From day one, Super Street has always been about being the outcast, a black sheep of the publishing world combining witty banter with real world cars and the upper echelon of tuned machines that's an aspiration for all. With a staff that has numerously admitted to not knowing how to work on cars (Ok, so maybe that was only Matt Pearson and Jonny Wong), humor was an avenue always explored to keep ourselves from becoming just like everyone else: boring. The reader has and will continue to be our primary source of inspiration-after all, when you break it down, we are just like you-the every day car builder, tuner and dreamer. We've had some amazing moments in our short time in publication and met some equally amazing individuals along the way-many of which we remember here. Thank you all for your undying support; we couldn't have made it without you!
Back when people actually came up with cool ideas to get free or cheap horsepower, some genius came up with the idea to feed more air to an intake by routing dryer ducting from the front bumper to the filter. This was the catalyst for the ram air systems you see today.
One would think that the greatest car shows originate in the West Coast, but it actually goes down in the southern state of Georgia. The Meyers brothers, who run the NOPI (Number One Parts Inc.) chain stores, held a huge motorsports expo dubbed the NOPI Nationals at the Lakewood Exhibition Center, featuring show, lowriding and SCCA competitions all in one venue.
The NOPI Nationals became so big that it moved to the Atlanta Motor Speedway to accommodate its crowds. This year's show is its biggest ever need proof? Check out the headliner: Ludacris.
The birth of a legend: RJ DeVera took show cars to a new height when his crew, Kosoku launched as Southern California's premier car club.
A'PEXi joins the US market alongside HKS and GReddy as a leading supplier of performance parts for high horsepower Japanese models.
Honda satisfied America's craving for the ultimate sports coupe by one-upping the GS-R with the race-inspired Type R. Sent over in limited production, this rare Acura was a wet dream that needed little to no improvements to make it better. That's how good the Type R is.
Before JDM became a household name in our world, we were already featuring race cars from across the Pacific, like this Spoon EK Civic.
Current FNG, Carter Jung was the first to ever convert their DC2 Integra with the Japanese OEM Type R front end. This move got him front cover.
Bergenholtz should be a familiar name, but while Ed has been busy busting records on the drag circuit, his brother Ron was a meticulous show car builder. His DA Integra wasn't just the epitome of clean, it also ran 10s with its interior and sound system intact.
The name Millen has been synonymous with racing for years. Count 'em off: Rod, Steve and Rhys; drag, rally and drift. This Supra was a simple shop car for Rhys' RMR, but it had no problem busting 10s.
Did you know earning a living off growing bok choy can fund a drag racing career? Adam Saruwatari used his allowance to drag race this RX-7 against an army of Hondas.
Fun Fact: Did you know Saruwatari literally means "monkey crossing?"
Another show car builder/icon, L J Garcia made his Super Street cover debut with this blue EG, which was ahead of the curve with a B16A engine swap and custom interior work.
There is nothing more satisfying and down-right funny than seeing one of your old bosses dressed up for a rollerblading session at the beach. But since John Cobb's technically no longer our boss...ha ha ha ha! Wait a minute; he's not our boss, right?
When an ordinary paint job just doesn't cut it, get creative and add parts from other makes/models for a twisted perspective. Nathan Pagtama molded the side vents from a MR2 to his Integra, as well as the taillights, also from a MR2.
What good would an import title be without a grudge match between a domestic sister publication? Hot Rod challenged a crew with Howard's Supra and a NSX from DAZZ, but the rust-bucket brigade wussed out and refused to push their trailer queens to the line.
What better way for us as a magazine and staff to get to know our readers better than to throw an event that would give us at least two days of non-stop fun while on the road with cars from all over the country? Our first Super Street Tour took us from the northeast to Florida, as far west as California then to a weekend of turkey legs and cars as far as they eyes could see at the Atlanta Motorspeedway. Debauchery at its finest.
For every woman whose letter we've received complaining that we feature too many half-naked girls with low moral standards, will you now take a sip of this "shut the hell up"?
Here's a project car you don't see everyday. We actually built a Corolla AE86 with the help of TRD, giving the 4AG engine an upgraded valve train and a well-balanced suspension-all before, gasp, Initial D.
California seemed to produce fast drag cars by the dozen, so why not send the fastest of the fast to the East Coast for a little exhibition? Racers like Tony Fuchs, Stephan Papadakis, Ed Bergenholtz and Viet Lam showed them how the West Coast rocks.
You'll never catch a Hot Rod staffer praising the likes of an import. When the legendary Gray Baskerville posed by this early Civic CVCC, we took pleasure in exploiting it for all it was worth.
Who says you need a SR20DET to go wickedly fast? HKS made sure their boosted KA-powered S14 took to the streets with its huge turbo and custom HKS wheels, now discontinued.
Miss Import Showoff '98: Linda O'Neil. Hot now, hot back then (check her out in this month's Top 10).
An all-motor Honda running 10's is no easy job; just ask Skunk2. Project Beta was built originally for road racing but after lightening it and placing Tony Shagday behind the wheel, it broke records for a front-wheel without any boost or nitrous.
Christian Rado currently employs the services of the Kozeluh twins, Grim and Mark, but it was Vinny Ten and the Performance Factory that allowed them to get their feet wet for building fast Supras.
In a rare moment, Cali guys actually pull their cars out and drive them more than an hour to a drag race in Bakersfield. These days it's any wonder if you can get them to drive downtown for Import Showoff.
30 minutes is barely enough time for anyone in most of Los Angeles county to drive down to Long Beach, but that's how long it took for ticket sales at the first Hot Import Nights to sell out. Something tells us we shouldn't have turned down those janitorial job offers from Vision.
Say hi to Nichole and our first poster with a Honda Civic project car.
Spot a car like this on the road today and you laugh, but at the time, graphics and interior work as loud as this was as hot as Montell Jordan. Who? Like we said, at the time.
Charles Madrid isn't a real doctor but he plays one when it comes to racing fast Hondas.
We'd say something but he signs our checks.
Let the stalking commence. Macky Manansala creeps the hell out of all Super Street's editorial staff for years to come.
Before a Hollywood lifestyle corrupted Chris Rado's mind with D&G and mutton chops, he raced an Integra that was built with RPS and broke off fools deep into the 9s.
Our longtime friendship with Signal Auto commenced with their first chop-top Civic drag car.
Flaco was a little rotary-powered Mazda R100 that Abel Ibarra raced before he stepped up to the RX-8 you see him in today.
Look, pre-dadsy Nadsy working his "I write for a living" schtick. The line worked every time.
For years, the 240SX was left in the dust until V-Spec discovered you could make the Japanese spec SR20DET motor work with a little rewiring. This engine swap is a must do for any Nissan head.
Making history can change one's emotional state, just ask Ron Bergenholtz after his brother Ed first ran 9s with a unibody Honda.