If you are one of the fortunate people who know Merle, you definitely know about his love for the Honda game. I first met Merle a couple years ago when everyone used to roll out to AutoZone on Saturday nights. At the time, Merle drove a green 2000 civic coupe and I remember frequently seeing him and his car around Memphis. One night I decided to talk to Merle about his car and give him props for a clean ride and ever since then, Merle and I have been friends.
For as long as I’ve known this guy, he has always talked about owning a hatch. Sometime last year, our founder and chief of Slammedenuff, Charlan Buenaventura found a white hatch for sale. Couple days later, the title was signed over and keys were handed to Merle. At first the hatch wasn’t anything to brag about. It had si wheels painted green with halo headlights and euro taillights. But that didn’t stop Merle from achieving his vision of a clean hatch. He then began to look around for some headlights and taillights. After he brought those back to fresh he began his hunt for a carbon fiber duckbill. The hatch was slowly coming together but Merle wasn’t at all content. With the addition of a spoon rep front lip, fog lights, along with front and rear tow hooks, Merle began his debate on wheels. Luckily, one of his buddies had a set of Axis OG San 15x8 +20 wheels for sale and Merle decided to hop on it. He opted to wrap them with Falken Ziex 195/50 tires and added front and rear camber kits to the hatch also.
Merle loves to drive as much as he loves his car, so be on the lookout for Merle and his hatch cruising around Memphis.
Words and Snaps by Tim Acang