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Aloha Japan Part 1 – Offset Kings Japan 2014

Earlier this month, we stretched the meaning of island hopping a little bit and hopped from Hawaii over to Japan!  My Instagram (@yaeantho) has been a sneak peak of our …

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Aloha Japan Part 1 – Offset Kings Japan 2014

Earlier this month, we stretched the meaning of island hopping...

ZMM Ride In Paradise Criterium 2014

[Organized Sundays] ZMM Ride In Paradise Criterium 2014 from ThisIsRNDR...

PAC NORTHWEST: DAY ONE

Just last week, I decided to solidify a trip I’ve...

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FatlaceTV: Offset Kings Daikoku

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Josh Barnett // Strong As Titanium

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Offset Kings Chicago Video

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Aloha Japan Part 1 – Offset Kings Japan 2014

Posted on by Anthony Nguyen

Earlier this month, we stretched the meaning of island hopping a little bit and hopped from Hawaii over to Japan!  My Instagram (@yaeantho) has been a sneak peak of our travel diaries, but below is Part 1 – Offset Kings Japan 2014…don’t forget to check out my other 2 posts Aloha Japan Part 2 and Part 3 (coming soon!).  WARNING…100+ photos, but don’t forget to slow down for some sporadic words! ;)

We landed at the same time as the pre-show festivities at Daikoku, so we didn’t make it out but check out Kevin’s photos and also Anton’s video.  Regardless, we only had to go into our hotel parking lot for a glimpse of the action!

Bright and early the next morning, lines of eager car owners greeted us at the entrance of Fuji Speedway.

Love at first sight exists!  You’ll see this Thing (literally ;) ) scattered throughout my post, but if cupid got you too check out Mark’s photos and words.

If you haven’t had enough of cars rolling in, check out Kevin’s photos and words…showtime!

This show stealer was blowing minds at our hotel parking lot the previous night and throughout the day, for more check out Kevin’s photos and words.

Time for the winners circle!

If you haven’t had enough of the winners, check out Kevin’s photos and words.  But in the meantime, here’s a few cars I sniped as they left the show ;)

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ZMM Ride In Paradise Criterium 2014

Posted on by Fatlace Crew

[Organized Sundays] ZMM Ride In Paradise Criterium 2014 from ThisIsRNDR on Vimeo.

Check out this video of Zach Manago’s Ride In Paradise! We recently blogged about the event here

For more information, please visit the following links:
Hawaii Bicycling League | HBL Facebook
Zach’s Ride in Paradise 2014

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PAC NORTHWEST: DAY ONE

Posted on by Tricia

Just last week, I decided to solidify a trip I’ve been wanting to take. June was a very long month for me so this felt like the right time. My cousin, Ela (Rain City Slam), willingly accepted my impromptu request to visit the Pacific Northwest. Now here I am, blogging from Seattle. Although she couldn’t accommodate the first day, I made it work. And I’ve got the sore knees, dead iPhone, and photos to prove it.

My solo tour started by getting dropped off at the quintessential Seattle attraction: Pike Place Market. It was so early in the morning, the vendors were barely setting up shop.

Onto the Olympic Sculpture Park. When I had visited this city in the past, I did the touristy thing. I kept a running list in my head of all the places I wanted to see, but didn’t, and this was one of them. A park, with modern art, right on the waterfront.

Then I went up a steep ass hill, passed the Space Needle, and to the EMP Museum. I didn’t go inside; I just wanted to admire Frank Gehry’s architectural feat. I did my best to do this building justice, showing each color and each section.

Two miles east was another architectural site: The Seattle Public Library. Between its collection and its design, it’s probably the coolest library I’ve ever seen. Note: if you’re afraid of heights, do not visit the highest point nor the atrium. You will become weak and you will hold on for dear life. Or at least I did.

My tour ended at the Seattle Art Museum. I was interested in seeing their current exhibit, “Modernism in the Pacific Northwest”. Artists from New York historically championed the category, leaving artists from this region overshadowed. It was nice to see how things were interpreted from this side of town.

So it actually didn’t end there. My cousin wasn’t ready to pick me up, so I walked alllllllll the way to Capitol Hill, had a very late Vietnamese lunch and visited Stussy and Alive and Well. By that point, I was too exhausted to even pull the camera out of my backpack.

Now, off to Portland.

 

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FatlaceTV: Offset Kings Daikoku

Posted on by Mark Arcenal

Together with Speedhunters we thru a not so private meet at Daikoku as a pre-meet for our Offset Kings Japan event. We were told not to publicize it so we just instagrammed a photo of the sticker in which 100 folks got who attended the event. Stoked for the turnout as the lot kept filling up. If you’ve been to the Daikoku rest stop you’d know how big it is and how its a feat to fill half the lot up. Check out this video filmed and edited by Anton of FatlaceTV.

Offset Kings Daikoku Pre-meet 2014 from fatlace on Vimeo.

Check out coverage of Offset Kings from…

Kevin’s coverage of Daikoku
Taryn’s coverage of Daikoku
Taryn’s coverage of Offset Kings Japan

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2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport Review

Posted on by John P

The newly refreshed Lexus CT 200h F Sport is a solid option for those looking for luxury, performance and technology in a compact hybrid. I recently spent a holiday weekend with the car on a road trip to the great outdoors and was able to test the vehicle out in real world situations of both highway and city driving.

No road trip is complete without snacks and some new gear.

Featured from left to right / top to bottom.
Poler Napsack – perfect for naps in the car or to use for a blanket on the side of the road
Sigg Thermo – the ideal travel companion to keep beverages cold or hot drinks warm for long periods of time. This bottle was great for hot coffee
Flash light – LED light complete with clamp. Easily secures itself for hands free use.
Power Pot – Heat up water or food, while creating some energy to power up USB devices such as iPhones. (full review to come)
Trader Joes Freeze Dried Strawberries – just a tasty low maintenance snack
Poler Goods Camp coffee mug – durable enamel perfect for the road. Easy to clean.
Scosche Boom Bottle H20 – Powerful sound from a highly portable and rugged bluetooth speaker and to top it off it’s waterproof.
Sigg x Apolis transit bottle – Great style and design and perfect for daily use. Holds 1L of liquid.
Trader Joes – Cold Brew Coffee – just pour over ice and add water and it’s good to go. The Sigg Thermos kept things cold for many hours.
Trader Joes – Kale Chips – Zesty Nacho flavor…super tasty and good for you. A healthy alternative to Doritos.
Trader Joes – Turkey Jerky – I prefer the Teriyaki flavor and turkey is slightly healthier than the beef version.

The trunk comfortably fits all this and more. As a hatch it is spacious for the belongings for a two person road trip, however anymore people may leave something to be desired.

The F SPORT exterior has been updated with the coveted Lexus spindle front grille, a sporty front bumper complemented by LED daytime running lights. The 17″ wheels could of been bumped up in size for an overall sleeker aesthetic but I did like the two-tone graphite and machine finish. The new rear spoiler also added a nice sporty enhancement to the compact car. The angular body lines of the F SPORT model help give the hybrid a desired aggressive look.

The interior features the luxury and refinement you can come to expect from Lexus. The leather is soft and supple which aids in comfort on the road. Technology is not something overlooked and with a thin Navigation screen controlling the multi-media the driver is given plenty of options for entertainment. The optional navigation system is worth the upgrade as it makes it easy to find your destinations and locations while traveling. I did find that the interface is a little slower than other vehicles with a touch screen, but the location of the screen is much better in this vehicle making the screen stand out on the dash while driving and as to not take your eyes off the road for too long. Of course features such as Bluetooth 3.0 and dual USB is included as well. The backseat is a bit tight and leaves something to be desired for taller passengers.

The interior of the Lexus CT 200h F Sport #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA


photo taken with Ricoh Theta 360

The driver experience begins with the updated ergonomic and sporty steering wheel. With 3 driver modes available Eco, Normal and Sport, the driver is given enough options to connect with the road. I spent much of my time conserving gas in Eco mode while city driving and sitting in the holiday traffic, but once the roads opened up I enjoyed the extra horsepower and suspension adjustments that Sport mode gave especially for a hybrid.

The Lexus CT 200 F Sport is a good option for those that require a touch of luxury and a bit of performance in a hybrid. It’s a touch higher in price than a fully-loaded Prius, but you’re getting the brand recognition that goes with owning a Lexus in return.

additional photos courtesy of Lexus

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Josh Barnett // Strong As Titanium

Posted on by John P

Check out the homie Josh Barnett in this new video from Ray Ban’s, The Order of Never Hide.

If he’s not in the cage fighting for the UFC he’s at home reading philosophy or the latest graphic novel. Just like any true martial artist, Josh believes in not only making sure his body is strong, but his mind and spirit as well. This video shows the materials that make Josh mentally and physically strong as titanium.

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Offset Kings Chicago Video

Posted on by Mark Arcenal

Filmed & Edited By: Jayson Phommavongsa here’s coverage of the Offset Kings Chicago event by Fatlace & JDM Chicago.

OFFSET KINGS | Chicago 2014 from JaysMedia on Vimeo.

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Offset Kings Japan, The Winners

Posted on by Kevin Carlos

Ever since I started my search for looks, ideas, tip and tricks for car modification ’basically everything in my lifeJapan has always been my number 1 source of inspiration.

It is the country with the most diverse aftermarket scene. Whether what route the owners are going for ‘style’ is always present in their builds. Upon seeing the cars in person, I then realized how hard it is to judge a show in the capital of car tuning. Here are the winners of the 2014 Offset Kings Japan.

All cars at the event had the red Offset Kings stickers, winners will then be notified through a special sticker. Definitely for keeps.

This VW Thing won first place for the ‘Euro‘ category. Check out Mark’s post regarding this amazing build: That Thing in Japan

The look of the car had a positive vibe into it, very laid back yet unique. Check out that steering wheel.

This Beetle/Bug won second place for the ‘Euro‘ category. I felt the owners excitement when I approached him for his prize.

This R32 won 1st place for the ‘JDM’ category. Check out how slammed it is, upon inspecting the the Skyline I realized it’s airbag set up, just kidding. Full coilover.

People might not accept it’s ‘Oni’ approach but in our eyes it’s definitely a winner.

If given a chance to own an R32, what path would you go for?

Rocket Bunny FD ’number 3′ won the second place for the ‘JDM‘ category. The car made its debut at the show and it was highly recognized when it went viral on social media sites/pages.

Clearly you can see how Miura-San designed the aero kit as white always emphasizes the car’s design. This particular vehicle had the least stickers of the 3 currently built FD’s.

The boys from Garage Mak went full force this year with their show cars. Their charcoal S15 won first place at the ‘Race/Track‘ category.

The Silvia had the full Garage Mak kit including the newly installed carbon fiber rear over fender. Enkei Rs055′s was their new wheel choice and HKS Hiper Max D was their coilover choice.

I then asked for the specs, here are the basic numbers:  SR20DET with a 2.2 Tomei stroker kit producing 645hp, 623NM and revving up to 9,000 RPM. Can I upload a video here on how awesome it sounded?

This 180sx/s13 owned by Akira Bitou won 3rd place for the category. Talk about street style. (credits to him for this photo)

This Odyssey on BBS wheels won third place for the ‘Van‘ category. Only in Japan that this selection of entries are scrutinized.

My personal favorite of the vans, this 3rd gen Odyssey won third place at it’s category. I’m amazed how the TE37V’s matches almost everything, a wheel originally made for the classics that now comes in a 5×114 bolt pattern.

The ‘VIP‘ scene which originated from Japan must be hard to judge, the entries were diverse from the drift x VIP styled Chaser’s to the Oni-Kyan builds. This Toyota Crown from N-Style won first place at its category.

The car screamed JDM x VIP styling into it. It didn’t have extreme camber, wild radiused fenders and the traditional ‘black’ paint but everything was on point for the car. Stay tuned as I will have a separate post on these builds.

This Nissan Cima won second place (VIP). N-Style famous for its brown Toyota’s definitely made an impact this year with their in-your-face looks.

Also these winners went for the traditional coil-over set-up, unlike most of the VIP builds in Japan.

The talk of the town, this KE Corolla from Motorfix won first at the ‘classic/muscle‘ category. Nozomu Sakai aka “The Corolla Wizard”  was the perfect example of the saying “never judge a book by its cover”.

The KE70 which originally started as a sedan looked perfect in all angles. The faded stickers also gave character to the car.

The 3SGE played it’s Beams orchestra right in front of me.  Raw music.

Upon looking at the photos I still wonder how he converted it into a wagon. Links please!

The second place winner contradicted the Motorfix wagon. This Cressida from N-Style had a different approach on the category

The car had the USDM styling/trend into it, simple yet stunning.

This was definitely N-Style’s year as their Corolla Sprinter Coupe won third place for the category. The onwer Manabu Mitsu and the boys were all smiles at the event, these guys are definitely down-to-earth.

The Sprinter had 15×9 SSR Longchamp XR-4 wheels and a 4AGE blacktop.

The epitome of wild at the event. This burgundy RX-7 won the special ‘craziest‘ award. Full aero it is.

Only in Japan.  The car reminded me of my small collection of Jada Toys.

I had a chat with several owners of the builds and I am glad Mr. Shuichi Nakagawa was one of them. As a follower of his 180sx build I think it looked perfect with its new look for the show, learning from his techniques was amazing.

His specs for his Work Meister M1′s are  18×9.5 -15 up front and  18×11 -30 on the rear. Nakagawa-San had a 350 hp SR20DET. Upon our conversation I learned that he drifts it with this type of fitment. Battles scars gave the car more character, straight rad.

The car won in 3 different categories in a span  of 3 years. He was the champion for the ‘Drift category‘ for 2012, ‘Race category’ for 2013 and ‘
Slammed category‘ for 2014. I can’t wait what’s next for this car. See you next year and thank you for my stickers (My car still does not deserve it though).

Garage Mak had it going again with their 180SX demo car. The S13 had a time-attack feel to his drift car.

With its originality, the design of the Garage Mak kits do deserve more recognition. The 180 won ‘Best Nissan‘ at this year’s show. Revolution.

One of my personal favorites, the panda Levin on Work Meister’s won the ‘Best Toyota‘ category. One of my regrets was that I only took 4 photos of this car.

Definitely the most pristine Levin i’ve seen, in and out.

This Civic EF Shuttle won the ‘#FeatureThis/Speedhunters‘ award. Taryn had a shoot of this car watch out for it. I ran out of batteries and i took shots of it using iPhone. lol

I must admit that I was never a fan of the shuttle’s style but it all changed when I saw this particular build. It looked perfect on Equip’s.

(Here are some of the winners not included in the photos: Euro 3rd place: white, VW Bug convertible. JDM: 3rd place red, Mazda FD. Race/Track:  2nd, red, Nissan Silvia S15. Van:  2nd, place burgundy, Honda Stepvan. VIP: 3rd, white, Lexus Crown Athlete. Slammed: 2nd red, Toyota Celica and 3rd black, Mitsubishi Evo VII.)

The turnout of Offset Kings Japan was amazing and for us everyone who joined was a winner in their own different ways . This wraps up my entry for The Winners, Offset Kings Japan. Hope you enjoyed.

See you in a few days with a special look at some of the styling trends.

Instagram: @kevcarlos

Fatlace | Manila Fitted

Filipino Pride All Day, Everyday. 

 PS: Thanks Anton Ngata and Vincent Cruz of AN Films for letting me use the lens 

 

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