Every month I try to tie in some special holiday/season to convince you, the reader, to send in your ride. Besides it being Ricky's and my birthdays, it's Thanksgiving-the day to give, well, thanks. And there are a lot of people to be thankful for when you're into cars
First and foremost, you ought to thank your family for putting up with the oily mess and the accumulated stuff you have sprawled out in the garage. You should also be thankful for those friends who were there when you had car problems and provided that much-needed ride. The friends who rolled up their sleeves, wrench in hand. Without those guys you would be S.O.L. and days spent at the track/show/meet wouldn't be the same
Personally, there's someone I never really got to thank. A friend who was like family. Whether it was loosening the hard-to-reach oil filter on my R32, helping clean out my garage, or letting me borrow his old truck to drive to school when my Integra was stolen; he was, and is, the definition of being down. Even though he passed away years ago on Thanksgiving Day, a day hasn't gone by when I haven't thought of him. Thanks, and rest in peace John.
There's someone else I need to thank, and that's you readers. Thanks for reading, thanks for getting our humor, thanks for keeping us number one, and thanks for all the ride submissions. Keep them coming. Where? Here: email@example.com; or Super Street, Attn: Readers' Rides, 6420 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
This month Travis Ingram won Kics wheel spacers and oil drain plug courtesy of Mackin Industries (www.mackinindustries.com; 562.946.6820)
CARTER'S RIDE OF THE MONTH
Owns an '92 Toyota MR2 Turbo SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Nashville, TN LOOK FOR A GReddy strut bar, gauges, turbo timer, front lip, intercooler, intercooler piping; oil catch can, fluid caps; MOMO shift knob, pedals; Audi Misano Red paint; Border-style body kit; A'PEXi intake, GT exhaust; ported and polished head; three-angle valve job; CT26 turbo; Performance clutch; Speedsource shift bushings; TRD sparkplug wires; ATS throttle body; Kenwood head unit; 18-inch Stern Face III wheels; Michelin tires; Cusco coilovers; Arospeed strut bar TRAVIS SAYS, "Friends don't let friends drive stock." PLANS TO swap for Kouki taillights, MOMO interior, and Garrett GT28RS turbo CARTER SAYS your car is clean as a whistle. Also, everyone heed Travis' warning-driving stock can be hazardous to your health.
OWNS A '95 Nissan 240SX SE SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Warner Robins, GA LOOK FOR an Injen cold air intake; Hotshot header; NGK plugs and wires; Unorthodox pulleys; Fidanza flywheel; ACT clutch; A'PEXi SAFC; Jim Wolfe ECU; GReddy radiator; Walbro 255lph fuel pump; Nismo transmission, motor mounts; Tanabe suspension; Brembo rotors; Bomex mirrors, eyelids; Navan wing; carbon gas door; flared and rolled fenders; 18-inch Stern Beast wheels; Kumho tires ZACK SAYS, "Thanks to Tiffany, Kevin and Justin." PLANS TO add a T3/T4 turbo and build the KA24DE CARTER SAYS you know what you need to do without me saying it-you're so close to boost you can taste it.
OWNS A '03 Nissan 350Z SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Boonsboro, MD LOOK FOR Nismo suspension, interior, graphics; A'PEXi intake; GReddy exhaust; Tein springs; 18-inch wheels; spoiler; Unorthodox crank pulley; Nology wires ANTHONY SAYS, "I hope to see my ride in not only the best magazine out there but my favorite." PLANS TO add nitrous CARTER SAYS glad you like us. Too bad I can't say the same about your car-just kidding. Looks good! I'd say get a mild body kit next.
OWNS A '03 Honda Accord SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Dracut, MA LOOK FOR a custom fiberglass gauge pod; Auto Meter gauges; JT Autostyle body kit; Pilot fog lamps; Vertical doors; DC sports intake, header; custom Magnaflow exhaust; 17-inch Maxim Creed wheels; A'PEXi VAFC-2 MICHAEL SAYS, "Do it yourself, it's the best way to learn, and in the end it's that much more rewarding." PLANS TO be featured in Readers' Rides CARTER SAYS with the doors up and the wheel gap, it looks like your Accord's lifting her skirt. Drop it like it's hot!
OWNS A '92 Honda Civic SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Windsor, Ontario LOOK FOR a Spoon gauge cluster, front and rear spoilers, mirrors, strut bars; ten-point rollcage; carbon hood; B20 VTEC motor; Sparco seats; Takata harnesses; Mugen steering wheel JAY SAYS, "Thanks to my fianc Joanna and all the members of Active Performance." PLANS TO build an all-motor setup with individual throttle bodies CARTER SAYS very JDM-esque. Work on your suspension and you'll have a potent Time Attack car.
OWNS A '99 Eclipse GSX SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Lexington, KY LOOK FOR a GReddy intercooler, hard pipes, blow-off valve, Profec B, turbo timer; Injen intake; A'PEXi N1 exhaust, SAFC, downpipe; Auto Meter gauges; 660cc injectors; Eibach springs, 18-inch wheels TIM SAYS, "Thanks to my dad for helping me installing all my mods and Super Street rocks." PLANS TO upgrade to a bigger turbo CARTER SAYS I'm proud of you, Tim. It's hard to find an Eclipse not flaunting combat body kits and wild graphics. Keep it clean!
OWNS A '01 Mitsubishi Galant GTZ SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Palm Beach, FL LOOK FOR AN Erebuni body kit; Evolution VI spoiler; APR carbon fiber canards; AC Autotechnic gauges; Auto Meter gauges; 18-inch ADR Spades wheels; Falken tires; custom intake; Aerospeed filter; Freedom Design strut bar; Injen oil cap, fuse cover; Audiobahn subwoofers in custom enclosure; Audiobahn amplifier TOM SAYS, "Absolutely nothing." PLANS TO read other Readers' Rides entries so he knows to write something here and above CARTER SAYS Tom needs to start following examples.