Flashback Friday: Vegas Baby!

Going to try to make a Flashback Friday post on Fridays at least once a month.

Most people go on family vacations to spend time by the pool, go see the sights with the folks or to take in a show after hours. But when I visited the city of sin I wasted no time going to visit my long time friend Ian Perri and his amazing Datsun 280ZX.

Ian Perri's 280ZX

Everything about this car is unique and has a story, from the one off aluminum wheels, to the custom made suspension and axles right down to the massive crater in the side of the car that almost ended this build before it started! However that didn’t stop Ian from making this zedder a hard core roller and an amazing drift machine. Running the original inline 6 with some performance tweaks like side draft carbs and some nice touches like a wire tuck and custom powder coated valve cover set this car apart under the hood

Photo by: Ian Perri

Also on this battle scarred car is a retro 80’s body kit and a slew of other rare parts (see the 280ZXR rear whale tail) and even though the rear quarter was caved in by a careless Ford driver, this slick-top 280 has some serious work put into it! This build can’t be stopped and doesn’t look like its slowing down any time soon so keep an eye here because this isn’t the last you’ll see of this Z.

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(Pictures by Ian Perri and James Hennebury, article by James Hennebury)

Trip to extra-sunny Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

I recently went to Sunny Isles Beach, Florida to check out a local car show. It was dope. Tons of awesome boxed out cars. I will have to make a post about it soon. This one is more of a blog post about the trip itself.

Sunny Isles Beach is situated in the state of Florida, USA. It is a seaside resort town, part of the famous Dade County region. It is one of the first resorts, founded in the area of the county.

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The art community has very old traditions in this part of the state. Like the history says, it is founded back in the beginning of the 20th century, when several artists have considered the place very inspiring and came to live and work in the region. The community of the artists, found back then is still exiting and is functioning in the present days as well. Many famous people followed then and found their new home in the place. The sunny weather and the nice climate all the year round are also responsible for the popularity of the place.

Numerous interesting areas are bordering the region of the Sunny Isles Beach. Some of them are the Haulover Park at the northwest, Golden Beach and Bal Harbour.

If you plan on spending time vactioning in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida there there are many fine hotels and car rental services available. On my trip there I stayed at the Ramada Marco Polo hotel and got my car from this Sunny Isles Beach Car Rental. Marco Pollo is a nice hotel for the money and Miami Auto Concierge has a big selection of different rental cars, I personally went with the lexus SUV option. I also used Miami Nice Tours for their excellent tours of the region.

The cultural life of the area is very interesting. There are many events to be seen while spending a vacation in Sunny Isles Beach. The summer months are reserved for the annual Pageant of Masters. It is an art festival, which is organized in the region. The purpose of the festival is to recreate famous masterpieces of the contemporary and classic art. They are made by the present artists and the one which looks closest to the original is the winner. The parts of the recreated work are values by the costumes used, the light, the make-up, the hairdressing and all other smaller and bigger details, which are characterizing the piece of art. Other art festival, that are famous in the area are the Art-a-Fair, the Sawdust Art Festival and the Festival of Arts.

There are some events, dedicated to the music in the region. The most popular of them are organized by the Sunny Isles Beach Chamber Music Society. It is held during the winter each year. The Chamber has long traditions in the organizing of music events. Like the activity of the organization is non-profitable, so are the concerts, held in the area.

The most visited museum is the Sunny Isles Art Museum. One of its most popular exhibitions is the Emergent Media Phenomenon. It has been shown to the visitors of the museum since 2009. Today the newest exhibition is the one, which is dedicated to the artist Roger Edward Kuntz.

The cultural life of the place can be completed by the activity of the Sunny Isles Playhouse. It is one of the theatres located in the area. The institution is celebrating its ninetieth anniversary and is still giving to its visitors the pleasure to enjoy one of the best plays, presented. Another option for the free time of the visitors is to follow one of the history tours, organized in the area.

The tourists who like the nature can enjoy the wildlife and observe some of the most unique processes in the region. Whale and dolphin watching are the activities, which are the most impressive for the visitors of the place.

There are many outdoor sport facilities available in the place. Many tennis courts are opened for public use, so are the golf courses and the swimming pools.

The only winery with a wine tasting room is situated in the Sunny Isles Beach. The products made in the winery are high quality and its tasting will be great experience. At the wine shops in the winery, the visitors will not only be able to buy some of their favorite products, but also take part in the corporate events held in there.