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.
Feb 7, 2015
Photography By: Jordan Miller
Words By: Aleksey Royt
There is an ever-evolving stigma in the automotive community that all vehicles should add form to a certain standard. A check list of acceptable modification so to speak. For ages now, a battle has raged between those who prefer form over function and vice-verse. However, there are a defiant few who stand against the typical norm; those who stand to do things their own way without a care in the world regarding the judgement or admiration of others. Tyler happens to be one of those select individuals.
In 2011 Weakest made the decision to launch the Wekfest USA tour. 2014 marked the first time the tour made its way to the sunshine state, Miami specifically. Usually Canibeat vends at both the California and New Jersey shows, but because Miami’s event was so close to the holidays I decided to just personally go down there to check it out. I made the trip to Orlando where I met up with JDM KAM, Nick from Simplyclean, and a few friends and we made the four hour drive from there. The one thing I have noticed about Weakest is no matter where they go, whether it’s a small scene or a big scene, quality cars always come out.
I was in Orlando for Simply Clean exactly a month prior and it was good to be back. A little sunshine and being away from the cold up North is always a blessing. We hope you enjoy our coverage and if you couldn’t make it out this year hopefully our coverages makes you want to in 2015!
Bassem’s love affair started like it does for many of us… as he himself describes, “It’s often an infatuation with one particular car that pushes us towards a lifelong love of most things automotive. It could be a car that you spent time around growing up, the first or fourth car of your own, or perhaps even a car you saw only in magazines or on T.V.” Whatever it may be that sparks that fire in us, it becomes something that we can never escape. When Bassem was younger, he says that he used to enjoy drawing cars he’d see on T.V. At the age of 18 he finally saved enough to afford a car of his own, albeit it wasn’t the gorgeous 3-series that graces your screen this moment, the 2007 Nissan Maxima he did purchase was the start of something much bigger than he had realized. After his 21st birthday he grew increasingly tired with the mundaneness he found in the Maxima when, by chance, he happened to stumble across a bimmer forum online. From there on out it was love at first sight.
Have you ever had that feeling to step out and be different? It’s something a lot of people, myself included, think about. The social norm or status quo is something accepted in all areas of life including our beloved car scene. Jay Owner had that feeling when stepping out of his Eagle Talon and searching for a new ride. In Seattle, the majority of the scene is dominated by Honda and for Jay, that just wasn’t going to cut it. He decided to step outside the box and into the VIP scene. After building a 1992 Infiniti Q45, he was hooked and knew where his passion truly was.
Oct 27, 2014
Photography By: Benjamin Garcia
Words By: Aleksey Royt
When doing things the “right way” there is a certain level of obsession that is required to reach a level where a build becomes more than just another car evolving into a show-stopper. Obsessively going over every detail whether you are into stance, horsepower or track ability is what makes a build stand out. I mean when was the last time you heard of someone cutting corners and succeeding in the long term with their overall build? There is never a suitable substitute for good old-fashioned patience and hard-work. This mindset can be applied to anything in your life whether it be financial success, dating, hobbies, and even our cars.
It takes a special type of person to rise to the occasion and dedicate themselves to doing things the “right way”, regardless of how many roadblocks they may hit or obstacles they may have to overcome. That “hard-work and elbow grease” type thinking is what led Jessy Villaruz to create the work of art you see sprawled across your screen this very moment. A combination of out of the box thinking and a lot of trial and error resulted in his truly unique VIP-inspired Lexus LS430.