7 Clean Rides from the Dirty South - Slammed Enuff
So you think you can stance? Slammed Enuff welcomed all challengers at a fluorescent-lit warehouse tucked away in one of the many commercial districts at the top of metro Atlanta. For this one night, the North Atlanta Trade Center was a meeting of who's who of the Southeast show scene. It's a good place to see everyone's updates for 2016 before the summer season really gets going, so here are 7 of the cleanest rides from the event:
Infiniti Q45 - Larry Young
Larry's Q45 was one of the first cars I saw when I came in, and I was thankful for that. I've followed this particular build for several years. I'm always nervous to use superlatives, but Larry was one of the first people doing authentic VIP builds in Atlanta that I can remember, and his attention to detail and somewhat strict adherence to the traditions of that style keep this car relevant and interesting.
Datsun 240z - KuroWorks
I've seen this 240Z in tons of pictures on Facebook and Instagram, but this was my first time getting to check it out in person. On the surface it’s a pretty straightforward build, but it's a shining example of quality parts, attention to detail and restraint. This car would turn heads thirty years ago, and will still be a fan favorite in another thirty.
Lexus IS250 - Evan Mount
Georgia native Evan is back at it again with the white Work VS-KF on his Lexus IS250 that claimed the "Best Fitment" award. While certainly aggressive, the restrained camber actually gives it a nice blocky stance that sets it apart from other tilted contemporaries.
Rat-rod Chevy C10 - Blake Minton
Clean doesn't always mean spotless. The Wilkesboro Crew member, Blake, took his rat rod C10 out on its madein voyage to be amongst the crowds. The body might be vintage, but the air suspension is all-new and gives it one of the most aggressive stances in the building. As soon as it airs out, it will leave you breatheless.
Rat-rod VW Beetle - Ivan Garcia
Rat-rod Beetles are always a lot of fun and this one really nailed the derelict surf-style aesthetic. So many of these styling cues are staples of the air-cooled community, and this owner managed to pull them together and make it feel light-hearted, honest, and local with the Georgia license plate fender.
You can't have a stance meet without a Honda and this Backyard Special hatch was a personal favorite of mine because it reminds me so much of the JDM builds of the early 2000s. I enjoy taking the time to walk around cars like this, taking in the details, and appreciating the effort that the owner took to research and acquire the parts. While the internet has made that process infinitely easier, especially for ubiquitous Honda models like this, taking the time to think out a build and not take the easiest route is commendable.
Honda Accord - Brian Ruff
As Honda's Japan lineup draws further and further away from the American options, many enthusiasts are turning their attention to the Thai and Indonesian markets for inspiration and parts. Brian Ruff has now turned his attention to this ninth-generation Accord sedan, that wears a completely custom body kit designed in Thailand, as well as custom programmable LED lighting.
Perhaps the greatest aspect of any of these stance meets is the sheer diversity of attendees. If you can approach the show with an open mind, there will be something for everyone. See the gallery for more of what the Atlanta show scene has to offer.