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SP Rides: A Real Super Nova

June 26, 2015

It’s rare to spot a hot rod Chevy Nova cruising the streets of Honolulu — and even rarer to find a first generation model like this 1964 Nova out there. But Butch Ferreira, who’s owned at least 40 different kinds of vehicles since graduating from Farrington High, knew he had to have one.

SP Rides: Forever Ford

June 19, 2015

One of Wes Teixeira’s favorite occasions is attending car shows and cruise nights with his showstopper of a ride — a 1930 Ford Model A pickup truck. Often, spectators will approach him and ask questions about the time-tested model, and Teixeira will oblige by explaining how these trucks were made and what they’re like to drive.

SP Rides: Street Legal Style

June 12, 2015

Born in Iowa but raised in Hawaii, Soung Young Son has only ever driven Nissans. At the young age of twenty-five he has owned three different Nissan 240SXs in his lifetime. When asked “why only Nissans?”, Soung related that he is a big fan of the D1 Street Legal competition held in Japan.

SP Rides: The Custom Car Community’s Biggest Advocate

June 5, 2015

Many custom car owners on Oahu may recall that it was just a few years ago when the state enacted a reconstructed vehicle law that required all kit cars — like this week’s featured ride, a 1963 Volkswagen Dune Buggy — to have an engineered certification.

SP Rides: Time for a 1968 Rally Sport

May 29, 2015

Back 1967 when Chevrolet rolled out the first generation Camaro it could seat two adults and three kids comfortably and get them from point A to point B on a daily basis.

SP Rides: Shifting Into High Ghia

May 22, 2015

Growing up, Taylor Matsumoto remembers the excitement of being picked up and dropped off at school in her dad’s custom Dune Buggy that attracted the attention of all her classmates.

SP Rides: A VW Survivor

May 15, 2015

Leo and Brenda Bringas have a lot to be thankful for these days, despite the fact that they’re still coping with the loss of their Kalihi home, which was consumed by fire last month.

SP Rides: Beep! Beep! Here Comes The Road Runner

May 8, 2015

There are approximately 1.1 million roadrunners on the planet. That’s the bird more specifically known as “the Greater Roadrunner.” The Road Runner (two words) first appeared back in September 17, 1949 and is one of the longest running cartoons on TV today.

SP Rides: Trucking It On A Thriftmaster

May 1, 2015

Guzman reminisced about growing up in Guam and becoming a car enthusiast after detailing his uncle’s 1966 Crown Victoria. Seeing all kinds of automobiles brought in by military personnel stationed on the remote island helped shape the list of cars he would soon own.

SP Rides: The Last of the Bluebirds

April 24, 2015

The 1959 Datsun Bluebird 1000 originally came with a 988 cubic-centimeter, four-stroke, four-cylinder engine that cranked out a whopping 37 horses at 4,600 rpms.