This year we said goodbye to one of the US's halo shows. Canibeat held their 10th and final First Class Fitment at the event's home Princeton Airport, a private airport in Princeton, NJ. Canibeat has grown their event into a proper destination show for enthusiasts across the country. This year being the last drew in multitudes of applicants and attendees from all over the world to come pay their respects to a truly influential event.
Before diving into the coverage, I'll get some house keeping out of the way. I've had an issue with the host for this site that caused issues with pages and images loading. The issue is finally fixed on their end and, after re-hosting all the photos in a few recent posts, it's fixed on my end as well. I can finally resume content updates! I've also created the ability to click on photos which takes you to Flickr and allows you to save photos which I recently learned you couldn't do on the site. Sometimes saving off Flickr on mobile is a pain but it is possible so be patient. Sorry for the lapse in coverage and enjoy!
Attending a show in this region almost always guarantees you'll run into Rick Pinto's genuine EF9 SiR on SSR EXC Fins. Every part of his build is perfect, from the ever fluctuating blue/green paint, the wheel choice and fitment, and his immaculate interior.
350Zs set up for circuit racing and time attack seem to be a rarity compared to their drift and stance counterparts, but there seems to be a resurgence of Z33s built for grip. Amuse CSL aero adorned this particular Z33 whose large GT wing and Project Mu BBK behind TE37SLs hinted at some circuit intentions.
Take a moment and try to think of one stylish Neon SRT4 you've seen in your life. They're nearly non-existent! Most that roam the streets are either function only or...questionable. This one was spectacular! Not only is the idea of Advans on a SRT4 a fun novelty idea, the RS models looked perfect. Its yellow paint was highlighted by matching super rare yellow Recaro SR4 Wildcats and smatterings of carbon fiber.
DC5 RSX with a C West front hiding a Jackson Racing supercharger on mag blue CE28s...
Canibeat always seems to feature some surprising cars amongst the usual suspects like this early four-eyed Foxbody. The black and orange graphics were contrasted by the re-trimmed light interior. It was reminiscent of a well executed 80s show car.
Apparently this zenki AE86 coupe is local to me, but I've never seen it. Hopefully I'll start stumbling across it more because it looked incredible on it's classic Work Equip 01s.
Jo Galezo's Type X kitted S13 is full of rarities like those louvered quarter windows and early Nismo LMGT4s. His car is ever-evolving with rare obscurities and I'm always excited to see what he does next. I took a million photos of it that day and they all came out horrible so here's the best of the two. Battling the harsh lighting of this event was a nightmare!
Air-cooled Beetles look best with an imperfect finish, especially when they're laying belly pan on the pavement.
Henry Pitzer of Tough Club brought his big single 1JZGTE swapped IS300, making a day trip from basically-Canada northern New York. The monochromatic exterior of his car highlights the bright red Recaros well. One day I hope to own as many sets of TE37s as him. His car is another one I took a bunch of pictures of that came out super washed out and then he left early so I couldn't go back and take more so Henry, if you're reading this, it's your fault.
Geoff Stoneback brought out his JZX100 that was built by Mitch Fleischer before he sold it to Geoff. I love that it still looks the same as when it left Mitch's hands because he truly built a masterpiece.
It's not often you see a MK2 Supra finished to such a high quality.
The AE86's traditional hot hatch brother; these AE89 Corolla FX16 GTS are 4AGE equipped FF hidden gems. This one sitting on Chevlon wheels is especially perfect.
Walking around the hangars, I was blown away at the sight of this Impala! Sitting on hydraulics with a fully chromed setup in the trunk and Daytons, it was a mind blowing addition to the show!
Every polished and chromed surface was artfully engraved; from the interior, to under the hood, and even the wheels. Sitting within the engine bay is an LS to help motivate this rolling art piece.
I don't care how many Voltex S2000s there are, they'll always be a top 3 aero option. I liked the matching TE37/CE28s too.
One spot over was another top contender adorned in Spoon aero and TE37s wrapped in fat tires.
FCF seems to bring some real cool Benzes out of the woodwork. From the 124 camp was this S124 wagon on OZ Futuras and a C124 coupe on BBS RS, both with a super necessary oem two-tone paint scheme.
This 2nd generation Honda Acty was a cool display with a matching Honda Grom in it's micro bed.
Choosing to use a sedan for this EK gen Civic track build is a cool move. There's a perfect balance of no nonsense function while still producing a quality and still fairly stylish car.
The best part of the day was when the sun finally began to dip making the lighting a little less harsh and shooting a bit easier.
Just outside the exhibition area was this Douglas C-47A Skytrain. Considering the typical fair of private jets and Cessnas, this craft stood out for more than just its size. Honestly this might have been the coolest surprise of the event.
I wonder how often this 993 GT2 tribute car gets mistaken for an RWB build.
You can really see where Akira Nakai gets his inspiration from for his own designs.
The motorsport homage look is still in full swing. This E30 in full Tic Tac livery was absolutely wild. Epsilon Southernway mesh are an interesting wheel choice that looks perfect in this application, especially complemented with the custom turbo fans up front. Another interesting addition is that green lens over the headlights.