Apr 22, 2014
Photography By: James Baxter
Words By: James Baxter, Josh Davis
This year’s Formula Drift season kicked off with a bang on the streets of Long Beach, California. Returning competitors were looking to start their season off with a podium, and rookies were looking to make their mark. This may be the first stop on the Formula Drift schedule but it is by no means the easiest. The course at Long Beach is tight and unforgiving, one mistake will put you into a wall at high speeds. Personally this is one of my favorite tracks, with loads of close tandems and wall taps the energy and excitement is explosive. This year wasn’t any different — great battles and numerous crashes, among other things, that provided a great taste of what the rest of the 2014 season will bring.
Let’s face it the car scene as a whole utilizes and relies heavily on the Internet for just about anything and everything. Whether you’re looking up prices for parts, checking out the latest builds, or just keeping in contact with your friends we’re a well-connected community because of the Internet. If there is any one area that, for the most part, stays away from the Internet it’d be safe to say it’s Texas. Every year the Lone Star State comes out hard, revealing builds that have been kept under the radar to be premiered at the state’s biggest and most anticipated event; WEKFEST Texas. Just like previous years all Texans were patiently awaiting the announcement of this year’s date and location. Last year WEKFEST was hosted in Austin, and this year in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. With that said here’s a look back at WEKFEST Texas 2013… enjoy! See you guys in February for WEKFEST Hawaii.
Another Level is one of the biggest shows in the Midwest (and outgrowing itself every year). Not only a car show, it is and always has been an event that dedicates the proceeds of the show to charitable foundations. Each year since its inception in 2008 the group works together and choose two charities to donate to. This year Bombshell Bullies Pit Bull Rescue and Northern Illinois Food Bank are the benefiting charities.
Go to any car event and talk about having a MK3 and nine out of ten times, they will assume you have a Volkswagen. Of course. that’s to be expected due to the popularity of not only Volkswagen’s in general, but the popularity of the actual MK3 chassis. But with all this Volkswagen talk, that leaves us with a forgotten chassis that’s just hiding in the shadows and it’s definitely not a chassis to miss – Toyota’s MK3 Supra.
HRE Wheels has undoubtedly made it’s name in the aftermarket industry due to the company’s strong demand of quality and refinement. Of course the same demand of quality transitions itself to the cars that choose to run HRE Wheels. HRE recently had another Open House Meet and you can rest assure that plenty of top-notch cars and super cars came to show. Read More
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
For those of you who attended SEMA a while back should recognize this photo. If not, then this was just a shoot of some JDM cars from southern California. It’s pretty rare to get all these cars to show up all together so we made it happen. From left to right is a Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi Evo X, Acura NSX (Veilside inspired), Mazda Speed3, Nissan 370z. Read More
It’s not too often that we chance upon a car that has been modified so much that it’s had pretty much everything done to it. The guys at SP-Engineering built this beastly 1995 Toyota Supra turbo for Ken Henderson and was kind enough to share it with everyone. Almost every piece of this car has been modified while keeping the car’s body in original shape and form. Read on to see what this ongoing project car, code named “Eau Rouge”, is made of. Read More
May 22, 2011
Photography & Words by Noel Barnum for canibeat.com
Last week was the 16th Annual All Toyotafest held once again near the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Year after year Toyotafest has never failed to impress its car enthusiasts with not only the quantity of the cars that show up to the event, but the quality of those cars as well. One thing I did notice that was different from the last couple of years was that the amount of old school Toyotas were missing, but with the absence the xB crew sure did fill up their portion of the show. I didn’t get to shoot that much during the show since every time I wanted to take a shot someone would end up getting in the shot and I didn’t want to focus on their butt, haha. But here are the pics….ENJOY!
Photography: Josh Stowers
I was browsing through Flickr last night and came across these remarkable photo’s taken by Josh Stowers. This Supra really caught my eyes, with its dark, deep, glistening green coat of paint, with a lip kit that is fairly simple, yet clean. Rolling on some fat Work Meisters in gold with tires that are stretched to fit, but still enough rubber for all that power this thing makes. It’s a rare to get to shoot a sick car like this Supra, but also having the opportunity to shoot on an air base with a fighter jet? DOPE!
“Thursday March 15th, 2010 I was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to take cameras onto an air force base and shoot a car in front of a F-111 Advark fighter bomber!!! The planes were in Perth for 3 days for a couple of events and flew out the day after these were taken and will never be seen this side of the country again due to them being de-commissioned at the end of 2010! Also I believe the F-111 is only used by Australia and the USA, which made it ever the more special!” ~ Josh Stowers