While the rest of the United States is being blanketed by snow we here in the Sunshine State truly feel bad for you… kind of. Welcome to Florida, where you can wear short and tan year-round, and host a killer euro show without worrying about the cold weather and snow. Sure it gets cool down here, but we welcome that as a break. Enough with the weather report, welcome to Euro Tripper 2! February 2014 hosted the second edition of the all euro event in sunny Ft. Myers, Florida. The Germain Arena hosted the show again this year, and if you missed the second edition of this ever growing event it’s safe to say you really missed out.
In the scene today a lot of people claim to love their car. The same can be said for those involved in the ever exploding Ruckus scene. The owners boast about their builds and typically their love is nothing more than mere infatuation. For one owner in particular his love is real, and now not only rules his hobby but also his work life. Kam Vaswani knew after building his 2009 Honda Ruckus that he was hooked and had to have more, and after getting a job at the famous RuckHouse in Orlando, Florida he would get his chance with a brand new build.
We all know how to play the game. Step 1. Find a Car. Step 2. Lower the car and add some wheels. Step 3. Make your car look the same as any other car in the “scene.” But for a select group this isn’t good enough, they don’t like the game or its rules……..so they change them. John Diep took a hard look at his BMW 335i and thought to himself this wasn’t going to be the run of the mill BMW build. Ichi, as he is known to his friends noticed a lot of BMWs all looked the same and really having a passion for the JDM and Euro scene he decided to use a little flare from both to inspire his build. Shooting for an OEM flare, John decided to stick to quality and go for broke with the good stuff right from BMW.
Sep 20, 2013
Photography By: Christian Williams
Words By: Mike Meszaros
Very few things really get to me anymore. I typically like to kick back and have a good time, especially when I attend a car get together. I have found though, as I get a little older and start to appreciate the work put into a car that one thing really bugs me. When scrolling through a car blog it is easy to see a car that has the set it and forget it rule done; the owner slapped a set of coil overs on the car and threw some wheels on and BOOM! Instant fame, instant feature and plastered all over the internet. Well in this case, Michael Wood has seemingly been overlooked. Canibeat decided that this was not going to happen any long, so without further adieu here is Mr. Wood’s beautiful GTI.
Pride. It’s something we all have. We all make choices, and sometimes those choices are less than favorable. When Chico Luna decided to work a deal to trade his BMW E46 for the Honda Civic you see before you, it was an exciting moment. Shortly after, though, Chico began running into problems. Horrible suspension and a damaged engine left Chico out of a ride and also with some hurt pride. After weighing his options and laying out the project before him Chico decided he would not be detoured, instead he would push forward and build this car into what HE wanted. Notice the caps? That’s right you are looking at Luna’s own personal daily/track car and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
I know I have admitted this before, but in case you missed it I’ll reiterate the fact that I am a huge VW fan. I have owned a few VW’s now and it does not seem that the trend will change anytime soon. So what is it that keeps pulling people like myself and our latest feature here Ryan Beard back in? It’s a timeless look, clean lines, and a social community that is second to none in the car scene. Ryan had previously owned a MK3 Jetta and knew when deciding on a new project he wanted to start just that way, NEW. Enter the fresh, remodeled MKVI Jetta and Ryan’s vision to build a classy car that paid homage to the MK1′s and MK2′s of the past.
We all know the masterminds at Rotiform Brian and Jason are always up to something. Whether it be a beautiful teal Porsche to roll around Worthersee with or a new set of wheels with zero lip on them, the creative minds at the Cali based wheel company never let their wheels stop turning. So needless to say when they prepared themselves to build something clean, simple, and unique for the Meca of all shows SEMA, let’s say they had it all figured out. Enter the 2012 Beetle stage left and stage right enter Jason and Brian to start creating this master piece. First off, without the whole Rotiform shop involved as well as some UK help Jason tells us this build wouldn’t be possible. The guys had a short time span to get this vehicle completed, making sure that it just wasn’t a factory car with a drop and wheels on it. Rotiform wanted to add their unique touch to this Bug and make sure it left an impression.
Have you ever just had a random thought or idea pop into your head? You know, maybe you’re out with friends one night and are sitting around talking about random things and then boom! IDEA! Well for Kam Waswani he was out with buddies and after confessing he wanted a Ruckus for a few years, he was informed about a local scooter for sale. A quick blurry phone call to the owner and a hung over morning purchase was made. Kam had went ahead and pulled the trigger on a 2009 Honda Ruckus and, after owning and building one of the cleanest VIP GS300′s in the state of Florida he had a few ideas of what to do with the little 50cc bike.
The Volkswagen scene commands a lot of attention, and I am not saying that simply because I am a VW owner, driver, fan, and euro fanatic. The Volkswagen driver is someone who emits love for their car, no matter if it’s their first or fifty first. Josh Joyce ran across this little MK1 Rabbit as a good deal and had thoughts to use the little diesel as a daily driver. After owning a good amount of vehicles already and always having a soft spot for the diesel Rabbits the answer was quickly given, and the little green machine was in the hands of Joyce and on the way home.
I have to start this article by being completely honest, the picture quality and the build on this car had me thinking it had to be a photo shop job. From the moment I had the chance to lay eyes on Sean Monlux’s Scion FRS it had me craving for me. This car has been executed in such a flawless fashion it is hard to compare it to any other FRS on the street right now. For Sean the initial idea behind the Scion…errr Toyota was to keep it simple. A mild drop, a nice seat of wheels, and an audio system that kept him bumping on the way to work was the road about to be traveled. Little did Sean know his little 86 would not only get all this love but more than he could have expected.