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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

AutoCon LA 2014 – Recap

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DSC_1270 copyAutoCon celebrates its 5th event in the L.A. area, transitioning its way from a shopping mall parking structure, to the Irvine event center, to the home of thoroughbred winners at Santa Anita Park, and now to the famous Pomona Fairplex, the previous home of Import Showoff. The AutoCon staff chose an indoor event in the attempt to keep the guests cool, since the biggest feedback from previous events was the heat. But, with the controlled and political environment it also deleted the gathering of food trucks that AutoCon drew an abundance of. Interior space was an issue as the larger vendors with larger booths were pushed outdoors, which some guests didn’t even know existed.

The outdoors was still pleasurable as the sun only poke through just enough to catch a quick burn. AutoCon was our largest display thus far with a total of 5 vehicles and our newly Daley Visual wrapped cargo hauler.

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DSC_1282 copyPhantasy Kolors prepped Scion FR-S owned by Christian Coujin of Washington

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Close to us was the Toyo Tire booth whom brought out an arsenal of Liberty Walk cars.

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Check out our AutoCon video coverage by John.

AirREX x DaYUUM Hawaii Shoot

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DSC_0284 copyI recently took a trip to Oahu, Hawaii for family matters; I stayed on the islands for two weeks so
you know I had to take advantage of this trip back home. During that time I was in Hawaii, I linked up with Marshall Lum to do a DaYUUM X Team AirREX Hawaii photo shoot. The day that Marshall and I both had time to meet up was at a meet and greet that “Vip’d Out” from Nor Cal put together. The weather was pretty crappy that day; it rained/drizzled for a good amount in the beginning of the meet. Later on that day, when the rain stopped, skies cleared up. Marshall showed up with his clean 2008 Scion xB, we talked for a bit then we ended up doing a quick photo shoot under the monkey pod trees in the park where the meet was being held at.

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Rex Hawaii. The meet was held at Kapolei Wal-Mart, total of 11 cars came out that day, and that’s not even the whole AirREX Hawaii team. While everyone was catching up; talking stories, I had to put in work; I started to take individual shots. We then rolled out to the next location into barbers point where the Naval Hangars are, then found an abandoned warehouse to do the AirREX Hawaii group shots.

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DSC_0272 copyI’d like to give a special Mahalo to Marshall Lum of Team Air Rex Hawaii for coordinating and finding time to do a shoot and also to the rest of Team AirREX Hawaii for coming out to make this photo shoot a success, wish everyone had to time to come out. –@DaYUUMJQuilla

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Extreme AutoFest 2013 – San Diego

It’s another busy year for DaYUUM and I’m a little disappointed in myself that we haven’t been able to pop out our show recaps quick enough. Our personal goal is a few days to a week at the latest but preparations for the next event has kept us busy and behind. A couple weeks ago, we headed south to Qualcomm Stadium for Extreme Autofest’s San Diego event. Headlining the entertainment was DJ Quik.

Last year, we attended with a full staff including our DaYUUM Hunnies and stayed overnight for the event. This year, there was so much going on that not everyone could attend, so instead of staying overnight we managed to run a skeleton crew and drove to SD during the day of the event. Myself, Nilo and Scottie attended the event – four, if you count Glen from Long Beach Auto Tech, whom also joined us.

The drive to San Diego from LA County made for a long day, so long that once we arrived and settled in, Nilo had already fallen asleep before the event started.

The day started at 7:30 AM, when Scottie and myself met with Glen at a local Ralph’s. We headed south on the 405 and made a pitstop to meet Nilo and for me to pick up the Tjin Edition Fusion.

We arrived at the venue and was immediately greeted by Ale. Ale and the crew has always taken very good care of us and since we were a little late to the party that morning, we were quickly taken in via escort.

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EAF_SD_CARS-8317Featured in our booth was Glen’s S2K, Nilo’s AirREX NSX, Tjin Edition’s Ford Fusion, and Scottie’s TRD Supercharged 2nd Gen xB.

EAF SD was also the same day as WekFest SJ, so some of our friends were up there as well. We still had great friends there such as AutoFashion and their latest endeavor, Trendy Vape.

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EAFSD2013-8383Flossy was there with the lovely Myra. They are a manufacturer of custom shift knobs for your car. They also had a few hot rides on display including a widebody FD.

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EAFSD2013-8397We don’t request much when we go to an event because we know last minute demands can add additional stress to the team, but Nilo has always made one request which EAF has always honored, and that is to be near the models lounge. In the model’s lounge was our long time favorites including Ashley Clark and Amanda Kerr.

This event’s theme was pin-up. It’s a pretty cool theme because it really puts the models in character. So far, every model we have shot has always wanted to do a pin-up shoot, so maybe this theme was a request from the ladies that attended the event.

Since we were close to the model’s lounge, Glen and Nilo pulled in the ladies to shoot with the cars. By doing so, it created a crowd, to the point that it was difficult to set up for a shot but at the same we time had some good laughs.

Away from the models lounge, Marie was with Lexani, so I decided to harass her.

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The golden hour was upon us so we tried to get as many shoots in as possible. Some ran longer than others and I didn’t bring any strobes because, well, I didn’t plan on shooting any models in the extent that we did. It got late; by the time we shot with Brittani Paige, it was almost next to impossible to capture anything in focus, but I tried.

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Glen then went to the R1 Concept’s booth and not only did he drink all their alcohol, he also borrowed some of their ladies.

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Back to some of the other cars…

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We had a great time and before we headed back to LA we had a feast at Gordon Biersch. Probably not the best idea before driving 2 hours home, but everyone was starving and it’s become a tradition to eat after an event to unwind and recap the day. On the way home we almost witnessed Nilo jacking up his NSX when he attempted to 4×4 over a center divider. That would have made for a long day!

We want to thank Extreme Autofest for the hospitality, we always enjoy their events and entertainment.

-@DaYUUMDen

8th Annual Norm Reeves Car Show

You just can’t help but to enjoy the first day of Summer in beautiful Southern California. It also happened be on the day of the 8th Annual Norm Reeves Car Show. And as you guys must surely know by now…“DaYUUM” never misses out on this kind of stuff!!! (LOL)

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The success of the NRH Car Shows and events can be directly traced to Chris Pinedo. He works in Performance Parts for the Norm Reeves Honda Super Store. This is not just some once-a-year thing with him. Chris actively looks for the sweetest Honda’s all year long. He even has monthly events and parts specials that continually promote the dealership. Chris is also part of the local car scene and he’s currently building a ’99 Civic Hatch. We personally think that Chris is doing a “DaYUUM” fine job!!!

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Needless to say, I rolled in with the “5*2 Squad” and the “Elemental Motorsports Crew” and everyone’s ride was washed, polished, shined and ready for their ‘close ups!’. Jeff Smith’s “Bento Box,” a 2005 Element EX had just paid a visit to Show Car Detailing and was looking especially nice. Hector Consuegra, Matt Porter and Jose Aviles have three of the nicest Element SC’s around. Glen Villanueva from Long Beach Auto-Tech was also ‘in the house’ with his beautiful red convertible S2K., as well as, Luis Ibarra’s ‘Silver Satin’ S2000.
 

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After getting set up, the very first thing on my agenda was to check out the other whips in the show. I am an unabashed fan of hot rides and I love hearing owners tell me about their builds and what went into them. Not only do you learn a lot, but most of these guys give you the kind of tips that can only come from trial and error. Stock rides are like a blank canvas and seeing each person’s interpretation of the same model is nothing short of amazing!!!

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One of the first people that I ran into was Matt ‘Rodrez’ Rodriquez, the Editor of Honda Tuning Magazine. He was there with his adorable little boy who I could tell was already excited about cars. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree! (LOL) I also complimented Matt on the very successful 2013 Eibach Meet a couple of weeks ago in Lake Elsinore.

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After catching up with Matt, I had the good fortune to bump into Bisi Ezerioha of Bisimoto Engineering in Ontario. What a fine gentleman he is and an virtual encyclopedia of performance knowledge. It’s always great to see his 724 whp Civic Wagovan which is engineering awesomeness at its very best!

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It was also great to see Fred Vuong again from VIS Racing Sports. FYI…they were one of the original sponsors of the very first “Fast and Furious” movie back in 2001.

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I then found myself seriously admiring a 2011 Honda Accord HFP Super Coupe with peddle shifter, that looked like it was ready for both ‘show and go!’ The very proud owner turned out to be Amber Hardin, who absolutely loves racing. After meeting her, you would have to be dead not to feel the enthusiasm and passion that she has for motorsports! She told me that there are four or five videos on Vimeo where you can check out her Accord in action! “Good luck Amber!”

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From there I turned around and bumped into Big Mike, who happens to be one of the ‘real deal’ car guys here in SoCal. In fact, just when you think that his award winning Prelude is the most perfect Honda around, he surprises you by telling about the new plans for it. We’re talking about a ride that has twice graced the cover of Honda Tuning Magazine, let alone all of the other awards it’s won. Yet he continues to set the bar so “DaYUUM” high, that I just can’t see anyone catching him. And I always enjoy talking with him because he’s so multifaceted and genuinely thinks before he speaks. That alone is an endearing quality that I wish was a lot more contagious! (LOL)

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Right around the next corner I spotted a right hand drive JDM Honda Odyssey. But I then found out it was a 1997 Odyssey with a RHD conversion done by New Era Customs and is owned by Eddie Hernandez. This is some really fine work! And don’t think for one minute that I didn’t catch that “DaYUUM” sticker on the back window! Thanks for representing Eddie!!!

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And speaking of Ody’s, there was a white 1995 Odyssey there that looks like it would get you to the super market in ‘quarter-mile’ record time.’ It even had a 5-speed manual transmission conversion which is the first time I’ve seen one on an Odyssey. And I was lucky enough to meet the owner and builders…Kevin “Fast Eddie” Thomas and his business partner Tommy “Fitz” Fitzgibbon of Fast Eddie’s Racing in Torrance. There are not a lot of people who have hung out in the SoCal car scene as long as I have, but I was totally amazed at how many people, places and scenes that ‘K-Dogg’ and I shared from a mutual past history. It was so much fun rapping with him and taking such an enjoyable stroll down Memory Lane. I can’t wait to drive over to Torrance and totally check out their shop. That’s going to be real “DaYUUM” soon!!!

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Moving away from there I got to chat a little bit with Joey Lee. I don’t have to tell you that his well-known eye to detail and his camera were in full exposure! I can’t wait to read ‘The Chronicles’ coverage on the show and who knows, Joey might have discovered his next magazine star!

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I have always been proud of the fact that from the first day I bought my car, I’ve always used Mobil 1 Synthetic and thought that it was the best! So when I met Tony Matter from Torco Advanced Lubricants, I was blown away by the on-the-spot education he gave me on their product line. Now I can’t wait to change over to the Torco Synthetic Oil and switch to a different grade to gain the highest performance from my engine. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!!!

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Now it wouldn’t be a proper Honda meet without hooking up with my buddy Chris Pham and his 8th and 9th Gen Accord Crew. Chris’ deep gray 2013 Accord Coupe is on Air Runner suspension is real easy to fall in love with. All of these guys are serious and by far have some of the most beautiful Accords around. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when Trang Tran walked away with the “BEST ACCORD” trophy for her gorgeous blue Accord coupe!!!

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They awarded some seriously nice trophies and to absolutely no one’s surprise, Michael Mao walked away with “BEST NSX.” I was able to grab a little face time with Michael and let me be the first to tell you that he has some new tricks up his sleeves. He plans to shut it down after the season and come back even bigger and better. I can’t wait for that one!!!

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Glen Villanueva picked up the “BEST FITMENT” trophy for the show and looking at the way his ride sits and the way his wheels fit, it was a great choice!!!

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Your humble scribe was awarded the “BEST ELEMENT” trophy and I was totally blown away. I don’t really put my ride in a lot of shows, so when it does get recognized I always feel humbled and I am always extremely grateful for the honor.

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Closing on that note and on behalf of “DaYUUM.com,” I want to again thank Chris and his crew at the Norm Reeves Honda Super Store. It was a great show, with good food and even better raffle prizes. It really does get better and better each and every year and we’re always proud to cover it! As usual I tried my best to get around and talk to as many of you as possible. And if I missed you, then I hope that we can hook up the next time around! Without you guys there is no “DaYUUM” and we sure as hell don’t ever want that to happen! (LOL)
So please stay tuned and always remember that…”I’ll see you out on the streets!!!

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Wekfest LA 2013 – Part 2

One of the main reasons I came down South to celebrate my birthday was to attend Wekfest Los Angeles. This was actually my first Wekfest event, and it won’t be my last if I can help it! The atmosphere was awesome and the layout was easy to navigate. This was a very well organized event. I have no doubt that Wekfest LA will be even bigger next year.

Car shows and events are few and far between where I’m from, so this was the first show I’ve been to in MONTHS. Needless to say, I was pretty excited. With very little sleep and an injury from a recent auto accident, I was more than determined to get out of town, down to Wekfest LA and enjoy the weekend. I needed a break. The almost 200 mile drive was more than worth it. I got to spend time with great friends and check out some beautiful cars. What more could this girl ask for to celebrate her birthday?!

I have respect for all car styles, but just like anything else, I do have my favorites. So, here I share with you some of my personal favorites from the show.

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As I began to navigate the grassy area, I saw a ton of beauties. However, the first one to jump out and catch my eye was this amazing Skyline GT-R. I am a huge fan of ‘old school’, so my jaw dropped as soon as I saw it. I wanted to hop in and take her back home with me!! Congrats to Mikey on 2nd place in the All Nissan class.

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It’s always nice seeing Neil’s KP61 and Benjamin’s AE71. I love these 2 and always stop to take a look every time I see them at a show. Truly a beautiful pair. Congrats to Neil on 1st place in the Old School class!

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Another one I couldn’t take my eyes off of was Steve’s Lexus LS. Not only was she sitting pretty, but in my favorite color!! Congrats to Steve on 1st place in the Lexus LS class!

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I have a thing for Subies as well – these were a few of my favorites.

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A little BMW (and Holly Lee) love!

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Noel’s FR-S definitely pulls in a crowd, but I was able to snag a few shots.

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A few more of my favorites –old school and new.

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It was really great to see everyone again, and to meet a few new friends as well. I could not have asked for a better weekend. Hope to see you again soon.

Thanks for viewing!

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Eibach ’13 All Honda Meet

(photography by King Kreole DéMarks)

DaYUUM.com really does try to make as many events as humanly possible each year, and I think that this year has been the busiest one ever for the DaYUUM Crew! But if you love what you’re doing, then it’s never considered work!

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If you’re a real Southern California ‘car person’ and you really want to find out what your ride can do, then you only have two choices. You can either find a professional road racing track, or you can drive your car on the freeways at 6:30am on a Sunday morning. My son PJ and I were traveling south down Interstate 15 early Sunday morning and headed to the Eibach ’13 All Honda Meet! I would never admit to this, but “maybe” my speedometer saw north of the century mark a few times along the way! (LOL)

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It was an incredibly beautiful morning when we got down there and hooked up with Glen Villanueva from Long Beach Auto-Tech and the ’52 Squad.’ Everyone was already doing their last minute preparations and getting ready for the roll-in. And as if Glen’s S2K didn’t already look dope enough, he premiered his new wheels for Eibach ‘13 and they were beyond “SWEET!” In fact, whenever the 52 Squad shows up, they always represent!

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For me personally, the roll-in sets the pace for the entire meet and Matt ‘Rodrez’ Rodriquez, our host for the event and Ryan Hoegner from Eibach, did not disappoint! It was well manned, extremely organized and depending on when you registered, you had an appointed roll-in time. The pre-show advertising was well publicized and when you have people like Big Mike and Joey Lee from The Chronicles promoting your cause, you just can’t go wrong! Big Mike even added MC (Master of Ceremonies) to his resume of accomplishments and did a fantastic job!

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By the time we got in and started setting everything up, the sun was already giving us our first reminder that we were in the heart of the Temescal Valley. Our day went from hot, to hotter, to hottest! (LOL) The Storm Stadium parking lot was amazing and was easily able to accommodate the 700 plus cars that were expected for the event. Even before the meet opened there were hundreds of people lined up outside the front gate just waiting to get in. I want to give major props to the Events Staff who kept everything moving and made sure that people acted civilly in the hot sun. There was media there from all over and I even met Yamaguchi Tetsuya from USDM JAM over in Japan. He is definitely a big fan of DaYUUM.com! And, one of the very first people that came over to say ‘Hi’ was Freddie Fernandez from Auto Fashion, USA down in San Diego. They moved into new facilities in January, so when you get a chance, be sure to check them out!

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As I was setting up with the 52 Squad I couldn’t stop looking at all the sweet rides that were pulling in one right after another. This meet was truly what car shows should be all about…beautiful rides and the people who love them!

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Being an Element guy, I was very happy to not only see Matt Porter and Nick Burtch. Two Elemental Motorsports guys who have seriously nice Elements! I also got to meet a gentleman named Jose, who also had a totally sweet Root Beer Metallic Element SC just like Nick’s.

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I also ran into Chis Pham from My9th Gen with his “KILER” 2013 Accord EX Coupe slammed on Air Runner suspension. Of course, there is always major Civic/ Integra representation at these meets but not that many Accords, so exceptional ones tend to stand out even more!

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I also touched base with Chris Pinedo and the NRH Performance guys who had plenty of Honda goodies available. I look forward to seeing them again at the NRH Performance Car Show next month. There were also some rare CDM (Canadian Domestic Market) Acura’s at the meet.

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As I said before, no matter where you looked, this was a Honda enthusiast’s Nirvana!

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Spikey wheels! (LOL)

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And what would any real Honda meet be without Michael Mao’s incredible Twin-Turbo NSX with the gold plated Mugen wheels! I will never get tired of seeing ride!

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What a beautiful day for a successful meet!


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There were few food vendors and none of the major food trucks were there, so that was a definite recipe for very long ‘hot’ lines trying to grab something to eat. The overall crowd was pretty orderly and you didn’t have a bunch of stupid people trying to win ‘Exhibition of Speed’ tickets from the local constables! This was really a first class production and I genuinely wouldn’t have expected any less from ‘Rodrez’ and the good people over at Eibach!!!

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I’m always proud to be out there representing the DaYUUM Crew at different events, getting to see the latest bad ass rides and meeting cool people! That just doesn’t suck at all!!! (LOL) So until next time, please stay ‘tuned’ and always remember that…I’ll see you out on the streets!!!

Chief DéMarks

Nisei Week Car Show 2012 – Generations – Coverage

 I want to add something before we get into Chief’s piece. Nisei Week in the 80’s and 90’s was that big event, that event everyone polished and added goodies to their cars before attending. It was the event to showoff their crew and to get recognized by other crews. We [Inertia Speed] crammed into an over-filled parking lot to enjoy the event, then took our cars out to cruise around the event. People would stare, like, or hate the cars. It was just that big of an event and that type of event.

 

I vaguely remember the early days because its been so long, but I remember Ken’s yellow Mugen CR-X (i think it was white before that) and Shig (his brother) had a black Mugen CR-X, they were the biggest WOW factors in Cerritos. I also vaguely remember the time when Ken told me he was going to start Showoff, we were in his living room and he showed me a flyer and asked what I thought. I believe it had a 240sx on it. At the time, everyone was still into drag racing and the locals were still kicking it in Sylmar, Ontario, and Compton at Maria Street or Ana Street. Eventually other spots appeared and drag racing was huge. So the thought of a car show for imports were a little hazy and beyond its time. Sure there were truck clubs (I used to be in one, Contemporary Lifestyles and Sstylinn’) doing shows that had imports in them, but nothing Japanese sport compact specific. Ken’s first show didn’t go without controversy as a JDM (wasn’t even a term back in the 90’s) vehicle won over an Accord (I think) that was shaved, chromed, painted, and had a display! At this time, it really open the doors and separated the imports from the truck scene.

 

When Showoff became part of Nisei, it was the end of the world! Nothing matched the dynamics and atmosphere of a car show with Nisei Week – it was perfect! It was a show I wanted to attend and show off my own ride but it was never good enough. It was equally as powerful as SEMA and through the years, Showoff spawned other events with a variation of that name and was powerful for many, many years. Dynamics eventually changed the scene and heavily financed events started to pop-up and the scene became more mainstream (no pun) than ever. Today, Showoff is still a powerful event with a powerful name but I’ll let Chief tell you about it.

 

Nisei Showoff / Import Showoff will always be a part of history, Ken Miyoshi will always be the grandfather of this scene, and I’m proud to have seen him achieve that. Now to Chief’s piece! -DaYUUMDen

 

The Nisei Week Show Off Car Show has always been one of my favorites, and this year was no different. Even in the scorching heat, over 100 degrees in the Civic Center, “DaYUUM” is always there to bring you the best coverage of the very best shows!!!

Ken Miyoshi of Mainstream Productions/ Import Showoff has gone out of his way each and every year to make this a premier Southern California event. I think what is even more amazing is that the site of the show was in question all the way up to the last possible moment. With all of the redevelopment efforts going on in downtown Los Angeles, this Little Tokyo site was suppose to be totally wiped out. But obviously, since redevelopment money has all but dried up from the state, I would imagine that the site is probably safe for a while.

Ken has been doing this for many years and he truly knows what’s required to pull off a successful car show. With that goal in mind, he wisely brought in Joey Lee, fromThe Chronicles,’ and scribe extraordinaire for Honda Tuning Magazine. That move alone instantly made a good thing even better! I was fortunate enough to grab some face time with Joey at the show. First of all, this is a real ‘car guy’ whose love and enthusiasm is quite evident when you talk with him. It’s clear to me why Ken thought he would be up to the task when he chose him. Joey explained to me what  ‘The Chronicles,’ “GENERATIONS” section of the show was about and what it represents. It featured the best available cars of ‘the past, the present, and a glimpse of future builds’ that are ahead of their time. It was advertised as “The Ultimate Honda Enthusiasts Collection,” and that’s exactly what it was! Joey said that they had 25 cars representing “GENERATIONS” last year, and that this year’s total climbed all the way up to 75 vehicles! He is a very modest person, but I know that he had to be proud of the Herculean effort that he put into this to experience these types of successful results. A big “DaYUUM” Congrats goes out to Joey Lee on a job well done!

The main thing that was totally different this year was the fact that the show has basically evolved into a Honda showcase of cars. They use to have more representation from Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Scion, and others, but I would honestly say that this year’s show appeared to be about 75 to 80% Honda or more. As a proud Honda owner, there were definitely NO complaints coming from me! (LOL) I did however see some American metal here and there, including a group of beautiful lowriders, but they just looked out of place. Different crews like ‘FF Squad,’ ‘Bandits,’ ‘Hybrid Racing,’ and others were represented and were looking their best. There was also a race inspired Datsun 510 that looked like it had enjoyed some celebrations in the ‘winner’s circle!’ It was really enjoyable to see Leon Casino’s beautiful blue second generation JDM RHD Civic CRX, and you know that his “DaYUUM” sticker was proudly displayed!

I also got to hang out with Sean Corbett, of JDM Reverend, who I met at the Norm Reeves show in June. This time around, Sean took home the “OLD SCHOOL SHOW OFF” trophy, and I personally can’t think of anyone more deserving. His 1984 RHD Honda City Turbo II, with the matching Honda Motocompo motor bike is as rare as it comes on any city streets. And yes, he does drive it…all the way from Arizona! A “DaYUUM” fine salute goes out to you Sean!

As nice looking as Sean’s City Turbo is, any ride can always use something to make it look even better. In this case, it just happened to be our very own Marissa Hiroko. Marissa just happened to be this year’s “MISS NISEI WEEK SHOW OFF!” It’s always such a pleasure to run into Marissa. I first met her at “DaYUUM’s Million Dollar Shoot” and I’ve been a fan of hers since then. She is a winning combination of beauty, grace, poise, and class… the whole package! And believe it or not, she is a really funny lady and loves to laugh! We continue to wish her the very best in all of her career endeavors and we are extremely proud to have her as part of the “DaYUUM” family!

You never know who you’re going to meet at these shows and this one was absolutely no different. I had the distinct honor and privilege to meet Bisi Ezerioha, President/CEO of Bisimoto Engineering. Now I don’t know what you might know about Bisimoto, but they just happen to be one of the top designers, fabricators, and manufacturers of race track proven high performance products. They meet the needs of show cars, daily drivers, and even the precise OE demands of major automotive manufacturers like Honda, Porsche, and others.

Bisi is a walking encyclopedia of performance modification knowledge. Where others might tell you that it can’t be done, Bisi never got that memo! He is constantly trying to figure out new ways to get every last drop of performance that your vehicle is remotely capable of. I totally love this man’s attitude! I completely fell in love with the car that Bisi affectionately calls ‘his baby.’ That would be a beautiful, almost daily driver looking, 1988 Honda Civic Wagovan that churns out 724hp at the wheels!!! “WOW!!!”

This is a very humble man without any sense of vibrato, who originally came to this country from Nigeria as an Engineering student. Needless to say, after he got here, the ‘car bug’ bit him and he then became a student of performance. Bisimoto Engineering is now Bisi’s classroom, and any cars that graduate from there soon accelerate to the front of the pack! Their main focus is on DOHC and SOHC inline four cylinder engines, and opposing six cylinder air and water cooled Porsche power plants. So, whenever you get that ‘need for speed,’ and other cars are passing you by, relief is spelled B-I-S-I-M-O-T-O!!! (LOL)

Bisi then pointed out customers Jonathan Wong’s Honda Civic EF Hatchback, with a Bisimoto designed pro type ITB, and custom Magnesium header, and Work Osaka JDM wheels. Next to him was Charles Trieu’s beautiful first generation Acura Legend L Coupe, with some rare Volk Artesian Fins with Aero Covers. Jonathan is the Editor of Super Street Magazine, and Charles is the Editor of Import Tuner Magazine. I was pretty “DaYUUM” impressed!

SPOILER ALERT: In other breaking news…Michael Mao won the award for “ACURA SHOW OFF!” I know that’s shocking, but a man has to do what he has to do! (LOL) Seriously though, every time I see Michael’s Twin Turbo Acura NSX, and those 24K gold plated Mugen wheels, it really is like seeing it again for the first time. It actually challenges me to find new adjectives to describe how strikingly beautiful this ride actually is. I am such a fan, that I get a ‘WTF moment’ when he doesn’t take “First Place” at a show! (LOL) Besides Michael, Tony Lee and the “It’s JDM Yo Crew” was there and they also hosted “Miss Nisei Week Show Off,” Marissa Hiroko. Their tent was one of the few reprieves I got from the cruel sun all day. I could tell that Tony was definitely not feeling that heat either! By the way, Tony got some really nice props from Joey in reference to his contributions in helping to put “GENERATIONS” together,

Hey, what kind of show would it be without “Big Mike” and his gorgeous 1992 Prelude Si, I really don’t want to know! His participation lets you know that it’s all legit! I don’t know if you’ve seen him lately, but he has dropped a lot of weight and he looks great. His ride looks as awesome as ever, everything from his F20B ITB tuned by Bisimoto to the custom header they built him. This car has more custom modifications and upgrades than I would ever have time to list. But, you can check him out at NWP4Life, Prelude Zone, Prelude Power, and that’s just to name a few! Besides building one of nicest rides out there, he is also a feature contributor for Honda Tuning Magazine. This is a very insightful guy with honest opinions, a refreshing attitude, and a bad ass car! I am not the least bit surprised that “Big Mike” and his Prelude waked away with the big “HONDA SHOW OFF” trophy! Big Mike…you are truly “The Real “DaYUUM” Deal!!!”

I scoped Alex Zhao and the WheelFlip crew there, and I ran into John Darios and his perpetually nice 2004 Mugen Odyssey. I first met John a few years ago and this is still one of the cleanest Ody’s I’ve seen around. It’s the only one I’ve ever encountered with the total Mugen theme. He’s had to get Mugen parts from all over the word and modify them to fit his van. Way to go John!

I recently ordered a Spoon Racing DC5 Valve Cover and Oil Filler Cap from ICB Motorsport out of Chandler, Arizona. Everything I’ve ordered from Japan over the years has taken forever! These guys had my stuff to me in less than three weeks and they have AWESOME customer service! The reason I mentioned this is because I just happened to run into Matt Ye, President of ICB Motorsport. I can’t begin to tell you how stoked I was! Matt is a gentleman and an all around super good guy! Now I figured out why their customer service is so good, it obviously comes down from the top! (smile)

Needless to say, there were quite a few Civic and Acura awards handed out to deserving winners, and minus the heat, I really had a really good time. Any event I cover, it’s always about the people to me. I love all the behind the scenes stories about the time, the effort, and the blood, sweat, and tears that go into each and every build. Because, what it all actually boils down to in the end, is just the sheer love of everything automotive.

That’s why I love being a part of the “DaYUUM” Crew, because we chase after automotive dreams like no other. Whether it’s a great car show, a private collection, a ‘garage queen,’ or even a bitchin’ daily driver, we’ll cover it! How could it not be fun to be a part of that?!! (smile) I’m already looking forward to the Auto Gallery Show next month. So, if you turn out for it, then please stop by the “DaYUUM” booth and say hi! I’ll be hangin’ with ‘the crew,’ along with Regi and Liza from Island Motor Sports.

So until next time, please stay ‘tuned’ and always remember that…I’ll see you out on the streets!!!

Chief DéMarks

For a super in depth 6-parts of Nisei Showoff check out Joey’s page, The Chronicles

 

Norm Reeves Honda 7th Annual NHP Car Show

I recently attended and participated in the Norm Reeves Honda 7th Annual NRP Car Show. This event that has always been near and dear to my heart because its main beneficiary is the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. As a survivor myself, I can tell you that Relay For Life is a life changing event that helps communities all over the world and celebrates the lives of the people who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost, and to fight back against this awful disease. I was very proud to participate and to represent DaYUUM.com at this worthwhile event!


First of all, I want to give a serious “DaYUUM” shout-out to the event host Chris Pinedo, Norm Reeves Honda Performance Parts & Accessory Specialist. As the point man for this event, Chris and his crew did a seriously great job to insure that everything was organized, on time, and as advertised. The show went off without a glitch, including the ‘roll-in,’ for both vendors and competitors. Plus, they obviously made sure that all the obnoxious ‘look at me go fast and hear my exhaust’ dudes, knew that they were not welcomed! On a very classy note, Chris took the time to match names and faces with the pix of the rides he had received and personally welcomed each and every participant. It was a personal touch that I would love to see duplicated in other shows I’ve attended. “Great job Chris!”

I must admit that I was quite surprised at the awesome reception I received when people realized that I was part of the “the DaYUUM Crew!” We love to get out and meet with the people who follow us and read the coverage that we put out there for your personal enjoyment. “We truly thank you for your continued support, and we’ll always try to get better!

One of the first people I met at the show was Glen Villanueva, the owner of Long Beach Auto-Tech, and the winner of “THE BEST S2000” trophy. He immediately took me over to his “911 Red” S2000, opened up the hood and proudly showed me his gold leaf ‘DaYUUM’ sticker on his engine. Needless to say, I was very impressed! But it got even better because everyone in his crew, who were also in the show, had ‘DaYUUM’ stickers on their engines, or the back of their seats, or even on their personal gear. They all wanted to buy more but unfortunately, I didn’t happen to have any with me!  Glen’s S2K is definitely one of the TIGHTEST ones I’ve seen around and you can clearly see all of the love, time, and attention to detail that went into it. Should you find yourself out in “the LBC” and need to get your JDM fix on, then I suggest you check out Glen’s shop.

As with any Honda only show, the Civic’s were more than well represented; so you really have to bring your “A-game” to make a splash at one of these events. Even if you owned a stock Civic, you could have gotten enough new ideas to empty your wallet for at least the next 12 months or more. I always admire creativity and ingenuity, and it was in total abundance at this show! The Acura’s were represented on a smaller basis, and there was a small sprinkle of Prelude’s, even a Ruckus or two, but the Civic’s ruled this show! One of the Civic owners I met, who went by the name “Biz,” was probably one of at least a half a dozen guys there with K-24 engine swaps. I can also tell you that some of these guys had more dollars invested under the hood than the base price of a new Civic! “WOW!!”

I also ran into Rudy Guzman from “The ENDZ” and it was especially nice to finally meet him and connect a name with a face. They specialize in promotional services merchandise, event coverage and aftermarket automotive support. Rudy had his camera glued to his hand and picked up some serious nice pix. Another super good guy I ran into was Darryl Lamano from JPHUSA. It was great to see him out there showing all the Honda’s some love. In my opinion, JPHUSA is definitely one of the very best Honda JDM aftermarket companies around. Hector Consuegra and I were there representing Elemental Motorsports and Honda Elements; both Hector and Darryl drive 2008 Root Beer Metallic Element SC’s, and mine, “Darth Raider,” is a 2005 Element EX.

As usual, the “itsjdmyo” team was well represented out there, especially with Michael Mao taking home the honors for “BEST NSX,” as he should have! Flat out, this is by far one of the most beautiful NSX’s that I’ve seen out there. I always love to see a ride where you can clearly see that it was… “BUILT NOT BOUGHT.” Michael, you definitely get a big “DaYUUM” salute for one hell of a gorgeous build!

I also had the pleasure of meeting Chris Pham of “My8thGen” Accords, and his lovely lady, Marukh Madad. Chris took home the trophy for “BEST ACCORD” and as far as I was concerned, his ride was my thumbs up favorite in that competition. They were well represented including a serious ‘lowrider’ Accord that was bagged front and rear, and even one that was “DONK’d!!!” They definitely had a little bit of everything there to fit your taste!

You can clearly see why we like to get out there and ‘meet n’ greet’ as many people as we can. You just never know who you’ll meet, or, as in the case of Sean Corbett of JDMReverend…“what you’re going to see!” Sean drove all the way from Arizona to display his extremely rare RHD 1984 Honda City Turbo II “Bulldog,” and an even rarer 1981 Motocompo motor bike. Back then, the bike was an available accessory you could order with the car in Japan. Other than being in an actual Honda museum, these are two vehicles that you are NEVER going to see on the streets! The City Turbo was the brainchild of Hirotoshi Honda, who is the son of Honda founder Soichiro Honda, and he is the founder and owner of Mugen. So basically, this was the first car that actually put Mugen on the map. “Way to go Sean!!!”

On behalf of “DaYUUM.com” I just want to thank everyone who participated in the show for this wonderful cause, because every dollar counts in the fight against cancer. I tried my best to get around and talk with everyone, but if I missed you, then please say hi the next time you see me. I am still always amazed at all the great people I meet when I’m out there and how much you guys care about what we do. DaYUUM.com keeps on trying to outdo itself because we actually feel like we owe you that much. So please stay tuned and always remember that…I’ll see you out on the streets!!!

Chief DéMarks

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