Words: Denny H.
Photos: Gilbert C.
With the popularity of Japanese classics on the rise, the prices of the Hakosuka’s, Kenmeri’s, and the Fairlady Z have increased – dramatically. Not forgotten are the Celica’s, Corolla’s, or the Crown’s and the rotary classics of the RX’s, which brings us to a visit to JDM Legends. One of the few shops that specializes in restoring, modifying and importing Japanese classics.
JDM Legends is tucked away in the outskirts of Salt Lake City, 15 minutes south, on a long stretch of road.
Inside the humble 2000’ish square foot automotive man cave are neatly placed, dream cars. A Subie STi, a Nissan Hakosuka GT-R, Ultra-rare 1970 432 Datsun Fairlady Z, Nissan Hakosuka GT-R Sedan, Nissan Hakosuka shell, and an early 70’s Toyota Celica with a Beams engine are placed side-by-side waiting to be transformed or restored. A prized 67.5 Datsun Roadster 2000 also marked its territory, center stage.
The Fairlady is a complete ground up build. Every single nut and bolt was removed, re-plated, and installed. Every trim and sheet metal was repaired, prepared, and finished. There is not one piece that has not been touched. Custom suspension, upgraded brakes, and new RS rollers on sticky R888’s.
Josh Martin putting on a few final touches.
Eric Bizek, is the humble owner of JDM Legends. He is one of the few that performs the art of restoration. It’s even more rare that they are of Japanese Classics. Eric and team often travel to Japan in search of more treasures and shows off some of his talents at the famous JCCS in Long Beach, California. We had the opportunity to see the completed Z last summer, but even more appreciative to see it in the phases of restoration.
To show appreciation of our visit, Eric and team, put together a last minute meet for us. There lies ultra-rare and clean old school rides. I never imaged that the Utah Japanese Classic scene was on point, until that day.
7 year old, Collin Tjin, gets down with the release of his third mixtape!
6 year old Collin Tjin releases his newest mixtape featuring, cross-overs, defense, and amazing ball handling. The crew at Theory Communication put together a few highlights for 2015. Make sure you check out this young man’s handles!
Sandra Wong has been the sweet girl-next-door that has made a lasting impression in the import community. From gracing the covers of Super Street Magazine to being crowned Miss MFest, there is no limits to the seemingly endless accolaids that she has received.
For the the longest time, I’ve been wanting to put together a photoshoot for the lovely Sandra Wong and thanks to DaYUUM, I have an opportunity to feature her with my photography. Also, check out our brief interview with Miss Wong to find out more about her!
-Gilbert (@girlsbutts – IG)
Edited by John – @DaYUUMJQuilla
Interviewed by Nilo – @DaYUUMNilo13
Photos by Gilbert – @GirlsButts
Collin Tjin crossing over uncle Gene Tjin.
Photo by: Vincent Herrera
Some of you guys have seen this little man in our Tjin Edition x DaYUUM RoadShow booth – usually dribbling a basketball. For those of you who haven’t, now you have….Neil Tjin and the crew have a little baller on their hands. Time to pull out the heavy artillery. Check out the Basketball Reel of Bballer Collin Tjin.
Beware! He might only be 5 years old, but he will give you a run for your money. You have been warned!
Name: Lori Lin
Hometown: Bakersfield, Ca.
Birthdate: January 28
Height: 5′ 6″
Occupation: Full-time student
Lori is an adorable and fun loving girl. Even though Lori was born and raised in a small town, she loves the life of the city and knows how to use it to her advantage. Her modeling has quickly emerged and caused a fire storm in the scene. It began to spark last year with the help of her close friend who is a recognizable person in the industry.
Lori loves music, is a creative artist, and a down to earth person who is sending fans tripping over their own shadows. It’s no surprise that this hottie can strike a smile and a seductive stare that could paralyze anyone, even females. Aside from her seksi appearance and loving soul, Lori is a kid at heart who is goofy and a little bit silly. But don’t be fooled by her kind hearted personality and playful attitude, her goals are set on her career and she’s not going to let anyone stop her! Enough of our rabbles, let’s see what she has to say…
DaYUUM: Tell us a little about yourself.
Lori: I love life, I love to laugh, I can’t function without music. I surround myself with it as much as possible. When I hear good music, it makes me dance no matter where I am. I could be in the car stuck in traffic and I’d still be bobbing my head to the beat. I’m goofy and a bit silly but I’ve come to love and embrace all my quirks and qualities. I believe I was born with a creative mind which makes me see and perceive the world differently than most. I’m also a very passion driven person which is why I’ve always chosen a creative based career path. I love art. It’s my core. I would like to say I am a carefree being that is very caring at the same time especially to those I hold dear to my heart. I love the city life but I’ll always be a small town girl at heart. I love God, I love my family, and my friends. I see everyday as a blessing and a new adventure.
DaYUUM: How did you get into modeling?
Lori: My good friend Jofel Tolosa invited me to do a casting call last year and from there I ended up attending my first show DUB Show LA and since then I attended other shows throughout that year. It’s been an amazing adventure and I’m so glad I took that leap of faith last year and tried it out.
DaYUUM: What is your most memorable modeling job to date?
Lori: Autocon LA 2013, I was with R1 Concepts it was so hot outside but that didn’t matter to me because I just had so much fun. I loved being out there meeting new people and being amongst great company. I was also very new to the scene, and I just felt so welcomed and loved. In that moment I felt my true confidence as a model come out and I think it was one of my highest moments of last year.
DaYUUM: What do you think are the toughest challenge as a model?
Lori: Image is essentially one of the most important parts of being a model, but I think the toughest thing is to not get caught up in the judgement of others whether it be good or bad. Staying confident no matter what people say or how a photo of you turns out is key. Personality and being a good person is always more important than looking good.
DaYUUM: What do you think is the best feature of your body?
Lori: Honestly my smile, but a little booty never hurt anybody.
DaYUUM: 3 words that best describe you and why?
Lori: 3 f words. Free spirited, Fun loving, and Friendly. I’ve come to love the person I am and I feel most myself being free and unrestrained. Although that doesn’t mean I have no boundaries it just means I love embracing my true essence as a person and living like the sky is the limit. I also love to be goofy and laugh. As much as possible I love being happy and don’t like wasting emotions on negativity unless it’s absolutely necessary. Lastly, I love to connect with others and I try to always see the good in everyone which is why i’m happy meeting new people.
DaYUUM: What is your favorite food?
Lori: I love all types but sushi has to be at the top of my list. I also have a huge sweet tooth!
DaYUUM: Do you have any talents that would surprise anyone?
Lori: I love Art. It is my first love in life and my main way of self expression. I like to paint and draw and immerse myself in pretty much anything artistic. I believe that is why I love modeling also, because it is a different form of art as well as self expression. I also love makeup, and can make people look like zombies and monsters with movie magic make up techniques.
DaYUUM: What type of music do you listen to?
Lori: Every kind, it just depends on my mood but Hip Hop always makes me wanna dance. EDM also always puts me in a good mood no matter what is happening in life.
DaYUUM: What are your hobbies?
Lori: Art, Movie watching, Sight seeing, People watching, Modeling, Traveling and Shopping.
DaYUUM: Turn ons and turn offs?
Lori: I love, love, love, somebody who can make me laugh. I love to laugh and be goofy. I want someone who makes it hard for me to stay mad at them because that’s how hard they make me laugh. Laughter to me is happiness, and you shouldn’t forget to have fun with whoever you’re with. I also love a confident man, it is such a turn on when they know they’re great. On the flip side, there is a distinct line between confidence and arrogance. Once a man is too full of themselves, and overly flamboyant about their lifestyle it is a major turn off. I also don’t like guys who smoke and drink too much. Although I like to have fun, I also I enjoy quiet nights in.
DaYUUM: What do you think is the most romantic thing a man can do for a woman?
Lori: I think the most romantic thing a man can do for a woman is simpler than it seems. When you really get to know her and know all the little things she likes and what makes her happy, I think it is the most romantic thing to do all those little things versus an over the top trip or expensive gifts.
DaYUUM: If you can go on a perfect date, what would it be?
Lori: It would start on a sunny California day, on the beach with a pier, playing arcade games, talking while taking a light stroll along the beach, laughing, then riding the ferris wheel while taking in the sights and enjoying each others company. A cup of coffee sprinkled in there somewhere would make my day 10x better!
DaYUUM: What is the craziest thing a guy did to get your attention?
Lori: Decorating my car, and house on Valentine’s day. Another is driving all the way to my hometown while I was visiting my family to see me as a surprise.
DaYUUM: Who is your celebrity crush?
Lori: James and Dave Franco. They’re talented and good looking. I think they have a unique, cool quality about them that makes them sexy.
DaYUUM: What is your dream car?
Lori: Mercedes Benz SLS AMG or Nilo’s NSX.
DaYUUM: What are the things you would never leave without?
Lori: Keys, Wallet, and Phone.
DaYUUM: If you can go on a vacation anywhere, where would it be?
Lori: Paris, it’s such a romantic and historically rich place. I would be constantly mesmerized.
DaYUUM: If you were given a power to save the world from harm, what would you do and why?
Lori: I would like to be a time traveler so I could prevent dangerous situations from occurring.
DaYUUM: Do you have any quotes that you live by?
Lori: I have two.
“Set your life on fire, and seek those who fan your flames.”- Rumi
“You either like me or you don’t. It took me twenty something years to learn how to love myself, i don’t have that kinda time to convince somebody else.” -Daniel Franzese
DaYUUM: What are your goals in the future?
Lori: Eat, Pray, Love.
DaYUUM: Shout outs and last words?
Lori: I would like to thank my family first and foremost for always loving and supporting my dreams no matter how outrageous they are. Big shoutout to all my friends who have always believed in me and had my back. You know who you are. Thank you to both my family and friends for holding my hand through every struggle, celebrating with me through every victory and loving me despite my imperfections. Thank you to Jofel Tolosa for getting me started on this wonderful journey. I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to my new passion in life. Thank you for seeing it in me even when i didn’t. To my DaYUUM family and friends, thank you for being so genuine and for accepting me as part of the crew. You are an absolute blessing to my life. So thankful to have met you all and it has been so much fun every step of the way. Can’t wait for what this year has to offer. The sky is the limit, for sure.
We want to thank Lori for giving us the time and opportunity to get her featured. She will be one of our DaYUUM Hunnies who will be joining us this year at upcoming shows, events and more shoots! We are stoked to have her as part of the DaYUUM family! Till next time and happy reading!
Also check out our behind the scenes video by John Quidilla
Name: Emmy Briones
Birthdate: May 27
Occupation: Hospital biller/scheduler
“A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.”
This beauty who considers Chicago her home, but began her modeling career in Las Vegas is starting to catch fire into the scene with her great looks and engaging personality. Emmy never had any thoughts of modeling especially into the automotive scene until she was asked by a friend to take some shots for fun. From then on, she never looked back and has been doing editorial/fashion shoots on occasion. Her appealing style, playful nature, and goofy attitude are some of the unique personalities this woman has. Not to mention, her sense of humor is always up for something fun. Just talking with her is enough to bring anyone out of the dumps as her hyper active personality is contagious. Let’s get to know more about Emmy as we ask her some questions that you guys would normally do.
DaYUUM: Tell us a little about yourself.
Emmy: I’ve always worked hard for what I wanted. I take my career seriously and I put 100% into everything that I do. I am very goofy and I love to enjoy my spare time with my friends and family. On my day off you can usually find me relaxing at the beach with my puppy enjoying the sun.
DaYUUM: How did you get into modeling?
Emmy: It’s funny because I never really considered myself a model. I always thought you had to be over 6 ft tall to really make a career from modeling. One day a friend of mine who is a photographer asked if I wanted to pose for some quick shots. I agreed and I loved how it felt being on the other end of the camera. It came natural to me and I never looked back.
DaYUUM:What is your most memorable modeling job to date?
Emmy: Each modeling shoot I do is unique and I always try to make the best out of my time with the photographer I am with for that day. One of my most memorable shoots was the time I dressed up in Star Wars gear. I was a sexy Sith and I got to play with some light sabers which made my day. I am a huge Star Wars fan so I had a lot of fun on that day.
DaYUUM: What do you think are the pros and cons of being a model?
Emmy: I think there are challenges and rewards in any industry you are in. I would say there are definitely a lot more pros than cons. The photographers and people I meet and surround myself with have been wonderful. I love to associate myself with positive people and I have been lucky enough to have that in my career. Of course, with success comes those that try to bring you down. I just learned to focus on the good stuff and just be the best in everything I do.
DaYUUM:What do you think is the best feature on your body and why?
Emmy: I’ve always been told it’s my big, round eyes. They can be very expressive and I think it says a lot about my personality and mood. It’s a toss up between my eyes and my smile as I was told.
DaYUUM: 3 words that best describe you most?
Emmy: Ambitious, goofy, and sincere.
DaYUUM: Do you have any quotes that you live by?
Emmy: You sleep with an itchy butt, you wake up with a smelly finger! haha jk! Life is short, make each day count!
DaYUUM: What is your favorite food?
Emmy: I can never get enough of Filipino food. Yum! I dont eat meat but I’m always down for Thai and Italian. Oh, and Ramen and Sushi of course!
DaYUUM: Do you have any talents that would surprise anyone?
Emmy: I love to play instruments. I am pretty proud that I can read song sheets. I am pretty good on the piano and I can sing good as well. (plus i can fart and burp like a man lol. or i can pop one eyeball by just using my facial muscles. lol)
DaYUUM: What type of music do you listen to?
Emmy: I listen to mostly 80s, new wave, indie type of music. My top favorites are The Cure, The Smiths, Metric and The Killers.
DaYUUM: What are your hobbies?
Emmy: There is nothing more satisfying to me than putting on my pajamas and curling up to a great book. I also love watching movies, A LOT of movies, especially if it’s Star Wars, from a comic book, anime, cartoons, and sci-fi. I love to cook and watch football too!
DaYUUM: Turn ons and turn offs?
Turn offs: Cocky guys, bad hygiene, rude behavior, disrespectful people and someone who can’t carry a conversation with me.
Turn ons: Genuinely nice people, someone that does unexpected sweet things for me, good fashion, politeness, a HUGE sense of humor and someone who’s not afraid to be silly.
DaYUUM: What do you think is the most romantic thing a man can do for a woman?
Emmy: Coming home to find dinner is made, flowers on the table, sweet background music, maybe even a candle lit bathtub session. Oh and finding the dishes washed the next day. My heart would melt!
DaYUUM: What is the craziest thing a guy did to try to get your attention?
Emmy: A man drove to Vegas nearly every weekend to win me over.
DaYUUM: Who is your celebrity crush?
Emmy: Aaron Rodgers. I had a mini breakdown when I saw him for the first time when I went to Green Bay for a game!
DaYUUM: What is your dream car?
Emmy: A Lamborghini.
DaYUUM: What are the things you would never leave without?
Emmy: My puppy, phone, curling iron and lip gloss. They said you can tell how much a woman takes care of herself by how she maintains her lips.
DaYUUM: If you can go on a vacation anywhere, where would it be and why?
Emmy: Paris. I took French lessons and I’ve always wanted to practice. (and Amsterdam for reasons i cant say on here…jk lol)
DaYUUM: If you were a superhero, who would you be?
Emmy: Psylocke. She is from X-Men and she is telepathic and telekinetic. She is a former fashion model and martial artist. Thats for Marvel. I would say Wonder Woman if i have to pick from DC.
DaYUUM: Shout outs and last words.
Emmy: I just want to say thank you to all my friends and family that have supported me throughout these years. All your support and love pushes me everyday to be better. I am so blessed to be at this point in my life and I will continue to work hard to keep rising up. Thank you to all!!
We want to thank Emmy for giving us the time and opportunity to get her featured. She will be one of our few DaYUUM Hunnies who will be joining us this year at upcoming shows, events and more shoots! We are stoked to have her as part of the DaYUUM family! Till next time and happy reading!
Catch our behind the scenes, filmed by: John Quidilla @dayuumjquilla
Photos by: Jae Alba
For you that follow us, in the short 2 years we’ve been around you know that we like to work with fresh faces and grow with them in the industry. We’ve done pretty well in the past starting from Alisa to Marissa, Ashley, Amanda and the other DaYUUM Hunnies we’ve worked with… Last year we introduced Serena Su, from the first time we meet her at one of our meets for Guppy House, we saw something about Serena that made her stand out. She was bubbly, friendly, funny, sarcastic, and adorable with an awesome smile, but most of all, she was very down to earth that we quickly had an immediate connection with her.
We soon invited her to join us to a few of the shows, but Serana was a bit nervous being she has never really worked any car events before so we assured her that we would help her out so she can get use to the crowds. WekFest Long Beach was her first event with us, probably the biggest show of the year – haha. To our surprise however, Serena adapted well to the whole scene and receive instant recognition by a lot of people and photographers in the industry. Serena enjoys challenges, intellectual and very well groomed and fit gentlemen (that pretty much leaves us all out), Music, singing, dancing and is currently going to school to become a registered Nurse as well as a fitness guru.
We’ve watched Serena escalade fast in the industry the entire 2013 show season, from a rookie to a veteran in the show circuit. Like the other DaYUUM Hunnies before her, she too became a SEMA model for our good friends at Vortech Superchargers thanks to Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition. We have no doubt Serena will go far in this industry should she choose to stay and in whatever she puts her mind to, she will be a huge success. We hope to work with her again in 2014 and wish her nothing but the best.
We’ve put together some cool pictures throughout last year, hope you enjoy them and thanks again to Serena for repping DaYUUM. Peace and much love.
Photos by: Jae Alba
I’ve known Chaba for a few years now, we met in the show scene. She’s a very cool, creative, warm, friendly, eclectic, independent, and a well spoken young lady. She also enjoys, old skool hip hop, dancing, and yes fellas – slammed nicely fixed up import cars Ka Ching!… She happens to own a KA7, a.k.a. Acura Legend, creatively she name it Zelda after the popular Nintendo game, The Legends of Zelda. Oh by the way, did I also tell you that she’s freaki’n Hott? lol A perfect DaYUUM Hunnie wouldn’t you say?
So when I put together the new look for the DaYUUM / AirREX NSX and it was ready for a shoot, Chaba was the first person to came to mind because of her style and personality. Chaba can easily pull off any style a photographer or company is looking for from glamour, sporty, bikini, or the cute girl next door, she can easily adapt. Chaba has a very cool, chill, unique urban vibe that’s truly her own. With the help and artistic eyes of Jae Alba and Max Montenagro, we set out to capture it on camera in DTLA and I think we did just that.
I want to thank Chaba for the time and patience she had with us. We hope to work with her more in 2014, she’s not only beautiful and gracious, but a good friend. So thanks Chabz =)
For bookings, please email her at Chabacream@gmail.com and follow her on IG @Chabawokee.
Now kickback, chill, and enjoy.
About a week ago, we were lucky enough to get some seat time with the talented Jon Sibal. Some of you may have never seen his face, but you have most likely seen some of his work. He’s a bit of a mystery.
Jon has done several comic books and automotive renderings for companies such as, DC, Meguiar’s, LeftLaneNews, RWB, and many more.
You will also find Jon’s creative designs in many automotive publications.
Jon is humble, friendly, and prefers to stay behind-the-scenes rather than in front of it as his work speaks for itself.
DaYUUM: Hi Jon, thank you for your time. Tell us a little bit about JONSIBAL Designworks
Jon Siball: Thanks Denny. JONSIBAL Designworks focuses on Automotive designs and Illustrations. We design concept renderings, liveries, to full body kits for clients all over the world.
DaYUUM: How did you get into automotive designs and illustrations? We hear you also do some dabbling with comics, do you care to elaborate on that?
Jon Sibal: Drawing cars has always been something that I enjoyed since I was young. When I was finally able to afford my own car, it became the subject of my many artworks. Being in the import scene here in So. Cal, it was crucial for me personally to have a unique ride. I liked a lot of different body kits in the market but at that time, nothing really stood out. So I started mixing up different body parts and combining it with my own designs. It would be very expensive to just fork out the money to buy these parts without knowing if it will look good or not so I went and learned Photoshop so I can create a photo-realtistic rendering of what my car would look like. I also learned that this helped tremendously with conveying my vision to my body shop. This worked out well and started to do more automotive designs from there.
I’m a comic book artist by trade, since 1992. I started with Image Comics working with Top Cow and Extreme Studios. Then later went freelance and worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics.
List of titles that I’ve worked on are:-MARVEL COMICS-
Fantastic Four-DC COMICS-
Action Comics-IMAGE COMICS-
The last book I worked on was the graphic novel BATMAN Earth One with Gary Frank written by Geoff Johns. Although currently, most of my work is Automotive-related, I still love working on Comics as much as drawing cars. It’s truly a blessing to do both.
DaYUUM: Impressive resume! Were you the type of student that doodled on your book covers and folders? And did you ever think as a kid you were going to illustrate as a career?
Jon Sibal: Yeah def got in trouble as my notebooks were filled with “Voltes V” drawings.
I never really thought this is what I would be doing as a career. If you’re Filipino, you pursue Nursing lol j/k. I probably should’ve have as it’s better pay and benefits. But in all seriousness, although there are plenty of challenges, I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
DaYUUM: What inspirations did you have growing up? Personally I loved Voltron, Transformers, and Spiderman.
Jon Sibal: My biggest influences and inspirations came from the Japanese Anime in the late ’70s to the early ’80s. From Voltes V to Mazinger Z , you name it, I was captivated by them.
DaYUUM: Let me Google on who those are and maybe I can produce amazing art… haha… You’re big into the automotive scene and you currently produce a ton of renderings for clients. Tell us a little bit on how you start your latest projects.
Jon Sibal: Haha, yeah, if you’re pinoy and you grew up there during that time, those were you’re heroes no doubt! Every project requires a different approach but most starts with a lot of research and studying about the subject matter.
DaYUUM: Let’s talk about your Challenger, how do you start the project and how do you decide what parts are installed on it.
Jon Sibal: Pretty much the same way actually. I’d like to do a lot of reading and researching before I move forward with any upgrades/ mods. This part of the process gives me a basic knowledge of my options. Then it’s a matter of figuring out the proper combination of parts for cohesiveness.
DaYUUM: You seem pretty in tune with fit and finish. The colors on your challenger is a nice matte black with gloss stripes on them. Is that a wrap? Also, tell us a little about your wheel and suspension combination.
Jon Sibal: It is a wrap courtesy of WRAPTIVO from Meguiar’s. It’s a 3M Matte Black with DINOC film on the roof of the car. To break it up a bit, I had Josh Daley from Daley Visual apply a Gloss Black racing stripe across the front and rear end of the car.
The wheels are SSR SP1 Professor 3-pc wheels specifically made for this application. They were powder coated in Vintage Matte Gold to give the car that retro look. The suspension is from Air Runner air suspension with a capability of adjusting ride height via iPhone.
DaYUUM: Awesome, JDM parts on a domestic car must ruffle some feathers with the purists. What do you have as power adders for engine?
Jon Sibal: Yeah I got some heat from those who didn’t like the idea of Japanese wheels on Domestics but the SSR SP1 5-spoke designs combined with a step lip barrels were exactly what I wanted. I’m just glad that they made it in 20″ and in 5×115 bolt pattern.
The added power comes via Vortech Supercharger, certainly one of the mods that made me fall in love with this car again.
DaYUUM: How much boost are you running? And, how did it change the drivability of it?
Jon Sibal: The system is set at 7psi. The drivability when off-boost didn’t change much actually. Very civil on the streets until you stomp on the gas pedal and boost kicks in. Then the size of your grin becomes proportion to the RPM and Speed lol.
DaYUUM: Vroom vroom… haha.. One last question, what new build can we see from JonSibal in the near future? Any personal builds in the pipeline?
Jon Sibal: There are plenty of builds I wanna do but then reality kicks in and I realized I’m broke so I think I’m just gonna try to get my E36 back up and running someday.
DaYUUM: Is there anyone you would like to thank? A mentor? Anyone?
Jon Sibal: I wanna thank everyone that had supported me, my family, friends, my car crew and to all my sponsors that believed in my vision. And above all, I thank God for all of it.
Thanks Jon, we appreciate your time and good luck to you on all your future projects. To browse Jon’s work, you can find him on his social outlets. FACEBOOK , Twitter and Instagram at @jonsibal, or at www.jonsibal.com
For some dynamic visual stimulation check out the works of Mikey Dang
Here at DaYUUM.com we pride ourselves in bringing you Everything Cool, Entertaining, Funny, and Seksi. We also like to mix in things that are Interesting, Informative and Intelligent! One of areas where we do this is in our Profiles section. It’s where we share with you the back stories on builders, designers, DJ’s, VJ’s, photographers, models, and shops.
I have been detailing, restoring and/or customizing cars since 1963. Back then I paid $25 for my first car which was a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline. My passion for automobiles still runs deep in my soul and I probably bleed motor oil! I also owned a production detail shop in Beverly Hills for almost 10 years. So to say I’m critical when it comes to detailers would be putting it mildly.
I had both the honor and the privilege to spend the day with Richard Lin, and his lovely wife May. Richard owns Show Car Detailing in Anaheim Hills, California. And I would definitely have to agree with “The Orange County Hot List” that has consistently found them to be the “Best Car Wash and Detailing” shop in the entire county for the last several years. But before you run out and fire up the old Vanagon, this place is truly not your typical car wash and quasi detail center that you see out there on most corners. In fact, they actually have one of those other places right down the street from their shop. Now don’t get me wrong, they can handle any vehicle that you personally feel is worth your cash and their time and attention! But they are more of a paint restoration and beautification spa for your car. This place is where you take your vehicle to be pampered and returned to a condition that is as new as humanly possible. Either you’re the type of person who wants that for your car, or did I mention there was a regular old car wash down the street?!! (LOL)
One of their areas of specialization is the toughest task in the detailing business and that is “black cars!” Richard truly has some kind of detailing magic wand that turns them into ‘black mirrors!!!’ He genuinely believes that your reputation is your bond. And because of his attitude and a work ethic that’s second to none, they have customers who bring their cars in from all over the United States. That is very DaYUUM impressive!!!
I have always preached that if you treat your car well, then it’s going to treat you well and that philosophy has never let me down. The people who bring their cars to Show Car Detailing truly understand that simple concept. They cater to the serious car enthusiasts with high expectations that demand the best and know that Richard can deliver. I learned some new detailing secrets and ‘top shelf’ product knowledge just from hanging out with him! Richard does conduct detailing seminars and classes throughout the year, so you call, or go to their website and see when the next one will be!
Short of a completely new paint job, Show Car Detailing can probably fix your paint problem! I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of so called detailers over the years and I can unequivocally tell you that Richard Lin is by far the best detailer I’ve ever met!
Richard starts you off with a comprehensive paint evaluation process to make an exact determination on the current state of your paint. A customer might come in thinking they need a new paint job only to find out that it just needs Show Car Detailing’s paint beautification process to get it back to ‘good as new’ condition.
So now, let’s hear what our “President of Polish”…“Sultan of Shine”…“Wizard of Wax”… and the “Dean of Detailing” had to say about all this, the incomparable Mr. Richard Lin!!! (Now how’s that for a proper build up! LOL hahaha)
DaYUUM: So tell us Richard, just how much does it cost to get a Show Car Detailing paint evaluation?
Richard Lin: “Our typical job is where the customer thinks they need a repaint to solve their problems. And we show them for FREE what can be done right in front of their eyes through our thorough paint evaluation process. Then, if it can be fixed, we’ll do it better than anyone else!”
DaYUUM: What if I have an older paint job that different from the paints they’re using now?
RL: “It doesn’t matter whether your paint is ultra soft like the Aston Martin DB9 or ultra hard on a ceramic cleared Mercedes Benz, we know how to maximize your finish and will teach you how to maintain it as part of the process. We take swirled out dulled paint and turn it into a gemstone using a proprietary process that is exclusive to Show Car Detailing.”
DaYUUM: So how big is your shop?
RL: “Our 3,000SF shop features 100% distilled water, snow foam cannon, two lifts, wash and detail bay, as well as, a retail store.”
DaYUUM: Do you sell any of your own product lines in the retail store?
RL: “Yes, a product I conceived called ‘Black Wow’ that was formulated by my father who is a world renowned award winning scientist. It’s designed for any color exterior plastic such as on the MINI Cooper, Honda Element, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Tacoma, Volvo, and others. This gel will restore your trims natural color without the use of dyes or colorants. It provides a rich, long lasting look that’s measured in months, and is proven by the water beading action you’ll see. Even brand new trim will see noticeable improvements on the first application. We also sell ‘Pre-Wow’ which will remove dried wax and polish residue. You spray it on, and wipe it off with a painters rag. You then follow with the ‘Black Wow’ gel. In order for the residue to be removed, you need to treat the problem. Making it wet with water looks good until the water evaporates, right? Applying an oil-like plastic dressing makes it look better until it wears off and the spots “reappear.” So your best solution is to remove the spots permanently, then apply a conditioner/restorer. As I said before, putting on any plastic dressing product will only temporarily mask the problem because the spots will always reappear.”
DaYUUM: Richard, I can tell that you actually are a real ‘car guy!
RL: “Yes, I’m a MINI enthusiast and I’ve been a very active member in the MINI community since 2003. I also bought a 2005 Honda Element with 197,000 miles that I’m current restoring. My mechanic confirmed it’s been meticulously maintained however. I just replaced some light bulbs, replaced a cracked windshield, and the third brake light housing, and mechanically it feels as good as new. The paint and plastics need a lot of work, but since I polish paint and restore plastics for a living, I don’t doubt that I will be able to work my magic on the Element.”
DaYUUM: What is the most basic preparation I can do to my car and still make it look really nice?
RL: “The most basic prep you can do is a wash, clay, wax. For the claying part, check out a video on YouTube called ‘Claying 101.’ To accomplish this, you can wash, then before dry it, start claying, and wipe dry as you go. Or you can wash, dry the paint, clay with lube, dry, and then wax. There’s no need to wash a second time. After claying you must always follow with waxing because your protection is compromised after claying. That’s the purpose of clay, to remove above surface bonded contaminants.
You should strike the word “Rubbing Compound” from your memory. This is something that exists from the old days of single stage paint jobs. Today a more appropriate term is “polish.” Polishes come as both a pure polish with no abrasives and with abrasives. Abrasives come in many different forms from diminishing abrasives to non-diminishing. My Element has Honda paint, which is soft, relative to other manufacturers. You can improve the look of your “neglected” car with a polish. By hand, a pure polish or a glaze will give the best results with the least work. As I said before, the steps are wash, clay, polish, wax or just wash, clay, wax.
By machine, such as a Porter Cable 7424 Polisher, your choices are wide. I love Prima products such as Prima Swirl with a 7424 (aka PC) polisher with a Buff & Shine white or orange pad depending on what I am correcting. Follow that polishing step with Prima Epic synthetic polymer wax and you will have an incredible finish with minimal work. By hand, I would do the wash, clay, and either Prima Epic or Prima Hydro Seal which is simply a wipe on until it goes clear, then you’re done waxing.”
DaYUUM: What about an orbital buffer, like they sell at the auto parts stores?
RL: “That type of polisher is only good for applying wax only. It just isn’t powerful enough to polish paint, at least not using polishes with abrasives. The two handed random orbital buffers usually have a large bonnet or foam pad that is sold to apply larger amounts of waxes to vehicles. So if I’m a wax manufacturer, I’d want you to use more of my product, so I’ll sell you a machine with a big pad on it and because you’ve seen car washes and other places using them. Most of the time they do more harm than good. A proper machine polisher can come in either direct drive like a professional rotary buffer that resembles a grinder, or random orbital type. A safe random orbital dual action polisher is really the only type you want to use on your paint. It can polish out defects and apply wax. They are much harder to do damage to your paint but make correction and waxing much easier and faster.”
DaYUUM: Then how do I know what I want to do?
RL: “First of all, you have to define what you want to accomplish. A polish can add extra gloss and conceal defects like scratches and swirl marks in the paint. Polishing paint can make the paint look flawless and shine in a way that you could never achieve simply by applying a wax. Think of wax as protection. It’s the final step when detailing. Clean and prep the paint, then perfect the paint, then seal it to protect it. Most people don’t realize that polishing is a very important step. However it is optional and you can forgo it by using a combination cleaner-wax or just accepting the results you get with a wax. Personally I would say do a proper wash, clay, polish and wax, then sit back and enjoy the results.”
DaYUUM: How long will it take me to do all this?
RL: “Don’t worry!” It should only take you about 2 to 3 hours to wash, clay, and wax your car. For claying, no need to tape the plastics. For polishing and waxing, it depends on your products. I don’t like to use products that turn the plastics white, so taping isn’t necessary. When I polish with a machine, taping the plastics is important or using ‘Pre-Wow’ cleaner will permanently remove that stubborn residue. Working by hand, a good pure polish won’t affect the plastics. For me, I would use Prima Amigo which is a polymer based paint cleaner that goes on easily before waxing.”
DaYUUM: What do you look for in a paint job that comes into Show Car Detailing?
RL: “I look at paint thickness, paint gloss, paint purity/clarity, reflectivity, depth and what we can do to improve it to take it is maximum potential. Most people and even detailers, only think of gloss as a sign that their paint is at its potential. We see a freshly washed car and think, ‘wow’ that looks good. When I see such a car, I position myself so the sun is reflected off the paint, and evaluate how the light scatters on the paint. I look for paint transfers and scuffs that can easily be corrected. I look for repainted areas and different orange peel textures. Paint clarity and uniformity are very important.
So I put it in the studio under my proprietary LED lights and turn out the main lights so we can see things that couldn’t be seen outside. I also have a digital microscope that I use for analyzing defects. It’s about what we can do to make things better, and prevent damage in the future.”
DaYUUM: So tell me, what is your favorite wax?
RL: “My favorite wax is Prima Epic, I’ve been using Prima products since 2005, coming off of Meguiar’s Professional products. Prima Epic is a polymer sealant. Waxes can be either natural like carnauba, or synthetic type sealants. Typically, natural waxes offer less durability but offer warmer colors while synthetics are durable and offer intense reflectivity or shine off the paint. This “hard” shine can make the appearance to be “colder.”
DaYUUM: I really don’t understand what a colder appearance means?
RL: “Ideally, a wax warms up the colors and offers greater depth and reflectivity. This is what is the most desirable and that’s what I get from Epic. ‘Have you heard of the golden hour?’
DaYUUM: No I haven’t?
RL: “It’s when most of the automotive photographers want to take a picture of a car. It’s when the sun is low and warm, just think of a sunset when the shadows are soft. It’s the most flattering time to take a picture of a car because it hides and masks the worst paint defects. It works like a photo retouching program. It’s what happens when you add more yellow to the photo and it becomes warmer. Carnauba wax works in a similar way and it’s why I don’t recommend using carnaubas on white or silver paints.”
DaYUUM: OK, so what’s the difference between a polish and a wax?
RL: “The basic difference between a polish and a wax is simple. Polishes allow you to perfect the paint by removing defects. There are some polishes like Meguiar’s #7 Show Car Glaze that is a pure polish and has no ability to remove defects, but it does have fillers. Its purpose is to provide short term gloss and lessen the visibility of defects in the paint without removing them. However, it offers no protection. A wax on the other hand creates a sacrificial barrier to your paint, one that naturally wears away. For anyone that believes it’s not necessary to wax a car then I’ can show you plenty of examples of clear coat failure. Your clear coat is not a substitute for wax. A decent bottle of wax costs $16 plus, and you apply it two to three times a year. Your clear coat costs thousands of dollars and you cannot reapply it without repainting. There are some products out there like Zaino, which is a polish that calls itself a wax and that makes it confusing. Just remember that the traditionally accepted terminology is that a polish is used to beautify the paint temporarily and the wax seals that beauty in for a period of time. With that in mind, when you polish a car you use it to fix a problem, then remove it. But when you wax, you apply it, let it dry, and then wipe it off. There should be no confusion about which one you let dry.”
DaYUUM: That’s great, but what about the spray wax at the local car wash?
RL: “Going to the local car wash and having them spray on a wax is just plain wrong! That spray will get into all of your plastics, rubber bits, vents and everything else, plus it won’t last! Prep is everything when it comes to waxing your paint. Without proper prep, the wax won’t properly bond. Unless you have removed the entire surface bonded contaminants, your paint isn’t clean. This is where claying comes in and my favorite clay is still the Meguiar’s Blue C2000. You don’t need to wear gloves and it kneads easily while getting the job done.”
DaYUUM: Richard…thank you so much for this great detailing education!
RL: “You’re welcome Chief!”
As a fellow professional detailer I found Richard to be both knowledgeable and totally intelligent in his approach to the science of automotive paint. He has the most seriously pragmatic approach to “detailing solutions” that I have ever experienced. Richard has intelligently formulated new answers to complex and age old detailing questions. With his Dad being a prominent chemist, he has the ability to not only study stubborn problems; he can also create NEW PRODUCTS to solve them. His “BLACK WOW” product line is probably some of the most advanced RUBBER and PLASTIC SOLUTIONS that I’ve experienced in the last 50 years!!!
I was totally blown away by the fact that Richard has even created his own LED lighting designs to completely enhance the detailing experience. Now if you can imagine this, he can custom produce different levels of the “FINISHED PRODUCT!!!”
Some people can be perfectly happy with a cosmetic shine, but that is simply NOT Richard Lin. But, let’s say that you are a genuine sun worshiper who appreciates a more scrutinized shine in direct sunlight? What if you are a florescent light aficionado who wants to look deeply into your paint under florescent lighting? What if you believe in a deep and durable shine? What if you are the “TRUE PERFECTIONIST” WHO WANTS IT ALL?!!
Well my friends, if you find yourself at “SHOW CAR DETAILING”…then I can promise you that you can “ACTUALLY HAVE IT ALL!!!”
If you’re in SoCal, or just visiting from out of town, then do yourself a favor and take your chariot over to see Richard and his lovely wife May…your car will totally thank you for it!
By the way, I definitely left there with a ton of his incredible detailing products so that I can keep my whip in “SHOW CAR DETAILING” shape!!!
So until next time, please stay ‘tuned’ and always remember that…I’ll see you out on the streets!!!
Not everyday a person has the opportunity to photograph a beautiful woman, let alone three at the same time. We had the chance during the summer to do just that with Edwin from Evolve Photography. We brought in Edwin because of his experience, creativity, and his workflow is flawless. It was also the a special moment where we were able to gather Marissa, Ashley, and Amanda together for a single and group session.
We used Infinite Auto Design in Huntington Beach as our studio for the day. The owner, Brian, allowed us to take over his establishment and moved props around as needed. The shop has ample amount of space for the types of shots we were looking for. Mark from Rehv Clothing kindly brought over his bike for us to use as well. For some of the shots David from Guppy Green House lent us his C63.
With these shots, I hope you guys can experience the beauty in these pictures as much as we did. Special thanks to Edwin, Mark, David of Guppy TeaHouse, and of course the DaYUUM “Trippple Threat” Angels, You can visit them at SEMA 2012 with the AirPower Group (Vortech, Paxton, Lysholm) at booth# 23063
Here is a nice behind the scenes video by Mikey Dang of Photo MD.
I guess I could consider myself lucky to be in the automotive industry and for such a long time. I dig meeting new and interesting people at the shows and meets we go to. It was at one of those meets that we were invited to earlier this year at Fontana Nissan that I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Amanda Kerr for the first time. She was modeling along side our very own Marissa Hiroko, they seemed to get along so well that I thought they were long time friends, but to my surprise it was the first time they met each other and it was Amanda’s very first venture into the automotive car scene, although she has been modeling and doing fashion shows for a local bikini company for a while.
She had a fresh look which is what we are always looking for to represent DaYUUM!, she also had a great smile and very pretty eyes (oh and legs for days did I forget to mention that ? ha). She reminded me of some of the old school models of the past before anyone with a bikini and a mini skirt became an instant import model. Since her and Marissa worked so well together I asked Amanda if she would like to represent us at the Motion show in Long Beach, this was the start of a friendship and working relationship with Amanda
In the beginning, Amanda was a little quiet, but as we got to know her more and more at shows, meets, shoots, long drives and eats of course, we got to experience the humorous, talented, ambitious foodie that is Amanda Kerr. I suppose I can write and tell you all about her, but then I would just bore you. So instead I asked Amanda to have lunch with me so I can ask her some questions and she can tell it to you all in her own words, this is how it went:
DaYUUM: Hiya Amanda, though people see you with us at the shows, tell me about yourself? Your background and where you’re from?
Amanda: I was born and raised in Southern Cali and grew up mainly in Huntington Beach. I moved around a lot when I was younger but I have spent most of my life in Huntington. I am a certified makeup artist and hope to be doing makeup at the MAC counters soon, as well as help promote Bacardi and Grey Goose at the nightclubs, bars and grocery stores.
DaYUUM: You also have a very unique look, what is your nationality?
Amanda: A lot of people think that I look Persian or Armenian but I’m not. My mother is Puerto Rican and my dad is German/Scottish.
DaYUUM: Wow such an interesting mix what part of each culture do you like the most and which side are you closer to?
Amanda: I love Puerto Rican food! My favorite are platanos, which are fried bananas. I think it would be so cool to visit Germany or Scotland one day, they are both beautiful places. I would say i am closer to my moms side. My dads side of the family is a little more relaxed and my moms side is loud and crazy
DaYUUM: You mentioned that you want to go to Scotland and Germany, you like traveling and where have you gone so far?
Amanda: Yes, I want to travel a lot in the future! So far out of the US I have only been to Mexico, but I would love to go all over the world. I love learning about the different cultures and food! and Yes I am definitely a foodie and am always down to try different types of food!
DaYUUM: So what are your favorite foods to eat and cook?
Amanda: Mexican or Italian food! I like to cook chicken enchiladas and Mexican rice when I have the time. Or taquitos with homemade guacamole!
DaYUUM: I know you like to sing and dance, when did you start and what else do you like to do on your spare time?
Amanda: I started singing when I was 8 years old. I was inspired by Christina Aguilera and to this day she still inspires me as well as Lauryn hill and Aaliyah. I like to listen to a little bit of everything though, from R&B to rap to rock and Dance has always been a hobby of mine. I have been dancing and cheer leading since I was 7 and I cheered a couple years in high school. In my spare time I like to be laying out at the beach or doing makeup.
DaYUUM: Tell me your likes and dislikes ( turn ons and turn offs)?
Amanda: A turn on for me would have to be a guy that has goals in life and is motivated. Im a busy woman so you gotta keep up with me! I think confidence goes a long way too. I like guys who can make me laugh and be genuine with me I can’t stand when a guy is too into himself or doesn’t know how to take care of himself! Bad hygiene or messiness is a major turn-off.
DaYUUM: What are your ambitions and short term goals for yourself?
Amanda: I would say i am a determined person with a lot of ambitions in life. One of them is to get my degree in fashion merchandising and to possibly have my own line. And I hope to be on the cover of a magazine too! Either an auto magazine or Maxim would be nice
DaYUUM: Do you have a life philosophy?
Amanda: Yes, If you want something bad enough in life I believe that you can get it! As long as you believe in yourself enough and always stay positive no matter what
DaYUUM: and finally, any shout outs and how can companies and Industries people can get a hold of you?
Amanda: Of course a big shout out to the DaYUUM crew you guys are awesome! As well as Kerryann De La Cruz and all of my supporters! I can be reached at twitter, facebook, instagram, and email.
We are truly appreciative for having M.s Amanda Kerr as one of our DaYUUM Hunnies and thankful for all she does for us, I wish her nothing but the best and much success in all her endeavors. I know she will be achieve them all..Hope you all like the short insight and be sure to say hello to Amanda if and when you see her in our booth. Thank to Edwin at EVolve Photography to taking these awesome shots!
In Spanish the meaning of the name Amanda is: Lovable, worthy of love….and that she is.
You can also meet Amanda at SEMA with the AirPower Group Booth #23063 (Vortech, Paxton, and Lysholm).
Thanks for checking us out. Peace
Check out the bonus video from Mikey Dang
Most didn’t see her coming, but we were lucky enough see the beautiful shooting star known as Marissa Hiroko. It’s been about a year since Marissa Hiroko began modeling and it’s been several months since our first meeting. Through the months , she has been traveling the speed of light and appeared in many model lounges from AutoCon, SpoCom, Extreme AutoFest, and most recently Nisei, where she was Miss Nisei Showoff. Marissa has become a popular catch for photographers and event promoters who want her at their events.
Staying true and classy, Marissa is still kind and generous as fame hasn’t corrupted her.
We had the chance to catch up with Marissa again during another photo session we had with her, enjoy the pictures and her words.
DaYUUM: So you’re kind of popular now, how does it feel 🙂 ?
Marissa: It feels awesome. I am really proud of how much I have done and accomplished in my first year of modeling.
DaYUUM: Tell us a little bit of what has happened since we first met?
Marissa: Since then sooo much has happened haha. Tons of car shows, I got 6 pages in the August issue of SuperStreet Magazine, a couple smalll photos here and there in other magazines such a DSPORT.
DaYUUM: What type of shoot do you find yourself most comfortable with? (glamour, swimsuit, etc)
Marissa: Honestly, I am comfortable doing any style of shooting. For me, its the photographer has a lot to do with how comfortable I am. If I get a weird vibe (which happens sometimes) then obviously it shows… But usually after a little warm up, my poses and everything flow fine.
DaYUUM: You have been in various model lounges, but how does it feel to headline an event like Nisei as Miss Showoff?
Marissa: I was actually surprised out of all the other models that I was chosen as Miss Showoff haha, but it was awesome and I was very proud model (:
DaYUUM: Have you had a bad or embarrassing moment during a shoot?
Marissa: One time I was walking around MOCA in Los Angeles for a shoot and I slipped down stairs in my super tall heels. It didnt hurt or anything but still embarrassing because I am so clumsy and everyone who was around saw hahah.
DaYUUM: What’s the worst phrase/statement/or comment someone has commented or emailed you?
Marissa: Oh man… One time I got cussed out in an email for not wanting to work with someone for free, another I have been asked out on a date and been called some mean names for saying no haha. People are so mean sometimes!!
DaYUUM: What makes or breaks a shoot?
Marissa: I think its all up to the model…. No matter the experience of the photographer, if you are a good model that knows what they are doing and how to work the camera then there should never be a disappointment or problem with the photo shoot images. I think as a model you have to be able to ‘work it’ hahah
DaYUUM: Who would you like to shoot with again? And, who would you like to work with?
Marissa: I would really love to shoot with Edwin at Evolve Photography again, super kick ass photographer. And I want to shoot again with Rey Trajano. Someone I would like to shoot with is Steve Bitanga, his work is just too awesome haha.
DaYUUM: Has everything in the modeling career gone as planned for you?
Marissa: Hahah, when I first started it was just for fun! But I am very happy I stuck with it because look at me now haha. I couldn’t be more happy with myself (:
DaYUUM: Do you have any advice for any male or female out there that wants to get into modeling?
Marissa: Hmm… Just always stay true to your morals and to who you are in the beginning of your career. Don’t change for the scene, fame or for anyone else. As long as you stay positive, stay humble and reach for your dreams anything is possible (:
DaYUUM: Are there any last words you want to say to your fans, stalkers, and/or creepers?
Marissa: Hahaha. To everyone, thank you all for the continuous love and support. I do love you all! My fans are theeee best! <3
You can also meet Marissa at SEMA with the AirPower Group Booth #23063 (Vortech, Paxton, and Lysholm).
Check out this video from Photo M.D.