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.
Born in the late 1960’s and often called the “poor man’s BMW,” the Datsun 510 was inspired by the contemporary Euro-sedan. Made popular by its affordable performance combined with simple yet reliable mechanics, it’s no secret as to why it has remained popular over 40 years. But popularity does not cut it any longer; the vehicle industry has evolved into this technology monster we often depend on– ABS, power steering, Bluetooth, turn-by-turn directions, built-in music libraries among other perks, that are constantly polluting our senses.
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.
Irwindale, California is where the Formula Drift season comes to close. Champions will be crowned, and hearts will be broken. Cars are pushed to their limits, and some are pushed too far. This is what it all comes down to, and the stakes couldn’t be any higher for some. This event is fantastic, the seats are great for all, the atmosphere is incredible, and there’s always so much to do. It truly makes for an amazing weekend. With three drivers competing for the top spot, anything could happen.
Oct 10, 2014
“You know… if you tell someone to ‘light ‘em up,’ and they actually do it, you get in just as much trouble as the person committing the act,” a cop politely explained to me as I sat on a curb, waiting for his fellow camber cops to quit hassling my buddy about his BRZ. The heightened level of police presence kept everyone on their toes with their heads on a swivel, but it did not, by any means, prevent the beloved annual H2oi getaway from being a very, very wild escape from reality.
Oct 6, 2014
Photography By: Oscar Navarro
Words By: Preston Klemm
240s are a dime-a-dozen these days. I have one, you have one, your unemployed neighbor has one. Nissan 240s are the absolute antitheses of what some wish the modern car scene was–upscale, sophisticated, yacht-club-esque gatherings of high society, self-labeled “petrol heads.” If this car hurts your feelings then I have one word for you: good. 240s are thorns in the sides of every car enthusiast, young and old, who takes car modifying too seriously. Omar Carbrera’s S14 is a perfect example of garage built, hopes and dreams, started from the bottom, pure joy in ownership car culture. It’s lovely inside and out.
Robert Sia’s FRS made quite a splash when it first hit the scene. It debuted on Instagram, and a roller on the freeway of Robert’s car was enough to take the car scene by storm. Up until then no one had really seen the Aimgain kit on an FRS since FRS scene was dominated mainly by Rocket Bunny kits, but people were in for quite a treat.
Amongst the severe accounts of post-H2o International depression many are enduring on the East Coast, many are going through the countless photographs they captured during their long-awaited getaway to Ocean City, Maryland. Yes, H2oi has been primarily a euro show, but recent years have let H2oi, like the other nationally recognized shows, to become blended with vehicles from different makes. Many are disgruntled, others, including myself, appreciate it. In light of the other makes and quality builds that attended this year’s H20i getaway, we present Thomas Shepherd’s bagged and wrapped 2010 Mugen Fit shot at a location apart from the typical oceanfront photographs that flood Instagram feeds during the last weekend of September. Hiding from the beloved camber cops can lead to some pretty unique locations. Keep an eye out for our official H2o International coverage coming soon!
The automotive community can arguably be called one of the most tightly knit groups of people. As enthusiasts, we are like family. Yes, we have our disagreements and quarrels, but at the end of the day we all have one thing in common; passion.