Mash-UP! Three is our 4th collaboration with the Guppy House chain and each event we try to change it up a little. Mash-Up! Three was a celebration of Guppy House’s 8th location and our 2 year Anniversary as a website. We also felt that a charity was necessary, therefore we contacted the guys at Infinite Auto Design to put us in touch with the We Strong Foundation. We chose We Strong because of what Wayne (@waynestrong) is doing. Wayne’s battles with Leukemia gave him the urge to give back to the people that may have it worse than him. Wayne had friends and family to support him and felt that others could use the same encouragement to stay positive and be strong. We thank everyone that purchased a reserve spot and raffle tickets because it all went to a great cause.
I woke up Saturday morning to an email from Danny Nguyen to let me know highlight photos were ready to be download. We chose a dedicated photographer because with all the running around trying to get things handled, it’s rare that the team has time to capture the event. Danny has a creative eye and awesome with night shots so it was fitting to have him shoot the event. Some of you have already seen his work on JDMZipTies.com.
Events aren’t as easy as some may think, especially organized events. Permits, planning, staffing, organizing, purchasing, blah blah blehh.. All take time and money. I would say, I wished I could have planned logistics more smoothly but the early morning complaints from neighboring business didn’t sit well with me, or was part of my plan since the 3 others we planned went without a hitch and had 110% support from surrounding neighbors and the city. Chino Hills, was a bit, ummm… different – to be politically correct. Therefore, half of our planned area was cut short. I’m not 100% sure where the breakdown was, but a phone call and an email from the complex lawyer wasn’t the communication I was hoping for. I’m still perplexed on how they got my email and cellphone number. I’d rather save that type of surprise for an unclaimed bank account that had billions of dollars in it.
Overall, I felt the turn out was good, good only because I’d rather see all the cars grouped together rather than seeing a sick Evo next to a stock 4Runner, it just kills the buzz, at least for me, but what can you do when you’re dealing with public space and bitchy neighbors. Scion Evolution did a great job helping us with the logistics and keeping it real. It’s amazing how many people will name drop just to get through the ropes. Evening name dropping people that are no longer in our family.
We try to mash things up with different styles of cars and talents. Since we are passionate of street art we brought out one of our favorite graffiti crews, NASA. NASA has been around for at least 2 decades and has then moved on to other aspects of design such as apparel and footwear, so its nice to see them out to support.
We like a diversity of cars whether its American, old school, new school, it’s all in the appreciation of the enthusiasts individuality.
Of course, Mash-Up had to have some eye candy.
This is Marie Alvarez (@ariannaaamarieee) in her minion outfit next to Yogi’s GS and his buddy’s EVO.
The lovely Regina Mei (@reginameii) was also in our model’s lounge and taking pictures with fans.
Our grand openings are nothing without music and talent to go with it. DJ Skitz (@deejayskitz) from Awthentik Vibes was our VJ for the night and simply killed it.
Pictured here is gorgeous Dianna Lushus (@diannalushus) during one of her sets.
Kat Gutierrez (@ig_kat) was quite mesmerizing. She even stopped this young stallion in his tracks! I think he approves.
In between the go-go sets, we had some raffle prizes that were donated by many awesome supporters such as Rehv Clothing, Wheel Warehouse, DC Sports, AirREX, Scosche, Vaping LA, IZZI Gadgets, and Cadence Acoustics. All proceeds from the purchase of raffle tickets went to our charity, We Strong Foundation.
The raffle was handled by Paul Dabao (@Van_DaYUUM_Paul) and Antonio Sureshot (@antoniosureshot) of Motor Mavens (@motormavens), with assistance by the lovely ladies from our models lounge, Regina Mei (@reginameii), Serena Su (@serenasuu), Ashley Clark (@ashhhhcee), and Arley Elizabeth (@arrrrlz).
We tried to add a little halloween spirit and held a costume contest. The winner of each category won $100 cash money and $100 gift card to Guppy House. By the time we held the contest it was kind of late, so some of the participants didn’t want to participate anymore or had already dispersed. The contest was split up into 2 groups, scariest/original and seksiest.
In the seksi portion, we had Lilly Evan (@sexylillyevans) dressed as your fantasy (“whatever you want me to be” as she described), Ashley Clark as a Mermaid, and Kallita Daniel (@kallitadaniel) as Princess Leia from Star Wars.
From this pic I’m curious on what Captain Hooker and Rev Run (@dayuumnilo13) was looking at.
the winner ended up being Kallita. It was kind of funny because she wasn’t even going to compete – thinking she wasn’t going to win, until I literally dragged her on stage. Really, I did… And guess what? She took the $100 and the gift certificate!
We took a short break before the final raffle.
We had Danny stick around to take some group shots in front of the completed photo backdrop done by Just195 and Rich One of NASA Crew. I don’t like having my picture taken so it’s even more awkward when I initiate them, but I always feel it needs to be done. Especially during good times like these, you want to record events not only in your mind but visually. It helps you remember a timeline of life.
L to R – Myself, Neil (@neil_klassified) from Team Klassified, and Scottie. Even with my slipped disc, Neil jumped up and hung on Scottie and I, but Neil weighs less than a pigeon feather so it’s all good.
These are just highlight photos and we will have more to come. I do want to thank the DaYUUM crew for always putting in 110% and taking time out of their schedule to always support the family. Michelle, Liza, Jae, Scottie, Paul, Justin, and Nilo.
I also want to thank Team Klassified, Phase2, Royal Origin, Iconic Car Club, SoCal Driven, and Gabe and friends for coming out to support in force. There are so many other clubs and individuals that I did not have the opportunity to meet, but thank you guys too!
Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters, Rehv Clothing, Wheel Warehouse, DC Sports, AirREX, Scosche, Vaping LA, IZZI Gadgets, Cadence Acoustics, Tjin Edition, Infinite Auto Design, 86Fest, and Motor Mavens. Big thanks to Tricia (@spocom_show) and the Spocom family for all your help with organizing our schedule of events. Thank you to our dancers, Beckie Joon, Kat Gutierrez, Dianna Lushus, and Lynhthy.
Thank you to all the girls of the DaYUUM Hunnies models lounge, Ashley Clark, Serena Su, Marie Alvarez, Arley Elizabeth, Regina Mei, and Lilly Evans! You ladies are fun and awesome to work with. Thank you to Kallita for helping out with the raffles.
Last but not least, David for having us again and congrats again on your 8th store… We can’t wait for Fullerton, Pasadena, WeHO, and many many more! Stay tuned!
We have more pictures coming folks…Until later… @DaYUUMDen