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2018 Purist Winter Drive – Great Cars, Greater Cause

Photos & Words: Justin P.

“Welcome” – Sometimes it’s a warm greeting, sometimes it’s a response to thankfulness. In either case, both were felt very strongly on the day of the annual Purist Winter Toy Drive in Southern California.

Sean Lee, automotive enthusiast and all-around great person, is the founder and fearless leader of Purist Group. Bonded by a passion for cars, all sorts of people come together for a cause greater than themselves – helping fill kids with smiles and joy this holiday season. With a toy donation as the only requirement, many come to show of their cars in support of all of Sean’s efforts. From imports to domestics, exotics to classics – you’ll find yourself surrounded by an epic mix of vehicles. This annual event continues to grow and grow, with this year arguably the biggest it’s ever been. The amazing support Sean is able to get is very heartfelt, with this year including the California Highway Police, Nitto Tire, Mazda, Reach Out World Wide, Michelin, Lamborghini Newport Beach and much, much more.

Here are a few highlights from the Purist Winter Drive:

Cody Walker of Reach Out World Wide hanging out at the Mazda Display.

Cody’s wife and daughter, Felicia and Remi, admiring the toys overflowing Drake Kemper’s Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup Car.

Justin Romulo ain’t playing no reindeer games.

We’re LIVE with Bisi Ezerioha of Bisimoto!

The super talented Deven Hitchens making quick work out of this iconic Ferrari.

Yogi’s Toyota Tacoma camping out at the Nitto Tire / Driving Line booth.

Michelin brought out some great cars, but the Blitz R348 GTR is what garnered a lot of attention.

Although the Koenigsegg Automotive AB Agera RS is just as awesome too!

Daniel K. Song (at Super Street) and Dominic Le (with Chasing J’s) with a couple Datsun 240zs bringing the Christmas joy.

It’s time to party because Adrian Ramirez’s widebody Ford Fiesta ST is here!

If Rudolph ever had to call in sick, Lamborghini Newport Beach is here for Santa!

Even more exotics!

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Ashley’s DREAM – Hawaii 001

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world – Harriet Tubman

 

Photos: Matthew WongScott Ishida, Ashley Tanabe, and Shane Kotomori

Words: Scott Ishida

Car Owner: Ashley Tanabe

 

I first was introduced to Ashley during the summer of 2017, several of my friends had mentioned that she was a passionate automotive enthusiast that was from the island of Hawaii. At the time we first met, she was an owner of a “swaggy” Champagne Mode Parfume Lexus GS. The Lexus was equipped with air suspension topped off with Work Meister S1 3P wheels with all around Endless Big Brake.

Towards the end of 2017, Ashley was lucky enough to finally own a 1997 Porsche 911. We took a drive down to Pasadena, hoping and praying the Porsche wouldn’t die out!

In 1997 cars didn’t have the luxury of having an AUX or Bluetooth connectivity to listen to music. You either had to listen to the radio or use a cassette tape. This Porsche was equipped with a newer Porsche Design head unit which had a CD player. Positive: We had music blasting in the car. Negative:  The CD that was in the Porsche was all the hits from the early 70’s. One song in particular by The Five Stairsteps – Ooh Child was the song that was on repeat all night.

“Ooh-oo child, Things are gonna get easier, Ooh-oo child, Things’ll get brighter”

Ashley has been an automotive enthusiast for over 15 years. Throughout that time she defiantly had her fair share of builds varying from off-road vehicles, ricey (is that a word?) Honda’s, to VIP style cars.  However the one thing consistent between them has been that she’s always strived to be the “first” in some aspect; which is relatively easy coming from Hawaii since the trends tend to hit there last (or not at all).

In 2017 by a leap of faith, Ashley became connected with a Porsche modification/repair facility in Costa Mesa (Sleeper’s Speed Shop).  She had mentioned “The one reason why I have never ventured into the European market is due to the lack of parts availability & qualified technicians in Hawaii so with this newfound connection, I started to “browse” the market.”  She landed upon a random craigslist find in San Diego & ended up purchasing the 993 sight unseen with the help of AutoFashion & Sleepers.

The next step was a bit more difficult for Ashley, determining if she should stick to the Porsche Purist route which was equally tempting thanks to the influence of 911Cooled & their CoolFuchs Crew or “chop up a perfectly good car” and go RWB. For those who don’t know Ashley…she’s pretty indecisive

However sooner than later, the “need to be first” attitude got the best of her. She ending up going RWB due to the fact that it has not been done in Hawaii and the RWB female builder percentage is predominantly low (so I had to represent my fellow female automotive enthusiasts & prove that we can build an equally quality build).

“And that my friends, is how Hawaii RWB#1 was born in the Aloha State!”

 

Upgrades:

-SSR SP1 (Front 18×10.5 / Rear 18×13)

-Toyo R888R (Front 265/30/18 / Rear 335/30/18)

-Fister Stage III Sport Exhaust

-Rennline Interior Components

-Recaro Seats

-Sparco Harnesses

-Custom Sleepers Speed Shop Roll Bar

-CAE Shifter

-Retrofit Source Bi-Xenon RWB Projectors

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)

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

Formula Drift Top Livery

Formula Drift opener is always exciting to see the new cars and its liverys. This year, chrome is in. We took the liberty to pick out some of our favorites.

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Toyota FR-S, GReddy Performance, Nexen Tires

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Ford Mustang RTR, BC Racing, Nitto Tire

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BMW E46 M3, Nitto Tire

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Nissan S14, Fix Our Fuel.com, Nexen Tire

Cameron Moore

Toyota FR-S, Nameless Performance, Nexen Tire

Matt Coffman

Nissan S13, Nexen Tire

Justin Pawlak

Ford Mustang, ROUSH Racing, Falken Tire

Who was your favorite?

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Denny H. / Justin P.

Scion TRD FR-S Project Vehicle

In 2014, we had the opportunity to drive and capture the first ever Scion FR-S RS1 Turbo, well kind of. In actuality, it was a project vehicle that resembled the unreleased Scion FR-S RS1. In fact, the project vehicle inspired the current RS1. The work was done in partnership with Advanced Design Fabrication (ADF), Scion Racing, TRD, Toyota Technocraft, KMA Industries, GReddy, Techno Square, and Evasive Motorsports. Subtle differences sets the US Spec vs. the TRD Project Vehicle apart, the aero package are all JDM Spec. The addition of fender aero fins and the deletion of “TRD” from the rear bumper cover are notable differences.

The project vehicle also gets a bump from the 200HP to 400HP with the help of an upgraded Greddy Turbo Kit, JE Pistons, Carrillo Rods, with a MOTEC engine management. The suspension is an adjustable coil-over system also from TRD.

ADF did a great job in the interior with an 8-point roll cage, fuel cell, TRD gauges, and custom door panels. Seriously, you can’t touch this FR-S.

Let’s look at the details up close.

The rear bumper cover loses the embossed “TRD” that is on the Scion FR-S RS1

Fender Aero Fins really sets the TRD Project Vehicle apart from the US Spec RS1

GReddy Turbo Kit with upgraded Garrett Turbo

8-Point cage, TRD gauges, TRD seats, and custom door inserts.

Forged Volk Racing with Toyo Tires and TRD Big Brake Kit.

Additional goodies! TRD Dual Tip Exhaust, 3-piece decklid spoiler

You just do not get better than this!

Words and Photos: Denny H.

Jason’s Subaru STi

Words and Photos by Denny

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Recently, in Las Vegas, I was able to meet up with a long time friend, Jason Jones. Jason and I grew up in the Honda scene and both rolled with the same crew in the early 90’s. Through the years, life took us in different directions but cars stayed in our blood. A dozen or so years later we reconnected at a local event in Long Beach.

Long gone was the Civic and Integra, along came the STi. Jason, with he help of Boden AutoHaus transformed the STi from an ordinary static sedan to a neck breaking, AirLift riding contender. Boden was responsible for the air suspension, the Cusco roll cage, and custom fitting the Avant Garde wheels.

It’s a flawless execution. See for yourself.

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Blacktop Aero CF front lip, Chargespeed CF side skirts and rear spats, Seibon CF front fenders, VIS Racing CF trunk, JDM rear fog light. Ganador Mirrors, Perrin shorty antenna. Blacked out headlights with demon eyes and led halo DRl’s.

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Airlift Performance struts with extended rear bottoms. Accuair E-Level management W/ I-Level. Custom Trunk set up By Boden AutoHaus. GT Spec front strut tower bar, Cusco rear strut tower bar. Perrin 25mm front and rear sway bars. Kartboy front and rear end links. Whiteline rear sway bar supports, Whitline bushings. Cusco rear lower control arms. Cusco rear upper control arms (toe arms) custom E-level arms from Sadistic Ironworks.

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GT Spec D Shaped steering wheel, Cobb adjustable short shifter with Cobb shift bushings, JPM coachworks lead her short shift boot and e brake boot with red stitching, WC lathewerks Blue Bronze shift knob, Reverse lockout, and SI Drive knob. Cusco custom fit 6 point roll cage, Cusco Corbin Fiber adjustable Cross Bars

Performance: Cobb Accessport, Perrin Quad tip cat back exhaust, Perrin Cold Air intake.

I thank Jason and Suzan for their time!

-Denny @dayuumden

Jonny’s 2010 Hyundai Genesis

Flashback to Jonny’s green Genesis, currently matte black. We originally shot it for us but an overseas publication picked it up, so we put the photo set on hold. With the delay of the release, we decided to release our photo set of Jonny’s gem of a creation.Jonny_Genesis-2

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We first spotted Jonny during his daily route as an industrial designer, seamlessly avoiding known dips, potholes, and cracks on the road, I had to catch up with it. I had to see how Jonny managed these suspension jarring obstacles, while being an inch or so off the ground. I am not the biggest fan when it comes to obsessive camber, but I am a fan of slammed rides – to the point of tucking. Jonny’s Genesis was both, but why? Why was I so drawn in.

Perhaps, the mods on the Genesis was so seemly matched? The body kit was nothing I had seen before on a Genesis. It was straight and angular, yet stylish, like the BN Sports – fairly simple, but complicated and perfect. Later, we found out that Jonny had crafted the kit alongside Auto Explosion in Gardena. His own design, his own vision, all masterfully executed to match the fitment of the 20″ Forgiato Artigli, resting at -11 degree camber. The overall appearance is contrasted by custom powered coated Brembo calipers and R1 Concepts slotted rotors; a VIS AMS carbon hood, custom Spec-D Headlights and modified factory tails ties it all together.Jonny_Genesis-2532

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So how did Jonny get on the low low and avoid obstacles? Jonny’s suspension comprises of customized Parts Shop Max coilovers on Platinum VIP Phantom suspension cups with PSM and Isis suspension arms. It allows Jonny just enough clearance – maybe an inch. Jonny_Genesis-2560

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Since, it is Jonny’s daily, it’s not uncommon to see it riding very low on all popular Southern California freeways.

Jonny would like to give Special Thanks to:

-I want give the First and Greatest of thanks to my love, Jesus Christ, who gives me worth and makes life worth living.

-Many thanks to Esteban, Damian, and the team at Auto Explosion for their phenomenal work.

-Shout out to the Awesome fellas at 714 Tires in Westiminster. Lee, David, and Kevin always keep these wheels rollin’.

-Huge thanks to Mike Carducci at Import Shark for hooking me up with tons of aftermarket parts over the years.

-Shout out to Martin, Dave, and Dan form Parts Shop Max for helping me to achieve the super camber I was going for.

-Big thanks to Andy at All Star Tire for working with Forgiato to get my wheels designed, custom painted and built the way I wanted. And thanks to Forgiato for an awesome wheel design.

-Shout out to Kennedy at Platinum VIP for all of the help with the cup kit.

And huge thanks to my family and friends for their love and support of my design projects.

Lastly, thank you to Denny Huang for taking the time out to do an awesome shoot of my car and also to USDM FREAX for the feature and the opportunity to share this design project with others.

Chief’s 2005 Honda Element EX “Darth Raider”

After a myriad of sneaks on our social platforms, it was about time to post up the photoset of Darth Raider. Currently, it’s being transmitted to an overseas publication for print, we are excited for that.

Darth Raider is a creation from a passionate automotive individual, Phillip DeMarks, a,k.a. as Chief. Chief is also a contributor to DaYUUM from the early days and his 2005 Honda Element EX has been meticulous executed with every detail planned accordingly, from the ARC air box to JDM seats, it’s an Element to not overlook.

We bring you, Darth Raider:
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EXTERIOR:

• Three-tone custom paint, Mercedes Black overlaid in a Blue Pearl, Mercedes Arabian Gray center section, and Porsche Pearl Platinum Silver bottom section
• Webasto Hollandia 700 fully automatic moon roof system
• Genuine Honda JDM factory HID head lights and yellow JDM Honda Fog Lights
• SCA Aluminum Fog Light Tunnel Sleeves
• Billet Chromed Upper and Lower Front Grills with JDM Honda emblem
• Element SC Roof Cladding
• Element SC Tail Lights (with 5 Star LED’s), and SC Rear Bumper with body toned SC Rear Splash Guards
• Honda JDM Front Fenders with JDM (LED) Side Marker Lights (blink sequentially with the turn signals)
• Weathertech Full Channel Side Window Visors
• Body toned OEM Side Steps.
• OEM Front Bumper Trim, Rocker Panel Trim, OEM Rear Spoiler, 55 Watt PIAA Custom Fog Lights
• OEM Bug Deflector
• Custom Tinted Glass
• Custom 3M 8mm Invisible Bra, Honda Element lettering in Japanese script.
• Custom Decals.
• Custom designed Two-Toned Pin Striping

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WHEELS and TIRES:
• Chromed ‘two-piece forged 20X9.5” DPE’s (Dynamic Performance Engineering) with a custom 38.9mm off-sets, and DPE Limited Edition Red Crested Center Caps, with matching Red Lug Nuts. Wheels are wrapped in Toyo Proxes 4’s (225X35X20) front and rear.

BRAKES:
• Rotara 13” Two-Piece Drilled and Slotted Rotors
• Rotara 4-Piston (two-piece) Calipers
• H2 High Ceramic Carbon Brake Pads
• Steel Braided Brake Lines
• Carbon Steel Mounting Brackets

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ENGINE and DRIVETRAIN:
• 2.4 liter K24 A4 engine
• Bore 83mm/ Stroke 87mm
• TSX RL 5 pistons and rings with a 10.1 compression ratio
• RSX Type S Oil Pump.
• Eagle “ESP” Connecting Rods; ‘One-off’ ARC Polished Aluminum Super Air Intake Box and custom ARC Polished Aluminum Cooling Plate
• ARC Aluminum Radiator
• ARC High Pressure Radiator Cap
• Spoon Sports Oil Filler Cap
• ARC Titanium Spark Plug Wire Cover
• Okada Projects Plasma Direct Ignition Coils.
• Spoon Sports DC5 K-20 Valve Cover
• SAMCO Silicone Hoses
• JDM Oil Dip Stick
• NRG Innovations Carbon Fiber Hood Dampers
• Optima Yellow Top Battery with Kicker Bass Capacitors
• TSX Z3 Ported and Polished Cylinder Head
• Skunk2, StageII Camshafts
• Skunk2 Tuner Series Valve Springs
• Skunk2 TI Retainers
• “Series K” Keepers
• Beck Arnley Rocker Arms
• Hybrid Racing Timing Chain Tensioner
• DC Sports RSX 4-2- 1 Type S Header System
• TSX Ported RBB Intake Manifold
• TSX Ported Throttle Body
• K-Tuned Fuel Rail with Fuel Pressure Gauge
• Ignalls Engine Torque Damper

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SUSPENSION:
• A completely custom designed air suspension system by ICE BOXX CUSTOMS featuring the Bluetooth 3P Air Management System from Air Lift Performance Suspension
• Techniques Anti Sway Bars
• Skunk2 Lower Control Arms, Eibach Rear Camber Kit, Ingalls Front Camber Bolts
• Moog Front End Steering Pack and inverted tie rods
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INTERIOR:
• Backyard Custom Interiors leather interior with JDM Rear Seats
• South Coast Accessories Deluxe Full Carpet Kit
• Custom Brushed Aluminum Center Panel, Meter Panel, and Switch Panel Plates
• Element SC Leather Shift Knob
• NRG Brushed Aluminum Hand E-Brake Handle
• Nardi Leather Steering Wheel, with custom made “Honda” Center Cap
• NRG black Carbon Fiber Quick Release
• OEM Cargo Cover and Cargo Mat
• Razo Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Gas Pedal, Brake Pedal and Dead Pedal Plate; Ursa Minor Dead Pedal
• JDM Center Console Face Plate with OEM Honda S2000 Start Button; Red JDM Emergency Flasher Button
• Custom fabricated Mugen billet aluminum door sills
• Custom Billet Aluminum Emergency Brake Handle ; Custom Emergency Brake Handle Leather Boot
• OEM Black Storage Arm Rest; “Raiders” Carpeted Floor Mats & Elemental Motorsports Carpeted Cargo Mat
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FUEL and EXHAUST:
• NRG Innovations Oil Catch Can; CT Engineering High Flow Injectors
Random Technology High Flow Catalytic Converter; NGK Oxygen Sensor; Denso Iridium Power Performance Plugs; Ingen Technology Cat Back Exhaust System; ‘Sebring Tubing’ Double Wall
• Stainless Steel Exhaust Tip.
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TRANSMISSION:
• 2007 Element 5-speed AT swap. Plus, modified and replaced the reverse gear, fourth gear, and the reverse selector on the counter shaft
• Control Valve Assemblies were custom calibrated and new ‘sintered bronze’ aftermarket bushings were put in
• Installed a hardened differential cross shaft and replaced the reverse fork
• New One-Way Clutches were installed
• The main shaft, the counter shaft, and the secondary shaft were tested for stress with ultra sonic sound, as well as, the Transfer Gears and the Differential Ring Gear to reduce fracturing

Shout OUTs:I want to give grateful shout outs to Liza & Regi at Island Motorsports, and my son PJ for always being there for me; Eddie Hernandez at New Era Customs; also to my Element brothers Jeff Smith and Joe Dixon; and my good buddy Jerry Kimmel over at South Coast Accessories. My license plate reads “YOKOKE” which is “Thankful” in Choctaw, and I truly am to everyone who helped make my dream a reality!

The Legends, JDM Legends – Shop Visit

With the popularity of Japanese classics on the rise, the prices of the Hakosuka’s, Kenmeri’s, and the Fairlady Z have increased – dramatically. Not forgotten are the Celica’s, Corolla’s, or the Crown’s and the rotary classics of the RX’s, which brings us to a visit to JDM Legends. One of the few shops that specializes in restoring, modifying and importing Japanese classics.

JDM Legends is tucked away in the outskirts of Salt Lake City, 15 minutes south, on a long stretch of road.

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Inside the humble 2000’ish square foot automotive man cave are neatly placed, dream cars. A Subie STi, a Nissan Hakosuka GT-R, Ultra-rare 1970 432 Datsun Fairlady Z, Nissan Hakosuka GT-R Sedan, Nissan Hakosuka shell, and an early 70’s Toyota Celica with a Beams engine are placed side-by-side waiting to be transformed or restored. A prized 67.5 Datsun Roadster 2000 also marked its territory, center stage.JDM_LEGENDS-9212

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On JDM Legend’s photo wall, sits a very mint Mazda Cosmo and Nissan Silvia (CSP311), the precursor to the infamous S chassis.JDM_LEGENDS-9231

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On the flip side, a pair of 2-post lifts accompany 2 classics, a Hakosuka GT-X and the Fairlady Z. Molested, massaged, and restored to the customer’s liking.JDM_LEGENDS-9130

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The Fairlady is a complete ground up build. Every single nut and bolt was removed, re-plated, and installed. Every trim and sheet metal was repaired, prepared, and finished. There is not one piece that has not been touched. Custom suspension, upgraded brakes, and new RS rollers on sticky R888’s.JDM_LEGENDS-9133

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Eric Bizek, is the humble owner of JDM Legends. He is one of the few that performs the art of restoration. It’s even more rare that they are of Japanese Classics. Eric and team often travel to Japan in search of more treasures and shows off some of his talents at the famous JCCS in Long Beach, California. We had the opportunity to see the completed Z last summer, but even more appreciative to see it in the phases of restoration.

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We love JDM Legend’s parts hauler, a Datsun 620!JDM_LEGENDS-9358

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We are going to close out with this sequence shot of a slammmmmed Cressida rolling out!JDM_LEGENDS-9411

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Visit… Www.jdmlegends.com, Instagram: @jdm_legends

Asian American Expo & Anime Impulse 2016

Words and Photos by Gilbert

Kicking off the new year with some new coverage of a local event, formerly known as the Chinese American Expo, the Asian American Expo is hosted at the beginning of each year to celebrate the coming of the Lunar New Year Festival, with the goal recreating the New Year celebrations found across Asia at this time of the year. Food, shopping, entertainment and fun – these are all annual staples that can be found at each year’s event. In conjunction with this event the creators of the KTOWN Night Market and the OC Block Party, they introduced the first Anime Impulse event that happened side by side with the Asian American Expo. The Anime Convention-like setup was a really relaxed event with what appeared to have vendors and artist alley sharing the same space and people could buy various merchandise, prints of popular cosplayers, sit and enjoy some panels or presentations and just generally check out the sights aside from all the food from the other areas of the expo.

Anime Impulse also brought out a fun line-up of Itasha cars. These are popular sight in japan as fans display their devotion to their fandom in the form of their vehicles.

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Popular San-X character Rilakkuma was making an appearance there in the VIP area of the show.

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The New Year’s Scrolls are generally tied to a tree in hopes that they will come true

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I hope this kid gets less homework too.

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The street food is what the KTOWN Night Market / OC Block Party are known for so there’s tons of food vendors from all varieties of food available for the attendees.

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The other exhibit halls featured all sorts of merchandise from food to home goods.

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Even Selfie Sticks were on sale. Why would someone need 3, I’m not sure.

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Also I found this gem on my way out from the food court.

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Basically it’s a crisp waffle-like cake with a condensed milk filling as seen below.

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SEMA Show 2015: Scottie’s Pick

Silhouette of a Sunny, Soul of a Hakosuka 

History. Pride. Preservation and Vintage Motorsports are 3 things that make up a company called Chasing J’s.

Owned and operated by Dominic Le, Chasing J’s is a company specializing in restomods and classics. SEMA 2015, provided me with a prime example of how Dominic’s passion for Vintage Motorsports evolved over his company and himself. He created something very special that caught my eye at SEMA. Enjoy!

  • Owner: Dominic Le
  • Truck: 1974 Datsun Sunny UTE

Dominic has me drooling all over his ‘Hakotora’

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The soul of the car comes here beneath the hood…a built S14 SR20det shown teasing everyone who wants to take a sneak…

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Riveted flares compliment the wrapped in Toyo R888, 15×9 and 15×10 Volk TE37V’s…Ohh…did I mention its on AIR? Thanks to Airlift Air Suspension made it possible for this Hakotora rest perfectly on the carpet…simply amazing…

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One of my favorite parts of the car is in the back, a carbon fiber bed liner that was trimmed to fit perfectly to compliment simplicity with its brushed aluminum trimming…

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Clearly you can tell that 09 Racing did a fantastic job with this front end Hakosuka (C10 Skyline)…you can’t even tell its a Sunny!

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If you ever get the chance to see this vehicle in person with your very eyes, you will see the real craftsmanship that went into this build. The amount of detail is stunning. I am absolutely in love with this…Awesome job guys!

This concludes my pick for this year SEMA 2015! Hope you enjoyed the ride…because I did!

Till next time…Peace!

-Scottie

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5 Crowd Pullers from SEMA 2015

Come one, come all to the greatest automotive trade show on earth! SEMA Show 2015 has made its annual stop to the wild, wild desert known to most as Las Vegas, Nevada. Be thrilled by gorgeous Booth Babes, be amazed by the the strength of the Four BOSSes, be mesmerized by new kid on the block, stand in awe of the looks of yesteryear and leave yourself at the mercy of beasts for an experience you will never forget! These are 5 crowd pullers from SEMA Show 2015!

1. Girls, Girls, Girls

“Girls, all I really want is girls! And in the morning it’s girls! Cause in the evening it’s girls!” -Beastie Boys
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Driving Line’s Alicia Cummings taking a selfie with “Mad” Mike Whiddett

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Look out Janey! Hopefully that giant Mishimoto tank is enough to protect you from all the creepers.

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MST Wheels’ Regina standing guard by their “Attack on Titan” 240sx

For more babes, check back to Jae’s Ladies of SEMA 2015!

2. I’m a BOSS

You’ve just entered the Boss Level. There were 4 epic S14 Rocket Bunny BOSSes at SEMA Show, are you ready to take them on?

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Make sure you’ve collected all your JDM Badges before you take on the Good Show Automotive Art BOSS.

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Don’t slip up when you face off against the Autofashion USA X ENEOS Oil BOSS.

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Corey Hosford’s Street Standard BOSS will definitely pack a mean punch with it’s V-8 engine.

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Don’t let the cycles fool you, the WD Ultimate BOSS is ready to take on all and any Challengers

3. The New Kids On The Block: Driving Line

Go big or go home. Driving Line started off their first SEMA Show with a bang and these three white knights were only part of the reason why their booth caught our eye.

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Sung Kang’s Fugu Z by GReddy proves that the perfect build doesn’t always have to be fast or furious.

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Just in time for the winter season, the SSA X Autofashion USA Rocket Bunny NSX is one sexy Snow Bunny.

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Evasive Motorsports Porsche GT3, “Just imagine how much cooler I’ll be in summer.”

4. Don’t Call Me Rusty

Out with the new, in with the old. Or something like that. Put that Rust•eze Medicated Bumper Ointment away, Rust is in this year!

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Rusty Slammington. No introduction needed.

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Check out that Rad Rusty Rat Rod! Whew, try saying that ten times fast.

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Even choppers were all about that rust life

5. What the TRUCK?

Big tires and lifted beasts ruled SEMA Show this year. Because well…’MURICA

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Derek West’s ULTRA4 Off-Road buggy took a break from its weekly mud bath to be part of the showroom floor.

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The Starwood Motors Jeep JK8 with custom Bandit Kit wasn’t afraid when the rain, hail and lighting decided to make an unwelcome appearance.

There’s always a lot going on at SEMA Show, these are just 5 of the things we picked up on. What else was provocative at SEMA Show 2015; what was it that got the people going?

By: Justin Pagtalunan

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SEMA Show 2015: Denny’s Picks

SEMA, a visual orgasm for auto enthusiasts, a designer’s showcase, a builder’s dream, a company’s showroom, and one of Las Vegas’s largest convention.

4000 plus cars and hundreds of vendors fill almost every square inch of the convention halls and surrounding parking lots. It’s difficult to see all the action during the four day event, but it didn’t keep the Crew from picking out a few fresh rides that caught our attention. I love import cars, but I am also very much in love with older domestic muscle. The craftsmanship invested into cars 40 to 50 years old or older, have a huge place in my heart.

As I cruise miles of the show floor, I set out to find some of my favorite builder’s work, such as the Ringbrothers. Their attention to details always has me in Awww. This 1965 Mustang Fastback shows off Ringbrothers production pieces which are available for purchase. The details into this Mustang are worth taking a closer look at.SEMA 2015-9605

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Another awesome ride is Andy Williamson’s 56 Chevrolet Bel Air. To the naked eye, it has a patina exterior, Vortech Supercharged LS3 engine, sharp engine bay, and sick interior. What can not be seen, can be touched. Grazing your fingers over the finish, one will notice that it’s been completely coated with matte clear, preserving its age in all its glory. Even large rust divots were cleared to a smooth touch. A lot of time was invested into the body work, despite the visual appearance. SEMA 2015-9575

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Skipping to an American Hot Rod is the M&M Special, a 1927 Ford Roadster. A gleaming 276, tan leather, and chrome adds an elegant touch to a well executed Ford.SEMA 2015-9567

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Datsun have been on my mind ever since I purchased a 1970 Datsun 521 pickup earlier this year. Since then, I’ve set my eyes on a 240Z and a Roadster, a 67 to be exact. Very similar to this one in Garrett Turbo’s booth. This lightweight ’67 has a built SR20VE motor which is turbocharged!SEMA 2015-9655

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If you love engines, then you’ll love this black Datsun 240Z sporting the ultra rare TC24B1 with 50mm Solex carbs. This set up puts out 376HP and 281 ft. lbs. of torque on California 91 octane, dyno’ed by our friends at Z Car Garage in San Jose.SEMA 2015-9643

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My brothers at Tjin Edition displayed a few builds this year, six to be exact. They are Fortune’s Ford Fiesta, Gene’s Explorer. Neil’s Honda HR-V, Hyundai Genesis, Ford Edge, and Ford F150 built for Universal Technical Institute.SEMA 2015-9554

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Vortech Superchargers had this beautiful 55 Chevy 150.SEMA 2015-9561

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Our friends at Driving Line had an impressive set up, with Robert Chew’s revamped Rocket Bunny NSX, now with a white coat and TEs. The much anticipated debut of Sung Kang’s Rocket Bunny 240Z also made an appearance.SEMA 2015-9536

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And of course the RWB’s. Vincent from iForged displayed an arsenal of them.SEMA 2015-9530

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Lastly, I wasn’t able to get a good picture of Ryan’s Type-R but really proud of his accomplishments on finishing Top 10 during SEMA’s Battle of the Builders.SEMA 2015-9597

Those round out my favorites of SEMA 2015. You’ll hear more from Jayson, Scottie, and Jae for the infamous, Ladies of SEMA!

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