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Feb 29, 2012

Photography By: John Zhang

Words By: John Zhang

Wekfest IV: San Francisco, CA (2.19.12) Part 3

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Over the past couple of years, Wekfest has become one of the most popular car show tours in the country.  What some of you don’t know is that the first Wekfest event was held in San Francisco in a parking garage.  As the years have gone by and the show has expanded to other parts of the country, the San Francisco event has remained the largest and most anticipated event of the year!  This year was bigger and better than ever before with a variety of cars from all parts of the spectrum including, stanced cars, track-ready, domestics, and everything in between.  Nothing was left behind, which is why people from all over the world travel to California to attend this event. We had friends from the Midwest, East Coast, Canada, and even Japan fly in. I personally drove 7 hours to be at this show and by the time the show started, I was running on less than 16 hours of sleep in 3 days.  Although I was lacking in sleep, my coverage wasn’t. Read More


Feb 9, 2012

Photography By: Jordan Chronister

Words By: Andy Carter

Rush Hour: Khai Dinh’s Nissan S14

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When one thinks of the usual car building process, the course of the project can take several months (if funds are available) to multiple decades.  Regardless of whether the car is brand new or a frame-up restoration, there is always the dance of researching parts, carefully making selections, waiting on whatever is inevitably back-ordered to arrive, and eventually finding the time to install, troubleshoot, and dial in all the various pieces. More often than not, many of these projects exist not as a whole cohesive vehicle, but as multiple collections of unopened cardboard boxes, pending eBay deals, and recycled items strewn about a barely organized garage. Completion of a car (if that ever happens) requires a timely, orchestrated effort, thousands of dollars of disposable income, and enough free weekends and longs nights to nearly render one a hermit. Read More


Jan 7, 2012

Photography By: David Mojica

Words By: Josh Wilson

Because Drift Car: Marc Neron’s Slid and Showed Nissan 240SX

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I first came across this 240sx when I was going through our coverage of Simply Clean 3 and it was a car that I just instantly loved because it had some flair of its own. So I raced off to find out who owned this sweet 240sx and with the help of Nickoli with Simply Clean I located its owner, Marc Neron. Soon after finding the owner, I stumbled upon something that really made me love this car, not only does it look sick but it is also a car that was built to use, not just sit around in a garage and take pictures of. For me, nothing gets me going like finding amazing cars that are daily-driven, drifted, or tracked. Why you ask? It’s because these cars have been built to use and that is the whole purpose of a car.

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Jan 2, 2012

Videography By: Kenny Cano

Words By: Kenny Cano

Video: Kenny Cano | Film Reel | 2011 (NWS)

“This Year was a memorable one to me, it was the most difficult, life changing that I have had in a long time. I learned to strive to keep on going, no matter how many hits you take, keep on going. This is a film reel of my year 2011. Not Made for publicity, numbers, or fame. Done to show the path and journey of my year.”


Dec 20, 2011

Photography By: David Tormey, John Zhang, Marcus Cooke, Paul Authur

Words By: John Zhang

AutoCon 2011: A Look Back

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As the year ends, another season of shows will end with it. To close out 2011, we present our Autocon coverage for you. The event, along with the turn out, was much larger than last year. We were excited to use that opportunity to booth for the first time on the West Coast. Organized as a charity event, the show was a great experience for us, and we enjoyed meeting everyone. We’d like to thank the Royal Origin guys for coming out to show at our booth with their quality cars and hilarious entertainment throughout the day. Four different photographers covered Autocon for us just to make sure we didn’t miss anything. Enjoy, and we hope to see you next year! Read More


Dec 19, 2011

Photography By: Adam Frandsen

Words By: JC Vallido

Daily Zoomin’: Matthew Lamphier’s Mazda Miata

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You’ve mostly seen these roadsters in competitive autocross and drift events. It’s a light weight, front-engine, rear-wheel drive two seater that originally roamed in Japan for almost 22 years and is one of the best affordable roadsters out there. So why is it such a success you say? Because it’s nimbleness can take on any track/course like a champ.

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Nov 26, 2011

Photography By: John Zhang

Words By: John Zhang

Random Beat: JDM Garage

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For those of you who attended SEMA a while back should recognize this photo. If not, then this was just a shoot of some JDM cars from southern California. It’s pretty rare to get all these cars to show up all together so we made it happen. From left to right is a Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi Evo X, Acura NSX (Veilside inspired), Mazda Speed3, Nissan 370z. Read More


Nov 17, 2011

Photography By: AJ Gillett

Words By: Andy Carter

Big Nights in the Windy City

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For many people, the extent of their automobile enthusiast life is lived out in the forums and the blogs.  One can spend hours hopping from site to site, post to post, in search of something to awe, shock, or bewilder; and that niche will always be filled. Soon enough, however, one becomes jaded to the big, expensive wheels, enormous turbos, and seemingly impossible suspension set-ups. Rather than appreciating the cars as personal projects with their own investments of time, money, and effort, the cars simply become objects to judge and rank in a personal hierarchy of acceptable norms. This corruption is where statements like, “V8 drift cars are played out!” come from. Just because the internet has introduced a handful of fully swapped, functional engine-swapped cars in a period of several months, the forum junkie’s brain pushes this “trend” into the “been there, done that” folder; not even considering that there’s maybe been one within his own arm’s reach before, and the chances of him actually shaking the hand of a builder is slim to none.

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Nov 3, 2011

[VIDEO] First Class Fitment 2011 By Kenny Cano


From dusk till dawn Kenny captured the very first car at the airport to the very last and nearly everything in between. Between the soundtrack and the time lapse segments, we think Kenny did an amazing job of capturing the cars, the people, and the overall feel of First Class Fitment 2011!

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Oct 26, 2011

Videography By: Loren Haleston

Words By: Loren Haleston

Formula Drift: Title Fight (Official Canibeat Video)

The closest battle for the Formula Drift championship in history, the final round could not have been more exciting. Top drivers fought through hours of tension against season rivals and even their own teammates. Falken Driver Tyler McQuarrie took home first place in the final round but Dijiro Yoshihara finished strong just beating out Justin Pawlak to take home the 2011 Formula D championship! I had a great time covering a few rounds of the 2011 season, and look forward to covering more next year!

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