Bassem’s love affair started like it does for many of us… as he himself describes, “It’s often an infatuation with one particular car that pushes us towards a lifelong love of most things automotive. It could be a car that you spent time around growing up, the first or fourth car of your own, or perhaps even a car you saw only in magazines or on T.V.” Whatever it may be that sparks that fire in us, it becomes something that we can never escape. When Bassem was younger, he says that he used to enjoy drawing cars he’d see on T.V. At the age of 18 he finally saved enough to afford a car of his own, albeit it wasn’t the gorgeous 3-series that graces your screen this moment, the 2007 Nissan Maxima he did purchase was the start of something much bigger than he had realized. After his 21st birthday he grew increasingly tired with the mundaneness he found in the Maxima when, by chance, he happened to stumble across a bimmer forum online. From there on out it was love at first sight.
“The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I’m giving it five stars is because I can’t give it fourteen” – Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear BBC
Take that perspective, from one of the world’s most renowned automotive journalist, and forge that with Eddie’s passion for the “retro JDM” style and you’re in for what you see here–a car that is the pinnacle of performance, married to custom retro aesthetics. Like many stories of enthusiasts just looking to purchase a daily driver to save on gas, this turned out to be more than what Eddie had originally bargained for.
Anthony Mainecoon of Halcyon Photo & Cinema made it out again this year for First Class Fitment and like always his work never disappoints. Even though he couldn’t make it to the show until later in the afternoon he still killed it! We hope you guys enjoy.
Fred’s TC caught my eye the moment I saw it rolling into Offset Kings Irwindale earlier this year as his 2009 Scion TC followed me while I sat on the back of a golf cart. I immediately fell in love with the way it was rolling and couldn’t wait to get up close and personal with it. I found a spare moment to chat with Fred before he rolled into the parking area and it became quite evident that there was so much more to this build than just fitment. He explained from an early age he grew up watching his brother modify his car and he could immediately see that there was so much more behind the build other than parts. The car was an extension of him, his personality and soul, and Fred couldn’t wait to embark on this journey. Once he got his first car, he followed in his brother’s footsteps.
Nov 26, 2014
Words By: Danny Rice, Dave Tormey
All year, every year, we work our asses off to keep Canibeat alive and thriving. This is more than just a website; it’s our passion. Our staff of photographers and writers spend countless hours scouring the country for feature vehicles and show coverage while Roy & Cristian spend many late nights delivering merchandise, posts, and coverage to you, our faithful fans.
All of this hard work culminates in one final event each year in October. This isn’t just any event. To most, it may seem like another show or a mark on the calendar for the last day to have your show wheels on before going into “winter mode” but to us, it’s so much more. It’s our Homecoming. Our celebration. Our baby. Our heaving sigh of relief. Our toast to another successful year.
Have you ever had that feeling to step out and be different? It’s something a lot of people, myself included, think about. The social norm or status quo is something accepted in all areas of life including our beloved car scene. Jay Owner had that feeling when stepping out of his Eagle Talon and searching for a new ride. In Seattle, the majority of the scene is dominated by Honda and for Jay, that just wasn’t going to cut it. He decided to step outside the box and into the VIP scene. After building a 1992 Infiniti Q45, he was hooked and knew where his passion truly was.
The Story Of A Boy, And His First Love.
The scene is post-World War II Germany, the economy lies in shambles and automakers found difficulty salvaging material to build automobiles. However, during the war, Volkswagen had manufactured roughly 52,000 Beetles (then called the Kubelwagen). Just a short time later in 1952, a Mr. Ferdinand Porsche would use the motor, transmission, and several suspension components from the now-legendary Beetle to create a work of art that would grace the walls and fantasies of petrol-heads everywhere for the next 60 years and beyond.
From its humble beginnings, Porsche has always held true to its a racing pedigree, even through today creating an almost expected heritage of the perfect sports car for the working man. A combination of the luxurious amenities you would find in an Mercedes combined with the gritty aggressive driving habits many MR2 lovers have come to love… Essentially, the perfect automobile.
As we regroup from our trip to the annual Simply Clean meet in Daytona, FL, we thought that some wallpaper-ready images of one of Atlanta’s most aggressive Civics would whet your appetite for our event coverage later this week. Read More
Originally this 2008 Mercedes E350 was a gift Cesar purchased for his wife. But from the moment he purchased this ride, he knew there would come a day where he would have it all to himself. That day came faster than he imagined, just a year after the car was purchased he took over the wheel and decided to drive this Benz to a new level of “stanced luxury.” Ideas had been brewing in his head since the purchase, he was quietly plotting and scheming to have a truly unique Benz. Cesar’s quest to make this Benz the pinnacle blend of luxury and stance would soon become a reality.
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.