It's not often we put a Lexus on the front page of the mag. For many of us, it's a bit out of our price range. Hell, I can barely afford to get into an old Civic, let alone a brand new Lexus. Plus, the brand typically associates itself more with luxury than raw performance. But walking through SEMA last year, this sleek and modest, yet performance-focused IS stopped me in my tracks. I can remember dropping my backpack on the ground and snapping photos like I was paparazzi using both my SLR and iPhone (had to Instagram that shit!). This Lexus wasn't just fresh because it was one of the first modified third-gen ISs, but it was built the way we would have wanted it. Clean exterior, race-inspired interior and an engine bay and chassis that are all about going fast on the street and around a road course. While a Lexus might not be for all of us, this car is the epitome of what Super Street tuning is about. A fast road car that's sexy enough for the car show, proven on the road course and a hit with the ladies!
But wait, there's more!
As I write this letter with a couple hours before this issue goes to press, I've just been confirmed to drive on the Gumball 3000 this year. And what better car to take than this month's cover car! We'll have a full report on the rally and plenty of online/social media updates... As long as I can stay out of jail!
15 hours of Pain and Gain
I have been to hundreds of photoshoots, but none compare to this month's cover feature. Two cars, four models, a double-sided poster and plenty of tire smoke... This 15-hour extravaganza may be one of the most demanding yet memorable days I've experienced as an editor. The concept and photography is a bit different with all the chicas but I hope you enjoy it. Shit, I even got a damn speeding ticket on the way home from the shoot so at least check out the video on superstreetonline.com and put this poster on your wall!
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