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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

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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

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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!

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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’

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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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Jun 8, 2012

Videography By: KSP-Productions

Words By: KSP-Productions

Royal Flush X KSP-Productions X Canibeat (Video)

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Last month I started an epic trip I called Project XXIV, which consisted of a road trip across the united states. Last about 24 days and stretching more then 15000 kilometers, the quest was to capture all the automotive stuff I could find. Surfing on Facebook I found the Royal Flush crew, based in California, a crew well known in the VIP/stance and fitment scene with so many crazy rides. I finally got the chance to meet a small part of the crew for a photoshoot on a Saturday night. After being kicked out of our first spot we decided to report the video the day after, with even less cars this time. Nothing was really planned for the video but it all worked out and turned out good in the end. I had some great times and I hope one day I will be able to go back there for more crazy camber action.


Jun 4, 2012

Photography By: Kevin Choi

Words By: Danny Rice

Lost But Not Forgotten: The Lexus SC300

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There are many platforms out there with an infinite amount of potential but a severe lack of presence in the car scene; cars which are seemingly born to be modified but are so rarely done that you have a better chance of seeing Olivia Wilde ride by on a unicorn than to see a clean example of said chassis. One of these nearly forgotten platforms is the one in front of you now: The Lexus SC. Every time I see a clean, well-done SC, I wonder why I don’t see WAY more of them. The aggressive bodylines and simple styling makes this one of the most aesthetically pleasing and promising models of the last couple decades. Lexus definitely let the public down by not releasing these from the factory with a significant drop and staggered wheels with a deep lip. Fortunately for us, there are a few good men (and women) out there who consider this a platform worthy of their hard earned dollars and sometimes the results leave you salivating… Cue the pictures!

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Apr 21, 2012

Photography By: Raymond Neice

Words By: Josh Wilson

Ballin’ Big Bodied Beauty: Nax Whitmore’s Lexus LS430

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The VIP style has invaded the states from Japan in recent years but has been its strongest in Cali and the East Coast as not only some of the best builds but strongest crews have come out of these two areas. As the style continues to gain popularity and spread into every corner of the globe, we have started to see builds come along that show us that these two areas are going to be receiving some major competition. One heavy hitter is Nax Whitmore and his superlative Lexus LS430 straight out of Florida that’s here to show that Florida can swing with the best of ‘em.

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