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Jan 21, 2015

Photography By: Viet Dang, Dewayne Reid, Raymond Neice

Words By: Cristian Loza

WEKFEST MIA 2014 (Miami Beach, FL): Official Coverage

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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!

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Dec 29, 2014

Photography By: Michael Paragas

Words By: Eddie Morales

Forging Performance with Retro JDM: Eddie’s 1995 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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“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.

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Dec 11, 2014

Videography By: Halcyon Photo & Cinema

Words By: Cristian Loza

Canibeat Presents First Class Fitment 2014 (Video)

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.

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Nov 26, 2014

Photography By: Chris Sempek, Ed Whitbeck, JayCe Aldana

Words By: Danny Rice, Dave Tormey

First Class Fitment 2014: Official Coverage (Part One)

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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.

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Nov 25, 2014

Photography By: Cameron Pickett

Words By: Mike Meszaros

Own the game: Jay Owner’s VIP Infiniti M45

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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.

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Nov 19, 2014

Photography By: Jose Torres

Words By: Jose Torres

Vintage With A Modern Touch: Adair Rolon’s 1971 Datsun 510

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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.

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Oct 27, 2014

Photography By: Benjamin Garcia

Words By: Aleksey Royt

Sweating the Small Stuff: Jessy Villaruz’s Immaculately Detailed Lexus LS430

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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.

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Oct 22, 2014

Photography By: James Baxter

Words By: James Baxter , Josh Davis

Formula Drift Irwindale 2014: The Final Fight

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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.

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H2O International 2014 (Ocean City, MD): Coastal Highway Madness

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“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.
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Oct 6, 2014

Photography By: Oscar Navarro

Words By: Preston Klemm

Kouki Cutter: Omar Cabrera’s 1995 Nissan 240 SX

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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.

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