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H2O International 2014 (Ocean City, MD): Coastal Highway Madness

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“You know… if you tell someone to ‘light ‘em up,’ and they actually do it, you get in just as much trouble as the person committing the act,” a cop politely explained to me as I sat on a curb, waiting for his fellow camber cops to quit hassling my buddy about his BRZ. The heightened level of police presence kept everyone on their toes with their heads on a swivel, but it did not, by any means, prevent the beloved annual H2oi getaway from being a very, very wild escape from reality.
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Oct 2, 2014

Photography By: James Dorsey

Words By: James Dorsey

Random Beat: Rachel Clancy’s BMW E46 M3

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Introducing Rachel Clancy’s BMW E46 M3, a very recent build as of  H2oi 2014. Rachel’s M3 is rolling on BC Extreme Drop coilovers and Work Meister S1s (18×10 and 18×11) rebuilt by VR Wheels in California. “I chose Meisters because they are my favorite wheel. I wanted an aggressive but functional setup so I felt that was a happy medium,” Rachel proudly mentioned when asked about her choice of wheels. Her wheels are white with polished lips and a bit of red to compliment her stunning imola red interior.

When talking about the bags vs coils debate, Rachel tells us “I decided to go with the coils because I would never bag an m3 or sportier type car, it’s just my style.” When she first started the build her vision was a turboed M3, and the necessary mods to get there are next on her list! Keep your eyes out for this build as it progresses and enjoy this mini shoot conducted in downtown Annapolis, Maryland.

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Sep 9, 2014

Photography By: Taylor Menezes

Words By: Preston Klemm

The Rowdy Gentleman: Bag Riders’ BMW 335i X-Drive

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The following car needs no introduction. What began life as your average montego blue E92 has undergone some not-so-subtle modifications, which has rocketed it into magazines and car blogs around the world. Yes, this is Bag Riders’ famous 335i X-Drive, a car that took niche sections of the Internet and social media by storm. Take notes, kids, our Vermont neighbors know a thing or two about air-ride and car customization, and this BMW certainly does not disappoint.

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Sep 5, 2014

Videography By: Chris Petruccio

Words By: Chris Petruccio

WEKFEST New Jersey 2014: Official Video

This was my third year covering Wekfest’s East Coast event held in Edison, New Jersey. Heading out a little after sunrise to my first car show since coming back from studying abroad in Italy for a month was such an amazing feeling. Passing other enthusiasts on the highway knowing they were going to same show was well welcomed. On top of all that, being able to see all my friends that I hadn’t seen since way before I left or SOWO was the cherry on top. Wekfest always hosts only high caliber cars and this year was no different. There did, however, seem to be less cars than last year and a little too much open space at some points. Team Emotion, as usual, took home most of the awards at the show, well deserved at that too. After the show wrapped up I left with my friend, Harold, who you might know as Dat3voX, to do a photoshoot of his new setup. So look out for that soon. I definitely plan on attending next year’s event as well so I can say, one day, I’ve been to every one.

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Aug 31, 2014

Photography By: Josh Davis, Matt Makarucha

Words By: Josh Davis, James Baxter

WEKFEST New Jersey 2014: Official Coverage

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Supremacy saturated the New Jersey Expo Center at this year’s Wekfest New Jersey. What could be expected was indeed delivered—a huge room full of exquisite taste. Wekfest never fails to feature the East Coast’s highest caliber builds in order to provide to all perceptions of style. Last year’s show set the bar pretty high for the upcoming years, but the elites of the east were up for the challenge and executed beautifully.

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Aug 3, 2014

Photography By: Viet Dang, Brian McCarthy

Words By: Viet Dang

Way2Clean Car Show (South Florida Expo Center): Official Coverage

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Way 2 Clean is a new name that made their mark this year at the West Palm Beach Expo Center. The event was organized by its founder, Sam Blackett, with some big name vendors like Vossen and Liberty Walk, and a performance by Florida’s own American rapper, Ace Hood. After advertisements were spread out, many scurried to register for this event. I’m sure many of you reading this are in the Northern states or anywhere else really with less humidity than we have here in Florida. So if there’s an event indoors, we’re all for it! I am definitely excited for the next event hosted by Way 2 Clean.

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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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Jul 16, 2014

Photography By: Josh Gilmore

Words By: David Monzingo

Throwback: Katie Horn’s Time-tested Volkswagen Jetta

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Nowadays it seems as though cars are becoming more and more disposable. We see cars get built for an extended period of time, revealed at a big car show or feature, and then quickly disassembled or sold. On the flipside, there are cars that owners become attached to, and for lack of a better term, have a longer relationship that lasts; sometimes the better half of a decade, or in some cases even longer. Katie has maintained ownership of her ’99 Volkswagen Jetta for over seven years now, and she has no intention to part ways any time soon.

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Jul 11, 2014

Videography By: Luke Rihl

Words By: Luke Rihl

A weekend with Jose Chong (Video)

Back in June I was invited to hangout in Baltimore for the weekend to shoot Jose Chong and several of his friend’s cars. The weekend began with washing the cars in the Baltimore suburbs, followed by a trip to West Virginia for a photo shoot with More Than More photographer Anna Taylor. Anna has had her eye on this industrial factory spot for a while and it ended up being the perfect location.

Many of you may have seen Jose’s wagon before. In the last two years it has undergone countless changes, most currently the red wrap and prima donna RS’s. Jose’s other build, his MKI cabrio, boasts flawless original paint and drives as smooth as ever (I would know, most of the rollers are from the Cabby). Several of Jose’s local friends joined in, including Matt Wiese with his beautiful Passat and Erik Holloway with his MKIV R32 on those awesome Hartmann Twists. Perfect weather and gorgeous scenery was the cherry on top. Thanks for an awesome weekend guys! Hope you enjoy the video.

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Jul 8, 2014

Photography By: Ethan Watson, Jacob Tompkins

Words By: Ethan Watson

Faulking Immaculate: Andy Faulkner’s Volkswagen Corrado

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I was stopped dead in my tracks. As I admired the amount of detailed work that someone had put into this stunning Volkswagen Corrado a familiar face approached me with a grin, widening ear to ear. “Last year at SoWo, I joked that you never go full retard in terms of building a car. Well this year I went full retard.” I smiled at the remark as I greeted Andy Faulkner.
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