It's the section that you love to hate or hate to love. The one place in the book where you, the chosen few, have the opportunity to get your ride featured like the star it should be. Or at least you think it ought to be. Sort of like a vehicular American Idol, where you readers put your best foot forward hoping us editors give you the nod of approval. However, like any good season of American Idol, you get a few good entries and some decent ones, but a whole lot more of "what the fizzle was that nizzle thinking?" But hey, that's just us, and what's our opinion worth? According to Primedia, not very much.
However, this column isn't about us, it's about you. It's for all of you brave and bold automotive Kelly Clarksons and William Hungs out there who don't give a rat's ass about what anyone else thinks and gives it your best shot. Here's to your fifteen, OK maybe five, if not two, minutes of fame. Hopefully this will give you an edge when you're trying to pick up on the opposite sex at your local watering hole.
For the rest of you wishing for some of the spotlight, wish no more. All you have to do is submit a clean picture of your ride, specs, and any applicable bribes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Snail-mailers can forward their 'ish to Super Street, Attn: Readers' Rides, 6420 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
CARTER'S RIDE OF THE MONTH
OWNS A '94 Mazda RX-7 SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN San Diego, CA LOOK FOR a JIC titanium exhaust; RX7 Store resonated midpipe; Rotary Extreme downpipe; Pettit intake; GReddy pulley kit; PFS intercooler; ACT aluminum flywheel; A'PEXi Power FC with commander, AVC-R boost controller; Walbro fuel pump; Koyo radiator; Blitz gauges, Dual turbo timer; RX-8 shift knob, Gotham Racing short throw shifter; RE Amemiya AD9 hood; Mazda side skirts; 17-inch Volk Racing CE28NS wheels; Brembo slotted/dimpled rotors; Racing Beat springs; Bilstein struts; stainless brake lines; Project brake pads; KG Parts differential brace; K2RD toe links, trailing arms GENE SAYS, "I represent a very clean FD that puts down 330 rear-wheel horsepower." PLANS TO get it featured in a magazine CARTER SAYS super clean and super photography. Want to trade your black for a tan interior?
OWNS A '03 Nissan Altima SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Perth Amboy, NJ LOOK FOR a Stillen body kit, headers; Unorthodox pulley; Injen cold air intake; Nology spark plug wires; Eibach springs; 18-inch Motegi FF7 wheels; ADR strut bar; VIS hood; Nismo spoiler; AT S2 grill; Strada eyelids; Katzkin leather interior; JDM headlights; SE-R taillights; Sony monitor; Innovatek monitors; Alpine head unit CJ SAYS, "Thanks to my wife for allowing me to do all the above." PLANS TO add a turbo if his wife doesn't see the list CARTER SAYS now that you've seen your car, clip out your photo and burn this issue. Either that or take a black Sharpie to the "Plans To".
OWNS A '01 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN South Haven, MI LOOK FOR a GM supercharger; 56mm throttle body; Magnaflow exhaust; Prothane motor mounts; B&M short shift; Optima Yellow Top battery; 17-inch Falken Hanabis; Hankook tires; Eibach springs; Addco swaybars; Energy Suspension bushings; GT sideskirts; Auto Meter gauges JOE SAYS, "I figured I'd humor you guys in the department with my submission." PLANS TO add alcohol injection and swap pulleys CARTER SAYS a sense of humor and good photography can go a long way.
OWNS A '90 Acura Integra SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Lala Land LOOK FOR a B16 head; NuForms block guard; Type-R cams; AEM cam gears; A'PEXi VAFC 2 fuel controller; Full Race traction bars; DC headers; Skunk2 coilovers, short shift; Tokico struts; Powerslot rotors; EBC brake pads; Autolink gauge; Prothane bushings; Ingalls camber kit; Work Superfin wheels; Falken tires; Seibon carbon fiber hood; JDM headlights ADAM SAYS, "I've had it for about four years and I'm not even close to being finished." PLANS TO build another motor and debating whether to go NA or turbo CARTER SAYS looks clean. If you have another car to daily drive, I say go boost.
OWNS A '04 Mitsubishi Lancer SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN McMinnville, OR LOOK FOR an Accolade body kit, hood; Alpine head unit; Audiobahn 12-inch subwoofers, amplifiers; Soundstream monitor; PlayStation 2; Decal Kits stickers; Injen cold air intake; Skunk2 exhaust tip; strobe lights; tint; 18-inch Enkei wheels DAVID SAYS, "Thanks to my sponsors: Decalkits.com, Cave Audio, BMG Suspension, and Dunlop Tires." PLANS TO add Konig wheels, turbocharger, and repaint the car CARTER SUGGESTS you should go with the turbo kit first since you already have wheels and your paint looks cherry.
OWNS A Honda S2000 SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Naples, FL LOOK FOR an Injen cold air intake; Spoon throttle body, headers, high-flow catalytic converter, spark plugs, thermostat; Mugen grounding kit; AEM chip; 5Zigen exhaust; Eibach springs; StopTech rotors, calipers; 18-inch Mazzi chrome wheels ROD SAYS, "This is my first time writing to a magazine and I hope to hear from you." PLANS TO install a 75-shot nitrous kit, bored intake manifold, fuel rail, and body kit. CARTER SAYS I like the JDM but you might consider new wheels and leave the chrome at home.
OWNS A '97 Honda Civic SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Chicago, IL LOOK FOR an '00 Civic Type R front end, mirrors, window visors, taillights, spoiler, rear lip, shift boot, floor mats, springs, shocks; Civic Si gauge cluster, front lip, long block; GSR transmission, seats; Integra Type R header, injectors, flywheel, ECU; Exedy clutch; AEM intake; RSR exhaust; Vision Carbon Fiber hood; 16-inch Honda wheels; Yokahama tires; Pioneer head unit; Alpine subwoofer; White Diamond Pearl paint CHRIS SAYS, "This creation consists of both OEM JDM & USDM parts." PLANS TO stop keep loving Roz CARTER SAYS your EK is pretty clean; however, I would go with a 17-inch three piece wheel.