Last weekend we ventured on a journey out to Northern California for Wekfest San Jose. Usually we travel in large groups, but for this trip it was just Roy and myself (both co-founders of Canibeat for those not familiar). What made this adventure different from past trips is we had absolutely no set plans except for, of course, the Super Bowl of cars shows–Wekfest San Jose. In 2012 Canibeat collaborated with our friends from Fatlace to do a show in Southern California called INFAMOUS. Since then I have personally stayed in close contact with Mark Arcenal just to talk about cars, technology, cycling, our businesses and all things cool. When I had told him we were going to be in town for the show we made plans to grab lunch right after we landed at SFO. Mark had mentioned to me they were taking their Illest Shaved Ice Bus (Volkswagen Bus) to the show and their RC Drift Car track was almost done at the shop and invited us to come check it out. I documented our tour of the Paddock with some traveling photos thrown in there… I hope you enjoy it!
Sam Willson is a cool guy, well at least after talking with him for some time on the phone I came to that conclusion. You see, unlike other people I have run into in this scene, he is one of the first to admit he likes his car and likes the attention it gathers. With so many people thinking the cool thing now is to call their car a “bucket” or a “beater” it is refreshing just to have someone say thanks after you give them a compliment.
After recently moving from the East Coast to the West I could not resist making it up to Seattle for FD Round Five. Following some haggling and acquiring my first FD media pass, I was incredibly stoked for this particular weekend in Washington.
Emotion: the aspect of consciousness that’s affected by what one constantly endures—feelings. Emotion is an amazing aspect of our conscience, and it has a lot of influence on what we do while trekking through our lives. For Matt Ayvazian passion fueled determination, determination influenced execution, and the end result panned out to be one constant emotional state: satisfaction.
Saturday, July 14 2014 was a very special day for all of us at BlockstarCars and Canibeat. BlockstarCars opened up their brand new premier automotive boutique to the public, and with that also came the opening of the one and only Canibeat pop-up shop which grants customers access to purchase exclusive Canibeat merchandise while they indulge on Blockstars’ hospitality and relax until services are completed on their vehicles. Our friends at ISS Forged, Tuner Evolution, and Liberty VIP came out to kick it and enjoy the dope cars, live music, and good food that were a necessity at the grand opening. All-in-all… locals support locals, and roots run deep with support for the fellow enthusiast catering to others, especially to those enabling goals and aspirations of others in our community. If you’re remotely close to the Washington Metropolitan area and need anything done, head to Blockstar Cars. You and your ride will be thoroughly taken care of.
Nowadays it seems as though cars are becoming more and more disposable. We see cars get built for an extended period of time, revealed at a big car show or feature, and then quickly disassembled or sold. On the flipside, there are cars that owners become attached to, and for lack of a better term, have a longer relationship that lasts; sometimes the better half of a decade, or in some cases even longer. Katie has maintained ownership of her ’99 Volkswagen Jetta for over seven years now, and she has no intention to part ways any time soon.
I first spotted Jose’s 350z at Wekfest Long Beach earlier this year and it immediately caught my eye. The uniqueness of the build, the color, and how damn wide it was! I immediately started to follow Jose’s build very closely, admiring each and every detail put into it to make it truly one of a kind. After finding out Jose was a native of Southern California I had to ask him if he would give me the opportunity to shoot his build, and Jose couldn’t have been more humble in accepting.
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.
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.
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.