A couple of engines awaiting homes. A Mazda 2.3L Duratec Turbo & the classic Toyota 2JZ to be exact.
Driving home from work today I looked in my rearview and saw this beast, Piper’s right hand drive Celica GT4. Actually I heard it first due to his exhaust ending at the downpipe and aggressive cam profile. We stop at the light and he tells me he’s heading to Patriot Place for the bi-weekly meet @ Bass Pro so I decided to hit it up. Spontaneity FTW – life happens, roll with it.
My buddy Dstretch has put together what should be a decent sized meet. If you’re in the area come through. Check out the MassTuning group on Facebook as well. Just got my car back yesterday so I’ll be there!! Support the good guys doing it right.
I was texting with one of my buddies recently and it made me realize something. I haven’t gone to one import related event so far this year. No meets, shows, trackdays, nothing. To be perfectly frank, my WRX has been in & out of the shop (currently getting a fresh layer of paint, some CF, & an STI Limited trunk spoiler) but really just I’ve been doing other shit LOL! Most notably working on getting my LTC Class A and diving headfirst back into music production. In addition to that, it seems like there has been nothing but bad news coming from the JDM scene lately. Between the natural disasters, knockoffs, tuning manufacturer closures and rising gas prices – shit is downright depressing.
Granted the season is still early for us here in MA but with our winter lasting so long every day counts. After doing a quick tally, by this time last year I’d already done 4 major meets and of course the JWay 88 weeklies. I’d like to see what some of the locals have done to their rides over the winter and hopefully catch some inspiration from my peers. We’ll see how I feel when I the WRX comes home Monday. At the very least I’d like to get the 88 meets cracking again. Get the swagger back. Attack the Jamaicaway.
My buddy Rich hit me up on Facebook and said he had some news for me. He’s got quite a few projects going at the moment so I stopped by last night to hang and chop it up. After some backroad manuvering I pull up and find myself face to face with one of my dream cars.
Nothing like a gutted AE86 on Supras! Apparently she’s been in sitting in a shop for the last 2 years neglected by a flakey builder. Rich and the owner are taking on the tall task of bringing her back up to speed. If I remember correct the engine is the sexy blue top.
Next to the hachiroku was a white 240sx being setup for http://www.driftspot.org’s upcoming drift days. It will be setup as a street car and used as a vehicle for beginer to get their newbie kicks on the track. Plans include a 4 point cage and Stance suspension bits but the goal is to keep this as close to a street car as possible. Great idea and way to promote keeping drifting fun. I’ll be back soon to see how both of these projects progress.
Further evidence of what happens at Drift Garage.
The weather should be warm this weekend – enjoy and speed safely.
My thoughts and prayers are with Japan. I have a few friends overseas and wish them the best dealing with the aftermath of nature’s wrath. If anything this serves as a reminder that nothing is permanent – savor life and enjoy the good things while you can.
It was always my first passion and luckily I was fortunate enough to have had some success in my younger days as a DJ & producer for roughly 10-12 years. One of the foundations of East Coast underground hip hop was the legendary record store Fat Beats. Eventually they also opened a store in LA, but as it is with Hip Hop, it all began in NYC.
This was where everyone went to buy the latest vinyl & releases back in the day, myself no exception. Thursday nights I’d do my radio show in Boston then I’d head to South Station, get on the $20 Fung Wah bus and wake up Friday morning @ 42nd St. The first place I’d always hit up was Fat Beats. Bobbito’s Footwork, Rock & Soul, and a few others were also in line, but Fat Beats always took priority.
They had EVERYTHING. Rarities, breaks, the latest 12″s, bootlegs. Cassette copies of the Stretch & Bobbito Show, mixtapes ( when they were actual tapes), DMC DJ Battle videos, graff mags like 12oz Prophet, On The Go, t-shirts – you name it. Hip Hop mecca. Plus Ray’s Famous Pizzeria was downstairs. It was here I met many cool heads for the first time. Some that come to mind are KRS, The Beatnuts, Roc Raida (RIP), Percy P, The Arsonists, Godfather Don, Evil Dee, DJ Premier..some true memories of that store. It was a hip hop store run by people who participated in the culture. I try to reflect that same parallel in the import scene because it’s the most important principle. Only someone involved and committed a lifestyle or culture are the ones who are truly in tune with it’s pulse on every level. You see it in US import car culture as well in brands like JDM Ego or my dude Ben over @ Bulletproof. Like them, Fat Beats catered to a very specific audience and didn’t try to be something they were not. Maximum credibility!
Unfortunately with music culture changing over the years, they didn’t adjust to the times and had to close the doors last September. A hard lesson to learn.
Last week my good friend Wil Infamous posted an interesting link on his FB page. Fat Beats will be hosting a monthly warehouse gig in Brooklyn where they will also make the leftover inventory available to the public for retail. If you are a record collector or hip hop head on the East Coast, make your way there this Saturday March 5 , 2011 from 12-8pm. As an added bonus Madlib will be providing the sounds.
Looks like I’ll be making that Friday ride once again. As a fan who purchased there and an artist who performed at in-store events I’m proud to say they are back.
Check THIS for more info on FB BK!
Also if you like old school and golden era Hip Hop, check out my boy Wil Infamous’ podcast HERE