If there's one thing I love about summer, besides the blistering heat, extended daylight and girls in skimpy bikinis, it'll have to be cruising the warm evenings. Just like that old Will Smith (Ahem, you mean D.J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince? - KP) song, Summertime, the balmy season brings out the let's-go-out-and-just-kick-it mentality. Parks, beaches, lakes, pools or parking lots, it doesn't really matter where as long as I'm with the homies and my car is sparkling clean.
Not just car wash clean either, I'm talking washed, detailed and waxed with care only an owner can provide. Interior all dust free, water spotless, gleaming-ass rims and paint shine so shimmery it looks like it just rolled off the show room floor. The kind of clean that begs to be flossed on the streets. And that's what summer's all about, you, your ride and your homies. Mix in one part girl (or guy for you lady readers...or Jonny) and done. Finished. Summer perfected.
On your journey to achieving your perfect endless summer, take a pic of your ride, girl or otherwise, and send them in along with the info below to us over here at Readers' Rides (firstname.lastname@example.org; Super Street, Attn: Readers' Rides, 6420 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048). You might win a cool prize to offset all the summer heat.
This month's hottie ride belongs to Steve Norton who won a set of Ultrec tires from Vredestein (www.vredestein.com; 626.839.8913)
Carter's Ride Of The Month
Rocks a Infiniti G35
See it rolling in Citrus Heights, CA
Peep the custom paint job; Kenstyle bumpers; ings side skirts, spoiler; Seibon carbon hood; APS twin turbo kit, cams; SSV intake manifold; Samco hoses; JWT clutch, flywheel; NX nitrous kit; SVR dual exhaust; 20-inch Asanti rims; D2 coilovers; Sparco blue suede interior, shift knob; Kenwood head unit; MB Quart speakers, amplifiers
Steve says, "My goal was to build a show stopper and great street car. I hope to be a full feature in the future."
Carter says sick! And I'm not talking Indian-nation-eradicating-Smallpox sick but sick as in, your ride is sick as hell. I'm digging the color and the entire execution.
Rocks a JDM '96 Acura Integra Type R
See it rolling in Mansfield, OH
Peep the Spoon Type R rods; Mugen strut bar; Tanabe suspension; ACT clutch; Recaro seats; Kakimoto carbon interior
James says, "Thanks to my daughter Rhiannon for being my motivation."
Carter says how the hell did a JDM Type R find its way to Mansfield, OH, is what I want to know.
Rocks a '95 Nissan 240SX
See it rolling in Monterey Park, CA
Peep the SR20DET motor; HKS turbo elbow, GT2530 turbo; Enthalpy ECU; A'PEXi intake, exhaust, ground kit, turbo timer; Blitz downpipe, intercooler, blow-off valve, fuel pump; GReddy hot pipe; Ctune braces; Moog ball joints; Energy Suspension bushings; Zeal coilovers; 17-inch 5Zigen FN01RC rims; Falken tires; NISMO mounts; Z32 calipers; Brembo Rotors; Ogura clutch, flywheel; Defi gauges; M Sport body kit; JDM badges
Hung says, "Props to Ctune, Toysport and all my friends and family. Drive fast, just like if you were being chased by the cops."
Carter says or like you were being chased by a really horny Jonny in his 180SX-what we like to call, Jonny and his red thunder that's gonna grab you down under.
Rocks a '05 Toyota Corolla XRS
See it rolling in Clifton, CO
Peep the VIS carbon hood; 18-inch American Racing rims; Falken tires; Eibach springs; Bomex wing; A'PEXi exhaust; Panasonic head unit; AEM cold-air intake; Arospeed ground kit; TRD braces, oil cap; Stewart Warner shift light
Derek says, "Thanks to my fiance for letting me do whatever the hell I want, CATT Racing and Jack Cole."
Carter says anything you want? Rusty Trombone? Dirty Sanchez? The Admiral? If so, you deservedly own the ride of the month.
Rocks a '95 Eagle Talon
See it rolling in Ontario, Canada
Peep the GT13 turbo; GReddy blow-off valve, intercooler; Blitz boost controller; AEM fuel pressure regulator; HKS valve springs, cams; Unorthodox Racing pulleys; Eagle rods; Ross pistons; ARP studs; ACT clutch; Fidanza flywheel; Energy Suspension mounts, bushings; Fluidyne radiator; Flex-A-Lite fans; Koni shocks; RM Racing sway bars; B&M short shift; AP brakes; Ground Control coilovers; 18-inch SSR SP1 rims; Yokohama tires; TRE race transmission; Earl's oil cooler; GReddy gauges
Paul says, "I'd like to say, 'Hi' to all car nuts in Kingston and to thank my wife for putting up with my hobby."
Carter says I haven't seen a Talon, let alone one as clean as yours, in forever. Not too shabby for Eclipse's red-headed Appalachian stepsister.
Rocks a '03 Toyota Celica GT
See it rolling in Queens, NY
Peep the JDM HID lights, front lip; TRD body kit; Kaminari carbon wing; 17-inch Konig Next rims; Falken tires; Sprint springs; AEM cold-air intake; TRD exhaust; Megan Racing strut tower bar; TWM Performance short shift; RAZO pedals; Auto Meter tach; Pioneer head unit
Selwyn says, "Thanks to my mom, my wife, Speedway Auto and everyone else who supported me."
Carter says your car looks pretty damn good.