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COVERAGE> San Francisco Auto Show 2009

I got a call from the Extreme Autofest folks asking me if I want to show one of my cars again at the annual San Francisco International Auto Show at the Moscone Center this year. The only problem was that my FD3S RX7 was still unavailable because we were still working on getting it back from the Brahma Light Drift Track Opening in the Dominican Republic.

Since the FD wasn’t back in San Francisco yet, I figured it would be a good chance to debut my RHD S14 and display it at this week-long show so I could show some love to my sponsors.

I wanted my S14 to retain the streetcar style that I like so much, so I kept it simple with the graphics on the car. My S14 features a full, authentic Vertex Lang aero kit with canards, Vertex Lang 12mm Front Aero Fenders and custom Garage Inc flared rear fenders. It’s rockin’ some OEM JDM window visors and custom colored 18×9.5J front and 18×10.5J rear Volk Racing CE28Ns. All vinyl graphics were from Graphtech Signworks in Daly City, CA.

This year’s SF Auto show was a bit smaller than in the past, but there were still quite a few decent cars at the show. Jay Pizarro’s LS1 V8 Lexus JZS161 GS was on display next to my S14; Jay’s GS was also rocking Vertex Aero. Maybe we should refer to his car as the “LSS161” because it doesn’t have a JZ motor in it.

This R35 GT-R was back with new added mods from last year’s show.

The Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR was still looking good after it’s inaugural season in ALMS. Falken even brought out Felix Tang and Bakari Howard to keep a watchful eye on it during the entire show. Good to see that they were still pretty cheerful while hanging out at the booth all week long during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The J’s Racing S2000 was there at the show. I have seen this car all over the place. I am wondering if they still run this car at time attack comps.

Lexus had a modified IS350C on display with a pretty crazy looking flat paint job. I was happy to see that it had some good fitment wheels on there. What do you guys think about this flat red paint though?

There were some hot rods and classic cars on display at this year’s show too. This 1957 Chevy Bel Air stood out to me, because it had a mean twin turbo v8 setup lurking under the hood. The sign said the motor produces 1580 horsepower. Crazy!

This funky 1937 Plymouth House Car really caught my attention. It had this dramatic tear drop shape to the body that made it look really cool. Check out how the front right corner surrounding the headlight and where the front passenger side door should be is all in one piece. There was some pretty crazy metal work going on back in the day.

This 1964 Chevrolet Impala was by far the most intensely modded car at the show. It had a huge mirrored display showing off all the crazy amount of work done to the undercarriage. A lot of the chromed parts on the car including the bumpers and brakes had this super detailed etched engraving designs on it. It’s pretty cool seeing all these different car culture styles being displayed at one show. I can’t wait to see how next year’s show is gonna be!

:: Calvin Wan

Garage Inc

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17 Responses

  1. Hell yeah, C-Dub… the S14 looks sick! Well, I can’t ever remember you ever producing any wack looking cars. Other pro drivers could certainly learn a lot from your style. Thanks a lot for posting this up dude! Good job on your first photos from your new camera, even if you did buy the crappy 18-55 kit lens after I told you not to! LOL throw that POS away.

    Sucks that Felix and Bakari had to eat turkey lunchables or whatever instead of having Thanksgiving dinner with their family, but hopefully they got paid overtime or something! :)

  2. La Carrera

    I like that GTR graphic on the R35. I also love that S14! That thing looks cleeean!

    I think that satin red IS350C looks lame, though. Who makes the decisions on customizing those cars anyway? They just ruined an outstanding looking car by painting it lame satin red. I hope that satin paint trend dies quickly.

  3. The s14 looks nice, wish you would’ve painted it a different color than white… and paint matched the hood. So now there are a total of 5 of us Californians that have a full vertex lang kit. lol

    Me, Ted (Avante), that cat with the flat green one and gold model 7’s, Kouki Kid up in norcal with the Graphite Gray one, and this one.

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  5. efcivicman

    S14 is incredebile calvin, bad luck losing your drive in formula d, hopefully vertex and volk will pick up the tab next year, if that falls through i’m sure andy barnes would be happy to have you in the EDC.

  6. Showa Kuruma

    I think Calvin’s S15 just never recovered from all the crashes that it got into when Taniguchi (remember the famous Irwindale wall crash in 2003), Dai Yoshihara, and Calvin himself put it into walls. I saw that thing in person before while the shop was working on it, and it had some pretty bad frame damage. I even asked about it at a Formula D event in the past, and one of the Falken guys said the car was pretty difficult to align. And when D-Mac tried drifting it in Vegas, he couldn’t even do it… and D-Mac is an awesome driver.

    Maybe this new change for the new season is a good thing. Good luck to Calvin and his new car! I think a new car is all he really needed to get his game back.

    I think that om1kron is right about the hood. I don’t like the hood on the car that much, but I personally think it looks super clean in white. You just don’t see S14s that clean anymore! They’re all beat up and trashed now!

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  8. That flat red on that IS is exactly what happened to the old FJ Land Cruiser my uncle used to have in the Philippines, once the super red faded. Maybe it isn’t an aftermarket paint job after all? lol. Nice coverage on choice cars.

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