Category: Events

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

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

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Leon’s widebody NSX

Gene’s Civic with the bubblies.

Airlift Performance GTR

Spoon feed.

Take a look at all the other.

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Formula Drift – Umbrella Girls

Photos by: Gilbert C.

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?

Formula Drift Top Livery

Photos by: Justin P. and Denny H.

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?

Formula Drift – Rd.1 Long Beach – Top 32

Photos by: Justin P. and Denny H.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Formula Drift – Streets of Long Beach – Rd. 1 – Qualifying – Top 5

Photos by: Justin P. and Denny H.

Formula Drift kicks off their 14th year at the infamous Street of Long Beach, as what I call i the concrete jungle.

Long Beach is the first event where spectators can see their favorite driver and their new livery, which is always good to see!

Qualifying took place Friday afternoon in the breezy 70 degree Southern California weather, so let’s recap the top 5!

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Taking the number one spot is none other than Vaughn Gittin Jr. with a qualifying score of 97 in his Monster Energy Ford Mustang

2. James Deane

James Deane with his S15 with qualifying score of 96

3. Ryan Tuerck

Ryan Tuerck with a 96 in qualfying in his Hankook Tire Gumout FR-S

4. Fredric Aasbo

Fredric Aasbo in his new Nexen Rockstar Toyota Corolla iM with a score of 91

5. Alex Heilbrunn

Alex Heilbrunn rounds out the top 5 with a score of 91 in his Nitto Tire, E46 M3

A look at the bracket and the rest of the qualifying field, courtesy of www.formulad.com

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XS CarNIght 2017 – Long Beach, Shoreline Aquatic Park

Photos by: Denny H.

Setting the groundwork for spring events was XS CarNight. XSCN comes in hot for its 3rd year in a row and each year gets better and better. Hidden away behind the Aquarium of the Pacific and adjacent to Pier Point Landing, a spot for deep sea charters. XSCN has a stunning view of Shoreline Village and the Queen Mary while accompanied by the Rainbow Lighthouse above.


I arrived shortly after 6 o’clock after fighting traffic with prom going down at the Aquarium of the Pacific. I met up with Brian from Infinite Auto Design as he escorted me in. The sun was about the drop and just about every photographer was out trying to capture the perfect shot at that perfect time.


The main stage was surrounded by a entourage of RWB’s, including our friend Jon Sibal’s 964 on Work Meisters.

I caught a few shots like the drop-top e30 with a Pandem kit executed by CA Tuned.

Busted Knuckle Garage had a very clean set up with air-cooled dubs.

Arthur’s StanceNation x Aimgain FR-S

As the sun dropped, shadows were in almost every shot. I waited a few moments and then pulled out my night weapon of choice and continued with the event shots.

Ron’s Amuse S2k was one of the first with bright red Volk Racing wheels

Ducati 1299 Panicle S

Liberty Walk R8

All Road Outfitters Audi Quattro

EuroKlasse’s F80 M3

Thanh’s Vlene FR-S in the darkness by AutoTuned.

By the time i reached Thanh’s FR-S, it was practically pitch black. The only lights were along the path, and the interior portions of the peninsula was in complete darkness. Vehicles began to leave and left a open playground to capture the remaining.

Violent Clique was in full effect.

Chris’s MK5 on Work Seekers SX

Fausto’s S2k on chrome and gold 3-piece WORK Meisters

George’s e36 with Weds Kranze Cerberus

Taking it back to the old school classic euros was…

3 Point Social Club with a set of classic Benz’s such as Jimmy’s 280e

As participates cleared I had more walking space. I stopped by Infinite Auto Design and captured their wide body S2K and EVO

I also captured Chris’s beautiful NSX on chrome SSR SP1

The Acid Green RWB on HRE’s which was about the only RWB left of the grass

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AccuAir’s R8

Old School Maxima Wagon

V6 EcoBoost F100 by WagnerTuning

I couldn’t say bye without shooting Brandon’s e30 with a Pandem kit.

In the end, it was the first time I have ever shot an event with my night weapon. It was down and dirty, but what other way to capture so many car’s in the short time I had to capture one of the best events to hit the shores!

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Imagine it, Design it, Live it… IDL Grand Opening

Words: Justin / Denny
Photos: Justin / Tyler / Denny

At IDL Design USA‘s grand opening, the only thing rolling deeper than your car crew were the squads wearing NMDs and Anti Social Social Club or Super Street Garage apparel.

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Spotted front center was the Yeezy-inspired turtle dove wrapped Liberty Ferrari 458 on Rotiform LSR dumped on Airlift and wrapped by Impressive Wrap.





Work It

Amongst all the fresh new exotics and imports, Joel Tan’s 1972 Work-Style Hakosuka stands the test of time.



Run by Milky Bun

Scott from After’s Ice Cream brought out the Liberty Walk McLaren wrapped on gold plated Rotiform QLB. According to Cody at Deity Motorsports, it’s an MP4-12c with a 650s front conversion and P1 rear styling.


Homecourt Advantage

While the neighborhood continues to fill with hypebeasts, the Phaze2 line up is low-key chillin’ in the iDL garage.

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I❤️RBRC. (@phz2rc)


Wider than your average GS. (phaze2yogi)

Purp ‘N’ Gold (@lcreaminzl)

Beamin’


Fresher than a stick of gum.

I Don’t Have Friends, I Have Family

If you were there, you might have thought you saw Vin Diesel. Sorry to say, that was just Phaze2’s Hubert Barnum. Either way, iDL Design isn’t just a business, it isn’t just a friendship…it’s a family affair.

Buffalo Gals, Go Around the Outside

That’s all folks!

HIN Del Mar 2017

photos by: Gilbert C.

Hot Import Nights season opener came out swinging. Gilbert was able to make the trek to Del Mar to capture the action. HIN as it is better known, attracted clean builds and stunning ladies. See below for images.

Jessica Weaver

Sunny Fae

Darlene May

Christine Zegers

Catherine Lynn

Hawaii’s Jojo Dela Cruz

Mhaye Monti

Lily Evans

Zoey Lee

and Jenna Lane

Until next time…

SEMA 2016 Recap

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sema-2016-6064If you are an automotive enthusiast, then you know the mecca of car events, SEMA. We’ve covered it through the years and since the recession, it has gotten bigger and bigger every year. This year SEMA celebrates it’s 50th year and without a doubt, it’s also a reunion of current and past partners. It’s a week where you can gorge on 50 dollar buffet dinners and not feel too guilty because you’re walking an average of 10 miles a day. With over 3000 vehicles, it’s easy to miss a good amount. therefore. you walk though the halls and snap whatever catches your attention.

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Thanh’s Scion FR-S built by Auto Tuned in Monrovia, and styled by Fatlace with a Ilene million-piece kit. Twiggy’s FR-S sits on AIrLIft Performance Suspension on custom Rotiform WGR wheels and powered by Sprinted Supercharger.sema-2016-6118

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This copper and black Cadillac sled was tucked away in the North hall, which was accompanied by this nicely built bike.sema-2016-6103

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AirLift Performance had an ultra-wide RWB Porsche with Rotiform wheels and an 80’s classic BMW E30 on Rotiform Wheels. OMG!sema-2016-6153

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Mikey made waves in Toyo Tires booth with his 997 fitted with a Old&New kit from Japan. A kit which resembles the 930 slantnose Porsches of the 70’s and 80’s. It’s a Porsche that I always admired, especially in the Targa form. Ah, 911 Targa Slantnose, YUM!sema-2016-6197

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Ace Wheels / AMF Forged teamed up with Kuhl Racing and stopped anyone in their tracks. The hand-carved GTR and STi, were just amazing!sema-2016-6190

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Japanifornia, a Dodge Charger on TE’s. Oh, Yeah!sema-2016-6205

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Too fresh is Ryan Tureks Ferrari powered 86. LS What?sema-2016-6111

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The Tjin Edition Explorer made its debut in Falken Tire’s booth as you enter the North Hall and Gold Parking lot. It sports a matching Honda Quad.sema-2016-6063

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Fortune’s Cinemamotive Focus front and center in Ford’s booth.sema-2016-6098

WD-40 Camaro, designed by Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition at PowerNation TV for SEMA Cares. The 1967 Camaro will be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale and the proceeds will go to Childhelp, a non-profit organization aiding victims of child abuse.sema-2016-6219

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From a technology stand-point. I couldn’t get my eye’s off AccuAir’s ENDO Series of modular air tanks. Seriously, an air suspension game changer, again!sema-2016-6137

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Dump Trucks, Yea! Can go wrong with slammed x boost!sema-2016-6082

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And… I’m going to leave you with some NsEX!sema-2016-6172

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Thanks for checking out the feed, now unto the rest of the gallery! Have a great day! -Denny @dayuumden

Kuya Model Expo – Cosplay Edition

Words and Photos by Gilbert

 

This past weekend, southern california was getting into the halloween spirit with a local show hosted by none other than Big Abe himself. Abe and his staff has been an icon in the car show and model industry that it was great that he put together this event to gather some of the hottest models in the scene today. I had the pleasure of doing a quick recap of his event which features girls coming in from washington, the east coast, even as far as Australia.

 

Janis True

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Francesca Montenegro

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Jenna Lane

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Nicky Park

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Lex Nai (Alexis)

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Sunny Fae

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Jasmine Ly

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Sabrina Bing

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Christy Truong

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Mila De

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Jessica Weaver

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Zoey Lee

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Catherine Lynn

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Lily Evans

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Crystal Aguirre

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Ela Pasion

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Drea Lynn

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Emkay Vee

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Relaxin’ in So Cal 2016

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RASC-4906Relaxin’ in So Cal is an event organized by a long time truck club called, Relaxed Atmosphere. Started in the early 90’s, they have tested and outlived current trends, especially with the Sport Compact car movement. But, the die-hards stayed true to their roots and kept on truckin’. This year, RISC was held at the Home Depot Center, occupying a large portion of the parking lot lied so many fresh trucks. See for yourself what we are talking about.

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Flashback Friday: July 4th Weekend Trail Run

I had a chance to go behind the wheel of a Trail Teams edition FJ cruiser for the first time in 2013. Around August of the following year, I was given the keys to a TRDPro 4Runner to drive around town and dirt roads. After handing back the keys of the TRDPro, I knew that it was a trap – Now I’m hooked and suckered in by these Toyota off road warriors.  It was clear to me that I will have my own truck or SUV one way or the other. It may not be a brand new one straight out of a Toyota show room floor but I had made up my mind that it would be a Land Cruiser. I always had my eye on FJ80 or 80 series cruisers or 1990 – 1997 Land Cruiser. Even with time they still look good and very capable of kicking dirt from weekend road trip. During my initial search I did not find a truck that had an acceptable mileage and within my budget. Also, gas prices were still on the high $4 range that I could not pull the trigger on one.

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FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Edition – Behind the Wheel

Beginning of 2015, gas prices was gradually going down so I re-started my search and now I’m equipped with an option after doing some research on the Land Cruisers. The 80 series is a great vehicle that comes with factory front and rear lockers -they are just about unstoppable off road. As an option I had the 100 series on the back of my head. For what I have read and learned, it brings power, comfort and more room while still capable of doing off road or exploration duties. Let’s just say that I found the one after searching for months.  I ended up with a 100 series in a Lexus badge, the LX470.  The most significant change from the Toyota counter part was its front fascia.  It is also equipped with an Active Height Control (AHC) and automated folding side mirrors; other than these features the interior, engine and transmission all are 100 series components.

After owning the LX for a little over a year, the itch to make changes started – well the itch to make modification after a few months of owning it was already there but I held myself from doing so to enjoy the ride and comfort that it brings. It just rides like a huge comfortable sedan or limo. I was so hesitant to make changes specially to the suspension but if I was to take it out on rough roads I need to put a little more ground clearance to the truck.  Also, it does look like a soccer mom’s SUV with the stock trim all intact.

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Browsing through my Instagram feed, I found RPM Auto Center (@rpm626) owned by Mr. Steve Lam. I found out that it was a local shop located in Irwindale, CA that works on various cars and trucks. After being an Instagram-stalker for a while, I learned that the owner also had an LX470 that he had been working on and had been taking it out on the trails. A few DMs and email here and there, I found myself one day at the shop dropping off my LX. Looking around while at the shop, I noticed that a lot of customers were a good mix of young and older generation – taking their vehicles for a simple oil change or doing some upgrades on a rig. The customers seemed really satisfied with the service provided. In the back of my head, I felt that I took my truck to the right place. After running the Lexus AHC suspension for a little over a year, it was time to upgrade the stock suspension. Steve recommended the ARB / OME suspension kit that will provide the truck a 2.5″ lift, a Slee Offroad front Diff Drop and SCS wheels with BFGoodrich All Terrain KO2 tires. He runs the same suspension set up in his own rig and had been satisfied with how it handles on regular streets and trails.

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Steve had organized a July 4th trail run and invited a few recent and old customers to join in. I knew that this will be a good test for the LX after its few upgrades. It will be a good learning session for newbies like me since I’ve only taken a truck on dirt roads. Tagging along in the trail run was the only female driver in the group, Ms. Eliza Alonzo in her 2013 Trail Teams Edition FJ Cruiser. July 3rd came and we met up with the people joining in on the run at Yi Mei in Monrovia, CA. I was anticipating a small group but ended up with at least 15 to 18 trucks lined up in front of the restaurant early in the morning.  It was decided that with the big group that we had, it would be best to go to Silverwood Lake, CA or Cleghorn trail to easily guide and control the drivers that joined.  Part of the group and acted as one of the mentors on this trail run was Mr. Steve Chow who owns a 100 series. He has mentored and organized a number of trail runs even during his Nissan Xterra days but now owns and drives a hundy for a good I believe 10 years now. He still manages to keep it running strong after all these years.

With a few stops along the way to pick up more people joining in, it had at least 18 trucks. At the beginning of the trail, we were asked to prep our trucks and deflate our tires to about 25 psi to get more traction and control going over some rough terrain.  A driver’s meeting was also held to share pointers,  do’s and don’t on the trail.  The group was also divided into 4 groups so that one experienced driver will be with the trail newbies as an adviser / spotter or guide during the run.

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As much as I enjoyed the bump and grind of the trail, I definitely enjoyed meeting new folks as well as seeing some greenery from a higher elevation. Half way through the drive, not only did the elderly statesmen enjoyed the ride but even the young ones were enjoying the sun.

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Don’t be surprised, even a brand new LX570 was in it for the fun. It caught a few bushes and dips along the way but it was more than capable going through the trails. The bruises and scratches will buff off.

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I was surprised with Ms. E. Alonzo on the trail. Driving alone and at times just following the lines of our mentors – the two Steves, she was able to pick up right away at times  doing better than me on her FJ. I think on the back of her head she’s thinking, “I can do what these fools are doing…”

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On the side note… the pinstripes are definitely real.

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At the end of the day, it was a great learning experience for me and everyone else that joined the run. I learned new driving techniques off road and even with its age, the LX held up pretty well. It was my first organized trail run and it did not disappoint. I would like to thank Mr. S. Lam of RPM Auto Center for organizing this event as well as the elderly and  experienced drivers that help guide us newbies at the event. Hope to join in on the next trail event.

 

Until the next one… Peace!

 

-jayson (@dayuumjayce)

 

Thanks to:

Mr. Steve Lam

626-445-0519 RPM Auto Center, Irwindale, CA

626-303-2486 RPM Garage, Monrovia, CA

www.rpm-garage.com

Formula D 2016 – Round 1 Streets of Long Beach

Words and Photos by Gilbert

Another year kicks off with the Formula D 2016 season at the Streets of Long Beach. Things were a bit different this year as due to rainy conditions, the qualifiers from the first day were cancelled and instead drivers were given practice time for the day instead. Following that into the second day competition, they went with a seeded order based on 2015 rankings to start the competitions.

Another thing that was different was the car show usually held by Illest and titled Offset Kings has been replaced by a Toyota sponsored auto gallery.

 

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As usual, there are plenty of umbrella girls and models present representing their brands and teams.

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Jess Harbour, Erica Nagashima and Kay Vee for Nexen Tire

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L’amour Niggle for McLeod Racing

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Darlene May for Moto IQ

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Charlene Lo for JDM Sport

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Arley Elizabeth for Achilles

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Nicole Marie Reckers for Achilles

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Sarah Top for Hankook Tires

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Courtney Riggs and Janey B for Nitto Tires

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Caitlyn Nordby and Danielle Lo for Monster Energy

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Erica Law for BlackVue

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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