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Another #classiccar on display at @theclassicautoshow representing the #Japanese car culture was this 1972 #Datsun #510. This build utilizes an #SR20 power plant, RAYS #TE37V wheels and #Ferrari brakes, #carbonfiber aero components, and a host of personalizations and customizations that were appreciated by all who saw it at #TheClassicAutoShow. // Shout-out to @mtomczek for his time and effort to bring his build when I asked him to. // #restomod #turbocharged #Datsun510 #JDM #classiccars

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This past weekend @theclassicautoshow went down at the OC Fairgrounds and I had the honor and pleasure of working with them to curate a special exhibit dedicated to #Japanese classic cars. // This 1971 #Nissan #Skyline features an #RB26 with a single turbo, #custom copper Watanabe wheels, and a wide array of customizations and personalizations that made it a crowd-pleaser all weekend long. *SWIPE LEFT FOR MORE PHOTOS* // Shout-out to @skyline_mikey for finishing and debuting it in this exhibit. // #TheClassicAutoShow #carlifestyle #JDM #Hakosuka #classiccars at OC Fair & Event Center

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THIS WEEKEND @theclassicautoshow goes down! We are expecting 30,000 people this year! // I’m hosting a panel entitled the “History of Import Tuning Culture in America, and its parallels to American Car Culture.” The panel includes the legendary Oscar Jackson Sr., founder of @jacksonracing; Eric Bizek, founder of @jdm_legends; Kenji Sumino, President of @greddyperformance; and Ryan Basseri, founder of @rywire_motorsport_electronics // I work with a lot of events and companies IN our community, but one of my primary missions as well as that of the #ThinkBiggerProject is to shatter the stereotypes and preconceived incorrect notions about the import Tuner culture that we all love and are a part of. Those incorrect ideas exist OUTSIDE of our world, and being a part of this prestigious and massive #carshow alongside individuals such as @adamcarolla and @davekindig is a major opportunity to do just that and to educate the masses about what we do and how much history, culture, and passion we all have. // USE CODE “BIGMIKE” TO GET A DISCOUNT ON YOUR TICKETS TO GET IN! // #TheBigMike #TheClassicAutoShow #BigMikeEdition #gamechanger #JacksonRacing #JDMLegends #GReddy #Rywiremotorsportelectronics at OC Fairgrounds Hangar

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Is the Internet real? // Episode 7 of the #ThinkBiggerPodcast is now live! - Your news, your entertainment, your politics, your pop culture... it's all on the internet every moment in front of you... But is it real? How do you decide what is real and what is not? To whom and what do you give the power of influence over you? // Comment below and let's talk about this after you listen. I want to know your thoughts! // #TheBigMike #ThinkBiggerProject #freeyourmind #openyoureyes #thinkaboutit

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**CAPTION CONTEST** Come up with your best caption and I’ll pick a winner and send you a prize pack. // #TheBigMike #LosAngeles #lacma #FBF #FlashbackFriday // Photo: @1llest at LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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#TBT - This photo made me crack up when I found it LOL. I don’t remember who took this photo or what I was looking at, but I believe this was taken at #wekfest at Fort Mason in #SanFrancisco in 2012 when I drove Version 2 of the Big Mike Prelude up to the Bay. // Shout-out to @eeffectapparel for reaching out to me to do the #BigMikeEdition Artist Series shirt all those years ago. My character was designed with my #SE37K wheels for the head, my khaki Dickies shorts I always rock, and my infamous swap meet ‘hood corduroy House Shoes. Good times. // #TheBigMike #throwback #eeffectapparel // Photo: @crsfoto at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

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#TE37 Super Lap, Pressed Double Black, 17x9.5 +28; FALKEN Azenis RT-615K, 275/40-17; #BigMikeEdition @wilwooddiscbrakes custom big brake setup: 6-piston Superlite calipers, 12.19” GT Spec37 2-piece front rotors and hats; #custom Big Mike Edition #widebody front bumper and fenders; #customized @procarinnovations sideskirts // Photo: @streetmetal // #BigMikePrelude #thepowerofdreams #Honda #streetmetal

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“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter...” // #TheBigMike #BigMikeEdition #ThinkBiggerProject #ThinkBiggerPodcast // Photo: @higginsbuilt at Anaheim Convention Center

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#TBT: 2012 - Shot from the cover #photoshoot in #DTLA for @hondatuning #magazine for Version 2 of the #BigMikePrelude when it was sitting on customized 17” NSX-spec Desmond #Regamaster EVO wheels and had the custom #BigMikeEdition front end using OE and #Chargespeed components. // #Hondatuning #thepowerofdreams #throwback // Photo: @rodrez at Los Angeles, California

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS and attend @theclassicautoshow MARCH 16-17 in Costa Mesa, CA. We are expecting 30,000 people this year! // I’m hosting a panel on the main stage entitled the “History of Import Tuning Culture in America, and its parallels to American Car Culture.” The panel includes the legendary Oscar Jackson Sr., founder of @jacksonracing; Eric Bizek, founder of @jdm_legends; Kenji Sumino, President of @greddyperformance; and Ryan Basseri, founder of @rywire_motorsport_electronics // I work with a lot of events and companies IN our community, but one of my primary missions as well as that of the #ThinkBiggerProject is to shatter the stereotypes and preconceived incorrect notions about the import Tuner culture that we all love and are a part of. Those incorrect ideas exist OUTSIDE of our world, and being a part of this prestigious and massive #carshow alongside individuals such as @adamcarolla and @davekindig is a major opportunity to do just that and to educate the masses about what we do and how much history, culture, and passion we all have. // USE CODE “BIGMIKE” TO GET A DISCOUNT ON YOUR TICKETS TO GET IN! // #TheBigMike #TheClassicAutoShow #BigMikeEdition #gamechanger #JacksonRacing #JDMLegends #GReddy #Rywiremotorsportelectronics at OC Fair & Event Center

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#FBF: 2012 Motion Auto Show. I found this photo in some archives and it made me laugh out loud. I can’t remember if this was before or after I rocked a mean ol’ Handlebar/Monopoly man mustache (I seriously can’t recall all of the various beards and facial hair combos I’ve had over the years), but apparently for some part of 2012 I was clean shaven LOL. And I also didn’t eat very much that year (Seriously, I put myself on a ridiculously strict diet. And no, I wouldn’t do that again.) Anyway, this was at the end of the day and @stickydiljoe took this quick shot. // #TheBigMike #mynamehasnothingtodowithhowmuchiweigh #flashback #stickydiljoe #thechronicles #goodtimes #carlife

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ANY QUESTION YOU’D LIKE ANSWERED OR SUBJECT YOU’D LIKE TO DISCUSS, COMMENT BELOW and I’ll address on the next Episode of the podcast. // Have you listened to the next branch of the #ThinkBiggerProject, the THINK BIGGER PODCAST? The #podcast is available on platforms such as iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, Spotify, Amazon’s Alexa, and you can also listen to it on the Think Bigger Project website itself (on the top bar there is a clickable “podcast” button which takes you to the newest page on the website). In this podcast we have an intelligent, adult conversation about real life and the things we are all experiencing and struggling with. This isn’t just about cars, it’s bigger than that. // DM OR COMMENT BELOW WITH ANY QUESTION YOU’D LIKE ANSWERED OR SUBJECT YOU’D LIKE TO DISCUSS // #ThinkBiggerPodcast #TheBigMike #realtalk

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Heading in to the weekend like... // #FBF One of my favorite shots of Version 1 of the #BigMikePrelude taken by @rodrez for my @hondatuning #magazine #photoshoot back in 2008. I loved that stage of the car... the simplicity of the rare #JDM items and that color... I loved that color. Classy. // #TheBigMike #flashback #Honda #thepowerofdreams #HondaPrelude #cruising #hondatuning

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS and attend @theclassicautoshow MARCH 16-17 in Costa Mesa, CA. We are expecting 30,000 people this year! // I’m hosting a panel on the main stage entitled the “History of Import Tuning Culture in America, and its parallels to American Car Culture.” Additionally, I’ll have my friends the @jdm_legends there doing a meet-and-greet. // I work with a lot of events and companies IN our community, but one of my primary missions as well as that of the #ThinkBiggerProject is to shatter the stereotypes and preconceived incorrect notions about the import Tuner culture that we all love and are a part of. Those incorrect ideas exist OUTSIDE of our world, and being a part of this prestigious and massive #carshow alongside individuals such as @adamcarolla and @davekindig is a major opportunity to do just that. // USE CODE “BIGMIKE” TO GET A DISCOUNT ON YOUR TICKETS TO GET IN! // #TheBigMike #TheClassicAutoShow #gamechanger #thinkbigger at OC Fair & Event Center

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#TBT: Around 14 years ago... Cruising the streets of #California in my Civic Si hatchback with @rodrez. Simple #JDM pieces made all the difference in the world back then. From the #EG6 headlights, corners and fenders with side markers to the #Spoonsports Duckbull wing to Vision #carbonfiber mirrors and #Invidia front lip. Not to mention the loved and hated rare #Yokohama #Advan SA3R wheels with matching #AdvanNeova tires. Good times, great memories. “Can it be that it was all so simple then...” // #throwback #civichatchback #rodrezshot #cruising #westcoasting #goodtimes #Honda #thepowerofdreams // Photo @rodrez

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Think Bigger Podcast, Episode 5 - Can you be successful and poor? // People think money and success go hand-in-hand. Nice clothes, nice car, nice house... that's what we see and think that that person is successful. But can a person who has no objects be successful? Can someone who is poor be successful? This and more is what we discuss in this Episode of the #ThinkBiggerPodcast which is now live on the Think Bigger Project website (www.ThinkBiggerProject.com) - Link in bio - and other popular #podcast sources such as #spotify, #applepodcasts, #amazonalexa, #stitcher, as well as #youtube (Link in bio) // Take the time to comment below after listening to the Episode and let’s talk about it here! // #ThinkBiggerProject #TheBigMike #openyourmind

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The #automotive Event Season is getting ready to hit #2019 in full force! What events do you plan to attend and be a part of this year? And what is it about that event that makes you go? // #ThinkBiggerProject #ThinkBiggerPodcast #worldwide #TheBigMike #BigMikeEdition #emcee #carlife #goodtimes #blessed // Photo: @whyyoum4d

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How many of you attended the @raysmsc Tribute Meet? I had the honor of hosting the event which was done in collaboration with @superstreet at the @motortrendgroup building in OC, CA, and those of you that were there know how much fun it was. We had raffles going on all day and the energy and vibes were so much fun especially during our Rock-paper-scissors battles LOL. This was the first #raystribute meet and a huge success. Thanks again to everyone who attended and for all of the love and kind words for my car and for the Think Bigger Project // Photo: @stickydiljoe #BigMikePrelude #thechronicles #thepowerofdreams #RAYSwheels #TE37 #custom #widebody #carswithoutlimits #SuperStreet #motortrend at TEN: The Enthusiast Network

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