Influence is a rather interesting phenomenon in automotive culture. There are, on the whole, three major camps: the European, the East Asian, and the North American, each of which has a near unlimited amount of subcultures and movements. While each of the spheres has their own unique aesthetics, individuals are constantly pulling ideas from each other and blending those designs into their own region’s styles. One can look to the American hot-rod culture’s influence on the European air-cooled Volkswagens or the American adoption of the Japanese tuner style. Eventually these influences get passed around so many times, that they end up coming back to the original source in new ways. For example, the Japanese VIP scene was inspired by the large, classy sedans of Europe. Japanese tuners were drawn to the imposing characters of cars like the Mercedes S Class and BMW 7 series, and sought to apply those same styling cues to their own domestic sedans, mixing the classy Old World style with the existing shakotan look. Michael Milano-Picardi was inspired by that bippu look and has applied it to his own Mercedes CL500; an American, modifying his European sports coupe in a manner invented by the Japanese for to mimic stately European sedans. Wunderbar! Read More
As the year ends, another season of shows will end with it. To close out 2011, we present our Autocon coverage for you. The event, along with the turn out, was much larger than last year. We were excited to use that opportunity to booth for the first time on the West Coast. Organized as a charity event, the show was a great experience for us, and we enjoyed meeting everyone. We’d like to thank the Royal Origin guys for coming out to show at our booth with their quality cars and hilarious entertainment throughout the day. Four different photographers covered Autocon for us just to make sure we didn’t miss anything. Enjoy, and we hope to see you next year! Read More
Our friends over at Vossen Wheels and videographer Vinny Minton have collaborated to develop this video of Robby Rai’s stunning Infiniti G37. Bagged on a fresh set of Vossen VVS-082 (F: 20×9 / R: 20×10.5) in a Black Machined finish with Stainless Lips, Robby’s G37 is sitting so proper. Enjoy guys.
The Hawaiian Islands, for all of their natural beauty and tropical vistas, have a rather tumultuous geological history. Located above a Pacific Ocean hotspot, the islands that form the 50th state were created through a series of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and subsequent erosion. This pattern of destruction and rebirth has allowed the islands to continually turn mountains of magma, ash, and fire into tropical paradises. Albert Lee, a resident of the capital city of Honolulu, saw his last project, a turboed GS300, burn to the ground after a faulty turbo install. Determined to come back bigger than ever, Albert teamed up with VIP Modular to create this gorgeous VIP Modular GS350.
“Executive.” When you hear this word, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a suit and tie or private jets; maybe shiny watches or dress socks? Well if it is, you’re wrong. Regardless of what your parents tell you, or what the school says, or even what Websters defines because Jason’s 2006 GS300 is Executive.
From dusk till dawn Kenny captured the very first car at the airport to the very last and nearly everything in between. Between the soundtrack and the time lapse segments, we think Kenny did an amazing job of capturing the cars, the people, and the overall feel of First Class Fitment 2011!
I hate that minivans have the stigma that they do. While they admittedly won’t win any awards around the track, they are the perfect vehicle for someone looking for serious utility without the drawbacks of larger SUVs. And one only has to look back to the 1970′s to see the awesome styling possibilities with these big wagons. Owner Donald James saw the potential in his 2005 Odyssey and went all out with a classic VIP build, blending traditional Japanese cues with a mostly untouched USDM platform. Read More
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!