NEW INSTAFAME ELITE ENTRY – Michael “Portugal” Avila
Heart of Otaku Culture
Vehicle Year, Make, Model
2001 Lexus IS 300
I’m a Toyota Enthusiast and a geek/nerd/weeb. I built the car for myself and I track the car when I can. I am a IBEW Local 11 journeyman and a garage mechanic.
How did you get started in the import scene?
I have always love cars but my interest was first muscle cars. After I watched fast and the furious movie, ya I know cheeze, my interest went to JDM cars.
Why did you choose this car?
Friend was getting a new car and was selling the IS. At the time I was driving a Scion TC, so this was a big upgrade. To this day I do not regret buying the car or selling my TC.
What makes your build unique?
I do my own work, except motor and paint. I’ve modified some parts to work with each other and I’ve learned how to glass to fix all my mistakes from the track and the LA freeways (road junk). I’ve spent many nights building this car so I would say part of my soul is in her, or at least a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.
Bio Of Car Crew
A collective of individuals who share the same passion and drive of the Otaku culture and lifestyle, pushing to its outmost potential with others.
Sponsor / Shout Outs
I’ll like to thanks all the people who support me building and the buddy’s who helped me rip her apart and put her back together again. Can forget the people who said I was messing up my car and I should stop tracking it. They kept me motivated to keep pushing on.