Z32: A Stunning Example.

We have a serious love for 90’s Japanese cars at Mayday Garage. Supras, RX-7’s, NSX’s, MR2’s and even 3000GT’s are all cars we look up to and want to own someday. But the car that kicked everything into gear in the nineties for us was the Nissan 300zx. Debuting in 1989 and sold as a 1990 model, the all new “Fairlady Z” bursted onto the US scene with a 3.0 liter twin turbocharged VG30DETT 300hp monster motor and a new take on Japanese styling. 300hp by today’s standards isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but in 1990, it was enough to kick Corvette and Mustang ass all day everyday.

Although the US didn’t get “Godzilla”, the R32 GT-R, we did receive the classic and traditional Nissan Sports car with it’s low slung look and flush mounted headlights, it was what embodied a sports car. Although some people think the styling is dated, you have to keep in mind that even though these Z32 models ceased here domestically in 1996, the model continued to evolve all the way through the year 2000 in it’s home country. That said, some styling cues were updated including a new front nose/bumper to give it a newer feel. Stateside, there is a large following for these cult cars, and seeing a Twin Turbo model unmolested is a rare sight, but we love tuner cars, and there is a fine line of modifying a Z without making it dopey looking. We recently came across a stunning example of what a 300zx should look like at the last Houston Cars and Coffee, and took a few snaps.

That classic Z styling

The silver Work Emotion XD9's give the side profile of the Z a great racing feel.

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Not Something You See Everyday.

You would think that with the Bugatti’s, Lambos, Ferrari’s, Fiksers and Maseratti’s, most people would just skip over a small hatchback. The problem with that is we see these exotics more often than not. When we came across this Renault Clio V6 (Phase 2) hatchback at last weekend’s Houston Cars & Coffee, our jaws dropped. This truly unique car made an appearance and we noticed that most people walked right past it. Maybe it’s the small stature of this seemingly normal looking hatchback or maybe it’s the fact that it’s silver with no decals or giant badges to indicate that it’s a rare model, but it certainly looks utilitarian. That is, until you look in the hatch. No luggage, no groceries, no spare tire. Just an engine behind the front seats in this Midship engine Renault. At 255bhp, this hot hatch hauls serious ass.

It’s these types of cars that bring us to Houston Cars and Coffee every month.

No, those are not XXR wheels.

The OMP steering wheel should make you question if this is a normal car or not.

Or it's the dual center exit exhausts combined with the wide fenders and functional side scoops that will give you a hint.

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More Than We Can Afford.

Although we consider ourselves Ricers, some of us do like exotics too. What once plastered our bedroom walls with dream exotics along with TMNT and scantily clad women posters is now something we can look at in person and appreciate as an adult thanks to things like Houston Cars & Coffee.

This past Cars & Coffee, we were treated with both new and old Ferrari’s along with Ferrari race cars, and luckily, we managed to snap off a few photos.

Ahhh the Ferrari 458 Italia...

Higgins?

Now THAT is a crowd.

The white Speedlines on this F355 were so brilliant against the Ferrari Red

The KING of the street.

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The Crowd Pleaser. Sometimes.

We know you’ve all seen Khiem’s FD RX-7 a billion times on the internet, but for whatever reason, most people have never “really” seen it aside from some small local car meets. Lately, it’s been on stage at last month’s Cars & Coffee and even more recently, TX2K14, where this type of car belongs.

When the hood goes up, everyone crowds around within seconds at Cars & Coffee

Sitting pretty with the three rotary powered FD's at TX2K14

Most people think FD's don't make an insane amount of power, especially at TX2K

Until that hood goes up

I believe "dick magnet" is the correct term as Linhbergh and Khiem demonstrates

Man/dick power

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Cars and Coffee March.

Sometimes we try to make the trek to Vintage Park for the Monthly Houston Cars and Coffee which is held on the first Saturday of the month. The only reason why we don’t come to all of them is because you gotta be there well before the asscrack of dawn. Hell, the rows and rows of Mustangs are there at who knows what time. The Houston RX Club invited us out so we brought out the FD’s and Dennis To’s RX8 to join them at 6am. Fun, but too early.

Houston definitely has people with absurd amounts of money.

The plate says it all.

The only RX-8 with us, but he did well reppin the SE3P's!

FD's for days

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