CARSPOTTING> Comrades FC3S Truckasaurus RX7

Not too long ago I attended Fatlace WordUp, a monthly drift practice session in Santa Clara, CA that is only open to drivers and media. While most of the cars in attendance consisted of your average beat-up S13s and AE86s, one machine in particular caught my eye. This loud, sparkly red, slammed 1987 RX7 pickup truck conversion was the center of attention as it attacked corners with massive angle. The car, or truck, belongs to Earl Smith of the Comrades Crew from Washington. He recently moved down to California and this was the first time I saw the project at an event so let's check it out...   Read more...

VIDEO> The Wrecked Metals Hot Rods in Idaho

We don’t always get to see as many hot rods and customs as we should on Motor Mavens, but cars like these are an important part of car culture’s history as well as its future. So to follow up with the post we did of the Farm Boys Car Club and Wrecked Metals Hot Rod and Chopper Shop during Bonneville Speedweek last year, we present this video shot by Josh Clason on their home turf of Boise, Idaho.

The vid shows off some of Matt Whitlock‘s handiwork including his 1930 Chrysler chop top coupe and some Ford roadsters. The video also includes a short interview about what Wrecked Metals and the Farm Boys are all about. Matt even gets his hot rod sideways (probably not called drifting, haha) in the dirt, which is pretty cool to see! (more…)

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VIDEO> Canadian Snow Drifting With An AE86

From what I can tell most of our Mavens live in warm places somewhere in the USA, with very little snow to speak of except for that white stuff that collects at the top of the mountains. For those of us here in Ontario, Canada however, snow is something we’ve grown up with; at this point it would be weird for most of us to see a winter without it.

With that being said, we here in the Drift Posse camp have always been very much of the belief that our annual winter practice regimen is what keeps our boys fresh in their drivers’ seats for the upcoming drift season, and this year is no different. (more…)

NEWSWORTHY> Further Development on FT86

March 1, 2011. Today on the first of the month, nothing is more important, not even the crazy things that Charlie Sheen has been doing lately, than the latest FT-86 concept. Barely wiping the sleep out of my eyes, I unveiled the FT-86, in my virtual showroom on my laptop scrolling ever so slowly through to page so to remind myself that THIS-IS-REAL… that I am not dreaming, nor am I as high as Charlie Sheen.   Read more...

RANDOM DOPE> Garrett Turbo Boost Adviser App

For people who aren’t brainiac rocket scientists, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what kind of turbo you need if you’re trying to build a motor that pushes out 500 horsepower. Or 750 horsepower. Or a thousand!

Luckily for those of us that are mathematically challenged, our friends over at Garrett Turbo Systems have put their knowledge in our hands (err, our iPhones… which are in our hands)!  They’ve developed an app that will help you decide on a turbocharger for your specific application.  This is like having all the smarty-pants Garrett engineers in your pocket.

With some basic inputs on your power goals and engine parameters, the app will recommend the appropriate Garrett Turbos to meet your custom specifications.  It will even lay out compressor maps so that you can check things like your efficiency, boost pressure capability, and even turbo speed!

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ROADTRIP> The Road to Wekfest San Francisco

What a great weekend! Since last weekend's Wekfest show fell on a three-day national holiday, we decided it would be fun to take a road trip up to San Francisco and show support to our friends from Weksos Industries. We attended last year's Wekfest and had a lot of fun; so we definitely wouldn't want to miss the chance to visit all our friends in the Bay Area and check out some of the fresh new car builds coming out of Northern California.

This weekend also gave me an opportunity to test out my new 'point&shoot' camera. For the past couple years, I've been singing the praises of Canon's S90 and G11 pocket cameras, but more recently, I've been getting curious about the performance capabilities of the new Micro 4/3rds cameras that have been coming out! I looked at demo versions of the Panasonic Lumix GF1 and GF2, but opted on buying the GF1 because of its dial controls - it feels more like I'm using my SLR! Granted, the GF1's small image sensor doesn't perform anywhere close to what my Canon 5DMk2 can do in low light... but for a camera that could fit in your jacket pocket, it's pretty damn capable!

This being said, since MotorMavens is a blog for people that enjoy photography just as much as car culture, I thought I'd shoot the first installment of our Wekfest photos with my fun GF1 point&shoot camera.   Read more...

OH SNAP> BN Sports IS300 In The Rainy Northwest

On my way into Xtreme Toys in Portland today, I spotted this BN kitted IS300, which belongs to my friend Nick Rodriguez. I’ve never been a huge fan of Altezzas, but the first time I laid eyes on this car, I couldn’t pull them away. The stance is perfect. The fitment is perfect. The kit, paint, visors, and wings are all perfect. Not to mention, he’s repping MotorMavens. It all comes together to look so right. Cars like his are far from common in the cold and rainy winters of the Pacific Northwest. (more…)

CENTER STAGE> Audi A8 That Belly Scrapes

It’s been quite a while since the last time we featured a ride from the guys over at Rotiform… Well, you’re in luck! I was able to get the full scoop on Jason Whipple's 2000 Audi A8 and, while it's an over-sized, VIP-style automobile, it nonetheless exudes the luxury and class of the $100,000 price tag of its time. A certain song comes to mind when looking at this ride - it almost emanates a certain Oh You Fancy, Huh? attitude…

I was able to steal Jason away on an uneventful Saturday morning to do the shoot, which took place in Southern California. On the way to our location, MotorMavens Crew photographer Oliver Petalver opted to take full advantage of the scenery by hanging from the window to take some dope rolling shots. They turned out pretty awesome, don’t you think?

Funny thing, though - while photo pro Oliver was hanging out the window of our chase car, Jason aired the car out to get that menacing, low effect... and Jason’s face immediately went from smiling for the camera to a certain heightened awareness of the road surface. The A8 was literally scraping on every little dip, pothole, reflector, manhole cover - I mean EVERYTHING. It was quite a sight to behold because the car was sparking, rubbing and making wonderful sounds as it scraped along the Pacific Coast Highway while onlookers gawked and stared. Members of the "functional" crowd may insert your favorite "hella" joke here.   Read more...