Offset Kings: Longbeach
If you’re not au fait with what Offset Kings (OK) is, it’s a series of modified car events held across the US and Japan, organised by Fat Lace and in association with a number of big name companies, held alongside the Formula Drift series races. It’s kind of a big deal and about as spectacular as you could hope for from something hailing from the big side of the Pond.
Taking place in a typically sun-drenched and exotic-looking Cali setting, the first OK event set the standard for the 2015 run and the cars on show were, as you might expect, awesome. OK is an all-makes, anything goes kind of show so there was everything from the usual VAG suspects to a healthy helping of Japanese machinery and, pleasingly, a good spread of tasty BMs to boot.
We loved the matt blue E90 on chrome Avante Garde F141s, with yellow tinted headlights and a serious diffuser. The Polizei-liveried (‘To Protect and Swerve’) E36 with a massive rear wing is definitely our sort of law enforcement vehicle. Victor Wu’s F80 BMW M3 on custom FLOSS Edition BBS LMs looked spectacular as did the E90 on chrome Blitz Techno Speed splits – always nice to see people breaking away from the usual wheel selection and venturing further East for something different, as demonstrated by another E90 sitting on stunning gold step-lip Work VS XXs with bronze centres.
We always admire those brave enough to go wild on their wheel colour, and the owner of the white E60 sitting on DPE splits had done just that, opting for a mesmerizing shade of aqua blue for his centres. It wasn’t all about show though; there was an unassuming-looking black E30 two-door with an S54 tucked under the bonnet. We also spotted a turquoise green E36 on M System Turbines and Boden Autohaus’s E91 Touring on 20” green-lipped HREs, which made a big impact at SEMA and looked no less awesome here.
The Offset Kings road show will be at every round of the Formula Drift series this season including Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Fuji, Washington, Texas, Montreal, Irwindale, Okayama and Guam and you can find out more about each round at www.fatlace.com/offsetkings. If you live near or in a place where OK is going down, you should definitely get yourself over there and if not, we’ll be covering a few more of the biggest OK events this year so it’ll be just like being there. Almost…