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9th Annual Churrazco Meet

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been to The Churrazco meet at Markham Park, probably since the first meet. I just finished some aesthetic modifications on my 1987 Turbo II and decided to snap some pics while I was there. The Churrazco Meet is the largest RX/Rotary car show in the south east. All RX bodies and Rotary powered vehicles are welcome and it was a great turn out. RX-7s, RX-3s and Rotary powered Starlets and Samurais were all in attendance.  

Formula D Palm Beach | Invasion ’12 Jun02

Formula D Palm Beach | Invasion ’12

Formula D Round 3 – Invasion is finally back at Palm Beach International Raceway! While you are there make sure you stop by our both to say hi and check out our brand new clothing colab with SWAY. If you are unable to attend you can always catch all of the action on Formula D’s Live Stream.

Art Basel 2011

Art Besel 2011 Miami’s Love Affair with Art Photography by Frank Leon This year marked the 10th edition of Art Basel Miami. For those that do not know what Art Basel is; it is an internatinl art festival that takes place in the heart of the greatlest place on earth, Miami. Every style of work is showcased in and on the streets of Miami. It originated as Art 43 Basel, established in Switzerland in 1970. Now it is the most prestigous show of Modern Contemporary Art with over 300 gallaries showcasing work from over 2500 artists. Here are some snaps from Wynwood and the Absolut Vodka event. Thanks for looking. ...

Formula D Irwindale Extras

Before we bombard you with wave after wave of awesome SEMA posts I thought it would be nice to put up some extra pictures from Formula D Irwindale. ...

Hottie Hannah Halloween Shoot Oct24

Hottie Hannah Halloween Shoot

My friend Hannah asked if I would do a photo shoot for a Hooters Halloween contest. How could I say no? As always I never forget our readers so I wanted to share some of the photos. The first one is on Hooters website, but the other two are State of Stance exclusives! I hope you enjoy them and please vote for her HERE! Expect to see more of Hannah, we have a few more shoots in the works and she might even make some appearances at our events. If you are ever in the Pembroke Pines, FL area stop by Hooters and say...

Formula D LIVE STREAM Oct08

Formula D LIVE STREA...

We’re here at the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA for Formula Drift Round 7. If you couldn’t make it out to this amazing event make sure to watch the live stream...

Formula D Live Strea...

Qualifying starts today at 3pm Pacific time. Check back in tomorrow for the main event, streaming live on State of...

Gasket Case for iPhone 4 Jul21

Gasket Case for iPho...

As an automotive enthusiast have you ever looked at your phone and pondered: “How can I protect my phone and at the same time show my love for the inner components of a high performance engine?”……maybe you just want a cool car related case…either way I have found...

NSCRA Round 3, Rain’d Out but not a Wash Out

As most of you know the NSCRA is a South Florida based Sport Compact Drag Racing Sanction hosting all their events in Palm Beach; founded by two ex-racers committed to bringing life back into what once was the heart of our import automotive community. The downfall sometimes to always being in FL is that our summers are known for rainstorms to appear on clear sunny days; drenching everything in its path.             This Saturday at Palm Beach International Raceway was no different; what started out to be a great Saturday at the track, soon tuned into people taking cover in the nearest tent and hoping it didn’t blow away...

Nürburgring 24 Hour Race

At Formula D Round 2 – Atlanta I bumped into an old friend, Paul, who I haven’t seen in quite a long time. While stationed in Korea he picked up photography as a hobby and started attending local drift events. When I saw him at Road Atlanta he told me he would soon be stationed in Germany and would be able to cover many exciting events over there for State of Stance if we were interested……uumm, YEAH! The first thing he sends me? Nürburgring 24 Hour Race! I’m jealous. Without further ado, here is the set from our newest contributing photographer Paul Otlewski (aka Piner)

Formula D Palm Beach Video Jun21

Formula D Palm Beach Video

When Formula D came to Florida we wanted to go all out seeing as it was on our home turf. We enlisted the help of as much media personnel as John P. would let me. I called my friend Mikey Bajer, a film student, to come shoot a great video for us. Although he has never shot an automotive event before and the last drift event he attended was 7 years ago (Falken Drift Showoff at Homestead) after seeing some of his work I felt as if he was up to the challenge and would produce an amazing video. David Atash and Brian Clementi were also more than ready to run back and forth between the pro cars right before they take off to get some astounding...

Formula D Round 3 INVASION: Finale

Here it is…the finale to our three part coverage of Formula D Round 3. I can’t believe it has been 2 weeks since the event and Round 4 is this weekend! . . . . . . Opening ceremonies are a great way to be introduced to the top 16 drivers and grab some free shirts thrown by your favorite drifter or model. JTP and Matt Powers battling it out. JTP and D MAC getting very close. D MAC and Chris Forsberg inches from each other. .  .  It was an all Falken podium with Justin Pawlak in first, Vaugh Gittin JR in second and Darren McNamara in third! Check out the rest of the action shots in the gallery below. ...

Formula D: Round 3 at PBIR – Practice/Qualif...

This is part 2 of our multi part coverage of the Formula Drift event in Palm Beach, FL. Day 2 was final qualifying and it was just as hot out as the day before. The course layout had been changed slightly since a few drivers made friends with the wall a few times on the original layout. However, this didn’t stop these guys from driving at an extremely high level.    It’s been an action packed season and this event in Palm Beach was no different. Even in the qualifying rounds the compwttion was fierce.    Enjoy the pics and keep your eyes peeled for Day 3 coverage to post in the next few days. ...

R8 Race Patrol! Jun09

R8 Race Patrol!

Regardless of how well the Audi R18 does at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi will be guaranteed to lead a few laps thanks to its role as safety car provider. Source:...

Subaru Flips Over Hay Bale During Race Jun08

Subaru Flips Over Ha...

Apparently, this particular JDM Subaru WRX had been “borrowed” from its owner, who was on vacation. And since you can actually hardly fault the hay bales themselves, we’re guessing this driver, who was not seriously injured in the accident, is gonna have some serious...

Formula D: Round 3 at PBIR – Day 1

We have all been looking forward to this event for some time now and it feels like it came and went so quickly. First time Formula D comes to Florida? This is a huge deal to us! I even went out and bought a new MacBook Pro so that I could get the event pictures out to you guys sooner, but unfortunately Formula D did not have WiFi readily available (they were using the bandwidth for the live stream) and to top it off my friends house that I was staying at for the weekend did not have WiFi either. I had quite a bit of bad luck through the weekend with my car breaking down after Friday’s event (If you were driving on Beeline and PGA...

NSCRA Round 2

It was a hot day with on-track temps reaching a blazing 102 degrees. But that only means one thing; A lot of cars and half naked women! NSCRA returns to Palm Beach International Raceway for its Round 2 event featuring some of the world’s fastest sport compacts and the debut of the...

Formula D – Da...

While we work on some recent event coverage, we thought we’d share a little more Formula D Round 2 coverage to get you hyped up for Round 3 here in Florida. Everyone needs to come out to this event! I am being completely honest when I say Formula D hosts the best drift events I’ve...

Formula D Round 2 ATL Day 2 Video Montage May13

Formula D Round 2 AT...

Thanks to David for being a trooper and running around slapping the GoPros on all these cars seconds before they took off. I messed up while making the video and put Taka Aono as the first car when it was really John Russakoff, please excuse my tiredness while making this...

Formula D Pro Am Round 2 Atlanta – FC Love Video May11

Formula D Pro Am Rou...

Here’s a short compilation of some of the FC (2nd Gen RX-7) drivers in Pro Am Props to all the Florida Drivers! I wish we could have got more footage but unfortunately the GoPro battery died…should have charged the night before. Next time at PBIR we will have more Pro Am...

Formula D ATL Round 2 – Day 1 Highlights

Here are some shots from Day 1 (Friday) of Formula Drift Round 2 in Atlanta. Friday was the day for Pro Am Practice, Qualifying and Competition with some Pro practice and Qualifying mixed in. It was great to see all of the Florida drivers out there kicking butt…hell, 10 out of the 16 drivers that qualified in Pro Am and 2 of the 3 winners of the competition were Florida drivers. Really goes to show that Florida is making a name for itself and I can’t wait to see what happens next round on our own turf. See you at Palm Beach International Raceway guys! (Click images or check out the gallery for better quality. For some reason the...

Panty Droppin’ Teaser Apr26

Panty Droppin’ Teaser

How did you spend your Sunday? Maybe you were celebrating Easter with your family? Or just stuffing your face full of peeps! What were we doing you might be wondering? We did a shoot of a “Panty Droppin'” Lexus LS430. Stay tuned for the full feature coming soon! Leo – Producer Chris “Squeek” – Photographer Frank – Equipment/Teaser shot...

FormulaD – Rou...

I would have never imagined my first trip to California would be this insane! It started off on the right foot with Formula D Round 1 – Streets of Long Beach. But when the smoke cleared and all the cars were stowed away in their trailers I decided to spend a couple days in Los Angeles...

The Official Ferrari Opus Apr06

The Official Ferrari...

  The be all and end all of Ferrari books is here! The Official Ferrari Opus is a comprehensive book of all things Ferrari. Created in association with Kraken Opus, two exorbitantly priced versions include the Enzo Edition at $37,500 USD and the Enzo Diamante Edition at $275,000 USD. The...

DAFT PUNK Auctions Ferrari for Japan

My favorite artists, DAFT PUNK, are in the StateofSTANCE headlines again! They are auctioning off the 1987 Ferrari 412 shown at the start of the 2007 movie Daft Punk’s Electroma. The car is in mint condition, still wears the HUMAN license plate as seen in the movie, and has been signed by DAFT PUNK members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. The Ferrari is one of several musician-related items being auctioned off by EMI Group as a fundraiser for disaster-relief efforts in Japan. Bidding for the Ferrari will be open from April 11 – 21, but if you would like to see the full list of items EMI Group will be auctioning...

v2Lab’s Big Me...

This past weekend, a few of us squeezed into the State of Stance support vehicle and made the trek to Central Florida for v2Lab’s Big Meat. On a hot Sunday afternoon, hidden behind Taverna on the Lake in Orlando’s tourist distrcit was a collection of cars that pictures cannot...

State of Stance Sticker Mar24

State of Stance Stic...

The State of STANCE Online Store is finally back in action! During the SoS site facelift we were looking for better options for our online store and I think we found it.  Now our products will be added to the site as regular posts where you can purchase straight from the post and the...

Pray for Japan Mar24

Pray for Japan

Everything that has happened in Japan since the quake has been devastating. I keep thinking about all the friends, companies, icons and celebrities that have been infused in our life and in our culture. Our team sat down and discussed how we can help. Being inspired by some of the industry...

Tandemonium Mar15

Tandemonium

State of Stance Presents: Tandemonium Hosted by Drift Sessions We took a few Hero HDs that GoPro provided us at SEMA to Drift Session’s Tandemonium on December 5th to really test them out. This was our first attempt at using the GoPros to film an actual automotive event and it...

Vossen Fitted Charge...

Here are some great shots of a Charger SRT riding on some Vossen VVS-CV1’s from our friend Anthony Anderson. Check out the full post with extra pictures and video footage at ayo andrsn and make sure to Like his page on Facebook so you can stay up to date with his latest...

4-Door Skyline GT: M...

If you were to tell me that you saw a nice HR34 GT slammed on 15″ Watanabes I would probably question your taste in cars. It just doesn’t sound right to me. Seeing is believing and Strange-Drive out of Yamato City, Kanagawa did a great job mixing some old school style into this...

Playboy Model Drifting $170k BMW Mar08

Playboy Model Drifti...

Maybe she’s not drifting per say, but it is a beautiful Playboy model shredding tires in Mike Essa’s $170k BMW drift car completely nude…..I’m not complaining. NSFW-ish: While they don’t really show full nudity in the video, it’s still a nude Playboy model....

DAFT PUNK x CocaCola

  Daft Punk has imagined and recreated an exclusive item for Coca-Cola. Sold in a limited and numbered set called “Coke Club 2011” these will be an exclusive item for France. Inspired by the group, these two bottles are tinted gold and silver, reminiscent of the symbolic colors...

ULTRAMAN Drives a Cosmo! Mar06

ULTRAMAN Drives a Co...

Here’s a clip from Return of Ultraman where our favorite hero is driving a Mazda Cosmo Sport! Source: Japanese Nostalgic...

GARAGE DEFEND from J...

Here are a few pictures from GT-R specialists GARAGE DEFEND in Japan. These pictures are off of one of my favorite blogs to follow Beeoneoneoh. Not only is he a car enthusiast but an excellent photographer. He mainly uses a 35mm film camera (Pentax I believe) and does all of the processing...

The New StateofSTANCE.com Mar02

The New StateofSTANC...

Welcome to the new StateofSTANCE.com! Besides having a completely new graphic user interface, we have added and changed a lot of other features of the site. We will continue to add new things and reviving old options that might have been lost with the update. Here’s what’s...

Koenigsegg Agera R @ Geneva Auto Show

Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg has found a way to make 1,115 horsepower look even more impressive than it sounds, (well, sounds to say anyway), thanks to a matte-white and exposed dry carbon body. We’ve acquired these shots of the latest Koenigsegg, the Agera R, on display at the Geneva Auto Show a day ahead of its world premiere. But it’s what’s underneath that body that really matters. Known for supercharged V8s, the modern Koenigseggs use turbocharged versions, with this specific model pumping out 1,115-hp and 885 lb-ft of torque. That’s only if you’re burning E85, however, and with 95 octane it produces ‘just’...

First Look: Subaru F...

  At the Geneva Auto Show Subaru displayed their new sports car that shares the same chasis as the Toyota FT-86. Although announced as a “rear-wheel-drive sports car” many rumors say that it will be All-Wheel-Drive (following suit with all other Subarus) and the rumor fires up...

777-horsepower MTM Audi R8 Making Geneva Debut

There’s a strong possibility that German tuning house MTM’s booth at the Geneva Motor Show will be visibile from space. The boys from Wettstetten are bringing their paint-free polished-aluminum Audi R8 BiTurbo to Hall 5 at Geneva. The company is mum on exactly how they removed all that paint, but they do allow that it took 700 hours of polishing to get the car where it is now. If the gleaming bodywork isn’t enough to snag your gaze, MTM packed its latest R8 with 777 twin-turbocharged horsepower just to let everyone know they weren’t fooling around. The result is good for a claimed top speed of more than 217 mph,...

RPM Meet Orlando Cov...

Words and Photos by: Frank Leon RPM was a great success and what a beautiful day for an event! Met a lot of great people and saw some very nice cars. We were especially happy to see all of the cars that were showin’ love to State of Stance via SoS and Tuck and Poke stickers! We...

The Rolex 24 at Dayt...

Words and Photos by: Frank Leon While hanging out with a few friends at my buddy Alberto’s (White Mugen’d Fit, sticker bombed rear windsheild)  house one night they informed me that they were going to go the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona International Speedway…..and they...

Formula D Announced ...

Words By: Frank Leon Flyer Courtesy of Formula Drift Blog (www.formulad.com/blog) I’ve been anxiously waiting for the new schedule to come out for some time now! I hope to have the opportunity to cover at least 4, possibly 5, of the 7 events exclusively for State of Stance. With the...

Formula D Announced ...

Words By: Frank Leon Flyer Courtesy of Formula Drift Blog (www.formulad.com/blog) I’ve been anxiously waiting for the new schedule to come out for some time now! I hope to have the opportunity to cover at least 4, possibly 5, of the 7 events exclusively for State of Stance. With the...

Hooters Winter Bikin...

Hooters hosted a Winter Bikini Contest Tour all over south Florida, from Boca to Miami. I caught the Pines (Pembroke Pines, FL) Hooters bikini show just to cheer on a friend (Heather, Contestant #5) but decided to shoot the next one for State of Stance that was held at HardRock….I knew...

MKII GTI @ Dubnutz F...

I was checking out some of the pics from the Dubnutz grill out from last week and just loved this GTI so I had to share. Photo by: Jon S....

Suzuki Tuckin' ...

That’s right….Suzuki! The Japanese don’t play around, they’ll make any car crazy! Just look at this Suzuki WagonR

Suzuki Tuckin’...

That’s right….Suzuki! The Japanese don’t play around, they’ll make any car crazy! Just look at this Suzuki WagonR

Super Sick Stanced Skyline! Nov17

Super Sick Stanced S...

Found this while rummaging through the internet. It’s not too often you see a 4-door C10 Skyline that looks soo amazing! [via...

Simply Clean 2 @ Rou...

After much anticipation Simply Clean 2 had finally arrived! We have been looking forward to this event for months now and all the suspense and hype lead to an amazing meet. At one point I heard there were 750 cars. I looked out over the fence of the grass area (that was already almost filled)...

Berrywise / Pre-SC2 ...

At the end of the State of Stance Tour we ended up at the Berrywise meet which was also used to pre game for SC2. Best part? All you can eat BBQ and $0.99 Beers at Kellers! Here are some shots from that...

SoS Tour to SC2 R...

The State of Stance Tour to Simply Clean 2, our first tour and it was a great success! WheelOutlet was our first meeting spot and they provided breakfast. Our next stop was Velocity Shop for some lunch. These were great opportunities to check out what each vendor had to offer. WheelOutlet has...

SEMA 2010 – La...

Photos By: Chris Cruz (Squeek...

SEMA 2010 – La...

Photos by: Frank Leon (FAL...

State of Stance SEMA...

After a great week in Vegas we are finally back and working hard on our coverage of SEMA for you guys. While you wait we just wanted to make a single post with all the live mobile updates we made to our FaceBook fan page in case you missed them. Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more great...

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Formula D – Las Vegas :: The Goods/Action Shots Sep07

Formula D – Las Vega...

Here is the final and much anticipated part to the Formula D – Las Vegas series…Part 3 – The Goods / Action Shots. Hope that you enjoy them! I would like to thank: Josh S. (HellaCaliJosh) Geoff Pitts from Thunder Drift in Nor Cal (www.thunderdrift.com) Andrew Bohan from...

Formula D – Las Vegas :: In The Pits Sep01

Formula D – Las Vega...

Events | Formula D – Las Vegas :: In The Pits Words and Photos by: Frank Leon Although I had a media pass and had access to any location that I could wander into, the great thing about this event is that you didn’t need a special pass to get into the pit area. The layout was awesome,...

Formula D – Las Vegas :: Car Show Coverage Aug27

Formula D – La...

Words & Photos: Frank Leon – FAL Photo I had the great pleasure of flying out to Las Vegas this past weekend to cover the Formula D event they were holding at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I met a lot of great people, bumped into some familiars from Florida (randomly), and had a...

HIN / Nopi – M...

Photos by: FAL Photography Words by: Leo Gets I few weeks before SOSv1.0 I received a phone call from NOPI owner, Mark Meyers. He was inquiring about State of Stance and our reach within the community. We talked about the HIN/Nopi Tour and their stop here in Miami. From that conversation it...

FLAT6 Motoworks

Photos: Frank Leon – FAL Photography Words: Leo Gets Flat6 Motorworks is one of those places that when you hang out there just inspires you to build something. These guys are a full track support company that will take your car to the next level of competition; offering a full range of...

Remix / HellaFlush V...

When I saw my good friend Chris aka Squeek at Remix/Hellaflush he showed me only one picture that he took and I knew his shots had to be on the site. Squeek had a shoot after the show (that you might see on SoS soon) so to hurry the process of finishing both sets we teamed up to edit them. His...

Remix / HellaFlush V...

Photos and Words by: Frank Leon – FAL Photography What an amazing event! What do you expect when the best car show venue, Remix Events,  hooks up with one of the most popular companies in the automotive industry, HellaFlush, and comes to the hottest city in the World (in more ways than...

State of Stance x Fl...

  Leo called me out to Flat 6 Motor Works where they were detailing some of the State of Stance cars for the much anticipated Remix x HellaFlush VI show. Simply Clean was out there too with their xB and S2k. Flat 6 is an amazing shop that does both track support and tuning, look out for...

Import Alliance 2010

IA is one of the biggest car shows on the East coast. Held in Nashville Tennessee on July 17-18th, it had an amazing attendance with lots of high caliber cars. Enjoy the...

Kitty Bella Jun26

Kitty Bella

Kitty Bella Age: 20 Hometown: Cooper City, FL Height: 5’7″ Weight: 105lbs Stats: 34C-24-36 Tattoos: 9 Piercings: 7 Hobbies/Interests: tattoos, piercings, night life, modeling, acting I met Miss Kitty Bella through a good friend who has also modeled for me in the past. Some of you might recognize her, she’s some what of a star. By fate she wanted to do a shoot and I wanted to test out some new lighting/studio techniques so the timing couldn’t be any better. She’s beautiful, has awesome tattoos, an amazing body, luscious lips, did her own hair and make up, and knows how to work the camera…what more could you...

Thumbs Up Meet

Thumbs Up Meet – Pembroke Pines, FL Danh Le notified me that his group ThumbsUp was doing a local meet. Naturally, SOS was there to support the scene. Considering the meet was on Father’s Day, a good number of people still made the trek out to support Danh and ThumbsUp. SOS made a...

2nd Annual "Go ...

I was invited to the 2nd Annual “Go Green Fashionista” fashion show by my good friend Katie Rotolo (www.katierotolo.com). This charity event, produced by Fab C Productions, was held at MIA Biscayne to promote eco-friendly fashions and styles and to benefit the Barefoot4Haiti...

2nd Annual “Go...

I was invited to the 2nd Annual “Go Green Fashionista” fashion show by my good friend Katie Rotolo (www.katierotolo.com). This charity event, produced by Fab C Productions, was held at MIA Biscayne to promote eco-friendly fashions and styles and to benefit the Barefoot4Haiti...