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Usual Suspects - January 2008

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Dec 18, 2007
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PEARL NALANI
There's more to Pearl than just a pretty face. While wowing the Super Street staff with her infinite automotive technical know-how, she thought readers might be impressed with a girl's point of view for a change. So, surprise, you get more boobies and thought-provoking topics for discussion.



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SIMON COOKE
Back from the UK, Mr. Cooke has spent a better part of the past months training himself to sing opera in the hopes of one day standing against Paul Potts in a singing duel to the bitter death. If this should actually materialize, we just pray it's uploaded to YouTube so we can stop watching Paul Potts' winning performance on Britain's Got Talent.



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ELLIOTT MORAN
It turns out Elliott is good for something other than coordinating Super Lap Battle events, and has become quite the collector and facilitator of project cars around the office. First it was the STI, and now it's an S2000. Of course, in true Elliott form, neither of these cars will be finished but will continue to serve as transportation to and from lunch.



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TETSUYA OGUSHI
Hard to believe, but true: Billy Blanks has become somewhat of a reborn star in Japan. A tae bo-using, death-wielding displayer of hip hop dance and martial arts, those wacky Japanese will buy into anything. But not Tetsu. He doesn't give a crap. He just goes to soapland to lose that excess weight.



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ROEL CONCEPCION
Only one word can describe Roel's 2007 year and that's "major." Not sure if he can come close to replicating his epic adventures that started off innocently enough with a game of "just the tip," but if it involves the sky being green and the grass being blue, we're in for another year of hurt.



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GREG YAMAMOTO
When Yamz suggested we start putting more tech into the book again, we all looked at each other and laughed... for two hours straight. You see, that's like asking Paul Potts to do a Kanye West cover; it just doesn't happen. Well, Yamz thought otherwise and put a shank to our backs until we agreed to run a couple tech stories. See, we're easily motivated.



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WES ALLISON
For once, we actually shot a cover within close proximity to Wes' neighborhood, deep in the county of Orange. Now we know what it's like to have to drive two hours plus; it's maddening. Perhaps this is what drives Wes to the borders of insanity.




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CARTER JUNG
First he was a lowly Super Street staff editor, then he slid into the Siphon and Import Tuner cubicles. Now, Won Jo finishes a tech story--amazing! What'll happen next? Roel being less major? The sky turning blue? Hell no!




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HENRY Z. Dekuyper
Henry is undeniably a man of many trades. You signal him; he beckons your call. You say "jump;" he says, "Hell no." He traveled to the far reaches of the East Coast to shoot the first Honda of '08, then went to the closest adult entertainment outlet. His reasoning: discount coupons.

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