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Apr 27, 2013

Photography By: Kevin Chow

Words By: Jess Kang

Hopes & Dreams: Henry Lin’s 2008 Lexus IS250 (Part 2)


A few weeks ago, we featured Part 1 of one of our favorite Lexus IS250′s to date, owned by Henry Lin from San Francisco, California (Henry Lin’s IS250 Part 1). Amusingly enough, as the feature went live, Henry released his new wheel set up through social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram and the praises flooded the screen. With knowledge of his drop on his new look, we caught up with Henry for a second time to discuss the outstanding changes he has made and the impact it had on his goals and achievements.

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Feb 26, 2013

Photography By: Kevin Chow

Words By: Jess Kang

Hopes and Dreams: Henry Lin’s 2008 Lexus IS250 (Part 1)


There are moments in our lives where we find ourselves trapped in a haze, dreaming of a goal that seems so far out of reach. And when you open your eyes, you realize that you couldn’t be any further from the vision you so desperately want in front of you. Henry Lin grew up in a small town in Burma country in South Asia, geographically located next to Thailand. With its harsh weathers and equally rough roads, trucks and SUVs ruled the course, and often the trails as you might find them to be. Coming from an area where cars were the last commodity, it wasn’t until Henry moved to San Francisco, California where he knew he would have a shot at engaging the automotive culture.

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Feb 20, 2013

Photography By: Watson Lu

Words By: Ethan Watson

Wallpaper Wednesday: Erin Meehan’s Mini & Jeff Kardo’s Wallpapers


It’s that time of the week again; except we’ve changed it up a from what you may be used to. The new and improved Wallpaper Wednesday’s will not only showcase an awesome ride, but also an awesome designer.

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Feb 4, 2013

Photography By: Rodney Ty

Words By: David Monzingo

It Was All a Dream: Mark Ilaya’s BMW M5


We can all relate to childhood fantasies of owning a wide variety of dream cars. Mark recalls driving past a billboard advertising the “All New 500hp BMW M5” when he was an aspiring adult. Little did he realize that this exact car would be adorning his garage in the near future. With a growing family, Mark found the perfect balance between family sedan, and show-stopping elegance. The BMW e60 M5 has arguably some of the most gorgeous lines a car could ever wear. Read More

Jan 5, 2013

Photography By: Sean Bradford

Words By: Jess Kang

Dressed in Blue: Jan Martin Villano’s Prestigious 2001 Lexus GS430

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“I have always envisioned my car to be the best I can get it to.” Jan Martin Villanos, known simply as “Martin”, described what he has always conceived of his first vehicle that will carry the signature VIP features. Making the best of something is what Martin can implement on himself. As a corpsman in the U.S. Navy, Martin’s career is one not easily feasible by just anyone. In charge of mobilizing reservists and sending them overseas for their mission, Martin’s work involves making sure whoever is putting their lives on the line for the country are both mentally and physically qualified for the job. In 2006, Martin was based in Atlanta, Georgia and despite his love for his Toyota AE86, he knew he needed a reliable, daily-driven vehicle that would take him wherever the Navy would and combined with his earnest automotive hobby, it resulted in this alluring Lexus GS430.

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Nov 30, 2012

Videography By: 4MATIONMEDIA/Daniel Phan

Words By: 4MATIONMEDIA/Daniel Phan

Street Suited: Chance’s 2007 Lexus GS350 (Video)

Cleverly thought up by the owner of this 2007 Lexus GS350, Chance, “Street Suited” showcases a well rounded street car that is also suited for a more classy VIP feel whenever need be. I’ve always been a fan of his car and was thankful enough to get a chance to get it on film.

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Nov 19, 2012

Photography By: Sean Dougherty

Words By: David Monzingo

…And Beyond: Scott Ramos’ Infiniti G35x


Rivaled by the ever-popular Nissan 350z, the Infiniti G35 quickly became the flagship sedan for the company’s North American sales. The X model, an AWD version of these sleek Japanese curves, was an unexpected treat when we received these pictures from Sean. We know the G35’s and 350z’s hold quite the following, and Scott Ramos has done quite a number on his Infiniti that we just couldn’t overlook.

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Sep 4, 2012

Photography By: Dave Tormey

Words By: Dave Tormey

First Class Fitment 2012: Pre-Registration Is Now Open!


We are happy to announce that pre-registration for First Class Fitment 2012 is now open on the new FirstClassFitment.com! Pre-registration will be open until 9/30/11 and ALL cars that wish to be in the designated show area must pre-register! Whether you plan on showing your car or just coming out to spectate be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page!

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Jul 24, 2012

Photography By: Marcus Cooke, John Zhang

Words By: John Zhang

Autocon 2012

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Those of you who have been in the car scene long enough may remember when Hot Import Nights and Nopi first had a very underground and grassroots feel to it. Many will attest to the fact that those days are gone and many car shows have tried to reproduce events of that sort of caliber, but have failed. Even HIN has tried to make a comeback in the past couple of years, but in my opinion, has not been able to recapture that raw essence of a car show. The essence I’m referring to is very simple actually, a car show (for the most part) just for the cars. Although car shows are not underground anymore, there are still quality shows out there. Nisei Showoff Car Show is one of the better quality car shows that still exists and if I were to say that a fledgling Autocon car show is comparable to a Nisei Showoff Car Show, I would quite frankly be lying. However, I can say that Autocon has been able to capture some of that raw essence that has been lost throughout the years with car shows becoming more mainstream. Read More

Jun 27, 2012

Photography By: Matt Magnino

[Wallpaper Wednesdays]: 535i Rollin’


It’s been a while since we have posted a Wallpaper Wednesday feature so I thought we would share these rolling shots of Jason’s 535i rolling taken by out friend Matt Magnino while we work on finishing our coverage of Round 4 of Formula Drift!
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