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They say a photo is worth a thousand words. Well who knew that this single photo of a VIP Lexus GS from Hawaii was going to have a lot to say?


During our second annual #DaYUUM808 trip to the island of Oahu, Hawaii we also took time to do some Spocom Hawaii coverage. Each of us basically split off to do our own thing and explore the packed Neil S. Blaisdell Center. This GS caught my eye right away so I wanted my lens to catch it too, but each time I wasn’t happy with the result. Either the lighting was off or there were people in the way or maybe my eyes were just tired but through out the night I found myself constantly coming back to this car – determined to capture it in it’s glory. As you can see from above, I got what I wanted, I was happy, so naturally I did what anyone would do – I Instagram’d it!

Social Media is a hell of a creature. Long story short, as soon as I posted it, my phone buzzed with likes and a couple tags – eventually the post found its way to @EQVIPPED the sponsor of this GS which lead to Bryan Lee (@Bippu_Style), the owner of the GS…and Eqvipped! As soon as I was tagged in a repost, I learned that someone else noticed my determination to photograph this GS. Out of the hundreds of people who were at the show, out of all the people who came to their booth, that guy in the red hat up in that GS picture remembered me constantly coming back! Well a couple more tags and soon we became Facebook friends. It was official.

Like a shy guy after his first date, there was a silent period until I decided to check out his online store and actually had a question about their merchandise. And just like that the convo just kept flowing – he knew I was part of DaYUUM! and eventually I learned that he’s actually been trying to reach out to us and do some collaboration work. I can’t reveal everything we talking about now because well, I want to surprise you all and plus I’ve probably rambled on too much now in this intro. It’s time I actually talk about what I came here to talk about.

Enter USDM FREAX magazine.


Another thing I learned as I talked to Bryan is that he is one of the editors in an up and coming Japanese-based magazine called USDM FREAX. The saying goes “you want what you can’t have” so while we are all about that JDM life here in the US, Japan has an infatuation with the USDM stylings. What better way to get USDM content for a Japanese magazine than a US source? With Bryan being limited to the island of Hawaii, he wanted to reach out to a Southern California-based group to help feature a wider range of content. DaYUUM! caught his eye and through my photo and social media he finally made the connection he’s been looking for.

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I wont bore you with the details, but in a nutshell, we provide content and in turn our DaYUUM! name and skills expand and gets showcased to a new market – Japan. The first step, we planned to do a feature on Nilo’s NSX, but we had to get it done in time for the next issue! With some impromptu planning and a last minute surprise by David, my team of Byron and Denny pulled together and got some awesome footage for our first print feature…in Japan! Add in some shots from a past shoot by Jae, and we had it. #DaYUUMinJAPAN is now a reality!

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I am truly blessed to have stumbled on this opportunity for the team/family and myself. I can’t wait to continue working with Bryan, a new fast friend and promising collaborator on things to come. Who knows, what if I was happy with the first shot of the GS and never came back, would we still be where we are now? Life is a crazy ride, so its best to enjoy it!

Oh and another perk of being friends with Bryan, who regularly travels to Japan when they are putting together an issue…


He sends us some JDM snacks! Yum! ^_^

On to the next one! – Justin ( @JustDaYUUM )

Seeing your work in print is a different feeling, its great. But you are physically limited by the space on paper. So without further ado, here are the unprinted shots from our impromptu rooftop photoshoot. Photography by Byron Yoshida, cars owned by Nilo Miranda (NSX) and David Li (Benz), and model Donna Lazarescu. For photos from Jae Alba‘s photoshoot with model Chaba and the NSX click here.

Mash-up! Three – Event Information

MashUP3Official Flyer

The original Mash-up was tame, Mash-up! 2 was arousing, and the third? Well, it will be beastly, terrifying, and seksi.

That’s right Mash-up! III, #mashupthree, will take place at Chino Hills Guppy House. We are celebrating our 2-year anniversary and the opening of Guppy House’s 8th location!

This Halloween themed celebration will feature all of yours and our favorites:

Our Charity: We Strong is a local charity in Southern California. At the age of 23, Wayne the founder, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Through is own experiences he formed the We Strong Foundation – a foundation to give back and encourage those in the same place. To stay positive and be strong. Please check for additional information

Charity Raffle: We will be raffling some amazing product from companies such as, AirREX, Wheel Warehouse, Izzi Gadgets, Vaping LA, Rehv Clothing, Scosche, Cadence, DC Sports, and others to be announced. All proceeds of the raffle tickets will go to We Strong Foundation

The first 25 in LEGIT costumes will receive a free raffle ticket. (Must stand in the designated line)









A Car Meet: The hottest cars of SoCal and surrounding areas will be in attendance from sick compacts to exotic sports cars. Although the meet is open to all, years, makes, and models, there are a few reserved spaces for those that want to be in the thick of the action.
A $10 donation is requested and the funds will go to the We Strong Foundation. Registration Closed.

Halloween Models Lounge: See your favorite promotional model dressed in hot and seksi outfits. They will also be competing in the Halloween Costume. Come out and purchase an autographed print or take a picture with your favorite lady and create your own Beauty and the Beast.

Space is limited so if there are any promotional models that would like to join, please email us at

Halloween Costume Contest: We want to make this fun as hell and everyone loves to dress up! We will be holding a costume contest with cash money! Even if you don’t have a car at the meet, you can still compete.

Winners will receive $100 cash money and $100 in Guppy House gift certificates, thats like a ton of shaved ice bowls.

The categories will be:

Come dressed and ready to win!

Dancers: We always love live entertainment and there is nothing more seksi than go-go dancers. Together with hot cars and seksi ladies, what else can you ask for?

Live Music: DJ Skitz of Awthentik Vibes will be spinning the VJ with dope beats. Music feeds the soul.

Live Art: The Legendary NASA Crew will be showing their aerosol skills once again and will be painting our photo backdrop. Become mesmerized with their can control then take a few snap with your friends in front of it.

Confirmed Models:

MashUP3_ArleyArley Elizabeth

MashUP3_AshleyAshley Clark

MashUP3_MarieMarie Alvarez

MashUP3_ReginaRegina Mei

MashUP3_SerenaSerena Su

MashUP3_LillyLilly Evans… And more to come.

Confirmed Dancers:

MashUP3_Beckie_02Beckie Joon

MashUP3_DiannaDianna Lushus

MashUP3_KatKat Gutierrez


Be ready, be scare.. This event will be dope!

Guppy House Chino Hills
13065 Peyton Drive
Chino Hills, CA 91709

Time: 7PM to 11PM
Date: Friday, October 25th, 2013
Any Questions?

Here is the EVENTS PAGE on Facebook.

DaYUUM is Expanding!

DaYUUM is expanding and we are looking for a few good people.

We are looking to expand our family and we’d like for you to be a part of it. We are looking for a few good people to help us expand to different regions.

Duty: To photograph events, features, and models; with an adequate write up.
Requirements: Photographers/Writers must be proficient in WordPress, CS Suite, and have a creative eye for photography. Have a good personality, driven, and have passion. (Must have own equipment)
Regions: Global


Duty: Capturing events and features of vehicles and models
Requirements: Must have experience in videography with great editing skills. Proficient in Final Cut or Premiere. (Must have own equipment)
Regions: Global


Event Coordinator>
Duty: Operate an event booth, selling merchandise, and promoting the brand
Requirements: Personable, approachable, good personality, and self sufficient. Have a good business sense with drive and passion. Must be good with money and have reliable transportation.
Regions: Country wide

Fashion Writers>
Duty: Capture the latest trends and style.
Requirements: Must be female to write about fashion, styles, and trends.

If you have drive and passion; and is willing to hone your skills and promote your talent, then DaYUUM is perfect for you. We offer great exposure and networking opportunities. Please contact with ANY questions and inquiries.



2013 5.0L Mustang GT Systems Now Available from Vortech Supercharger

2013 5.0L Mustang GT Systems Now Available…

2013 5.0L Mustang GT owners, your time to rejoice is now. The complete Vortech V-3 Si Supercharging Systems for the manual transmission 2013 5.0L Mustang GT are now released and available for purchase. These great systems are making massive gains at a conservative 7.5psi, bringing your 2013 GT up to 605 horsepower! Available in Stealth Black, Satin, or Polished finishes, Vortech has a system for virtually any enthusiast’s tastes. Call your Vortech Dealer and get your system on order today!

4FQ218-020L Satin Finish Complete Supercharging System*
4FQ218-024L Stealth Black Finish Complete Supercharging System*
4FQ218-028L Polished Finish Complete Supercharging System*

* 2013 5.0L Mustang GT Systems currently released for manual transmission vehicles only. For information, visit

2013 Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ Supercharger Systems announced by Vortech Supercharger

Vortech Supercharger announces 2013 Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ Supercharger Systems!

The fun-to-drive car is back, and the FT86 platform is the most exciting thing to come along in years! However, most people believe there is one thing missing… more power!

With a legendary history of improved performance through efficient boost, the team of Engineers at Vortech have designed a kit that makes these great cars even more enjoyable to drive.

Design, detail and execution exceed OEM standards for a look you will be excited to show off at the car show or the track.

Boost your Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ to the next level of performance with the new centrifugal supercharging system from Vortech.

System Features

  • Gear-driven V-3 H67BC centrifugal supercharger, designed specifically for the FA20 Boxer engine.
  • The V-3 features an internal oil reservoir. No connection between the oil pan and the compressor gear case is required; no oil line. Includes a remote fluid drain hose (attached to supercharger) that allows for simple fluid changes without removing the supercharger from the vehicle.
  • Technologically advanced, high-efficiency, 5-Axis machined billet impeller and high-diffusion housing developed in our SAE-J1723-compliant supercharger test cell.
  • Stylized airbox and filter housing design allows for additional flow, while retaining the factory cold air ram intake. Quick release fasteners allow for simple access to filter for change/cleaning.
  • Integrated air/air charge cooler configuration features all aluminum tube ducting and an oversized cooler core to provide maximum cooling with minimum pressure loss.
  • Discharge duct connections utilize heat resistant silicon sleeves and premium quality stainless steel clamps.
  • CNC machined billet mounting bracketry with black anodized finish for attractive and functional “factory-type” appearance and rigidity.
  • Complete bolt-on system including all necessary belts, pulleys and reusable high-flow air filter.



For more information visit…


Custom Cars iBooks now available on Apple iTunes and iBooks Store

From the shooters of Tunerzine, Modified, HCI, Luxury and Exotics, and many others, brings you, Custom Cars iBooks.  Custom Cars iBooks is a photo book comprised of past and current vehicles. Vehicles that helped shape the automotive industry to what it is today.

Custom Cars iBooks is currently available in 6 different books that are separated by manufacturers. Here are some low-resolution sample photos from the book.

May 24th, 2012 – Want to see the custom cars that helped shape the tuning scene in the last decade?  Custom Cars is a collection of six iBooks now available on the Apple iTunes and iBooks Store that takes a look at the world’s hottest custom cars built in the last 10 years.  Optimized for the new iPad’s retina display, each book is packed full with high-resolution images of magazine feature cars from America, Canada, and Japan compiled over the last decade by photographers Jason Siu and Gene Tjin.

If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration to customize your car, there is no better collection of modified cars than the Custom Cars iBooks – all from the convenience of your iPad.

Please note that Custom Cars iBooks are picture books and feature no text.

Custom Honda and Acura Cars – 195 pages, $2.99:

Custom Nissan and Infiniti Cars – 172 pages, $2.99:

Custom Toyota, Lexus, and Scion Cars – 148 pages, $2.99:

Custom European Cars – 171 pages, $2.99:

Custom Japanese and Korean Cars – 103 pages, $1.99:

Custom American Cars – 101 pages, $1.99:

Sample high-resolution images from each Custom Cars iBook can be downloaded at:

Vehicles featured in each book:

Custom Honda and Acura Cars – Acura Integra, Acura CL, Acura NSX, Acura RSX, Acura RL, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda S2000, Honda Prelude, Honda Element, Honda Fit

Custom Nissan and Infiniti Cars – Infiniti Q45, Infiniti G35, Infiniti G37, Nissan 350Z, Nissan Skyline R32, Nissan Skyline R34, Nissan R35 GT-R, Nissan 240SX S13, Nissan 240SX S14, Nissan 240SX S15, Nissan Sentra

Custom Toyota, Lexus, and Scion Cars – Toyota AE86, Toyota Celica, Toyota MR2, Toyota Supra, Toyota Prius, Lexus IS300, Lexus IS250, Lexus IS350, Lexus LS400, Lexus SC300, Lexus SC430, Scion xA, Scion xB, Scion xD, Scion tC

Custom European Cars – BMW 3-Series, BMW 5-Series, BMW 6-Series, BMW Z4, Porsche 996, Porsche 997, Porsche Cayenne, Aston Martin DB9, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen GTi, Audi A4, Volvo S40, Ferrari Modena 360, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Murcielago, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, Land Rover Range Rover

Custom Japanese and Korean Cars – Subaru Legacy, Subaru Impreza WRX, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Hyundai Tiburon, Kia Rondo, Mitsubishi Evolution, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mazda RX-7, Mazda RX-8, Mazda Miata

Custom American Cars – Cadillac XLR, Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Mustang, Ford GT, Ford Fiesta, Pontiac Solstice, Pontiac G8, Saturn Sky

Rest In Peace Dan Wheldon

Dan WheldonPhoto courtesy of ID Agency.

It’s Monday, the day after the horrifying death of Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s 1.5 mile oval with 20 degree turns and 9 degree straights. The high banking results in super high speeds. These open-wheel IndyCars can reach 225 MPH and run 3 or 4 wide. I followed IndyCar religiously in the 90’s when they were called CART but after many financial failures, loss of sponsors, and mismanagement I stopped following it. I still attend the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on an annual basis just to see how some of my favorite drivers are progressing in the field. Some have become team owners, some are still drivers.

It’s only today that was I able to carefully watch video footage of the collision, flipping through pictures, and reading stories, all brought back memories of many fatalities involving open-wheel racing. Some come to mind are…


Greg Moore at Fontana,


Jeff Krosnoff at Toronto,


and of course Ayrton Senna at Imola.


In 1996, I was at the U.S. 500 in Michigan when Adrian Fernandez’s wheel came detached during a 200MPH collision and launched into the spectator stand. The wheel and debris injured 9 people and killed 3. After that race CART mandated wheel tethers to the keep that from happening again.


I’m still at a complete lost for words as I view the videos and images. They show carbon fiber scraps raining from the sky, cars lifting off, sparks flying, and fireballs with comet like tails. It looked more like a staged production from Transformers, instead these were real images, real effects, and real lives. They were so graphic that it doesn’t even leave any room for imagination. This crash took out 15 cars and red flagged the race.

As exciting ovals are for spectators, I feel it doesn’t have a place in open-wheel racing. It’s a recipe for disaster – a human catapult. Sunday was an example of that. A small speedway with high banking is like throwing frozen berries in a high-speed blender with the lid off. We all know when entering the career of motor sports, the possibilities of injuries or fatalities are magnified exponentially but it is still a tragedy when one is lost. I hope the IndyCar league will take a good look at their track schedule in the near future and put aside contractual greed for lives.

We get so caught up in our daily lives, already planning trip for the winter or the summer. The fact is we are all susceptible to any harm at any time. Any loss is tragic especially ones that are taken so suddenly. Rest In Peace Dan Wheldon. Condolences to the family.

I’m not down to take copyright images, so here is a link to Wall Street Journal.



What started as an idea in 2010, was sidelined in early 2011, and then resurrected in the summer of 2011, the site slowly developed. In fact our original name didn’t even launch. After a brainstorming session over dinner and several names later, DaYUUM was born.

Over the next few months we continued to gather ideas and content for the site. To prolong the process we launched a facebook page in late June.  By then, more ideas flowed and we felt pressured to launch the site. When we decided to feature David’s Benzo’s he offered up the idea of having a meet at his new Guppy Green House location in Cerritos. We thought about it briefly and embraced the idea. It was perfect timing for both of us. We set October 7th as the Site_Launch_Mash-Up date and finalized the details.

DaYUUM Site_Launch_Mash-Up was intended for a small group of friends but the outpour of support surprised us. Ali Marie was dolled up to sign 8×10’s to the first 30 fans. We also handed out free raffle tickets to anyone in attendance so they had the chance to win swag from TRD, Guppy’s, Island Motorsports, and us. Guppy also gave 20% discount cards throughout the night. At 8PM we were still setting up and our VIP cars started to arrive. By 9:30PM the Cerritos PD arrived and wasn’t a bit happy with the people in the parking lot blocking traffic and the way some of the cars were parked. Thirty minutes later, they left without a single ticket written, but threatened us if another call was placed then everyone will be getting tickets.  We accommodated their request and behaved. By the end of the event there were supporters still chitchatting and we meet a lot of new faces. All the swag was gone and the night began to chill.

We want to thank everyone that continue to support us, Island Motorsports, Its JDM Yo, Infinite Auto Design, Rehv Clothing and of course Guppy’s. Thank you to all our old and new supporters, without you guy’s there wouldn’t be a DaYUUM.


Here are some event shots, taken by our shooters Tony, Jae, and John.

Site Launch Set – Oct 7th

We have finally set a date for DaYUUM’s official site launch. The Mash_Up will take place October 7th from 8PM to 11PM at the Guppy House’s new location in Cerritos. Ali Marie will be on hand signing 8×10’s to the first 30 people. Discount cards to Guppy Green House will be handed out as well. We…

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