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.
Mar 23, 2015
Photography By: Raymond Neice
Words By: Josh Wilson
Life. It’s hectic, busy and finding a free moment to tackle a hefty project can be immensely challenging. So when a customer came in needing some assistance in creating the Nissan GTR that was glimmering in their dreams at night, the professionals at Exclusive Motoring out of Miami, FL came to the rescue.
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.