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The JZS161 Lexus GS300/GS400 (Toyota Aristo) is definitely an extremely popular car for modifying in the VIP car scene. Especially here in Southern California, we can frequently see very nice examples of GS luxury, slammed with great looking wheel and tire setups. This trend especially came about because some of the original fixed-up car guys from the sport compact scene (guys that were street racing in the 1990s) began getting a bit older and needed a bit more luxury or automotive sophistication in their lives.

I took this particular photo way back in 2005, for a trade catalog that was created for Falken Tire and its many tire dealers across the nation. I thought it would be cool to put a well stanced Lexus like this parked in the VIP valet line, right outside of a popular bar in San Diego's Gaslamp District. I love creating images that show the way cars relate to daily lifestyle. After all, it's not often that people bring cars like this to the racetrack, or park it in an empty parking garage, loading dock, or other industrial area. Come on.

The owner of this car, Anthony from the AutoFashion crew in San Diego, put these machine faced 19 inch Work Euroline DH wheels on his GS, with Falken FK452 tires stretched over the wide wheels. It's hard to imagine that guys like the AutoFashion crew in San Diego had sick stanced luxury cars even back in 2005, because kids are just starting to come around NOW. That was almost four years ago!

I wonder if some of our readers remember a few years back, when people used to criticize deep offset and stretched tire style on message boards, saying things like "it hurts performance" or "Thats dumb. You want as much rubber as you can get on the car" and things like that? You even hear these types of comments from some of the readers on this website! However, these people are slowly coming around. We will change the world… 4 wheels at a time.

Props to Anthony and AutoFashion for sticking to proper values. These guys have been putting the San Diego car scene on the map. It's all about Eurolines in the 619. San Diego, stand up!

-Antonio Alvendia