Back in June I was invited to hangout in Baltimore for the weekend to shoot Jose Chong and several of his friend’s cars. The weekend began with washing the cars in the Baltimore suburbs, followed by a trip to West Virginia for a photo shoot with More Than More photographer Anna Taylor. Anna has had her eye on this industrial factory spot for a while and it ended up being the perfect location.
Many of you may have seen Jose’s wagon before. In the last two years it has undergone countless changes, most currently the red wrap and prima donna RS’s. Jose’s other build, his MKI cabrio, boasts flawless original paint and drives as smooth as ever (I would know, most of the rollers are from the Cabby). Several of Jose’s local friends joined in, including Matt Wiese with his beautiful Passat and Erik Holloway with his MKIV R32 on those awesome Hartmann Twists. Perfect weather and gorgeous scenery was the cherry on top. Thanks for an awesome weekend guys! Hope you enjoy the video.
This year Formula Drift ventured down South to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time. Round three at a new track is always a good turnout, watching the drivers adapt to a layout they have not driven yet. Before we show you our Formula Drift New Jersey coverage here is a look back at Round Three: Miami Heat. Enjoy!
This round of Formula Drift takes us to the banks of Wall Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey. In the 10 years of coming to Wall Speedway it always seems to be one of the most action packed and difficult of the rounds. With a sold out crowd in attendance, the energy was insane and the drivers were pumped full of adrenaline.
I was stopped dead in my tracks. As I admired the amount of detailed work that someone had put into this stunning Volkswagen Corrado a familiar face approached me with a grin, widening ear to ear. “Last year at SoWo, I joked that you never go full retard in terms of building a car. Well this year I went full retard.” I smiled at the remark as I greeted Andy Faulkner.
In it’s third year, Euro Hangar 2014 held proudly in the town of Holland, Michigan drew quite the crowd. Many familiar cars and vendors showed up including DubKorps and Orchid Euro, both whom had fantastic cars representing their respective companies. Taking place at the Park Township Airport, Euro Hangar’s organizers provided show-goers with food trucks, awesome vendors and a DJ to provide the show with music. The town of Holland is also a great spot to explore before and after the show, providing tons of great restaurants and craft breweries to keep everyone occupied. If you’ve never been to this show, it is definitely one that will keep continue to grow. Make sure to mark this one on the calendar next year, you won’t want to miss it!
Now in its 5th year First Class Fitment has become a Fall tradition known for its unique venue, laid back environment, and variety of quality cars! We are excited to announce that this year’s event will be held at the Princeton Airport on Saturday, October 18th.
Last year when I received the invite from Gab Laroche to come up to Canada for Eurokracy I knew I had to take it. Gab Laroche is the owner of Gab Eurosport in L’Assomption, just outside of Montreal. For those of you who don’t know Gab… he’s crazy. He has a habit of buying bare shells in the fall and turning them into show stoppers by the time spring arrives just a few months later.
This year was no different, showcasing his stunning new Harlequin complete with a shaved bay 24v swap. On Friday night before Eurokracy we arrived at Gab’s shop and hung out while they prepared the cars for the following day. The other shops in his complex include several professional fabricators, a woodworker, painter, and even a shop where Formula Drift cars are built. I now understand how they can turn around quality projects so quickly. They even gave us a ride in their little side project — an e46 with an LS3 swap — which you’ll see on the following pages.
Show day brought out some amazing builds, many that you aren’t likely to see unless you make the trip to Canada. The day’s events included sanctioned burnouts on the track, and a low limbo obstacle course complete with speed bumps to maneuver. Between the charismatic burnout participants and the cars in the top 100 without so much as a speck of dust the enthusiasm at Eurokracy is really something to enjoy.
One of the more interesting aspects of the online automotive community I enjoy following are the ebbs and flows of a particular model’s popularity. For example, 2012 was the year of the Toyota 86 and it’s brethren. But that made sense, there were three new models that were aimed squarely at enthusiasts. Of course they blew up, and of course every shop was building one. But the recent popularity of the 911 has been much more organic. (A disclaimer: The 911 is obviously one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, and talking about its popularity seems trivial, but bear with me.) This resurgence of interest, from my vantage point, has come from the equally amazing, but completely different, approaches of Magnus Walker (Urban Outlaw) and Nakai-San (Rauh-Welt). These two builders have injected creative energies into this car that opened up a new audience to the model.
Brian Lee’s 911 is styled completely different than either of those approaches, opting for a GT2 inspired look. He used Getty Design Clubsport RSR flares and sideskirts to widen the body, making room for the 18×9 & 18×12 Kinesis Motorsport Supercups. The interior has been upgraded with a pair of Recaro Leather Pole Positions with Recaro Brackets and Recaro Sliders, Rennline Aluminum E-Brake Handle, and a DAS 4-pt. roll cage. The car is motivated by a 4.0L bored out and built motor and Cup intake kit, while a set of Bilstein PSS9 coilovers keep that power firmly planted to the ground.
Our eyes are always open for more incredible shoots of original cars. Send us a message if you think you have something that fits the bill!
On Saturday July 12th our good friends over at BlockstarCars are opening the doors to their premier shop for professional automotive services, aftermarket products, and accessories. We’ve setup our first ever pop-up shop inside and will be opening that up as well. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. come by 7401 Fullerton Rd Unit E Springfield, VA 22153 and enjoy live music, dope cars, and food from Pho Wheels DC.
The first time Jerome Cruz’s Volkswagen Jetta caught my attention was over two years ago. For the following years I’d see it at shows and in passing, but never had the ability to set up a full shoot. There was always something about this build that caught my attention, though, whether that be the unique paint or specialty euro parts… it’s tough to point out a favorite part.