MaydayGarage Lifestyle: A Mayday Mikey Perspective.

Hey guys, just wanted to shake things up and show you how we do things in our typical day-to-day lives! -Mikey

Pretty much sums up what I wake up to every morning

70 degrees with a light breeze throughout the whole entire day made it a perfect Sunday to be off of work. Being a full time student and also working full time, days like today where absolutely nothing is on the agenda is rare. Our ace photographers Khiem and Danh are out shooting weddings for extra car funds, Brad “The Brad” Baker is somewhere out on the lake capitalizing on his Sunday off, and Andrew is out enjoying the weather with his new wife. With David Do still out East in Baltimore breaking the law and Danny out of town hunting lions, that left John P and I. If you guys didn’t know, John and myself are actually roommates living together in the East End of Downtown Houston.

The joys of having John P as a roommate

My Daily. 2001 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS

There’s a general routine on Sundays if John and I are both off from work. That routine consists of getting up balls early (what I consider early on a Sunday…) and heading down to Bellaire to get a bowl of pho. Bellaire is basically Houston’s version of Chinatown except that it’s more heavily influenced by Vietnamese culture making it more densely populated with Vietnamese restaurants, markets, and stores. Our go to pho place is none other than Pho Binh.

About to go HAM on some pho

John's 3rd bowl of pho

My choice this morning. Pho Ga w/ broth on the side

With a traditional family recipe and consistency in quality of food, it’s easy to see why Pho Binh has been written up by popular news blogs such as the Huffington Post. Today we went to the Bellaire location, next time I’ll show you coverage of the original location, which sits humbly in a mobile trailer on the Southside of Houston. This is definitely a must take place for out-of-towners when they come visit us in Houston. Linhbergh Nguyen from Speedhunters knows all about this.

As if we weren’t full enough, we headed just a couple miles down Bellaire to a popular juice bar conveniently named “Juice Box”. This place seriously has every crazy fruit combination you could possibly think of. Everything from fresh fruit teas, mixed fruit smoothies, and fruit shaved ice are made upon order and ready to deliver a for sure gang bang in your mouth.

Shaved Ice. Watermelon. Mango. Strawberries. Condensed milk.

From Juice Box, its always fun to walk across the shopping center into a Japanese gift shop called “Fit”. Take a dollar store on steroids with some JDM flare and you have Fit. Its always interesting to see what new home appliances or gimmicks you can find here.

John always seems to find something for himself

Definitely a cool place to load up on the extensive selection of JDM candy or entertain yourself by looking at all the infomercial quality products.

These were on sale!

This particular Sunday we decided to head out over to Track 21 to brush up on our driving skills. With gas prices through the roof, we decided to consolidate into one car.

John's Daily

Always see some interesting stuff on the road

Even though this was a last minute thought, indoor cart racing turned out to be quite possibly the best idea ever. It had been a few years since I was here last which made me forget how much fun this all was.

Annihilation time

John scoping out the competition

Our weak ass times

Always nice running into local drifters. Luis's 180sx representing Team Silhouette.

As the day began to conclude itself, we touched base with Khiem who didn’t live too far from where we were. Khiem recently just sold his super slammed and menacing 2JZ powered SC300 for something that suited his style a bit more. As sad as I was to see him not drive the SC anymore, he assured me that I needed to come over ASAP to see what took its place. As we pulled up to his house, low and behold a 94’ IMMACULATE FD RX7 sat nicely in the garage. I emphasize the word “immaculate” because the factory paint had zero blemishes and looked like it had never seen a drop of rain.

Breakin necks and breakin ass

The loss of the SC was suddenly justified once I saw how tastefully modified it already was. The FD is definitely my next project car once the S14 is done! There’s just something satisfying about sitting behind the wheel of an FD and feeling like you’re in the cockpit of a jet. Look for updates on Khiem’s FD to come in the near future. Also, don’t worry SC fans! The SC may or may not have stayed within the Mayday group. There also may or may not be parts on the way for it. Keep your eyes out.

As the night progressed, the realization hit that tomorrow was indeed Monday. As David used to always say to me, I wish there were either more hours in the day or there were 2 of me. More blog posts to come soon about our day-to-day Ricer shenanigans! Also, if you’re from Houston and you ever see me out, say what’s up! I usually got Mayday stickers on me!

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Completely shot and edited with my iPhone 4.
-MayDay Mikey-

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Nostalgic Wednesdays: Alpina B12 e38

When it comes to cars, I love 4 doors. And just like the saying goes, moe does, mo…hose(lol). I love sedans because of the backseat space, that I dont have to lean my seat to make way for the third wheel to exit and how convenient it is to buckle my kid in his seat. For today’s NosWeds, I would like to share one of the heaviest but also one of the sickest sedans ever built. the Alpina B12 5.7.

the Alpina B12 was based on the 750i  that had the v12 engine. Alpina increased the displacement from a 5.4 litre to a 5.7 litre. It produced 387 bhp from a 326bhp, for a car that weighs more than 2 tons, definitely needs all that power.

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Nostalgic Wednesdays: Lancia ECV

When it comes to rally cars, I think of Sega Rally. Sega Rally was my early introduction to Rally racing. Popular cars used were the Subarus, Mitsus, Celicas, and the Lancia Deltas. Lancia, a popular brand in racing, but not in regular city driving, created a hot hatch prior to the  Integrale, It was called the ECV;built to compete in the Group S division. The ECV (Experimental Composite Vehicle) was built from a Delta S4 chasis with heavy modifications.

It was equipped with a “Triflux” engine that produced over 600hp from a twin turbo 1759cc. The car was built with Kevlar and carbon fiber to reduce weight totaling to only 2,050 lbs. Continue reading

A Day at Import Face-Off.

It’s cold here in the NE. Not like blizzard cold, mind you, but cold enough where people just don’t plain drive their cars. If you’ve noticed recently, I haven’t put up much content from here in Maryland, and I’ve even posted two pictures of my daily car, the Miata, on the blog which isn’t something I would normally do. The reason? It’s freaking cold, man!

Joy's car attracted people like bugs to a light

Turbo's best AZN face

This SC was bangin'!

Chicken dinners for errrone

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Nostalgic Wednesdays: Porsche Flachbau “Slant nose” Turbo

Lately I’ve noticed a significant number of Porsches every time. Driving around town, you will never miss spotting a Porsche. May it be an S, a Turbo, a Cayman, a Panamera or a GT2 or 3 on a nice day. There’s one Porsche I would love to see one time. Something different, a porsche that does have the same arched back 2 door but without the round head lights glaring at you.

In the late 70′s, Porsche offered a Flachbau (slantnose) 930 under the special order program. It was basically a 930 but with a 935 style slantnose instead of the regular 911 front end; It was the “Ultimate 930″ the this model had an upgraded body and a 330 bhp engine. Each Flachbau unit was handcrafted by remodeling the front fenders. The flachbau design was employed to provide greater aerodynamics by reducing drag drom the front. The conversion extended the side skirts out, with wider rear flares, scooped vents and flip-up headlights up front with functional louvres. In 1979, racing company DP motorsports came out with a modified flachbau 935 wich brought home the bacon in a couple victorious races. The flachbau is definitely a one of a kind porsche; definitely a rare unconventional beauty on its own.

-Mark-

Random Snap: Gangsta.

I had the opportunity to travel out with the guys from IAG Performance today to show off Joy’s WRX at an Import Face-Off event held in Crofton, MD, just 25 minutes from where I live.

Here’s one picture I really wanted to share.

GANGSTA at heart

Nuff said. More pics to come!
–David–