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.
June 26-27th was the inaugural date of the East Coast’s Formula Drift Round #4 which is held at Wall New Jersey Speedway. Pure hardcore drifting at its finest is what Formula D is well know for and we just had to make it out and see what all the spectacular hype was all about.
Jul 2, 2015
Words By: Josh Davis
An event has been forged that brings appreciation of heavy bass music and high performance driving to one centralized location and it goes by the name of #GRIDLIFE. A few of us met up at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan to experience this brilliant clash of action and ended up leaving with a jarring amount of desire for more. Read More
Wekfest Long Beach seems to keep getting better and better each and every year and this year was no different. With hundreds of entrees from around California and many more from out of state, only the elite are accepted. What makes Wekfest great is the rarity of seeing this many high caliber cars at one time in one place. Wekfest Long Beach takes place right on the waterfront; Southern California around this time of year can get very hot so a location right on the water is something everyone can appreciate. With the Queen Mary overlooking everything in the background, the views are just as hot as the temperature. Wekfest is a truly amazing show, no matter the location. I encourage everyone to attend a Wekfest show no matter where you are. I can almost guarantee that anyone can find a car (or 75) that you’ll fall in love with at any Wekfest event. Whether you’re into crazy custom VIP builds, track monsters, or even subtle classics, Wekfest has something for everyone!
Jun 18, 2015
Photography By: Matthew Makarucha
Words By: Matthew Makarucha
On the May 21 we were invited to Markham, Ontario to cover one of Canada’s largest car enthusiast events, ERTEFA. While in previous years the events were held at parking lots, exceeding their capacity, this year was a change as the event was held in an enclosed and organized venue, the Markham Fairgrounds. This way a larger amount of spectators were able to experience the event in a safe and controlled environment. At ERTEFA you had an opportunity to witness an impressive line up of vehicles, hang out with friends and like-minded enthusiasts, as well as check out stage entertainment and many vendors. Many greater Toronto area and surrounding car enthusiast clubs were well represented. Vehicles such as exotics, euro and jdm stanced cars, luxury VIP, domestics, race cars, off-road vehicles, camera cars, trucks and bikes were all present at this event which is why it was massive.
An hour and a half north of Atlanta lies Helen Georgia, a small town of 450 residents well-known for its Bavarian architecture and humble setting. VAG enthusiasts know it for something more though. An event that’s so large the population rises from 450 to nearly 20,000 in just one weekend. An event so large that people from across the world travel to experience it.
It’s set in stone and there’s no point in sugar coating it–SOWO is dead, and new doors are being unlocked and opened to build the future for the next best euro event/gathering in the South East. We could analyze the factors as to why SOWO’s grave was dug out within the hills of beautiful Helen, Georgia, but instead we’ll eat the accusations, wash ‘em down with the facts, and appreciate the development and execution of an event that has brought thousands of enthusiasts happiness for the last nine years.
Year after year I have to hand it to the Fresh Meet crew for blasting memorable events. Definitely one of the few events I will actually travel outside of Canada to visit. It’s comical how our American friends react once they hear that I am actually from Toronto, Canada and not from the Tri-state area. The first question they ask me is how long it takes to drive down, and once they hear about magical eight hour drive they raise their eyebrows in awe. The truth is… worthwhile events such as this one are really worth the drive.
My Fresh Meet Spring Bash experience began on Saturday after a long journey through New York and Pennsylvania. I was fortunate enough to have my cousin, Raff, come out with me for this one, which was a good thing as he kept me up from falling asleep behind the wheel. Needless to say we arrived at the hotel that the Fresh Meet crew was staying at, hung out with Rey Pegan, the owner of the event, for a bit, found a local coin op car wash to wash the Lexy after the long journey, then hit the hay. We didn’t get many hours of sleep as we were all up at 4:00am to hit the fairgrounds and prepare for the event. Upon arriving to the the fairgrounds, I setup my car and booth and began detailing. People started to roll in around 8 a.m., and as soon as I saw the long lineup of teams heading in for the event I already knew that it was going to be a massive day.
EVOLUTION is coming to San Francisco’s Pier 70 on Saturday, June 13th. Don’t miss the most anticipated and talked about event of the year. Anchoring the largest car show on the west coast will be dozens of vendors, MSTRSTAG Model Lounge, Evrystyle 1-on-1 dance battle, STP LA Graffiti Art Expo and DTF RC drift track and stage entertainment.
Formula Drift Long Beach is where you get to witness all of the hard work and training the drivers and teams have been doing all year long in preparation for the new season. New liveries, new cars, new builds, new everything and it’s very exciting. Aside from all the new happenings going on Long Beach is a fantastic location and track. The track is very tight and very fast, cars are pushing harder and harder on each run getting closer and closer to each and every wall. The fans are right there in the action, with great proximity seating you will practically be covered in rubber by the end of the day. There is always so much to do, even when cars aren’t skidding across the track. One could check out one of the many vendors occupying the paddocks, or even walk to the other side of the track and see all the cars in the Offset Kings Car Show. Fans can also see almost every car in the competition up close and personal. Most teams just park their cars right by their trailers and fans can walk right up to them, check them out, and meet the drivers most of the time. FD Long Beach is one hell of an event to kick off the Formula Drift season.