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Another thing that was different was the car show usually held by Illest and titled Offset Kings has been replaced by a Toyota sponsored auto gallery.
As usual, there are plenty of umbrella girls and models present representing their brands and teams.
Jess Harbour, Erica Nagashima and Kay Vee for Nexen Tire
L’amour Niggle for McLeod Racing
Darlene May for Moto IQ
Charlene Lo for JDM Sport
Arley Elizabeth for Achilles
Nicole Marie Reckers for Achilles
Sarah Top for Hankook Tires
Courtney Riggs and Janey B for Nitto Tires
Caitlyn Nordby and Danielle Lo for Monster Energy
Erica Law for BlackVue
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.
Popular San-X character Rilakkuma was making an appearance there in the VIP area of the show.
The New Year’s Scrolls are generally tied to a tree in hopes that they will come true
I hope this kid gets less homework too.
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.
The other exhibit halls featured all sorts of merchandise from food to home goods.
Even Selfie Sticks were on sale. Why would someone need 3, I’m not sure.
Also I found this gem on my way out from the food court.
Basically it’s a crisp waffle-like cake with a condensed milk filling as seen below.