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Ryan And his Chrysler 300 for his daughter, Kaliah

Jul 30, 2010





At the Dub Car Show, I see this Chrysler 300 that looked cute and then I saw photos of Ryan's daughter on the car. So I naturally thought that he put his daughter on his car to show that he loved his daughter, then I found out the dedication of the car was a tribute to his daughter. I am getting teary-eyed typing this, and I don't even know them. Sorry but I have a weakness when children are killed...
















After reading the story, I was pretending to wipe sweat off of my face but in reality I was wiping the tears that escaped out of my eye...



As you can hear, I kept trying to cut the interview short because I didn't want to stand there crying in front of Ryan. He probably would have thought that I was a nutcase.

This was once a 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

Jul 29, 2010

So I'm still on WreckedExotics.com and I come across this:



At first, I thought it was an art piece like what they have at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, best museum in the world...), but this is actually someone car after it caught on fire.

Looking at this photo, I will say this: those wheels are indestructible.

The car once looked like this:

Ridin Music: 18 Years Ago Today, One of the Greatest Debut Albums Was Released

Jul 28, 2010

I know that all of my Ridin Musics have to do with rap, but before Ready to Die, Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic and other countless number of classic Debut Albums, there was a Debut Album that to this very day, that I still play in the 'Voy...



18 Years Ago today on July 28th 1992, Mary J Blige released her debut album "What's the 411?". This was back when Sean Combs was known as an Uptown Records intern named Puffy. "What's the 411?" was actually the first album to combine Hip Hop with R&B thus birthing "Hip Hop Soul". It also birthed the art of sampling music, but we won't get into that.

12 tracks (10 songs, one interlude from an up-and-coming rapper named Busta Rhymes, and one intro with Mary playing her answering machine), this album does live in my Envoy.

I have to admit, when this album came out, I was only 8 years old, so I didn't understand the lyrics then. It took me some years, but I understand why Mary is appreciated as much as she is because she wrote about real life situations that most females go through, including me.

My favorite track has to be Changes I've Been Going Through. That song still speaks to me, and yes, I do sing to this song when I'm driving.

A year later, this same album was Remixed, but the remixed album (to me) wasn't as good as the original, but I still bought it. But after What's the 411? came Mary's most loved, cherished, respected work (fan-based wise), but I won't talk about that until November 29.

JE Designs gets their hands on the Audi Q7-S Line



This is the meat and potatoes of it....

Performance raised from 233 to 285 hp and 550 Newton metres
Wide body contributes to the SUV's assertive road presence
22-inch SUV-Select light alloy wheels in graphite silver
All components with TÜV Certificate
With its wide-body construction and increase in performance of more than 20 per cent, JE DESIGN transforms the Q7 into an SUV with enormous road presence and increased overtaking power. The 22-inch-wheels and the double exhausts emphasise this impression even more.

And let's get a little deeper into it.

To start with the 3.0-litre standard diesel version produces 233 hp (171 kW). By optimising the engine control unit, JE DESIGN raises this figure to 285 hp (210 kW). As a result the maximum torque from the compression-ignition engine increases from 500 to 550 Newton metres and the top speed from 210 to 219 kph. The 2.3-tonne vehicle reaches the 100-kph mark in a mere 8.4 seconds instead of the 9.1 seconds needed by the standard version.

The vehicle's assertive road presence is achieved by the wide body design. Using it, JE DESIGN makes the Ingolstadt vehicle take on an enormous width and gives the SUV an aggressive presence. The transformation covers the front spoiler corners which JE DESIGN offers for the Q7 S-Line in pairs, with and without the wide body kit (690 Euro, ), the twelve-part flared wheel arch kit including the door trim (2699 Euro), and the rear bumper extension with lozenge-shaped double exhaust outlets on both sides (1798 Euro). The forbidding look facing forward is achieved by the headlight covers (99 Euro). At the rear the spoiler tail unit, which in addition covers the C-pillars (1099 Euro), ensures the required down-force and puts the finishing touch to the uncompromising exterior.



The entire JE DESIGN Wide Body kit is not reserved only for the S-Line models. The engineers at JE DESIGN have developed the wide construction so that it fits on all Q7 models regardless of year of manufacture and the Facelift Model (apart from the W12 TDI).

The electronic lowering (1428 Euro) on the one hand improves the JE DESIGN Q7's sporty appearance and at the same time heightens the SUV's passion for bends. At 35 millimetres nearer to ground level, the powerful vehicle definitely provides a livelier ride round bends and obstacles.



As is to be expected, JE DESIGN supplies all components with the appropriate TÜV Certificate to ensure registration in the vehicle's documents without further ado.

For more details about JE Design, check out www.je-design.de

Recapping the 2010 King of the Streets Summerfest Car Show

Jul 27, 2010



On an extremely hot July 24th, I went to Aiken, SC for the King of the Streets Summerfest Car and Bike Show. For the first time ever, the heat got to me and I couldn't stay long. If I did, I would have been typing this in a hospital bed.

I was upset that I had to leave early, because as I was leaving, more cars were arriving, and I had to bow out at roughly 5:30pm. There were some cars, but like I said there were more coming in. Next time, I'm gonna need them to have that event somewhere that has more trees. I hope the Hinesville car show has more than three trees.

Even though I was about to have a heat stroke, I still managed to get photos, check it out...











(The only fully customized vehicle I've seen before I almost blacked out)



(I didn't care for the woodgrain)

(Not a fan of these rims)





Honestly this vehicle had the most promise, but they really need to handle that interior...







I gave him credit because he cared about the environment...

But Bernie's Joy-ride pick would be...

... but the rims are a little big and with me behind the wheel, they would rub, yet I adored the paint job.

I wonder if someone customized a Mountain Dew car??? Anyway to see the rest of the gallery, go to 2010 King of the Streets Summerfest Car Show Gallery at BeTrueATL.com

OPTIMA Batteries joins Kalitta Motorsports as Associate Sponsor

Jul 26, 2010



Out of the house of OPTIMA Batteries, a worldwide leader in high-performance batteries, it will join Kalitta Motorsports, one of the most accomplished teams in the history of NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Professional Drag Racing, as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series as well as for the 2011 season.

OPTIMA Batteries will be prominently displayed on all three of Kalitta Motorsports’ nitro-fueled, 8,000-horsepower, 300+mph race cars, the Technicoat Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta, the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster driven by Dave Grubnic, and the DHL Funny Car driven by Jeff Arend, beginning at this weekend’s NHRA national event, the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., July 16-18.

“We are proud to be with a part of the legendary Kalitta family. Their winning history is a perfect match for Optima Batteries,” said Cam Douglass, Director of Product Development and Marketing, OPTIMA Batteries. “This relationship will help demonstrate that Optima batteries are proven to perform in the most demanding applications.”

“It’s an honor for us to be partnered with such a great brand as OPTIMA Batteries,” Connie Kalitta, team owner and drag racing legend, said. “OPTIMA Batteries have proven to be some of the best high-performance batteries on the market, and we’re very excited about them teaming up with us on our high-performance race cars.”

For more info about Kalitta Motorsports including exclusive content such as videos, photos and more, please visit www.teamkalitta.com

and...

For more info about Optima Batteries, please visit www.optimabatteries.com

8000 horsepower, 300 mph vehicles... hmmmmmm.

Shop Review: Reme's Designs, Long Island, NY

Jul 23, 2010



Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time for the shop reviews. I wanted the first one to be special. I needed to set the bar high. So I took it back home to Long Island, where I grew up and where people say coffee the way I say it.

Tuesday June 29, 2010, Deep in the Heart and Village of Patchogue, Long Island. About 2 miles south of Sunrise Highway, off of East Main Street, there lies a gray building that is a customization shop.



I go inside of Reme Designs and was greeted by a tea-cup Yorkie, and then moments later, I was greeted by Reme, who was in the middle of working. He allowed me to have my run of the place, no limitations on the photos I wanted.

My flight back to Atlanta was the next day, so I had to get what I needed that day. And it just so happened that I came on a very hectic day, but he was still gracious enough to put up with me. I also came somewhat unannounced, and for an unannounced visit, that shop was clean. I have the unfortunate habit of loving to come to a shop unannounced because then I get to capture the rawness and the energy of it.

Let's look at the waiting area/office.


(Check out the giant Rust-oleum can!!!!)




(A lot of memorabilia)


(Even more memorabilia- even has autographed G Unit Sneakers.)


(Love the Reme bobble head)





Then I walked into the shop in which I loved the decor. If you appreciate hot graffiti, you would definitely appreciate Reme's shop. I see five cars, three of them are old school vehicles, one of them being a Saturn Sky Turbo. And then I see a 2010 Chevy Camaro and Reme installing Lambo Doors.

(In case if you forgot where you were)

(This is a classic case of "You know you're from Long Island if you seen a sign that looked like this)

(All New Yorkers are proud of where they're from)


Before I show the interview, I'm gonna give you the history of Reme...

Reme also known as Keith Rowland (yeah I put his government out there) is one of America's top 50 Installers. Most noted for being the shop manager/Master Installer for Unique Autosports, he branched out on his own and opened his own shop, Reme Designs, on Long Island. His previous work does include vehicles from LeBron James, Busta Rhymes, Enimem, Jadakiss, 50 Cent, Marc Echo, and most importantly he's worked on my favorite vehicle out of the casa of Unique Autosports- Pamela Anderson's Airstream as well as working on vehicles that belong to the New York Yankees including my personal favorite, Robinson Cano. If what I just said didn't lend to Reme's credibility, watch seasons 1-4 of Unique Whips, and then I'll hit you with a "Told You So"

I have the interview, and listen closely...





I kept rolling on purpose to prove a point he made, in which he said that just because he owns the shop, doesn't mean that he's going to be stuck behind a desk. Decisions will be made and business will be conducted, even while he's installing Lambo Doors.



I have to be honest, if you want someone that you trust with your vehicle, that will give you that top notched service, use high quality equipment, as well as having equipment correctly installed in your vehicles, go see Reme. And don't give me that excuse about how you don't live in NY, cause he can and will find a way to get your vehicle, customize it, and get it back to you in better condition than it was originally in.

Visit Reme at RemeDesigns.net; facebook.com/remerowland, myspace.com/remedesigns or if you're really serious about getting your car customized: Reme Designs is located at 382B East Main Street, Patchogue NY 11772. (Note: It's really easy to get to)

You gotta love Reme, and this will not be the last time you see him here.

P.S. He still has to complete the interior to his car...



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