May 24, 2013
Photography By: Connor Limbocker
Words By: David Monzingo
So, most of us know the silly Mazda memes “At first I was like ____, and then I was like ____!” Well, Taylor Benton’s slammed Mazda3 is anything but silly, this car is sweet and didn’t make me smile, but it made my jaw drop. This thing is stunning, and the pictures that Connor Limbocker sent to us are nothing shy of awesome either! I can honestly say, Mazda has always been an underdog in the car scene, but when done right, they look down-right awesome! Thanks for the pictures guys!
May 22, 2013
Photography By: Numata Eddie Prophecy
Words By: Matthew Squeaky Clean M
USDM? What is it? What does it mean? Simply, “United States Domestic Market.” United States domestic market (USDM) is a term used chiefly by automotive enthusiasts to describe the US economic market for automobiles and parts. A similar automotive enthusiast term, Japan Domestic Market (JDM) is used to designate Japanese-market for automobiles and parts. To Japanese automotive enthusiasts, however, their desire is for parts that are only available in United States or Canada, such as different body pieces, motors, or entire model lines. Basically our unwanted parts are their treasure, just like their unwanted parts become our treasure. The mastermind behind the USDMjam event is Tetsuya Yamaguchi, owner of the famous Yamazstore located in the Tsu City, Mie Prefecture of Japan. Yamazstore is the flagship store for any USDM enthusiast in Japan who is into body parts, engines, front end conversions, paint, accessories and other USDM goodies. Tetsuya san has been giving back to the USDM community by throwing these events for the USDM fans, where they can come and hang out and enjoy their works of pride. Please check out our take on this special Japanese event and we hope you get a feel for the USDM Japanese culture.
For eighteen years the Toyota Owner’s and Restorer’s Club have been holding an annual meet of all things Toyota. Hundreds of Toyota owners and fans made the journey out to the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach to view the wide range of vehicles displayed. Just like the previous years I have attended Toyotafest didn’t disappoint. As I made the drive to the event I couldn’t help but wonder what I would come across this year.
“So Sam, tell me… how would you describe your car?”
“Ummmm… A horribly obnoxious frame-on-the-ground static daily driver”
Over the years of my automotive adventures between writing, photographing, and attending events all over the states, I have met and befriended incredibly talented and skilled enthusiasts; and the occasional crazy cool kids. Sam Sapula is without a doubt one of those oddballs that you just cant help but buddy up with, and his STI is a car that is as maniacal as it is astounding. Talent, skill and straight up lunacy is what makes both Sam and his car impressively unique and quite truthfully, a reflection of each other.
Just last month was Version Two Laboratories’ (V2LAB) Mystery Meat 2 in Orlando . You are probably wondering what the ‘Mystery’ part is all about. It literally means you do not know what to expect. One could walk down the streets of Downtown Orlando and could run into anything from raised Donks on 26s, track monsters, and VIP’d out rides. To say the very least we saw it all that day.
Have you ever seen one of those cars where you have to stop everything you’re doing, and just stare? Shaun Quill’s BMW is one of those cars. What, how, and why are just three things that come to mind when I first saw these shots by Dan from Some Guy Photography. I’m pretty sure my jaw hit the ground as I was scrolling through Instagram and I immediately knew these shots needed to be shared! Shaun’s BMW is sitting on a set of staggered 17″ OZ Breyton’s; 9.5″ in the front and 11″ in the rear. With practically no space between car and ground, I thought it was a great way to start your guys’ weekend! Thanks Dan and Shaun!
We were supposed to be over Hondas by now. At least, that’s what they told us. We’ve no doubt heard it all, lame riffs on “wrong wheel drive”, tired “rice-burner” cliches, and “tin-can” jabs. But as we’ve grown up, we’ve evolved. Our Civics have been replaced with Accords, S2000s, and Elements. Our lifestyles have changed, but we’ve all found models that suited our needs or wants within the Honda brand. Read More
This past weekend was the start of the show season in Southern California. Formula Drift had their first round of 2013 in Long Beach, CA and on Saturday, Fatlace organized the Slammed Society car show, which brings together the best of the best in Socal. The Formula Drift series already brings huge crowds of fans, but once you add the Slammed Society Show, it really just makes the day much better. At half time, I tried to enter the car show area but it was impossible to do so with the sheer massive amount of people thinking the same thing as me. Nevertheless, we were able to grab a few shots. I look forward to the next round of Formula Drift and the Slammed Society car shows. Enjoy guys!
We all hear stories of “those kids down the street” with the car(s) that wake up the whole neighborhood. Well, for the neighbors adjacent to the Taylor family, those kids would be Nick and his twin brother Nate. Both Nick and Nate grew up wrenching on cars before they could even drive; helping their father build and modify cars became a huge influence on their involvement in the car scene now. Nick, the owner of this beautiful Miata gives us an inside look at the story of his slammed little roadster, and his inspiration behind his build. Read More
For as long as I can remember, Hondas don’t always have the best rep. Clear tails, non-matching body panels and exhaust canisters bigger than a toddler could be to blame but every once in-awhile comes along a Honda that makes you shut your trap; one that actually gives Hondas enthusiasts a good name. They come boasting a quality mod list and a look that has you doing a double-take. This Honda S2000, owned by Karl Perez, is a prime example of how you piece together an automobile that doesn’t embarrass a whole brand and group of enthusiasts, so whip out your pens and pencils and take note.