Nov 2, 2011
Words By: Dave Tormey
There were planes taking off, helicopters landing, guys wrenching away in their hangars, and it was the perfect fall day for First Class Fitment 2011! Open to all makes and models the Princeton Airport in Princeton, New Jersey was host once again to one of the most diverse gatherings of cars on the East Coast. With no parking spots painted on the ground, and a limited space at the small private airport (which celebrated its 125th Anniversary earlier this year) most would drive by and never think to host such an event at this venue… however that is the beauty of it all! While most events are tailored to one specific make or model, First Class Fitment brings together people from all corners of the car community with one common interest, fitment.
Without further ado we present First Class Fitment 2011!
Oct 25, 2011
Photography By: Quan Duong
Words By: Danny Rice
Lexus has long been a brand known for its lines, curves, and class. The ride is as smooth as a sip from a $200 bottle of bourbon and yet it maintains a certain level of sportiness that puts a pleasurable grin on your face as your foot pushes the gas pedal closer to the floor. From the IS to the GS to the SC, Lexus has seamlessly integrated posh amenities into its elegant interior to match the innovative and beautiful exterior. There are not many cars or brands with such a rich, consistent tradition of excellence both inside and out and that’s why Lexus appeals so much to the VIP crowd and their passion for flashin’…
Oct 25, 2011
Videography By: Daniel Phan aka 4MATIONMEDIA
While we are working on finishing up our photo coverage of First Class Fitment 2011, our friend Daniel Phan aka 4MATIONMEDIA just dropped this dope video covering the entire event from beginning to end! Dan did a great job of capturing the people and just the overall laidback feel of the event! He even snuck in a few short interviews with some members of the CiB team. Check it out and share it… Part 1 of our photo coverage coming tonight!
JD Lazaro of TWreck Films just dropped the first of many video’s covering First Class Fitment 2011, keep an eye out for the official Canibeat video coverage and more over the next few weeks!
As I work through the early morning hours of the night taking care of last minute preparations for First Class Fitment 2011, I remember why I love what we do, it’s not the cars it’s the people. It’s the people we meet and the friendships we make that really keep this scene alive. Last week our community lost Liberty VIP member Brendan Kennedy to a tragic motorcycle accident.
Please follow the jump for more photos, and how you can help out!
The world of VIP is generally reserved for the more seasoned members of the import scene. Not only is the price of entry considerably higher, aftermarket pieces are priced with exclusivity in mind; this genre is the textbook example of the idiom “You’ve got to pay to play.” Rules, however, are meant to be broken, and usually are. Andre Pham started this VIP GS300 when he was 18, an age when most of us were trying to cut 15 year old Civic springs and morph Home Depot garden accessories into aero pieces. The youngest member of Liberty VIP, Andre is self-made man, building his Lexus with a combination of hard work, quality parts, and some generous help from the gents of Liberty. Read More
It’s been a while since the guys at LTBMW put on an event so what better way to end the summer by having one right? Plenty of BMW’s showed up as usual just like any LTBMW meet. It could be considered one of the largest California or even west coast gatherings of BMW’s (the largest being the annual Bimmerfest). This event wasn’t just all about Bimmers though as not only did other Euros show up but there was even a strong showing from the JDM and VIP scenes. It just goes to show that true car enthusiasts can except all kinds of cars and makes. Read More
I’ve been around the car scene for a while now and I can honestly say I’ve never felt more welcomed at a meet than Wrong Fitment Crew’s Summer’s End Meet. It was my first time at a Wrong Fitment Crew meet and it felt as if I had known everyone for years. Granted I do lurk the forums quite a bit, I never knew that a variety of car enthusiasts could get along so well. I guess if you look deeper into the whole reasoning behind the creation of Wrong Fitment Crew, you’d understand. It’s all about the love for, well, wrong fitment. It doesn’t matter what car you drive or the make(s) you prefer, it’s all love and everyone’s welcome. Read More
Sep 28, 2011
Photography By: Anthony Lezada
Words By: Josh Wilson
Every car is built for a different reason. They can be something daily driven or something that only catches fresh air on a perfect day. Then you have the option of going track, drift, or hard-parked low. The options seem to be limitless but these two brothers and their classy Lexus GS’s show that you can take a VIP style in two opposite directions. Adam Mao has taken his GS and built a daily driven and drifted machine where his older brother Ken Mao has gone with a clean weekend cruiser but both have kept that VIP feel.
When things in life get a little rough we all need that one thing that helps us forget about what’s going on even if it’s just for a few hours. For most of us including Mariano Elias Jr, we find refuge spinning wrenches on our cars whether it be our daily-driver or project car to get away from the world. Fresh off a divorce, he decided that it was time for something to give him a little distraction. The distraction ended up being a 2006 Lexus IS250 which he has turned into a real neck-breaker.