Back to Perfection



Photography by: Limestand Photography

One of the cleanest G35′s I have seen this year has too be Annie Chien’s! I saw this car earlier this year at Wekfest in San Francisco and didn’t even recognize the car! So many changes have been done to this ride, from the front bumper to the new air ride setup! Be sure to check out the extensive Mod list on the bottom of the page! Thanks to Ejay Marte for great photography work! Now lets get too the rest of those pictures already!


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BEAST MODE: BEETLE?



Words and Photography by: Sid Fligel
Running furiously down the mean streets of NYC, screaming around turns, avoiding pedestrians, making his way to the FDR to head home, it’s a R32, it’s a S5, it’s a…Beetle?
“I’ve had this car for 6 years and just been recently putting the car back together for the 2011 season.”

That’s right, a Beetle. Derek Harvey is the proud owner of this 2000 Beetle 1.8L Turbo. Boasting a 5 speed tranny and a TDO4-19T Greddy tuned turbo with Giac programming and Tt Maf-tt blue 380cc injectors as well as other goodies like its custom Forcefed engineering 3in downpipe, this Beetle rips through the city with ease.


“Lucky enough most MK4 Gold parts fit, especially the Mitsubishi hybrid turbo setup.”
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One of a Kind



Words and Photography by: Sid Fligel

Every once and while, we see something that truly touches us deep down inside. Something that makes us smile at every glance. It is usually something of beauty and it’s usually something very small in comparison to the world around us. Tesh’s Jaguar proves that a simple design can be the defining factor in building something that means the world to you.

Tesh’s Jaguar may be the only Jaguar of its kind with airbag suspension. It may also be the only Jaguar of its kind that features a wheel setup such as the one showcased on the Jag. It may be the only Jaguar of its kind PERIOD, because Tesh, is one of a kind.

I was first introduced to Tesh a few weeks ago at one of his crews (Lowered Congress) meets and he was nothing but nice towards me. I snapped a few photos of the Jag, ate some dinner with him and his crew, then headed home. I processed those photos and uploaded them to my Flickr page just as I always do. I logged on the Facebook the next day and saw that our friends over at Just Stance had posted one of the photos of Tesh’s Jag on their page. People went nuts over it. Afterwards, Tesh and I talked back and forth about setting up a shoot. What you see now is the product of that photo shoot.


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Ivy League S2k



Words and Photography by: Sid Fligel

There are people who build cars for show. There are those who do it for the go. There are those who have nice parts because they understand quality and then there are those that just don’t give a shit. Chris, is of the later breed.

I first heard of Chris through his site, Ivy League East. When I first moved up to NY, I started following them as a way to get to know the local car scene here in the Tri-State area. We chatted a little here and there but nothing ever came of it. When he got these wheels (replacing the polished Work XD-9’s he had before), I knew I had to see it in person and share it with everyone. The camber, the ride height, everything was a sight to be seen.

Chris understands the car game very well and don’t get me wrong, understands quality. From the Megan coilovers to the Amuse lip and the Brickyard paint, he knows quality. He is above all, a wheel whore. Since this shoot, he has changed wheels and will be changing again when his new wheels are done being made. Yes, he has (had) XXR’s. Yes, they are knockoffs. No, he doesn’t care. They were more of a placeholder or measuring stick, until his new set up is ready.

The wheels are 18×10+25 all around with an astonishing -10 degrees of camber in the rear. Watching him drive was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Most of the tire is not even on the ground, sparks flying every which way and yet Chris still drove faster than me (in my stock height car).


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