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The system was tuned with a Kenne Bell computer by Lyndon Wester at Wester’s Garage and Maguire maintains, “He’s a genius.” The intake is a custom cold air box with a carbon fiber air box. Custom long tube headers were fabricated by Focuztech into a custom Magnaflow exhaust by Dave’s Auto Service. Then James at Shinny’s Sweatshop got to work on the endless amounts of polishing in and around the engine bay.
With every crisis, there is a silver lining. Regardless of the state of the company, GM has had some great highlights in their line-up, especially the aggressive-looking Pontiac Solstice roadster. Mike Maguire of Lloydminster, AB has made his Solstic [ … ]
TEIN Ford Mustang GT


Written by Dave Pankew / Photography by RCH Designs

The name TEIN, stands for TEchnical INnovation and not many people know that. Their mascot is also a gangster-looking damper with an external reservoir and eyeballs – not many people know that either. I’ve rarely met anyone who pronounced the comp [ … ]

At the beginning of the year, the plan for the Drift Emporium team was clear – high displacement, torquey V8 GO9G8149_optmotors were going to be the theme under the hood. Originally, both G35’s and Kenji’s S15 were converted to Nissan-powered VK56 engines, a motorswap pioneered by Chris Forsberg just three short years ago.Ask any Nissan enthusiast and they will tell you an S-Chassis cars should be powered by a turbo-4. Not an NA truck motor and certainly not a V8 but an SR20 with a small, responsive turbo hanging off it. But at the competition level, drivers complain that these motors make less torque than a rider mo [ … ]
Street Smart: Bill Vitale's 2006 Subaru STi


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Chaz Boyd 

If you need practicality buy an SUV. If you want tire shredding performance buy a sports car. But if you need a combination of the two there are a few stout platforms on the market to build up. A few that come to mind are the Mitsubishi Evo an [ … ]

John Rhee's 2007 Mercedes CLS55 AMG We first spotted this car at SEMA ’08 out in the front lot getting passed up by many of the graying hot rodders waddling around the grounds. For us, this body style is as beautiful and timeless as any ‘32 Ford Coupe and we started sniffing around to track down the owner. Ironically, that night w [ … ]
“I don’t have the big money that other teams have,” states Waldin “but it didn’t seem to matter because our hard work has put us in first place and with a legitimate shot at the title,”

In competition anything can happen. Sometimes the big budget teams disappoint event after event and then pullout altogether or you can have more grassroots entries with no sponsorship, taking down the big guns. That is the case with Matt Waldin in his near-stock Nismo 350Z. As the owner of Import [ … ]

Wildside: A’PEXi USA's 2000 JDM Mazda RX-7


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by RCH Designs

If you have been in the tuning world for a while chances are you have owned an A’PEXi upgrade of some sort over the years. Although it might not have been one of the super rare electronically-controlled extreme carbon fiber wings you see here ado [ … ]

Today, the pair of Drift Emporium Infiniti G35s here are picking up right where their predecessors left off, very much influenced by the Signal projects of the past. Of course Signal’s previous G35 was a bit more unorthodox back in the day with an SR20 powerplant instead of the VQ-powered V6. When rhyming off shop names that define the Japanese scene, one shop is on every top 10 list. That shop is of-course Signal Auto of Osaka, Japan. Signal is known for producing some very important automobiles, as their shop cars helped define the enthusiast scene with builds like the Chop-Top Civic, [ … ]
Widow Maker: Francis Fabiculanan's 1991 Mazda Miata


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Adam Nelso

A few Porsches throughout history got the moniker “Widow Maker” slapped on them since many novice to intermediate drivers were greeted with serious consequences due to lack of skill. It was never really base 911 models though but the tw [ … ]