So I recently turned 30, and for my birthday, my wife and parents organized a trip to Marysville, Ohio to visit the newly opened Honda Heritage Center. This museum was created by Honda to celebrate the company’s pursuits in the North American market.
An hour and a half north of Atlanta lies Helen Georgia, a small town of 450 residents well-known for its Bavarian architecture and humble setting. VAG enthusiasts know it for something more though. An event that’s so large the population rises from 450 to nearly 20,000 in just one weekend. An event so large that people from across the world travel to experience it.
The best part about traveling to car shows in different cities is being able to explore those cities and their culture. We have always been fortunate enough to have the luxury of being shown around by local friends whenever we attend shows all over the country. Trying new places to eat, seeing iconic landmarks, and visiting shops is what it’s all about! This year for our annual Wekfest Los Angeles trip we did a ton of exploring and had our best trip yet while doing Canibeat! This post is dedicated to almost everything we got into while in Southern California. We will have a full separate coverage for the car show itself coming very soon but until then, we hope you enjoy these pictures from our trip!
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.
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.
As a videographer, it takes more than the cars in attendance to consider a show/event “good”. Year after year, parking lots and convention centers become bland and repetitive. Without variety, what makes something unique?
Organized at Princeton Airport, First Class Fitment is a breath of fresh air. Multiple lots, garages, landing strips, and grass (underappreciated) give the words “car show” new life. It’s more than one of the last chances to see everyone from across the country I’ve come to know and love, instead it’s a chance to experience something so unique to the point that it’s truly like nothing else.
Oct 10, 2014
“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.
Supremacy saturated the New Jersey Expo Center at this year’s Wekfest New Jersey. What could be expected was indeed delivered—a huge room full of exquisite taste. Wekfest never fails to feature the East Coast’s highest caliber builds in order to provide to all perceptions of style. Last year’s show set the bar pretty high for the upcoming years, but the elites of the east were up for the challenge and executed beautifully.
With just under two months until the 5th Annual First Class Fitment we are happy to announce that registration is now open on the new FirstClassFitment.com! Registration will be open until Monday, October 6th and ALL cars that wish to be in the designated show area must pre-register! Whether you plan on showing your car or just coming out to spectate be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page!
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