Monday, February 27, 2012

Go hard... and go home

So I had a bit of a fail moment (or winning moment?) on the weekend when I attempted to go to an event and had to turn around and go back home again because I was too low to get over the one speedbump on the way there. Which was only something like 100m away from where the meet was being held.





So when is low too low? Is it the ultimate goal to have your car so slammed that you miss out on being able to share it with your friends? There's no denying that it looks freakin' amazing, but am I willing to make that kind of sacrifice? Now my own words from this blog are repeating over and over in my head... 'I want to be able to drive this car!'

What do you guys think?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New stickers in stock!



Head over to the online store and pick up one of these limited edition rasberry sparkle iheartstance stickers! They remind me of the fuschia sparkle on my wheels... mmmm. Make sure to get one before they run out!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BTS: iheartstance x hellaflush shoot

On Friday I had a few of my girlfriends all in Auckland at once (this never happens) so I made plans for us to head out to the beach with my car and take some fun photos! I had this vision of piling the Miata with babes and getting shots of us driving along the beach - but I knew that it was going to be quite difficult to bring it to life. There were a few obstacles in our way (quite literally) but I was determined to make it work!



Check my awesome Paint skills. After looking at a few different location options we decided that Eastern Beach was the most suitable. The Esplanade runs directly in front of the waterfront and it's a really long, straight piece of road with fairly minimal traffic flow. There were a few slight issues though...



We knew there were speedbumps there but decided we would take the risk anyway. They really sucked though... and I maaaay have got stuck on one. Another thing that was against us was the weather, which had been forecast for heavy rain and possible thunder and lightning - seriously, you've got to be kidding!



Here is what it was looking like at around midday. Auckland weather is really unpredictable like this and until around 6pm in the evening it was still pouring down with rain. But as you guys know, when I want something I really don't let anything stand in my way. I think the girls were thinking I was pretty mad at this stage! We set out anyway and made our way out east across the city.





Yet another obstacle - halfway out there I realised that I needed to get gas! Slight blonde moment. Pretty much ALL petrol stations in Auckland have huge speedbumps and I can't go anywhere near them so this was another problem. Thankfully we came across a low-car-friendly gas station on the way out there.



If you are unfamiliar with NAs, the chassis rails actually sit lower than the lowest part of the car that you can see here. Next time you see a Miata take a look underneath and you'll see what I mean. Anyway, we followed the patch of blue sky in the distance and eventually arrived out at the beach (about a 30min drive across town) where the weather turned out to be perfect! Here are some behind the scenes shots.



Yes, this is my car stuck on the middle of the road! LIKE A BAWSE!





Having the girls sit up on back was actually a bit harder than I had imagined it was going to be. If any of you guys have seen the back of a Miata you will how small it is! Lucky they all have skinny bums.



Our kicks collection! Loving my white Pumas with the Reebok 'Reign-bow' laces ❤













I just got my iPhone4S recently and am SO in love with it. Follow me on instagram - @iheartstance!





Genevieve. Just in case you didn't know, this babe can rap like a boss. Show her Youtube channel some love here!



We had so much fun and the shoot was a total success! The finished set of images have also been featured on Hellaflush and it is such an honour to actually see my own car on there. The original HF wesbite was what got me into stance and started my obsession for cars and fitment. Which then resulted in me creating this blog, and then building my Miata! It feels good to give back ;)





Thanks to Ben Silcock from STM and Pedey Kelly from Performance Car for taking the photos. As well as a big thank-you to my girls G, Tess, Larah & Michelle for helping me bring my crazy vision to life! They even got their boobs out for the camera too. Best. friends. ever.

Head over to the Hellaflush site to check out the full set of images here!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Project-G Grand Opening!

I first came across Project-G after seeing one of their Miata hardtop spoilers on the internet and decided I had to get my hands on one for my own MX-5 here in New Zealand! After talking to Joe I was pleased to hear that they were willing to ship one over to me and for a great price too. Within 7 days it arrived at my doorstep and I was one very happy customer...

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I really wanted to do something a bit different, so I ended up painting my 'G-wing' white to match my hardtop. I love how it changes the whole look of the car, and it's cool to know I'm the first one to rep one of them in NZ!



Project-G recently had their grand opening in Baldwin Park, California. I sent them over some stickers for it (and then sat on my iPhone watching photos from the event wishing I could be there!)




Check out this rad video from the meet - so many sick Miatas. Heaven.

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Another product that Project-G produce which I really love is their 'G-string' removable soft-top cover. Above is Tigran's amazing NA on SSR MKIIs with the tan version of the G-string. 'Keep the heat in at night, keep the air con in during the day! YOU CAN GO TOP DOWN IN SECONDS AND THROW YOUR G-STRING IN THE TRUNK!' I've noticed that all my favourite Miatas in the WORLD are repping Project-G goods...

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Kevin from SB's widebody NA rocks the G-wing too.

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Angel reps a black G-string. What colour do you guys think would suit my car, the black or tan colour?



Head on over to their website and check out their products here! Thanks Joe and Steve from Project-G for hooking me up with my sweet G-wing and featuring my Miata video on their website.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

4 & Rotary Nationals Show 'n' Shine 2012

The Show 'n' Shine at Nats this year was HUGE! I've only just had the time to sort through my photos now, so I thought I'd share a few of my favourites on here...



Fraser's NSX. I had the chance to chat to Fraser and he is a great dude! He's really put a huge amount of effort into this build and I appreciate every aspect of it, very well deserving of all the awards it won! Hopefully one day in the future we will see him up taking it out at the track at Taupo or Hampton Downs.





Paul's showstopping RX-7 build. Everything about this car is so on point, from the fitted CCWs to the immaculate engine bay, prefect interior and sick 13B rebuild. I was happy for him to win best Mazda for the second year in a row!



Kelvin's RX-2 was definitely sporting the most aggressive fitment of the show. The beautiful refurbished SSR Mk2s made me turn a bit green with envy...



...and then I saw the rest of CJC's 'wheel pile'



"NOOOO I WON'T LET GOOOOO"



































Running shit.











86Fighters really stepped it up with an impressive collections of 85s and 86s. Love their style - JDM as F*ck!







I've seen a bit of the 'behind the scenes' on this particular build, so I know first hand how deserving Ben and his 323 were of the best wagon award! Sleep wasn't an option until he had every detail perfect for the show. The day before Nats it still didn't have the engine dropped in; the week beforehand he found out his wheels wouldn't be arriving from Japan in time so he went out and bought a new set. Some serious dedication right here!



There was some heavy competition this year for the title of 'best wheels suited to car', but Jackie's time attack EVO took it out with his amazing set of TE-37 SLs. This widebodied monster is one seriously bad-ass track weapon!







I went out and watched the first part of the drift demo but after the first session they decided to cancel it (due to complaints from the noise and smoke) which was quite a shame. It was good while it lasted though!

















Apparently there were over 400 entries for the show this year which is a huge increase since 2011! Nats this year has shown us that our scene is definitely still growing and that there is certainly a strong and steady future ahead for us. I can't wait to see what's next in store!