GEAR DRIVEN> MotorMavens x DSTROYR Collabo!

Ever since the Formula D Pro Am at Irwindale several months ago, super designer Jon Chase of DSTROYR fame and I have been talking about doing a project that showcases some of our mutual interests. It’s kinda funny… we never realized it before, but we have been slowly realizing that our taste in things and our interests are actually pretty similar. To kick in the door and get things started, we decided to create this collaborative t-shirt – above is the rough concept art for the shirt. We’re pretty excited to wear this new shirt ourselves, and trust me… it has been extremely hard for us to keep things under wraps for the past few months!!!

We’ll be debuting this new DSTROYR x MotorMavens shirt and having it available for sale at our booth this weekend at Formula D Long Beach. So if you’re going to be at Long Beach, make sure to stop by our booth and get one of these shirts before they are sold out! We’ve been getting a whole bunch of messages from people wanting to buy this shirt already, so please make sure to find the MOTORMAVENSxDSTROYR booth at FD Long Beach and get it while the gettin’s good!

:: Antonio Alvendia

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NEWSWORTHY> Monster Mustang Revealed

I just got back from Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory in Los Angeles, where Monster Energy Drink and Falken Tires were having a party to announce their big news. Of course, quite a lot of media people already knew about it before the party, as the email invitations weren’t exactly subtle; especially when several people kept asking me throughout the day, “Hey, are you going to the Monster party tonight?”

As with most of these types of shindigs, the event was pretty a much who’s who of the drifting, automotive, and beverage industries, mixed in with skaters, media people, and a whole lot of females. For me, it was fun because it was a chance to hang out and enjoy some laughs and the open bar with some of my industry friends, as well as meet some cool people from the grassroots drifting scenes in different states (and countries). While several people were out there trying to meet pro skater Rob Dyrdek (of the MTV show, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory), Motor Mavens’ resident skate fiends Edward Uche and Justin Shreeve were just salivating at the chance to skate the ramps at the Fantasy Factory. (They got to skate for a little bit until the security guards came up and said, “you guys need to stop because your skateboards might hit someone, and we could get sued.” Aw man!

Regardless, I had a chance to chill for a bit with my buddy Vaughn Gittin Senior (JR’s dad) and congratulate him on the new venture. Man, he was just beaming, super proud of his son’s accomplishments thus far. So CONGRATULATIONS to Vaughn Gittin Sr. and to JR… we can’t wait to see that thing out on the track!

:: Antonio Alvendia

PS: For more pics from the party tonight (and by more pics, I mean pics of the girls that were in attendance)… then add Motor Mavens Crew on Facebook and check out our albums! The photo above was shot with my Canon S90 point and shoot pocket camera! (Too bad Eri moved a little though… I forgot to tell her it was a long exposure.)

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COVERAGE> Drifting at Houston’s Import Reactor

For those of you who aren't familiar with Import Reactor, it is a multi-faceted automotive event that takes place in Houston, TX during Anime Matsuri - one of the biggest anime conventions in the country! It consists of three parts - a special dyno day and tuning session, a drift day, and then a show that spans the entire weekend. The atmosphere is unbelievably unique - it's definitely an experience! I was at the event all weekend covering it for MotorMavens!

One of the great things about this event was that it brought together the drift enthusiasts and the show scene here in Texas. The guys at Import Reactor had the brilliant idea to allow car show teams to sponsor a driver. Each team had a driver whose entry they paid, while the driver ran their sticker on his car. It was great to the drifters bringing their cars to the event, only to be greeted by 20+ members of the team that sponsored them - cheering them on the entire time!   Read more...

VIDEO> Vegas Pro Am Round 1 Footy

VegasProAm Round 1 from Robert Strohmeyer on Vimeo.

I’m sitting here at the VegasDrift world headquarters, enjoying some laughs with Sin City drift organizer Nick Dizon and the Vegas Drift crew. I called Nick as I was driving up to Las Vegas, and while we were on the phone, he told me about the new Vegas Pro Am video that he just released on his website. I’ve been trying to check it out for the past few days, but unfortunately for the site, I was a bit pre-occupied this weekend. I actually didn’t go to Vegas for a car related function for once; I drove to the 702 to join the rest of the groomsmen for the bachelor party of my boy Kero One, from Plug Label, the popular underground hip hop record label from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since I’m sitting here, enjoying some laughs with the VegasDrift family, I thought I’d post up their newest video, which showcases some footage from Round 1 of the Vegas Pro Am. I like seeing the cars and the drivers of the different local drift scenes around the USA. Big respect to Vegas Drift for continually making moves in the drifting scene and putting in effort to give back to the VegasDrift drivers by putting out videos like this!

:: Antonio Alvendia

OH SNAP> B120 Shakotan Sunny Truck

I love finding new things to learn about. Hours can be spent listening to new music, or researching new car parts that I don’t need. So when I came across this crazy low little truck, I had to find out as much about it as I could. I’m not too familiar with all the cool old school cars that came out of Japan, so I had to enlist the help of some old school motor-heads to point me in the right direction. It was quickly revealed to be a Nissan Sunny truck (possibly B120 or GB120).

This rad truck is actually a ute, based off the Sunny car. Its basically a Japanese version of an El Camino or Ranchero, which I like because my grandpa had an El Camino with an 8-Track player in it when I was younger, so I am quite fond of quirky rides just like this Sunny.

In Stock form this car would catch many a gear head’s eye I’m sure, but this one in particular is dripping with classic Japanese style. The tires on the 12inch rims look like they could explode with one bad speed bump; the fitment is just crazy! The front lip looks like it might be retrofitted from a different application, but its so well matched that its really hard to tell for sure. I love rides like these, the impractical driven on the street for all the laymen to gawk at.

When I was a kid we had a couple Datsun 620 Bullet-side trucks; one blue and one green. At the time I didn’t know what they were, or what they could be, but when I look back on it, I wish we had kept them around. As I get older, and appreciate more cars, my want list keeps growing from old to new. I had briefly thought about getting another Datsun truck, but after looking at this Sunny, and then hearing that a friend of mine found a complete Toyota Stout in a barn recently, it got me thinking of getting an old rare mini-truck. Maybe someday when I finish my current projects, haha, yeah right…

:: Lucas Perez

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COVERAGE> Top Speed At The Texas Mile

What's up, MotorMavens readers! Before I proceed with the coverage, I'll go ahead and introduce myself. My name is James Evins, and I'm a photographer from Houston, Texas. Like many of you, I've always been a big fan of MotorMavens. When Antonio first approached me about contributing to the site, I jumped at the opportunity. I'm definitely excited to give you guys an inside look at whats going on here in Texas!

This past weekend, I found myself waking up to my alarm at 4:00 AM. After hitting the snooze button about ten times, I finally woke up and dressed and packed my car. I departed before sunrise, making my way out to I-59 and heading South.

Three hours later, I found the "exit" I was looking for - a small, country road with a sign nearby reading, "Goliad Airport." I had arrived at The Texas Mile. As I entered the airport and made my way around the small, rundown control tower I saw the venue sprawled out before me – hundreds of trailers, campers, cars, and bikes spread out across a mile long strip of runway!   Read more...

WEBMINING> DTM Mercedes 190 RM1 V8 Judd

The sound of the full-throttle beast in this video brings a smile to my face every time I watch this.

This Mercedes Benz 190E is powered by a Judd 3.5L V8 F1 engine (Ex Brabham F1 car from the early 90′s). It is a race car which was used in the French Super Touring Car Championship and built after FIA changed their rules and regulations on painted bodies. (I know, that millimeter of paint does add weight, especially when lead was one of the key ingredients.) The power that this behemoth of a car made back in the early 1990s, when most cars didn’t even break the 200hp mark was astonishing. This DTM Benz 190E made an amazing 564 horsepower at a screaming  9900rpm, and coupled with a Hewland 6-speed sequential gearbox, doing 0-62mph only took 2.7 seconds! Talk about knocking you back in your seat!

Unfortunately, this car never made it to a racing series on the track, as it was only built for show purposes and exhibitions (ie: Goodwood Festival of Speed). Believe me, you won’t be disappointed by this short 2 minute video. I may warn you, watch it at your own risk: side effects may include, anxiety, uneasiness, stomach cramps, and blurred vision. Please turn your speakers way up for this, as just the sound of the 190E screaming past at full throttle is like a symphony written by the best composer in the world. Enjoy!

:: Tamer Omran

CARSPOTTING> The Tale of a Three Rotor RX7

It was a sleepy Saturday morning in Florida with a dreadfully overcast sky. Florida gave us what it is known for at this time of year - rain, and a whole lot of it. It didn't stop until late afternoon, with dismal skies and a hazy mist hanging overhead even after the downpour stopped. Even with the weather in "doom and gloom" mode, when I saw David Hayes' black Mazda RX7, I was simply stunned. As it drove through the city streets, you could just see all the heads turning to watch it weave through traffic. If only they knew the journey this car took to get here.

The story of David's FD3S RX7 starts way back in 1994. He is the original owner of this black beauty - he took it right off the showroom floor. And since he's the only owner of this car, he actually knows everything that has gone into the car and everything it has been through. Here's a little mind blower to start us off. With the exception of the Pettit rear flares and 99 spec front end, the car's paint is as completely original as the owner.

I was no stranger to the story of David's epic tale, as I have been following it since the beginning. All the details of his journey are logged in the RX7club.com forum. If you decide to look it up, be prepared to invest a few days of reading - it's a long story and completely surreal. In fact, his story seems even more surreal than reading his daily updates in the 7club forum thread when you actually get the chance to hear him tell it. But, since you probably won't get that chance, I'll tell it. I promise I'll keep it short. Well, as short as I possibly can with a story like this one.   Read more...