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Dave’s RWB “Diesel” New Jersey 001

Photos: Tom M.
Words: Denny H.

At a young age of 5, Dave eyeballed a red 964, asked his dad what type of car it was and the rest is now history. Dad’s solid advice given at the time set the foundation for what you see today, Dave’s 1989 3.2 Carrera Targa.

In 2009, Dave stumbled upon Nakai-san’s “Stella Artois”, it was “love at first sight”, Dave recites.

In 2010, the introduction of RWB USA with Mark Arcenal‘s “Pandora One” pushed Dave to set a goal. His goal was, within 10 years he will build one.

In August of 2018, we introduce you “Diesel”, sitting comfortable on 3-piece Fifteen52 Formula TR with Toyo R888R. Upgraded torsion bars with full poly bushings and Koni Sport Shocks; Elephant racing camber plates and a 3 point strut brace round out the corners.

The open air experience and curved rear glass attracted Dave to his 930. The lack of driving aides gave him a raw driving experience which was perfect for his street build.

The engine was massaged with 964 cams, 930 oil pump ,SSI heat exchangers, M&K Exhaust and custom tune all handled by ROCS Motorsports in Belleville, NJ.

The build is an emotional one. Dave’s special moment was witnessing the car community from all different platforms, coming together to experience his build – and lent a helping hand.

It’s unbelievable to see one man’s talent bringing the community together, and from what I hear, it’s impactful. That man is Nakai-san.

So, what was the advice Dave’s dad gave him at 5 years old? “If I studied and worked hard, I can afford one in the future.”

I would concluded that it was a solid advice.

Dave gives special thanks to: Fifteen52 for the amazing wheels, ROCS Motorsports for the motor build, Pino from @rsr_autobody_restoration for the amazing paint job, @autocouture for hosting, and everyone that came out to support the build.

Now, I present you the amazing photoset of Diesel by Tom Murray (@supreme_tom)

Subtle Build – Reminiscing the Discovery Years.

Reminiscing the Discovery Years.

Words: Denny

Have you had the feeling when you get that moment? That moment you think back and recap at what had happened in your lifetime? I have been in the automotive scene for 3 decades now and have seen a lot of the progression that has become the tuner scene today. I came across a comment on @JDMWONG’s IG post, “Such a clean, subtle build!”, @eco_3 comments, on a picture of the rear drivers 3/4 of Johnathon’s EF9 on SSR SuperFins. The phrase “subtle build” kept resonating in my head.

Then I thought, it really wasn’t sublte, per say. The build was a product of the time period. In the late 80’s and early 90’s (88-92 / I am going to reference it as the “discovery years”), there weren’t any huge elaborate body kits, crazy camber, or wild vinyl graphics on sport compacts. Mugen and Kaminari was probably the most extreme body mod you could get during the time – Wings West wasn’t even around yet. Fuel injected Honda and Toyotas were just scratching the surface with very little respect from the automotive scene. The scene at the time was encompassed by Mustangs, Camaros, Grand Nationals, and air-cooled VWs, all pushing big horsepower and getting down the quarter mile in 10 seconds – was the norm. The mini-truck scene was also in full swing. I have to note that the previous generation (carburetor years) we had import pioneers in 70s Datsuns, Toyotas, and Mazdas; primarily, the 510, Celica, Corolla, and RX3 paving the way for us – Shoreline Racing, respectively speaking.

In terms of performance, drag racing was huge. Everything was about the quarter mile and import had very little presence or respect for that matter.

Until 1990, the first Battle of the Imports debut and was held in Palmdale. My car wasn’t ready yet, but I did compete in BOTI 3.

During the discovery years, there were limited mods for the newer fuel injected chassis. A lot of the go-fast (bolt-on) mods where being imported to the states by a few dealers, like Robocar, Promotion, DAZZ Motorsports, Han Motoring, St. Andres, and a couple others. We had picks from Mikuni, TRD, HKS, and Mugen. Domestically, we had Jackson Racing. At this point, AEM didn’t even have an intake yet and they were still a small tuner shop in Gardena with a dyno (I may get to my experience with that in a later post). To be honest, I don’t think GReddy/TRUST was even in the states yet, because I remember our buddy Dave put some money down to get a Mugen Exhaust from Robocar. After months, maybe a year, of them stroking his cock, they imported a TRUST (GReddy) exhaust instead. The exhaust at the time wasn’t even for US fitment, so he had to mod the b-pipe to make it fit. It was a good sounding exhaust but built with mild steal and rusted quickly.

Resources were limited, everything was word-of-mouth, hanging out at street races, or drooling over Option Magazine for cool parts only Japan had, for options that didn’t exist in the US models. But brands like Spoon, Cusco, GReddy, HKS, and Mugen were everlasting and forever impregnated in your minds. I remember when we discovered the HKS Powerflow, the sound itself was so contagious that we were all putting these green mushroom filters on the end of 10 dollar dryer hoses. I don’t know why we didn’t just buy the kit or maybe the kit didn’t exist for the EF chassis in the states yet, or it costed too much money, I can’t really recall. Anyways, with that intake we all thought we were “FAST”.

Word on the streets was, if you had an intake, header, exhaust, lowered on cut springs, and cam(s), you were pretty much the king of the streets. If you had a 50 shot of NOS, OMG, you would be instagram famous in today’s standards. Everything was still normally aspirated during this time, turbos was only a wish at this point. I still remember walking into Turbo City in Orange and asking them if they were willing to develop a turbo kit for the Honda Civics, they chuckled at me because of the small import displacement and laughed me out the door.

Work Wheels was imported and distributed by Western Wheels Co., a wheel distribution company. Larger diameter SSRs was just hitting the streets and caused a buzz. Work and SSR were the only wheels to my knowledge that had magnetic locking caps. Work Fin and Emotion were a popular choice, until SSR took the design lead by pushing out many popular designs like the Fin, Mesh and Bang-Vec, later to be superseded by the SuperFin, SuperMesh, and Bang-Vec II.

Companies like, DC Sports, Lightspeed, Skunkworks came many years later.

Late 1996, Super Street Magazine debuted, and shortly before or after, Turbo Magazine put the first ever import car on the cover. In 97, there was a media outlet called TMR Magazine (Toy Machine Racing / TMRm’zine). It was a pamphlet style magazine that fit in your back pocket. It was a grassroots magazine with raw textual elements from creator, Rodney Wills. To this day, I believe it was the most “real” magazine published that wasn’t driven by massive politics and censorship.

Photo courtesy of TMRm’zine (flickr)

The rest is now history.

So in terms of a “subtle build”. Johnathon’s EF build was to its full potential, it was built to rule the streets and is completely period correct – for the year. It deserves to be at Peterson Museum and his EF is well preserved.

Some of my timeline might be a little out of wack but this was almost 30 years ago, it’s a little hard to remember but at least I hope you could put together missing pieces of the puzzle together from other information you have gathered online. If you want to read how I got started in the automotive industry, I can get into that later. Until then. Peace

Leon Casino’s Widebody NSX

Photos: Denny H.
Words: Denny H.

The time I got to tag-a-long with Cory and Justin.

For some reason this set slipped through. I thought it been posted until, well, I looked at the site and found it missing.

Cory was in town one night from Arizona and was going to shoot Justin’s RB tC and Leon’s NSX for I think USDM Freax. Since they were going to be in Long Beach, Justin called to see if I wanted to tag-a-long. I took the opportunity because like shooting at night and I haven’t had the chance to shoot Justin’s car with the new wrap yet.

I tried to stay out of Cory’s shots as much as possible, since he was the main shooter, but Leon’s car just had so much detail in it. I wanted to get every possible angle. We were stopping people in the tracks confused at what Leon’s creation was. It was fun, except for Michelle which was freezing to death.

Anyways, unto the set.

Spocom 2018 – Anaheim

Words: Denny

Photos:Gilbert

Spocom has always had a place in my heart from the quality cars that they attract to the elaborate visual talents that add a certain appeal to Spocom. Each event in SoCal has their niche and talent, entertainment, ladies, and hot cars has always been Spocom’s. People attending the event know what to expect. in 2018, they expand their offerings and are pounding the pavement to different regions of the United States. Spocom keeps it real, they try hard year after year to secure an indoor space and this year is no different. In terms of turf, Anaheim Convention center is theirs.

Enjoy the hot rides.

Autofashion in the house with Steve’s LS

Migel’s 240Z on AirRunner Suspension

Ladies of SPOCOM Anaheim 2018

Words: Denny

Photos:Gilbert

Spocom has always had a place in my heart from the quality cars that they attract to the elaborate visual talents that add a certain appeal to Spocom. Each event in SoCal has their niche and talent, entertainment, ladies, and hot cars has always been Spocom’s. People attending the event know what to expect. in 2018, they expand their offerings and are pounding the pavement to different regions of the United States. Spocom keeps it real, they try hard year after year to secure an indoor space and this year is no different. In terms of turf, Anaheim Convention center is theirs.

This year’s ladies lounge was packed, sold out, filled to capacity. Trisha knows how to book them and does the best job in the industry – hands down. I’ll stop rambling and introduce to you some of the ladies of Spocom, by Gilbert C.

Kerry C.

Serene Mangmati

Ashley Oak

Jennifer Ung

Jada Koi

Yhessa Gonzalez

Arley Elizabeth

Mama G

Shirley May

Christine Zegers

Lily

Nicky Park

Brina Bing

Francesca Ann

Jasmine Ly

Wekfest X 2018 – San Jose

Words: Denny

Photos:Denny

What were you doing 10 years ago? Still in high school? Just graduated college? Or buying your first house. 10 Years ago marked the beginning of Wekfest. I believe , 2 years prior it was called Weksos Industries Meet. Regardless, after 10 years, people still can not pronounce it. Wek, derived from Weak, pronounced wēk, just to set the record straight. Anyways…

10 years, OMG, the venue was packed, beyond belief. Walking room was almost non-existent, rubbing shoulders, asses, and bodies. Capturing photos was pretty painful. Nevertheless, I was able to capture a few shots.

Right as you enter you see a beautifully executed RHD EF hatch by Jose on Function and Form suspension and Volk TE rollers. A K-series filled the bay and tucked with Rywire.

Close in proximity was the GReddy’s booth with Ryan’s Mugen S2k.

Illuminate was in the house with a packed crowd gawking over the YouTube buzz we live in today. I must admit, some of their video sare entertaining and Randy has some sort of camera presence with his bromance self. Congrat’s on the sick new house though. This man is Jelly!

In Ryan’s Rywire booth sit his Integra GT3 RS

Kevin’s close shaven S2k had my heart, but Randy’s R32 is always a favorable choice, hand’s down, Skyline over all things.

1JZ Corolla anyone?

I first saw Phil’s 510 and SEMA and since then I have seen it a handful of time and is the sickest 510 in my opinion. Great story behind it and awesome build. From a complete rust bucket to a 13B powered monster on Airlift Performance suspension and BBS’s <3.

Ive always wanted a Honda City the first time I cracked the pages of Option Magazine in the early 90s.

CRX glam. DAYUUM. Fresh!

Our humble home at Wekfest X. Tjin Edition F150 and Genesis Coupe.

Thank you very much Wekfest Crew! It’s always good to see Kenneth, Ernesto, David, John, and the rest of the Wekfest Crew!

Check out the rest of cars we captured.

Peace

XS CarNight 4.0 – Long Beach 2018

The XS Crew continued to bring down the house! It could not have been planned better. So Cal has been hit with wet weather lately and the day of the event was no different. With 20% chance of rain in the forecast there was a slight chance that we could have a soggy event, but instead, the rain stayed away and XS kicked off their 4th XS CarNight in Long Beach.

I always loved the venue with it overlooking Shoreline Village, Queen Mary, docks, and the Aquarium in the background. The location allowed for great photo-ops. Every direction you look has a plenty of ambient lights. I was happy to have the pleasure of capturing a few images as the night set. Thank you XS for another awesome event. I am looking forward to next year’s CarNight 5.0. Safe Travels. Now enjoy some images!

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Denny H.

Glen of Long Beach Auto Tech’s M&M Honda Hyper Wide Body S2000.

Neil’s Runner!

Jon Yost’s Audi Fox station wagon on a set of BBS RFs.

Brian from Infinite Auto Design’s X5.

Digging the lime green 914.

Doors up!

FC – BBBRRRAAAPPP!!

Tuner Evolution 2018 – SoCal

They came and conquered. East Coast, Tuner Evolution invades Southern California and flexes – HARD!

10 minutes after 11AM, I panicked, wondering what the hell happened to everyone? Rumor has it that a truck was blocking a bay door which the Anaheim FD said, no, no. No access until that beast is moved. After finding the owner and its keys, and 70 minutes later, a rush of bodies including, media, spectators, and participates flooded the show floor at Anaheim Convention Center. Yes, it took that long for it to clear. Without worry, the show went on. The main stage had performances and a bikini contest, while off to the side was a B-Boy contest. Both packed with spectators. At times, it was difficult to get a shot in because of the constant flow, even up to the end of the show, which went about 90 minutes over to give everyone their cash worth.

But seriously, Tuner Evolution didn’t disappoint. I personally waited months and was excited for it to come to Southern California. It’s one of the few shows that DAYUUM will be participating this year. Big ups to the Jay and the Tuner Evolution crew. No doubt it is not easy to come from the east but you can say, they invaded and conqueued.

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Denny H. and Gilbert C.

Ladies of Tuner Evolution 2018 – SoCal

When you see Rite Aid, you see ice cream. When you see Korean BBQ, you see bulgogi. Ok, stupid comparisons, but you get the idea. Honestly, no one came here to read. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the Ladies of Tuner Evolution. If you want to see some hot rides… Well, you will have to wait till tomorrow.

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Gilbert C.

Janis True

Ela Pasion

Trista Mikail

Nicole Marie Reckers

Brittani Paige

Leo Dignadice

Sabrina Bing

Jess Pham

Drea Lynn

Nicky Park

Mimi Jade

Jessica Sunok

Catherine Lynn

Julia Kha

Faith Marone

Savannah Elle

Lily Tea (left) and Donna Sunday (right)

Vinny Mac

Kelly Park

Brittany Murata

Jessica Weaver

Michaela Sato

Nissan Jam 2017

I wasn’t quite expecting to hit Nissan Jam this year because of a packed schedule during the weekend, but I had to check it out. Plus it was “sort of” on the way home from service.

Nissan Jam, similar to TORC has sections dedicated to its own model. The event was located in La Palma Park, very close to the old Wheel Warehouse. 2017 marked the 5th year for Nissan Jam, from Hako’s to Juke, the event had a Datsun and Nissan for everyone. Come cruise with us as we stroll through the event.

Words and Photos: Denny H.

Kalayaan 2017 – Car Meet and Food Festival

June 10th was an evening of great food and great company. Neil of Team Klassified gathered a few close friends, including us, Car Culture TV, Infinite Auto Design, MOD Junkies, Spocom, Tanginamo, and many more.

Kalayaan celebrates Filipino Independence Day and Neil wanted a gathering to do just that, celebrate.

Joining us in our booth was Justin’s Rocket Bunny tC2, Leon’s NSX, and Jayson’s LX.

There were a bunch of amazing rides. Lighting was a challenge so we were only able to snap a few shots.

Words and Photos: Denny H.

Wekfest SJ 2017

Not for the Wek.

What one would imagine Wekfest to be, is what one should expect. Lines stretching the upper floor of the convention center to the sick rides from all the surrounding states, even Washington. Wekfest is the epicenter of our humble scene in California. While other events have their vibe, their ideology, their niche, Wekfest seems to bring out raw spirit, raw passion, and pure quality. The arena for the best of the best, duking it out for the top prize. Builds date back to several decades, including the 60’s, all in their rare form to restomod creations. 90’s H badges built true to their periods with modern touches while modern day Japanese muscle are dressed to battle.

So Cal’s IDL

This generation of designers and builders exceed the imagination and fulfill ones fantasy, through individuality or team spirit. I can seriously go on and on, but pictures will share a thousand thoughts.

NVUS was no Joke!

Joey’s Y33 on Meister M1 3P’s

The debut of Mistr Shop’s Widebody R8 and Lambo!

This late 50’s, early 60’s bug was well done with a safari windshield.

This Datsun 510 has a bit of history with its racing livery in its original form, but boasting amazing tunnel sheet metal work, a Wankel 13B, copper BBS’s and Airlift Performance suspension.

Yes, yes, yes, RHD EF on SSR Hasemi Motor Sport S’5 with Yokohama tires and a smooth bay.

Digging the DA on Mugen CF48

DC Type-R with Mugen goodies including the M7 wheels and gen 1 spoiler.

We always love the support from Josh at NVUS

Last, but not least… Mikey’s Old – New Porsche on 3 Piece Rotiform LSR.

Thanks for checking out our recap.

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Denny H. / Scottie I.

Wekfest LB 2017 – Gallery

Once again LB Wekfest didn’t disappoint. Lines as long as the latest Yezzy release and cars stacked like precious art work, presented itself at the Queen Mary Event Center. QMEC, known for its beautiful view and oceanic vibe with a walking short distance from the Aquarium of the Pacific and Rainbow Harbor.

The screening process stored up 500 quality cars, seen at Wekfest, a premier event to display the most influential builders and designers the automotive scene has to offer. It’s always a pleasure to be in the presence of the Wekfest crew and DAYUUM crew. Check out these snaps from Justin and Gilbert.

Marie Madore with Savani Wheels

It’s always a pleasure to see Jon Sibal and his RWB on Work Meisters.

Stunning Bo

Migel’s S30z

Jonathon’s EF on Mugen MR5’s

FR-S with Rocket Bunny V3 kit

Justin’s freshly wrapped tC2 with Rocket Bunny kit installed and wrapped by AutoTuned.

Sick FC with an LS.

JT’s Hakosuka

Yogi’s beast of a TOY.

Hutchinson at work!

S13 Life

BBBBRAP

Cancer sticks

Leon’s widebody NSX

Gene’s Civic with the bubblies.

Airlift Performance GTR

Spoon feed.

Take a look at all the other.

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Gilbert C. / Justin P.

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Formula Drift – Umbrella Girls

Umbrella Girls have been a tradition in motorsports for some time. F1 regularly has them and D1 Grand Prix in Japan, as well. Formula Drift adapted them with the infamous Falken Girls and soon after, every tire manufacturer had them.

One of the original girls is Randyl Dawn, a Import Tuner cover model

Joining her was Courtney Day, which was also an Import Tuner cover model.

 

Rocking the orange M for Motegi Racing was Vivian.

 

Courtney Riggs representing for Nitto Tire.

 

Hankook Tire, white and orange theme was represented by Erica Juliet and Alexia Cortez.

 

The dynamic trio at Nexen Tire was Erica Nagashima, Jessica Harbour, and Karina Veléz.

 

Back with Achilles Tires was Arley Elizabeth and Nicole Reckers.

 

Godspeed Represent.

Who was your favorite?

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Gilbert C.

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