Do It Right The First Time: Mike Ramani’s Jspek’d WRX STi.

Do it right the first time.

Remember that, write it down, email it to yourself. If you’ve ever asked one of the greats, that is, someone who’s car has been featured in a magazine a number of times, or anyone who competitively races day in and day out, you’ll hear these words of wisdom more than once. It doesn’t matter if you come from a Honda or Ford background, if you want less stress on yourself, just do it right the first friggin’ time. That’s rule number one.

Sitting at the dock of the bay.

Morning face.

Mike flashing me his game face three times.

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Mike showing some restraint to the STOP sign.

These words are all too familiar with Mike Ramani, owner of this exquisitely clean and tasteful STi. From the get-go, Mike has hand selected each and every part that resides in or around his Subaru, and the product of his passion has resulted in him becoming digitally immortalized on our pages here.

Balance of Power: Tim Zak’s Turbocharged Mugen RSX

I go to a lot of car meets around Houston. It’s fun to meet up with old friends and shoot the shit, but more often than not, people ask, “why don’t you ever feature Hondas?” My answer is usually the same. You see, I grew up in the 90’s where import “tuning” was all about big rims, gaudy body kits, RS Akimoto intakes and custom conversions. Hondas were THE cars to modify. Nowadays, my tastes haven’t strayed too far from my VeilSide combat roots, albeit, a bit more mature and modifying Hondas have gone through a series of changes as well. For the last few years, it’s been tough for a Honda to make me say wow. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate a shaved and tucked engine bay as much as the next kid, but most of the Hondas I see around town are lacking in some way.

No, Tim is not a cop.

No, Tim is not a cop.