Car Spotlight>>jtp’s Fd3s Of Redemption

Last month, Justin Pawlak's FC3S RX7 was stolen here in the LA area along with his truck and trailer. Now losing our car is something that all of us fear, but for JTP it was a different story. He didn't just lose an automobile, he lost a chapter of his life.

The FC was his pride and joy – a car that had been across the country competing in Formula Drift events. A car that had been bashed and repaired countless times. It had been green, silver, blue, and back to green again. It wasn't just a car that had been lost, it was years of memories – it was a part of him. His pickup has been recovered, but the RX7 and trailer have yet to be seen.

While Justin made it clear that nothing will replace his FC, he has decided to start fresh with this FD3S RX7. It'd be impossible to build a better FC, so he decided to do move on to the next iteration of the RX7. He hasn't had the car long, but it's already off to a very promising start.

Justin isn't totally firm on his plans for the new FD right now, but you can bet it will be good. For now he's planning on keeping it as a street car as long as he can. Who can argue? The thing looks absolutely bitchin' cruising down the street.

One's thing for certain, he's got the stance thing down already. The car is dropped low on a set of DG-5 coilovers.

Wheels are gold concave-faced Advan Model T7's, with Falken tires of course. Justin wasn't sure if he'd like how they look on the car, but I'd say he did it right.

We took the FD out to grab some lunch in downtown Gardena. I was amazed at how smooth it rode, and the sound of the rotary was radical. The car will soon be getting more power, a full cage and other work to get it track ready.

To have something that you poured countless hours (and years) of love into be taken instantly by some worthless punks is an impossible thing to fathom. Like JTP said, this car will never take the place of his FC and the memories he had with that car. but it might be the next best thing.

We'll certainly be keeping an eye on how this one comes along.

-Mike Garrett

Hot Line



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Filling the void of a car that is part of you is impossible, but damn an FD3S is one hell of a step in the right direction.

Sidenote: Hair Studio AND Dentistry? Sign me up.


His FC3S was a thing of beauty, and I hope it is found and recovered. The sooner the better! In the meantime, it'll be interesting to see how the FD develops.


shit man, i wonder if he got any money back even though that was probably the last thing on his mind.

Still i thought the wheels were far to big and looked awful on the last post about hot line but this fd looks fuxing sick!!


FC I think is a RX7 FD, I'm sure....


There it is, keep drifting and I sure hope you find justice for your stolen FC bro!


Poor JTP...I hope he could get the best out of the FD, and if luck comes along, find his FC.

Best wishes,



Not feeling the stretched tires


Yes! JTP keeps it real, I cannot imagine what it felt to loose that FC it's been with him since the beginning and I am still personally pissed that someone would steal it. I cannot imagine what they are going to do with car parts that everyone recognizes. I know this FD will be Hard as hell cannot wait to hear the Triangles hit 9k.


Fds are one of the greatest, most beautiful cars ever made....

but im so sorry about what happend to JTPs fc but i still have hope that it will be found


That is one fresh-looking FD


Miss The FC, Hope he can recover it and catch those responsible. On the other hand a Street FD is Always AWESOME


I love the FD lines! It looks like it flows... Looking forward to see what the future holds for this car!


I feel for JTP. I've got big plans for a cross-country trip in my built car. Once that's passed, I would die to lose that car. Kudos for him for moving on and upgrading to a newer platform! Looking forward to how it turns out!



Satellite detection thingy and whoever steals it will see the SWAT coming!

Good luck with the FD!


that sucks man! that FC was a beauty...a chapter it is and i agree that its looking good already!


That FD sure looks hot. But nothing against the FC3S, it was a pure diamond, I hope that it's going to be seen one day.


Honestly the wheels are Eh. the right hights pretty low but im not feeling the wheels....but i do dig the color!


yea i still cant fucking believe they stoled it im sure hell find it someday but by then i dont think itll matter i would still love beat the living shit out of the assholes who stoled it


FC was awesome but the FD has even more potential!! Can't wait to see what becomes of it


I'm fairly certain that I did the fender work on that FD before it was JTPs. Looks meh on those wheels. I think they are too dated


Sweet keep us posted on this build. Hope your FC turns up.


Damn, i hope they find the cars.


Should get a GPS tracker or something in the FD.


I have one of his old body kits off the fc laying around, still green with all the sponsors stickers Its beat up bad but still a nice piece of history


his FC is probably parked behind that spanish hair and dentistry ... LOL

every get insurance for your truck, racecar and trailer.


damn those punks for taking whats not righfully theirs!...i hope yur car turns up.


That sucks man...who ever thought we would have to get LoJack on our race cars?


@Isaac- I'm fairly certain that you didn't do the fender work on my car, unless you're the one who put the two large dents in the stock fenders I had to replace... LOL

@INS- I'm still trying to get my truck fixed and I had no insurance on my trailer or car, so I'm completely out for both of those.. although money could never replace what i had into my fc.. it's definitely missed and hopefully one day will be found.

I'm still trying to decide what wheels i want to put on the car, i just had the model 7's laying around and they turned out decent for fitment..

Thanks again SpeedHunters for the coverage, I hope to build one hell of an FD!!


damn. sorry about the FC jtp. but that fd3s is looking quite gorgeous. i wish you all the best for this new project.


thats in my home town of gardena sick as fd !!!!


Not bad, but besides being slammed and the wheels, what are the other mods?, Still a very nice FD!