SP Rides: Rising Like a Gunmetal Phoenix

October 2, 2015

This 2003 Gunmetal Tiburon has been through quite a stormy existence, thanks to its involvement in three heavy accidents. But those mishaps have also molded this vehicle into one of the most heavily altered Hyundais on Oahu for owner Marcus Sakamoto, 27.

SP Rides: Living with a ‘Sinner’

September 25, 2015

Mike Arellano has owned enough vehicles, including an ’87 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, to prove he’s a long-standing lowrider enthusiast. But Arellano also has a deep appreciation for custom bikes.

SP Rides: Electric Dreams

September 18, 2015

Growing up in Ewa, Greg Quizon always seemed to be surrounded by quality cars — dropped Hondas and polished VIPs, most notably — and the constant exposure helped create within him a passion for the modification scene.

SP Rides: A Bad, Breakneck Z

September 11, 2015

Bryce Kekoa Jenkins’ incredible 2008 Nissan 350Z is a remarkable example of how far the modification scene has come. The ride features several amazing modifications that have turned this sporty Z into one of the baddest-looking machines in Hawaii.

SP Rides: Here Comes ‘The Cookie Monster’

September 4, 2015

When it comes to photographing rides, I always enjoy the out-of-the-ordinary experience — something a bit off the beaten path. This week’s featured automobile — a 1993 Corolla Wagon — may seem like an ordinary car, but as I discovered soon after pointing my lens in its direction, this beauty is actually more beast than typical ride.

SP Rides: Happy is the man who drives a King of the Road

August 28, 2015

After serving in the Army, Happy Barcelona returned home in the late ’70s hoping to purchase the car of his dreams — a 1968 Shelby Cobra GT500 KR. But all he could afford was a used 1969 Mustang coupe, which he wound up buying for $2,500.

SP Rides: The Black Mamba

August 21, 2015

Charles Ong has owned some pretty remarkable cars in his 22 years of life. His first ride was a third generation Mazda RX7, and that beauty was soon followed by a sporty Celica GT-S and an equally cool Nissan 350Z.

SP Rides: Sky’s the limit

August 14, 2015

From practically birth, Hannibal Puma Jr, aka “Junior”, knew that he loved lowriders. At age 6, he witnessed his first lowrider and he has been riding low and dirty ever since with the occasional moments of high in-between.

SP Rides: This Ford Fits to a ‘T’

August 7, 2015

When Glenn Barretto spotted this 1926 Model T 5-window coupe for sale nearly two decades ago, he was more interested in the condition of its frame and body than the state of its engine. So, despite the fact this classic automobile’s motor couldn’t turn over, he immediately forked over $4,000 for the car of his childhood dreams.

SP Rides: Strike Up ‘The Bandwagon’

July 31, 2015

Wilson Montemayor is a fan of lowriders. He started off with hydraulic trucks back in the early ’90s and eventually transitioned into the classic Impala. In fact, he’s owned six different Chevrolet Impalas, mostly convertibles.