Miss Chané (pronounced “Sha-nay”), as she is known throughout the car community, came onto the scene with her Lexus, not too long ago. Having owned her IS300 for only 2 years, she transformed her IS from pretty-much-stock to what you see before you, this past year. It’s not too often that you find hardcore, dedicated female enthusiast, although we have noticed a growing trend in recent times. It’s even more rare and unique to find a female enthusiast that has fully immersed herself in the VIP Life.
Chané, born and raised in small island in Japan called Okinawa, has been around JDM culture for all her life. She has also had the privilege of having first-hand inspiration from her older brother, Andre Pham. Andre, also a member of Liberty VIP, has made a name for himself with his VIP’d out Lexus GS. If you aren’t sure who he is, a simple google search of “Mr. Pham, Liberty VIP” will ring bells. Like her brother, Chane doesn’t take things lightly with this car culture. Rather than mod her Lexus one mod at a time, she took her time during planning, and stuck to her vision while working hard, making sacrifices and saving up during the first year of ownership. When the time was right, she had all the work, from the body to the interior, done at the same time.
Once Chané’s IS was ready to roll with her Liberty VIP Fam, she wasted no time showing hitting the streets and the show scene. Just recently, you could have seen her and her ride at East Coast’s premier VIP car show, Black 3, as well as Canibeat’s First Class Fitment a couple of weeks ago. As a matter of fact, this photoshoot took place during the early morning hours before Black 3, which was at Englishtown Raceway Park. Once the shoot was completed, we traveled from Philly to Old Bridge Township, New Jersey for the show.
Don’t get it twisted though. She didn’t build her ride for some show-time glory. Miss Chané drives her car. Static with BC Extreme Drop Kit Coilovers, and sitting on Leon Hardiritts aka “Ritters”(18X8.5 front / 18X9.5), she goes anywhere and everywhere with her Lexus. A true driver, she knows how to handle her car through various situations that the streets may throw at her.
Mon Oct 07 2013 22:09:15 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
I always loved the first gen IS. Great to see a tastefully tricked out one, especially with a female owner.
Tue Oct 08 2013 15:04:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)