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Street Scene: Let’s meet at Culvers!

May 3, 2016

If a native Chicagoan says “Let’s meet at Culvers!”, I’m there in a heartbeat. Usually when I visit Chicago, I get one of their butter burgers and a frozen custard but the fatboy in me wasn’t satisfied this time around. Instead, we got to see some unique cars which made me totally forget about food. One thing I really love is to see show or track cars on the street. Even if you aren’t into cars, you can pick out the handful of cars that don’t belong and that’s when the neck-breaking begins.


The night before major shows like Wekfest, there is usually some kind of meet where some of the bravest come out to cruise and mingle. We decided to roll through and check out the street scene at one of these meets organized by JDM Chicago. Jeff from JLiu Photography was nice enough to share is perspective with his images below.


We parked in the back and Chen’s DC2R was in a dark corner being shot. You think of Iowa and usually you associate it with college football, cornfields and state fairs; NOT time attack Type Rs. Chen’s build represents one of our favorite DC2 builds stateside. R-purists can take a seat; this car is the epitome of aggression with its cage, itb’d kswap, Mugen aero, diffuser half cut rear bumper and color matched J’s racing wing. Whether rounding the final laps at TC2000 on Tsukuba Circuit or the Westside highway in NYC, this DC2 would be ideal. I remember seeing it with NSX spec MF10s and I thought that was perfection but seeing it on CE28s is making me rethink that.


An equally aggressive build by our hometown hero, Nawshin has been under wraps for a greater part of a year and I don’t think any part was left untouched. A forward-facing tubro setup, Cyber Voltex Evo aero, TE37V mark II and a massive IC completes the brutal look.



#SoTrendy Mark made his way from VA with his Evo X. Laced with one of the premiere sets of the USF Rotiforms, Victory Function widebody and Varis aero. Mark tailored his look to represent a very stateside look that pays homage to the chassis’ jdm roots.



The second and first generation toaster boxes may not be as a popular chassis stateside but in Japan, its quirky looks have a huge following. Ponte’s Kenstyle XB follows the traditional looks with full-faced Rays.



I haven’t seen this combo yet; a Corrado with the limited edition FZero 02, an AME x Fatlace collab.


The Four Star hometeam had to rep with Gene’s Varis 370z, Miguel’s non -widebody Varis FRS and Szabo’s GC8.




Some others rides we liked.





Free Candy courtesy of Team Ravspec…


Despite the cold weather, the turnout was decent in the windy city. Next up is our picks from Wekfest Chicago, stay tuned! All images courtesy of JLiu Photography.

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.