MAG­NUM OPUS

Pasmag (USA) - - SUSPENSION - STORY BY RICKY CHU | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY KEVIN CHOI ( KC IM­AGE)

e all have to start from some­where, and for most of us, it isn't the top. We strug­gle and train our­selves in or­der to ad­vance to the level where we want to be at. And even through all that, there's no guar­an­tee that we'll ac­tu­ally make it. Then there are guys like Mark Yuen of Med­ford, New Jer­sey, to whom things just seem to come easy. The car-build­ing gene is coded in his DNA. The vi­sion, the knowhow and the ex­e­cu­tion are all flow­ing through Mark's veins like they're part of his soul. As for us normies, we can just sit back and en­joy the end prod­ucts of his hard work. Okay, well, maybe it's not so easy for him.

Let's flash back to when Mark con­structed his first project car, a 1995 Acura Leg­end coupe. It was just at the kick­off of the im­port scene and there weren't a lot of af­ter­mar­ket parts avail­able, es­pe­cially for a Leg­end, so close to every­thing had to be cus­tom crafted. From there, it would take two hands to count the num­ber of project cars that Mark has tal­lied up in his 15 year reign, and most of them are not your typ­i­cal run of the mill builds. All were as­sem­bled with JDM-in­spired bat­tle gear and each one unique in their own re­spect. From big sedans like an In­finiti M45 con­verted to Nis­san Cedric/Glo­ria specs to a Lexus IS300 sport sedan that re­ceived a full Toy­ota Al­tezza workover. Just to keep things in­ter­est­ing, Mark even had a chance to throw in a sport crossover Ver­tex-out­fit­ted Lexus RX330 gro­cery get­ter (sort of) into the mix. His wife had to be turn­ing ev­ery head in su­per­mar­ket

Wpark­ing lots while she was dodg­ing shop­ping carts and bad driv­ers. Now we get to his re­cent baby, a VIP-style Lexus LS460 that is as wide as it is low, and a pro­duc­tion on Mark's re­sume that has been 15 years in the mak­ing. Mark's goal be­hind this build was to set his LS460 apart from all other VIP cars out in the show scene. Did Mark set him­self up for a mis­sion im­pos­si­ble? We'll let you be the judge of that.

Uti­liz­ing his cre­ative mind and with some as­sis­tance from his nu­mer­ous spon­sors, Mark was able to put forth the beast that you see be­fore you. Mark knew that just slap­ping to­gether a few body kit pieces and some rims wouldn't help the LS460 stand out from the pack. There are too many wannabe VIP cars and self-pro­claimed show stop­pers out there nowa­days. He had to take dras­tic mea­sures to en­sure that the pres­ence of his mas­sive sedan was felt ev­ery­where he went.

The first and most rad­i­cal step to ac­com­plish­ing this task was to equip his al­ready sul­try Lexus with a K-Break Hy­per Zero Cus­toms body kit. Tack on the Fizz Auto-

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