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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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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Ricer X

1013mm x Quickworks Photo x Mayday Garage.

Just like yesterday morning, this morning myself, John Zhang, Patrick Lauder and Danh Phan met up our subjects, Tom Syhachack and Rob Amason, owners of a beautiful S2000 and BMW E28 at the butt ass crack of dawn. We met up, drove out to downtown and snapped some pretty epic shots. Doing this twice a day everyday will take it’s toll on our sleep, but if you’re like John Zhang and can slam down 3 vanilla iced lattes at Blacksmith, you’ll be good.

The dream team working their magic

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Everything’s Lower in Texas

If you’re not from Houston, you may wonder why every other tuner car is so low here. “Most” of Houston is low car friendly, typically in the suburbs and the freeways are usually the flattest compared to other states. But it also helps that every other car is also bagged here. I’ve always found it funny that everyone claims that their city has the worst streets for dumped cars. I can honestly say Houston for the most part has very driveable streets, and starting next week- the fastest as well.

Static?

Definitely bagged.

The reverse rake on this one seems odd.

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Ricer X

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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Ricer X

Event Coverage: Baltimore Grand Prix 2012 as told in pictures.

Last year, I attended the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix in Baltimore, MD. It was my first time visiting Maryland, and one year later, here I am on the East coast. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend this year’s event in Downtown Baltimore, but I did get the chance to recruit a good friend and fellow blogger/photographer, Christopher Drinkuth of Primo-Lifestyle, a blog dedicated to things going on around Virginia and primarily focuses on the Euro tuning world. Thankfully, Chris isn’t such a bad shot, and the following photos are all Chris.

I don’t like making blog entries on an event I was not present at, so instead, we’ll let Chris’ photos do the storytelling.

The Flying Lizard 911 escapes the others

This race queen was packing the heat

Racing Porsches are quite beautiful

When you see it...

You'd make the same face too if you were him.

The new SRT Viper awaits orders like a good soldier

Not all domestic cars are built equally.

There were plenty of car clubs in attendance

Ass, ass, ass, ass, ass ass is ass ass ass