After recently moving from the East Coast to the West I could not resist making it up to Seattle for FD Round Five. Following some haggling and acquiring my first FD media pass, I was incredibly stoked for this particular weekend in Washington.
Now in its 5th year First Class Fitment has become a Fall tradition known for its unique venue, laid back environment, and variety of quality cars! We are excited to announce that this year’s event will be held at the Princeton Airport on Saturday, October 18th.
Sep 2, 2013
A year went by as the east coast prepared for an event that would change the course of our automotive culture and history. The tri-state generation had yet to prove and showcase their knowledge, hard work, and their way of life. When the announcement was made that Weksos USA was hosting a show right in the center of the North East people flooded with excitement and anticipation, eager to finally climb up as underdogs to the west, and come up as kings of the east.
Elkhart Lake, WI. Rooted deeply in its historical presence in motorsport history, this small town about an hour north of Milwaukee becomes a haven of automotive buzz throughout the summer months. In the early 1950’s, Elkhart Lake was home to arguably one of the most famous open road race circuits in the United States. In 1955, Road America opened its gates, and since has hosted a wide variety of events including the Nascar Nationwide Tour, the SCCA Speed World Challenge Series and the AMA Superbike Series. Road America has been dubbed by many, one of the best road race circuits, and has been home to many memorable race weekends, for both fans and drivers alike.
To be completely honest, when I first heard about Zane Godwin’s idea to start a boutique wheel business out of Atlanta, I had my doubts. Zane was a mutual friend of Anthony Hancock, and I was introduced to Zane in 2012, about the time that he and KJ were in the early stages of designing the company’s first wheel, the BR7. I was certainly impressed by the engineering put into what they had so far, but I wasn’t sure how a few Atlanta S2000 guys were going to capture any significant portion of the luxury 3-piece wheel market. In a time where replicas have replicas, a person’s wheel selection is as much about brand recognition and the quality behind that brand, than it is about the exact design or specs of the wheels. And there are no shortage of great brands putting out amazing, original wheels these days. Carving a niche into a crowded luxury market is never going to be easy, especially with a product that costs thousands of dollars. I figured that the only way Brada could become anything was if Zane injected every bit of himself and his passion into the company. After our conversation, I’m 100% convinced that he has done just that.
I flew down to LA and spent the weekend with my buddy Matthew Ramos from Panda Feet Productions. It was great getting to chill with some of the Canibeat crew again and checking out the LA area together. Matthew and I double teamed each car with 5Dmk2s and a variety of lenses and tools. We had a great time and can’t wait for the next. Enjoy! – Loren
HONDA DAY events cater to the vast Honda enthusiasts gathered together to celebrate anything Honda. Honda Day comprises of two events; one on April 13 and 14th at Atco Raceway in New Jersey, and one on August 10th and 11th in Englishtown, New Jersey. This was my first time attending Honda Day, and I was really overwhelmed at the amount of people that were in attendance last weekend at Atco. I’ve been thinking of visiting the E-Town event since I was told that the English Town event packs even more spectators and vehicles. Would be interesting to see. Originally I did not attend the event with the intention to provide coverage, however as I walked and checked out the vehicles that were present, I naturally wanted to capture the imagery and lifestyle and share it with our viewers and followers. I managed to snag my buddy’s Canon T3, a far cry from my usual gear, however it did surprisingly well! Special thanks to Jason Cao for letting me use his camera, and the whole PSI crew out of Rochester, NY who I drove up with. Also helping me with this one was Hieuy Truong from AZN photography in Rochester who assisted by providing some juicy wide angle shots to give us a different perspective.
Apr 1, 2013
Photography By: David Monzingo
Words By: Danny Rice
Every year, there’s a mad scramble to get your car done before the first show of the year. Sure, you had MONTHS to prepare but it always seems like the week before the show, you are scrambling around, calling parts stores, turning wrenches for hours, freaking out over tracking numbers and generally stressing out about getting your car finalized. All winter you’ve been stockpiling parts for forced induction, calculating offsets, scouring the forums, getting things painted and dreaming of the reveal for the world to see. Whether your plans are secret or you’ve had everyone AND their mom over to help you, nothing compares to rolling that car out of the garage completed and giving it one final wash before you put your hard work (and blown paychecks) on display.
During my time in China, I have seen cars ranging from ridiculous to ABSOLUTELY absurd… and not in a good way. I was relieved when one day as I was walking on my school campus and a Mini Clubman S passed me… I noticed it was not at stock height and definitely was not on stock wheels. So then it all began; I chased the car down needing to talk to the owner. He must have thought I was a little crazy, being out of breath, using my broken Chinese I said, “我喜欢你的车！” (I like your car!). He told me he spoke a little English but it was so rare that a foreigner was into cars – especially a girl. We then spoke about his car, which is on air and Rotiform NUEs, I expressed to him how I had not seen many nice cars around China, much less Beijing. He was shocked and told me there are quite a lot of car enthusiasts in Beijing.
Nurotag, like many of you I really did not know what that name means, in fact I still don’t but one thing I do know is that it was like a magnet for some of the illest cars in Florida to draw to. February 23rd was the date for the second edition of the Nurotag meets and if you missed out, well sorry about your luck because it was nothing short of awesome!