Wekfest Long Beach seems to keep getting better and better each and every year and this year was no different. With hundreds of entrees from around California and many more from out of state, only the elite are accepted. What makes Wekfest great is the rarity of seeing this many high caliber cars at one time in one place. Wekfest Long Beach takes place right on the waterfront; Southern California around this time of year can get very hot so a location right on the water is something everyone can appreciate. With the Queen Mary overlooking everything in the background, the views are just as hot as the temperature. Wekfest is a truly amazing show, no matter the location. I encourage everyone to attend a Wekfest show no matter where you are. I can almost guarantee that anyone can find a car (or 75) that you’ll fall in love with at any Wekfest event. Whether you’re into crazy custom VIP builds, track monsters, or even subtle classics, Wekfest has something for everyone!
Year after year I have to hand it to the Fresh Meet crew for blasting memorable events. Definitely one of the few events I will actually travel outside of Canada to visit. It’s comical how our American friends react once they hear that I am actually from Toronto, Canada and not from the Tri-state area. The first question they ask me is how long it takes to drive down, and once they hear about magical eight hour drive they raise their eyebrows in awe. The truth is… worthwhile events such as this one are really worth the drive.
My Fresh Meet Spring Bash experience began on Saturday after a long journey through New York and Pennsylvania. I was fortunate enough to have my cousin, Raff, come out with me for this one, which was a good thing as he kept me up from falling asleep behind the wheel. Needless to say we arrived at the hotel that the Fresh Meet crew was staying at, hung out with Rey Pegan, the owner of the event, for a bit, found a local coin op car wash to wash the Lexy after the long journey, then hit the hay. We didn’t get many hours of sleep as we were all up at 4:00am to hit the fairgrounds and prepare for the event. Upon arriving to the the fairgrounds, I setup my car and booth and began detailing. People started to roll in around 8 a.m., and as soon as I saw the long lineup of teams heading in for the event I already knew that it was going to be a massive day.
May 18, 2015
Photography By: Cameron Pickett
Words By: Mike Meszaros, Danny Rice
Have you ever sat back and thought about what YOU liked? If you ever take the time to do so, you may be shocked to realize that everyone outside of your mind has influenced you in one way or another. It’s not a bad thing, really, but it can lead to a lot of stereotypes being developed which can be a bad thing. Consider the word “stance”: now that I’ve said it, stop reading this article and think about how you define term “stance”. Are you done yet? I bet you had the same mental picture as I did: huge wheels, massive camber, and beat fenders. That is the common stereotype we all get from a “stance car” and even as I conducted the interview with Eduardo, the owner of the vehicle before you, my face cringed as he mentioned the very word “stance”. As we continued to talk, however, I really opened my mind and thought about all the right ways a stereotype can and be broken and Eduardo Pineda’s Subaru takes any negativity surrounding the word “stance” and makes the viewer reconsider their own prejudices.
Since Canibeat started in 2009, there are always certain shows we make a top priority to cover each year. Water by the Bridge has been on that list for the last few years for us but has been a must-attend show for those in or around the Midwest and southern parts of the country for much longer. It’s so much more than a show, however; it’s a goal and a deadline for people to have their winter projects finished. Winter can be brutal but Water By The Bridge is always a beacon of hope that show season is upon us.
Water by the Bridge, hosted by Grossman Tuning, is held in downtown Louisville at Waterfront Park and is the official opener for the season in this part of the country. We hope you enjoy our coverage this year and stay tuned for more from around the country for 2015!
Think back: what was the first car that made you stop and admire its beauty? Could it have been the subtle curvature of the 1970’s Porsche 911 or was it something simpler like the sensation of a WRX rumbling its way down the avenue? For myself, it started with the Lamborghini Countach S, with its quintessential 80’s straight-line styling and hole-shot style wheels. There was something about the way it looked; as if it was flying through traffic, even when standing utterly still or hanging above my bed at the young age of 3. I have been fortunate enough to see and experience a handful and every time it brings me to a place of pure automotive bliss. Not the elitist lifestyle I see woven into the culture today, but the feeling of admiration and marvel in not just the artistic machine in front of me but all automotive artwork in its purest. This is how Dillon feels about the Acura RSX, Honda’s last Integra and the muse to his love of all things automotive.
Apr 1, 2015
Photography By: Micheal Evans, Chris Sloanes
Words By: Danny Rice
If you are a Euro car enthusiast, the coverage you’re about to scroll through is something you more than likely look forward to every year (I know I do). If you are not a Euro enthusiast, whether by choice or if you haven’t been exposed yet, you’re about to be.
To add to our official EuroTripper 3 event coverage, we bring you Cole Young’s EuroTripper 3 video. EuroTripper is located at Jet Blue Park in Ft.Myers, Florida. This european auto show features a diverse crowd of modified cars, and great group of people. The show’s focus is on benefiting a local animal shelter, Brooke’s Legacy. If you missed out this year, it’s certainly worth putting on the calendar for next year! Enjoy the video.
I first met Jimmy after the Formula Drift at Irwindale last year. But I had no idea he was guarding a big, beautiful secret. After the event I joined a couple of friends and the guys from Borla Exhaust to go-karting on a slick track because we had to get drifting out of our system. Jimmy met us there, rolling up in his daily NA Miata. While waiting on line for go-karts, my friend, Daniel Covarrubias, kept telling me that I had to see the project car Jimmy had at home. The more Daniel talked about the car the more embarrassed the humble Jimmy became. It was really quite funny. After a while Jimmy agreed to let me see the car next time I was in the area, insisting it was “nothing special.” My interest was piqued and I had to see what my friend Daniel was buzzing about. So a few weeks later I made it to Jimmy’s place. He seemed very nervous and told me he couldn’t show me the car because he had debeaded one of his tires and didn’t want me to see the car until everything was perfect. I was disappointed but still interested. Three weeks later I was back and this time Jimmy was ready to show me what he had been so embarrassed about. I couldn’t believe how wide the car was and the way it sat was just mind blowing. I loved it. I told him I had to get this car in front of my lens and shoot it as soon as possible. Jimmy said no one had ever featured his car and couldn’t tell if I was joking or not. After some reassurance and a couple weeks time we finally agreed on a time.
Feb 7, 2015
Photography By: Jordan Miller
Words By: Aleksey Royt
There is an ever-evolving stigma in the automotive community that all vehicles should add form to a certain standard. A check list of acceptable modification so to speak. For ages now, a battle has raged between those who prefer form over function and vice-verse. However, there are a defiant few who stand against the typical norm; those who stand to do things their own way without a care in the world regarding the judgement or admiration of others. Tyler happens to be one of those select individuals.
Welcome back to Destination Daytona and the sixth installment of Simply Clean. The Florida grown show celebrated its third run at Daytona’s ultimate spot and kicked off the weekend festivities with their Friday night pre-meet at CCW (Complete Custom Wheel). The local wheel company kindly opened its facilities up once again showing off their latest wheels, giving factory tours, and setting the mood for the main event the next day.