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.
Two years ago I was introduced to my first Formula Drift event in Atlanta. It was an absolute blast and every year since, I’ve always been stoked to go back. This year was no exception.
May 12, 2014
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Each year as the bitter cold begins to retreat the folks at Grossman Tuning wrap up their plans for their Spring show-season opener, Water by the Bridge. What started as a small get together at their shop in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, has become a must-attend for anyone in the MidWest and Southern U.S. The former “Grossman Tuning Show” has seen quite an exponential increase in attendance since its humble beginnings in the back parking lot of their shop.
To wrap up the month of April and kick off the new season on the East Coast Team Summospeed presented the fifth annual Springfest, hosted at a brand new location that really set the tone compared to previous years. This year Springfest laid claim to the Virginia Beach Convention center, which allowed the event to be broken up into an inside and outside portion. The weather that hit Virginia and the surrounding states the night before the show left minor concerns on how it would affect the attendance of participants. Thankfully everyone woke up to a cloudless sky on show day and Springfest 5 ended up being more than proper, providing a DJ, food, an on-site mobile dyno, vendors, and a diverse showcase of cars.
Needless to say Springfest was a great time prior to this year, but now with the new location the event has definitely become the show to attend if you want to start the season off the right way.
Apr 22, 2014
Photography By: James Baxter
Words By: James Baxter, Josh Davis
This year’s Formula Drift season kicked off with a bang on the streets of Long Beach, California. Returning competitors were looking to start their season off with a podium, and rookies were looking to make their mark. This may be the first stop on the Formula Drift schedule but it is by no means the easiest. The course at Long Beach is tight and unforgiving, one mistake will put you into a wall at high speeds. Personally this is one of my favorite tracks, with loads of close tandems and wall taps the energy and excitement is explosive. This year wasn’t any different — great battles and numerous crashes, among other things, that provided a great taste of what the rest of the 2014 season will bring.
Apr 9, 2014
Photography By: James Baxter, Benjamin Garcia
Words By: James Baxter
Slammed Society: Offset Kings kicks off the beginning of show season for most in Southern California, and what better way to kick off the show season than a car show combined with Formula Drift. Long Beach, California is the first stop on the Slammed Society schedule along with Formula Drift, and this location has always been a great time through out the years. This is where you get to see all the cars that have undergone huge changes throughout the winter months for the first time, and after walking around the show for a while what better way to take a break than taking a seat and watching a little Formula Drift live.
Ultimate Dubs is one of the select few shows we choose to cover each year simply because of the level of pure quality delivered out of Europe and the U.K. UD was held at the Telford International Centre (Nr Birmingham) again this year, which is a perfect location for a typical British day in March. Not this time, though, as the temperature dropped as low as 18 degrees for this year’s season opener. Social media was going a bit crazy with the days leading up to the event, especially since everything is kept top secret up to the last minute to squeeze out any final touches.
A few of the cars you will set your eyes on below where planned months in advance only to be finished with hours to spare. This all makes it very exciting and fresh, and makes my job as a photographer a tad bit harder when the car is crowded with people all day. Patients sure does pay off.
I hope you enjoy the coverage, and expect to see more from the UK this summer!
Ultimate Dubs: one of the biggest VAG shows in the UK. Crazy clean builds all across Europe come to put themselves under the spot light. Luckily the team at Definitive were there to catch it all as it happened. As we are just putting the final touches to our photo coverage sit back and enjoy our official Ultimate Dubs 2014 video.