Built for the Human Race – 4 door R32 Skyline (HCR32)

When I was a kid, sports cars were badass, untamed, and sexy. The car commercials on TV marketed performance. Hell - performance was mainstream! And Nissan was at the TOP of their game. Just look up this Nissan 300zx Superbowl commercial. Car brands based their...

Prestone Total Cooling System Cleaner

This is a 100% real life scenario... no 'paid promotion' I swear lol. I recently used Prestone Total Cooling System Cleaner in my Porsche 944, and it seems to have totally fixed my overheating issue! The 944 is kind of a never-ending project… go figure lol. But it's a...

Lifted Civic Update #21: Jumping The Hurdles

It's been a minute since the last update on Project: Lifted Civic We have been busy troubleshooting and diagnosing issues with the transmission over at Slightly Mangled. Essentially, the car will go into one forward gear and reverse and has a hard time going into park...

What I love about Honda Culture // Carlo’s Turbo EG Civic Hatchback on TE37s

You know what I love about OG Honda culture?? Absolutely everything. And I think I always will. There are just some things that are everlasting & pure about car culture. And a lot of those things can be found, hidden in plain sight, in an old Honda hatch... if...

Prentice Performance // Heaven Is a Place On Earth

Let’s go back in time... to the late 90’s. I was a kid. And the kid-version of me would trade in my chores for a trip to the local hobby store. It was my favorite place to go, as I was heavily into trains the first 6-7 years of my life. There was one shop in...

Wicked supercharged-to-turbocharged R53 Mini Cooper S

In the car world, saying “from humble beginnings” is a phrase that's often followed with someone’s explosion of e-fame stardom that leaves them with an inflated ego. While this isn’t always the case, in today’s day & age, it seems more & more that it’s...

Got Balls? (throwback feature from 2007)

Let's journey back... back to S3 Magazine circa 2007: -----You gotta have a big set when your goal is winning the NOPI Drift Championship. A great car and a large bank account are nice to have at your disposal, but if you don’t have the balls to risk both man &...

Lifted Civic Update #20: All About Verification

It's been an... interesting week to say the least. We went from making incredible progress on the car to nearly a standstill in the same week. As we went to test fit the CR-V axles, we realized that the bearings were improperly installed. They were loose and crooked....

The Never Selling Story

Chris Neranjan has owned this Hawkeye STI for over a decade. Notice - the trend of longterm ownership with STIs & Evos. These ultimate tuner cars of the 2000s car may have been a little pricey when they came out, sure. But they’re still pricey now. It was a good...

Retrospective: Riverside Chattanooga 1 (2016)

Here we go again - Ben is digging through his archives... I tend to do this every now and again, especially when I ease into my "slow" season. Going back to old photoshoots and events. This week, I wanted to share some of my favorite OG Riverside photos I took 5 years...
Widebody Dinan BMW M2

Widebody Dinan BMW M2

Widebody BMW M2... When I first got into this car-building underworld, I did it for the kickass & badass ...
Social UNdistancing STI

Social UNdistancing STI

Brandon Deuster on his 2018 Subaru WRX STi... I got into cars at the youngest possible age. Since before I could ...
Camry TRD

Camry TRD

The Toyota Camry TRD is a head-turner… no 2 ways about it. Here’s why: Expectation vs reality.  With the new ...

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A Little Background I remember when the original IS300/Altezza was first introduced in the states around 2000 or 2001. It was a big deal in the automotive world. Lexus presented alive new sport sedan that got enthusiasts’ & journalists’ blood flowing. The IS300...

Chopped & Slammed Corvair

Chopped & Slammed Corvair

Talk about engulfing yourself in car culture. It’s one thing to drive a cool car, and it’s next-level to build a cool car. But then there’s the entire next dimension… where you begin to morph into a human persona of the cars you own. John Ludwick is on this 3rd level....

The FIRST S55 Swapped E30 M3

The FIRST S55 Swapped E30 M3

Make Something that Makes Something... Check out this BMW E30 M3 with an M55 swap. I wish that, going into 2020, we had more people who set out to inspire… and less people who signed-up to influence. To influence is a self-serving interest… building one’s own ego...

Battleborn STI

Battleborn STI

BattleBorn   Blanket Statement: When any of us get our grubby hands on a new car project, we always have ‘that Vision' for it. The Vision is the motivator - 100%. It’s our A.D.D. It’s what caused us to lust after the car, and ultimately pull the damn trigger. The...

Barn Truck F150 update

Barn Truck F150 update

Project Update... If you saw the previous post on this ol' bricknose Ford F150, I just wanted to give a quick update as to where it sits now (pun intended). Cliff's Notes: This was my wife's grandfather's 2wd F150. He bought it new, he's since passed, it's been...

Eurowise ’69 Mercedes 280s Turbo LS

Eurowise ’69 Mercedes 280s Turbo LS

Everything with Excellence The Story of this Mercedes Benz W108 280S isn’t the story I thought I would write. When I first saw it I thought, “Man, this thing is so gangster”, and it would be easy to speak about it in low rider parlance. But what I found was the story...

Carbon Fiber Datsun 240Z

Carbon Fiber Datsun 240Z

This is Shawn Bassett’s 1972 Datsun 240Z. Shawn bought this car down in Miami after witnessing a Z bend the curves at The FIRM in Starke, FL.  After initially inspecting this car on location and considering it’s cheap $1,100 price tag combined with its relative...

Shane Whalley’s LS Swapped Mustang

Shane Whalley’s LS Swapped Mustang

You don’t usually see the newer & current chassis built-out to this extent… at a privateer level. But Shane Whalley had a unique opportunity with this car, and he grabbed it straight by the balls.  This Mustang was originally a Coyote GT, and it was being used as...