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.
In it’s third year, Euro Hangar 2014 held proudly in the town of Holland, Michigan drew quite the crowd. Many familiar cars and vendors showed up including DubKorps and Orchid Euro, both whom had fantastic cars representing their respective companies. Taking place at the Park Township Airport, Euro Hangar’s organizers provided show-goers with food trucks, awesome vendors and a DJ to provide the show with music. The town of Holland is also a great spot to explore before and after the show, providing tons of great restaurants and craft breweries to keep everyone occupied. If you’ve never been to this show, it is definitely one that will keep continue to grow. Make sure to mark this one on the calendar next year, you won’t want to miss it!
Last year when I received the invite from Gab Laroche to come up to Canada for Eurokracy I knew I had to take it. Gab Laroche is the owner of Gab Eurosport in L’Assomption, just outside of Montreal. For those of you who don’t know Gab… he’s crazy. He has a habit of buying bare shells in the fall and turning them into show stoppers by the time spring arrives just a few months later.
This year was no different, showcasing his stunning new Harlequin complete with a shaved bay 24v swap. On Friday night before Eurokracy we arrived at Gab’s shop and hung out while they prepared the cars for the following day. The other shops in his complex include several professional fabricators, a woodworker, painter, and even a shop where Formula Drift cars are built. I now understand how they can turn around quality projects so quickly. They even gave us a ride in their little side project — an e46 with an LS3 swap — which you’ll see on the following pages.
Show day brought out some amazing builds, many that you aren’t likely to see unless you make the trip to Canada. The day’s events included sanctioned burnouts on the track, and a low limbo obstacle course complete with speed bumps to maneuver. Between the charismatic burnout participants and the cars in the top 100 without so much as a speck of dust the enthusiasm at Eurokracy is really something to enjoy.
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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The first time Jerome Cruz’s Volkswagen Jetta caught my attention was over two years ago. For the following years I’d see it at shows and in passing, but never had the ability to set up a full shoot. There was always something about this build that caught my attention, though, whether that be the unique paint or specialty euro parts… it’s tough to point out a favorite part.
Wekfest LA came and went, but let me just say the quality of cars out there was beyond amazing. We made the trip with a handful of local friends and made the best of it! Right now we are just waiting till August. If you follow myself, Roy or the brand (@Canibeat_Crew) on Instagram you probably heard we opened up a little pop-up shop inside Blockstar in Springfield, VA. We are planning a grand opening event soon, so stay tuned for details. As always I hope you guys enjoy this weeks Web Picks. Keep submitting photos into our Flick Group and you could have your work featured on here. Until next time everyone… enjoy!
Carlisle Performance & Style: a festival that celebrates the ever-changing trends entailed to the motorsports lifestyle. During the second weekend of May you will find the Carlisle Fairgrounds populated with some of the freshest builds the East Coast has to offer.
SOWO, only a one year until you return and I can once again visit the sleepy town of Helen, GA. This is the sixth year I have had the chance to attend the event and without a doubt I can easily say this is my favorite show hands down. There are a lot of great shows out there but nothing like SOWO. The atmosphere, the town, and even the people that come together all make this event truly special. Each year dozens of people including two men, Matt Bounds and Chris Cooley, dedicate hundreds of hours into making this event happen but each year it becomes a little more challenging. We need to remember despite the fun we have to keep it respectful and not ruin this happy little town by going too over the top.
SOWO offers a lot for the car enthusiast in us all. From mini-meets all over town to photo shoots, mountain drives, and of course the main show, there is something for everyone to enjoy. For me, though, the chance to escape the work flow, experience a German themed town full of German cars, and get a hold of some German beer is all I really need. Starting the Thursday prior to show day you can cruise the strip and enjoy seeing all the awesome cars roll up and down and have a chance to meet up with friends from all over the country. Personally it was great to meet up with the rest of the Canibeat staff and also to have Mr. Andy Carter take some great shots. Enjoy part two of our SOWO coverage! Get ready #SOWOPREP2015 starts now!
May 24, 2014
Photography By: David Monzingo
Words By: Josh Wilson
Every year thousands of cars invade a quaint Bavarian themed town with the beautiful mountain backdrop of Western Georgia. The chaos that follows the first wave of arrivals is a blur of scraping subframes, smokey burnouts, cases upon cases of beer and of course those all too familiar flashing red and blue lights. The field of cars attending Southern Wörthersee features a wide range of chassis’ and styles from air-cooled all the way up to the most recent to-be-released models. It’s a mixture of flawless paint, eye-popping wraps, unique dips and timeless patina that seem pair perfectly with the modifications that adorn these builds.
Wow… what a fun and crazy last few weeks it’s been, and show season has only just started. Spring Fest was such a fun and huge success for us. Our own home state showed us nothing but mad love, and the quality of builds surpassed all of our expectations. I had a chance to go down to Helen, Georgia for SOWO (Southern Worthersee) this past weekend and let me just say it was the most fun I’ve had at any car event ever. I made the trip purely for pleasure and had a blast! I miss it so much already but am already looking forward to Wekfest LA in two weeks. You know the drill, I am back again with this edition of Web Picks. Check out some amazing photos from Garrett Church/GrcExposures, Incognito Media, Jan Glovac Photography, Zandbox Photo, David Schiffner, Richard Benson, Andy aka Sharkix, and Grant Young Photography. Enjoy!