On January 28th, a bunch of local car enthusiasts got together at the local Triple XXX Rootbeer in Issaquah. Triple XXX has been well known for hosting all sorts of car meets – from Muscles, to Hot Rods, to Imports. Most importantly, it’s a great place to get together because of the great food and large venue to accommodate lots of cars.
Photos and Words by Zach Taiji
2011 was an amazing year for me, both personally and automotive related. I had ups and downs, but in the end I reflect and realize how much I succeeded as a photographer, entrepreneur, and most importantly as a human being.
nw-built also had an event filled year. 2011 was its first full year, which meant there were many instances of trial and error throughout the journey. We had our first big events, invested time and effort into the ever growing Social Media, and most of all created the foundation for our fans and supporters from which we now continue to build upon.
This Johnjohn tuned Black STI made 422whp 399wtq on a dyno last month and the tuning hasn’t even been finished. The owner is heading out to serve his country and care for some troops in some corner of the world so the work will have to be placed on hold.
Photos and Words by William Tanna
Hey everybody, my name is Will Tanna (zigzag801 on the boards) and it seems like I am now part of the NW-Built team! I received an email from Zach a few days ago asking if I were interesting shooting for NW-Built. This email is exactly what I needed! I love automotive photography and have been doing it for over a year now. I come from the Subaru scene; therefore a lot of my photos are Subaru’s. I have wanted to expand for a long time but was never really sure how, but thanks to Zach he solved my dilemma. I am looking forward to shooting with the team and shooting all different types of cars in the Northwest. Even though Subaru’s aren’t RWD, I love drifting! You’ll be seeing a lot of pictures from the drift events in Washington! Might even see some of you members there, so look for me! Anyway there is my intro, now time for the article.
On Sunday the 23rd of October cars from all over western Washington descended on SyKart in Tukwila for the monthly nw-built.com forum meet. Individuals and crews from Olympia to Seattle participated in a successful event. Well over 30 drivers showed up for the evening to show off their rides and to compete on the Karting track.
Words and photos by Vinnie Nguyen
Last week I received an email from Zach telling me that he wanted me to do a little shoot for William Bajakin’s car before he was going to part it. At first, I was like “Wait, William Bakajin? Why does that name sound so familiar?” I looked his name up on Google and it turns out that I’ve seen this car before. It’s been featured on Fatlace and various other sites. Also I realized that Will is part of the LowerClassMen, a local group with an impressive show of cars. So since Will was out of town, I called up his friend Kalani and made plans to do the shoot at Gas Work’s parking lot on the Saturday coming. I had previously done a senior shoot there and I noticed all the dope colors from the leaves in the trees; so I knew that I wanted to shoot this beautiful car amongst the red leaves.
Photos and Words by John Hong
My friends and I went to Gig harbor one day to have a photo shoot of someone’s car but they ran into problems so they could not make it down that day. So we just drove around gig harbor and found someplace to eat. We called up Andre Huang with this WRX and asked if he wanted to come down and kick it, he said sure. Since we had nothing to do really we decided to have a shoot with his car around Port of Tacoma.
Last Thursday marked the fourth “not so loko” Pacific Northwest StanceWorks meet. Much thanks to Paul Bruney organizing another cool event. The location this time was Juanita Park in Kirkland, WA – and while it wasn’t the greatest of locations for numerous reasons (parking, cops – see below), the overall meet had a laid back feeling and it was great to see old and new friends. Plus it was at the beach, and the sun stayed out all day.
Photos and words by Vinnie Nguyen
Today’s meet up at The Landing in Renton was pretty sweet. I borrowed a fisheye lens from a friend so I knew I was going to have some fun with it for today. Some of us had gotten there early, so we were able to see everyone as they rolled in one by one. As expected though, as more cars came through, the more agitated the security got. Surprisingly enough, they didn’t kick us out right away. They gave us a fair warning that if someone were to come through revving their engines and/or going past 10mph then they were going to kick us out. We were all poking fun at what the security guard said, “Yup! They’re going to kick us out!” was what you would hear a lot of the time when someone came rolling up.
Photos by Justin Swain / Words by Zach Taiji
Last night marked version 2.0 of StanceWorks meets the Pacific Northwest. Paul Bruney organized another successful meet, with a great turnout of some of the best cars that Seattle has to offer. The location was far and away from where you would expect a large meeting of fine automobiles to be, tucked deep within Magnuson Park. It made for an almost exclusive feel, and being right next to the beach and below a grassy knoll made the atmosphere very relaxing. Overcast was the name of the day, but that didn’t stop 100+ premium cars from showing up. Once again there were familiar faces & rides, but also a few new ones that I hadn’t seen before. Check back on this site for more info on the next PNW + SW meet coming to a local city near you!