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Coverage: The Chronicles Year 7 Anniversary Event

A few weeks ago, I planned a trip to SEMA. Unfortunately, that plan kinda failed so the next best thing to do was to have our local automotive master tech, Andy Soun, help us out with coverage photos. If you’re not sure who Andy Soun is, he’s a badass mechanic for hire around the country. From working on classic Porsche 356’s to FormulaD spec FRS’s, he’s worked on almost everything. This includes Tom Syachack’s infamous S2000… but we’ll go into detail about their history another time.


Tom had to take a leak so Andy took this chance to get a snap of their trip…

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Coverage: The Official 2015 Wekfest Texas Pre-Meet

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged or posted anything on the Mayday Garage site but what better timing than to post about our past event, the 2015 Wekfest Pre-Meet. Every year, the Wekfest show tours around the nation and one of their stops includes Texas. Thankfully, Houston was the city chosen this year to represent Wekfest Texas or #WFTX.  When the announcement was made, we were hesitant to throw a pre-meet, but who throws a better meet nowadays than Mayday Garage? We do it for the young kids, enthusiasts, photographers, car spotters, builders who want to show off their #wekfestprep builds the night before, and for the people who can’t make it to the show to come out and support.  Our usual venue choices always comes down to either 8th Wonder Brewery or Moon Tower Inn. We went with the latter because Canal St. is much wider and parking logistics is a lot better, plus they do have a great selection of beers on tap, and the exotic weiners are pretty good.

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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-

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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-

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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
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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,
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