Most of us remember when talks of the Toyota and Subaru joint venture were first heard in the rumor mill. The idea that two car companies would collaborate on a sport-compact was almost unheard of but with two giants like Subaru and Toyota, who are well known for amazing works of art such as the STI and the Supra, respectively, the standards were set awful high from day one.
When the GT86 and BRZ debuted at Tokyo Motorshow, people’s imaginations began to swell at the idea of modifying such a platform. After an over achieving and near record shattering release, the car culture found the new “it” girl. The aftermarket support piled in and before you knew it, there were more options to create your own work of art than anyone could shake a stick at.
Kevin Nicholson was one of the many that was drawn in by the Scion FR-S with its small sleek lines, aggressive styling, and sporty handling all rolled into a neat little package for less than $30,000, which left the average consumer some extra dough to spend on toys to make it even more enjoyable. So without much deliberation, Kevin jumped on the band wagon and bought into the potential of things to come.
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.
Jul 2, 2015
Words By: Josh Davis
An event has been forged that brings appreciation of heavy bass music and high performance driving to one centralized location and it goes by the name of #GRIDLIFE. A few of us met up at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan to experience this brilliant clash of action and ended up leaving with a jarring amount of desire for more. Read More
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!
Jun 18, 2015
Photography By: Matthew Makarucha
Words By: Matthew Makarucha
On the May 21 we were invited to Markham, Ontario to cover one of Canada’s largest car enthusiast events, ERTEFA. While in previous years the events were held at parking lots, exceeding their capacity, this year was a change as the event was held in an enclosed and organized venue, the Markham Fairgrounds. This way a larger amount of spectators were able to experience the event in a safe and controlled environment. At ERTEFA you had an opportunity to witness an impressive line up of vehicles, hang out with friends and like-minded enthusiasts, as well as check out stage entertainment and many vendors. Many greater Toronto area and surrounding car enthusiast clubs were well represented. Vehicles such as exotics, euro and jdm stanced cars, luxury VIP, domestics, race cars, off-road vehicles, camera cars, trucks and bikes were all present at this event which is why it was massive.
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.
EVOLUTION is coming to San Francisco’s Pier 70 on Saturday, June 13th. Don’t miss the most anticipated and talked about event of the year. Anchoring the largest car show on the west coast will be dozens of vendors, MSTRSTAG Model Lounge, Evrystyle 1-on-1 dance battle, STP LA Graffiti Art Expo and DTF RC drift track and stage entertainment.
It’s that time of the year again! Ultimate Dubs, Water By The Bridge and Offset Kings are all behind us and both SOWO and Wekfest LA are right around corner. It’s show season time! Its been a bit since I’ve posted a Web Picks segment but I will try to post them more often this season. As always I hope you enjoy the good variety of styles of cars. If you are a photographer and want us to see your work post it on our Flickr Pool. See you all soon!
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.