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Mayday Garage Year in Review: Part 5b (FINAL)

Continuing on from part 5a… (CLICK HERE FOR PART 5a)

The second specialty meet we had was the WekFest TX official PreMeet at the same place. We had originally tried to have the meet in downtown itself, but with city regulations, permits and all sorts of legal hurdles, we had to rule this one out. We even tried to host it down the street of Washington Avenue, but in order to do that, we again would need many permits, waivers, insurance and more importantly, we needed to have booked this event many many many months in advance. We decided to have it again at Moon Tower Inn because of the great success we had with the JNCM, but our only real concern was if the venue was big enough.
Three Hondas, three gigantic wings

Big enough? Let us explain, the year before this one in 2014, we had held the first official WekFest PreMeet at 8th Wonder Brewery located just a few miles away from Moon Tower Inn, and we thought at the time we would have enough space. Well, it turns out that there were so many cars encompassing all of the side streets and parking lots, we physically didn’t have enough space to park all 1000+ cars. So with Moon Tower, there is a much longer street, but the side streets were much smaller. We had permission to use some of the industrial buildings surrounding the area, and we even rented some portable heavy duty lights to keep everything well lit, but this time, there were even MORE cars than years past.







We shut down the east side of Downtown Houston that night. It was the greatest ricer night of the year, and by far our most successful meet we had thrown this far. Parked in front we had Rami’s super sick Honda S2000 fresh with a new turbo motor setup rolling in from Louisiana, Bradley Lafayette’s RHD carbon fiber J’s Racing wide body VGS S2K from Tennessee, and J.Cald’s completely insane shaved, tucked, all of the above Acura Integra from RC’s Garage in Arizona that would eventually win best of show the next day at Wekfest. On google maps, the entire grid was lit up red from all the traffic. Canal street ended up being a “catwalk” for people to strut their stuff. Our friends from StickyDilJoe and WekFest were amazed at what we had created, and even more amazed at the cooperation from the Houston Police Department. We had zero instances, and everything was orderly for the most part. Food from both Moon Tower Inn and our own Ricebox was on point, and the beer served at Moon Tower Inn kept everyone happy.


















































































As 2014 is now on our greatest hits list, 2015 will be moving even faster and we expect to show off some truly unique stuff both in products and events as well as with our own personal cars that reflect our tastes. We invite all who truly love cars to make it out to one of our meets/events and to be together as a community and enjoy other peoples’ builds.

Goodbye, 2014. Hello 2015! The year of the RICE!
-Team Mayday Garage-

JNCM

Mayday Garage Year in Review 2014: Part 5a

So now you know about our brief adventures with 1013mm, QuickWorks Photo, our Ricer Wednesday and Coffee and Rice meets, and even our history with Japanese Tuner, Car Shop GLOW, so to finish off the Year in Review series, we wanted to end it with our return to specialized meets, specifically, our Japanese Nostalgic Car Meet and the WekFest TX PreMeet but due to the sheer amount of photos, we had to split this one into part 5a and 5b!
CLICK HERE FOR PART 5b!!
Three Toyotas, three gigantic wings.

So 3 years prior, we had an idea that maybe we could gather all the really cool Japanese vintage cars from the southern region of the US to one location right here in Houston. With our friend Linhbergh Nguyen, we dubbed it, “Japanese Nostalgic Car Meet” or JNCM. We didn’t know what to expect from this open call, but it was one of the most fun meets I had ever attended. Cars from all over Texas showed up in their unique rides to enjoy a beer and a hotdog with other like minded vintage car enthusiasts.

Every year afterwards, we had people ask us when the next one would be. After much procrastination, it was time to make the public call for all owners of these JDM classic machines to gather once more. To prepare and give an idea of what exactly we were looking for, we had asked our good friends Peck and Bruce to let us photograph their very unique classic cars. One would represent the old, old school, and the other would represent the old school with a modern twist.

First was Peck’s ahhhhhhhmazing authentic JDM AE86 Levin hatchback. This thing oozed JDM race car from yesteryear, from the ITB’d 4AGE motor down to the N2 wide body fender flares swallowing the SSR reverse mesh mesh wheels. Peck has been a Mayday Garage supporter from the beginning, and his knowledge of old school Japanese tuning parts and cars is something that should be documented in a book as he is a huge parts collector/hoarder. The car hadn’t seen the streets in many years so it was such a cool thing to see in person as Khiem was taking epic photos of the car.







To show that we are not only into JDM everything, we asked for now-e-famous Bruce Lareto to let us capture his stunningly clean, bagged S130 Datsun 280zx. We’ve watched Bruce’s car evolve from just a bone stock 280 to what you see now. Bruce had big plans from the get-go and was able to realize his goals through hard work, trial and error, and never giving up on that vision. His car is ever evolving, and he currently is breaking in his new motor and will be test fitting a rear diffuser on his car, so that will be exciting to watch.



Now that we established what we were looking for, we anticipated a good showing for this meet where the weather wasn’t scorching hot, and it wasn’t cold outside. Located at the same place as 3 years prior, Moon Tower Inn in East Downtown Houston made much sense as the atmosphere is very relaxed and there was plenty of potential parking.

We also had to establish a few ground rules. 1- Vintage cars were to have priority parking because, you know, it’s a vintage car meet. 2- to be qualified as a vintage car, it had to be made in Japan, and have a model year before 1990.

Josh Garcia's Time Attack V8 powered Trueno Hatch- with gigantic wing
Peck's RHD N2 race prepped 4AGE powered Levin Hatch - with gigantic wing
Thaison Nguyen's drift F20C powered Levin Hatch - with gigantic wing

The turnout was absolutely beautiful. There were so many cars that were vintage, that we ended up cramming a ton of them in the designated areas and the streets were soon filled with all makes and models as everyone had a thing for classic Japanese cars. We saw all kinds of people from all walks of life, aging from 1-92, it was truly a sight to see, and the general consensus tells us that we need to have more of these types of meets in the future.

Classic? 1989 model year says YES, yes it is.
These two vintage Cafe Racers from Austin also made the trip to JNCM
A personal favorite of ours, Edward Morfe's surprise Toyota Starlet had so many gems hidden within his car
Including his Toyota 3SGE BEAMS motor with matching Altezza cluster inside!






























































































Click on the next post to see part 5b!
-Team Mayday Garage-

RiceBHighR

A New Adventure: The Rice Bowl

Fellow enthusiasts:

Before the blog, before the social media, Mayday Garage’s origins have been that of hosting underground events in the Houston area. For the past 12 years the roots of Mayday have pushed to keep the spirit of the street vibrant, from streets to garages to convention centers, the preservation of tuning culture has always been Mayday’s primary objective. In 2015, we will embark on one of our most exciting and dynamic events to date, The Rice Bowl. Join us as we host a new type of modified vehicle exhibition and partner with Japanese culture convention Anime Matsuri in bringing you a new experience Easter Weekend 2015 at George R. Brown convention center.

As a modified car exhibition that will celebrate Japanese & European street style within Anime Matsuri, The Rice Bowl is not a competition platform. It is an exhibition party with live acts, industry guests and celebration of tuning culture.

Join us April 4 as we make 2015 the year of rice!

Automotive participation details to be unveiled 02/01/15.

Team Mayday Garage

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Mayday Garage Year in Review 2014: Part 3.

Happy New Years everybody!
Continuing on our Year in Review series…

Last post we talked about one of our weekly meets, Ricer Wednesday, which was a great weekly night meet to help The Rice Box, our food truck, but Coffee and Rice was kind of a coincidence. Everyone (except Khiem) at Mayday Garage LOVES coffee. If we could, we would install an espresso machine into each one of our trunks and enjoy a nice cup of coffee every damn day. Originally, the only day of the week that we could meet up was Sunday mornings, and the majority of us would make our way to one of our favorite coffee spots in Houston, Catalina. Catalina is located right outside of Downtown Houston on a strip called Washington Avenue. Washington Avenue kind of has a reputation for “douchey” bars and on any given Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you’d understand as the bro levels are off the charts, but during the quieter mornings and afternoons, it’s relatively relaxed and peaceful. Also, the street was recently repaved which makes it super low car friendly.

As we started to drive our personal cars to Catalina, more and more people noticed the string of lowered cars on Washington Avenue and soon started joining us as we invited other groups like our friends at Proper Garage. By Summer time, the street was almost always lined with highly modified imports and we slowly started to outgrow the venue.

David and Mike early in the year
Cody was always a semi regular
We had all sorts of cars come out
Paul Morgan's authentic JDM RHD S14
Ben Norell's Mustang swapped E36 Vert was truly unique


Coffee and Rice also welcomes Euros
One of our favorite NB Miatas in Houston


Andre's NA1 NSX
Black on Black is always sinister
Khiem's 2JZ FD before all of the more aggressive changes later in the year
You may remember Peck's AE86's but what a lot of people don't know is his daily ride; A Mitsubishi Montero converted to Pajero specs
Imran's Z33
I don't know what's going on here

Dennis To's turbocharged RX8 before he dismantled it :(
Chris Cornado's track prepped 370Z. Chris always invited out his Z club brethren to our meets and for that, we are always grateful!
Joshua's 1999 3000GT VR-4. #287 of 287. The last VR-4 ever sold in the USA
Joshua has since moved to Tennessee, but has plans to semi modify the car including new suspension and wheels!
Another car that was later dismantled and sold; Jimmy Yates' 180sx




Proper Garage's Joshua Williams
Rosa checking out the cars while in Houston
Travis Bourg's FD


Harris' STi inspired GC8


Tommy was always around in his AW11 MR2

Jacob's Mazdaspeed swapped NA Miata before his wheels got jacked

Henry's braptacular FD
Z club of Houston
Will's FRZ/GenCoupe on CE28N's

Mid Engined brothers

Our good friend Carl's racecar made it out to Coffee and Rice

Danny's Catalina at Catalina
P-Cars
Jesus Perez's TL

Jessyca Blood's bagged IS-C
Well. It IS Texas after all...
Neck breaking

Charlie's AMS R8 stopping the crowds


Alec's Ridge kitted Lexus SC on R35 GTR wheels
Donnie's CRX is also one of our favorites in Houston. Probably because of the TE37's





One of the original S30's we first featured, Khan's Z


Our most favorite GC Impreza in Houston, Tito's 2.7L stroked out ride

Adam's exterior may not be for everyone, but the engine work surely is

Ryan's Sexual Chocolate

Yes. That's JohnP's purse
That one time Travis actually lowered his car
David B's newly acquired Datsun pickup truck
All sorts of cars...







Alex Fuentes getting his Cars in Houston photos on
Danh

During the second half of the year, we were given word by our good friend David Buehrer of Blacksmith/Greenway Coffee that there would be a coffee spot on the opposite side of downtown by the girls at SWEET, a very successful cupcake/bakery from the west side of Houston, and they would be serving his coffee. David distributes awesome coffee at many shops but for whatever reason, these places typically have very unfriendly driveways/parking lots for low cars. The new place, called Tout Suite (pronounced ‘Too Sweet’) is located on the corner of 2001 Commerce St. and Chartres St. on very flat paved roads! Different than Catalina because they had a full service kitchen for those important breakfast and brunch meals as well as a juice bar, and enough seating for us so the decision to switch to Tout Suite was obvious. We think this will be a great location for all of our Coffee and Rice meets for the rest of 2015!

The backdrop of Houston made for memorable shots
Cody's E36 survived the migration
Tom's S2000 in a sea of Miatas
Team Period Blood

Princeton's daily: a track ready S2K
Jon Do's Predator looking IS


Markadakis' RB powered S14 complete with red ears



Dennis' Gen Coupe on Rspec brakes
Holy crap this GS looks good

Christian's NSX on Regas

Hope you had fun looking through these millions of photos!
Until next post: Part 4, Mayday Garage x Car Shop GLOW

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X

Caliboys

Mayday Garage: Year in Review 2014. Part 1.

Howdy!
We do realize that we’ve been slacking on making regular blog posts for the last 6 months or so, and we have vowed to change that in 2015. We will be introducing new things, and new events that have been in the pipeline for quite some time. Over the next few days, we wanted to take the time to show everyone what we’ve been doing for all of 2014. We hope that you will enjoy the picture heavy posts coming!

To kick things off, we started the new year by bringing in some old friends from the great state of California, the mecca of automotive tuning. We’ve traveled all over the country making new friends, but it was clear that we haven’t really shown anyone our hometown, Houston, TX. We flew in Patrick Lauder of Quickworks photo who resides in the Bay Area, NorCal and our ‘Ancient Chinese Secret’ buddy, John Zhang of 1013mm who lives on the other side of Cali, Los Angeles. We invited them out to Texas to come check out TX2K14 and to also help them with earning some bank by lining up a plethora of tuned cars for them both to shoot for print.



Patrick chillin
Karissa shows the boys how to properly lube your gashole.
JZ showing the boys how to properly lube your hole with Pedo Bear during Anime Matsuri
Paul Morgan's Midnight Purple S2K getting the strobe treatment
Greg Lily's BRZ proves that fancy lighting isn't required. Just a bunch of smartphones.
The SpeedHunters master, Linhbergh takes a puddle shot while Karissa creeps from behind
Linhbergh's essentials in front of his subject, Khiem's RX7.
Tom shows off his immaculate engine bay to Patrick before the shoot begins
While John works on Rob Amason's E28 with the Downtown backdrop
Rob smiles as he knows he's about to get towed for illegal parking
JohnP talks with Patrick about NSX's and Hondas
David's FD sitting next to Rob's BMW, Mr. Farnsworth outside of The Hay Merchant.
JZ has his third latte and is WIRED
A practice shot of downtown with one of our FD's
Robert and Patrick taking shots near downtown of Safeer's Lambo for ADV.1 before getting kicked out
JZ shoots Cody's E36 for Bimmer Mag before getting kicked out.
Danh helps block out the sun with his enormous tripod
John and his damn selfies
John and Patrick's damn poses.
One last shot of Cody's Supercharged E36
Karissa's fire breathing rotary powered FD racing against unsuspecting guys on I-10 at night during TX2K14
Early morning with JZ and Wil Kitchens' Pikes Peak E36 for Bimmer Magazine
Waiting for the sun
Wil isn't as angry as he looks in this pic
In da butt at IDB Racing
Red Rockit makes us laugh everytime
Tiny's car looks normal from far away...
But it's far from normal, and far from slow.
Patrick sets up the next shot
Tiny is also used as a light stand. Actually, most of the car owners also assisted in the photoshoots
JZ decides to practice some more shots with the FD

This position means JZ is ready.
Even our good friend, James Evins, drops in for the shoot
John Markadakis also shows up in his marshmallow
The best car is here now. (Not the red car)
Not bad...
But Patrick's version is MUCH better
The guys experience Ricer Wednesday (more on this later)
Up early with Dennis To's turbocharged RX-8 SE3P
Dennis wants to check out Patrick's POV
Patrick goes into hobo mode for this shot
No words.

JZ without coffee is a scary sight.
The chariot awaits
While in a Tesla...
John sets up the shot for Safeer's Ferrari on ADV.1's.
So many cameras

Quick lunch stop at Rudy's BBQ before TX2K14 with Ted's GT3 RS
Patrick is full
Khiem is not.

Khiem's 740whp FD fit right into TX2K14
Pimpin
Our favorite car there wasn't even a GTR or Supra. It was Chetan's Ridge Widebody SC300

With a 2JZGTE motor of course.
Typical stuff to see at TX2K14
Just like this tastefully modded GTR
Check out that turbo!

Liz Kerr's 93 R1 sitting next to Khiem's FD
David's FD sitting next to Karissa's.
Hey, take a pic of us

It's what you think it is.
John Zhang giving his best Danh Phan impression
Patrick checking out Karissa's rear
Karissa's junk
So much bass, it moves water bottles
What's everyone staring at?
Oh

In the end, we think we showed our Cali brothers how we get down in H-Town, and they have both confirmed that they will be back. Of course, we will be visiting them again in their home state in 2015.

Coming up next:
Ricer Wednesdays and Coffee and Rice Meets!

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X

ComboHara

Success! WFTX Weekend.

As we catch up on some much deserved sleep from the past weekend, we wanted to stop and say thank you to all of those involved to make WekFest TX weekend a runaway success…
We would like to take this time to recognize all the people that helped us get through WekFest TX weekend. Big thanks to all that came to the PreMeet early to help us fill in the spots before things got absolutely batshit crazy with the thousand plus cars that eventually filled the streets in the most epic meet Houston has ever seen.

Special thanks goes out to Rami and all of his Low-Weezy-Ana people including Brian, Wesley, Jonathan, Mikey and Jimmy for bringing out their show winning rides. Thanks to Jay and RC for bringing what would be the WekFest TX Best of Show Integra all the way in from Arizona. That Integra was hands down the nicest build we’ve laid eyes on, holy hell, well deserved! Thanks to Bradley Lafayette and his girlfriend Leisha for driving in the RHD all carbon J’s Racing Honda S2000, our boy Danny wishes he could have been there with you this year! Thanks to all of our special guests, Roy Moncada, Thomas Pinai, Matt Hans, Fredy Gomez, Peck, Tom Syhachack, Tito, Cody Crochett, Kevin Guevara and his team of S2000’s on CCW’s, Kevin Tran, Chan Le, Michael Austin Heath, Henry Do, Jorge and Tony from Potresse, Hajime Maki and Tiny.

Thanks to all the volunteers that did so much work at the actual meet including Kishan Panchal and his friends, Craig Kelly, Brandon Primes, Alejandro Velasquez and everyone else we forgot. That was a HUGE load off of our shoulders and we cannot thank you guys enough. Also thanks to the girls that helped work the merchandise this past weekend including Jessyca Blood, Jessica McCaffrey, Liz Reinhard and Jenny Vo. You gals are great at selling and keeping things organized behind the scenes. Thanks goes out to the guys at Moon Tower-Inn Houston for allowing such a gigantic meet to happen on the streets of Houston and for allowing us to take over the entire venue. Of course none of this is possible without the collaboration of the entire staff at Wekfest USA including Kenneth Li, Ernesto Jr Sarmiento, Geoffrey Nguyen, Wesley Katayama and the rest. You guys have made WFTX weekend a weekend for everyone in Texas and the surrounding areas to look forward to and to force people to step their game up, you have done so much for the car scene, and mad respect for you guys to come out every year. Thank you Steve Lim from Mackin Industries and Hun at ASAA racing for allowing us to share your booth space with us. We are honored that you let us join forces to showcase some of your wheels and brake products, we will HAVE to collaborate again in the future as we use only RAYS/ADVAN/Project Mu products on our own cars. And of course, thanks goes out to the team at Mayday Garage which consists of John Peterson, David Do, Danh Phan, Andrew Machac, Mikey Nguyen, Khiem Pham, John Markadakis, Fabio Pontes and Princeton Wong. Special thanks to Princeton for getting the Hakosuka out on the streets LEGALLY and for stopping everyone dead in their tracks at WekFest.

We strive to keep the Houston car scene alive and we will continue to bring the best of the best out at our shindigs. There is so much more to look forward to, and we won’t stop. Next Stop: Tokyo, Japan.