Nopi Nationals 2006

Decided to dig through the archives and post some old stuff for awhile. Enjoy!DSCN0340

Honda Civic with old school hood graphics at their finest.

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Nissan S13 looking quite period correct for its time.

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This wild Honda Civic drove in pulling a trailer. I can’t imagine what this must have been like to drive at full chat.

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Lexus GS headlights on a VW Beetle with some “interesting” bodywork. 2006, folks.

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This Civic blew me away in 2006 and it is still breaking necks today. I should do a feature on it sometime as the craftsmanship is amazing.

Altima Convertible

Nissan Altima convertible… ooookkkkaaayyyy…

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This Audi was one of the rare cars actually on point.

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This Supra was another. Rear fitment is a little off but other wise pretty well done.

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The Fuzion Tires chop top Jeep Wrangler on some import-tuner style wheels in a eye-catching grape purple paint job.

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I thought this was the cleanest car at Nopi. A Saturn SL2, which had every inch gone over and either upgraded, or refinished to an exceptional level of quality.

Skyline

I didn’t even know how awesome this was, only that I’d never seen a Skyline like this KPGC10 before.

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NOS sponsored Pontiac Solstice.

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Another well done contestant, a gorgeous R33 Skyline on gold BBS wheels.

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Widebodys were everywhere and rarely looked truly “right”, like shown on this Lexus IS300.

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Boser hoods were still all the rage in the euro circles, like this MK3 Jetta demonstrates.

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Pontiac Firebird on Corvette wheels was a bit of a fish out of water among all the imports.

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R32 Skyline on Nismo wheels and wearing a RB Motoring banner. Wonder what happened to this car after Motorex went under?

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GM brought a bunch of modded vehicles every year. In 2006 this banana yellow Pontiac G6 was one of them *shudder*.

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Speaking of shuddering, how many of you would daily this wild Lexus?

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Push me-pull you Acura Integra… Integra’s?

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Nissan Sentra with chameleon paint and a Pulsar GTI-R hood.

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I still think this was a game changer in the Lexus SC game. NOS sponsored drift style, don’t know if it ever competed or was just a show pony.

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Daihatsu pickup. Ridiculous is about the only word I can think of to describe this.

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Last but not least. I believe this was packing decent firepower underhood but some questionable graphics on the exterior.

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Sema day four highlights:

Day four was the shortest for me, I regret that I only discovered Toyo Tires awesome treadpass as I was leaving as it may have had the sum total of the coolest metal at the event. Enjoy day four:

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Sema day three highlights:

Day three:

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Sema day two highlights

Day two:

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Been a long time coming: SEMA 2014

I’ve been out of this site for a long time, but I’m planning to get back into it again. I went to the Sema show and it was an  increbile fulfillment of a childhood dream. I will be back! Here are some highlights of the show.

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Import Alliance 4-16-2010

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Inspired examples of OEM wheels on the “wrong” car! v.2:

More examples of OEM wheels on the “wrong” car:

Acura TL wheels on a Honda Accord:

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Audi A6 wheels on this MK4 Golf:

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Flat orange painted Bentley wheels on a bagged Passat more your style? Image

This oddball shoe shaped car is a Volvo 480, and this rocks a full drivetrain conversion of FWD to RWD with a BMW transmission along with it’s E36 Motorsports wheels!

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BMW 5 series wheels suit this Toyota Chaser just right.

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BMW Style 5’s on this Triumph TR6 look good!

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Another showing by BMW, 7 series staggered 19 inchers filling the fenderwells of this Z33 Nissan:Image

An uncommon car in the stance scene, and it took a lot of work for this one to sit like it does with BMW X5 wheels on this Peugeot 406 coupe.

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BMW wheels are a fairly common swap on the Chevy S series trucks, and these M Parallels look pretty good on this lowered example. Image

C4 Corvette wheels on an MK5 Jetta looking good:

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C5 “Wagon wheels” are super popular in the Audi/VW stance world thanks to great availability, low price and spacer/adapter friendly high offsets. Double stagger works well on this A4.

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Still under construction, Z06 corvette wheels set off this S10.Image

C6 corvette wheels on this black on black Chevy S10 looking good.

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Corvette ZR1 wheels on this Oldsmobile grille swapped S10 sitting fat and flush on some wide meats.Image

Widened rear C5 Wagon wheels on this Chevy S10 look good:Image

Mustang Cobra wheels might give away what’s lurnking under the hood: A RWD drivetrain including a supercharged 5.4L Cobra motor:Image

Still tons more to come!

 

Import Alliance Atlanta 4/21/13 v.4: Cool stuff

So I’m way behind posting up general pics, so enjoy a random mix of cool cars that showed up!

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Import Alliance Atlanta 4/21/13 v.3: The VIPS

Some of these are less than traditional, but all have a VIP flavor!

Acura CL painted Laguna blue from a E46 M3, rocking BMW 7 Series wheels:Image

Non traditional wheel color choice, but it works on this stanced Acura RL:Image

Luxury Abstract wheels work wonders on this blacked out toucan-beaked Acura TL:Image

This mask was on the dash of the red-wheeled Acura TL above!Image

Good looking Honda Accord on some wheels I don’t know the name of:Image

Luxury Abstract mesh makes another appearance on this blacked out  Honda Accord:
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Black not your style? How about white on white like this Honda Accord?Image

The BMW 7 series wheels are very popular for VIP on a budget due to their availability and wide 19″ sizes, as shown in chrome on this Infiniti M45:Image

Some really nice custom work on the back bumper of this Infiniti M45:Image

Burgundy paint and bronze lips make this wheel choice pop on this G35:Image

Infiniti M45’s are a staple in the VIP ethos of tuning, and it’s not hard to see why!Image

G35’s are making their mark too, as this example on Weds Kranze Bazreia proves!Image

The lighting wasn’t very good in this shot, but BMW 7 series wheels make a third appearance. Check out the JDM front bumper on this Infiniti M45.Image

G37 looking aggressive!Image

Another Infiniti M45:Image

Another, with a ton of custom bodywork:Image

G37 coupe rolling through:Image

Mustang Cobra wheels work well on this Lexus GS300:Image

The blacked out accents make this Lexus GS430 look menacing:Image

Some rarely seen Work VS-MX on this Lexus SC300:Image

Simple styling and color matching sets this Lexus GS430 off!Image

BMW 7 series wheels on this Nissan 300ZX give it a little VIP style!Image

 

Still more to come from Import Alliance!