Besides “Do you guys have a shop?”, the most common question we get here is “How do I get into Mayday Garage??”. That’s not an easy question to field honestly. We are NOT a car club, a show team, or even an actual “shop”, rather, we are a bunch of guys that live in Texas that believe in the 90’s Japanese Tuning era, and we are here solely as a group to preserve that movement and what it stands for. We are no longer a media only group, so being a great photographer, or blogger is not a requirement. Simply put, if you like the same things as we do (i.e. snooty coffee, hipster food, Asian culture, craft beer, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, MTG, tattoos and you occasionally lift) and have the same mindset and outlook on car culture, then there’s a small chance you may fit in.

Welcome JohnM to Danh's personal club

Although it doesn’t happen often, we wanted to take the time out to introduce you to Mayday Garage’s newest member, John Markadakis, aka, Markladakis, aka Markadakalis, aka, MurkaDurka, aka MaydayJohnM. John moved to Houston a few years ago from the great state of North Carolina to go to an Automotive school and absorb the Houston car scene/culture. John enjoys 90’s Japanese cars just as much as we do, and works on various cars such as high end Porsches, Lambo’s, Ferrari’s, RB25/26 motors, VR38’s, R35’s and more recently, FD3S RX-7’s. John also enjoys (see; addicted) coffee from Catalina, Southside Espresso, and Blacksmith, Vietnamese food from Cafe TH, and has a special place for Niko Niko’s Greek food. JohnM currently drives a Miata and is working on his project car, a Time Attack inspired Zenki S14, which hopefully will be finished in the next few months. He also has cat. (He sprays)

Make no mistake, JohnM is a HUGE ricer despite the size of his car.

Welcome to the end of your life John!

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X

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.

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X

Bonus shot!

Latte number 3! Tom is in shock

Happy New Year!

We just wanted to say Happy New Years to all of our friends, family, fans, and followers! 2012 and 2013 were a little rough for us, but 2014 we have set some clear goals for us here at Mayday Garage, and for real for real, we will start selling shirts and stickers ASAP, so look for that super soon. We have also set some personal goals for both ourselves as people, but also for our own cars. We will also be getting back into photography (more seriously) this year and will try to bring you some dope stuff as seen through our lenses. At some point, you will see some small changes on the site, and hopefully resolve our issues with making the site tablet/iPad friendly. We have many changes planned, hopefully for the best, and we want to remind you that we are here to stay for the long haul.

Oh, and also, we’d like to remind you that today is the first day of legally owning and driving the Nissan Skyline R32 (1989) in the states! HAPPY NEW YEARS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM TEAM MAYDAY GARAGE!!

Doesn't take much to make a bold statement with an R32 GTR. Photo by Mark Strachan of Towside Photography

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X

JTran Studios Summer Meet ver. 2011.

JTran Studios, named aptly after it’s owner, Johnny Tran (not the guy who got narc’d out), has been a positive driving force in Houston’s Tuner scene since owning Wings West Touring wings were cool. As such, this local North Houston shop which houses an AWD Mustang Dyno and work-bays-a-plenty, has seen it’s fair share of different types of trends fall and rise. Something I absolutely admire about JTran studios is it’s “Total Tuning” mindset which is very common to see in tuner shops in Japan. What is “Total Tuning”? In a word, everything. Suspension work, big brake conversions, interiors, sound systems, aero work, and of course engine modifications that are include, but not limited to; forced induction, dyno tuning, fabrication and serious engine builds. Some shops concentrate on only one or two areas, but the folks at JTran Studios “get it”, and the cars that come from this respective shop are typically cars that we see setting the bar at meets and shows here locally.

Nostalgic Wednesdays: RS Watanabe Wheels

Welcome to another edition of Nostalgic Wednesdays!

Today’s topic would be the RS Watanabe wheels! Say your oldschool ain’t oldschool if you ain’t got these 8-spoke magwheels!

Funny how i said “magwheels” because it’s a rare term used specially now a days. These high quality wheels are produced by the company Racing Service Watanabe. The signature 8-spoke wheels have been rolling since 1968.