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
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!
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.
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!
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.
I don’t normally do this but I haven’t shared any of my recent work in a while, so this week I bring you two photos that I have taken recently! First is this shot of Liberty VIP member Chris Ginev’s M35 sitting on Luxury Abstract wheels at sunset.
The innovative custom wheel choices available within the industry today has seen many different implementations with cars and their owners. The choices available in finishes and styles have almost become an extension of the driver themselves, illustrating the persona that lies beneath. For Alfa Rein, this is most definitely the case!
Every time there’s a LTBMW car meet, it’s pretty much a known fact that it will be big. If you are familiar with Bimmerfest then think of a LTBMW meets just as you would a mini Bimmerfest with plenty of fine BMWs. There were even cars from Norcal and Arizona that made the journey out just for the meet. This time the meet evolved a little and turned out to be similar to a car show. Mackin, HRE Wheels, KW Suspensions, Redbull, Attic clothing, and a few others came out with booths and show cars. I’ve been to every LTBMW meet and I can truly say that if you want a good taste of Socal’s BMW scene, then you should attend one and experience it for yourself. Read More
Mar 14, 2012
Photography By: Arthur Leytman
This week we bring you a shot from our friend Arthur Leytman of Ian from Liberty VIP’s G37 at First Class Fitment 2011! Ian’s G37 is sitting pretty on a set of D2Forged Wheels and looks right at home with with the airplane in the background. Keep an eye out for more information about First Class Fitment 2012 coming soon!
Last Year Canibeat videographer Kenny Cano had the pleasure of filming Black II for our good friends over at Liberty VIP. The Show was pure quality featuring some of the best heavy hitters in the east coast VIP Scene. The show was a blast like always and we cant wait for this years Black III in Englishtown, NJ on Octorber 6th. We will have more information on here as the event gets closer. Until then enjoy the video.