So lets be honest here, when it comes to Central Florida the car show/meet scene has been weak. Typically you will have to travel to Miami or Tampa to catch a really good meet, that was until Simply Clean was created. Simply Clean, it’s a motto and a lifestyle, it is a method of keeping your car minimal when it comes to modifications but always remembering to keep it clean. The Simply Clean crew has always always went with the slogan, “It’s not a competition.” So if its all about clean and not about winning the show, then what is the big deal? The big deal is Simply Clean has grown from a small parking lot meet in Orlando to a true, legitimate show in Daytona Florida. The man at the head of the movement Nickoli Chin along with his masterminds have done a successful job of orchestrating this event since its inception back in 2010 and this year was bigger and better then ever.
Not too long ago did Dave Perez dream of owning an older Volkswagen with the intention on having something that screamed OEM+, but was also fun to drive on a daily basis. He contacted Mike London and then bought this beauty from him so that he had a gorgeous template to work with. He purchased it recently and unfortunately show season for 2013 has already come and gone, leaving him in the building mindset that fall and wintertime brings. Perez told me that the car had been previously built by Bynum Builds along with help by Mr. London.
Let me keep this short and sweet, if you missed any of the Simply Clean 5 weekend well sorry about your luck! The weekend, yes it is turning into a weekend instead of a day was jam packed full of the cleanest cars from Florida, Georgia, New York, and where ever else people decided to make the journey from. Friday night was the official kick off to the festivities and once again CCW opened their doors and factory to host the Simply Clean 5 “Pre-Meet.” Both inside and out was covered with a ton of clean cars, and regardless if they were rocking CCWs or not everyone was welcome to check out the fun! Factory tours and good times were on all night long and if you were hungry, well a stop by the Taco truck outside would curb your appetite. That’s enough of that check out the pictures!
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.
The BMW 2002 is elementary yet stunning, a design that breathed life back into the struggling Bavarian Automaker which eventually led to ever-popular 3 Series. It’s a chassis that has also granted freedom to the car enthusiast that have owned them for over four decades. Concourse, Motorsports and even the Stance communities have become fond of this surprisingly nimble and stimulating chassis when choosing a project for their next build no matter its eventual purpose.
We can all reminisce about our dream cars from the fringe of adolescence. Whether it be an old Porsche 911, or a Chevy Camaro, we have all had visions of one day owning the car we put in the highest of regards. Josh LaPointe, being an avid Nissan enthusiast, was forced to decide whether to invest in a motor rebuild after an unfortunate boost spike on his 200SX SE-R project, or move on and acquire the dream car of his high school years, a Nissan 350z.
I finally had a chance to make it out to Canibeat’s First Class Fitment hosted at Princeton Airport in NJ and I must say I was completely blown away by the superior level of cars that attended. The show hosted some mint condition nostalgic JDM and Euro cars achieving very proper stance, as well as some freshly modified cars laying frame while obtaining immaculate pain jobs paired with very aggressive fitments. All and all the show brought together a great vibe that kept spectators enthused for hours on end. I had an amazing time with the CIB crew and cant wait for 2014! Hope you guys enjoy.
You’ll come to find many people go to say that you’re a particular kind of car guy/girl just because of what you drive, but it’s hardly ever the case. Unbiased individuals like Stefan are an example of those who just happen to fall for a particular type of motor and chassis and are simply in it for the joy of the machine.
After attending First Class Fitment for the past 3 years, our good friend Dzemo Halilovic aka PhotoDH decided to make a film documenting this years event. It’s not always easy to capture the vibe and atmosphere of an event but with the help of a few friends Dzemo really did an amazing job capturing this years event from beginning to end!
Dzemo said… “The quality of cars, the weather, the atmosphere was all just perfect! Having the Audi TT win “Best of Air” certainty placed the icing on the cake! Special thanks to Stan Furman Production, Kenan Krijestorac and Nick Sarantinos for making it possible!”