Last year when I received the invite from Gab Laroche to come up to Canada for Eurokracy I knew I had to take it. Gab Laroche is the owner of Gab Eurosport in L’Assomption, just outside of Montreal. For those of you who don’t know Gab… he’s crazy. He has a habit of buying bare shells in the fall and turning them into show stoppers by the time spring arrives just a few months later.
This year was no different, showcasing his stunning new Harlequin complete with a shaved bay 24v swap. On Friday night before Eurokracy we arrived at Gab’s shop and hung out while they prepared the cars for the following day. The other shops in his complex include several professional fabricators, a woodworker, painter, and even a shop where Formula Drift cars are built. I now understand how they can turn around quality projects so quickly. They even gave us a ride in their little side project — an e46 with an LS3 swap — which you’ll see on the following pages.
Show day brought out some amazing builds, many that you aren’t likely to see unless you make the trip to Canada. The day’s events included sanctioned burnouts on the track, and a low limbo obstacle course complete with speed bumps to maneuver. Between the charismatic burnout participants and the cars in the top 100 without so much as a speck of dust the enthusiasm at Eurokracy is really something to enjoy.
One of the more interesting aspects of the online automotive community I enjoy following are the ebbs and flows of a particular model’s popularity. For example, 2012 was the year of the Toyota 86 and it’s brethren. But that made sense, there were three new models that were aimed squarely at enthusiasts. Of course they blew up, and of course every shop was building one. But the recent popularity of the 911 has been much more organic. (A disclaimer: The 911 is obviously one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, and talking about its popularity seems trivial, but bear with me.) This resurgence of interest, from my vantage point, has come from the equally amazing, but completely different, approaches of Magnus Walker (Urban Outlaw) and Nakai-San (Rauh-Welt). These two builders have injected creative energies into this car that opened up a new audience to the model.
Brian Lee’s 911 is styled completely different than either of those approaches, opting for a GT2 inspired look. He used Getty Design Clubsport RSR flares and sideskirts to widen the body, making room for the 18×9 & 18×12 Kinesis Motorsport Supercups. The interior has been upgraded with a pair of Recaro Leather Pole Positions with Recaro Brackets and Recaro Sliders, Rennline Aluminum E-Brake Handle, and a DAS 4-pt. roll cage. The car is motivated by a 4.0L bored out and built motor and Cup intake kit, while a set of Bilstein PSS9 coilovers keep that power firmly planted to the ground.
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On Saturday July 12th our good friends over at BlockstarCars are opening the doors to their premier shop for professional automotive services, aftermarket products, and accessories. We’ve setup our first ever pop-up shop inside and will be opening that up as well. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. come by 7401 Fullerton Rd Unit E Springfield, VA 22153 and enjoy live music, dope cars, and food from Pho Wheels DC.
The first time Jerome Cruz’s Volkswagen Jetta caught my attention was over two years ago. For the following years I’d see it at shows and in passing, but never had the ability to set up a full shoot. There was always something about this build that caught my attention, though, whether that be the unique paint or specialty euro parts… it’s tough to point out a favorite part.
Wekfest LA came and went, but let me just say the quality of cars out there was beyond amazing. We made the trip with a handful of local friends and made the best of it! Right now we are just waiting till August. If you follow myself, Roy or the brand (@Canibeat_Crew) on Instagram you probably heard we opened up a little pop-up shop inside Blockstar in Springfield, VA. We are planning a grand opening event soon, so stay tuned for details. As always I hope you guys enjoy this weeks Web Picks. Keep submitting photos into our Flick Group and you could have your work featured on here. Until next time everyone… enjoy!
Last year Wrong Fitment Crew threw its first annual “Wrong Fitment Fest.” They held this event as a big meet instead of an official show, just a big hang out for everyone who wanted to come. This meet is about good times, good hangs, checking out some awesome cars, catching up with a bunch of good friends, and of course making new friends. Wrong Fitment Fest takes place in beautiful Oceanside, California, which was a nice break from the one hundred plus temperatures most of us are use to in the Valley.
Time and time again, we stumble upon cars that really break the mold. Cars and owners that are doing things that we would never expect to be done seem to become more scarce every year. Robbie and his ’98 Subaru Forester have done exactly that. This generation of Subaru’s family hauler wagon takes the brunt of the negativity surrounding its existence. When I first saw photos of Robbie’s car scattered across various social media outlets, I knew right away this car was something special.
Jun 16, 2014
Photography By: Matthew Makarucha, Bas Groot, Michael Branco
Words By: Matthew Makarucha, Bas Groot, Josh Davis
With the Fitted 2014 crew acquiring more than double the floor space over last year’s venue they somehow managed to up the actual quality of the venue and cars over the previous iteration as well. While still being one of the smaller events on the calendar they make up for it with a level of diversity and car quality that easily contends with large events. Euros and imports living comfortably side-by-side with stanced and race inspired builds. See… we can all get along.
Down South in the magical city of Miami it’s easy to get caught up in the lavish atmosphere, beautiful beaches, women, exotic rides, and making sure you’re always bringin’ your best. For Jose Diaz the intentions were there, and once a little bit of inspiration came along after moving to Miami from New York his EK Civic took form to something worthy of surpassing Miami’s standards.
A warm 80 degrees and an offshore breeze is a great combination for a car show. Wekfest LA kicks off the year with yet again another awesome show at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, with Canibeat posted up right in the middle of all the madness. This year the theme was RED. Red ruckus, Red DC2 (Integra) and a Red FRS 86. With the Long Beach skyline in the background you couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop. This year we tried to enjoy the show a little more so we talked and met with a lot more people. Surprisingly this year Wekfest LA gave us all a little bit more room to breathe. Giving us quality over quantity, you were able to walk around more and set up your shot for the perfect Instagram post.