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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!

FULL GALLERY:

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DesignerCon 2018 – Weird, But Cool

Photos & Words: Justin P.

We’ve become very familiar with the inner walls of the Anaheim Convention Center, for events like SpoCom or TunerEvo. And here we are again walking the same floor, but this time with a whole new perspective. Welcome to DesignerCon!

You might be used to our automotive content, but rest assure, we try to branch out to other forms of art whenever possible. Hello Kitty Con or Star Wars Legion Art Show to name a few. (Yea, it’s been a while). Car shows and art conventions aren’t too different if you think about it. Because when it comes down to it, the heart of each event is all about the people – their passion projects and their creativity.
 

Here are some highlights from this year’s DesignerCon:

Car Cars Cars!

We can’t help it, we’re addicted. You know when we see something with wheels we’re going to gravitate to it.

Old School Toyota Corona at the Lifted Laces x HYPERCHASERS booth

Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! Ectoxo’s ECTO-1 complete with matching Ghostbusters

Streets closed pizza boy! (oh wait, wrong movie). You’ve probably seen them at SEMA and other shows. Yes, Leen Customs Pin Garage is here too – this time featuring the Pizza Planet Truck!
 

Jurassic 25

Okay, time to address the T-Rex in the room. One of the big nostalgic attractions at DesignerCon is the celebration of the 25th anniversary since the release of the original Jurassic Park movie. Replica Jeeps and creative pieces of work from various artists surrounded this mighty beast.
 

Art Works

As I mentioned above, what makes any event is the creativity, uniqueness and passion put into the work at every booth. Vinyl figures, custom pins, canvas, prints and much, much more. It’s quite overwhelming with everything you might see and find at DesignerCon.
 

Hip Hop Culture

Live and direct! From spinning 1s-and-2s to spray cans, the many art forms that express Hip Hop culture is representing strong at DesignerCon! Also, aloha to the homies, Kavet and Spel, from Lightsleepers who made the trip all the way from Hawaii. (So happy I was finally able to get myself a Mickey x MF Doom Tee!)
 

Vinyl is BIG

Last, by not least, vinyl collectibles are a major fixture in events like this and are probably way bigger than you and I may ever understand. They have seen many, many shapes and forms, with Funko POP!, Kidrobot, Toy Tokyo among the heavy hitters in the game. But my personal favorite at DesignerCon is the epic MEDICOM Toy booth featuring a time capsule of Be@rbrick vinyl collectibles. Be@arbrick has done collaborations of all kinds, from streetwear brands to Nike, from superheros to Disney and a whole lot more over the years.

Definitely a fun adventure and a nice change from the daily gear grinding of the automotive world. We’re always looking for new avenues to explore; let us know what you thought about this lifestyle pieces and other potentials like it!
 

See more below from DesignerCon 2018:

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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

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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