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

Elevens’ Paint & Fiber Street Style.

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.

S13.4 image by Charles Siritho

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.

Cruising the strip. Image by Charles Siritho

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.

Elevens' Paint by Charles Sirthro

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.

Night time S14 image by Charles Siritho

Elevens’ Paint & Fiber

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Ricer X

Volume is sometimes overrated.

We love the sound of squealing tires as they fight with the pavement below them in a tug-of-war match of grip and slip, and we absolutely go bonkers when we hear high revving, turbocharged four bangers bounce the rpm needle off of the tach, but sometimes it’s nice to look at a photo and think, “wow, that’s really soothing”. Of course, with drifting, this is usually accomplished by watching one of the many hundreds of online videos of these cars in super slow motion, but kind of hard to accomplish with one photo and no volume. Kory Leung managed to capture that moment for me with this very simple, but soothing photo of a drift 180sx at sunset. Looking at this photo makes me want to lean back in my chair, and think about how life is so simple and we tend to overthink it. Now, I’m not trying to get all “find ones innerself” on you guys, but just take a moment and think about what you will be doing today, or this weekend.

Now imagine how all of that would be if you were in a constant and steady drift in this car with the sun kissing the side of your face without a sound. Soothing, isn’t it?

Image shot by Kory Leung of Autocult.net

Take a moment to enjoy the simple things in your life and don’t take anything for granted. /fortunecookie

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Ricer X

Andrew does Dallas.

As stated before, times change, and people change, but friends are forever. One of our friends, Andrew, got married a couple of years ago, and although marriage makes you take on different priorities, passion will always remain the same. Andrew recently joined us for a trek to Dallas, TX, home of Formula Drift Round six. It’s good to know that not only does he still enjoy smoking rubber tires into the night, he still knows how to capture a great image.

One night in Dallas, image by Andrew Machac

Aubre's S14 looking super sharp with the TE37's. Photo by Andrew M.

The flying FRS, image by Andrew Machac

Smoking hot ass. Photo by Andrew M.

Aubre's doppelgänger, Justin Rogers' twin S14 also on TE's at our booth.

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Ricer X

Day 2: Mayday Garage Does FormulaD: Road Atlanta

"Officer I'm not drunk, I'm just swervin on these hoes" - Diego Sanchez

Day 1 took a toll on some of us so we didn’t bother getting up early since the event didn’t really start til 1 or 2pm. My main goal was to try to get more drifting action for Day 2, but that didn’t go according to plan. So in order to make up for it, we did some rice hunting around Road Atlanta…
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FormulaD Rd. 1: The Streets of Long Beach

A goal for Mayday Garage this year is to be more active than we were last year and what better way to show that by attending Round 1 of FormulaD’s 10th year anniversary held on the streets of Long Beach, CA. It is also my first time back in California since the last FormulaD event. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, click HERE.

My body is ready for FormulaD this year... as well as Dai Yoshihara.

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Event Coverage: 100 Drifters of December 2012

1 out of 100 December Drifters....

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!

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Formula D Irwindale: Maydaydphan’s Perspective

The FormulaD champion... rookie Daigo Saito!

A little over 2 years ago, Mayday Garage rolled 7 deep to cover FormulaD Irwindale, and that was the last time any of us had attended the event. Two years pass by and I had to decide between FormulaD Irwindale or SEMA in Las Vegas. What would you guys have decided?

I decided to cover FormulaD because I’ve been itching to watch some drifting action. SEMA is cool and all, but it’s not as exciting as watching cars trying to keep up by staying within inches of each other . Since it was a last minute decision, the other guys either had to stay back in town to work or were just not available. I could have attended both events, but that would be too many days off from my normal daytime and part time job. Yes, I do have a full time job working in a hospital and a part time job as a wedding videographer shooter. This is why you don’t see my event coverages until a month or two later. Actually,  I’m just lazy as fuck after work.

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