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Oct 2, 2013

Photography By: Ignatius McCarthy

Words By: David Monzingo

White Stallion: Mallory VanRiper’s 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-T


As if a Nissan Skyline wasn’t a rare enough site, a woman opening the driver’s side door has got to be about as rare as getting struck by lighting….twice! Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Mallory and her 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-T definitely cause most onlookers to do a double take.

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Oct 1, 2013

Videography By: Sam Ip Media

Words By: David Monzingo

Round Two: Karl Perez’s Honda S2000

Sam Ip and Karl Johnston are at it again and this time, Karl’s S2000 is sporting a fresh new color as well as a new set of shoes. When Karl first looked into switching up the color of his car, the ever-so-famous, Laguna Seca Blue, was on the top of the list. That is, until he saw this beautiful RWB Porsche blue! Karl said, “IF the color is changing, so are the wheels!” And that they did, to a staggered set of Work VS-XX’s; 18″x9.5″ in the front, and 18″x10.5″ in the rear! Sam Ip hooked us up with a beautiful video of Karl’s refreshed S2000 and we couldn’t be more excited, check it out!

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Sep 23, 2013

Photography By: Jessica Perez

Words By: David Monzingo

Dialed In: Jose Guadalupe Ayala’s Type-S swapped RSX


Sometimes, it takes more than just buying parts and slapping them on the car to make things work out. More often than not, some unexpected hurdles have to be overcome. For Jose, making things work for his RSX was more than just simply bolting things on, but after some trial and error, Jose’s Acura transformed from a boring base model, to a stunning Type S with attitude. Read More

Sep 15, 2013

Photography By: Zandro Zafra

Words By: David Monzingo

Black Chariot: Christine Siepka’s ’78 Datsun 280z


When it comes to building a car; actually putting some blood, sweat and tears into it, cars like Christine’s 280z really hit home. This Datsun is far beyond a simple drop and some fitted wheels. Can you say “Two and a half years in the making” and “work in progress”? Well, that’s exactly how Christine described this gorgeous piece of automotive legendry. With the Z being over 30 years old, starting from ground zero is an understatement; let’s try 6 feet under.

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Sep 10, 2013

Photography By: Arthur Malczewski

Words By: Arthur Malczewski

Shake & Bake: Rickyy Bobby’s Honda Civic EM2


Driving a slammed car daily isn’t something that’s done easily. It is a sacrifice that one must accept at a particular point in their car’s life. It could be when you first buy your car and know that it’s going to end up on the ground, or that first time you buy your coilovers, or even the day you just decide you no longer want any functionality left in your car. For Rickyy Bobby it started when he first bought his car, and it’s evident when seeing the history of  cars he’s owned. Driving around with Rickyy I witnessed a radically different geography of the streets of Toronto, where a map was obsolete simply because maps do not describe the condition of the roads ahead. Rickyy, however, has a map in his head of which routes he has to take to navigate his car to his destination, or which roads no longer exist to him simply because his static chassis is millimeters from the ground. With harsh conditions all winter and construction happening nonstop during summer to fix the damaged roads this isn’t an easy task.

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Sep 8, 2013

Photography By: Derrick Mance

Words By: Josh Wilson

Born and Bred: Al Ramiscal’s Monumental Toyota Corolla GT-S Kouki


For some, we are raised to eat, sleep and breathe a select manufacture. Usually a father, relative or family friend raise us with this, mashing our heads full of knowledge and breaking down each generation. For Al Ramiscal, it was all about Toyotas from the young age of four when he began to spend time with his uncle who was infected with a love for 72-74 Corollas aka Mangos. From this moment on, Al too would be entranced with the Corolla chassis back in its glory days before its demise to the bland economic sedan it is today.

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Sep 2, 2013

Photography By: Johnny Bazooka, Sean Daughtry, Jess Kang, Jon Schusteritsch, Matt Makarucha, Josh Davis

Words By: Jess Kang, Josh Davis

WEKEAST: Wekfest “East Coast Elite” 2013 (Edison, New Jersey)


A year went by as the east coast prepared for an event that would change the course of our automotive culture and history. The tri-state generation had yet to prove and showcase their knowledge, hard work, and their way of life. When the announcement was made that Weksos USA was hosting a show right in the center of the North East people flooded with excitement and anticipation, eager to finally climb up as underdogs to the west, and come up as kings of the east.

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Aug 30, 2013

Photography By: David Schiffner

Words By: David Monzingo

Law of Motion: Kirk Curran’s ’05 Subaru STI


Newton’s first law of motion states that an object in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force. When Kirk first acquired his STI, the gears quickly began to turn, and have yet to be stopped. This STI has gone through it’s fair share of phases, and Kirk’s current look is sure to please.

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Aug 29, 2013

Photography By: Mark Anthony

Words By: Josh Wilson

Giving in to the Madness: James Schwartz’s Scion FR-S


When you think of getting a new car, thoughts of parking in the nose bleed section and punching someone’s lights out if they dare scratch or ding your new pride and joy come to mind. But then there are those who have an itch, one they can only try to contain which usually is a losing battle. Soon after they are changing out parts and modifying their new chassis to reflect their own tastes and personality. James Schwartz is one of those with that inability to just leave a car alone and when the keys to his FR-S fell into his hands, ideas were already formulating like a mad scientist.

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Aug 27, 2013

Photography By: Zandro Zafra

Words By: Christine Siepka

Another Level Car Show (Chicago, Illinois)


Another Level is one of the biggest shows in the Midwest (and outgrowing itself every year). Not only a car show, it is and always has been an event that dedicates the proceeds of the show to charitable foundations. Each year since its inception in 2008 the group works together and choose two charities to donate to. This year Bombshell Bullies Pit Bull Rescue and Northern Illinois Food Bank are the benefiting charities.

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