Oct 8, 2013
Words By: Danny Rice, Christian Williams
H2Oi is so much more than a car show and over the years, it has developed more and more facets and dimensions to where it’s hardly even a show anymore; it’s THE social event of the year.
Trends are both made and broken in Ocean City. Like a runway at a Paris Fashion Show, Coastal Highway becomes the stage where the latest and greatest trends and ideas are put on display. As the week progresses, one of your favorite looks or wheels can become one of your least favorite after seeing so many of the same sets of wheels or themes cruising up and down the strip. At the same time, you can develop a love for a look or theme that you never thought of before or didn’t think you’d like until it’s on display in front of you.
From “played” to “revolutionary”, The Strip is a magical place where heroes and villains are made or broken and where trends, wheels, and ideas go to rise in popularity or find their final resting place. This is true for any and all makes and models as you see the Euro and JDM scenes swapping ideas and perfecting them on similar chassis with different badges. It’s not out of the ordinary to see the same set of wheels ten times in one day with ten different finishes.
If there’s one thing H2Oi teaches you, it’s this: keep an open mind, open eyes, and current license, insurance and registration…
Oct 5, 2013
Words By: Cristian Loza
With First Class Fitment 2013 being right around the corner (14 days left!) we are happy to announce that pre-sale tickets are now available to purchase. Head on over to www.firstclassfitment.com/purchase and purchase your tickets today. Tickets will be $20 at the gate the day of the event or you can save $5 and purchase your pre-sale tickets now.
I know I’m not alone when I share the belief that cars have brought strangers together and turned them into the best of friends. There’s just something about sharing a passion and lifestyle with people that truly understand. As a community, we dive into this lifestyle and we build so much anticipation to get even more of it. H2Oi is a beautiful, chaotic hub of immersion and anxious anticipation. Created around the Volkswagen/Audi scene and now attracting even more enthusiasts, H2Oi sweeps into Ocean City every year almost overnight and provides us a world of automotive expression. The whole experience at H2Oi is unreal as slammed cars drive by in every direction, every second. The community takes over the city’s streets and we come together in parking lots, hotels, condos, beaches, and restuarants. It’s exciting to be a part of this immersion. Along with the insanity and constant burnouts, we also get a chance to cruise, relax, and enjoy the getaway. The time spent at H2Oi feels so good because we really look forward to it every year. We utilize social media to hype it up and we see everyone on Instagram talking about it. H2Oi is such a popular event because the craziness runs wild in the streets, but the passion and friendship can be felt everywhere. The timeless memories can never be forgotten, and I’m honored I can capture such a unique staple in the automotive world with this video.
The level of H2O hype continues to shatter all previous years as each new September rolls around. Along with that hype, comes preparation. All of you who frequent Instagram have witnessed the phenomenon of “#h20prep”. If you were curious enough to search that hash tag in the weeks counting down to h2o this year, you would have seen people literally building cars. Not just swapping wheels or getting last minute coilovers on, but bodywork, interiors, full re-sprays, and shaving bays. This continued all the way up to mere days before departure for Ocean city. The amount of work that people attempted to complete (and in most cases completed), in the weeks before H2O is mind blowing. With that being said, I felt it was only appropriate to start off this year’s video with a tribute to the amount of work all of you performed, with the vision of your completed project making its appearance on Coastal Highway. I had the privilege of arriving on Tuesday and watching the madness unfold as cars poured into Ocean City. I sat in a lawn chair by the 62nd street Bridge one day late in the week to watch cars arriving. The expressions on people’s faces as they roll onto the strip for the first time is priceless, we all know that feeling. With the Cars and Cameras opening party, air affair, and a hundred other themed meets, there was never a dull moment at H2O. Only 51 more weeks until next year.
Sep 6, 2013
Words By: Dave Tormey
We are happy to announce that pre-registration for First Class Fitment 2013 is now open on the new FirstClassFitment.com! Pre-registration will be open until 9/30/13 and ALL cars that wish to be in the designated show area must pre-register! Whether you plan on showing your car or just coming out to spectate be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page!
Sep 2, 2013
Words By: Jess Kang, Josh Davis
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.
Another Level is one of the biggest shows in the Midwest (and outgrowing itself every year). Not only a car show, it is and always has been an event that dedicates the proceeds of the show to charitable foundations. Each year since its inception in 2008 the group works together and choose two charities to donate to. This year Bombshell Bullies Pit Bull Rescue and Northern Illinois Food Bank are the benefiting charities.
Any car enthusiast knows that when it comes to vintage cars, no matter their country of origin, that California is home to some of the cleanest and most quality builds out there. In a region that a vintage car laughs at the idea of a harsh winter, these relics are in a safe haven to be preserved and enjoyed on a frequent basis. On August 10th, Kevin Chow made it out to the Vintage Auto Salon for Canibeat and as always found some beautiful examples of Vintage JDM chassis. Make sure to sit back, relax and absorb these stunning rarities of years past.
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.
Elkhart Lake’s Road America has been named by many one of the best road courses in the United States. This video highlights the American Le Mans Series and our experiences at the track. For all of us, this particular weekend is one of the most anticipated of the year, and it never disappoints. Good conversation amongst friends, the combining roar of both domestic and European machines, and the familiar smell of food on the grill and campfires make for an incredible weekend in Elkhart Lake! Enjoy!