My name is Taryn and iheartstance is a blog that I created in June 2010 to document my personal journey as a typical car-illiterate blonde-haired female turned passionate automotive enthusiast. It all started one day when I began researching Toyota bBs, a car that I myself had just purchased. A photo popped up of an xB slammed on BBS RS wheels, but these wheels weren't sitting like how normal wheels usually do. For a start, the dish was massive and they were very wide - but what I took the most notice of was the way the car looked on these wheels. It looked... awesome! I glanced out the window at my own bB at standard ride height with the standard wheels and in my mind I started comparing the difference between the two cars. It interested me, the way these wheels and the low ride height made the car change so drastically in appearance.
Before I knew it I had started modifying my bB, as well as reading forums and 'stance blogs' everyday, eager to learn more about this trend and the other elements of style that came along with it. One blog I checked everyday was Hellaflush, which promoted flush fitment culture and the term 'Hellaflush' itself. This was the start of something that I didn't realise was going to change my life.
Today my journey still continues as I learn more about cars and become further involved in the automotive scene. Although it was stance that started my love affair with cars, my blog isn't just about this. I cover a lot of New Zealand automotive events, whether it be drifting, drag racing, classic car shows or other car meets that interest me. I also document progress on my own cars...
In January 2011 I bought a 1993 Mazda Eunos Roadster MX-5/Miata, the "Miatasaurus". This was a big learning curve for me, pushing the boundaries with my ride height whilst wanting functionality - these are two things that generally don't go together!
You can read more about this project here.
In June 2011 I travelled to Japan and fell truly in love with Japanese car culture - and Japanese culture in general. This was another turning point for me as I started to learn more about functional stance and the style and culture around Japanese tuning.
I met Rauh-Welt Begriff creator Nakai-san and was invited to an Idlers Games meet at Tsukuba. It was the best day of my life, and I knew from that day onwards that this passion would be with me forever.
Read more about my Japan trip here.
By March 2012, I couldn't deny my love for classic Japanese cars any longer.
I co-purchased a 1975 Datsun 280Z, a joint project between my partner and I. We plan to restore the car to its full former glory, whilst adding a few 'improvements' here and there. Read this post for further info. Unfortunately the consequence of this decision meant that I had to let go of my beloved MX-5, which was a very bittersweet goodbye. The Miatasaurus was such an important stage in the discovery of my automotive passion, and I'll never forget everything that car gave to me.
Cars are an everyday part of my life, and alongside photography they are my one true passion. As well as running iheartstance, I now also write a monthly feature 'The Illest' in New Zealand Performance Car magazine, New Zealand's biggest selling automotive magazine. As well as that, I am now an Associate Editor at Speedhunters.com :)
Follow my journey as I continue to learn more about cars, wheels and automotive culture around the world!