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There Is No Rival, Because There Is No Equal.

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Being that the two shared the cover side-by-side for the 2015 Honda Issue, why not post up both sets of exclusive photos back to back?…

Most of you have probably read the back story on this entire shoot in the previous post, but if you have not, please take the time to. These photos are of Mikey Cristi’s Integra from Phaze2, whereas the previous day’s post featured Phil Sison’s exclusively. I wasn’t really sure how many exterior shots were supposed to be taken for a double feature of this magnitude so I just captured whatever I could. I figured the Super Street staff would want to display more of the photos of the two Integras together than separate so I also shot a lot of tandem photos. As mentioned before, the idea all sounded a little unusual and repetitive but when you put the two cars next to each other, you can really tell just how different they are. The two don’t even look like they were built with the same intentions and its pretty obvious that Mikey’s is more of a “street cruiser” style where Phil’s is more geared towards functionality. There is an off chance where you might one day see Phil’s DC at a weekend track event while Mikey’s would most likely never touch anything even remotely race-related. It’s essentially the same car with two very different builders displaying their work and showing just how versatile these old Hondas can be. They look familiar but you can just do so much with them to make them completely different from one another. I think that is what is great about the Honda/Acura platform of year’s past and that idea is what I really wanted to personify in the 2015 Honda Issue. “Same but different” I guess is what you can ultimately say about this cover. Two cars, same chassis, same color (nearly), built by two very different people, from opposing ends of California, from two different car clubs, using two different engines, but both naturally-aspirated, and both cars holding an unlimited amount of sentimental value. Ohhh, that’s a lot to take in. Check out the photos and enjoy some candids and extras at the end as well… Continue Reading

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I don’t really think people were sold on the idea of having two red Integras on the cover of Super Street originally. On paper, it just seemed a little odd. In the automotive print industry, it’s very rare to have two cars of the same chassis and color on the cover at the same time because repetition is not something that is sought after. When I first pitched the idea, it was met with some doubt even though I know Sam Du and the guys at Super Street would never admit it. If you came to me with the idea and I hadn’t seen the two cars, I’d probably doubt it too. Two Integras, that look very similar to non-diehard Honda heads, that are a very similar red hue just seems…well…stupid. Right? The Super Street Honda Issue is a big deal for the book because it is one of the biggest “special edition” issues that they do every calendar year and as such, the cover car is an important one. Let me state this fact right now, before my naysayers begin to log onto their social media accounts to talk shit: THE IDEA TO PUT MIKEY CRISTI’S INTEGRA ON THE COVER WAS NOT MY IDEA.. I actually was against the idea because I knew the backlash would be great, even though I don’t have any direct relation to Super Street magazine other than my work as a freelance journalist. I’m not saying that Mikey’s car didn’t deserve the cover. I’m saying that there are just too many personal relationships involved for my liking. People will cry favoritism and this and that about how I pitched the idea to them but again, the decision was NOT MINE. I believe that Sam Du had been sold on the idea of having Mikey’s Integra on the cover by the time it had debuted at Wekfest LA the year prior. Whatever I said wasn’t going to change that. He is the boss… Continue Reading

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With so much going on lately, it seems like Wekfest San Jose happened ages ago. I finally managed to find some time to go through the rest of the photos, so I guess now is as good a time as ever to throw them up. As mentioned it Part 1, I didn’t shoot as many photos as I did in year’s past because there was just so much going on that weekend. Another big issue that weekend was I realized that I had lost my tripod some time prior to my trip to San Jose. I still do not know where it is currently actually so I guess I should start looking to purchase another one. I’m thinking I may have lost it some time between my trip to Chicago and San Jose but it looks like a lost cause now. Luckily, my homie Yuta came through and knew someone in the Bay Area that helped me rent a tripod for free that weekend. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to shoot these photos. I could freehand it but with venues like this, I prefer to shoot long exposure with a tripod and all. Anyways, enjoy the shots. Wekfest New Jersey is coming up in a few weeks so I’m looking forward to being out in the East Coast again. See you guys then…

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