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A Look Back: First Class Fitment 2013

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Another year, another First Class Fitment gone by. We spend an entire year looking forward to a day that seems to go by faster than every other day of the year and this year was no different. Before sunrise to after sunset, the staff works hard at Princeton Airport for arguably one of the most unique, quality events on the show calendar. Sure, we may be a little biased about our own show but we keep trying to raise the bar each and every year and continue to see attendance grow and some of the best vehicles from across the country come through our gates.

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Dec 1, 2013

Photography By: Jose Torres

Words By: Morgan Wilson

Steady Mobbin’ : Kristin’s BMW Z4 ///M coupe

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In the fall of 2011 Kristin Andrus was in the process of parting out her Genesis coupe when she bought this Z4 of the same body style. Everyone remembers the iconic clownshoe car predecessor being the Z3 ///M and the successor is equally mean when unleashed. She got it for a killer deal, but a few things had to be done to get it to her liking. She is a big fan of EDM music so a complete revamp of the car’s audio system was in store before any wrenches were turned. Catronix in Indiana helped install the sub and speakers to get this thing knocking like a cop with a search warrant. There are eight other speakers besides the the sub woofer.

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Nov 28, 2013

Photography By: Ethan Waton, Andy Carter, Christian Williams

Words By: Mike Meszaros

Simply Clean 5: Official Coverage (Daytona, FL)

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So lets be honest here, when it comes to Central Florida the car show/meet scene has been weak. Typically you will have to travel to Miami or Tampa to catch a really good meet, that was until Simply Clean was created. Simply Clean, it’s a motto and a lifestyle, it is a method of keeping your car minimal when it comes to modifications but always remembering to keep it clean. The Simply Clean crew has always always went with the slogan, “It’s not a competition.”  So if its all about clean and not about winning the show, then what is the big deal? The big deal is Simply Clean has grown from a small parking lot meet in Orlando to a true, legitimate show in Daytona Florida. The man at the head of the movement Nickoli Chin along with his masterminds have done a successful job of orchestrating this event since its inception back in 2010 and this year was bigger and better then ever.

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Nov 24, 2013

Photography By: Jose Torres

Words By: Morgan Wilson

Euro Nostalgia: Dave Perez’ Mk2 GTI

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Not too long ago did Dave Perez dream of owning an older Volkswagen with the intention on having something that screamed OEM+, but was also fun to drive on a daily basis. He contacted Mike London and then bought this beauty from him so that he had a gorgeous template to work with. He purchased it recently and unfortunately show season for 2013 has already come and gone,  leaving him in the building mindset that fall and wintertime brings. Perez told me that the car had been previously built by Bynum Builds along with help by Mr. London.

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Nov 21, 2013

Photography By: Patrick Ng, Christian Williams

Words By: Mike Meszaros

Simply Clean 5 Pre-Meet Hosted by CCW (Daytona, FL)

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Let me keep this short and sweet, if you missed any of the Simply Clean 5 weekend well sorry about your luck! The weekend, yes it is turning into a weekend instead of a day was jam packed full of the cleanest cars from Florida, Georgia, New York, and where ever else people decided to make the journey from. Friday night was the official kick off to the festivities and once again CCW opened their doors and factory to host the Simply Clean 5 “Pre-Meet.” Both inside and out was covered with a ton of clean cars, and regardless if they were rocking CCWs or not everyone was welcome to check out the fun! Factory tours and good times were on all night long and if you were hungry, well a stop by the Taco truck outside would curb your appetite. That’s enough of that check out the pictures!

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Nov 4, 2013

Videography By: Patroni Films

Words By: Josh Wilson

When Zombies Walk the Earth: Matt Patroni’s Simplistically Beautiful BMW 2002 (Video)

The BMW 2002 is elementary yet stunning, a design that breathed life back into the struggling Bavarian Automaker which eventually led to ever-popular 3 Series. It’s a chassis that has also granted freedom to the car enthusiast that have owned them for over four decades. Concourse, Motorsports and even the Stance communities have become fond of this surprisingly nimble and stimulating chassis when choosing a project for their next build no matter its eventual purpose.

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Oct 23, 2013

Photography By: Jeremy Alan Glover

Words By: Morgan Wilson

Canadian Five Banger: Julien DuPont’s Creamy & Bagged MK6 Golf

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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.

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Oct 17, 2013

Words By: Dave Tormey, Cristian Loza

First Class Fitment 2013 (10.19.13): SHOW CAR ROLL-IN TIMES & FAQ’s

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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 events@canibeat.com.

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Oct 16, 2013

Photography By: Patrick Lauder

Words By: Morgan Wilson

Merc’d On: Killing The Game With the Stance Lab Benz’

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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.

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Oct 5, 2013

Words By: Cristian Loza

First Class Fitment 2013: Pre-Sale Tickets Available!

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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.

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