For a lucky few people in the state of Florida they’ve had the chance to meet George Ollie. Whether it was at a car meet or a grill and chill in Orlando, Mr. Ollie is not one that is soon forgotten about. Typically sporting a black t-shirt, khaki shorts, and a hat George is one that is always down to bring fun to any event. If you know George and his back story then you’d know he hails from Seattle, Washington which sort of contradicts the title but make no mistake George came from the west but he was raised in east. Yes, the misty state of Washington may have been the place where he met his beloved Type R but it was in the Sunshine State where the love affair caught new fire and gave way to the current, aggressive state of this Honda.
Subaru’s rich automotive history can be traced back to two triumphs in the automotive world; their prevalence in WRC, and their all wheel drive system introduced back in 1972. Now, it was inevitable that owners of these cars would begin to step out of the comfort zone that was “rally”, and begin to adopt the trending styles of modification. For Khalid and his STI, it took a bit of warming up to become what it is today. The first 2 years of ownership saw minimal modification; simple bolt-ons and small aesthetic tweaks began an all too familiar path that spirals us enthusiasts into a full-blown project car.
Mark Bello and his Scion tC have had quite the relationship; a love/hate to put in simply. A relationship that has gone from near separation and abandonment, to now a tight bond, and being an inspiration to other local car enthusiasts; not only to build a car for themselves, but to also enjoy every aspect of it from start to finish. Hailing from Carnation, Washington, Mark has helped paved the way for his local car scene to be inspired and embrace the culture surrounding their passionate hobby of automobiles.
Let’s face it the car scene as a whole utilizes and relies heavily on the Internet for just about anything and everything. Whether you’re looking up prices for parts, checking out the latest builds, or just keeping in contact with your friends we’re a well-connected community because of the Internet. If there is any one area that, for the most part, stays away from the Internet it’d be safe to say it’s Texas. Every year the Lone Star State comes out hard, revealing builds that have been kept under the radar to be premiered at the state’s biggest and most anticipated event; WEKFEST Texas. Just like previous years all Texans were patiently awaiting the announcement of this year’s date and location. Last year WEKFEST was hosted in Austin, and this year in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. With that said here’s a look back at WEKFEST Texas 2013… enjoy! See you guys in February for WEKFEST Hawaii.
Merry Christmas! This week we bring you Sammy Alarcon’s 2008 Honda Civic Si, shot by Mark Anthony.
Dec 19, 2013
Photography By: Matt Makarucha, Robert Krueger
Words By: Matt Makarucha, Josh Wilson, Robert Krueger, Josh Davis
Once a year members of the automotive industry from all over the world flock to Sin City for a week of business mixed with pleasure. While the sun is up they take to the Las Vegas Convention Center where there’s approximately 52 miles of everything imaginable, isle after isle. Once the sun goes down it’s time for parties and drinks with friends you’ve made over the years. Whether you are buying, selling, or a part of the media SEMA is definitely a breeding ground for innovation, and a preview of what is next for the after market industry and its enthusiasts.
2013 has been a dynamite year for Toyota enthusiasts. The FR-S has proved itself as a savior to a brand that had largely been resigned to sellers of beige people-movers and uninteresting hybrids in the minds of the loyalists that remember the Supras and Celicas of the eighties and nineties. The RWD coupe was designed as an homage to Toyota’s AE86 Corolla, a car that had blown up in popularity in the past decade thanks to its headlining role in the manga series Initial D. It is no coincidence that popularity of the original hachi-roku and other vintage Toyotas rose nearly as a direct inverse of Toyota’s gradual exit from the enthusiasts eye. The death of the Supra, MR-2, and Celica, as well as the softening of the IS300, foreshadowed a bleak future, forcing fan’s of Japan’s largest automaker to turn 180 degrees for their automotive kicks.
I think it’s safe to say that in all car scenes across the globe there is always that one particular build that everyone cannot wait to see come out of the garage. When the winter months begin to wane, projects begin to come out of hiding. For the past couple of years there has always been one particular car that I feverishly wait for, one that never fails to disappoint, and one that has seen quite a few changes since being put away last fall.
Dec 1, 2013
Another year, another First Class Fitment gone by. We spend an entire year looking forward to a day that seems to go by faster than every other day of the year and this year was no different. Before sunrise to after sunset, the staff works hard at Princeton Airport for arguably one of the most unique, quality events on the show calendar. Sure, we may be a little biased about our own show but we keep trying to raise the bar each and every year and continue to see attendance grow and some of the best vehicles from across the country come through our gates.
So lets be honest here, when it comes to Central Florida the car show/meet scene has been weak. Typically you will have to travel to Miami or Tampa to catch a really good meet, that was until Simply Clean was created. Simply Clean, it’s a motto and a lifestyle, it is a method of keeping your car minimal when it comes to modifications but always remembering to keep it clean. The Simply Clean crew has always always went with the slogan, “It’s not a competition.” So if its all about clean and not about winning the show, then what is the big deal? The big deal is Simply Clean has grown from a small parking lot meet in Orlando to a true, legitimate show in Daytona Florida. The man at the head of the movement Nickoli Chin along with his masterminds have done a successful job of orchestrating this event since its inception back in 2010 and this year was bigger and better then ever.