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.
Anyone who has seriously caught the mod bug knows (all too well) that it takes quite a bit of determination and devotion to sit down and plan a build. Plenty of steps and ideas are taken, scrapped, and re-taken in order to establish so much as a vague idea of the direction you want to go. Do I go for something that’s going to push the boundaries of what people believe is even possible or do I play it close to the chest and pursue a more traditional OEM+ type build? These are all questions we ask ourselves again and again as we scroll through countless forum threads, Google images, and blog posts such as this one. Below, you will find the account of someone just like you and I who sat down, planned out, and executed his dream with pure determination.
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!
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.
It has been a while since we’ve hooked you up with a Wallpaper Wednesday to make your desktops all nice and pretty. Today we present to you Nick Wochok’s static 2013 Honda Fit sport sitting nicely on Rotiform OZT wheels (17×9 +25 all the way around for those wondering). Canibeat photographer Jose Torres, was able to capture these fantastic photographs of this build in the making just for you guys! It’s always the little things that count and this Fit has some really nice mods already. Its S204 Front Lip, Mugen Rear Lip, Custom Side Splitters and Muteki SR48 Neochrome Lug Nuts all mend together very well. This isn’t the last time you will be seeing this Fit on Canibeat, but for now enjoy these desktop wallpapers!
May 18, 2015
Photography By: Cameron Pickett
Words By: Mike Meszaros, Danny Rice
Have you ever sat back and thought about what YOU liked? If you ever take the time to do so, you may be shocked to realize that everyone outside of your mind has influenced you in one way or another. It’s not a bad thing, really, but it can lead to a lot of stereotypes being developed which can be a bad thing. Consider the word “stance”: now that I’ve said it, stop reading this article and think about how you define term “stance”. Are you done yet? I bet you had the same mental picture as I did: huge wheels, massive camber, and beat fenders. That is the common stereotype we all get from a “stance car” and even as I conducted the interview with Eduardo, the owner of the vehicle before you, my face cringed as he mentioned the very word “stance”. As we continued to talk, however, I really opened my mind and thought about all the right ways a stereotype can and be broken and Eduardo Pineda’s Subaru takes any negativity surrounding the word “stance” and makes the viewer reconsider their own prejudices.
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.
Offset Kings Long Beach is considered to be the first big car show of the year, and it takes place right in the middle of Formula Drift Long Beach,which is the first Formula Drift event of the year. Offset Kings also happens to be my favorite shows of the year. You get a chance to catch up with everyone and see how builds have dramatically progressed and changed since previous years. This is also where a lot of cars make their public debuts and shake up the car community. The location is great, nestled right up against the water, it makes for amazing weather, and of course being right in the middle of Formula Drift theres always something going on. Needless to say I look forward to this show every year, and this year did not disappoint.
Think back: what was the first car that made you stop and admire its beauty? Could it have been the subtle curvature of the 1970’s Porsche 911 or was it something simpler like the sensation of a WRX rumbling its way down the avenue? For myself, it started with the Lamborghini Countach S, with its quintessential 80’s straight-line styling and hole-shot style wheels. There was something about the way it looked; as if it was flying through traffic, even when standing utterly still or hanging above my bed at the young age of 3. I have been fortunate enough to see and experience a handful and every time it brings me to a place of pure automotive bliss. Not the elitist lifestyle I see woven into the culture today, but the feeling of admiration and marvel in not just the artistic machine in front of me but all automotive artwork in its purest. This is how Dillon feels about the Acura RSX, Honda’s last Integra and the muse to his love of all things automotive.
Feb 11, 2015
Photography By: Ryo Kaneta, Naoki Ishijima
Last month, on the other side of our precious globe, the annual Tokyo Auto Salon hit the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City’s Mihama-ku ward. As can be expected from one of the top auto shows for modified and tuned vehicles, based in the tuner capital of the world that hosts roots back to the latter part of the ’80s, advocates of each and every sector of Japan’s automotive culture were present in full suit. The show as a whole has continued to gain momentum in regards to popularity as the years continue to commence, making the Tokyo Auto Salon the place to be in January when feasible. Luckily for us, we had eyes not only on the show, but at Super Street’s Fresh Tokyo Meet that give perspective of what goes within the shadows, outside of the spotlights.