This past Saturday marked the day Canibeat auto blog put east coast fitment on the map. They hosted an event at Princeton Airport called “First Class Fitment”. The whole purpose: Quality over Quantity, end of story. This show was the perfect example of the meaning behind that phrase.
For those of you in the tuning world, know that for years the west coast tuners have always been “one upping” east coast. They always bring something new to the table. Those of you not into “the game” it’s like Biggie and Tu-Pac, well minus the guns, and all the rivalry. This is more of a setting the mark higher and raising the bar type of thing. Not really a competition or rivalry but more of a bringing something more radical to the game.
Some background, a couple of months back Dave Tormey of Canibeat brought up a great idea. He mentioned having a meet of all the sickest cars in the surrounding area. Well this was talked about over Facebook and there was pretty much no backing out after opening that can of worms.
It started with a pre registration online. This show’s purpose was to showcase 75 quality cars from up and down the coast. From what I know a few hundred cars registered this event and then they were sorted out. Knowing that sorting was done by the guys at Canibeat I’m pretty positive everybody knew the selection of cars was proper and the spectators would not be let down.
Now we are fast-forwarding a couple of months ahead. Announcements were made and emails sent, who was selected to show. During this time a teaser pic was posted of the trophies. Friends from CCW sent these wheel faces. Then they were mounted on wooden stands. The categories were Best JDM, Best VIP, Best Euro, Best Fitment, and finally Best in Show.
Well, the day arrives and we pull in to the show area. Wait…that wasn’t the show area…that was the spectator parking. Well we passed the spectator parking and wrapped around to the airplane hangers. We turned the corner and to my amazement cars were being directed every which way. It was a car “lowasis”. People were cleaning their rides and assembling tents and setting up their spots, all with small private airplanes taking off on a runway 150 yards from the entertainment! Amazing setting!
Within no time, the music fired up and so did the grills! There was so much activity going on. There was not one dull moment. After walking around outside the hangers it was time to go into the main hanger and check out even more cars. I can start naming all the people at this show but i would have a laundry list to type. I will say that i did enjoy shooting Miro’s slammed Honda S2000. It was sitting so pretty.
Through-out this show it was great to see the scene on the rise and just the culture of people who it attracts. One thing I loved was all of the people getting involved with exposure of media. There were people with cameras everywhere. There were people with small pocket video cameras, point and shoots, disposable, HD video cameras, camera phones, everywhere you turn there was a flash or the sound of a shutter.
Overall this event kicked ass. Best event I’ve been to all year. I give a big thanks to Canibeat for making this show happen. It was executed perfectly and I know that people are already waiting to see what next year will bring. Well here are some more pics from the event. If you’d like to see more photo coverage check my Flickr set here
So I noticed this morning I was shuffling around looking for my hoodie to wear to work. Right then I thought, “I miss you already summer, but I can’t wait for winter” and I got the idea to write this post. This summer was amazing. I met a lot of great people and went to a lot of wild events!
Well here was my summer in review. It pretty much started with a big bang. I attended the New Jersey Motorsports Park to shoot for the Redline Time Attack event. Here is where I was issued my first media pass. It was an amazing experience.
Shortly after this in June Formula Drift event was scheduled at Wall Speedway also in NJ, therefore I was scheduled to be there. Even though I wasn’t able to get a media pass I was able to get some great pictures from the stands.
Due to a lot of my friends being heavily involved in the drifting scene I had attended more events than usual. I will say these guys def know how to have a good time! So I went to ECB (east coast bash) at Englishtown‘s Raceway Park drift course. It was a blast! I got an opportunity to hang on the track with some of the big guys in the drift world like,
Mad Mike Whiddett
Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Aside from hangin with the big guys I had the chance to sit in on a crazy photo shoot of about 30 cars set up by the Lower Class crew where I took this quick snapshot, just to show you the caliper of cars that we there.
Soon there after my car blew up…I got real pissed, my precious 06 Subaru STI. Ok here’s a pic of that, but enough of this.
To get my mind off my car me and the fiancé decided to spend the weekend at the Shorehouse in North Wildwood. Here is the last picture that came out of my 40D, as it pretty much blew up on me and fried itself, luckily not the card.
Well as if my luck couldn’t get worse from my car blowing its motor my camera had to blow. Well that FORCED me to buy a Canon 5D MKll. Yes, forced me. From here I did some sweet shoots of friends cars.
Matt – RSX-S DC5
Greg – Turbo’d S2000
Justin’s Audi TT
This pretty much wrapped up my summer. So now that I’ve overloaded this post with pictures and you’ve seen SOME of what my summer has been like, how about you? Whats your summer been like? Good I hope. Well for now, peace out summer, it was good seeing you, I’ll be seeing you again next year!
- This Guy’s Got a Talent (ridelust.com)
- Drifting Video Done Right: JDM Allstars Wembley 2010 (ridelust.com)
- Lijit takes on Formula Drift and the Las Vegas heat (lijit.com)
- Tanner Foust wins first RallyCar Rallycross event in U.S. [w/video] (autoblog.com)
Hey guys, this weekend was pretty crazy, tons of events went on from New Brunswick all the way to the super chill Liberty VIP BBQ. This past Saturday to kick off the week I shot a good friend JG’s Audi TT. This thing kick’s ass. ALL of this work that was done to this car was done by himself as well. Well here’s his extensive mod list. Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to check my Flickr for the rest of the pictures from this shoot.
Keskin kt1s front 17×8.5 et 5mm overall rear 17×10 et 5mm overall
Falken 512 205 45 17 front 215 45 17 rear
Bilstine pss9s modified for lower nuspeed 19mm rear sway
Stable energies 4 point roll bar
Vent mount boost gauge
Custom rear seat delete with remote battery located under cover
Ash tray deleted with custom 2 gauge pod aem wideband and aem tru boost
Osir rear telson spoiler
Satin black deleted wipers
Custom heat displacement cutouts in hood
+.oo1 calico coated rod bearings
Mahle motor sport 8.9 to 1 compression forged pistons with 20mm rist pins
Aeb large port head
Supertech single grove keeeper valves
Inconle exuasht valves and stainless intakes
Supetech hd valve springs
Cat 3651 cam set
Cat adustable timing gear
Kenetic t3 cast tubular exausht manifold
Garret gt3076 turbo .63 a/r exhaust
Custom 2.5 in intercooler piping
Garret 600hp fmic core
Custom 3 inch turbo back with magniflow mufler
Ross machine largeport short runner intake manifold
70mm drive by wire throttle body
Tial 38mm externally dumped waste gate
Tial alpha q bov
Uni 630cc base tune with seimens 630cc injectors
Stock fuel puump with wlboro 255lph inline pump
Last year, The American Red Cross recognized BlownEuros as a leader in the community for donations to the Lower Bucks County homeless shelter in PA. As far as the blown euros show/meet, I love going to this event every year. It’s not only just tons of people sharing the same interest in cars, but its more a culture that so many chill people are a part of. Everything at this event is always thought out and always pulls together to turn out to be a great event for a couple hundred people. As for me and the stunnrstatus boys rolling through with imports we still received the same amount of attention and respect that any other euro car in there got. That says a lot for the groups of people who show at these events. Liberty VIP’s Lexus GS300 although not a euro made a huge statement with his crazy setup! The “stanced movement” made the show 10 times better. We all do know that the “euro boys” have been fitting, stancing, slamming, and rolling fenders etc…since the 60’s, but now this “movement” caught up to everyone else in the scene. Here are some pics. I hope you enjoy. You know the deal, check my flickr for more pictures coming soon