I first met Jimmy after the Formula Drift at Irwindale last year. But I had no idea he was guarding a big, beautiful secret. After the event I joined a couple of friends and the guys from Borla Exhaust to go-karting on a slick track because we had to get drifting out of our system. Jimmy met us there, rolling up in his daily NA Miata. While waiting on line for go-karts, my friend, Daniel Covarrubias, kept telling me that I had to see the project car Jimmy had at home. The more Daniel talked about the car the more embarrassed the humble Jimmy became. It was really quite funny. After a while Jimmy agreed to let me see the car next time I was in the area, insisting it was “nothing special.” My interest was piqued and I had to see what my friend Daniel was buzzing about. So a few weeks later I made it to Jimmy’s place. He seemed very nervous and told me he couldn’t show me the car because he had debeaded one of his tires and didn’t want me to see the car until everything was perfect. I was disappointed but still interested. Three weeks later I was back and this time Jimmy was ready to show me what he had been so embarrassed about. I couldn’t believe how wide the car was and the way it sat was just mind blowing. I loved it. I told him I had to get this car in front of my lens and shoot it as soon as possible. Jimmy said no one had ever featured his car and couldn’t tell if I was joking or not. After some reassurance and a couple weeks time we finally agreed on a time.
In the early 1960’s, Honda released the S600 Sports Coupe; a predecessor to a car that would today become legendary in it’s own right as one of the purest sports cars ever released by an equally legendary manufacturer. The turn of the millennium was a special time for fans of Honda performance. We were introduced to the first Civic Si to be sold in America featuring a twin-cam engine. The NSX had just arrived with it’s second generation chassis. Limited quantities of the first-ever Type R to be offered in America were now available. Honda’s continued success in the automotive sub-culture and its reemergence in Formula One reflected its dedication to motor sports and producing performance-minded vehicles, if only for a few more years. And as a tribute to this storied history, the Honda S2000 was unleashed upon the masses.
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!
“The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I’m giving it five stars is because I can’t give it fourteen” – Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear BBC
Take that perspective, from one of the world’s most renowned automotive journalist, and forge that with Eddie’s passion for the “retro JDM” style and you’re in for what you see here–a car that is the pinnacle of performance, married to custom retro aesthetics. Like many stories of enthusiasts just looking to purchase a daily driver to save on gas, this turned out to be more than what Eddie had originally bargained for.
Anthony Mainecoon of Halcyon Photo & Cinema made it out again this year for First Class Fitment and like always his work never disappoints. Even though he couldn’t make it to the show until later in the afternoon he still killed it! We hope you guys enjoy.
Nov 26, 2014
Words By: Danny Rice, Dave Tormey
All year, every year, we work our asses off to keep Canibeat alive and thriving. This is more than just a website; it’s our passion. Our staff of photographers and writers spend countless hours scouring the country for feature vehicles and show coverage while Roy & Cristian spend many late nights delivering merchandise, posts, and coverage to you, our faithful fans.
All of this hard work culminates in one final event each year in October. This isn’t just any event. To most, it may seem like another show or a mark on the calendar for the last day to have your show wheels on before going into “winter mode” but to us, it’s so much more. It’s our Homecoming. Our celebration. Our baby. Our heaving sigh of relief. Our toast to another successful year.
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.