TA22 Celicas at the Box Office.

So if any of you gearheads have watched Rush, the movie about the rivalry between James Hunt and Nikki Lauda, you may or may not have seen the two classic TA22 Celicas at the end of the final race. What intrigues me is not the fact that these Celicas were thrown in because it was a Japanese Grand Prix, but because they are either real immaculate JDM cars, or someone on that Movie set understood the importance of having authentic looking Japanese Celicas complete with “Smiley” bumpers and other JDM accents. Check out the screencap.

The Celica Coupe duos

Dat chrome bumper doe!

If you loved Senna, check out Rush!

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Simplicity is Key.

You would think that the guys at Mayday Garage are all about wild shit on cars based on how some of us modify our cars, but you’d be wrong if you thought that’s all we enjoy. Although “Wheels and a drop” is a common phrase you’ll see on many car forums, sometimes, just sometimes, it has some truth behind it. Take these two examples below: One is a four door 3-series BMW and the other is a Toyota MR2 Turbo. At first glance, they may both seem like stockish cars, but there’s something to be said about certain cars that don’t necessarily “need” aero enhancements. The gunmetal centers on this black BMW accent the dark, sinister look of the Bimmer, and the bright gold centers on the BBS LM’s pop so much against the green SW20 MR2. While the US definitely went through a clean OEM +1 look for years, we feel that today’s trends are leading to more radical looks as seen on the latest Rocket Bunny/Liberty Walk/RWB creations, but there’ll always be a place for fine machines that won’t lose their appeal over time with a great set of wheels, clean paint, and a good lowered stance.

Black to basics

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So Mellow.

Although there were MANY cars at All Team Bash in Rosenberg a few weeks ago, there were only a small handful of cars that caught my eye. This yellow CRX was definitely one that stood out from the rest. It’s small, petite, boxy stature reminds us of a time where it wasn’t about having lots of turbocharged horsepower, it was about it’s nimbleness, it’s ability to zip in and around traffic and be constantly engaged in the drive, something a lot of modern cars took away with it’s stability/traction controls, paddle shifters and electronic suspension. It was built in a time when having a small, lightweight car was what people wanted, and to this day, I still want one.

One of the classics, the 2nd generation CRX will always have a place in Import history

The Japanese Si-R front end makes the CRX a little more aggressive with it's hood, vented front bumper and bigger headlights

We really liked the wheel choice here.

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More Photoshoots, More Cars, Less Sleep.

Posting more photos from our photoshoot shenanigans with 1013mm and QuickWorks Photo!

Waiting for Patrick to finish up with Dennis' RX-8, this pic was snapped.

John Zhang getting up early AF to capture Wil Kitchens' Pikes Peak E36

IDB racing. Not sure if it's what I think it means. Check out that WING with those SARTO racing flares!

Wil making sure we don't scratch his new paint

Patrick directs Tiny and his turbo EK while JZ does absolutely nothing.

Quickworks Photo setting up the overhead shot of Tiny's car

Patrick forgot to erase the midget hooker photos off of his old memory card

Tiny, car builder, human lightstand

John Zhang, hipster camera protographer, instagram groupie.

More to come!
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Once a Ricer, Always a Ricer.

Say hi to JohnP. He runs the Rice Box Food Truck and is the main boss here at Mayday Garage. While it’s true he runs around like a maniac spitting out things in Cantonese, broken vietnamese and the occasional ebonics, he also enjoys driving his NA1 NSX whenever possible. He recently bought a carbon diffuser and last weekend, finally got around to installing it. Let’s just say installing the diffuser was a snap, but taking apart the rear bumper? That’s time consuming.

He was flexing for the camera btw

But it looks so goooooood

It’s funny in that despite him owning an NSX, JohnP loves to drive aggressively and loves the old 90′s cars and never forgets his Integra/corolla ricer roots. Like the rest of the guys, he appreciates all cars and respects other car guys that work on their own cars.

dat butt

Coffee and Rice

Don’t forget YOUR roots.
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NorCal x SoCal x TX.

We recently had the pleasure of bringing some of the best photogs from California to Texas in time for TX2K14, and were able to watch these two monsters work their cameras. Every day, every morning, we would all meet up at 6:30am sharp at Catalina Coffee, and shoot 1-2 cars in the morning, get coffee, get lunch, crash out, wake up and meet again at Catalina Coffee at 5:30pm every night, everyday, and shoot 1-2 cars in the evening, then get coffee, get dinner, go out and race. Wash, rinse, repeat.

To say it was a hectic week would be an understatement. Trying to coordinate 14 photoshoots with two different photographer is not something I would ever want to do again -without coffee.

The legendary Linhbergh taking the most still shot of Khiem's FD every. Karissa is seen lurking.

John Zhang, aka 1013mm, taking a morning shot of Rob's E28

Here's Rob excited that he's illegally parked

Patrick Lauder, aka Quickworks Photo, is all smiles after seeing Tom's Engine bay.

Rob's car next to the Mayday Garage FD in front of El Real and The Hay Merchant.

#Brazzers

JohnP talks to Patrick about their dream cars

JZ making Cody's Supercharged E36 look even better through his lens.

Patrick tests the air while Robert Lopez shoots Hugh's Lamborghini Super Leggera

Every night, it's freeway time. Karissa Hosek agrees.

The Dream Team

More photos to come,

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Houston Rice by 1013mm.

When I had asked Danh where to take John Zhang and Patrick Lauder to shoot Rob Amason’s E28 and Tom’s S2000, he told me the Sabine St. Bridge. My first thought was “oh hell no”, mainly because everyone and their mom has shot cars on this bridge, us included. However, the more I thought about it, the more I agreed with Danh. As I’ve stated before, a great photographer has his own personalized style, and know both of these guys, I knew they would do something a little more than what others have tried in the past. Actually, when people knew we were taking the guys there to get shot, some people said the bridge had been done to death, and that it would look like everyone else’s photos.

That said, I want to share with you what John Zhang, aka 1013mm, did with the RX-7. He asked that the FD be moved into the shot so he could make sure that it was right before he shot Rob’s E28. After the shoot, we all headed to Blacksmith for some coffee. Technically, John banged out 3 giant iced lattes and was super wired. So wired, he managed to edit and upload this image in a matter of minutes.

Rice and shine. Click on this photo for a larger version!

Never doubt a great photographer.

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Bonus shot!

Latte number 3! Tom is in shock

The Rice is back. Quickworks Photo.

A good photographer makes great images. A great photographer has his/her own distinct style which is easily recognizable, and Patrick Lauder of Quickworks Photo definitely has his own style as many have already seen in print magazines such as Import Tuner, Super Street and Honda Tuning. We flew Patrick down to Houston to come hang out with us, and the guy is a working monster! Patrick took the bulk of the cars scheduled for photoshoots and managed to even squeeze in a photo of one of the Mayday Garage FD RX-7′s in between shoots. Over the next few days, you’ll be able to see the behind the scenes look at how this guy goes from Super Street Fighter 4 aficionado at night to full on protographer beast mode during the day. Till then, enjoy this epic shot that wasn’t even planned that Patrick captured.

Photo by Quickworks Photo, assist by Khiem Pham and Tiny Bui

Be sure to check out his latest work on his Facebook Page.

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It’s a wrap!

The last six days has been the most craziest, insane and fun time I’ve had in a while. Two main photographers from Cali, add in 14 cars, five days, TX2K14, HIN, Anime Matsuri, homosexual tendencies, and a shit ton of coffee and you have one hell of a week.

Here’s a few photos for a preview!

Need more light? No problem. Every photographer has an LED light on their smartphone.

The infamous Patrick Lauder, aka Quickworks Photo, visualizing a shot.

Linhbergh setting up his gear/plank to capture Khiem's dirty ass FD

Karissa Hosek premixing her single turbo FD. She didn't know I was taking a photo

Robert Lopez and John Zhang, aka 1013mm, know their light bitch roles for Paul Morgan's S2k

Linhbergh, JZ, and Mikey sharing dim sum, STD's and laughs.

We don't condone rape. And technically this isn't because he was willing.

MUCH more to come!

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