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Apr 7, 2014

Photography By: Ignatius McCarthy

Words By: Andy Carter

Take Your Pick: Lucas Perez’s JDM Duo

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For many of us of the Millennial generation, our fascination with JDM automobile culture began with Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series for the Sony Playstation. My first exposure to the game was the third installment, and I remember first seeing the red Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex and having no doubt that it would be my starter car, owing much to the unapologetic 80′s styling cues . As we dived deeper in the game, our eyes were opened to dozens of cars whose manufacturers might have been familiar, but only as modes of reliable, safe, vanilla transportation.  Our parents, born into the era of the great American muscle car, remembered the Mustang and Camaro as the performance beasts that they were, but many had opted for more reliable Odysseys, Siennas, Accords and Camrys as their daily transportation and kid-haulers.  While the Japanese sports cars were far from unknown, their existence did not penetrate into the American consciousness the way that domestic muscle cars and Italian supercars had throughout the 80′s and 90′s.  And yet, our culture finds itself in the middle of an explosion of vintage JDM boom. Read More


Mar 24, 2014

Videography By: Brandon Kahl

Video: Bradley Toon’s Toyota Celica

Don’t rule Kansas out when it comes to cars. Bradley Toon’s one of a kind Celica is just one of many cars putting the Midwest out there at the moment. Enjoy this video by Brandon Kahl.

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Jan 23, 2014

Photography By: Winston Jaury

Words By: Morgan Wilson

Baking Soda Armstrong: The White Toyota Aristo from Indonesia

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When it comes to cars it always hits home when someone gives it their all in a build. Whether they live next door, across the coast, or in this case across the globe in Indonesia, every person that allocates their time in order to put together a show-stopping whip deserves a round of applause. Many of us have been in our garages with busted knuckles and greasy wrenches, but not blowing the doors off of the scene we were attempting to when it came to our vehicles.

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Dec 31, 2013

Photography By: Erik Marroquin, Luis Vivas, Vu Tran

Words By: Cristian Loza

A Look Back: WEKFEST Texas 2013 (Houston, Texas)

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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.

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Dec 19, 2013

Photography By: Matt Makarucha, Robert Krueger

Words By: Matt Makarucha, Josh Wilson, Robert Krueger, Sagar Vyas, Josh Davis

A Look Back: SEMA Show 2013 (Las Vegas, Nevada)

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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.

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Dec 18, 2013

Photography By: Jose Torres

Words By: Andy Carter

Flashback: A Pair of Vintage Corollas

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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.

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Sep 8, 2013

Photography By: Derrick Mance

Words By: Josh Wilson

Born and Bred: Al Ramiscal’s Monumental Toyota Corolla GT-S Kouki

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For some, we are raised to eat, sleep and breathe a select manufacture. Usually a father, relative or family friend raise us with this, mashing our heads full of knowledge and breaking down each generation. For Al Ramiscal, it was all about Toyotas from the young age of four when he began to spend time with his uncle who was infected with a love for 72-74 Corollas aka Mangos. From this moment on, Al too would be entranced with the Corolla chassis back in its glory days before its demise to the bland economic sedan it is today.

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Aug 27, 2013

Photography By: Zandro Zafra

Words By: Christine Siepka

Another Level Car Show (Chicago, Illinois)

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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.

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Aug 21, 2013

Photography By: Kevin Chow

Words By: Josh Wilson

Vintage Auto Salon 2013 (San Leandro, California)

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Any car enthusiast knows that when it comes to vintage cars, no matter their country of origin, that California is home to some of the cleanest and most quality builds out there. In a region that a vintage car laughs at the idea of a harsh winter, these relics are in a safe haven to be preserved and enjoyed on a frequent basis. On August 10th, Kevin Chow made it out to the Vintage Auto Salon for Canibeat and as always found some beautiful examples of Vintage JDM chassis. Make sure to sit back, relax and absorb these stunning rarities of years past.

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Jul 17, 2013

Photography By: Mark Anthony

Words By: Mark Anthony

Illest Orange County Presents: Slammed Sundays

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Doesn’t get better then this – Sunday, cars, food & a newly opened Illest store. The day was filled with chill vibes and good food from the Dogzilla food truck. The meet was hosted by Royal Origin x Illest OC, the turn out was great. Parking was difficult but people managed to find spots. It was a car show held on the streets, and everyone was welcomed. I can’t wait for the next one!

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