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First Class Fitment 2018

Canibeat makes it 9 years and counting...

Oct 18, 2018
Photographer: Al Norris

In New Jersey, autumn signifies the transition from summer to the colder winter months, as well as the end of the car show and meet season. In order to bid a proper farewell to those highly regarded sunny months, throws one of the most popular events in the region with their annual First Class Fitment. Now in its ninth year, the gathering, based on curated vehicles of all makes and models, takes place at an active, private Princeton New Jersey airport.

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The backdrop is unique, the atmosphere is always friendly, and the cars chosen aren't solely based on extreme stance like you might assume. Sure, there are some vehicles that push the boundaries of camber and wheel fitment, but there are also plenty of builds in attendance that rely on a far more traditional contact patch.

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The variety that FCF brings lends itself to offering a little something for everyone and it's the main ingredient that keeps people coming back for more. The number of hopefuls continues to increase but rather than opening the floodgates, the Canibeat crew promises to maintain a quality over quantity recipe. But don't let that lead you to believe that the event hasn't continued to progress - what started with well under a hundred cars the first year has morphed into hundreds of cars occupying the private airstrip.

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In 2017, the threat of rain after a stretch of unseasonably dry weather culminated in a wet morning and a slight drizzle accompanied by clouds throughout the day. This year was a bit more of the same though that didn't stop registered cars or fans from taking part in the event.

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The weather wasn't entirely accommodating but that didn't keep anyone away and the 9th annual event was another success.

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Arguably the most popular chassis in Honda's Civic lineup, the fifth gen. is all but guaranteed to show up. The top example sports Spoon SW388 wheels, a First Molding lip and Backyard Special upturned rear wing, while the other hatch rolls on bronze TE37s, is fitted with a Spoon lip, wing and Chargespeed fenders and powered by a K-swap.

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Loving the HKS livery used on this R32 Skyline ... and the license plate is a nice touch.

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Open to all makes and models keeps things interesting and at times you'll run across vehicles that you might not have otherwise had a chance to see.

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We haven't seen a large number of Acura's latest NSX generation at events but that's probably because only a small number have been purchased. Here, 21-inch Advan GT rollers are matched to an extremely high dollar AIMGAIN kit and Airrex suspension.

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Sometimes going from unusable and entirely functional is just the flip of a switch away. This boosted Lexus SC coupe is proof of that.

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There's been no shortage of FD chassis RX-7 builds as the '90s hero has experienced a resurgence as of late...

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..and this trio served as a prime example as to why this model doesn't seem and only gains fans as it ages gracefully.

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Ray Delgado (white S2K) and Dave Tormey (blue S2k) have certainly done the AP2 chassis justice without going overboard. Both rely on Rays wheels, OEM hardtops and Spoon mirrors, but Ray's S is fitted with Spoon's V2 bumper while Dave opted for an Amuse bumper cover.

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Japanese wheels being mounted to European cars has become increasingly popular over the last five years and has long moved passed the negative head shaking that once ensued.

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