of die hard fans that love nothing more than putting their best work out there and making a name for themselves with hours of blood, sweat, and tears in the garage and behind the wrench. The options appear to be endless when constructing a vehicle from square one, but standing out is a task all on its own and if you don’t go above and beyond the call of duty you will be overlooked.
Oct 17, 2013
Words By: Dave Tormey, Cristian Loza
It’s that time of year again and First Class Fitment 2013 is just 2 days away! In order to ensure that things run smoothly the day of the event every show car and Ruckus is assigned a wave number and roll-in time. Show car roll-in will be between the hours of 8:00am – 10:30am. Below is a list of all of the roll in times as well as answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct 16, 2013
Photography By: Patrick Lauder
Words By: Morgan Wilson
Wilson Tam over at Stance Lab has been a car enthusiast for years. Much like the rest of us whose passion for cars and building them stems from the very core of our being. That being said, its to no surprise that both of his Mercedes’ sit the way that they do now after being acquired; looking like luxury sedans with the purpose of getting the average businessman to his next meeting. If you aren’t familiar with Stance Lab they are a growing suspension based tuning group that focuses mainly on the handling aspect of Mercedes Benz vehicles. After pulling a couple of strings Wilson was hooked up with a 2010 E350 sedan along with a 2012 C350. The clock was ticking for the guys at Stance Lab to get both of these cars looking the part and representing what they were all about.
Oct 5, 2013
Words By: Cristian Loza
With First Class Fitment 2013 being right around the corner (14 days left!) we are happy to announce that pre-sale tickets are now available to purchase. Head on over to www.firstclassfitment.com/purchase and purchase your tickets today. Tickets will be $20 at the gate the day of the event or you can save $5 and purchase your pre-sale tickets now.
I know I’m not alone when I share the belief that cars have brought strangers together and turned them into the best of friends. There’s just something about sharing a passion and lifestyle with people that truly understand. As a community, we dive into this lifestyle and we build so much anticipation to get even more of it. H2Oi is a beautiful, chaotic hub of immersion and anxious anticipation. Created around the Volkswagen/Audi scene and now attracting even more enthusiasts, H2Oi sweeps into Ocean City every year almost overnight and provides us a world of automotive expression. The whole experience at H2Oi is unreal as slammed cars drive by in every direction, every second. The community takes over the city’s streets and we come together in parking lots, hotels, condos, beaches, and restuarants. It’s exciting to be a part of this immersion. Along with the insanity and constant burnouts, we also get a chance to cruise, relax, and enjoy the getaway. The time spent at H2Oi feels so good because we really look forward to it every year. We utilize social media to hype it up and we see everyone on Instagram talking about it. H2Oi is such a popular event because the craziness runs wild in the streets, but the passion and friendship can be felt everywhere. The timeless memories can never be forgotten, and I’m honored I can capture such a unique staple in the automotive world with this video.
The level of H2O hype continues to shatter all previous years as each new September rolls around. Along with that hype, comes preparation. All of you who frequent Instagram have witnessed the phenomenon of “#h20prep”. If you were curious enough to search that hash tag in the weeks counting down to h2o this year, you would have seen people literally building cars. Not just swapping wheels or getting last minute coilovers on, but bodywork, interiors, full re-sprays, and shaving bays. This continued all the way up to mere days before departure for Ocean city. The amount of work that people attempted to complete (and in most cases completed), in the weeks before H2O is mind blowing. With that being said, I felt it was only appropriate to start off this year’s video with a tribute to the amount of work all of you performed, with the vision of your completed project making its appearance on Coastal Highway. I had the privilege of arriving on Tuesday and watching the madness unfold as cars poured into Ocean City. I sat in a lawn chair by the 62nd street Bridge one day late in the week to watch cars arriving. The expressions on people’s faces as they roll onto the strip for the first time is priceless, we all know that feeling. With the Cars and Cameras opening party, air affair, and a hundred other themed meets, there was never a dull moment at H2O. Only 51 more weeks until next year.
If you thought Christmas was “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, someone lied to you; they’ve never been to Ocean City, Maryland during the last weekend of September.
H2Oi has all the ingredients to make the perfect weekend: an amazing venue with a beach, a strip to cruise, large parking lots to congregate, and hundreds upon hundreds of cars toting around thousands of enthusiasts to the tune of VR6 exhaust notes, air ride systems dumping their pressurized contents, and the smell of burning rubber. Ingredients so perfect, in fact, that many people have started showing up earlier and earlier in the week and making a full, week-long vacation out of it (much like the Europeans do with Worthersee Treffen in Austria). It’s the most anticipated show of the year in the Euro community with people building cars for months (and sometimes years) with THIS show as their deadline.
Sep 30, 2013
Photography By: Tony Walls
Words By: Danny Rice
There are throngs of gearheads out there addicted to a make; those who would consider themselves “brand loyal” with an exclusive taste for Honda, Volkswagen, Ford, etc. Sure, they may be car enthusiasts who have an appreciation for all things automotive but they reserve their funds and driveways for the one make they love. Going a step further, there are those who are addicted to a specific model of a specific make and find themselves with multiple vehicles of the same model over the course of their lives or even at the same time. We all know that guy who wouldn’t even consider life without an M3 or Integra in the garage (running or not). You know, the people who have an EK hatch or Mustang for the track, another for daily driving, one more that’s “destined for greatness”, and another on jack-stands behind the garage as a parts donor. Whether it is multiple generations of the same model or just one specific chassis, these guys have a deep, unbreakable bond with their steed of choice.
Driving a slammed car daily isn’t something that’s done easily. It is a sacrifice that one must accept at a particular point in their car’s life. It could be when you first buy your car and know that it’s going to end up on the ground, or that first time you buy your coilovers, or even the day you just decide you no longer want any functionality left in your car. For Rickyy Bobby it started when he first bought his car, and it’s evident when seeing the history of cars he’s owned. Driving around with Rickyy I witnessed a radically different geography of the streets of Toronto, where a map was obsolete simply because maps do not describe the condition of the roads ahead. Rickyy, however, has a map in his head of which routes he has to take to navigate his car to his destination, or which roads no longer exist to him simply because his static chassis is millimeters from the ground. With harsh conditions all winter and construction happening nonstop during summer to fix the damaged roads this isn’t an easy task.
Aug 18, 2013
Photography By: Rodney Ty
Words By: Morgan Wilson
With the growing popularity of the VIP style scene in North America every enthusiast seems to try to push the envelope with more force than the next guy when it comes to modifying their car. What once started as simply working with a big body sedan with wheels and a drop to emulate the Yakuza mobsters’ ride of choice has now turned into an ever growing and ever changing canvas to work from with endless possibilities. Raymund Young at Royal Flush sculpted his masterpiece with detail that would make Picasso proud.