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NYIAS 2017: RAVSPEC x RAYS Wheels – Booth 1513

April 14, 2017

Over the years, we have been fortunate to have met and befriended folks who are equally as passionate about Japanese cars as we are.  One of the true benefits of car culture are the people you meet along the way. Last year, we were able to capture the Fugu z during a private photo session in Chinatown with Ravspec. With that being said, our friends at Ravspec were showing once again at the New York International Auto Show and we decided to tag along on their setup day to give you some behind the scenes look at what it takes to get a booth put together.


We were up bright and early, 6:30AM meet up time in Queens to be exact. The built CT9A, ND and E90 were ready to make our way to the Jacob Javits Center. Filled with room temperature chicken McGriddles and orange juice, we were on out way cutting across some the worst urban terrain in the US. The lineup looked great in the street. Tucked betweens streets filled with trucks and their trailers, we found some space and the wait time was only a few minutes. I’ve waited here for hours so getting into the building early is a blessing.



Loving the rear of this S2000. We will take an intimate look at this s2000 in the near future.

Restricted spaces have always been a personal infatuation. Maybe it’s the thrill of getting caught or it might have to do with spaces that people don’t normally see but these images make for interesting viewing because of the setting.


Before anyone asks, this FD is bagged and yes it was air’d up.


The entire crew was here except for a few who had to go burn some gas before entering the building. There was an amazing variety of cars that were American, Japanese, German and with turbos, superchargers, pistons and rotaries.




Check this RX done up with the Artisan Spirits kit!


…And Rayan finally burned off what was left of his fuel. I guess getting great mpg in these instances works against you.




While we waited for the union workers to get their act together, the folks at Ravspec began to unload their massive wheel display. TE37 heaven!



While we hung out we unpacked our stuff, cleaned the cars and squeezed in a quick walk around the show as people were setting up.

Check this spaceship out! The owner brought it out for the Vintage Auto Museum of New Jersey. We spoke to the owner for a bit and the car was clearly custom and built on a Chevy Aveo chassis. Also bagged! The vision was a futuristic render of automobiles in 2050.


Vin was out doing his thing and getting footage for Ravspec. Check some of his work!

And finally, these union workers got their act together so Ravspec was able to finish their booth. Time to move the cars!


I bet if Chevy made something like this, it would totally sell out at every dealership.


Lunchtime, courtesy of the bossman Mark. Pernil, carne asada or pollo asada?


Back to business and things were looking great. I think this image below is really reflective of the relationship people have with Ravspec. As an outsider, I can see how close folks are to not only each other but also to the company. Amazing teamwork.






AV7U3095 AV7U3093



And of course some of the wheels along with Nexen as their tire partners.



The diversity found in the cars, modification, and styles were very reflective of the wide range of products offered by RAYS wheels.

We wanted to thank Mark, Calvin and the rest of the Ravspec crew for inviting us to their booth and wish them success during this show as with all the others they will have. If you plan on going to the show, they will be displaying at booth 1513 on the lower level and tell them PRIME sent you.

About Pravan
Prav comes from a background in academia and consistently pursues the development of a community both with his work in academia and his interest in all things motor. It is this community which he believes will help preserve automotive history and knowledge, priming a future generation of enthusiasts to expand and improvise on previous builds. Through his lens, he captures fleeting moments as car enthusiasts build, break and rebuild their creations as a means to preserve and express what the enthusiast originally intended. He finds his daily inspiration from the merging of cultures, mainly the transfer of street culture to the front stage of art, food and design. Consequently, nothing is more relevant to this merging than automotive builds meant for the street. You can find his daily life in images IG:@Pravzilla.