08 October 2010
Welcome to the 10th Anniversary Issue of Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG). This special issue commemorates and celebrates the greatest all-time vehicles, events, models and moments that have appeared in the magazine over the past decade. Thanks to the collective support from readers and advertisers alike, PASMAG hit the scene full throttle in 2000 and never looked back. We were the first publication to introduce the concept of blending aftermarket performance and styling with mobile audio, and currently remain the only publication to successfully execute the formula in print and online.
Since its inception, PASMAG has represented the aftermarket scene where it matters most and by being at the center of it all, attending well over 300 unforgettable events. Through these memorable events from one year to the next, and bringing readers the hottest rides, trends and models to every issue, PASMAG has become the ultimate source for the aftermarket tuning culture. Although the automotive industry has changed over the past ten years, our commitment has been unwavering to our valued readers, industry partners and advertisers.
As the leading publication in the aftermarket segment, PASMAG continues to grow in readership and popularity thanks to the valuable partnerships we’ve created over the last decade. These key partnerships play a vital role in the aftermarket and tuning culture by uniting enthusiasts everywhere.STAYING CONNECTED...
PASMAG continues to embrace emerging technology by connecting with consumers via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other niche social communities and forums. Our print publication has gone digital, allowing thousands of enthusiasts in more than 30 countries to conveniently download, view and share our magazine. Our popular digital edition is available for iPad, PC and Mac at www.pasmag.com/zinio
The re-launch of PASMAG.com is the next major step in creating an online destination that unites the automotive community and enables us to share our passion for tuning culture.
In order to reinforce our connection to the grassroots tuning community, we developed the PAS Nation online community. PAS Nation has quickly proved to be an invaluable resource for models, photographers and industry professionals as well as enthusiasts across the continent and around the world.
Ten years in publishing is quite an accomplishment, it takes a truly talented and dedicated crew. Every month, our tireless staff and crew of editors, designers, sales staff and administrators work hard to try and bring you the best magazine possible. I cherish every moment of the publishing process, the redesigns, the deadlines, the debates, the arguments, and each issue means something to me.
We’d like to personally thank all our faithful readers, clients, friends and industry partners over the years for their continuing support. Special thanks goes out to all of our freelance photographers and writers, models and event staff that make PASMAG the People’s Magazine, the ultimate source for enthusiasts.
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STREET HEAT - Volume 2 Issue 4
Owner: Kevin Yee
Location: Toronto, ON
Vehicle: 1994 Integra GS-R
Power: 300whp (est.)
At one point in time, the DC2 Integra was huge on the streets of every major city. In Toronto the scene was full of them! And every year back in the day, they would congregate at the Darknights Nationals, a legendary show that gathered some top show cars. In order to promote the show, co-owners Kevin Yee and Herman Sim decided to build a wild Integra to lead the others to the show. A Wings West RS Style bodykit was added along with an APR GT-1 spoiler. Then Mike Von at Auto Gallery went to work on a base coat and some insane ‘Jungle Graphics.’ The rollers were a set of Honda Sport 17-inch Ninjas powdered in white. Under the lid was key to making this Acura hang with the big blocks. Metalex Motorworx stepped up as one of the leading custom turbo builders of their time and put together a system using a T3/T4 Garrett snail with a Spearco intercooler, TiAL wastegate and Bosch pumps. It was tuned old school with the A’PEXi S-AFC blueface on the street!
STAYING POWER - Volume 2 Issue 4
Although many of today’s tuners may not recognize the name Mike “Mike P.” Palijan, trust us this dude and his unassuming Civic hatchback were official back in the day! Palijan was considered the man to beat behind the wheel of the ETD Racing Honda Civic, as his efforts earned respect for all modified imports in the domestically dominated drag scene at the time. His reputation as being fast on and off the track also made Palijan the subject of an infamous A&E special documentary on illegal street racing entitled “Street Racing: The Need for Speed” in the late 90s. Despite holding the title of Fastest Honda in Canada for some time and having many more titles placed upon him in the street racing scene, Mike P always managed to keep it real as a true OG in the Canadian import scene.
RARE BREED - Volume 2 Issue 9
Back in the 1990s, there was one affordable import that changed the way domestic guys thought about 4-bangers. Sure, there were Supras, RX-7s and 300ZXs running the streets but they were high dollar cars back then. For under $30K you could have a Turbo Talon or Eclipse sibling with optional All Wheel Drive. These cars could easily be modified to crank out 300hp at the wheels and run with many cars. Keith Losier of Niagara Falls, ON went with the sultry shape of the second generation Talon for his masterpiece. Originally intended to be an everyday driver, Losier soon got the bug and went insane to create one of the craziest show cars around. The car featured a wealth of audio and video as well as advanced early in-car computing. A G-Net vehicle PC was found onboard with a Pentium III cranking 800Mhz and a whopping 30GB hard drive... wow, how times have changed!
Birth date: July 21
Sign of the Zodiac: Cancer
Measurements: 34 / 23 / 34
Nationality: Filipina / Chinese
Hometown: Las Vegas
Turn-ons: A fly, gentleman rough neck that has his priorities straight
Turn-offs: I cannot stand liars and bad hygiene
pet peeves: Please do not smoke cigarettes around me
Hair & Makeup by Valerie JC (www.iconimage.net)
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DYNAMIC DUO - Volume 3 Issue 5
Remember back in the day when you and your friends fantasized about what it’d be like to have a lucky encounter with twins? Well, we’re sure you still think about it (and so do we). The only difference is our fantasy come true back in 2002, when BFGoodrich and JUN USA teamed up to build this smokin’ hot pair of Honda Civics. Although nearly identical in appreance, each Civic twin was given a distinct personality, as one was a corner carving SCCA-ready circuit car and the other; a tire shredding, 12-second quarter-mile monster! These two classic Civics have certainly aged well, sporting their habitual JUN paint scheme and timeless Volk TE-37s wrapped with BFGoodrich tires.
Owner: Daniel Lefebvre
Location: Drummondville, QC
Vehicle: Acura Integra Type R
Power: 220whp (est.)
For a high-revving, hard-cornering fun time, you certainly don’t have to look further than the legendary and very popular Acura Integra Type R. With most of its power being made around the high-revving 8,000rpm mark, the Type-R was a fierce competitor on the streets and tracks of Japan. Yep, before we had our Acura Integra Type-R, Japan had the Honda Integra Type-R. This right hand drive example owned by Daniel Lefebvre of Drummondville, QC was completely customized inside and out starting with a striking two-tone interior with white and orange. The exterior was hyped up with an STS bumper and Wings West skirt package with a color match. The rollers are classic 5-Zigen Imperios with Kumho 205/40R17 UHP tires. Back in its heyday, this Integra was the car to beat, as many tuners could only dream of owning one. The Type R chassis (and many of its rare parts) are still highly sought after today, as this iconic car proved sport compact tuning was here to stay.
Birth date: May 3
Sign of the Zodiac: Taurus
Measurements: 34C / 27 / 34
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Turn-ons: Humbleness, talent, ambition
Turn-offs: Players, jerks and liars
FAST COMPANY - Volume 4 Issue 2
Owner: Rob Sztuka
Location: Markham, ON
Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Supra TT
Rewind to 10 years ago and there were only a handful of imports that could hang with the domestics at the drag strip. One of those from years past that definitely could was Rob Sztuka’s unique green Supra. Sztuka was always about the show and go and anyone who mistook his Supra for a trailer queen was murdered at the lights. Built by Magnus Motosports in Woodbridge, ON this car debuted at the NOPI Nationals back in 2001. The 2JZ had been fitted with a GReddy T-78 turbo, Type-C wastegate and A’PEXi front mount intercooler. With a custom Magnus fuel system making use of HKS 720cc injectors, the car laid down 580whp which at the time was a big number. To keep the Supra grounded, the big MKIV used Eibach lowering springs and KYB AGX adjustable shocks. The wheels selected were 18-inch gunmetal Volk Racing GT-Ns wearing Pirelli P7000 rubber to melt at each stoplight. Apart from the go-fast goodies, the car integrated plenty of high-end multimedia with an Alpine Mobile Multimedia Station and Lightning Audio installation. The exterior was enhanced with a ViS Battle Z body kit molded to the sleek body lines and shot with several coats of outrageous metallic green paint for a flawless finish.
BODY MODS - Volume 4 Issue 3
At the time there were many notable rides busting onto on the scene, but this one stood out in the crowd with its trademark graphics and aggressive styling. As the co-founder of the successful Importfest show series, owner Basit Mirza had to really get crazy with his Civic to promote the event for 2002. This 1993 Civic, formerly a daily driver was promptly transformed into a serious show car. What started out as an interior makeover wound up being a full on assault including the exterior and mechanics of the car. An Invader Type one front and Quest MRS widebody panels were fitted to the exterior, along with a Lexus GS400 taillight conversion. The suspension was ramped up with a set of B&G coilovers and the brakes were reamped up with KVR Performance cross drilled rotors. The rolling stock are a set of 18-inch RO_JA Formula 5 wheels wrapped in 215/35R18 NITTO 555 rubber. Under the hood is a potent JDM B18C with TypeR goodies, Skunk 2 headers and an AEM intake.
The Godfather - Volume 4 Issue 4
Having the title “The Godfather” bestowed upon you can either be a blessing or a burden, as a great responsibility encirles the role. L.J. Garcia is often considered by many to be “The Godfather” of the import scene based on a long list of accomplishments in the industry, as well as an innovative approach to the way he modified his 1996 HOnda Civic. In fact, tuners all over the world mimic his style. While you won’t have to kiss Garcia’s ring if you meet him at one of the many events he attends, there is a certian amount of respect that is paid to him. The chances of you ending up at the bottom of a lake in a cement coffin or buried alive in the Nevada desert, however, are slim indeed.
Birth date: November 5
Sign of the Zodiac: Scorpio
Measurements: 34C / 24 / 34
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Turn-ons: Sense of humor and real gentleman
Turn-offs: Big egos and bad drivers
Pet Peeves: Nail biting Hoodie by Dragon Alliance (www.dragonalliance.com)
Lingerie by Coquette International (www.coquette.com)
RevolutioniZed - Volume 5 Issue 5
Owner: Bill Stephen
Location: Toronto, ON
Vehicle: 2003 Nissan 350Z
Power: 400whp (est.)
Today, the 350Z is as common as almost any other tuner platform out there. But way back when the car was first released, the rush was on to modify them and a few hot project cars rose to the surface right away. One such car was the Z owned by Bill Stephen in Toronto, ON who got down to business right after he purchased it and drove it off the lot. This 350Z was fitted with Volk Racing TE-37 wheels wrapped in Dunlop SP-9000 rubber and its Brembo calipers peek through the classic Volk wheels. The suspension was ramped up with JIC FLT-A2 coilovers rocking 10kg springs at each corner. Stillen was one of the very first to market with forced induction for the Z33, as a Stillen supercharger now powered this potent VQ35DE. The Stillen blower kit ensures OE-like reliability and quality with around 60 more ponies at the wheels. Adorning the exterior was a clean VeilSide skirt package sculpted out of high-quality carbon fiber with a factory-like fit. On the audio tip, Stephen worked with Gemsen Distribution in Toronto and opted for all high-end JL Audio including: 10W6v2 subwoofers with a 500.1 amp to run them and VR 650CSi components run by a 300.4 amp. Of course all of the interconnects, power wire and fuse holders are JL Audio too! This smokin’ hot Z was pretty special back then, making it one of our favorites of that year and a very memorable feature.
ULTIMATE SLEEPER - Volume 5 Issue 2
The Japanese are all about perfection, not necessarily pioneering but often known for making a good thing even better. So when the 240Z debuted back in 1970, the world was shocked to see how Nissan had interpreted some fiery sports cars from Italy and Britain. This potent machine has some timeless lines, a balanced chassis and an advanced suspension. The 240 was a threat on tracks around the world for over a decade and spawned a lineage of fierce Z-cars. This particular example we featured borrowed a more modern swapped powerplant from another mighty Nissan sportscar legend, the Skyline GT-R. This classic 240Z is a track terror thanks to the Skyline-sourced RB26 powerplant carefully squeezed under its hood. We simply had to feature this perfect blend of old and new bundled up in a perfectly restored and mint condition chassis.
FULL THROTTLE - Volume 5 Issue 4
When it came to Japanese Supercars of the early 1990s, the Mazda RX-7 was in the crowd of front runners. Gaining a legendary reputation, the third generation RX-7 (coded FD3S) was light, fast and became a cult classic worldwide. Anthony Tseng’s ’93 RX-7 caught our eye and instantly landed a spot on our cover. With an exterior clad in Mazda’s 15th anniversary A-Spec body kit consisting of front lip, sideskirts and fender flares Tseng’s RX-7 was very JDM. He added RE Amemiya tails, C-West headlights and a huge carbon fiber wing. Under the lid, the RX-7 was blessed with a TD-06 GReddy turbo and a healthy GReddy front mount intercooler augmented with an NX N-tercooler. With over 450whp on tap from this setup, Tseng went with a Cusco twin plate to keep it harnessed. Keeping the flying FD connected to the ground are some Bridegstone S-03 Pole Position tires wrapped around 3-piece RE Amemiya wheels. Behind the rare Japanese wheels are a set of Rotora 4-piston brakes and TEIN HA coilovers. With a Panasonic headunit and Bazooka subs, speakers and amps, the audio hit hard and this Mazda was sure to get noticed!
Birth date: March 25
Sign of the Zodiac: Aries
Measurements: 34C / 24 / 34
Hometown: Boston, MA
Turn-ons: Making out …it’s so much fun
Turn-offs: Bad hygiene
Pet Peeves: LA traffic… Grrrrrr!
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Dial 911 - Volume 6 Issue 4
One of the more memorable Porsches of years past had to be that of Patrick Nguyen from Atlanta, GA. Starting with a 996 twin turbo, he developed the unreal Patritti S-GT Biturbo. This completely redesigned Porsche is as wildly exotic as we’ve seen. Nguyen’s trained eye gravitated towards creating the sensual supercar lines of wild Italian exotics, but he seeked to practical performance of fine German engineering. This impeccable creation blends the rarity and spirit of vehicles like a Ferrari Enzo or legendary F50 into a truly flawless German exotic. At first glance, what many often mistake for a mid-mounted Formula One V10 lurking below the rear glass is actually 3,000 watts of bass stomping Xtant audio. The unique sound system was designed and disguised to look like a mid-engine powerplant!
CENTER STAGE - Volume 6 Issue 5
At the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Alpine launched yet another audio assault on the senses of show spectators with this 2003 Mini Cooper S Speedster. And much like its predecessors, this “topless” Mini takes center stage in front of every crowd. The duo of Steve Brown and Mike Vu of Alpine’s Advanced Application R&D team are behind this outrageous creation. The most dramatic feature of the Mini was its chopped roof (well before BMW attempted it at the factory level). Brown and Vu constructed a massive eight-foot-long sled as the standout feature. To sample the Alpine demo car, the sled slides rearward five feet to allow a would-be listener to climb in to the custom fabricated Plexiglas seat. Once aboard, the sled returns to its center resting position and the single passenger is situated perfectly to sample Alpine’s latest.
MASSIVE ATTACK - Volume 6 Issue 6
The car that started it all definitely made an impression on fans, young and old. The appeal of the original Acurabot, wasn’t limited to sport compact crazed youngsters, but spilled over to older Hot Rod and Muscle Car guys too. Back in 2003, Darknights Nationals attendees were treated to this completely redone 1994 Acura Integra owned by Tajai Das. The Integra was so extreme that it cleaned up at shows in the US and Canada. Das told us he’d been a hardcore Honda /Acura fan since the early 90s and thought the styling of his Integra was the best design work ever done by Honda. Das admitted when he was a “little guy” he became obsessed with the animated TV series Transformers, which obviously helped fuel his strong passion for cars from a very young age. So, when it came time to start modifying his own ride, Das decided to pay homage to his childhood heroes by creating a Transformers-inspired “Acurabot” project. The amazing audio installation featured a motorized Optimus Prime (with light-up rocket missles of course!) that transformed and rose up from within the audio masterpiece in the hatch.
Birthdate : November 29
Sign of the Zodiac : Sagittarius
Measurements : 32-24-33 Nationality : ½ Filipina, ½ Mexican
Hometown : Orange County, CA
Turn-ons : Only HE knows…
Turn-offs : …and HE knows this too
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Owner: HKS / Car Make T&E
Vehicles: HKS Nissan S15 / Car Make T&E Toyota Soarer
Power: More than enough!
Like needles in a haystack, we stumbled upon these incredible D1GP competition cars back in 2005, hidden among rows of products in the HKS USA warehouse. Both of these cars sat silently, waiting to be shipped back to Japan after competing at Irwindale Speedway. So after wiping the drool from our faces, HKS USA informed us, “You should really jump on featuring this S15 because you’re probably never going to see it again,” as the company had just sold its famous S15 to a private owner back in Japan! We jumped at the chance to capture the legendary S15 on film one last time, but also wanted to do something with Ueno’s Soarer sitting right next to it. Similar to the S15, this Toyota Soarer is synonymous with the D1GP. And although it serves as the poster child for Takahiro Ueno and his Car Make T&E / Vertex company, the vehicle is also fully backed by HKS Japan and loaded with a complete array of HKS goodies. Thus, an idea was born: an awesome double feature on two of the D1GP’s biggest stars!
CROWN JEWEL - Volume 7 Issue 2
In the earlier part of the decade, the new Acura RSX was a hot platform (picking up where the beloved Integra left off). It looked solid, was quick out of the box... but it took a while for tuners to catch onto the all new K-series motor after investing so much time in the B-Series engines. Cavinh Su of London, ON stepped it up a notch as the first to produce a highly modified RSX when others on the street barely had bolt-ons. Starting with a built K20A2 powerplant, Su added a GReddy T517Z turbo kit to ramp up the power. From the cast-iron manifold, Airinx intake system and all required piping, Su had no problems getting the RSX-S up to speed. Expelling the fumes is a 5Zigen Fireball exhaust made of custom 2.5-inch piping. Relieving stress is a TurboSmart blow-off valve, while a GReddy Type-T wastegate eliminates boost creep. A Progress coil-over suspension system, using a special spring and damper combination, was tuned for aggressive street driving. The grip is provided by Hankook Ventus Sport 225/35 R18 rubber at all four corners, wrapped around 18x8-inch 5Zigen MK5 wheels. Adding aggressiveness is a complete body kit from ViS Racing with race-inspired styling to complete the facelift.
M3 MADNESS - Volume 7 Issue 4
BMW’s M series cars are known for their power, handling and luxury but it took two years for Vancouver, BC’s Ivan Chen to build this 2003 M3 to make it unlike anything on the scene back then. With aero components from Hamann, including the front spoiler, roof spoiler and rear competition wing, Chen created a custom DTM-inspired widebody kit. The side skirts connect the fattened fenders, while both bumpers were flared out. Chen was also the first Canadian to receive the AA Supercharger kit that force feeds the impressive inline-six motor. Schrick 272 and 280-degree camshafts complement the low-end grunt and provide top-end rush. Air is drawn through the carbon fiber hood where a Gruppe M carbon fibre intake ingests it into the system. Brembo brakes with 14-inch rotors up front, 13.6-inch rotors in the rear, and two pairs of 4-piston calipers lurk behind its flawless DPEngineering three-piece R20s sporting Pirelli PZero Nero rubber.
Birth date: Oct. 12, 1984
SIGN OF THE Zodiac: Libra
Nationality: Irish and Amerindian
HOMETOWN: Montreal, QC
Measurements: 34 / 25 / 35
Turn-ons: Sunny skies and beautiful scenery
Turn-offs: People who lie and are deceptive.
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DRIFT KING - Volume 8 Issue 3
Universal Pictures completed its tuner film trifecta with the release of The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, amounting to another blockbuster hit. Rather than blow the bank on Hollywood A-listers, Universal decided to recruit an all-star cast of professional drivers to capture the exciting world of drifting and some exciting cars. Well, several exciting cars, so they could burn and smash them like scenes from a video game. So what you see here is one (of several) Mazda RX-7 FDs with the outrageous VeilSide Fortune kit with deep dish VeilSide Andrew V wheels. A half dozen of these cars were destroyed during the stunts for The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift and ended up scrap metal, this one survived and spawned a new look of VeilSide-inspired two-tone show cars for years to come.
Gold Digger - Volume 8 Issue 2
Frederick Nissan in Maryland isn’t your average dealership. The evidence can be found from wall-to-wall with countless highly-modified Nissan vehicles roaming the lot, showroom and shop areas. This particular 2003 Nissan 350Z is owner Gene Hickman’s creation and he wanted to show the world what his dealership was capable of in PAS Magazine first! With an influx of Zs on the scene at the time, Hickman was faced with the tough task of trying to set his Z33 apart from the crowd. Hickman felt that a strict diet of Top Secret gear for his Z would be the best way to go, integrating a crazy widebody kit. The VQ also received a GReddy twin turbo kit and the caged interior jammed with the hottest ground pounding MTX audio inside the cabin. The Z that truly had the best of everything had to make our top list.
Price Fighter - Volume 8 Issue 8
Imagine a group of the world’s famous artists coming together to create one masterpiece. Who knows what priceless work of art would be produced, had names like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Picasso and Rembrandt (had they all been alive at the same time) collaborated on such a project. Well, in the tuner world a few of Canada’s sharp shooters got together and discussed the possibility of collaborating on a project, joining forces, sharing resources and enjoying all of the accolades that come with it. Along with partners GM and Castol, the Top Tuner Team was formed to build their first ever collaborative project. The Team consisted of Tajai Das, Edmund Manasan, Keith Losier, Vito Ianniciello, Ben Woo, Serge Leger, Simon Rowe, Chris Nankoo and his father Lee. Rowetech, meantime, built up the LSJ motor with goodies from GM’s own Performance Parts catalogue. The engine was stroked to 2.2L and featured JE forged pistons with a boost-friendly 8.0:1 compression ratio. The exterior of the car was entirely redesigned using the Konigsegg CCX as an inspiration and the result speak for themselves. The team bagged three design awards at the unveiling during SEMA 2006 including the coveted GM design award.
Birth date: April 11
Sign of the Zodiac: Aries
Measurements: 32C / 25 / 34
Nationality: French / Mexican / Irish
Hometown: Sante Fe Springs, CA
Turn-ons: Smile, Big Arms, Tattoos
Turn-offs: Small hands, cockiness, bad breath
World Domination - Volume 9 Issue 8
Let’s rewind to the late 90s, when Pennsylvania-native Chris Rado was out there racing a uni-body Integra back before sport compact drag racing was remotely popular. Later on, Rado not only secured some of the quickest and fastest records in NHRA, but also set a few world records in the process to become the first FWD in the 8’s and reset the speed record yet again. Probably Rado’s most aggressive creation was the NORAD Pro FWD Celica, a controversial project right from the time it was still a concept sketch. But the slipping popularity of drag racing led to this impressive 2007 Scion tC for World Racing. Competing in the FWD Unlimited class, the entire shell was prepared by Steen Chassis, who stitch welded and reinforced it with a NASCAR-spec cage. This turbo tC can hang with the RWDs and AWDs thanks to all its technological advancements.
Heavy Grinder - Volume 9 Issue 5
As mythical as the RB26 found in the Skyline, your average enthusiast expects every 2JZ engine to put down 1,000 plus ponies as well. Without wasting time this particular JZA80 puts down 1,080whp with 780ft/lbs on the spray and 940 ponies cranking 40psi. To put that in marketing-speak, at the crank that is a staggering 1,270 horsepower, enough to push around two Ford GTs and a micro-compact on top: all out of just over 3.0L. This car was so squirrelly on the dyno day, it had to be strapped down with three dudes jammed in the backseat just to keep traction on the way to 205mph on the dyno! The mastermind behind this is our main man Steve Larkin from Trenton, NJ who put his time, talent, effort and ALL his own money to build this project for our cover... sponsor – free. Larkin is the genuine article, a real gearhead who has a true passion for high-performance at all costs.
Brad McCoy of Pittsburgh, PA knows a thing or nine about cars. He is both a skilled mechanic and a successful salesman, often found wrenching away on project after project. “I built up a crazy 300ZX but the motor was not all that friendly to work on or make the big power I wanted,” admits McCoy.
“I do all my own work and I got tired of rebuilding the VG30 and started looking for a different platform.” McCoy narrowed down the search to either a Supra or a Skyline. Although the Supra and the R33 were around the same price point, McCoy stumbled on this immaculate R34 Skyline GT-R V-Spec II Nür and went temporarily insane. Within a few days, he rounded up all available funds, loans, lines of credit and any legal method of getting quick cash together and pulled the trigger on his dream car. Dropping everything and scrounging up every last cent to build your dream car? We can’t fault McCoy for that. Many of us do it regularly, but on such a grand scale, it’s not your everyday mission!
Sign of the Zodiac: Scorpio
Measurements: 34DD / 25 / 36
Nationality: Filipino/Peurto Rican
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Turn-ons: Intelligence and independence
Turn-offs: tupidity and ignorance
JUN Heat - Volume 10 Issue 3
As sketches of the drastically re-designed Mitsubishi EVO X hit the net (as what seems like) eons ago, the enthusiast industry was set ablaze with that latest evolution of the platform. Throw in the fact that the famous 4G63 engine has been replaced in the Mitsu’s award-winning recipe with a brand new 2.0L 4B11 motor, many thought it would take a while for fans to start warming up to the fresh powerplant and its facelift. While at Tokyo Auto Salon we spotted this gem at the JUN booth and simply had to have it since it was the first tuned EVO X in the world at the time! And JUN doesn’t half-step, since the paint, aero, engine and interior was all done properly. While the US hadn’t even seen this car, JUN had already dropped 375whp and 348lb-ft of torque on everyone to let them know who runs things in Japan!
Young G-Z - Volume 10 Issue 1
When it comes to the drift scene anyone who knows about mad JDM tightness knows Inada-san and his crazy antics. Daijiro “Dai” Inada is the legendary mastermind behind Option Magazine, the genius of Option Video, a top ranking player in D1 Grand Prix and the madman behind the wheel of this custom Nissan! Dubbed the “Stream Z GT Jr,” this Nissan features trademark Option Video styling. This creation was built to promote Dai’s drift school academy operating in California. We hope that most of you recognize the chassis underneath all this ‘glam rock’ body work is actually a JDM-spec 1998 Nissan 180SX. According to Dai, the rear end is grafted on from a G35 and the front is from a 350Z, all powered by Nissan’s proven SR20DET! Dai’s crew at Top Secret torched the sheet metal from a JDM Fairlady (350Z) and Skyline 350GT (G35) along with items from the exclusive line of Top Secret Aero Parts and what resulted was the creation of the D’s Club body kit developed at the Top Secret II facility outside Tokyo!
Hard Drive - Volume 10 Issue 5
It’s advanced chassis, sleek lines and unlimited engine possibilities really made enthusiasts love the third generation RX-7 (FD3S). This low-slung sports coupe created legions of new rotary engine fans, including Manny Ramdowe of Flushing, NY. Ramdowe like many other FD owners fell for the high performance and seductive styling of the RX-7. Having previously built two RE Amemiya FDs and two VeilSide Fortune NSXs (with renowned builder Jay Laub), Ramdowe knew exactly what it would take to get his Mazda on our magazine cover! Ramdowe has clearly put together a monumental creation you just don’t see everyday. We have to give major props to Ramdowe and everyone involved in the build for a job well done.
Birth date: April 2
Sign of the Zodiac: Aries
Measurements: 34C / 24 / 34
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Turn-ons: Intelligence, a sense of humor, confidence, good hygiene, goals, imagination, manners, and compassion.
Turn-offs: No ambition, lack of understanding, laziness, arrogance, and bad hygiene.
Pet Peeves: When people chew with their mouth open and little white lies...still lies folks!
JUICED - Volume 11 Issue 08
The majority of NSX owners have gravitated toward the pristine OEM feel for their cars, with the only aftermarket upgrades being limited to intakes, exhausts, and wheels. For tuners (with some money) NSXs were within reach and they cracked open their HyperRevs to see what could be upgraded. Such was the case with Ravi Ayyagari of Seattle, WA who not only made the NSX his passion, but now develops products and even spawned an NSX-specific business – Umbrella Auto Design. With a fully race built motor and a one of a kind Sorcery S-GT carbon fiber aero kit, this NSX is truly a masterpiece. The paint job alone is worth $20,000 and over 1000 man-hours were spent on the interior.
YOUNG GUN - Volume 11 Issue 5
When Ken Gushi stormed onto the professional drifting scene, he was only 17. The young Japanese American started drifting before he had a license. Gushi was the subject of every conversation season after season because everyone had high expectations for him. Now slightly older and much wiser, he is back but in a new platform – a Scion tC. Not just any Scion tC obviously but one converted to rear wheel drive featuring extensive chassis modifications. At the heart of the project is an engine adored by Toyota-philes but relatively unknown to everyone else. The Toyota BEAMS (Breakthrough Engine with Advanced Mechanism System.) engine, is an inline-4 manufactured by Toyota by tuned by Yamaha.
OVERDOSE - Volume 11 Issue 1
“We only build cover cars” owner of High End Performance, Ben Abutin laughs. No kidding, we had to fight over this one (again) to get it on our first cover of 2009. At SEMA 2008, everyone was running their mouths about the badass G that was in the Cusco booth, they weren’t doing that the year previous when it sat in the Tanabe booth with an unusual bodykit. Another notch in their belt, High End attracted the attention of Kazunori Yamauchi at SEMA. Who is Mr. Yamauchi? Well, only the creator of the most successful racing simulator of all time, Gran Turismo. Since that honor, the owner of this car tragically passed away of natural causes. Abutin has since revised the car and taken it on the road with HIN in memory of his friend.
Birth date: January 1
Sign of the Zodiac: Capricorn
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Turn-offs: Cheesy Pick-up lines!