Street Smart: Bill Vitale's 2006 Subaru STi


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Chaz Boyd 

If you need practicality buy an SUV. If you want tire shredding performance buy a sports car. But if you need a combination of the two there are a few stout platforms on the market to build up. [ … ]

John Rhee's 2007 Mercedes CLS55 AMG
We first spotted this car at SEMA ’08 out in the front lot getting passed up by many of the graying hot rodders waddling around the grounds. For us, this body style is as beautiful and timeless as any ‘32 Ford Coupe and we started sniffing around [ … ]
“I don’t have the big money that other teams have,” states Waldin “but it didn’t seem to matter because our hard work has put us in first place and with a legitimate shot at the title,”

In competition anything can happen. Sometimes the big budget teams disappoint event after event and then pullout altogether or you can have more grassroots entries with no sponsorship, taking down the big guns. That is the case with Matt Waldin in [ … ]

Wildside: A’PEXi USA's 2000 JDM Mazda RX-7


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by RCH Designs

If you have been in the tuning world for a while chances are you have owned an A’PEXi upgrade of some sort over the years. Although it might not have been one of the super rare electronically-cont [ … ]

Today, the pair of Drift Emporium Infiniti G35s here are picking up right where their predecessors left off, very much influenced by the Signal projects of the past. Of course Signal’s previous G35 was a bit more unorthodox back in the day with an SR20 powerplant instead of the VQ-powered V6.
When rhyming off shop names that define the Japanese scene, one shop is on every top 10 list. That shop is of-course Signal Auto of Osaka, Japan. Signal is known for producing some very important automobiles, as their shop cars helped define the enth [ … ]
Widow Maker: Francis Fabiculanan's 1991 Mazda Miata


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Adam Nelso

A few Porsches throughout history got the moniker “Widow Maker” slapped on them since many novice to intermediate drivers were greeted with serious consequences due to lack of skill. It [ … ]

Metra Electronics also got involved to promote their premium audio line called Vibe from the UK. With a three month investment and $40,000 worth of gear, what you see before you rolled out of the shop and commanded a closer look along with this magazine feature.
When it comes to the talented team at Installer Institute, these guys never settle for less and always step up with impressive project after project. They are true “go-getters” that push the envelope of style and function at their educational facilit [ … ]
Magic Trix: Kyle Mohan's 2009 Mazda RX-8


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Andrew Jennings

If you ask pro drifter Kyle Mohan how to get (and keep) a car sideways, his equation will always include rotary somewhere in it. Mazda is the only automaker still pumping out engines that are b [ … ]

The top brass at Falken understood that shredding up tires in drift competition would equate to better sales and priceless brand exposure. They also figured out supporting a sport enthusiasts love translates to respect among tuners and quickly lead to fans considering their brand when shopping for tires from Falken’s massive applications list.

When it comes to drifting in North America, no company has been more influential than Falken – period. The name is synonymous with the sport because the foresight and resources they have invested are unparalleled! Although it was not the first event, [ … ]

Fearless: Carl Nadeau's 2006 Pontiac Solstice


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos By Mike Gazda

The only thing constant in life is change. In the face-paced world of performance and competition anything can and will happen. We have seen feature cars stolen, vandalized, blow up and yes, complet [ … ]

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