Regardless of all the media attention surrounding our nation's motivation in the Middle East, one fact emerges pure and unscathed: the commitment of our US soldiers. Time and time again, our men in arms put themselves on the line every-damn-day, risking their lives in the hope that they can somehow make a positive impact on the world. Unlike profiteers from the effort, they get no bonuses or fat dividends from the billions in oil revenue. When they finish their tour, what they come home to is the humble satisfaction of a job well done and what they deserve is our gratitude.
In recognition for all the sacrifices we cannot even begin to fathom-the long hot desert days in a chem suit, yearning for a real meal back home or wondering why all the MREs come packed with Skittles and how much you hate tasting therainbow-here's to you. A small token of our appreciation for all the soldiers stationed near and abroad, until you all come back home safely like my boy Sgt Alex Tan of the 2/23 4th Marine Division and homies SSgt "Cisco" Jauregui, Sgt Owen Murphy, and LCpl Jason Choi, we willtoast our first rounds to you. May all yourMREs be hamburger patties, days cool and with showers, filled with football in the dirt, and all your patrols safe. Cheers, Salud, and Kanpai.
CARTER'S RIDE OF THE MONTH
United states air force
OWNS A '04 Mitsubishi Evo SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Lakewood, WA LOOK FOR a Seibon carbon fiber hood; APR carbon fiber spoiler; Varis pillar garnish; UK Evo 8 badge; Evo 7 taillights; 18-inch Work Emotion wheels; Toyo Proxes tires; Tein S-Tech springs; Espilir exhaust, downpipe; Perrin fuel rail, short shift; HKS Suction intake, blow-off valve; Hallman manual boost controller; ARC titanium shift knob; Sun Hyper Ground system; GReddy radiator shroud; Utec engine management; Street Concepts D2 carbon fiber lip; Sparco harness bar, four-point harness; camera mount; Auto Meter boost gauges, A-pillar mount; Pioneer Avic head unit; PlayStation 2 RYAN SAYS, "I can't wait to get back from the Middle East." PLANS TO upgrade the intercooler, clutch, manifold and add a carbon fiber lip and canard CARTER SAYS get home safe and as for your car, you know what you're doing, you don't need any advice from me.
CHRIS BERGSTROM, US AIR FORCE
OWNS A '03 Dodge Neon SRT-4 SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Ramstein Air Base, Germany LOOK FOR a Mopar Stage 2 upgrade; Forge Motorsport wastegate; Turbo XS manual boost controller; Lorenzo Fuel Systems 60mm throttle body; Perrin cold air intake; mist injection kit; NGK Iridium spark plugs; TC intercooler; Titanium Blaze Revolution muffler; upgraded sway bars; DC Sports strut bars; Tokico shocks; Megan Racing springs; 18-inch ICW wheels; Falken Azenis tires; HKS blow-off valve; Nology wires; carbon fiber fog lamp, radiator shroud, hood scoop; Mopar short throw shifter, boost gauge; AEM air/fuel gauge; SPW oil pressure gauge; Perrin catch cans; Sony head unit; JBL speakers; GReddy turbo timer CHRIS SAYS, "I love spanking Germans on the Autobahn. Ach-Tung!" PLANS TO conceal his illegal radar detector CARTER SUGGESTS changing your wheels and spanking some GDM Porsches.
JAROD CULLER, US MARINES
OWNS A '00 Honda Civic Si SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Cherry Point, NC LOOK FOR a LS/VTEC B-motor; AEM cam gears; ported and polished head; ARP head studs, rod bolts; B&M short throw shift; Prothane motor mount; DC Sports header; AEM intake; Skunk2 coilovers; carbon fiber hood; projector headlights JAROD SAYS, "Thanks to my wife and my friends for putting up with me and helping me with my car." PLANS TO install my OEM foglights and get them out of the garage CARTER SUGGESTS screw the foglights and get some nice wheels, Marine!
OU SAEPHANH, US ARMY
OWNS A '00 Lexus GS 400 SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Tacoma, WA LOOK FOR 19-inch Amp Tsukuba wheels; Toyo tires; painted calipers; tint; Kenwood amp, Pioneer speakers; Polarg bulbs OU SAYS, "Three-piece wheels are nice but a three car garage is nicer." PLANS TO upgrade the performance CARTER SUGGESTS go VIP-style with a nice body kit and exhaust
ANGEL MEDINA, US ARMY
OWNS A '01 Toyota Celica GT SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Heidelberg, Germany LOOK FOR a Stanford Fabrication turbo kit; Power Enterprise fuel pump, 550cc injectors, A'PEXi Power FC, AVC-R, ground kit, tach; Ignition Solution coils; HKS blow-off valve; Trial F1 muffler; Tanabe Sustec Pro SS coilovers, under brace, strut bar; Energy Suspension bushings; Hotchkis sway bars; Fiber Images hood; 18-inch RS Limited Ikari wheels; Toyo tires; Defi gauges; PLX Devices 02 sensor; HKS turbo timer; Rotora brake kit; Momo steering wheel, shift knob, e-brake; Kenwood head unit ANGEL SAYS, "Your magazine in the only thing that keeps me sane stationed here in Germany" PLANS TO stiffen the chassis, change seats, radiator, internals and paint CARTER SUGGESTS joining Chris's journey to raid GDM Porsches.
PETER FRANCO, US AIR FORCE
OWNS AN '04 Infiniti G35 SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Travis Air Force Base, CA LOOK FOR 19-inch Racing Hart C4 wheels; Toyo tires; Z-Tube intake; K&N filter; Motordyne Engineering plenum spacer; HKS Hi-Power exhaust; Tein Basic coilovers; JDM badges, clear corners; tint; XM satellite radio PETER SAYS, "Don't JDM hate...educate! An Infiniti G35 is a Nissan Skyline 350GT! " PLANS TO add a body kit, sway bars, and supercharger CARTER SAYS thanks for the 411 and it looks like your future plans are better thought out than our project car blueprints.
JEFFREY ROMERO, US AIR FORCE
OWNS A '98 Nissan Altima SE SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Mount Laurel, NJ LOOK FOR a Stillen front spoiler, sway bar, exhaust; JT Autostyle side skirts, rear bumper; tint; side markers; painted calipers; Lo Tek gauge pod; Auto Meter gauges; APC fire extinguisher; carbon fiber shift knob; APC suede shift boot; G-Racing wheels; Sumitomo tires; Injen intake; Nology wires; Bosch spark plugs; Eibach Pro-Kit springs JEFFREY SAYS, "Strive to be the best in everything you do! " PLANS TO take care of my family and upgrade brakes and swap in an SR20DET CARTER SUGGESTS screw the family, SR-power, baby! Just kidding.
OWNS A '02 Subaru WRX SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Oklahoma City, OK LOOK FOR an APS SR30/15 turbo, front-mount intercooler, blow-off valve, exhaust, cold air intake, lightened flywheel; STi gear set, 565cc injectors, mounts; Exedy clutch; Walboro fuel pump; Unichip ECU; Fluidyne radiator; Samco radiator hoses; Zerosports thermostat; Prova hood dampers, oil cap, caps; HKS Circle Earth System; Optima battery; Cobb Tuning short throw shift; H&R coilovers; Ground Control camber plates; Hotchkis suspension; Cusco strut tower brace; 18-inch Compomotive TH2 wheels; Dunlop tires; AP Racing brakes; Lester fog light covers, vents; Prodrive lip; Sparco Monza seats, interior, shift knob; Defi gauges, hood; Kenwood navigation head unit PAUL SAYS, "My car is a dream come true from three years of a hard work." PLANS TO get it featured in Super Street CARTER SAYS very nice, you ought to bring your car to one of our Time Attack events
TARIK, TROY, JESSIE, GREGORY; US AIR FORCE
OWNS A '99 Toyota Altezza, Honda Integra Type-R, Nissan 180SX, Nissan Skyline SEE THE CARS IN Okinawa, Japan; but the boys in the Middle East Look for their cars in here in a future issue, after they return from their tour. TARIK SAYS, "Super Street is huge out here in the desert, I go to the Base Exchange to see if any new ones come in." PLANS TO get home safe to Nicole and resubmit individual pictures for Readers' Rides CARTER SAYS good luck out there to you and all your boys.
JASON DEARINGER, US AIR FORCE
OWNS A '90 Nissan Skyline GT-R SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Misawa, Japan LOOK FOR Tomei cams, head gasket; Nismo injectors; GReddy intake manifold, turbo timer; HKS GT2530 turbos, intake, exhaust, clutch, electronics, coilovers; Blitz boost controller, gauges; Mines ECU; Nismo side skirts, rear bumper; fiberglass front end; 17-inch Hasemi wheels; Cusco strut bar; Bridgestone tires; Pioneer head unit, speakers; Streetglow neons (why?! - Carter) SCOTT SAYS "Thanks to my loving and understanding wife, Gaijin Outlaw, Community Bank, and Mibu-san from M-Spec." PLANS TO keep submitting until Super Street puts me in their magazine CARTER SAYS if you didn't have the lights you would've been in here a long time ago =)
GERALD MUNNIGH, US MARINE
OWNS A '93 Honda Accord SE SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Oceanside, CA Look for an R33 bumper, turn signals; one-piece headlights; TYC taillights; intake; AEM fuel rail, fuel pressure regulator, headers, exhaust; Optima battery; Ractive cross-drilled and slotted rotors; Neuspeed strut bar; Tokico shocks, springs; Pioneer head unit, speakers; Rockford-Fosgate amp; Sun Electronics monitor; Sony PS2; carbon fiber dash kit; indiglo gauges GERALD SAYS, "Wife, I know you said not to spend any more money on my car, but it needed it!" PLANS TO represent for the Marines CARTER SAYS some more performance mods although they aren't as readily available for the F-series motor.
JULIO RIVERA, US ARMY
OWNS A '89 Nissan 240SX SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Fort Bragg, NC LOOK FOR 2JZ-GTE engine; HKS clutch; five-lug conversion; GT-R brakes; 18-inch ICW wheels; Nitto tires; custom piping, exhaust; Warlboro fuel pump; GReddy fuel cut controller, Profec B boost controller; A'PEXi Speed Rev meter; Optima battery JULIO SAYS, "This is the fusion of the Supra I couldn't afford and my love for Nissans." PLANS TO brace chassis and upgrade suspension CARTER SAYS props for shoe-horning a 2JZ into a S13; work on the aesthetics and you'll have a beauty to match the beast.
SCOTT DOUGLASS, US AIR FORCE
OWNS A '03 Mitsubishi Evo SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Hill Air Force Base, UT LOOK FOR a Perrin exhaust, undercarriage brace, test pipe; Hallman manual boost controller; Buschur Racing intercooler, intercooler piping, mini battery kit; HKS turbo timer; HKS 272 cams; AEM intake; ground kit; Defi gauges; Varis carbon fiber lip; Dynoflash ECU; A'PEXi SAFC-II; Forge blow-off valve; MR Vortex Generator; Evo 7 taillights; Tein S-Tech springs; 18-inch Volk LE37T wheels; Nitto tires; Momo shift knob; Alpine head unit; Polk speakers SCOTT SAYS, "I started this car because it was the best building block to start with!" PLANS TO buy larger injectors, a wideband O2 gauge, and upgrade the turbo CARTER SAYS nice and clean, keep up the good work!