Detroit Hustle – Drifting in Corktown
Aug26

Detroit Hustle – Drifting in Corktown

Text by Joe Gustafson   Search the Tumblr machine and you’d think Detroit is nothing but black and white crumbling buildings. Contrary to popular belief, Detroit is on the color spectrum. They are also rapidly improving the place block-bursts at a time. There’s a sandbox in the middle of downtown, artisan espresso, and brunch galore. Not exactly hardcore, but delicious; and my sand castle ruled. Additionally,...

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Import Alliance Fall Meet 2015
Aug21

Import Alliance Fall Meet 2015

Import Alliance has hosted their annual fall meet in Nashville for several years. The question a lot of people have been asking is if there will be a fall meet in Nashville for 2015. We have talked to several people from IA and they assured us that they will be having the Fall Meet in Nashville. They asked us not to disclose any other details about the fall meet until the event details are finalized. Check on Importalliance.org for...

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2015 Chevy Silverado 4.3 Review
Aug21

2015 Chevy Silverado 4.3 Review

Text by Yousef Alvi When we get press cars, usually it’s the manufacturer’s opportunity to put their best foot forward. To showcase their latest innovations – from engines, to infotainments systems, to driver aids, etc. Well this 2015 Chevy Silverado was a bit different. Did we get a high riding, brightly colored, off-roading, desert-running monster? Nope… we just got a truck. Okay did we get a high-tech, turbocharged, panoramic...

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2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 Ecoboost Review
Aug17

2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 Ecoboost Review

If Lincoln really wants to shake things up as a luxury brand… they’re close. Here’s the thing – I honestly had a hard time trying to nail this car down. It seriously impressed me in certain areas, and fell a little short in others. And it left me wondering – well who is this car made for? Who is the target demographic? 35 or 65? The MKC is a solid chassis. It looks good. Let’s be honest – it looks pretty great...

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Disc Brakes Australia launches new US website
Aug11

Disc Brakes Australia launches new US website

Enhanced technical articles and tips, general brake tech articles and specifics about DBA’s proprietary technology will all be at user’s fingertips. Additionally, users and dealers will have direct access to new and archived product releases, catalog downloads and year, make, model part searches.  www.dbausa.com *And check out S3’s article on ‘building the appropriate brake system’ in the next issue of S3 (Issue 34)....

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2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum Review
Aug10

2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum Review

    The Expedition XL might be easy to forget to consider… probably just because it’s been around for a while without any shocking/significant aesthetic overhaul. But it has been updated along the years in a less ostentatious way, and when you take a step back and look at it, it is quite a striking truck that has evolved well with the styles & times. The headlights, front grill, and tail lights fit slickly with the...

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Sound Off | Want To Do More Motorcycle Stuff?
Aug07

Sound Off | Want To Do More Motorcycle Stuff?

S3 Magazine has been experimenting with the other side. Namely, the two-wheeled side of the custom kingdom. Our question to you is: what would you like to see, learn, and read about when it comes to motorcycles? We realized that awesome things were going on within the sport-riding moto culture… and we also realized that those things were not being fairly represented by the mainstream two-wheeled media. But truth is – the...

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Travis Chaney’s Turbo Ariel Atom
Aug06

Travis Chaney’s Turbo Ariel Atom

power2weight from Issue 30 – Text by Wooley Photos by Ty Cobb This is a 2006 Ariel Atom 2 (Brammo prototype). This Ariel Atom started life as a stage-2 supercharged Ecotec LSJ 2-liter. In that outfit, it made 240whp, and ran an 11.1 @116mph. Travis’s (the owner’s) mind gets stir-crazy at idle, so he swapped a Harrop 1320 TVs supercharger in it – making 295whp. A 20% power increase in a sub 1350lb car is substantial....

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Read the Latest Issue of S3 Magazine Online
Aug04

Read the Latest Issue of S3 Magazine Online

We’re always trying to improve things for our readers and partners at S3 Magazine. In the past, we tried to do digital issues through some companies that kinda had a lousy setup. Finally, we found a way to share our back issues with you guys out there on the world wide inter web. If  you have a laptop or tablet that can view Flash (sorry iPhone users) you can view the latest issue here: If you enjoyed this digital issue of S3...

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Street Driven X Southrnfresh : ATL : Part 2
Aug02

Street Driven X Southrnfresh : ATL : Part 2

Here is part 2 of our Street Driven X Southrnfresh ATL...

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Street Driven X Southrnfresh : ATL : Part 1
Aug01

Street Driven X Southrnfresh : ATL : Part 1

Street Driven is new traveling 4-event series for 2015, so it’s got a little bit of the first year awkwards. But no real worries there – because it’s run by some seasoned guys across the board – from planning, to show, to drift. So watch for it to get planted, sort itself, & take off over the next few years. The premise is solid – an all-inclusive & diverse auto event. Meet, show, quality...

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#modthis: Lincoln Mark VIII
Jul31

#modthis: Lincoln Mark VIII

By Joe Gustafson Let’s get to business. VIP cars are real slick, Slick. But no one has applied the VIP stylings to their most suitable platform – 90s, American, luxury cars. There – I said it. By the early 1990s, the Muffys and Biffs had won. The BMW 3-Series (E30) set the tone, and the popped collars followed suite. Everyone had to wear driving gloves spritzed in European cologne. Luxury cars had to ‘handle’, and...

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2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Platinum Review
Jul30

2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Platinum Review

Text by Wooley and Yousef Alvi America is a nation of builders. We build things. Big things, small things, influential things… things that have changed the course of human history. From the Empire State Building, to the Hoover Dam, to the Panama Canal. From the Wright Brothers & the Apollo Missions of yesteryear… to the current Information Age with Zuckerberg & Steve Jobs. You know what the key ingredient made all of that...

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Southrnfresh 5 X  Street Driven Tour –  Atlanta August 1
Jul28

Southrnfresh 5 X Street Driven Tour – Atlanta August 1

Southrnfresh 5 and Street Driven Tour is August 1st at Atlanta Motor Speedway It will be an awesome event with Drifting, Auto X, Carnival rides and drifting exhibitions by drivers like Chris Forsberg.  Check the event page out on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/1617923785115150/...

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Tito’s STI-swapped Impreza
Jul27

Tito’s STI-swapped Impreza

Tito Carabelita’s STI-Swapped Impreza Blockbuster from Issue 32 – Text by Wooley   Photography by Jason Scott This feature is from a past issue. Currently, the car is under the knife again – going wide body. To see where it’s at currently, check out Tito’s Facebook page. The short-short story, the part that you really need to know if you skip everything else, is the mod list & the power lurking under...

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Hilarious new Charger commercial!
Jul24

Hilarious new Charger commercial!

Click on the following YouTube link and it will show you that Dodge has the best damn commercials out there!   Post a comment below if you figure out what it means!

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Countersteer: Social Media is Awesome
Jul24

Countersteer: Social Media is Awesome

Wooley made a fine point about the trappings of social media insta-fame and like-whoring (read it here). And it’s true, the world sucks. However – social media is actually the best thing ever… we as a community just need to get better at it. BACK IN THE DAY, or as late as 2005, the car scene was grassroots, local, authentic. If you weren’t lucky to live on the coasts, then you were kind of stuck following the...

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Daisuke Miyazaki’s Toyota FT86
Jul24

Daisuke Miyazaki’s Toyota FT86

Daisuke Miyazaki’s Toyota FT86 Issue 31 – Written by Wooley   Photography by Jean-Christophe Pepino I sit here and I overthink how I’m going to write this article – nothing new there. And looming over my head, is the fact that this car is from a world, that is literally a world away from me. Clear on the other side of the globe. It couldn’t be further if it tried… without getting closer in the other direction. The...

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Wooley’s Editorial from Issue 33: Fu*k Social Media
Jul22

Wooley’s Editorial from Issue 33: Fu*k Social Media

We all complain that the car culture is riddled with hate & disrespect these days. None of us really want it like that. We all want a revolution… yet we’re all part of the problem to some degree. So each of us need to start within ourselves. First of all, try to swallow the fact that the internet, specifically social media, is the root of the problem. And just because we all use the internet everyday… does not make that less true....

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2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 V6 Review
Jul21

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 V6 Review

By: Yousef Alvi and Jonathan Wooley     Hyundai was out to prove themselves with the 1st generation Genesis. That car put it all on the line – and the risk paid off. It was the flagship chassis that silenced the critics & stood up to the enthusiasts. It solidified the come-up that we all saw from Hyundai through the first decade of the new millennium. And it lead the entire brand to the main stage under its wing....

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Import Alliance Summer 2015: Part 3
Jul21

Import Alliance Summer 2015: Part 3

Import Alliance Summer 2015 at Kentucky Motor...

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Import Alliance Summer 2015 Coverage: Part 2
Jul20

Import Alliance Summer 2015 Coverage: Part 2

Import Alliance Summer 2015 at Kentucky Motor Speedway Another pic of the Pulsar...

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Import Alliance Summer Meet Coverage 2015: Pt.1
Jul20

Import Alliance Summer Meet Coverage 2015: Pt.1

Import Alliance Summer Meet Coverage 2015 – Kentucky Motor Speedway. Photos and text by Jon Wooley. The Import Alliance Summer meet was a hot one. Literally and figuratively. We started early as usual at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. Hope you enjoy the first part of our coverage for the Import Alliance Summer Meet.. A quick shot through the S3 camo into the KMS garage My Razor hangin’ with the big scooters James...

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Import Alliance Summer 2015
Jul08

Import Alliance Summer 2015

It has been 10 years since the first annual Import Alliance Summer Meet. This year’s event in Kentucky will be one to remember. There will be well over 9,700 people and cars in attendance. This year Import Alliance has added roll racing to event schedule as well. You can race your car on the same track that NASCAR racing legends race on for a reasonable rate. S3 Magazine will be there with our booth selling Stillhood merchandise...

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Review
Jun22

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Review

By: Yousef Alvi and Jonathan Wooley First off – we are really fortunate to be able to use this Tundra TRD Pro for road trips to a lot of our out-of-town events, so we’ve spent a lot of time getting to know it. And if you’re looking for a new 4×4 full size truck, and you’re the kinda guy/girl who reads this magazine – then this is the one you want! A lot of trucks out there try to separate themselves in the pointless...

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Formula D Orlando
Jun07

Formula D Orlando

This is the first year that Formula D stopped in Orlando, The Orlando Speed World location was an awesome 1st-year event with tons of potential. Sure – there are a couple little things that need to be tweaked to prepare for next year… that’s to be expected. And basically – most of those tweaks have to do with getting the facility ready for handling the size of the crowd. But the main thing to take away is: the...

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2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS Review
Jun01

2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS Review

By: Yousef Alvi and Jonathan Wooley No doubt – the Nissan Juke Nismo RS is an odd little crossover. You either can’t understand for the life of you why Nissan made it… or you can’t understand why you kind of want it. Or both. We can tell you after driving the Nismo RS, that it’s totally every bit as fun as it is weird-looking. The Nismo RS has got a hopped of version of the turbo 1.6, and it makes an additional 27 horsepower...

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2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review
May26

2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review

By: Yousef Alvi and Jonathan Wooley In the 90s, SUVs had a real sense of utility and purpose… that spawned a natural attraction to them. There was a generational movement, to get out and explore the world. To get dirty. And to use a vehicle not just for a daily commute, but to also broaden & expand your life. That’s the spirit behind what a real SUV should be. And that movement has always been lead by Jeep & Toyota. And then...

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2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD Review
May12

2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD Review

By: Yousef Alvi and Jonathan Wooley I know that a lot of top-tier reviews on the new Acura TLX point to the 4-cylinder as the ‘one to buy’ for drivers & enthusiasts. We have to go out on a limb and respectfully disagree. S3 comes from an experienced import tuning background – we’re not just ‘new’ car reviewers… rather we tend to live with them as they age. We’ve grown up immersed in the Honda brand, and the Honda...

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Review
Apr24

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Review

Pickup Trucks are ingrained in American culture like apple pie and baseball. It started off innocently enough in 1925 with the Ford Model T, which offered a Pickup variant of the most popular car in the world and as the world will see, continued the dominance with the F-150 being the bestselling vehicle in the United States for decades. Now the world would see a shift in the way we use and perceived pickups in 1994 with the debut of...

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