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Formula Drift – Umbrella Girls

Umbrella Girls have been a tradition in motorsports for some time. F1 regularly has them and D1 Grand Prix in Japan, as well. Formula Drift adapted them with the infamous Falken Girls and soon after, every tire manufacturer had them.

One of the original girls is Randyl Dawn, a Import Tuner cover model

Joining her was Courtney Day, which was also an Import Tuner cover model.


Rocking the orange M for Motegi Racing was Vivian.


Courtney Riggs representing for Nitto Tire.


Hankook Tire, white and orange theme was represented by Erica Juliet and Alexia Cortez.


The dynamic trio at Nexen Tire was Erica Nagashima, Jessica Harbour, and Karina Veléz.


Back with Achilles Tires was Arley Elizabeth and Nicole Reckers.


Godspeed Represent.

Who was your favorite?

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Gilbert C.

Relaxin’ in So Cal 2016


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





A few imports came out to play!RASC-4884




We had our own humble spot with the Tjin Edition F150 and Ford Edge.RASC-4872





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Formula D 2016 – Round 1 Streets of Long Beach

Words and Photos by Gilbert

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

Another thing that was different was the car show usually held by Illest and titled Offset Kings has been replaced by a Toyota sponsored auto gallery.













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


Jess Harbour, Erica Nagashima and Kay Vee for Nexen Tire


L’amour Niggle for McLeod Racing


Darlene May for Moto IQ


Charlene Lo for JDM Sport


Arley Elizabeth for Achilles


Nicole Marie Reckers for Achilles



Sarah Top for Hankook Tires


Courtney Riggs and Janey B for Nitto Tires


Caitlyn Nordby and Danielle Lo for Monster Energy



Erica Law for BlackVue

Tjin Edition 2015 Ford Expedition – SEMA Preview 2014

The Tjin Edition Ford Expedition stays true to the sophistication of its premium roots, but with added individuality via custom metal fender flares which were hand crafted by Josh Freeman, a custom dark gray paint job executed to perfection by L&R Autobody and a whole new custom liftgate, with trick 007 gadgets done at Unique Fabrication

“The Tjin Edition Ford Expedition is intended to showcase a Ford vehicle featuring capability for towing, one that can serve as a daily driver and is a standout as a promotional show car,” said Tjin Edition’s Neil Tjin.

This custom Expedition starts with the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Then, via a charge cooler kit from Vortech Engineering, custom tune, custom side exhaust from MagnaFlow, and high-performance oils and lubricants from Royal Purple, the Tjin Edition Expedition roars with another 40 ponies underhood for a total of 405 horsepower.

The chassis was customized by Unique Fabrication and features Air Lift bag struts and an Accuair air management system, as well as a big brake system from Baer Brakes, 24-inch custom Rotiform six-spoke TMB wheels and Falken tires.

The exterior features custom metal fenders, an Axalta Coating Systems custom paint job, twin Webasto sunroofs, and custom headlights and taillights from LightWurkz.OceTDS-9372






Tjin Edition 2015 Honda Fit – SEMA Preview 2014

This year at the SEMA Show there will be a large number of small custom cars amongst the sea of Mustangs and Camaros. Some of the you really should keep an eye out for the awesome custom widebody Tjin Edition Honda Fit.

Tjin_HondaFit_Final_3000px_V2Neil Tjin, has taken the little Japanese runabout and went nuts with it, fitting massively flared wheel arches that are too wide for the bumpers, so they were massaged by Josh Freeman, and then fine tuned by Luis Rodriguez from L&R Autobody.


fit_03Under the new metal flares are 18-inch iForged wheels, which are matched up to Falken tires. A cool set of Coplus headlights and fog lights, along with a custom Green paint job finish off the exterior.

Interior upgrades include a Webasto sunroof, full Katzkin upholstery, and a high-end Sony stereo and entertainment system. Come to think of it, these few interior mods cost more than the car itself!

IMG_20141016_104510 (1)In terms of dynamics, Tjin Edition Honda Fit is slammed using AirREX Digital Air Suspension system, and it benefits from Bisimoto engine upgrade parts.



fit_01Other specs include:
Axalta custom paint job by L&R Auto Body
18″ iForged wheels
18″ Falken tires
Baer front big brakes
AirREX air management and air suspension
Bisimoto exhaust and performance ad-ons
Katzkin interior
Custom metal fender flares by Josh Freeman
Coplus headlights and fog lights
SoCal Eilte 94Fifty basketball and sporting equipment
Optima battery
Sony Audio
Scosche audio wiring
Webasto Sunroof

Designed by: Tjin Edition
Built by: Unique Fabrication
Painted by: L&R Autobody

SEMA Booth: Honda North America

Dabbling with Christian Coujin’s Scion FR-S

Coujin_FRS-8407During the winter, it’s a battle of time, the sun sets sooner and days seem to disappear as soon as it began.

I had purchased a pair of Alien Bees a year ago because we were encountering limitations. Limitations which caused us to focus solely on using natural light and as days were shortened, so did our shoot times. Other times, we couldn’t shoot in warehouses because the lighting was too dim. I personally only used them a handful of times so I needed some practice.

When I had the opportunity to shoot Christian Coujin’s Scion FR-S an hour before sunset one Sunday, it was a perfect time to dust off the camera and strobes.








Coujin_FRS-8447Coujin’s beast is a 2013 Scion FR-S outfitted with a version one Rocket Bunny widebody kit. Its original Raven was scuffed then sprayed by Phantasy Kolors in Washington with a stunning Porsche GT3 Green. To accommodate the wider body, a custom set of Rotiform Turbines and Falken Tires were fitted under the bunnies’ fenders.



Coujin_FRS-8519Custom Tjin Edition Baer Brakes peak through the gaps in the Turbines while the AirREX Air Suspension fixes the gap between the tire and the fender.



Coujin_FRS-8498For added boost, Christian installed a supercharger by Vortech Superchargers.



As night fell, shots got a little bit more interesting. The sky started to change to a vibrant red which was stunning. I wanted to try longer exposure shots but I forgot my tripod.

At that time, one of the remote receivers failed so I had to make the best of the shoot with one strobe. It didn’t give me the look I had envisioned but it added a little mystery. The wheels, engine, and the two above were shot with one strobe. Shots here after were also shot with one strobe.




Since I had such a short time with Coujin’s FR-S I hope to get more shots of it soon. The crew will be displaying it at various events throughout the West Coast in 2014.

I hope you enjoyed what I captured so far.

Until later… Peace! –@DaYUUMDen

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