So last week I had to do some computer cleaning, and while rummaging through old hard drives I dug up a lot of old material. I decided it might be worthwhile to archive some of my stuff online to look back on a period of time where I actually enjoyed photography. I figured the best place to start would be my first published feature shoot ever: Enjuku Racing's Drag S13. Back then Modified Mag was somewhat in its infancy, but gaining a lot of ground on the bigger publications like Super Street and Import Tuner. Ever since I could remember I always wanted to have a feature shoot in a magazine and while working at Enjuku Racing I actually had the opportunity to work my way into one.
Back then drag racing was pretty cool and drifting was just starting to get crazy over in America. So before Enjuku actually did drifting, they had their drag S13 which was one of the highest horsepower SR20DETs in America on stock block, and probably one of the fastest S13s down the quarter mile. It was something unique and back in late 2003/early 2004 the whole Nissan S-chassis and SR20 craze was exploding. I contacted Joe Magro at Modified to see if they would be interested, he forwarded the information to Dave Pankew, editor-in-chief at the time, and they gave me the green light to shoot and write the article on the car.
Of course I was completely stoked and the shoot actually consisted of several shoots. We ultimately got access to a small airport out in Orlando thanks to Paul (RIP) and that's where the majority of the shoot was done. Obviously looking back it wasn't very good work, but back then I was just super excited to have the opportunity to be published. So here's some scans of my first ever published feature in Modified Magazine's April 2004 issue. I intend to ultimately post up every car I've ever shot on this website sometime before I die, giving a little bit of background to each car, its owner and how the shoot went - if I can recall all those details.