Category: Events

A behind the scenes look at events, meets from shows, conventions, concerts, and food trucks.

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

Auto Enthusiast Day 2017

It’s take five for Nitto Tire’s Auto Enthusiast Day Presented by Driving Line and the event just keeps getting better! This free event returns to Angel’s Stadium where spectators take home the latest issue of Driving Line magazine and get covered in shreds of Nitto Tires from all the driving demos. Off-Road stars like Loren Healy and Cody Currie flexed their beastly machines, while drifters Vaughn Gittin Jr., Alex Heilbrunn and Matt Powers joined the couple of stunt driving, Sam and Stina Hübinette for an epic slideways showdown. The show within the show, where DaYUUM! made ourselves comfortable, was the reorganized vendor area. With the car meet section moved outside of the main area, the show highlighted all of the vendors’ show cars. We opt to go with a pair of “new look, who dis?” wrapped Scions, Tyler Huang’s xB and my Rocket Bunny tC. A new addition to AED 2017, was the AutoCon car show and the famous AutoCon Ave. stage that featured some of the best of the best. Check out our recap of the day’s festivities!

Words: Justin P.

Photos: Michelle I.

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.

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.

Ken Gushi

Toyota FR-S, GReddy Performance, Nexen Tires

Chelsea DeNofa

Ford Mustang RTR, BC Racing, Nitto Tire

Alex Heilbrunn

BMW E46 M3, Nitto Tire

Alec Hohnadell

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.

Formula Drift – Rd.1 Long Beach – Top 32

Round 1 of Formula Drift takes place at the Streets of Long Beach. It’s always an exciting time because it’s when fans finally get the chance see new livery and the cars of their favorite drivers. The pits are naturally opened for fans to zero in on the action and to have a selfie with them or the teams umbrella girls.

Top 32:

Kicked off with 5 drivers given a bye-run.

Top 32 action included Alec getting a little too close for comfort and taps Forsberg.

Ken’s momentum carries him into a slowing Greogy.

Top 16

was a free-for-all at the top. Number one qualifier, Gittin Jr. lost momentum and punted Dean Kearney at the hairpin as if he was on track at Go-kart world. Ultimately, Dean would move to the next round.

Run 1 of Aasbo and Bluss coming in hot tapping Aasbo. Online chatter accuses Aasbo of slowing down causing Bluss to tap Aasbo which resulted in a spin out.

The FD judges awarded Bluss at fault and he retaliates with a smokey lead run, but not enough to knock Aasbo off his mark.

James Deane returns to FD and makes a splash. Tapping the wall on clipping point 2 without a hiccup and continues with an impressive lead run, causing Essa to loop at the clipping point.

Essa had an impressive lead run while Deane keep it shallow, but it was still good enough for Deane to advance.

Great 8:

First battle was Dean Kearny and Odi Bakchis. Both drivers had impressive lead runs while I thought Odi’s chase was slightly better. The result from the FD judges, one more time!

Second battle of Great 8 between Heilbrunn and Aasbo resulted in an OMT as well. Heilbrunn was very impressive in his lead run.

An amazing lead run by both James Deane and Chris Forsberg. James’s edges Forsberg by hitting every clipping point to the T on his lead run and advances!

Up next was Aasbo vs Heilbrunn’s OMT run, while both drivers made a mistake on their chase run. Aasbo’s mistake was slightly more apparent than Heilbrunn’s, resulting in Heilbrunn moving forward.

Top 4:

James Deane vs Ryan Tuerck. What an amazing battle but Deane had a better lead run while their chases were on point.

Heilbrunn blowing the remaining taillight off his BMW during his lead run with Bakchis.

While Odi had a very impress lead run, Heilbrunn would not drop back.

OMT!

Finals:

In the finals, James Deane vs. Alex Heilbrunn. I felt Alex had a better lead run, but James had a better chase. It would have been a great candidate for a OMT, but ultimately that was not the case.

And the Winner…

James Deane

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Denny H. / Justin P.

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