While the rest of the United States is being blanketed by snow we here in the Sunshine State truly feel bad for you … kind of. Welcome to Florida, where you can wear short and tan year-round, and host a killer euro show without worrying about the cold weather and snow. Sure it gets cool down here, but we welcome that as a break. Enough with the weather report, welcome to Euro Tripper 2! February 2014 hosted the second edition of the all euro event in sunny Ft. Myers, Florida. The Germain Arena hosted the show again this year, and if you missed the second edition of this ever growing event it’s safe to say you really missed out.
Take a moment and reflect on your life endeavor. The people you’ve encountered, the roads you’ve traveled. Some remember tumultuous seas, others remember tranquil roadways. But each person’s route is truly unique. I think about that moment I met Rudi Schreiner on the blacktop at VagFair all those years ago. I remember the sweltering heat cooking my skin as it beaded with salty perspiration. I remember gazing through the heat refraction and fixating my eyes with this Volkswagen R32. I had to know more.
In the scene today a lot of people claim to love their car. The same can be said for those involved in the ever exploding Ruckus scene. The owners boast about their builds and typically their love is nothing more than mere infatuation. For one owner in particular his love is real, and now not only rules his hobby but also his work life. Kam Vaswani knew after building his 2009 Honda Ruckus that he was hooked and had to have more, and after getting a job at the famous RuckHouse in Orlando, Florida he would get his chance with a brand new build.
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.
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.
Nov 7, 2013
Photography By: Kevin Choi
Words By: Morgan Wilson
Brenden Ramos always had a thing for cars growing up. He was surrounded with Euros in his early teens due to the fact that his Dad drove an E36 M3 that originally sparked Brenden’s interest in performance. He always wanted something quick and aggressive, yet clean and refined at the same time without having to go overboard with cosmetic additions. One day his Dad brought home an E92 of the same model as its predecessor and Brenden knew that going fast was right up his alley.
We all know how to play the game. Step 1. Find a Car. Step 2. Lower the car and add some wheels. Step 3. Make your car look the same as any other car in the “scene.” But for a select group this isn’t good enough, they don’t like the game or its rules……..so they change them. John Diep took a hard look at his BMW 335i and thought to himself this wasn’t going to be the run of the mill BMW build. Ichi, as he is known to his friends noticed a lot of BMWs all looked the same and really having a passion for the JDM and Euro scene he decided to use a little flare from both to inspire his build. Shooting for an OEM flare, John decided to stick to quality and go for broke with the good stuff right from BMW.
Oct 16, 2013
Photography By: Patrick Lauder
Words By: Morgan Wilson
Wilson Tam over at Stance Lab has been a car enthusiast for years. Much like the rest of us whose passion for cars and building them stems from the very core of our being. That being said, its to no surprise that both of his Mercedes’ sit the way that they do now after being acquired; looking like luxury sedans with the purpose of getting the average businessman to his next meeting. If you aren’t familiar with Stance Lab they are a growing suspension based tuning group that focuses mainly on the handling aspect of Mercedes Benz vehicles. After pulling a couple of strings Wilson was hooked up with a 2010 E350 sedan along with a 2012 C350. The clock was ticking for the guys at Stance Lab to get both of these cars looking the part and representing what they were all about.
I know I’m not alone in saying that things can spiral out of control when getting the “mod bug”. For a lot of us car enthusiasts, wheels and suspension are a given. For others, go-fast bits are more important. For the rest, an almost religious attention to cleanliness is of utmost importance. For Josh Esfahani, a car isn’t complete until it contains all these aspects. This car is low, this car is fast, and this car is clean. This, is Josh’s 2002 B6 Audi A4.