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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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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1013mm x Mayday Garage

Some time ago, I had asked John Zhang aka 1013mm, if he would want to come to Texas for fun and to hang out with Team Mayday Garage. JZ graciously accepted and had asked me to find him a few cars to shoot while he was here in Houston. I did my best to find what he wanted, and now the time has come for the Mayday boys to show this SoCal photographer how we do it in the dirty south! The festivities begin next week, so keep your eyes peeled.

The drift tofu van/missile. We will NOT be shooting it.

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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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