South Florida is spoiled. Every time I visit the weather is incredible, the people are in great moods, and there is always something interesting being built. This past trip I came across Alex Bukalo and his impeccable BMW E36 M3.
For many of us of the Millennial generation, our fascination with JDM automobile culture began with Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series for the Sony Playstation. My first exposure to the game was the third installment, and I remember first seeing the red Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex and having no doubt that it would be my starter car, owing much to the unapologetic 80′s styling cues . As we dived deeper in the game, our eyes were opened to dozens of cars whose manufacturers might have been familiar, but only as modes of reliable, safe, vanilla transportation. Our parents, born into the era of the great American muscle car, remembered the Mustang and Camaro as the performance beasts that they were, but many had opted for more reliable Odysseys, Siennas, Accords and Camrys as their daily transportation and kid-haulers. While the Japanese sports cars were far from unknown, their existence did not penetrate into the American consciousness the way that domestic muscle cars and Italian supercars had throughout the 80′s and 90′s. And yet, our culture finds itself in the middle of an explosion of vintage JDM boom. Read More
Mar 16, 2014
Photography By: Martin Slotta
Words By: David Monzingo
The rat rod scene has always seemed somewhat elusive. The owners stick to themselves for the most part, while still maintaining a sort of “core” that know each other and the cars that they spend their weekends wrenching on. From the outside looking in these gear heads seem to have quite the niche, but the rat rod scene is far broader than I had previously thought. Christian Quatz and his Opel rat rod out of Germany are proof that this scene is alive and well even outside of the United States.
In the Volkswagen and European car scene it’s pretty common to see the typical Golfs and Jettas getting all the attention and aftermarket support from manufacturers. It’s when cars such as the lesser common Volkswagen family members hit the scene in such a radical way that really makes peoples heads turn. Jeremy’s claim to fame resides in the sneaker community with his wild array of shoes, and it’s only fitting that his car makes a bold statement as well. His Volkswagen CC R-Line has taken grasp of our attention and will not let go, this thing is a stunner!
Right off the bat it’s pretty plain to see that Jaycee took his once stock Subaru and transformed it into something special. In most cases patience is key, and Jaycee’s Subaru is no exception. Building a car for himself and nobody else, Mr. Ceron shows us how to combine old school flavor with new school styling.
The Subaru Impreza has been around since the early ‘90s. Sporting its fair share of facelifts and trim packages, the newest version of Impreza has been an enthusiast favorite with its wider front and rear wings which provide for some aggressive wheel setups. Waiting almost eight months for his wheels to arrive, Jaycee received multiple calls from VR Wheels out of Los Angeles. while being given other options since the wait was much longer than anticipated. Jaycee stuck to his guns and the wait was well worth it. His choice to go with the timeless BBS RS weave is simply superb. A custom 18”x10” setup with slant lips and low offsets you just cannot get better fitment than this, wow!
Bone Stock…Daily Driver…Not your typical words to describe a multi-time “Best of Show” European show car, but that’s what Steven Caetano’s original intention was with his Brilliant Black 2008 Audi A4.
Subaru’s rich automotive history can be traced back to two triumphs in the automotive world; their prevalence in WRC, and their all wheel drive system introduced back in 1972. Now, it was inevitable that owners of these cars would begin to step out of the comfort zone that was “rally”, and begin to adopt the trending styles of modification. For Khalid and his STI, it took a bit of warming up to become what it is today. The first 2 years of ownership saw minimal modification; simple bolt-ons and small aesthetic tweaks began an all too familiar path that spirals us enthusiasts into a full-blown project car.
Almost immediately after Austin bought his Ruckus, he brought it over to the Box Bros Garage to show it off. Fully stock at the time, ideas of how to modify it were quickly tossed about. “Red frame, black wheels” said one, “Black with gold components” said another. However, Austin already had an idea; “How about classy. Cream frame, brown diamond stitch seat and white walls.” The excitement elevated and within weeks Austin had already ordered a long list of parts to begin his build.
Mark Bello and his Scion tC have had quite the relationship; a love/hate to put in simply. A relationship that has gone from near separation and abandonment, to now a tight bond, and being an inspiration to other local car enthusiasts; not only to build a car for themselves, but to also enjoy every aspect of it from start to finish. Hailing from Carnation, Washington, Mark has helped paved the way for his local car scene to be inspired and embrace the culture surrounding their passionate hobby of automobiles.
Merry Christmas! This week we bring you Sammy Alarcon’s 2008 Honda Civic Si, shot by Mark Anthony.