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Jul 28, 2014

Photography By: Matthew Makarucha

Words By: Matthew Makarucha, Mark DA

Spring Fling 2014 (Ontario, Canada)

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SpringFling 2014 was another massive success! With over 400 cars in attendance at the Hansa Haus in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, SpringFling — now in its 11th year — has grown to become the VAG and German car scene’s official season opener in Canada.  This charity-driven event is best known for its relaxed vibe and has become so well known that attendees now drive in from out of Province and the U.S. to spend the day with fellow enthusiasts!  For more info check out the site at www.springflingcanada.com or follow on Twitter and Instagram @SpringFlingCND.

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Jun 16, 2014

Photography By: Matthew Makarucha, Bas Groot, Michael Branco

Words By: Matthew Makarucha, Bas Groot, Josh Davis

Fitted 2014 (Ontario, Canada): Official Coverage

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With the Fitted 2014 crew acquiring more than double the floor space over last year’s venue they somehow managed to up the actual quality of the venue and cars over the previous iteration as well.  While still being one of the smaller events on the calendar they make up for it with a level of diversity and car quality that easily contends with large events.  Euros and imports living comfortably side-by-side with stanced and race inspired builds.  See… we can all get along.

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May 27, 2014

Photography By: Matthew Makarucha

Words By: Matthew Makarucha, Shawn Baker, Josh Davis

Carlisle Performance & Style (Carlisle, PA)

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Carlisle Performance & Style: a festival that celebrates the ever-changing trends entailed to the motorsports lifestyle. During the second weekend of May you will find the Carlisle Fairgrounds populated with some of the freshest builds the East Coast has to offer.

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Dec 19, 2013

Photography By: Matt Makarucha, Robert Krueger

Words By: Matt Makarucha, Josh Wilson, Robert Krueger, Josh Davis

A Look Back: SEMA Show 2013 (Las Vegas, Nevada)

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Once a year members of the automotive industry from all over the world flock to Sin City for a week of business mixed with pleasure. While the sun is up they take to the Las Vegas Convention Center where there’s approximately 52 miles of everything imaginable, isle after isle. Once the sun goes down it’s time for parties and drinks with friends you’ve made over the years. Whether you are buying, selling, or a part of the media SEMA is definitely a breeding ground for innovation, and a preview of what is next for the after market industry and its enthusiasts.

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Aug 8, 2013

Photography By: Matt Makarucha, Patrick McCue

Words By: Danny Rice, Matt Makarucha

A look back at: ImportAlliance Summer Meet 2013 (Kentucky Speedway)

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Summer will always have its staples: defining characteristics. For most people it’s cookouts, lake trips, the sound of cicadas, the smell of the grill, and the sound of laughs around a campfire with friends. It’s a magical time of year filled with good times had in the great outdoors.

For those with an affinity for the automotive, however, summer is defined by the sounds of exhaust notes, road trips and cruises to meets or shows, chilling in parking lots with friends, and late nights in garages arguing function versus form while shaving bays with your buddies. It’s the best few months of the year for every car enthusiast and the community they call home.

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Jul 16, 2013

Photography By: Matt Makarucha

Words By: Matt Makarucha, Josh Davis, Cristian Loza

Fresh Meet: Summer Bash 2013 (Kean University, New Jersey)

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The pleasure was all mine when I visited Union, New Jersey, and in particular the Kean University Campus. Coincidentally Kean University was also the home of this year’s Fresh MEET Summer Bash.  Fresh Meet events are held to provide a safe and secure area designated for enthusiasts of all ages and communities to attend, where they can display their vehicle and share a common interest.  But more importantly they’re held to provide the new generation a direction that can provide inspiration and the willingness to build some awesome vehicles.   After a long trek from Canada I arrived to the venue the night prior. I stopped to go over some setup information with Rey Pegan before making my way to my hotel to rest up.

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Jun 16, 2013

Photography By: Matt Makarucha

Words By: Matt Makarucha

Spring Fling Canada 2013 (10 year Anniversary)

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In 2013, Spring Fling Canada celebrated their 10th year as Canada’s official season-opening event for German car enthusiasts. The event took place on Sunday June 2rd, 2013 from 11am until 3pm. So what’s all the hype about? Spring Fling is a home-grown and family-oriented event so EVERYBODY is invited! Spring Fling wasn’t your run of the mill show. There were no trophies and no judging and that made the event just a chill get together on a bigger than average scale! And as always, Spring Fling runs RAIN or SHINE!

The event returned to the Hansa Haus again this year. Riding off the momentum from years past, Mississauga’s own German Canadian Club Hansa Haus was a fitting location for this prized event.

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Jun 15, 2013

Photography By: SPhoto

Words By: Matt Makarucha, SPhoto

A look back at: Slammed Society 2013: Hawaii (May 19, 2013)

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Mahalo!  When you hear or think of Hawaii you usually think of a tropical vacation, palm trees, beautiful beaches, coconuts, hula dancing, or whatever your imagination comes up with. However since I can remember, Hawaii was hardly been known for bad ass cars!  Within the past years ‘til this day, Hawaii has been on the rise in the car game and is finally being recognized as a key player in the import/euro tuning industry. After all there is more to Hawaii than just grass huts and beaches.   Every so often, we get sick builds getting up on the major car sites coming out from the islands. Recently all the so called big dogs in the industry are now coming down to host bomb ass car shows to show the whole world what Hawaii has to offer! Read More


Jun 4, 2013

Photography By: Matt Makarucha

Words By: Matt Makarucha

4th Annual Fitted Showcase 2013 (Canada)

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After three successful years at Downsview Park, it was time for Fitted to move to a larger location at the Brampton Fairgrounds. The event was held on Saturday May 25, 2013 and put on by the people from Stretch & Poke. This year, Fitted included a free indoor RC track, live music provided by a DJ, and a food truck alley which was unique to a Canadian event.

Fitted included a trophy competition as well, and custom trophies were up for grabs. In addition, every attendee received a raffle ticket for a chance to win a wide range of apparel and automotive parts graciously donated by the Fitted show sponsors!

While you will see a wild mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly at this Canadian show, event managers have reached out to some of the region’s most renowned car builders and lifestyle companies to help keep featured aspects of the event true to the ever-evolving car scene up here in Canada. Please enjoy our coverage of some of the memorable vehicles at this event that caught our interest and made our coverage. We look forward to Fitted video that was produced by Backstage Productions, that is to follow this coverage. Keep up the good work Fitted, as you continue to put Canada on the fitment map!

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May 31, 2013

Photography By: Matt Makarucha

Words By: Matt Makarucha

Carlisle Performance & Style 2013 (Carlisle, PA)

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The Carlisle “Custom Compact” event grew to its height in popularity in the mid-2000’s, when out of control crowds caused management to ship the event out of town. After a few years at different venues, the creators returned the show back to its rightful place at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, and the Performance & Style event was born. It’s been a few years since then, and the event seems to grow a bit larger each and every year. While you will see a wild mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly at this show, event managers have reached out to some of the region’s most renowned car builders and lifestyle companies to help keep featured aspects of the event true to the ever-evolving car scene.

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