Today we bring you, directly from Japan, our coverage of Offset Kings Japan 2015. This coverage is special as it comes courtesy of Ryo Kaneta, one of our affiliates and dear friends over at USDMfreax Magazine in Japan. USDMfreax magazine lives and breathes the USDM culture and is specially put out in Japan to showcase just that. Japanese fascination of being a part of what drives us here in United States and Canada is immense. Cars that pop out of Cali or the East Coast from the Tri state area are literally copied and mimicked in Japan by Japanese fans. While USDM culture is huge in Japan and continuously growing, the same goes for the United States and Canada with our JDM fascination of what’s going on in Japan. This special event is put on by Illest and no, its not just some decal that one can slap on their ride. It’s actually a famous clothing brand that originated in California and a concept coined by Mark Arcenal. Offset kings happens at Fuji Speedway Shizuoka prefecture, at the foot of Mount Fuji. It became one of biggest car shows in Japan because the show is held in conjunction with formula drift. Around 300 cars showed up to this event from all over japan. The event has no particular category as there is a variety of vehicles in attendance. A large selection of USDM, JDM, OLD SCHOOL, and K-car enthusiasts bring out their vehicles which feeds into to the visual desires of spectators. This event truly brings out some pretty amazing cars. We are huge fans of the Japanese car culture here at Canibeat and this event is definitely one to follow and check out in Japan (if you have the means to do so). Its also amazing how Japan loves and appreciates the way USDM culture modifies cars and this event is a testimony to mutual respect and admiration we have for each other. Enjoy our pictures of this awesome event.
I first met Jimmy after the Formula Drift at Irwindale last year. But I had no idea he was guarding a big, beautiful secret. After the event I joined a couple of friends and the guys from Borla Exhaust to go-karting on a slick track because we had to get drifting out of our system. Jimmy met us there, rolling up in his daily NA Miata. While waiting on line for go-karts, my friend, Daniel Covarrubias, kept telling me that I had to see the project car Jimmy had at home. The more Daniel talked about the car the more embarrassed the humble Jimmy became. It was really quite funny. After a while Jimmy agreed to let me see the car next time I was in the area, insisting it was “nothing special.” My interest was piqued and I had to see what my friend Daniel was buzzing about. So a few weeks later I made it to Jimmy’s place. He seemed very nervous and told me he couldn’t show me the car because he had debeaded one of his tires and didn’t want me to see the car until everything was perfect. I was disappointed but still interested. Three weeks later I was back and this time Jimmy was ready to show me what he had been so embarrassed about. I couldn’t believe how wide the car was and the way it sat was just mind blowing. I loved it. I told him I had to get this car in front of my lens and shoot it as soon as possible. Jimmy said no one had ever featured his car and couldn’t tell if I was joking or not. After some reassurance and a couple weeks time we finally agreed on a time.
Offset Kings, to some, is one of the last great shows of the year in Southern California. This show takes place during Formula Drift Irwindale, the final fight. With cars flying sideways only feet away accompanied by a layer of smoke covering the whole area this show is one you simply can’t miss. Though the area is small, the show certainly is not. The quality of cars is fantastic, the atmosphere is full of energy, and it’s noting but good times. To get into the show you must buy a ticket for Formula Drift, but this means one can enjoy the show and all the vendors while also watching the best drifters out there pushing the limits trying to win the championship. Offset Kings Irwindale is definitely one to add to your list of shows you must attend.
Robert Sia’s FRS made quite a splash when it first hit the scene. It debuted on Instagram, and a roller on the freeway of Robert’s car was enough to take the car scene by storm. Up until then no one had really seen the Aimgain kit on an FRS since FRS scene was dominated mainly by Rocket Bunny kits, but people were in for quite a treat.
Amongst the severe accounts of post-H2o International depression many are enduring on the East Coast, many are going through the countless photographs they captured during their long-awaited getaway to Ocean City, Maryland. Yes, H2oi has been primarily a euro show, but recent years have let H2oi, like the other nationally recognized shows, to become blended with vehicles from different makes. Many are disgruntled, others, including myself, appreciate it. In light of the other makes and quality builds that attended this year’s H20i getaway, we present Thomas Shepherd’s bagged and wrapped 2010 Mugen Fit shot at a location apart from the typical oceanfront photographs that flood Instagram feeds during the last weekend of September. Hiding from the beloved camber cops can lead to some pretty unique locations. Keep an eye out for our official H2o International coverage coming soon!
One of the more interesting aspects of the online automotive community I enjoy following are the ebbs and flows of a particular model’s popularity. For example, 2012 was the year of the Toyota 86 and it’s brethren. But that made sense, there were three new models that were aimed squarely at enthusiasts. Of course they blew up, and of course every shop was building one. But the recent popularity of the 911 has been much more organic. (A disclaimer: The 911 is obviously one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, and talking about its popularity seems trivial, but bear with me.) This resurgence of interest, from my vantage point, has come from the equally amazing, but completely different, approaches of Magnus Walker (Urban Outlaw) and Nakai-San (Rauh-Welt). These two builders have injected creative energies into this car that opened up a new audience to the model.
Brian Lee’s 911 is styled completely different than either of those approaches, opting for a GT2 inspired look. He used Getty Design Clubsport RSR flares and sideskirts to widen the body, making room for the 18×9 & 18×12 Kinesis Motorsport Supercups. The interior has been upgraded with a pair of Recaro Leather Pole Positions with Recaro Brackets and Recaro Sliders, Rennline Aluminum E-Brake Handle, and a DAS 4-pt. roll cage. The car is motivated by a 4.0L bored out and built motor and Cup intake kit, while a set of Bilstein PSS9 coilovers keep that power firmly planted to the ground.
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I believe it was probably 2008 or 2009 when I first saw the Swang and Bang Nissans out of Texas. At that time, I remember being completely blown away by the look of those cars, bewildered at how they could even move, being so low to the ground and having such aggressive, wide wheels. 5 years later, with the proliferation of high-tech air suspensions in the scene, much of the original shock and awe of an aggressively stanced car has been replaced with concessions to everyday livability and comfort. Seeing this 350Z crawl around the pitted streets of downtown Macon, GA for this shoot however, brought it all back. Read More
When it comes to building a car; actually putting some blood, sweat and tears into it, cars like Christine’s 280z really hit home. This Datsun is far beyond a simple drop and some fitted wheels. Can you say “Two and a half years in the making” and “work in progress”? Well, that’s exactly how Christine described this gorgeous piece of automotive legendry. With the Z being over 30 years old, starting from ground zero is an understatement; let’s try 6 feet under.
Alright, so we see a lot of Impreza’s in the modified scene, but it’s not too common to come across a clean, slammed Subaru Forester on a nice set of wheels. Robbie Erickson’s Forester is much more than just your daily grocery-getting wagon, no, this car is bound to stop you in your tracks when you see it rolling by. These shots, sent in by Connor Limbocker capture Robbie’s Forester in motion, rolling on a set of Watercooled IND cc10’s, measuring 18″x9.5″ all the way around! Thanks for the awesome pictures guys!
Derek Buehler and John Quay are among the lowest Static E36’s, with front lips gliding mere millimeters over the beaten roads we have all come to expect in the Tristate area. They aren’t afraid to drive them either. Derek managed to survive the minefield that is Center City Philadelphia on his trip up from Maryland for the Shrink all the Cars meet back in April. John didn’t hesitate to hop in, throw the top down and drive from his home in Central PA down to Maryland for us to shoot the film you see before you. We had a blast and the Baltimore suburbs of Columbia provided for a perfect backdrop. Enjoy!