Dec 19, 2013
Photography By: Matt Makarucha, Robert Krueger
Words By: Matt Makarucha, Josh Wilson, Robert Krueger, Sagar Vyas, Josh Davis
Once a year members of the automotive industry from all over the world flock to Sin City for a week of business mixed with pleasure. While the sun is up they take to the Las Vegas Convention Center where there’s approximately 52 miles of everything imaginable, isle after isle. Once the sun goes down it’s time for parties and drinks with friends you’ve made over the years. Whether you are buying, selling, or a part of the media SEMA is definitely a breeding ground for innovation, and a preview of what is next for the after market industry and its enthusiasts.
This week’s Wallpaper Wednesday is a shoot I did of an Atlanta area Mitsubishi Evolution fitted with a Voltex wide-body kit. The owner, Justin Enriquez, had the car temporarily sprayed with red Plastidip, and I thought the finish ended up looking pretty crazy. Read More
2013 has been a dynamite year for Toyota enthusiasts. The FR-S has proved itself as a savior to a brand that had largely been resigned to sellers of beige people-movers and uninteresting hybrids in the minds of the loyalists that remember the Supras and Celicas of the eighties and nineties. The RWD coupe was designed as an homage to Toyota’s AE86 Corolla, a car that had blown up in popularity in the past decade thanks to its headlining role in the manga series Initial D. It is no coincidence that popularity of the original hachi-roku and other vintage Toyotas rose nearly as a direct inverse of Toyota’s gradual exit from the enthusiasts eye. The death of the Supra, MR-2, and Celica, as well as the softening of the IS300, foreshadowed a bleak future, forcing fan’s of Japan’s largest automaker to turn 180 degrees for their automotive kicks.
It feels just like yesterday that my friends and I made the epic drive across the Sunshine state for Fixx Fest 9. Each year the show continues to change and Fixx Fest 10 was no different. Hosted by Uro Tuning the show was once again held at the Bradenton Motor complex in Bradenton, Florida. The Volkswagen and Audi categories were stacked full of Florida’s finest rides ready to enjoy the perfect November weather. All day long spectators could enjoy the show and shine portion of the event or watch some of the fastest VAG cars go down the quarter mile stripe.
Forge Motorsports impressed the crowd with their TT and once again USP had their GLI ripping up the stripe. The crowd has plenty of vendors to choose from including Dubkorps, Uro Tuning, and also I love Driving Slow. The show ended with awards and then a cruise to the Post Card Inn located in St. Petersburg, Florida for an after party. Canibeat was lucky enough to be on hand for the fun and would like to thank Uro Tuning for the great time! We hope you enjoy our coverage.
Dec 11, 2013
Photography By: Antoine Spignardo
Words By: Josh Wilson
When it comes to limited production or classic cars some, which quickly get labeled as “purists”, have ideals of just who should be lucky enough to be the next owner of their pride and joy. They judge every word and action that the potential buyer produces and more critically then a hiring manager for a job. As a buyer, sometimes we try to tell these sellers what they want to hear as they hold the keys to our dream cars, ones that you hunt for months for. Guys like Kacper Krajewski know this strategic battle all too well after he went hunting for the perfect BMW M Coupe.
I think it’s safe to say that in all car scenes across the globe there is always that one particular build that everyone cannot wait to see come out of the garage. When the winter months begin to wane, projects begin to come out of hiding. For the past couple of years there has always been one particular car that I feverishly wait for, one that never fails to disappoint, and one that has seen quite a few changes since being put away last fall.
Through my upbringing and even still today with the addition of in-laws and friends, I’ve had the chance to experience a wide array of vehicles and all the different styles that come with them. One of the highlights that I’ve gotten to experience is the period where I owned a neglected 1987 BMW E30. The E30 community has always been one that I come back to no matter what I own because even though they have become quite common in the car scene, they seem to be a catalyst for self-expression. The chassis manages to perfectly blend old-school styling with new-school drive-ability. For this reason, it sits upon a large group of enthusiasts “future cars to own” lists and haunts the ones that have moved on to other projects. It’s a chassis that is a true enthusiast’s car because no matter your method of use, the E30 is a chassis that brings out a passion and puts a smile on your face.
The man simply known as “Eastcoaststeeze” has been in the game for a while now. Last time we saw him, his gorgeous R32 graced our site with some well thought-out modifications that kept the purists happy, while also surprising its onlookers with some body work that was not-so immediately noticeable.
This Wallpaper Wednesday we show off Scott Rath’s Bagged Mustang, shot by Patrick Lauder.
Dec 1, 2013
Another year, another First Class Fitment gone by. We spend an entire year looking forward to a day that seems to go by faster than every other day of the year and this year was no different. Before sunrise to after sunset, the staff works hard at Princeton Airport for arguably one of the most unique, quality events on the show calendar. Sure, we may be a little biased about our own show but we keep trying to raise the bar each and every year and continue to see attendance grow and some of the best vehicles from across the country come through our gates.