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First Class Fitment - Event

Canibeat's First Event - Princeton, NJ

David Tormey
Feb 28, 2011
Photographers: Alex Bednarik, Brendan Lester

Over the past year, the guys and I at Canibeat.com have had the opportunity to travel to many events, and cover even more through the eyes of our photographers all over the country. With vacation days scheduled around shows and road trips we'll never forget, countless friends have been made along the way. We decided what better way to wrap up our first year than hosting our first event?

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Now we could have easily thrown together some parking lot or track event but if we were going to do this I wanted to start off with a unique venue. There will always be a place for those trackside events with crappy overpriced food, GTG's at parking garages and fast food joints where someone inevitably does something stupid and the cops kick us out. But some of my favorite and most memorable events are the ones that break the mold and show a little more planning and creativity.

As a photographer myself, I've spent many summer days baking in the sun of parking lots and snapping photos of cars that deserve much more than "a parking lot pic". So I started thinking of locations that might make for a unique backdrop in the Tri-State area. Then one day on my way into work after having thrown around a bunch of ideas with friends, I was sitting in traffic and a plane took off overhead. I looked to my left and it hit me... an airport! It wasn't exactly a walk in the park but after a few visits to the airport and follow up phone calls, the owners of Princeton Airport became familiar with the line "Hi it's Dave, with the car show..." and realized I was actually serious about the idea. Soon there after we finalized everything with the airport and we had our unique venue.

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As much as we would have loved to fill the runway and every unused inch of the airport, that wasn't an option and our space was somewhat limited. So after some careful thought and consideration it was decided that our first Canibeat event would be a fitment/stance event. Now while we may post our fair share of aggressively-fitted cars, we still appreciate the classics, the functional, and everything in between. Some may say the whole "stance thing" is a trend, something that will pass in time. Hell I'll be the first to admit it may not be for everyone, or is it? Although a bunch of us from Canibeat are Honda guys, one thing we love about fitment and stance is that it has created a common thread amongst the JDM, Euro, VIP and sometimes even domestic scenes that in the past didn't share much if any similarities at all. Only problem is, in the Northeast, there has never been one event that has brought us all together. So with quality and variety our top priorities, we named the event "First Class Fitment".

We struggled with the idea of calling First Class Fitment a "show" because we didn't want any classes, judges or score sheets. We wanted a laid back and chill environment and if we were going to hand out any awards at all we didn't want to give out any of those 99ยข plastic throwaway trophies. After talking to my buddy Dan at CCW about the event and discussing how he could help support, we came up with five special awards for our picks for Best JDM, Best Euro, Best VIP, Best Fitment and Best of Show. All of which were made using CCW Classic centers and custom engraved Canibeat centercaps!

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Even after all of the planning this event would not have run as smoothly as it did without the help of our friends and family. We love you guys and thank you so much for your continued support! A big shout out to our sponsors CCW, Eat Sleep Race, Open Road Tuning, Klutch Online, Weksos Industries and our buddies from Liberty VIP and Highrade. We already can't wait for First Class Fitment again this year. Source: canibeat.com

By David Tormey
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