Orange. It is both an adjective and a noun. Both a descriptor and the described. It is two things occupying the exact same spot in physical space, taunting the space-time continuum, threatening to end the universe as we know it. Its not possible! I scream with anger, can you hear me? Aaaaah. Shield your ears! Shield your ears!
John Malozsak. Owner of Ballistic Unlimited, a company that blankets the earth in stylish apparel. Chances are if you wear clothesif you, like a mindless sheep, have hopped on the wearing clothes bandwagon, a trend that has swept the nationthen you may have worn the kind made by Ballistic Unlimited. John has been in the scene for 15 years, and now, as a business owner, he can take his compact-performance hobby to unheard-of levels. Except now youre hearing about it, as this Protegé is too good to go unnoticed.
Four weeks. Thats how long it took John and his cronies to paste together this Mazda. Super Street can barely print a magazine in four weeks, let alone fabricate all the audio and video fixtures in this Protegé the way John did with his very own hands. But with a Kenwood system like his, you too would demand to install it yourself, raving and stomping around, knocking over expensive china, and throwing rocks at the sun. Speaker enclosures form islands of sound in the doors. The expert craftsmanship is most apparent in the trunk, where a Kenwood monitor and wave after wave of custom-built stereo enclosures greet you with four dB subs, like an orange juice flood, the vitamin C-shore at low tide. (Get it? C-shore!)
Do you like my body? We like the Protegés body. The kit on the Protegé is one of only a few in existence. Do you like the look of it and want to own one for yourself? Well, youre SOL; the kit originates from a plaster mold that was made by Mazda strictly for a Protegé concept car. When John found it moldering in the Mazda dungeon, he saved it, defeated the evil dragon, and managed to squeeze one more kit from the fragile mold. The mold has since cracked and turned to crap, but the kit continues to live on in glory on Johns car, to taunt the rest of you Protegé owners out there. Fancy the wing? Similar story. Its from an early MP3 concept car, meaning its as rare as an edible meal at Sizzler.
Party time. You may have seen this car at Hot Import Nights. You may have seen this car on the Super Street Tour. We have. And we like it. Ooh yeah. You also may have noticed the Mazda logos glowing in the seats. That showstopping effect comes courtesy of some experimental fiber optics from Federal Mogul. At long last, it finally appears that technology stripped from downed alien aircraft is finally being considered for consumer applications. Looks pretty tight, huh? Thats one tasty burger. The fiber optics also illuminate the door panels and center console. Talk about shedding a little light on the situation. Even under the hood, the party doesnt stop; go ahead and admire the polished intake and valve cover and candy-blue powdercoating.
The future. Is it possible to top the awe-inspiring, electric-boogalooinducing Mazda Protegé that appears before you on these pages, trapped forever in the prison of photography? Well, John is sure as hell going to try, this time with a Mazda Protegé5. Expect to see lots of top-secret Mazda accessories and more of that trademark Ballistic ingenuity. Orange you excited?