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Jan 10, 2013

Photography By: Andy Carter

Words By: Andy Carter

Heart and Seoul: The Only Bagged Kia Forte in the World


To be completely honest, I didn’t expect much from this KIA when it was first posted by Carlos Villanueva on our local Atlanta forum. Carlos had recently traded in his light modified Suzuki Aerio for the black Koup, and seemed to have serious ambition for the humble Forte.

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Aug 9, 2012

Photography By: Andy Carter

Words By: Andy Carter

Random Beat: A Lady in the Streets but a Freak in the Bay


As popular as V8 swaps have become in Japanese imports these past few years, the benefit cars are usually purpose-built monsters destined for drift events or racetracks. Steve Richardson’s RX-7, however, could easily pass as a stock cruiser, intended more for preservation rather than devastation.  The contrast of an OEM+ exterior with such an unconventional power plant is the classic recipe for a sleeper, but does the proverbial heresy of ditching the rotary engine leave you with a bitter taste? Personally, I love it. This is classiness and ingenuity together at their finest.  Let us know what you think in the comments. Read More

Apr 18, 2012

Photography By: Brendan Lester

Words By: Andy Carter

Unstoppable: Dan Hong’s Immortal Mazda RX-8

Mazda Rx-8

One of the coolest aspects of writing for Canibeat is the chance to feature incredible builds of brand-new, high-end cars. To a lowly nine-to-fiver like myself, the chance to talk with individuals that can go all-out with boutique wheels and aero, kept safe by a full custom air-suspension is appreciated. While one can be tempted to play the envy game, the smaller companies need these people pouring their hard-earned cash into the scene to stay alive. Nevertheless, that song and dance is somewhat daunting and tiresome to the average enthusiast.  When every car featured is a $50,000 two-week build, what’s the point in saving pennies for a shift knob? None of us are strangers to the “life’s not fair” mantra, but the constant reminder of our own need for compromise squashes our passion. Dan Hong is a self-admitted everyman. He knows what it’s like to fight the daily battle against a world dead-set on destroying your pride and joy, with a finite budget. Read More

Nov 16, 2011

Photography By: Tony Lin

Words By: John Zhang

One Love: One Serious 1-Series Hatch From China

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It’s always a huge plus when we feature cars that are not typically modified in the scene, but it makes it even more special when it’s from a different parts of the world. It’s one of those cars like the recently re-released VW Scirocco that we in the states can only see and admire online but not enjoy it in person everyday. Since we are an international car blog we are fortunate enough to to feature Tony Lin’s unique BMW 120i hatch straight from the south of China. Read More

Oct 18, 2011

Photography By: Andy Carter

Words By: Andy Carter

Function = Form: Blown and Fitted S2000

Function Form S2000

If there is one negative consequence of the stance movement, it has to be never ending stream of arguments about the balance of function versus form that has risen from man’s quest for lowness. What usually begins as an open picture thread of fitted cars quickly devolves into a mindless frenzy of insults, insinuations, and ill-formed facts about how a car’s function has been sacrificed for the sake of hard parking. The assumption seems to be that the owner of the car sat down one day, looked at his new car, and decided, “You know what, forgot about acceleration and handling, I’d rather this car be a freaking paperweight.”  Unless the owner is a complete idiot, however, that’s not how it happened. Every project is going to be a balance of form and function; and if you know what you are doing, you’ll make them compliment each other. Anthony Hancock started with Honda’s S2000, a car that’s built from the classic sports car formula. His goal was to take the original idea, but take all the different aspects of the vehicle to a more aggressive level.  For Anthony, the ultimate form that this blown and fitted S2000 took had to jive with the increased function. The two had to move synergetically, hand in hand.  Form had to equal function.

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Dec 10, 2009

"Dont worry I wont bite"

I saw this Accord the other day and thought to myself ‘DANG! this thing looks mean as hell!”. I have always been a fan of proper CB7s. FARK! look at the lips on those VSxxs! Id beat and call it back the next day. HAHA! Enjoy guys!

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