Mar 26, 2014

Kanjo Inspired : Aqwa's Honda Civic EK3

What's up guys, for those who followed would already know how far I've been. But recently I felt I wanted to return to my roots. In Malaysia there are a lot of Civic users, but these particular one had a bit of history with me. Before I was any good with the camera, I was already practicing on shooting cars and Aqwa's Civic was the first car I properly shot.
Throwback: Aqwa's EK3 in 2011
Fast forward to 2014
When I first met Aqwa, his Civic was a very typical looking Civic you would find in Malaysia with a JDM look. Sitting on Advan rims, standard offsets and a slight drop. Now it's all different now. Still keeping it clean but now with some colour on those Work Wheels. According to Aqwa, he did his car according to the Civics from Osaka JDM which is running a stock engine, having a decent stance but most importantly keeping it clean.

We first had some coffee at a restaurant in a dark area of Puchong, to me it was the perfect place to shoot so we ended up doing some shots just 500 meters from the restaurant. After that, at 12 midnight, we went out and rolled on the Damansara Puchong Highway.

As it rolls, I realized how this car adapted from two different styles over the past 3 years or so. Yet it still kept clean and admirable. I wouldn't be surprised since Aqwa isn't into the pursuit of horsepower and drag times like most Civic guys. I guess that's why he calls his car 'Puteri' ('Princess' in Bahasa Malaysia).

MC got bored so he photoshopped Yoona from Girls Generation and turned it into a movie poster.

Proton Saga BLM from Aqwa's crew 'LowJunkies'
But looks ain't always how it seems. After shooting, we hung out and talk about their weekend adventures highway boosting with their crew that they call themselves 'LowJunkies' as the live with the code to have both form and function. I got to say, these boys don't f*ck around.

Owner: Muhammad Aqwa Izzat Roslan Model: 
Honda Civic EK3 sedan 
Location: Shah Alam, Malaysia 
1.5L D15B single cam 
3rd stage VTEC, NGK Iridium Spark plugs, 
Custom extractor 4-2-1, 2' straight pipe trumpet muffler. 
EK Coupe 5 speed manual gearbox. (Civic EM1)
Cusco hi- low bodyshift adjustable suspension, 
Standard Ek3 brakes, nissin pads, 
EK9 Front Bar, Skunk2 lower arm. 
Work Meister CR1 (Loop5) 8jj (front) 9jj (rear) Offset ET 0 (all round) 
Goodyear NCT-5 175/50/R15 (all round) 
Original EK3, Pearl white crystal dusk clear paint. 
Blue semi bucket Bride seats and Takata harness, Skunk2 shiftknob.

Mat Canyon | Kanjo Inspired | Aqwa's Slammed Honda Civic EK3 from Mat Canyon on Vimeo.

Well, that's all for now. Until next time. Peace!

Mar 19, 2014

Good Morning, Skyline : Nissan Skyline Owners Club Meet

What's up, guys. A few weeks ago, I got a chance to go to a meet and greet and car boot sale with the Malaysian Skyline Owners Club. Since it was a morning meet, I had to get up early and even skipped breakfast to get there.

It was an unofficial meet so everything was informal. Most of the members came there for breakfast and bonded. But I was amazed to see Skylines from every era to be in one small space. We got the R32s, R33s, R34s, one R35 and even the classics.

For the next meet, it is going to be a charity drive and car boot sale up in Janda Baik, Pahang on the 12th April. I will be doing coverage for that event. For more photos, tune in at our Mat Canyon Facebook Page. That's all from me. Until next time. Peace!

Mat Canyon | Good Morning, Skyline | Nissan Skyline Owners Club Meet from Mat Canyon on Vimeo.

Mar 3, 2014

#IAMSPEEDHUNTER: Workshops Of The World Unite

What's up guys. I'm just taking a little time for this post. Recently Speedhunters, a well known automotive and motorsport photography website had an open submission called #IAMSPEEDHUNTER open to any talented photographer to submit their work. Their most recent theme was "The Workshop Theme" where they are looking for photos in a garage and workshop type of environment. I submitted one from my archives which was a photo of the GarageLife guys having a friendly debate. After much waiting, I was pleased to know that the photo survived the cut and was featured on Speedhunters. I was grateful that I was selected to be a featured alongside some really outstanding shots. With this, I will make it a stepping stone for me to bring better and more outstanding shots from the street and tuning scene of Malaysia and beyond. Don't forget to check out the original article. Peace!

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 #IAMSPEEDHUNTER Workshops from around the world