Danh is an avid iPhone photographer. Here he is taking yet another stellar shot of the rotary powered FD3S.
Danh is an avid iPhone photographer. Here he is taking yet another stellar shot of the rotary powered FD3S.
Everyone knows we throw some pretty cool meets. We don’t do them too often because if they’re not cool, we won’t do them at all.
Weksos Industries asked us some time ago to host the WekFest TX official Pre Meet and it is our pleasure to present to you what we’ve been working on for quite some time.
On December 14th, 2013, the night before the WekFest TX car show, we will be hosting Houston’s largest Street Style meet we’ve ever attempted at the 8th Wonder Brewery located on 2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003.
Mayday Garage has rented out the brewery for the entire night, and 8th Wonder Brewery will be giving out free beer tours, as well as pouring $3 pints all night long (CASH ONLY!). If you haven’t heard of this brewery, it was started by the same guys that own and operate The Eatsie Boys food truck, which will also be in attendance. Speaking of food trucks, no ricer meet would be complete without bringing out our very own food truck, The Rice Box.
We have also collaborated with our long time friend, Joey Lee, aka, Stickydiljoe, aka The Chronicles to help us throw this awesome event. With his help, we will be pulling cars from all around the TX and third coast states.
With everyone coming in from different cities and states for the greatest car show in Houston, it’s time to show the rest of the world how Houston gets down. We’ve all built our cars to drive, park or track it to our tastes, and it’s time to show where our Street culture lives- on the street.
We have driven up and down the surrounding streets where the Brewery is located and although there are a few dips and bumps around, every car can make it through, IF you use common sense. We will post a “Dumped Friendly” route soon as we get closer to the date.
More details to come.
Prepare thy anuses.
With the prices of gas fluctuating, the trend has pushed automakers to produce cars and trucks that can squeeze the best gas mileage. Options such as Hybrid, bio-diesel, EVs, and natural gas are becoming more prevalent. Other than “green” tech rolling out the production line, we notice more smaller cars on the streets; Scion iQ, Nissan cube, Smart fourtwo, Fiat 500, and just the other day, I saw a Mitsubishi “i”. Are Kei-cars invading the US market? Honestly, these small economical “green” cars may be cheap, reliable and can be a mileage-meister, but they sure are ghastly.
One thing I admire about the Japanese car culture is they work with what they have. No matter what car they drove, they made/mod it their own; without an exception of the Kei-car culture. From VIPstyle, deko, Boso and race inspired, kei-cars were modified to fit one’s taste.
Got to love the 80′s. If there are words to describe the 80′s modified super-car scene; it’d be the massive side strakes, super-wide body kits, and BBS or Ronal mesh wheels. While I was transferring some of my car pictures from my laptop to my external HD, I found an interesting “slant nose” Porsche 930 modified by Gemballa. The 930 Gemballa Avalanche had a the wide-body, side strakes and crazy deep BBS meshies; just by the looks, you can definitely say this car was from the 80′s.
Even though the car was mainly built for looks, the engine was tuned by Alois RUF giving it an extra boost bumping base 300hp to 375hp. There are many interesting details about this Avalanche that are worth sharing. The door handles are shaved, and relocated under the door bulge. Every Avalanche built are not alike, either it had a different front end, interior or upgraded sound system.
There were 2 generations of the 930 Avalanche; one had a regular side-view mirror, and the second had the rear-view side cameras, making it one of the first production cars to use this technology.
Being a ricer that I am, I love massive rear spoilers (when done right lol); LTW E36 M3, Subaru WRX STI, Lancer EVO, Porsche GT3, Mugen Civic and this Gemballa Avalanche is one. Notice the quality of work and time put into designing this extra piece of gargantuan aero; Love it.
These cars are very rare now. Only 13 were built in a span of 8 years which would probably found hidden around the world by now. Finding one in pristine condition would most probably range from $500k- $1M+. Ever wondered if there were a couple imported to the US?
Back in early-mid 80′s, a pearl white 930 Gemballa Avalanche complete with the rear view cameras was imported to the US. Brand new, the car was priced around $250,000 without the rear-view camera option so it was pretty pricey unless you were an NBA Player or a pop-singer. The Specially RUF tuned twin-turbo Gemballa Avalanche was delivered to a guy named Robert Matthew Van Winkle also known as “Vanilla Ice”; and of course immortalized in his music…
“Get loose as I boost the juice
Once more for the people who wanted it
And didn’t know what’s in store, I’ve got another big hit
Of course a Vanilla rides the groove like a Gemballa Porsche”
“Get Loose” -Vanilla Ice
LOL! YES, the 80′s.
Hey guys, just wanted to shake things up and show you how we do things in our typical day-to-day lives! -Mikey
70 degrees with a light breeze throughout the whole entire day made it a perfect Sunday to be off of work. Being a full time student and also working full time, days like today where absolutely nothing is on the agenda is rare. Our ace photographers Khiem and Danh are out shooting weddings for extra car funds, Brad “The Brad” Baker is somewhere out on the lake capitalizing on his Sunday off, and Andrew is out enjoying the weather with his new wife. With David Do still out East in Baltimore breaking the law and Danny out of town hunting lions, that left John P and I. If you guys didn’t know, John and myself are actually roommates living together in the East End of Downtown Houston.
There’s a general routine on Sundays if John and I are both off from work. That routine consists of getting up balls early (what I consider early on a Sunday…) and heading down to Bellaire to get a bowl of pho. Bellaire is basically Houston’s version of Chinatown except that it’s more heavily influenced by Vietnamese culture making it more densely populated with Vietnamese restaurants, markets, and stores. Our go to pho place is none other than Pho Binh.
With a traditional family recipe and consistency in quality of food, it’s easy to see why Pho Binh has been written up by popular news blogs such as the Huffington Post. Today we went to the Bellaire location, next time I’ll show you coverage of the original location, which sits humbly in a mobile trailer on the Southside of Houston. This is definitely a must take place for out-of-towners when they come visit us in Houston. Linhbergh Nguyen from Speedhunters knows all about this.
As if we weren’t full enough, we headed just a couple miles down Bellaire to a popular juice bar conveniently named “Juice Box”. This place seriously has every crazy fruit combination you could possibly think of. Everything from fresh fruit teas, mixed fruit smoothies, and fruit shaved ice are made upon order and ready to deliver a for sure gang bang in your mouth.
From Juice Box, its always fun to walk across the shopping center into a Japanese gift shop called “Fit”. Take a dollar store on steroids with some JDM flare and you have Fit. Its always interesting to see what new home appliances or gimmicks you can find here.
Definitely a cool place to load up on the extensive selection of JDM candy or entertain yourself by looking at all the infomercial quality products.
This particular Sunday we decided to head out over to Track 21 to brush up on our driving skills. With gas prices through the roof, we decided to consolidate into one car.
Even though this was a last minute thought, indoor cart racing turned out to be quite possibly the best idea ever. It had been a few years since I was here last which made me forget how much fun this all was.
As the day began to conclude itself, we touched base with Khiem who didn’t live too far from where we were. Khiem recently just sold his super slammed and menacing 2JZ powered SC300 for something that suited his style a bit more. As sad as I was to see him not drive the SC anymore, he assured me that I needed to come over ASAP to see what took its place. As we pulled up to his house, low and behold a 94’ IMMACULATE FD RX7 sat nicely in the garage. I emphasize the word “immaculate” because the factory paint had zero blemishes and looked like it had never seen a drop of rain.
The loss of the SC was suddenly justified once I saw how tastefully modified it already was. The FD is definitely my next project car once the S14 is done! There’s just something satisfying about sitting behind the wheel of an FD and feeling like you’re in the cockpit of a jet. Look for updates on Khiem’s FD to come in the near future. Also, don’t worry SC fans! The SC may or may not have stayed within the Mayday group. There also may or may not be parts on the way for it. Keep your eyes out.
As the night progressed, the realization hit that tomorrow was indeed Monday. As David used to always say to me, I wish there were either more hours in the day or there were 2 of me. More blog posts to come soon about our day-to-day Ricer shenanigans! Also, if you’re from Houston and you ever see me out, say what’s up! I usually got Mayday stickers on me!
Completely shot and edited with my iPhone 4.
Secrets don’t make friends.
It’s 2am and late as hell, so what I’m gonna do here is post up some pictures that we took, but in part two, i’ll be explaining a little bit more on how things went down during the MaydayGarage x Baker Tuning presents the Weksos Industries Wek’Fest Pre-Meet. Hope you guys enjoy the pictures!
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is pretty well known for it’s take on “The road less traveled”, that is, doing things just a wee bit differently than most. When I asked they guys at Gorilla RE, a local tuning shop near New Orleans that caters to rotaries, if they knew of any cool cars, Jonathan Bruce, owner of Gorilla RE said he knew just the person. About half an hour later, this great white beauty was thrust upon my rotary lovin’ eyes.
MaydayGarage and Baker Tuning are proud to present the official Pre-Meet for Wek’Fest this Saturday, the 17th at Baker Nissan!
Baker Nissan was generous enough to allow us to use their enormous facility to host our meet there. You’ll get a chance to check out some of the Baker Tuning cars as well as check out their huge shop. Food, music and free WekSos swag, and a chance to meet up with your fellow showgoers. Chicago had the same thing with Canibeat and Fizz Autosports for their Pre Meet, and now it’s our turn to show them how it’s done. If you can’t make the actual Wek’Fest Show in Ft. Worth on 10/15, you can at least attend this free meet right here in Houston.
Wash up those rides because you know we are going to take a butt ton of photos while we’re out there, and you know it’s going to be posted all over the interwebz.
For those of you who couldn’t come to our private meet, here’s your chance to strut your stuff, so bring that shit.
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If I was given a dollar for every car that has been thrown at me to consider featuring on MaydayGarage, I’d have enough money to buy myself a set of decent wheels for the daily. When I get the opportunity to check out local meets, i’m always in scouting mode, scanning the endless sea of imports to find “that” car. Sometimes I’ll strike out, but then sometimes I’ll come across a car that will instantly catch my eye.