It’s a special bond between man and machine, one not easily understood by others who may
not share the same passions about automobiles that people like us do. For some, it’s simply a means of going from point A to point B. You put gas in, and change the
oil every 3,000ish miles.
But then there is the crowd of relentless gearheads. You know our type, chances are you’re
probably one since you’re reading this after all. There is never an endgame, never that last
mod to our vehicle. The car takes on a life of it’s own from the results of carefully thought out
and planned purchases. From more power, to different wheels, or exterior & interior
additions there is simply never enough.
Words: Josh @ [KDM-R] / Christopher Hallmark Photos: Parametric Productions
Christopher Hallmark is your average 24yr old. Works full time, takes care of business, but
loves to play just as hard as he works. “I started wrenching on stuff when I was probably 12 or 13. My younger brother and I
would take R/C cars apart and piece them back together in order to create these monstrous
“Frankencars” that rarely lasted more than a Saturday afternoon. When I turned 16 I picked
up a 4WD Toyota 4Runner, and being from Alabama – there is only one way to go – and
that was UP. After 6” of lift and 35” tires it became a chore to be at the gas pump more than
I was on the road so I set out to get something “fuel efficient”.
I test drove a Gen and fell in love”.
From that moment on, the sickness infested Christopher like it does us all. He caught the mod
bug. From lowering springs, to engine bolt-ons, to 8 different sets of wheels it’s finally started
to get to a point where he is satisfied with the cars exterior modifications.
It’s impossible (unless your color blind) to not immediately be sucked into the POP! of the
bright blue Forgestar CF-10′s. The accent of the blue wheels under the Karussell White paint
is simple, yet stunning. Finished off with carbon fiber accents in the form of a Seibon OEM
style hood, Carbon Creations trunk, and an RMR cf grille, it’s surprising so few people sue
Christopher for breaking their necks.
Countless creams and ointments couldn’t heal Christophers illness of modifying his Genesis
Coupe, and things only got worse once he met Bill Wolf, a sales rep for BTRcc.
Bill & BTRcc had the perfect tuning setup to compliment Christopher’s engine modifications,
and helped squeeze every last bit of horsepower from the 2.0 turbo engine.
One of the coolest custom things done to the car is the full sharpie art interior done by
Christopher’s lovely lady, Alaina. She spent countless hours with a steady hand a black
sharpie going over multiple trim bezels to create a unique and artistic cabin space. ““Sharpie-ing” by hand. I get compliments on the work (and the girl!) all the time – and I
don’t think there is enough money to get either of them from me”.
Being the leader of the Chapter 11 section for Alabama, Chris has quite a strong scene of guys
out there. Together they look to each other for inspiration, advice, help, and all do so in a
I promised the winner of a gencoupe.com ride of the month contest a couple months ago a
feature on the site as a reward. I’m happy to see Chris win, as his car is deserving of an and all
exposure it gets. Follow him on instagram and stay up with his journey. @Challmark
What does the future hold in store for Chris? Pay this sumbitch off and go big turbo!
A very special thanks to the following. For inspiring and motivating Christoper, to helping
make this feature possible. Alaina Marie Bill W. & the BTRcc Gang Chapter 11 The TMC KDMRacing.com Assaultech Performace Birmingham Cars & Coffee Tony G. @ Parametric Productions Logan E @ LEPhoto
Performance/ Engine Bay: AEM Cold Air Intake Depo Racing Catless O2/Downpipe DC Sports Cat Back Grimmspeed Phenolic Spacer P2R Throttle Body Spacer MAPerformance Heat Shield GTSpec Strutbar Depo Racing Front Mount Intercooler Synapse BOV Venaire White Silicone Radiator hoses Chapter11 Dress Up bolt kit Hyundai Racing Oil cap HKS Radiator Cap BTRcc Stage 2 (Full Bolt-On / 1:1 Throttle) Tuned ECU
Suspension/Wheels/Brakes: BC Racing Coil Overs Forgestar CF10 – 19×9.5(+15)/19×11(+26) Powder coated Metallic Blue Pearl Hankook V12 Evos 225/35/19 & 255/35/19 OEM Brembo Upgrade Slotted/Dimpled Rotors (BTRcc)