Dec 3, 2016

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Nov 3, 2016

Throw Back Thursday:

Yin and Yang

This is absolutely the last set of photos from the Nashville IA 2011 meet. But these photos are
special to me. You see, these photos are of my old Nissan cube and Paul C.'s Nissan cube. Both Z12s. Actually, both Paul and I have moved on from the cube game. And no, the lowercase "c" is not a typo. If you look at the logo, the "c" is actually lowercase, so that's why I chose to write it that way.

Mine was a base model, and Paul's was a Krom. I picked a base model, because I thought the Krom's aero was not quite the direction I wanted to go, and I couldn't justify that most of the cost was on that aero and wheels that I was going to change out anyway. Paul's Krom did look amazing, though.

Another difference is the ride height. Paul and I both lowered our cars, but Paul went with K-Sport coilovers. I wanted coilovers, but I just hadn't gotten there yet.

I wanted to maximize my budget to get many things done, and then go back around and perfect various parts. Also, I was trying to make how-to videos, and doing it that way gave me the opportunities to make a lot of different videos.

My car was lowered on Megan 2" drop springs. The ride wasn't horrible, and it looked low until I saw Paul's. Lol. By the way, I do have those springs in case anyone is interested. Hit up my email. (at) gmail (dot) com . Sorry about that, but the spammers are out in full force.

On the subject of footwork, This picture is a good chance to check out our wheels. Paul was sitting on a nice set or Work Eurolines, I believe in 17". Don't hold me to that, it's been a long time. Mine were SRR Vienna Kreis in 18x8 + 25 up front and 18x9 +25 in the rear. I can't remember my tire size, but I was using Nitto Neo-Gens for the tires. I had used them on some of my sportier cars before, and I've always thought they were good all around summer performance tires. Not a beast in any category, but a REALLY well balanced amount of grip/life/price. But it's not like a cube really screams "race car."

Doesn't matter if I show his GA tags off... he sold this thing to Car Max a long time ago.

A lot of our mods were really similar, except since he had the Krom, he didn't bother to get a grill. I on the other hand, rocked the ATi grill. I did get a really good deal, thanks to a partnership between my sponsor, Bean Garage, which you should visit; really good guy, and ATi. I actually made a video on my old account of the install. I think I will throw it up on a blog post for you guys next week.

Apart from that, I had an awesome stereo system, especially considering the budget I had to work with, and an AEM short ram intake that I bought used from someone with a Versa. I highly doubt the short ram gave me any performance, but it did make the cube sound a lot better on throttle.

Well, there is a little bit more on my cube. I have just a few more pictures that I might throw up at a later date. I really did love this car, and now that my building and fiberglassing skills are improving, I'd love to have another. I think I could totally mold that car into the cube I originally wanted. Time will tell.

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Oct 19, 2016

Sea Sick!

Sea Foam Green EG6

by Dustin Mankin

This is the last of the old pictures from the IA event at Nashville in 2011. I won't necessarily say I saved the best for last, but this definitely isn't a bad send off. I actually love this shade of green on this EG6. 

Just like the last EG6 that I showed off, this one is clean an pretty balanced. It has a little bit more camber than the other car, but not enough to make this thing purely a stance car. I think this could still get some street action. It definitely would look at home on the Osaka Kanjo, if they put a number plate on the side.

I wish I had gotten a better angle of the engine bay, but I didn't. Sorry about that.  It definitely looks clean in there from this angle, though.

This isn't the last of my US throwback coverage. I have a couple of posts worth of pics from an old NOPI drift event from around 2008ish. I'll post that up here over the next coming days, once again with the throwback logo from the last drift post. Do you guys like that logo better? I mean, I could always go back to it...

Oct 18, 2016

Miss Phat Ass

An FD With a Badonkadonk

by Dustin Mankin

Nothing major again, today. I'm just trying to get through all of these older photos, so I can gear up for 2017. It's going to be a very big year.

But... the body work on this thing was really awesome. Five years later, I wonder if the smoothing cracked out yet? Because I have never seen smoothing that didn't crack out, unless it was on a trailer queen.

Got any secrets to share? Hit me up below, with a comment.

Oct 17, 2016


B-Series Powered EG6

by Dustin Mankin

This car just seems like an extremely clean, no frills stanced EG Civic, which is great. There is nothing wrong with that. It looks like the guy put all of his expression on his valve cover. I love it. I have never been big enough on tie-dye, myself, but this is perfectly executed, and is a step away from the norm, which seems to always be rising sun valve covers. Kudos.

Oct 16, 2016

Goth Box:

A Very Dark xB

by Dustin Mankin

Who ever owns this thing has a dark sense of humor. And I'm not knocking that at all. I have a dark sense of humor. Actually, I'm down right messed up. I do try to limit myself, however, because I want a lot of people to be able to enjoy this blog. That's really my main goal, to share my passion for cars with the world. The scene needs more teachers and mentors, and less sideline haters.

Not saying that I deserve that position, I'm just trying to be a positive light in the automotive scene.

Anyways, this box is either a flat green spray can job, or one of those 2k flats that were popping up at the time, made mainly for the hotrod scene, but adapted by the import guys. The iron cross was a nice touch, but apart from the baby crucified on the particle board, that part that really grabbed me was the grill. That really is the center point of this whole car. Click on these images and look at the full screen. Whoever made that has a promising field in the custom rod and bike scene for sure.

Oct 12, 2016

Gotcha, B!7CH!

by Dustin Mankin

I don't really understand. Do you think that the guy was really trying to do something different, so he did this..... Or do you think the bumper was cracked or something, and this was a cheap, yet "stylish" way to deal with that?

Either way, for good or for bad, it got him some coverage.

Poking Out:

NB Miata

by Dustin Mankin

Here is another shot from Import Alliance Nashville 2011. At the time, the poke was real. And I still like this car for some reason...


Try to Imagine this in a legit Garage Vary Winding Dancer aero set, along with some fender flares and a hard top... shit would be fire, even today!

Double Vision

2 S2Ks!

by Dustin Mankin

Sorry for the delays, guys (and gals). For whatever reason, blogger was just not having any posts for the past couple of days. I am going to try to make up for it today. Super Posting Time!

Here are a couple of S2Ks from back in the day (2011... is that really back in the day?) at Nashville for Import Alliance.

Oct 7, 2016

Jetta II

With a Surgical Engine Bay

by Dustin Mankin

I'm not huge on shaved bays, even though I'm all for a clean wiring job. But I gotta give it up when I see something like this.

If you are into shaved bays, this should be something you should be aspiring to. I mean... I don't even know if it is wired up at first glance.

Oct 5, 2016

Black S2K

Nashville Import Alliance Summer 2011

by Dustin Mankin

Not much to say. This thing just looks good.

Oct 4, 2016

Hyperfest Throwback

Part 2 of 2

by Dustin Mankin

Alright, alright, alright! We are back with part two of the Hyperfest retrospective. Today's photos were taken by my man, Sean. He's a good friend of mine, and he is always there in a pinch. He has been my main clutch, recently. Looking back on these pictures makes me realize he's been there for quite a while. Good lookin' out, fam.

Yesterday's photos were mostly rolling shots and static shots. Today, however, I got what you are looking for... Action! Let's get to it!

I'm gonna be up front and say, I can't really remember most people's names. from this era, save for Nathan Brasz, whose car is down below. However, John Waggoner's S13 240SX hatch was one of the most gorgeous hatches at the event. Also, big thanks to Cody E. for reminding me about John Waggoner and James Evans. I can't believe I forgot.

The weather was actually pretty perfect for taking pictures, just a little overcast. And as a dirty, filthy ginger, I can also appreciate the minute amount of UV protection I was afforded.

I'm not quite sure where his front bumper went, and I don't really recall seeing any course outs from him, but this is more in the direction we want to go. Flashy paint, big wing, just a nice stylish car. I really wish the community would start doing this again.

Here is another gorgeous car. It belongs to and is being driven by James Evans, founder of Sikky Motorsports. Definitely caught those Nismo JGTC (Now Super GT) vibes off of this car.

More of John Waggoner's S13 at the event. 

A clean Chuki, making it's rounds. Not every car has to be flashy. Stock styling isn't bad. This gives off that mid to late 90s drifting vibe. Think about Initial D. Almost all of those cars were stock bodied for the early half of the series. Even the wilder cars, such a Keisuke's FD had factory performance aero. It wasn't until later on that Takumi got an OEM style CF hood. Stage 4 saw Keisuke's FD getting a mix of Mazdaspeed and Amemiya parts.

Yee-haw. Grab your sister for some consensual... ahem... it's nice to see a drift car made out of a less often used chassis. Is it competitive? I'm not sure. But if drifting is about style, then there has to be some merit in taking the road less traveled.

And here we have Japan's finest, an R32, vs. America's finest, a F-Body Camaro.

Continuing the trend of absurd but refreshing.... the Whiplash DVD drift truck. I wonder what happened to Whiplash DVD? They were pretty fun to watch. Actually, I miss the DVD days. When a friend used to get the newest Whiplash, 360, Mischief, Best Motoring, etc. and everyone had to go to their house and watch it. I feel like social media ruined that.

Matt Martin's amazing looking MA-Motorsports sponsored S13.

And for the S14 guys.... a little Zenki love! I still love the Zenkis. Maybe even more than the Koukis! Don't kill me!

This blue S13 coupe went HAM all day.

And even off course a few times. But you'll never know how good you can be if you don't push it.

And here is Nathan Brasz, throwing it down as usual. He never failed to please. I was really sad to see him move on to other motorsports.

And we are almost done folks...

But I had to get this one in. It is honestly one of my favorite shots of the whole event. Does anyone want me to remake this as a wallpaper? I'll scale down my logo so it's not all up in your face... but this is just nice.

Hit me up with your comments. Did you like my drifting retrospective? This is how it was back in the day... just a hell of a lot of fun... and that's all drifting should ever be.

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