“My goal is not to win but to have rad battles with rad dudes and make a rad show for the fans.”
There are a handful of car groups that we love to follow that have that “hnnnnnnnnnng” factor. Elevens’ Paint & Fiber is definitely one of those groups. Mayday Mikey had the pleasure of meeting some of these drifters at a recent drift event, and from his impressions, they are a pretty legit set of car guys. Part of what we like with the Elevens’ group is that Street Style, something that we’ve been preaching for a long while. While we don’t like to group cars together, sometimes you get the feeling there are certain categories that car people fall under. There are show cars, the guys that like to dress up everything in their rides while maintaining that show room quality, and there are racecars which are the guys that sacrifice everything in the name of getting that better lap time, quarter mile ET, or those drift points. So where does that leave the other 98% of us car enthusiasts? Like the most of you, we fall under the street car category, the category in which standing out is a feat in itself because the pool is so large.
Traveling to different countries, we have found that Japan has the street style game on lock, not because they have RHD Toyota Chasers, 800whp street R33 GTR’s or even SR20DET powered Suzuki Cappuccinos, it’s because of their relentless passion for making their cars their own. We have noticed on dozens of occasions that they simply “don’t give a flying fuck” for what other people think. While many here stateside would never consider running two different types of wheels, or LED lights all under their own rides for fear of others ostracizing their choices, the Japanese feel to stand out, one must express themselves. And we are all for it.
So lately we’ve been seeing the Elevens’ Paint guys cars pop up now and then on our Facebook and Instagram feed, and we obsessively press the LIKE button every time. They exude that Japanese Street Style that we admire so much, and it is nice to see this group of cars come out of a place like Arizona and represent so well.
A lot of people think “okay, they have a bunch of 240’s with panels that don’t even line up correctly”, and if this is the thought that crosses your mind, then this is definitely not the post for you. If you get it, then you get it, if you are confused as to why we love these types of cars, then the only thing we can suggest is to see these cars in person, in the flesh, and not on the interwebz as the feel of seeing these cars roll down the street is vastly different than seeing a few cool images on a website.
Times change, cars change, but friends are forever.
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.
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!
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:
The month of December is an overall festive time of year that brings friends and families together for joyous celebrations. Specifically, for the East Coast grassroots drift community, it’s time for the annual 100 Drifters of December event hosted by Summit Point Motorsports Park and Drift Nirvana. This two-day “Slide Festival” draws in over a 100+ homegrown and semi-pro drifters. They travel from several surrounding states to this awesome track located in small town West Virginia. For drivers, spectators, tailgaters,and photographers alike, a good time to be had by all!