Saturday, August 29
A typical Saturday morning is waking up late and going to Red Tractor in Dublin for brunch. As I finished my pulled chicken bbq sandwich with garlic fries, a very decent Audi A4 pulls into the Best Buy parking lot. From a distance the stance, wheels, total package look spot on. When I managed to get my camera and drive out to the car, this Audi A4 was more than anticipated. Steplip DPE wheels with Brembo BBKs hiding behind in the front. The offset is very decent although I would prefer a bit lower for that ultimate slammed "IDGF" look.
Front mount intercooler meant power has also been tweaked along with dual cans sitting out back. I dig the Euro hood that slants over the headlights. I know that is a Euro trend, have yet seen that carried over in the Japan scene. Smoked tail lens, gloss black roof plus a carbon roof wing. Overall very decent in the Dublin are.
Whoever you are.. you get the SOLO seal of approval.
Friday, August 28
Thursday, August 27
Wednesday, August 26
Intro Wheels is a giant in the automotive wheel industry. They make a vast array of billet wheels for the hot rod, domestic, import and euro scene. Ranging from 15 all the way up to DUB SUV sizes. Recent years they launched their own line of 3-piece wheels under the I.D. Brand. What others may not know is Intro has been cutting wheels for many other brands in the industry for years now. Euro and Import ppl will recognize names like iFoeged and Jline, which are all cut inside the Intro factory. Their quality is unmatched and with the very recent purchase of a super high-end German machine, Intro are now offering their own barrels and lips. Any size, and width, and style; reversed or stepped, Intro can do it. Want to cut your own custom designs, Intro can assist you. If 1 step lip is not enough, ask for 2 or 3. Any finish you can imagine in any texture or color, they can do it. Special finishes are sent out. Inhouse they do full polish.
This is great news in the wheel industry bc finally wheel makers are not dependent several sources to build a wheel. Instead it is now truly a one stop shop for all your wheel desires. No wait time for bulk purchases of a specific barrel size, etc.
I for some time now have been looking around for a Steplip 20" inch wheel and to be frank there are less than a handful of choices.. Not any more.
Check out INTRO WHEELS for more info!
Tuesday, August 25
We, here at Goodguys, just had over biggest hometown event this pass weekend, the West Coast Nationals. A good friend of Gary Meadors purchased this fine '53 Studabaker this weekend and will be shipping this car to Texas. Check out the condition of this sweet ride. Those that appreciate VW can easily see similar styles here. I personally respect the build. The stance needs to continue to come down a few more inches. The only thing about Stadabakers is the rear windshield that looks like a complete after thought. It's almost a front tri-five front windshield flipped to work in the rear. The color is old school, but we are seeing nostalgic colors creeping up again.
Excellent interior and super cool go kart. The back bed is all cream suede. I wonder how they keep that clean.
Bosuku is a culture in Japan. Old school cars mainly in the early 80s outfitted with almost anime characteristics from Robotec, Gundam, and Bumblegum Crisis, to name a few. Recently, I came upon this image of a night meet in Japan of find examples of Bosuku cars. The more I look at these cars, the more I see some sort of insect form with antennas, especially the middle bronze car. It could almost be a fleet of Japanese Transformer Japabots.
I respect these cars, I still do not know enough about them, but any car on wheels with horsepower is a friend of mine.
Many ppl have asked me in the pass what is it like working for the worlds largest Hot Rod association.. my answer is simple. It's like going to work at Toys R Us for big boys. Although many of us have never grown out of our childhood infatuation with the concept of 4 wheels that roll, I get to hear the latest and greatest hot rod news from builds to trend setting designs. I sort through thousands of images of hot rods across the nation. From the good to the excellent and of course the ones that are stuck in a time line. We love 'em all.
Here's a quick screen shot of what I see on a daily here in the office. These are 28-39 yr. cars from Columbus, Ohio. Here in Lightroom, the images are processed from their original state to print ready. File names are also changed in this process and captions are mirrored to the metadata. Then the cars are actually judged on a A-B-C level. "A" cars have top priority in the layout including larger image sixes and the rest follows.
At the events I get a lot of questions about why a certain car was left out or why was a car used super small, etc. My answer is simple, it is a design decision and thanks for supporting Goodguys.
Monday, August 24
This image was from Worthersee in Austria this year. Check out this crazy A8 with complete custom flares. Look at the execution, how clean the lines are, it looks almost stock. I hate the Euro guys.. they keep raising the standard and US cant seem to ever catch up.
Respect for the die-hard Euro dudes.. you guys keep our US scene fresh.
Sucks all we can come up with is DUB suvs and spinners.. sad.
When news broke about BMW relaunching the Mini Cooper brand it caused a frenzy of attention from fans. When BMW continued the brand with the Clubman, people were more concerned. The Clubman is not very attractive, in fact it is very hard to look at. Thank goodness for enthusiast in this world to try and make something better. Enter this syk-a$$ Clubman.
This Mini has been given a straight set of BBS RM in 15" inches. Then a air suspension system was added to further allow the killer stance.
The owner has been working on some custom tricks including shaved turn signal lens in the rear taillights, dual exhaust, and shaved rear windshield wipers and door latches.
By far, my favorite Mini Clubman today.
One of the meanest looking front ends for the Porsche Cayenne is by Balrog Garage. The nose has a hint of the Nissan GT-R and that's probably why I'm attracted to it. Besides the "Tire Rack" looking wheels, this aero kit is very decent. Oh, and it also needs to be lowered about 20" inches.
Sunday, August 23
Friday, August 21
Thursday, August 20
Last year Fox Marketing debuted one syk custom IS-F for Lexus. So it comes as no surprise the guys got their hands on the brand new 2 door convertible IS and their plans are big. Custom metal wide body with IS-F bumpers and skirts. Even the fender will carry similar treatment from the F car. A complete Twin Turbo setup is scheduled as well. My guess is another rear section turbo system that places the turbos where the stock mufflers are and run piping back up to the front. This is actually a very clever design. Many modern cars today have little room in the engine bay for turbos. Plus relocating to the rear create no extra heat, the only problem is possibly clogging the intake filter with dirt and water. Besides that, double the amount of piping is needed to run underneath the car. Charged air also run cooler when exposed outside the engine bay. In my opinion, I would like to see more ppl execute rear mount turbos.
Back to point, SEMA is around the corner and we will see this sweet coupe convertible at the Lexus booth.
Wednesday, August 19
I swung by the fairgrounds after work today to take a peep at how set-up has been so far.. as I was about to head home, out of a trailer comes this years Riddler winning 1932 B400 Deucenberg V8. So of course I slam the car in park and jump out with my trusted pointed and shoot.
The car is actually quite small. Images on the net makes the car feel so grand and mighty. Up close, this was tiny. But he attention to detail just blew me away.
If you missed Detroit Autorama this year, come to West Coast Nationals this weekend at the Alameda Fairgrounds to see the Deucenberg up close and personal.
Little words could describe this complete custom "62 Corvette built by the Roadster Shop in Illinois. When the news broke about the debut at PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio many did not expect the kind of reaction it got when the curtains opened. This car is in my book one of the sickest ground-up builds ever. It was dubbed the Euro style Corvette with the use of exotic parts like Carbon Fiber, one off CNC parts, HID lights, Brembo 6 piston big brake kit, to name a few. The car sits on a custom chassis that not just gives the perfect stance but the car actually handles like a go kart. Infact at Columbus, the Corvette posted the best time of the entire weekend. All show and all go.
If you are coming to West Coast Nationals, do not miss a chance to see this incredible car which will be in their Roadster Shop booth on the grass next to the Hall-of-Commerce at the Alameda Fairgrounds, CA.
I love it when ppl build cars without boundaries. The no fear, I don't car what you think attitude. B/c in any industry, especially automotive it's easy to get sucked down a trend path and before you know it, you're just another follower.
VW guys have been setting trends from years ago. In fact the VIP Japan scene started from an adaptation of the Euro Mercedes and Jaguar Scene. Just like today the Honda scene has taken a strong interest towards the rebellious VW cars. Old school BBS wheels in 15 inch step-lips with staggered setups pushed all the way out with hard negative camber. It's all b/c the VW scene has been doing this for years now.
I have a big spot in my heart for VW cars and I promise I will build one soon.
Enjoy this killer MK3 Golf.
On Thursday August 20th, 2009 just before Round 6 at Sonoma you can head over to Fatlace for driver autograph signings and a t-shirt release party. The event is from 6pm to 9pm where you can get your hands on some exclusive shirts Fatlace x Formula D t-shirts. One lucky guest to the party will win a Formula D ride along. Cone Killers II will top last years event by far.
1630 Post Street
Japantown, San Francisco
6:00pm to 9:00pm
A good friend recently just finished his turbo S2000 here in the Bay. We all know in the Bay Area, there are dozens of boosted S2k's done right. Joey is from the old school grassroots days when street racing was still a popular scene in Milpitas and Sacramento. When he told me about his 3rd S2K project, you know.. 3rd time is the charm. Well, let's just let the images speak from themselves.
The car had a face lift with '04 headlights and '02 interior door panels. The rare Amuse R1 bumper accent the clean roadster lines quite well. Out back is all business with a complete Spoon rear diffuser and a ASM S-special 70mm exhaust. The carbon hardtop is Seibon which covers the Cusco 4-point cage and Recaro SPG bucket and Takata harnesses.
Joey went the distance with rolled and lipped fenders on all 4 corners to run lower offset wheels. Currently he is rocking a set of VOLK CE28s in 7.5 and 9, but I know he will continue to push for a more aggressive stance in the near future.
The stock motor has been given a Greddy Carb legal turbo kit that makes a healthy 15 psi and nearly doubling his wheel horsepower. The valve cover has been painted white to match the car which I thought was a great decision. The engine bay is all show and all go.
Overall, I give Joey credit for continuing to build cars with a fresh attitude and a clear vision. Although, I would suggest more aggressive wheels, possibly paint the awful stock Cusco blue cage, and just maybe in the meantime, rattle can the wheels another color. Silver just looks so TireRack. <--lol
Don't forget BBK's make the biggest difference from kid-built street-car to adult man-project.
Congrats, keep up the good work!