Article and Photography by Tyrone Roberts.
Canibeat has done it again with their 4th annual gathering in Princeton, New Jersey. The Princeton Airport has opened their arms to the Canibeat crew time and time again, allowing them to host one of most well-known events on the East Coast for the past three years. As always, this show is impressive, creating an event not just for your specific type of enthusiast, but also for all walks, no matter what the scene. There is no war over EURO versus JDM versus American—everyone is united by a similar passion to build the cleanest cars around.
Canibeat was founded back in 2009, with a mission to showcase some of the best and hottest cars in the modified scene. "Canibeat” was originally a funny phrase, which the founders, Cristian Loza and Roy Jang, would say when they observed a gorgeous girl walking around a car show. Eventually, the expression referred to cars and a well-respected automotive blog was soon born, highlighting the best of the best.
"Selecting specific cars to the show was not an easy job for the Canibeat crew . . . Not including any of the other Euro cars, there were 400 Volkswagens registered for Canibeat to choose from, and only a handful were selected," exclaimed Dave Tormey.
Enthusiasts often think of stanced cars or form over function when referring to Canibeat. The staff did an amazing job selecting which cars to show, changing things up a bit and adding more variety for the audience. To top all the amazing builds and works of art present, the venue was an active airfield—something that definitely sets this event apart from others.
Check out the Empire Garage NSX. Shaida Abbas, the owner, is disabled, but nothing has stopped him from pursuing his passion. He has a modified setup on the driver’s side that actually enables him to shift.
Semi-twin Porsches, along with two stunning models. It was not long before they stole the show.
Despite the gloomy weather, you can always count on a JDM legend built from the bottom up to brighten the day. (Recognize this car from SNTRL's Import Expo?)
Check out Chané Pham’s beautiful Lexus GS. She really knows how to show her vision. After building her first Lexus IS, Chané was inspired by Andre Pham, her older brother. She sold the IS and immediately started working on her new Lexus GS. Chané and Andre are currently well-known members of Liberty VIP.
Voltex’s kit gives this wagon an astonishingly aggressive look!
Jsutai Automotive Designs representing hard at their booth as always with the famous Jsutai Themed M3. Their designing team is a great group of innovative artists and automotive enthusiasts that creates tasteful designs for the automotive community.
This bagged C63 was a first for most of those attending the show.
The one and only R33 Skyline at the show.
Ruckhouse came up from Orlando, Florida, with a bang! Seeing the attention to detail on these scooters is really impressive. Some go as far as full motor swaps, boosting the top speed for better highway rides (but with less gas mileage). Guess you have to pay to play. A great many modification options are available for these scooters.
The "Best In Show” trophy should’ve been called "The Show Stopper.” This M was built from the ground up, incorporating fitment, a motor swap, and many interior and exterior modifications. It was finished the night before the show!
M power! Three supercharged BMWs, no big deal.
Futurework Entertainment was one of two DJs that put on a great show. They also helped put the spotlight on some local upcoming rappers.
The sight of flawless cars, plans, helicopters, and jets was really exciting. It was also a great setting for some remarkable content after the beautiful sunset.
The RavSpec booth showing off their long line of modified JDM and VIP cars.
After a long day of walking around, we finally had some time to hang out with the Canibeat crew. Canibeat looks for individuals who set the bar high regarding a unique build, which has made their story a success.
Winners of the show were excited to receive their custom trophies.
This custom-made trophy featured all air-ride copper tubing. It actually has air flowing through the tubing, as indicated on the pressure gauge.
It was a pleasure to attend the Canibeat show. After hearing from others about how breathtaking it is every year to see the unique builds and custom work, we knew we had to attend. The character of this venue and awesome selection of cars separates Canibeat from some of the other shows. Not many airports are willing to leave the runway as this one did, and Canibeat’s policy of Quality > Quantity is an ideal that we at Revvolution can appreciate. We are already looking forward to the 5th annual show!