Emil Garcia | State of Stance

Formula D: Motegi Super Drift

For Immediate Release   April 17, 2016 Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Results; Matt Field Takes the Victory Long Beach, Calif. – April 17, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Long Beach to host the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge as part of the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.  Matt Field in the Falken Tire / Drift Cave Nissan S14 takes the victory. The Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge for the fourth consecutive year brought motorsports action under the lights during the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a filled capacity within Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the famous street...

Formula D: Alec Hohnadell Nov02

Formula D: Alec Hohnadell

  The Formula D season has come to a close with a bang in a more literal sense than others for Alec “Hella Gains” Hohnadell. Check out his irwindale recap video.

JCR Racing: Long Bea...

For the 2014 Formula D, State of Stance and Jhonnattan Castro Racing have teamed up to bring you a series of videos tracking his progress throughout the season. This video will be available after every round on YouTube for all to...

Project B-Hate: Coil...

Project B-Hate: Coilover & Wheel Install from State of Stance on Vimeo. Video by: Emil Garcia      I’m a family man. So naturally I have my wife and child in the car fairly often. This can make for quite the noisy car ride! As I watched the odometer tick...

WekFest ’13 | Texas Showdown

WekFest ’13 Texas Showdown     1 WekFest, a highly regarded name in the national show scene. Over the past few years the show series has risen to prominence and has touched down in cities all over the United States. We flew into dallas and spent the weekend with the guys over at Team Nemesis (Upcoming Feature), and they showed us the ropes of the texas car scene, Let’s just go ahead and say Air Suspension is HUGE, and by huge i mean HUGE. The air driven scene in dallas is enormous, and filled with quality cars. From Jessyca Blood’s widebody IS-Coupe to the plethora of Audis, BMW and even Cadillacs the show was a...

BC Racing | Project B-Hate Dec04

BC Racing | Project B-Hate

BC Racing Project B-Hate     Every company in the car scene is known for a certain car:  StanceWork has Mike Burrow’s E28 5 Series, Highwaystar Garage has Manny’s  Subaru, Beardlife has Hert’s RX-7… the list goes on. These cars embody the company they represent. Once upon a time, State of Stance had Sergio Ramirez’s B8 A4. The car turned heads; were it with the Tiffany blue Rotiforms or the always classy CCW’s. Sadly, its time passed and that vehicle lives only as a memory. Albeit a brilliant one. You could say that we have a thing for Audi’s. We probably wouldn’t deny it....

Barca’s B Segment | Art99 Performance Nov22

Barca’s B Segment | Art99 Performance

Barca’s B Segment Art99 Performance   Photography by Jerome Rens Words by Sergio Ramirez   Simplicity is key. Whether it be in the workplace or in your everyday routine, you have probably heard the saying, “Less Is More,” and nowhere else is that more evident than in the next set of photos that we’re about to share with you. Our good friends at Art99erformance in Barcelona have sent in this spread of photos of a set of customer cars that they have finished building, one lovely b6A4 and a b8A4. Fresh out of the lot the cars do not really scream much, but to a true enthusiast like Albert they SCREAM...

SEMA | Get Nuts Labs Nov15

SEMA | Get Nuts Labs

SEMA Get Nuts Labs Videography by Emil Garcia

Industry Leak | Joey Redmond’s Veloster Oct31

Industry Leak | Joey Redmond’s Veloster

Industry Leak Joey Redmond’s Veloster Photo by Trusted Source     Through a trusted source, we have received, on halloween conveniently enough, a photo of Joey Redmonds Matte Orange Hynudai Veloster SEMA Build. The Photo is as real as real gets and we are excited to see the car up close and personal next week at SEMA. Enjoy the teaser/leak, and hopefully it holds you all over until next weeks reveal.  

Formula D: Title Fight Oct30

Formula D: Title Fight

Formula D: Title Fight   Videography by Emil Garcia    

Road to SEMA | Joni Paaso Oct22

Road to SEMA | Joni Paaso

Road to SEMA Joni Paaso   Words by Emil Garcia Photography by Joke Simonen The Road to SEMA Winners have been Chosen and we are happy to present to you our first winner Joni Paaso. Joni hails from finland, the land of amazing rally drivers and when his corolla came into our submission box we already knew he was a front runner to win a spot in our contest. This 2005 Toyota Corolla is not the every day econobox we are used to seeing state-side. Joni has taken his Euro exclusive corolla and bathed in Alfa Romero 8C Red, a color that is eye catching on its own. The Corolla sits atop KSport Air Suspension and DZ1 Wheels are bolted to all...

Formula D: Irwindale | Title Fight

Formula D: Irwindale Title Fight   Photography by Emil Garcia Press Release via John Pangilinan   Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway Results; Daigo Saito Takes the Event Victory and Michael Essa is Crowned Champion Long Beach, Calif. – October 13, 2013 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Irwindale Speedway for the final event of the 2013 season. Daigo Saito in the Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 takes the event victory. Michael Essa in the GSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 is crowned champion. Lexus wins the inaugural manufacturer’s championship and Hankook Tire wins the tire championship...

Formula D: Texas | Showdown

Formula D: Texas Showdown   Photography by Emil Garcia Press Release via John Pangilinan Round 6: Showdown at Texas Motor Speedway Results; Michael Essa Takes the Victory and the Points Lead   Long Beach, Calif. – September 15, 2013 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro entered Texas Motor Speedway for the first time. Michael Essa in the GSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 takes the victory and the lead in the Pro Championship points chase heading into the final competition of the 2013 season. Round 6: Showdown saw a return to Texas with the first Formula DRIFT event in the Lone Star State since 2005. Texas Motor Speedway hosted...

Vorsteiner & Wheels Boutique Mclaren Release

Vorsteiner & Wheels Boutique Mclaren Release Sublte Aggression   Words By Emil Garcia Photography by Rolando Diaz Vorsteiner and Wheels Boutique hosted a Release event this past week, it was to debut their new exterior styling kit for the McLaren MP4-12c. The event was held at Lou La Vie, a very popular lounge in the downtown area. S.o.S Staff was on hand to view the unveiling of the package and boy was it absolutely stunning. The Aero Components made the McLaren look even more aggressive but in a sublte way if you catch my….drift. The event also featured many of the company’s previous works such as a 997 Porsche and...

Road to SEMA Sep09

Road to SEMA

Road to SEMA Submission Contest     The Road to SEMA Contest is a user submission based contest in which fans enter their vehicles for review by the State of Stance staff. 8 vehicles will be chosen, photographed and featured by State of Stance. Features will be released 1 at a time in the 4 weeks leading up to the SEMA event. We encourage all of our fans to submit their vehicles. Winners will receive a State of Stance Swag Pack and be considered for Show Booth cars for the 2014 season. Submissions will open immediately. See below for contest rules.   Contest Rules  – Submissions can be made immediately to...

Warped Tour ’13 | Florida Fun

Warped Tour ’13 Florida Fun Words & Photography by Emil Garcia   Warped Tour as we all know is an annual music festival that is comprised of over 75 bands across 20+ states and even 2 continents, and when this timeless festival makes its way into our town we are front row and center. This years concert started off like any other, HOT!. The temperatures rocket to the mid 90s will thousands of kids funneled into the Cruzan Ampitheater. The stale air made it a bit difficult to keep composure but we made the best of it. Big name bands such as Memphis May Fire and The Used swooned a sea of kids while local bands like Rescue Kid...

J.Cole | Dollar & A Dream Tour

J. Cole Dollar & a Dream Tour   Words & Photography by Emil Garcia J.Cole, a name that is quickly recognized in the hip-hop world for being a lyrical genius. With 2 weeks until his sophomore debut (Born Sinner/Jun18th), Cole announced an 11 Stop tour, all at secret venues and all one dollar admission. The Stage Miami was the first stop on this tour and with an 11am release of the venue, a crowd quickly formed. Once the doors were opened the venue filled to capacity within minutes. 99 Jamz’s own DJ Nasty provided filler music and banter until the show began. Cole approached the stage in dramatic fashion, sporting a hoodie...

Formula D: New Jersey | The Gauntlet

Formula D: New Jersey The Gauntlet   Press Release via John Pangilinan Photography Emil Garcia & Nelson Queralta Round 4: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway Results; Daigo Saito Takes the Victory Long Beach, Calif. – June 22, 2013 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Wall Speedway in New Jersey for Round 4: The Gauntlet. Daigo Saito the driver of the Achilles / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 increases his Championship point lead with his second victory of the season. For the second year in a row, Round 4: The Gauntlet showcased action in front of a sold out crowd in New Jersey. This event marks the half-way mark for the...

Pagani Unleashed | Cinemotive Jun14

Pagani Unleashed | Cinemotive

Pagani Unleashed Cinemotive Video by Cinemotive & Prestige Imports/Pagani Miami

FD Palm Beach | Invasion

FD Palm Beach Invasion Press Release by John Pangilian Photography by Emil Garcia, Nelson Queralta & Michael Alvarado Round 3: Invasion at Palm Beach International Raceway Results; Michael Essa Takes the Victory Long Beach, Calif. – June 1, 2013 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Palm Beach International Raceway for Round 3: Invasion. Michael Essa in the GSR Autosport / Yokohama Tire BMW M3 takes the victory and moves into third place overall in the standings. Round 3: Invasion returned for the third consecutive season to South Florida to a capacity crowd. The fans were treated to exciting on-track action intermingled...

NRTG 2KIII | Orlando

NRTG 2KIII Orlando Photography by Mike Alvarado The NuroTag series made its second stop of the season in Orlando, FL this past weekend. People from all across the southeast region flocked to downtown Orlando to participate in the gathering of masses. The organizers of the event took over the...

Get Wrecked | J. Redmond’s Mustang Pt 1. May29

Get Wrecked | J. Redmond’s Mustang Pt 1.

Get Wrecked J. Redmonds Mustang pt.1 Words by Emil Garcia Photography by Nelson Queralta While in LA for Formula D Long Beach a few weeks back, the State of Stance team took some time to hang out with a good friend of ours, Joey Redmond. The plan was to chit chat over lunch, but when Joey pulled up in his gorgeous mustang we could not pass up the opportunity to get a few shots. This is just a sneak peek into what’s to come in the future, stick around for updates on this powerful pony! ...

Formula D: Atlanta | Road to the Championship

Formula D: Atlanta Road to the Championshiop Release by John Pangilinan Photography by Emil Garcia & Roly Dee Round 2: Road to the Championship Results; Daigo Saito Takes the Victory  Long Beach, Calif. – May 11, 2013 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro continued to Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta. Defending 2012 champion, Daigo Saito in the Achilles / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 takes the victory. Round 2: Road to the Championship returned for the tenth consecutive season to the home of the inaugural Formula DRIFT competition at Road Atlanta. This is the only course on the circuit that has paved a custom section...

Formula D: Long Beach May17

Formula D: Long Beach

Formula D Long Beach Video   Videography by Roly Dee  

Formula D Long Beach | Season Opener

Formula D | Long Beach Season Opener Photography By Nelson Queralta & Emil Garcia Words by John Pangilinan Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Kicked Off the Tenth Season of Formula DRIFT Presented by GoPro to a Sold Out Crowd;Daijiro Yoshihara Takes the Victory and Leads the Championship Points Chase  Long Beach, Calif. – April 13, 2013 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro begins the tenth season of competition with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach. Daijiro Yoshihara in the America’s Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 takes the victory and leads the championship points chase. Round 1: Streets of Long Beach started off the tenth season of...

Old School Swag Mar08

Old School Swag

Old School Swag Down South E30 Photography by Nelson Queralta Words by Emil Garcia Every now and the phone rings and on the other end is a request that we cannot turn down. This was the case with Guillermo Rodriguez’s 1991 BMW 325i , after hearing that the car was complete we headed over to make sure we got first crack at it. Guillermo has been a part of the local drift scene since his days with his original E30 and S.N.S Gang. As usual life happened and people went on to do their separate things. Guillermo however never lost the urge to build, after finishing a Subaru build with his father, he took to a new E30. In the eyes of the...

Darth-Zilla | Strasse Forged GT-R Feb20

Darth-Zilla | Strasse Forged GT-R

Godzilla’s Dark Side Strasse Forged GT-R Photography by Raymond Niece Words by Leo Diaz Godzilla, in direct translation means “Giant Monster”. To most, the word conjures up images of the world wide pop culture creature first seen emerging on Japan’s coast in Tomoyuki Tanaka’s 1954’s film self-titled Godzilla. To other is can only mean one thing; the giant monster of the automotive scene, the Nissan Skyline GT-R. This dark horse you see here is a meaner version of the arch nemesis of Mothra. It is a twisted version of Nissan’s flagship performance vehicle. While Nissan exported the Japan-only built car mainly to Hong...

Rolex 24 | The 2013 Season’s Green Light

Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Grand-Am Gives the Green Light for 2013 Photography by Emil Garcia Words By Leo Diaz   Another automotive year commences with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. This year 50,000 spectators flooded the speedway stands and campgrounds to witness Juan Pablo Montoya and his No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates – BMW Riley bring home a triumph in the 2013 Grand-Am opener. This was the 51st Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. For Ganassi Racing, it is the team’s fifth victory in the 24 hour event, and fifth in the last eight years; adding another Gold...

Mile High M3 Feb15

Mile High M3

Mile High M3 Strasse Forged M3 Words by Emil Garcia Photography by Chris Carrillo We here at SoS are all about working with locals. We share a town and a passion, why not help each other to reach common goals? The guys over at Strasse Forged contacted us with a feature that we could not pass up on showing to all of our loyal readers. The beauty shown here is a 2013 BMW M3, it wears Strasse Forged’s R10 (F:19×9/R:19×10). The wheels have Titanium brushed centers, with fully polished lips. Do not let the nice stance fool you, This “beemer” is outfitted with almost every Active Autowerks bolt on you can think of....

Exotic & Espressos

Exotics & Espressos Prestige Imports Monthly Brunch Photography & Words by Emil Garcia Prestige Imports hosted their monthly Exotics & Espressos event this past Saturday and regardless of the weather the event went on without a hitch. The gloomy day did not discourage people from coming out to admire this month’s selection of exotics at the Epicure market. As usual the gold Aventador was in attendance and as always it garnered most of the attention. A crowd gathered as the exotics were pulled into the parking lot, playing a symphony of cylinders. Prestige Imports also debuted PROJECT:S8, Brett David’s personal car...

Air it Out | Vossen Accord pt.2 Jan15

Air it Out | Vossen Accord pt.2

Air it Out Vossen Accord pt.2 Photography by Nelson Queralta Words by Emil Garcia Some time ago we featured Jorge Alvarez’s CS1 accord coupe, previously it was static on Vossen CV2. Things have changed since the last time that we saw this car, and for the better. Jorge’s has gone through a rather drastic transformation. Instead of his previous set of coilovers, Jorge now rides around on Airex full digital air suspension, and he has ditched the Vossen CV2s in favor of newer Vossen CV7s (20×10.5) For those of you who have seen the car previously, you will have notice that the interior has also received an overhaul. The guys...

Concave Controversy Dec24

Concave Controversy

Concave Controversy Static 240sx Photography by Nelson Queralta Words by Emil Garcia As humans living on the wonderful blue marble, our judgments are predisposed. Based on our prior experiences we make up our minds on things before having all the facts. This 1998 Nissan 240sx is a perfect example of how our judgment and eyes can deceive us. Luis Garcia purchased this 240sx as a bare shell 6 months ago, and by bare we mean bare, there was not even a gas tank present. Once the shell touched base at his Miami, FL home Luis quickly got to work. The vehicle received all new bushings, suspension arms, brakes and of course… a gas...

Red Bull | Drift Shifters

Red Bull Drift Shifters  Photography & Words by Jaime Walker   Red Bull Drift Shifters, the brainchild of New Zealands own Mad Mike Whiddett. With the help of Red Bull, Nitto Tire, Dirty Man face wash, Achilles Tire and a host of other sponsors. Modeled in the image of a pinball machine, the course featured a speed tunnel, proximity sensors, a semi truck, and multiple other obstacles. With a top score of a million, it was a sight to see Speed and angle are measured at multiple points throughout the course, giving the driving multiple opporunities to better their score. More angle and speed equal more points. The best of New Zealands...

Red Bull | The Athlete Machine Dec10

Red Bull | The Athlete Machine

Red Bull The Athlete Machine Words by Emil Garcia Red Bull is known for their head on embrace to extreme sports. They support anything and everything that is over the top and people want to see. The Red Bull Roster is so expansive and covers so many different disciplines it can blow your mind. This Video, titled ” The Athlete Machine” is a MIND BLOWING example of how Creative and Extreme Red Bull is. Enjoy!

Project AU79 | Cinemotive’s Breakout Dec05

Project AU79 | Cinemotive’s Breakout

Project AU79 Cinemotive’s Breakout Words by Emil Garcia       A few weeks back we released the trailer to a collaboration project between Cinemotive and Prestige Imports / Lamborghini of Miami. Well the time has come to bring the finished product to light. The Video is the First Joint venture of many and has done nothing short of impressed everyone who has seen it. Enjoy and stay tuned for many works from Cinemotive. Project AU79 from Cinemotive on...

Go to Work | Neighborhood Stance Nov30

Go to Work | Neighborhood Stance

Go To Work Neighborhood Stance Photography by Nelson Queralta Words by Emil Garcia Have you ever been driving through a neighborhood and you see a car that makes you slow down and take a long look? of course you have, its happened to all of us. Rick Alvarez happens to own “that car”. Residing in Hialeah, FL, Rick has always been a part of the local scene. From Civics to 240sx’s to  S2000’s Rick has dipped his hand in pretty much anything significant over the past couple years. Flash Forward through his line-up of vehicles and we land on his current project, a 1998 Infitini Q45. Like every other car build, this...

Tuerck’d | The Ultimate Game of Drift Nov29

Tuerck’d | The Ultimate Game of Drift

Tuerck’d The Ultimate Game of Drift So as many of you may have heard, Formula Drift driver Ryan Tuerck has been given his own show on YouTube Channel Network A. The Show Debuted Yesterday and we are more than happy to pass it on for all of our readers to see. Head over to the Network A Youtube Channel for more.      

Staff Spotlight : Nelson Queralta Nov29

Staff Spotlight : Nelson Queralta

Staff Spotllight : Nelson Queralta Eyes of the Beholder   Words by Emil Garcia        Under normal circumstances more than one great thing does not come from a disbandment, however in this case two great things have come to light. Earlier this year we introduced Roly Dee as a new staff photographer and StanceTV producer. Today we have the lucky pleasure of introducing our new Director of Photography, Nelson Queralta. Nelson was once a part of the now extinct Smerk Films, and after all the members went their separate ways he continued to shoot under the NQPhoto Moniker. After landing a job the local Splashlight Studios, he dove head...

SEMA 2012

SEMA 2012 Re-Kindled Enthusiasm Photography by Frank Leon & Michael Alvarado Specialty Equipment Market Association, or SEMA as the rest of the world knows it. Once again we attended SEMA and much to our surprise there was a resurgence of enthusiasm in the air. The past couple years at SEMA had been good, but it did not have that “WOW” factor, maybe it had something to do with a harsh economy or whatever. This year there were so many manufacture builds that they overflowed into the outside parking and show areas, and not just slapped together garage builds, we saw a lot of quality built vehicles. There was also a continued growth...

Simply Clean 4

Simply Clean 4 Here to Stay Photography by Nelson Queralta    So its November once again and we all know what comes in November, Simply Clean. For the past 3 years Nickoli over at iamsimplyclean.com has put together a November meet in Central Florida, and this year was not one to be forgotten. This year the event was held at Destination Dayt0na in Ormond Beach, FL and the turnout was amazing. An ocean of cars packed into the property to display this year’s work to the world. From Japanese to Euro, Stance to Track, There was something for everyone in this buffet of cars. In addition to the cars, Vendors from all over the state came out...

Pagani Huarya | Composite Artistry Nov14

Pagani Huarya | Composite Artistry

Pagani Huayra Composite Artistry Video by Rolando Diaz   The Pagani Huayra. from State of Stance on Vimeo.

God of Wind | Pagani Huayra Nov12

God of Wind | Pagani Huayra

God of Wind Pagani Huayra Photography by Nelson Queralta Words by Emil Garcia Pagani Automobili, the company responsible for the Zonda, a revolutionary vehicle that first graced our eyes in 1999. Headed by Mr Horacio Pagani, the company has risen to be one of the premier supercar makers in the world, and with the Zonda R, went on to claim the title of Fastest on the Nurburgring. It is now November 2012 and we are months away from the production release of Mr. Pagani’s latest creation, the Pagani Huayra. The Huayra was first shown at the Geneva Auto Show as a concept in 2011. Shocking the world with its sleek lines and insane technical...

Formula D Irwindale | Title Fight

Formula D Irwindale Title Fight Release by John Pangilinan Photography by Emil Garcia Daigo Saito is Victorious at Round 7: Title Fight and is Crowned the 2012 Formula DRIFT Champion Long Beach, Calif. – October 13, 2012 – Formula DRIFT returned to Irwindale Speedway for the 2012 season finale. Daigo Saito in the Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 takes the event victory and wins the 2012 Formula DRIFT Championship. Round 7: Title Fight at Irwindale Speedway showcased drifting in its finest form. For the first time in Formula DRIFT and Irwindale Speedway history the event sold out before the gates opened to the public. “Last...

Formula D Irwindale | House of Drift ’12 Oct13

Formula D Irwindale | House of Drift ’12

Formula D Round 7 – Irwindale, The House of Drift. State of Stance is on Location to witness the gripping Title Fight. Come over and say hi to our staff in the pit area. If you are unable to attend you can always catch all of the action on Formula D’s Live Stream.

ALMS & Grand-Am Partner Up Sep07

ALMS & Grand-Am Partner Up

ALMS & Grand-Am Partner up A New Championship is Born Words by Emil Garcia Press Release via ALMS / Grand-Am In our beautiful country NASCAR has always reigned supreme. It was a simple concept; Americans did not want any form of racing that did not involve Carbureted Pushrod V8s. That was until 1998 when Don Panoz, Father of the legendary car builder Dan Panoz, Formed the American Le Mans Series. American Le Mans held its inaugural race, the 12 Hour Endurance, right here in Florida at Sebring International Raceway. The Series has come a long way, growing from an eight race calendar to as many as twelve until finally settling on ten....

Smile for the…Camry? Sep06

Smile for the…Camry?

Smile for the…Camry? Not the Usual Words by Emil Garcia Photography by AL Captures Melbourne, Australia; home of kangaroos, dingos and stanced Camrys… The Toyota Camry holds the crown as the best-selling mid-sized sedan in North America, but to this Australia Native it is a very “un-projecty” Project. This 8th generation Camry was your normal run of the mill family car until Rhys put his hands on it. The Camry received the visual treatment via RK-sports lip kit. The Rollers are SSR Professor MS1s (F/19×9.5 R/19×10), and the car sits static with D2 coilovers. Being as Rhys is a man on a mission; he continued...

Don’t be a Square | Nissan Cube Sep04

Don’t be a Square | Nissan Cube

Don’t be a Square The Finest Cube Words by Emil Garcia Photography by Pablo Rodriguez Ever feel that sometimes life can be a little… square? This is exactly how Jose Perez Felt when he started building his 2010 Nissan Cube.  Coming from the tropical island paradise of Puerto Rico, Jose was a local in the car scene. He started off on his Cubed journey two years ago with purchase of the car. Soon after the build bug bit him and a slew of parts began to surface on the car. The car is lowered on KSport Kontrol Pro with Rotiform TMB (f/ 18×9.5 +25 r/ 18×10 +25) on every corner wrapped in Nankang Rubbers. Outside the Car...

Formula Drift Round 6 | Vegas After Dark

Formula Drift Round 6 Vegas After Dark Release by John Pangilinan Photography by Emil Garcia   Rhys Millen is Victorious at Formula DRIFT Round 6: After Dark; Championship Will Come Down to Final Event of the Season Long Beach, Calif. – August 26, 2012 – Formula DRIFT returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Round 6: After Dark. Rhys Millen in the RMR / Hankook Hyundai Genesis Coupe takes the victory and moves up to third place in the overall points standings leading into the final event of the season. Round 6: After Dark brought drifting back to Sin City and treated fans to a night spectacle that included the Vegas ProAm...

Vans Warped Tour ’12

Vans Warped Tour ’12 Keep The Music Alive Photography & Words by Emil Garcia Vans Warped Tour is one of the biggest and longest running music festivals of our time. Warped Tour touches down in 41 cities over 41 days this year and the line -up of over 50 bands on any given date makes for a great time. Thousands of locals come out to the festival to enjoy their favorite bands. New Sensation bands like Pierce the Veil, Four Yours Strong and Blood on the Dance Floor played along side Warped Tour Veterans like Taking Back Sunday and New Found Glory to a sea of music lovers. Music Booth and Skate ramps are scattered across Cruzan...

Formula D Washington | Throwdown ’12 Jul21

Formula D Washington | Throwdown ’12

Formula D Round 5 – Throwndown is in full effect in Monroe, Washington. Many New Changes and Many new faces, this years battle in seattle should be very exciting. Make sure to catch all the action of todays festivies on Formula D’s Livestream

Changes in the Air Jul09

Changes in the Air

Changes in the Air Formula D Musical Chairs? In an interesting turn of events we find FormulaD Driver Joon Maeng without a seat for Seattle. Bergenholtz Racing issued an official statement yesterday afternoon stating they would be parting ways with Joon Maeng. “Effective immediately, Bergenholtz Racing and Joon Maeng have both decided to part ways. “Though we both gave our blood sweat and tears to achieve podiums, we still couldn’t get the formula right. In our quest to win, we realize that change must occur and sometimes that involves tough decisions. It is with great heart-felt regret that this has to happen but I believe it...

Mark My Words May24

Mark My Words

Mark My Words Bagged Jetta Photography by Chris Cruz Here is a car that we basically stumbled upon. It is one of those clean cars that can sometimes be overlooked, but once you notice it, you don’t stop looking. The owner works at a local Hyundai dealership, buried in a sea of Korean engineering, this little German hides very modestly. That is of course until we spotted it.   She was not so shy once in front of the camera. It was then that we really were able to appreciate the smooth lines, air suspension and great fitment of this car. Take a skim through the mod list and you’ll soon see that there is more than meets the...

Staff Spotlight: Roly Dee May14

Staff Spotlight: Rol...

Staff Spotlight: Roly Dee New Kid on the Block Words by Emil Garcia Roly Dee is a local photographer that has made quite a name for himself in the south florida automotive scene. Roly came up by shooting local drift events and cars, his work was noticed by other local photographers and they...

V2Labs Mystery Meat May14

V2Labs Mystery Meat

V2Labs Mystery Meat RolyDee Videos Videography by Roly Dee Last month many people made the journey out to downtown Orlando to attend the V2Labs Mystery Meat. Roly Dee was on hand and put together this great video for our viewing...

Real Steel | Part 3 of 3 May11

Real Steel | Part 3 of 3

Real Steel | Part 3 of 3 Snow White and the Four Steelies Photography by Divan Shepherd We make our way back to Cape Town, South Africa to bring you Real Steal Pt 3. As you may remember a few features back, we brought you two civics that had taken the Cape Town stance scene by storm. These two very unique vehicles are proof that the scene reaches every corner of the globe.  This Particular vehicle has been given the full head to toe white out treatment. The Civic sits on Renault steelies that have been custom tailored to 15″x8″ and 15″x9″ respectively. By way of many modifications this civic has been set to play...

Funkshion [fuhngk-shun] Apr30

Funkshion [fuhngk-shun]

Funkshion [fuhngk-shun] : the Fusion of Form and Function Reviewing the Function&Form Type 2.5 Coilovers Photography by Brian Leon Form or function, the question that has been long debated in the car industry. Now what if we could achieve both? impossible you say? I think not! The guys over at Function&Form take your debate and do away with it. They have designed a coilover that does not force you to compromise. The Function&Form Type 2.5, the third release of the companies coilover line. The Type 2.5 sports industry standard 32-way adjustability, adjustable camber plates, McPherson struts and through a unique partnership,...

12 Hours of Sebring

12 Hours of Sebring Endurance in our backyard Photogrpahy by Emil Garcia   Peugeot, Peugeot. That’s was the shadow that was cast over the Audi Sport team at this year’s American Le Mans season opener. Peugeot has taken the opening win for the previous 2 years and with Peugeots departure from the American Le Mans series this year, Audi was sure to be winner right? Temperatures holding steady in the mid 80s, Friday’s qualifying sessions sorted the pack. With Audi Sport Team Joest taking 1, 2, and 3 in qualifying it was a safe bet to say that an Audi would cross the finish line on the podium. The LMP1 class battled hard throughout the...

Drift Sessions

Drift Sessions Hoons on the Lose Photography by Emil Garcia State of Stance was on site this past Sunday for some shenanigans with the boys over at Drift Sessions & Drift Academy. Countyline Raceway has been home to the guys from Drift Sessions and tons of local drifters, including myself, since 2007 and its been nonstop fun ever since. Every few weeks or so, Tim Murphy a.k.a. Mr. Drift Sessions, gathers a roster of “Hoonigans” for tire shredding, smoke churning, adrenaline fueled fun. The weather was a tad moist at the beginning of the day, but as the day progressed and the track dried the fun increased. Around mid- day...

The Irwindale Flag at Half Mast Feb15

The Irwindale Flag at Half Mast

The Irwindale Flag at Half Mast Irwindale Cancels All 2012 Events Irwindale Speedway has been the home to many events for the past 12 years. One of the most recognized of those events being NASCAR, and of course our favorite being Formula Drift. Even our very own Editor-in-chief, Leo Diaz, has memories there; seeing history take place as the very first US D1 event was held there. Throughout the years the track has seen its series of rough patches, however this most recent rough patch has led the track owners to release a press release stating the current cancelation of all major motoring events for the 2012 calendar year. This may come as...

50th Rolex24

50th Rolex24 50th Anniversary of the 24 hours of Rolex Doytona Photography by Emil Garcia “RaceKor! RaceKor! RaceKor!” That was all I saw and heard at the 50th Rolex 24. For those of you who do not know, the Rolex 24 is an annual twenty-four hour endurance race held every year at Daytona International Speedway. This race is considered to be the start of race season and this year it started with class. Rolex 24 has always been known as a proving ground for some of the world’s greatest drivers as well as up and coming drivers. The roster was filled with drivers from all different race disciplines and countries making for...

Keeping It Simple Jan12

Keeping It Simple

Keeping It Simple Simplicity Meets Beauty Words & Photogrpahy By Emil Garcia A Honda Civic sedan, not a car that screams Aggression. Well a Honda Civic is exactly what Kendall, FL native Christopher Ayme was presented with.  Chris took his normal grocery getter and set out on the path to make it a well stanced looker. Taking advantage of another local go-getter’s part out, he acquired a set of K-Sport Kontrol Pros and MB Battles. After a few hours of wrenching and tuning he was left with the car we present to you today.  This Honda Civic takes simplicity to a whole new level. Coils, Wheels, Done! A concept that Chris is sticking...

RedBull EmSee

RedBull Emsee Do you See this EmSee Words and Photos by: Emil Garcia Car Culture is religion here at SoS. So when Red Bull, a company that has revamped car culture, does music, the staff here at SoS is on hand to witness it. Red Bull’s Emsee Tour made a stop in Miami this past Wednesday and it was an eargasm. The atmosphere was that of street corners and circle crowds where freestyle battles would subject your ears to a verbal onslaught of clever punch lines and euphemisms. The artists crowded the sidewalk early in the evening for a bit of banter and wordplay, warming up for the competition ahead of them. It was a call to arms for the...

Saying goodbye to Dan Wheldon Oct17

Saying goodbye to Dan Wheldon

As the sun was high in the sky over Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the IZOD IndyCar 300 went green sending out 34 drivers on a 300 mile journey to the checkered flag. Concerns circled throughout the paddocks as drivers debated the high bank of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, yet the race continued, but only to end in dismay. Dan Wheldon (33) was an English born two time Indianapolis 500 winner who was a high spirited, inspiring individual to all who met and knew him. Wheldon started at the back of the pack for the Indy 300 and by the eleventh lap had already made his way up to 24th position and inching closer up the grid when tragedy struck. Two...

Le Mans | Road Atlanta :: Part1

Words and photos by Emil Garcia State of Stance was on location at Road Atlanta for the 2011 Petit Le Mans. The Race was filled many nail biting moments, bringing out a total 10 full course cautions. It was early in the race that Butch Leitzinger put the #43 Dyson Racing Lola B09/86 Mazda into the wall, effectively forcing them out of the race.    The day continued with multiple accidents forcing two other cars (#64 Jet Alliance Lotus Evora & #1 Audi Sport R18) out of the race, and mechanical problems shortening the day of eight other cars. The race came down to the wire in the GT Class, Giancarlo Fisichella took the race win, but...

Force Fed F20C Truen...

When it comes to our local drift scene, there are names and cars that stand out; Jeremy “JLowe” Lowe, Ryan “Mr. Personality” Kaufman, Tim “The Coordinator” Murphy, and Alberto “Bert” Abalos. Bert, known for his high skill level and ability to...