The Road Less Traveled.

Oftentimes, people tend to forget that everyone is different. After all, everyone has their own tastes, styles, and opinions. We see far too often car “enthusiasts” that bash on others for their pick on aero, suspension and of course, powerplants. While we get the typical “Ricer!” comments here and there, we are self proclaimed ricers and embrace that label, negative or not. Khiem gets the most comments on his 2JZGTE powered FD3S RX-7 from many purists, and he, like many others before him, have learned to not to take the internet so SRS, and to do what he does.

This past Sunday at our weekly meet at Catalina Coffee, we came across another car that I personally thought was cool as fuck. Ben Norrell’s 5.0L Mustang powered convertible E36 is slammed, caged, and loud as hell. In other words, bloody awesome. We look past Horsepower-per-liter, Power-to-dollar and purist attitudes and enjoy cars for what they are- another man’s (or woman) work of automotive art. While Ben got MUCH hate on our Instagram video, he, like Khiem, brushed it off like a true gentleman and watched the fireworks.

from here it looks like any other slammed E36 Vert

SRS bitnit

That hydraulic Hand brake

Besides the obvious, we really liked the cleanliness of the bay among other things

Hood closed, you would never know. Oh except it sounds like a bat out of hell.

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Volume is sometimes overrated.

We love the sound of squealing tires as they fight with the pavement below them in a tug-of-war match of grip and slip, and we absolutely go bonkers when we hear high revving, turbocharged four bangers bounce the rpm needle off of the tach, but sometimes it’s nice to look at a photo and think, “wow, that’s really soothing”. Of course, with drifting, this is usually accomplished by watching one of the many hundreds of online videos of these cars in super slow motion, but kind of hard to accomplish with one photo and no volume. Kory Leung managed to capture that moment for me with this very simple, but soothing photo of a drift 180sx at sunset. Looking at this photo makes me want to lean back in my chair, and think about how life is so simple and we tend to overthink it. Now, I’m not trying to get all “find ones innerself” on you guys, but just take a moment and think about what you will be doing today, or this weekend.

Now imagine how all of that would be if you were in a constant and steady drift in this car with the sun kissing the side of your face without a sound. Soothing, isn’t it?

Image shot by Kory Leung of Autocult.net

Take a moment to enjoy the simple things in your life and don’t take anything for granted. /fortunecookie

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Andrew does Dallas.

As stated before, times change, and people change, but friends are forever. One of our friends, Andrew, got married a couple of years ago, and although marriage makes you take on different priorities, passion will always remain the same. Andrew recently joined us for a trek to Dallas, TX, home of Formula Drift Round six. It’s good to know that not only does he still enjoy smoking rubber tires into the night, he still knows how to capture a great image.

One night in Dallas, image by Andrew Machac

Aubre's S14 looking super sharp with the TE37's. Photo by Andrew M.

The flying FRS, image by Andrew Machac

Smoking hot ass. Photo by Andrew M.

Aubre's doppelgänger, Justin Rogers' twin S14 also on TE's at our booth.

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On the Street: Danny’s Sex 15.

At Mayday Garage, we are all about that street style, that street culture. Wether it be rolling out together to grab some burgers from Underbelly, a few local brews from The Hay Merchant, or going to show up to Ricer Wednesdays to look at other rice rides, we like to do everything on the street. Resident ricer, Danny Barber might be known for Catalina or his stints at The Idlers games in Japan, he is known to us as one of the ultimate street ricers. A great example is his authentic Nissan Silvia S15, a car that he imported with serious body damage, he was able to completely strip the car, replace what was missing, build an S15 SR20DET and drop it in all in the confines of his own garage, including all body work.

Ricing up the streets, photo by Danh Phan

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Going back in time: Ridox JZA80 Supra

Surprisingly, with all the FD’s, S14′s, miatas, S15′s, and NSX’s around Mayday Garage, you would think one of us would try to build a Toyota Supra. In reality, we’ve all talked about what would be the ultimate Supra, but never quite pulled the trigger on getting one. You would also think that being based out of Houston, TX, home of the now famous TX2K events, we would definitely build a 1000+ hp one, but really have all come to realize that the Supras here in the US vary greatly from their Japanese owner counterparts across the Pacific Ocean. So for inspiration, we present to you, the ultimate street Supra in it’s most iconic form: the Ridox JZA80 Supra personally owned by Manabu Orido taken from screen grabs of Hot Version.

Gotta love it!

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Mayday Garage does Formula Drift TX (Preview)

We know you guys are wanting to see what we’ve covered, and while Danh, Khiem, and Andrew are all working on their photos in their free time, Newton and Ray are joining forces to create a cool video. In the meantime, here are some quick photos and a short video to tide you over!

Mayday Garage does Formula D TX (Preview) from Mayday Garage on Vimeo.

Just a short video preview of our Formula Drift coverage at Texas Motor Speedway! Watch for the REAL video soon! Song: Nightcall Artist: Kavinsky

For you YouTube users:

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Day 2: Mayday Garage Does FormulaD: Road Atlanta

"Officer I'm not drunk, I'm just swervin on these hoes" - Diego Sanchez

Day 1 took a toll on some of us so we didn’t bother getting up early since the event didn’t really start til 1 or 2pm. My main goal was to try to get more drifting action for Day 2, but that didn’t go according to plan. So in order to make up for it, we did some rice hunting around Road Atlanta…
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Day 1: Mayday Garage Does FormulaD Rd. 2: Road Atlanta

The birthplace of FormulaD.... Road Atlanta.

We’re back at it again with coverage from Round 2. It was Mayday’s 2nd time at the track and my first time there if that makes any sense. My plan for the weekend was to fly in early on Friday, rent a car and drive straight to Road Atlanta in time for the media meeting, get a couple shots here and there, while Mikey flies up North to pick up parts for his Project 240: Voltron. After he had picked up his parts, Mikey would drive back to Houston. I told him to stop by FormulaD since it’s on the way and so he did…. at 5am.

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