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Formula Drift / Offset Kings – 2014 – Coverage

Formula Drift’s season opener in Long Beach, California was exciting for drift fans as it was for us. Fatlace’s Offset Kings, which is the combination of their previous HellaFlush and Slammed Society events was part of the attraction at Formula Drift. Formula Drift / Offset Kings was also our debut and the start of our collaboration with Tjin Edition.

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OffsetKings-9359In the past, we collaborated together, but never in a fashion that we are branding ourselves together. Offset Kings was our first event of the year utilizing a footprint of 60’x30’ to house our 24’ trailer, tow vehicle, secondary vehicle, and our displays. Not only are we fortunate enough to collaborate with Tjin Edition but we also partnered up with selected companies such as, Universal Technical Institute, Royal Purple, Glow Shift, LED Glow, Baer Brakes, Falken Tire, Escort Radars, AccuAir, Forgestar, IForged, Magnaflow, Meguiars, Paxton Superchargers, Vortech Superchargers, Guppy House, Daley Visual, and Viair. together we formed Tjin Edition x DaYUUM RoadShow. The roadshow will consists of 18-22 events throughout California and Arizona, from San Diego to San Francisco and Phoenix, Arizona. The RoadShow has taken 11 months for it to materialize since the idea first was tossed around. Since then, it’s been non-stop working behind-the-scenes while we continued to attend events throughout 2013.

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fdlb2014-0465We are excited for 2014 and years to come. This year we added a few new contributors to the family, John Quidilla, Gilbert Chen, and Patrick Pugeda. In terms of hunnies, Lori and Emmy has joined us for Formula Drift / Offset Kings and is also new to the family.

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OffsetKings-9387The morning was a little hectic because we had boxes and boxes of literature and giveaway items which needed to be displayed. With the help of Justin, Michelle, Jae, and Scottie, we managed to get everything set up by 10AM and was ready to go. By 10:30AM the Offset Kings car show was filling up and patrons started to fill the stands. John was capturing the action with video and stills, Justin was at the booth and snapping a few extra shots, while Gilbert and Jae covered the vendor section in the pits. I stuck around the booth until top 16 when I took homage on the track.

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fdlb2014-0455In our booth was our slammed F-150 with custom air suspension controlled by AccuAir, fabricated by Unique Fabrication. We also had Christian Coujin’s FR-S customized by Phantasy Kolors in Washington.

In the Offset Kings section there were some standouts.

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DSC_0928 copyA static Scion FR-S

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DSC_0969 copyMark and Yogi reppin Fatlace, AirREX and Phase 2.

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Here is a video recap by John Quidilla (@dayuumjquilla)

In vendor the section, Jae and Gilbert ran into some of our favorites in the scene.

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Before top 16 began, I ran into long time friend Randyl Dawn. 2014 is Randyl’s 6 year with Falken Tire. I’m glad to see her continue with such a great company, you can catch her at selected Falken Tire events throughout the United States.

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OffsetKings-9551Mohan vs. Moen. Mohan managed to propel his beat up RX8 into top 16 after smashing into the unforgiving Long Beach barriers, then gained some what control then smashed into the tire barrier. He was a bit luckier than Joon who introduced himself with the same tire barrier. The exposed Mohan let Moen slip by for the W.

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OffsetKings-9654Scion Racing, Fredric Aasbo vs. Hankook tire Grunewald would kiss each other on turn 9 of the Long Beach Grand Prix course and put both cars in the pits for repairs. Upon the return of the duo, Aasbo would move to the next round

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OffsetKings-9578Ex-teammates Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Darren McNamara would match up with each other in top 16. Falken Tire sponsored Darren McNamara would move to the next round.

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OffsetKings-9708Aasbo and Moen’s run would mirror Wang’s and Essas run. Aasbo trailed a little behind in his chase as Moen advances.

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Japanese Classic Car Show | Konnichiwa.

Youkoso irasshai mashita. (Welcome.) Ogenki desuka? (How are you?) Saikin dou desuka? (What’s new?) Japanese Classic Car Show is new! Whether you’re a young’n, like me, or an oldie, like…uhm…yea, the translation of classic cars will never be lost. There is a timeless excellence and respect for Japanese automotive heritage that is on display every year at JCCS in Long Beach, going on 9 years strong now. Check out all the good stuff from this year.

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First thing I do before I cover an even is do some test shots, especially on an outdoor show I get a feel for the lighting, play with my f/stops, shutter speed, all that jazz. Most of my early shots don’t make the cut, but I felt this 1st Gen, right hand drive RX-7  import from Japan deserved to a small place in my write up.

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Really into these SSR’s by the way. On a side note, it was very displeasing seeing a well built classic, get ready to shoot it and then upon closer inspection…replicas. What a waste, moving along…

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Now a car you can truly appreciate and build right, sure the more modern R32 Skyline was right next to it, but my eye was already captivated by this Hakosuka. The first GTR line that was produced for the Skyline model line, this car holds a special place in many classic car enthusiasts’ hearts.

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Not far from it was its “brother” a Kenmeri famously owned by Fatlace’s Felix Marcelino. This one is sported the new F/ZERO1 wheels designed by Fatlace and produced by AME Wheels. They did a real good job on these; it pays homage to the vintage lifestyle yet has modern designs that keep it up to the ever evolving tuner lifestyle.

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The restoration on this Fairlady 1600 looks as if it just rolled off a Datsun lot. The 14” wheels, the “Datsun” lettering on the hood, the color…everything just screams classic.

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Including the vintage junk in the trunk!

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The old school A60 Celica is far from popular, but Jesse Ortiz has really made a name for himself and his car for this out of the ordinary build. I say out of the ordinary because most people don’t go through the distance to restore this model Celica, let alone tune it into an absolute showstopper. It’s amazing to learn that he practically saved this car from being sent to the junkyard and spent most of the rebuilding process in his dad’s backyard. (His dad is a fellow Scion Evolution member too by the way, with a rockin’ Scion tC as well!)

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And just to show you all he means business, he did a 1JZ-GTE swap with a single turbo, which pushes about 300whp! This “bandit” isn’t shy to give you a real chase you’d never expect

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Continuing on with some seksi Toyotas in the first section of the show, we find one of our favorite Toyota Corollas, Patrick Ng’s Levin 1600, which we featured here on DaYUUM! during last year’s SEMA. Patrick has won multiple awards with this car, including 1st Place Best of JCCS last year. One reason is because he always brings something new, keeping an old car fresh isn’t easy, but he pulls it off each and every time.

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This year Patrick went with new carbon fiber body mods all around, but something tells me he’s already got new plans to change it up again real soon.

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Moving from the pavement to the grass, it was like entering a whole other classic car show. The first thing I noticed sitting by the Yokohama booth was Jun Imai’s Fairlady Z. For those who don’t know, Jun is a famous designer for Hot Wheels (I can think of at least one fellow DaYUUM! contributor who would love this.)

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In contrast to the Datsun Fairlady 1600 roadster I touched on earlier, this Fairlady Z is one of the ultimate #MaximumAttack vehicles around. From the fender flares to the meaty Advan tires, this is one aggressive beast.

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The timeless look accompanied with its simple mechanics and easily interchangeable parts has made the Datsun 510 one of the most popular cars amongst collectors and restorers. This one is perfectly clean inside and out, and the bright red, white, and blue NISMO colorway really make it sound out.

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Speaking of clean paintjobs, Hawaii native Kirk Hubbard’s TA22 Celica was a big standout of the show. When you look for a classic to be done right, you can look no further than Kirk’s, aloha!

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The red GT stripe just pops along the side along with the classic wheels colored to match it.

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Partly hiding in the shade we found our favorite little guy, Neil De La Cruz from Team Klassified and his pride and joy “Milo”. Neil put in a lot of last minute work to get it ready of JCCS, including going to bed at 2AM and then driving down to Long Beach by 6AM! At least all that hard work paid off as he won Best Toyota “Old School” 3rd Place.

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Better take a good look at this immaculate engine bay now; Neil has big plans, including some major engine and suspension mods. By next year you might not recognize it anymore.

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It’s a shame that this car was hiding behind the big Toyota rig when you first overlook the area. Or was this gangster “Yakooza” purposely hanging out in secrecy? I’d rather not type the wrong thing and have my fingers chopped off, so let’s just get to the pictures and admire this super clean, super low, gangsta’ Toyota Crown.

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Little eco-friendly cars might be the trend now, but it isn’t anything new. Back when Honda first broke into the US market, they brought the mini car style from Japan but with just enough power to keep up on US highways. And hence this little guy was born, the Honda N600.

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While the one above was in pristine condition, these are a few other mini Hondas that have been restored.

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There’s always got to be that one car; that weird, quirky car that just makes its way to appeal to you for some unknown reason. It doesn’t have to have the biggest engine, the nicest paint job, or the prettiest wheels; it just has to have that look that will make you smile and laugh. And so I introduce you to a Daihatsu Hijet!

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While this cleanly restored kei car (small Japanese vehicle) exterior pops, the interior has a more laid-back, easy-going feel. Maybe it was the Hawaiian theme that pulled me in…this really makes me miss Hawaii even more now…#DaYUUM808

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Well that’s that, another show in the books and the year is winding down. As some of these classics go back into hiding until the next show season, especially with next year being JCCS’ 10th year, it’s getting that time for us to just unwind and relax. Oh but not until our “Mash Up Three” later this month of course! As always there will be cars, food, girls, prizes, and this time a Halloween costume contest. Be sure not to miss out on it!

Arigatou!
-Justin (@JustDaYUUM)

Summer Shindig – Recap – A Grand Opening Celebration for Guppy House

Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningIt’s been more than 2 weeks since we had the Summer Shindig with the Guppy House chain, but with crazy bugs on our server, its been impossible to get any thing posted. Along with personal projects to upcoming events, and brainstorming of what the rest of 2013 has in store for us. There are some exciting things to come – you can count on that.

The Summer Shindig was our 3rd time around with David and his Guppy Chain. Each time we learn from our previous events. If you guys remember, we launched our website at the grand opening of the Cerritos restaurant in 2011. Last year we celebrated our one-year in December at Temple City, and this time, it’s a Summer event.

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Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningOur goal was to have a relaxing vibe, an event where people can hang with friends, sip on smoothies, and absorb the entertainment. We brought back our good friends from Awthentik Vibes because DJ Skitz and his team knows how to musically interact with the crowd. We also wanted a live band, but it had to be a reggae / island influenced band, so we hired Pacific Noize. The band would set the mood for the night, plus I’m a sucker for live bands.

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Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningIn addition, we had to have beautiful ladies. We invited some of our favorites including The Diamond Dozen ladies. We’ve seen the Diamond Dozen ladies at Extreme AutoFest in Anaheim representing our friends at Infinite Auto Design and they were amazing. With the help of Brian at IAD, he patched Nilo with them and we were on our way.

Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningThese ladies fit our criteria for entertainment because of their multi-talented background and their willingness to have a date with some random stranger for a small $5 donation to our charity JDRF. We thank those that donated to the cause.

The venue was a bit challenging but what can you expect from a strip mall environment? We take great pride in organization so a lot of planning took place.

We once again hired the P.D. to keep the peace, we contacted all the neighboring businesses, and had the city’s blessing – including permits. All these tedious tasks do not happen overnight, or a simple phone call. Proposals, site plans, meetings, and fees are all part of the process. For those that showed up to our Temple City Mash-UP2 knew what to expect. During the Mash-UP2 it was hilarious to read how many people dissed us for holding a meet across the street from a P.D. station, but unless you were completely out of hand, they were not going to hassle you.

At Temple City, we had 14 uniform officers to keep the peace. The Summer Shindig was no different. I hope people realize our gatherings isn’t about throwing a flyer together and expecting thousands of cars to show up and get broken up 2 minutes later for the sake of numbers. What it’s about is having your close friends gather in a safe location and enjoy the entertainment we provide.

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Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningI do apologize to those that were not able to park in the event area, but we tried our best to send out enough announcements to let people know we were taking $20 donations for reserved spaces and the funds went to JDRF. We didn’t make a dime from it. For those that capitalized on it did a great service in contributing to a charity which is deep to our hearts – THANK YOU!

For those that did not register and was still able to park in the reserved (VIP) spaces but complained about not having a good spot, I suggest you to check yourself because the world doesn’t revolve around you. Be grateful for what you have been given and stop being a PRICK. HA! I added the prick because Justin thought I was being too “rant”ful, so I decided to add that to finish it off.

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Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningPart of the entertainment was watching the famous NASA Crew paint our photo backdrop with aerosol cans. Fish and Mike D represented the crew and painted the 16 feet by 8 feet piece for about 5 hours. The piece incorporated the DaYUUM and Guppy logo. Once completed and the paint dried we removed the barriers and allowed people to take photos in front of it.

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Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningWhile DJ Skitz was spinning the tunes, The Diamond Dozen ladies were doing their thing, go-go dancing for the crowd. When not dancing they were making their rounds taking photos with people and/or their cars. Thao, Monique, Ling, and Franchesca did an awesome job, much props to them and the big Thank you from DaYUUM.

Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningI do thank the rest that came out and celebrated Guppy’s 7th location, its awesome to have a gathering with close friends and family in a safe environment. A big thanks to our close friends at Scion Evolution for helping out with the roll-in and our booth: Manny, Liza, Christine, Michelle, Justin, Paul, Virgil, Ruben, Jay, and Sergio. Big ups to the rest of the DaYUUM family, Nilo, Jae, Jayson, and Scottie for all the last minute meetings and late nights preparing for the event. It was also nice to see our resident writer Chief and Angie that drove from the Central Coast to be with us. Mac and his Samoan boys, and Ming with that big ass medical rig for our girls and media to station themselves and for our boy DJ Skitz to elevate above the crowd.

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Dayumm29Thanks to Neil, Ben, and Team Klassified for support us and coming out in clean fashion. Ben’s car is a bit special…

“Here’s a car I came across on the net a few weeks ago. The owner Benjamin Fernandez is/was in need of a type AB Kidney. He’s been on waiting list for a donor, but nothing has come up. He was willing to trade his pride and joy, his very MINT Toyota corolla. It’s a very sad story and I hope there is someone willing to help him out. I’ve had a family member that went through the same situation, and after years and years of dialysis a waiting a donor was available. They rushed him and stuck him in a plane to another state, He almost didn’t make it due to the donor being kept alive. God bless to all the people willing to donate.” – Yogi (Fatlace)

Dayumm20Thanks Antonio of Motor Mavens for jacking the Mic… Everyone 86Fest August 11th, 2013

Another HUGE congrats to David for his 7th location in Southern California, but don’t worry there are more locations… Stay tuned for our 2 year celebration at Chino in October. This event will be beyond amazing!

In the meantime, enjoy more pics taken by Edwin, and a few I borrowed from our friends at Fatlace, JDM Zip Ties, and Scion Evolution.

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Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningDavid and his guests.

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Guppy's West Covina Grand Opening(L) Jayson, Jae, Thao, Scottie, Monique, Denny, Ling, Nilo, Franchesca, and Paul (R)

Guppy's West Covina Grand OpeningThe artist’s and family.

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Some highlights from our friends at JDM Zip Ties.

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More from our friends at Fatlace, thanks Yogi.

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Dayumm22Last but not least, Glen from Long Beach Auto Tech’s S2000.

Thanks to everyone that joined up for the celebration. If you missed out then hang tight we will be announcing some other events soon.

Thanks – @DaYUUMDen

The Pursuit 4 Happyness

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First and foremost, I just wanted to thank all those who were at the Summer Shindig in West Covina AND still came out to join us here at Irwindale Speedway the following morning for Longo Scion‘s 10 year anniversary and Longo Lexus The Pursuit 4. Major props to the Scion Evolution crew for helping us out the night before and having us partner up with them here at Irwindale. Also thanks to Yogi (@yogifatlace) from Fatlace for the last minute call up to represent us as well as AirRex (@airrexusa).

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AutoCon LA 2013 – Santa Anita Park

AutoConLA40For the last 4 years Automotive Connection has steadily grown. In the beginning, they where in an underground parking structure located in the City of Industry, the following year it expanded to the abandoned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine. 2011 is when they introduced “The Runway” and the event continued into the night. MCAS El Toro was a great site but the staging area was cramped and insufficient. In 2012, they brought us to Santa Anita Park. The venue was large and had ample room for staging and spectator parking, the weather was scorching and the venue was packed. This year, Automotive Connection, also know as AutoCon, returned to Santa Anita Park. During an interview on “No one likes the TUNA” on YouTube, Justin spoke about the weather, “heat is one thing so I tried to schedule it [AutoCon] earlier this year.” The days leading up to the event was bearable, just a typical 70’s Cali weather, but to much surprise the day of the event was marked as the “Hottest Day of the Week”, ironic don’t you think? For the first time, the weather predictors where right and indeed it was hot, but unlike the previous year there was a nice breeze.

This year’s staggered roll-in made it smoother and quicker, they seemed a bit short handed for an event of this capacity, but event planning is hectic and anything that can go wrong typically will. Even finding reliable and useful help can be difficult. When we rolled into the venue I was surprised to see the aisles were a bit tight since we have been conditioned that emergency vehicles needed at least 10-15 feet of space for them to pass. Somehow, AutoCon seemed to have dodged that bullet as it seemed like we were on top of each other. Nevertheless, we had a great spot. Given the fat cars we had with us, a portion of our booth was tightly packed with little space to move. In some cases it was awesome to keep  people from cutting through the booth, but it was challenging when we needed to get into our cars.

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autocon-0108Spocom had Erica Law as well as others.

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AutoConLA1We had 7 cars in total: Nilo’s AirREX NSX, David’s CLK AMG Black Series, and Tjin Edition Ford Fusion.

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AutoConLA5The Runway has become a tradition for AutoCon events. The Runway is used to display some of the top cars on a 5ft stage and the owner is then interviewed on stage. On stage is Noel Barnum’s Scion FR-S with a Rocket Bunny and Vertex combo. His FR-S rides on AirREX Suspension and powered by Vortech.

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Fatlace was also at AutoCon.

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Some of the GIRLS of AutoCon

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Thanks to Jae Alba *(@dayuumjae), Benjamin Garcia *(@bgarciaphotography), and Jayson *(@dayuumjayce) for the photo contributions. *(Instagram)
@DaYUUMDen

Wekfest LA 2013 – Part 1

Its 1:16AM on a Tuesday morning, and I started to think about Wekfest Los Angeles and the happenings of this past weekend. I was totally exhausted and even passed out early on the couch. When I woke up around midnight to crawl into bed, I found myself catching up on the last glimpse of Instagram and our Facebook page. Nilo has really been holding down the fort on Facebook and I contribute when I remember, but I am not as religious as Nilo with all the postings. We recently started an official Instagram (@instadayuum) page because Facebook has implemented changes that require a page to promote with dollars in order to reach all of your followers (so I’ve been told). Instagram is just another outlet for us to express what we do and also to bring you up to date info on our whereabouts and all the exciting events we are involved with. Why InstaDaYUUM? In short, someone is holding on to DaYUUM as if it’s a prize possession. I think the person thinks we are in the 90’s during the URL boom, but in fact, we have been hash tagging #instadayuum for a while now, so it is just as good as DaYUUM.

I wasn’t planning on writing any Wekfest coverage because I’ve been struggling on finishing other write ups but I felt I needed to write something. This is considered part 1. Angie will continue with part 2. Angela, aka Angie, is a passionate enthusiast from the San Luis Obispo area and she came to visit Wekfest to celebrate her birthday with her fiancé. She will finish off the coverage with her ramblings. PS – Happy Birthday Angie!

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WEKFESTLA-7336I didn’t get a chance to walk around the show much because it was busy at the booth. The busiest one to date. This year we teamed up with Forjworks from Hawaii whom have blessed us to be a distributor for them on AirREX Suspensions in So Cal. That’s why our booth was split up with AirREX and DaYUUM. With the booth being busy I felt I shouldn’t leave the booth much while Jayson and Scottie hustle with merchandise. I am greatly blessed to have these guys for there passion and drive, as they are able to conduct business while Nilo and I try to take care of all the questions with the AirREX Suspension.

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WEKFESTLA-7366In the booth this year, we also had Serena. She is a new face for us and is a new addition to the DaYUUMFam along with our other ladies we have had in the past. We are experimenting with a few new ideas this year so you may or may not see mulitple Hunnies in our booth this year, but we will see how it progresses in the year. I am also happy to see that some of our previous DaYUUM Hunnies hustling and getting gigs in the industry. Anyways, I did get a little chance to walk around the vendor area, I didn’t get far into the grass area and missed some of our friends like Autofasion and the guys at Style Over Comfort, but we did catch up with the guys at FRS-86, Vortech, our brothers at Tjin Edition, and Noel at Canibeat.

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WEKFESTLA-7351In our booth we had Glen from Long Beach Auto Tech’s S2K on new gold Weds Kranze LXZ, Jayson’s IS350 with his newest look on Work Emotion CR’s, and Gary with his matte blue wrapped Lysholm charged Camaro done by Infinite Auto Design. It’s crazy how so many people confuse this Camaro for Gene’s Camaro. It’s actually hilarious.

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WEKFESTLA-7349On the AirREX side we had M2 Motoring’s Fiesta on Rotiform NUE, Nilo’s vintage (haha) NSX with probably the only RAYS manufactured 3-Piece Ro_Jas in existence, and Yogi’s newly wrapped GS on Weds SA55m.

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WEKFESTLA-7357On the vendor side I spotted the Tea brothers (www.frs86.com), Meng and Young in Beat Sonics booth, as well as Mike from Motor Mavens. I have no clue why I dont have an individual shot of Mikes, I swore I took one. I really love the new Work Emotion XD-9 on Meng’s FR-S. The color is a perfect complement to Scion’s Hot Lava.

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WEKFESTLA-7331Across the way was Vortech Superchargers / Tjin Edition. They brought out Roberts FR-S that debuted the Gold Forgestar F14F’s 17×11. The company’s own FR-S was also on display.

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WEKFESTLA-7322On the flip side, Jon Sibal’s Challenger was sitting pretty as usual. Close by was Gene Tjin’s Lysholm charged Camaro which has been on the selling block for about 2 years now. It appears even buyers with deposits are flakey like pastries. RJ’s Mustang, and Neil Tjin’s Fusion end capped their display. I wonder how many people stuck their heads under his car this time to check out the side exit exhaust.

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WEKFESTLA-7333Spitting distance away was Noel’s FR-S which is also AirREX and Vortech equipped. Noel tends to pull a crowd with his Rocket Bunny / Vertex combo, as it was surrounded the whole time to the point that I just gave up waiting for people to get the hell out of the way so I just took a shot. At least I got half the car in.

WEKFESTLA-7341Rodney with Clazzio had a crazy spot right in front of the entrance. I caught up with him at the end of the event as he was packing his clean Prius with a whole lot of booth items. It’s hard to believe he dailies his Prius and transports all the displays. Rodney was so beat at the end of the day but he was still chippery, just less.

WEKFESTLA-7358I happened to step on the grass area briefly and captured Joey’s Q45 from The Chronicles. He’s probably one of the busiest bloggers I know and provides content so quickly that I believe the guy never sleeps. I always poke fun of his lack of sleep, but in reality I do admire his drive and passion for the industry.

WEKFESTLA-7356Other cars I saw in the vendor area.

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WEKFESTLA-7335It was also good to see Marissa at the event. She was with VIP Modular.

Well that’s going to wrap it up for me. Stay tuned for Angie’s rambles. I also just saw Justin uploaded some pictures in Dropbox which is still synching, so there may be a part 3 as well. Either way, have a great week and stay tuned.

Thanks.

@dayuumden

The Streets of Long Beach – 2013 Formula Drift – Rd.1

Formula Drift kicked off its 10th year on April 12st, 2013 at The Streets of Long Beach. Long Beach is FD’s first event of the series and utilizes turns 9-11 of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The unforgiving concrete lined course has been a challenge to all the drivers as it manages to end some of their weekend abruptly. Its a difficult track because the course uses the walls as clipping points, therefore drivers tend to cut them close in order to impress the judges and wow the crowds. Thick smoke combined with solid walls hasn’t appeared to be a good combination – but exciting.

Overcast and drizzle shadowed the day and kept the temperatures cool. A bit different from previous years when hydration and shade was a must. The weather was a treat to spectators and media partners alike.

2013 implemented a few new rules and modifications- one being the “Knock-out” style qualifying, which the top 16 qualifiers will lock themselves in their positions and the rest will have a 2nd run to fight for the remaining 17-32 spots (correct me if I misunderstood). Another rule is the modification to the “5-minute rule”, which is now called the “Competition Timeout.” The driver may call 5-minutes but MUST work on their car on the grid and no longer in the paddock. These changes will help speed up competition with lessen down time.

FD showed some promising rookies such as Forrest Wang with Get Nuts Laboratory. Forrest has probably one of the sickest S14’s in the field. The S14 is powered by a turbo’ed 2JZ. His style was clean and managed to muscle himself a 10th qualifying spot in his professional debut at Formula Drift. During top 32, Justin Pawlak ultimately pushed him out of the running and knocked him.FDLB-6061

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Top 32 went rather quick and ended much earlier than scheduled. which moved the smoke sniffers to visit the vendor booths and the Slammed Society car show hosted by Fatlace.

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FDLB-5989Nissan Raceshop had our own DaYUUM Hunnie Katelin Southern signing posters to proud fans.

FDLB-6156DaYUUM Hunnie Ashley Clark was slanging wares with OMGDrift.

FDLB-6159Hunnie Amand Kerr a was with Drive Energy drinks promoting for their brand.

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Daigo-san vs Fredric was in an amazing battle. Two one-more-times as Fredric advances. Check out the close proximity by both drivers on their chase runs. It was one of the best battles to date. Daigo seems to always get into close battles. Last year at the House of Drift, he battled it out with Matt Powers in the same fashion.

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Final battle was between Dai and Gittin.

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Dai! Dai takes the win at the 2013 first round!

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Thanks for checking out our coverage. @DaYUUMDen

 

 

SEMA Show 2012 – Jayson’s Pick(s)

Yesterday ended the last day of the largest trade – automotive event of the 2012, SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association).  The SEMA show consists of at least 6000+ automobile companies worldwide that brings together aftermarket, original equipment, car dealers, distributors, installers, restorers and automotive specialists under the roof of the Las Vegas Covention Center.  The show brings one of the largest events in Las Vegas’.  As a group, we have decided that aside from sharing snaps of the various automotive halls at SEMA, each Dayuum member that have attended the event will be providing our DaYUUM followers and readers with personal selections that they found original, inspiring and  inventive… well,  let me rephrase that; selections that each member found Cool, Entertaining and Seksi.  That sounds about right to now… =)

Starting my selection this year, at Number (6), was believed to be one of last year’s hot rides sitting outside the convention center – StanceLab’s, Merc E.  This Merc caught the attention of the fitment fanatics.   The E’s new body style accented by the Carlsson body kit and AirRex air suspension complete the overall VIP style look of this Merc E350. Now with its revamped look and a new set of kicks, The bright red wrap and new blazing white Work wheels made this such a looker and was hard to miss just outside of the South hall of the convention center.

At Number (5), the Patina and Rat Rod looks of this – VW Bug and Dodge truck is something that I felt was creative and “thinking out of the box.”  Patina is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides, carbonates, sulfates formed on the surface of the metal during exposure to various environmental conditions.  Surely, this pair will likely be loved or hated by onlookers. However, I found the aged look of these vehicles aesthetically appealing.

The ’54 Chevrolet, at Number (4) completes my selection that can be viewed outside of the convention center.  As a fan of a big body styled vehicles, this classic is something that I would like to cruise in any time, any day.  Keeping the classic look while laying frame to the ground is an attribute that I’ve imagined will pair up well with these classics.  Updating the ride comfort was done by adding an air ride system coupled with some Detroit Steel wheels which sets this Chevy off my charts.

Now let’s start my top three choices that can be found indoors.  While the most people witnessed the hottest sport compact at SEMA being the FRs and BRz, I found a number of Nissans that I believe brought back the excitement of having a Japanese sports car.  Rounding up my Number (3) and Number (4) on my list respectively are the Ben Sopra R35s from Fatlace and Advan.  Fatlace has been a new front runner at adding new flavors and opening up the imaginative minds of up and coming enthusiasts.  Advan, well what can I say, they are one of the most sought after and prominent wheel manufacturer out in the market.  Fatlace’s GT-R headlined the Falken booth at the South hall while the Advan’s Godzilla lead its booth at the Central hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The bold widebody aero kit from Ben Sopra for the Nissan R35 GT-R simply looks stunning.  Don’t be deceived by the looks as the R35’s aerodynamics are also improved once suited with this unique aero kit.  The aero kit increases the width of the R35 by at least 4 inches.  The side splitters improve air flow which extends to the rear end of the kit.  The kit also sports a one-piece tilting front clip.  One of the most noticeable parts of the widened aero kit is the rear cantilever-mounted rear wing, located as high and far back.  This was designed to efficiently generate downforce.   The rear diffuser under the bumper was designed to control the air from underneath, planting the vehicle towards the ground, while greatly influencing the GT-R’s behavior during cornering. Ben Sopra’s widened aero kit may not be for the typical Joe as it is estimated to retail somewhere around the $40K range.  However, if you can afford such as sports car such as the R35 and willing to take your ride to the extreme – this may be a kit for you.

Finally we’ve arrived to my final and top choice from the event – D Sport 1996 Skyline R33 GTR.  Not only does this R33 look good in black but truly menacing as well.  The chute positioned at back says it all… this is a devil that doesn’t look back.  And as I love somewhat older vehicles, it was only fitting that I close my SEMA selection with this 90’s beast.

I’ll let the DSport Skyline R33 video speak for itself – Enjoy!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL4wNZXvQU8

As I prepare to the drive back to Cali – Hope you guys enjoyed the read up through the selection and hope that you guys would also check out the rest of the crews’ SEMA picks.

Until the next one… Peace

-jayson (dayuumjayce)

Scion Pre-SEMA Party 2012

Thursday night was Scion’s Pre-SEMA release party at the SmogShoppe. I’ve never been to the SmogShoppe or know anything about it but leave it to Scion for always picking quirky but interesting places. The setting was dark and I came totally unprepared assuming there would be ample lighting. I’m armed with a camera with no flash or tripod, you can feel my pain – but i muscle through it.

It was so dark it couldn’t even get it to focus, sorry in advance for the blurry pictures.

Displayed was the three FR-S’ that are competing in Scion’s yearly Tuner Challenge. Daniel Song of So. Cal., Chris Basselgia of Pennsylvania, and John Toca of Chicago in that particular order as you enter the venue. Three completely different styles and all executed to perfection.

Daniel’s carbon wrapped FR-S was rendered by extraordinaire artist Jon Sibal. It features a Vortech Supercharger, Air Runner suspension, MV Designz lip kit, SSR Professor Wheels with Toyo Tires, Brembo Brakes, and Sparco safety equipment. TUNER CHALLENGE FR-S _ SONG _ specs

Next to Daniel’s FR-S GT was Chris’ FR-S. The Minty FReSh has a molded kit amongst other molded body mods, Rotiform SNA wheels, AirLift suspension, BASF paint, custom interior, JL Audio electronics, and NEO Sport big brake kit is a short list of the mods. TUNER CHALLENGE FR-S _ BASSELGIA _ specs

John Toca’s FS-S seem to be the most tame of the 3 but equally impressive. John’s FR-S features a Vortech Supercharger, Five: AD Aero package, carbon fiber diffuser and hood, AirRex air suspension, CUSCO bracing, Cor Cipher Max Concave 3-pieces wheels, Soundstream electronics and K-Sport brake kit. TUNER CHALLENGE FR-S _ JOHN TOCA _ Specs

Equally impressive were the other four display cars that were 80 ft away, Evasive Motorsports, Cartel, Meguiars, and Fatlace round out the party.

Evasive Motorsports: Project Mu, Tint Factory, Cusco, Motul Sparco, Rays, HKS, Maxxis, KW Suspension. PROJECT FR-S _ EVASIVE _ specs

Fatlace: Vortech Superchargers, GReddy, Brembo, Rocket Bunny, Bride, Rays, Takata PROJECT FR-S _ FATLACE _ specs

Meguiars: Vortech Superchargers, Motiv Concepts, Brembo, Pirelli, Forgeline, ChargeSpeed, Five:AD, Daley Visuals, KW Suspension, and Shoreline. Project FR-S _ MEGUIARS _ specs

Cartel / MV Designz: Wilwood, AccuAir, Toyo Tires, House of Color, GReddy, Modulare. PROJECT FR-S _ CARTEL+MV _ specs

All the builds are examples of careful planning and thought out execution. You can see all these Scion’s up close at the Scion SEMA booth.

Wekfest Hawaii with Forjworks

I thought that I was due for a quick getaway from the daily grind, do a little R and R, good food, drinks, great desserts and listening to the relaxing sound of the ocean… I had Hawaii in mind all along.  This being my second time visiting Hawaii, I was hoping to schedule my visit where I can witness the automotive styling of the Hawaiians, which I’ve only heard about and seen on website.  As I’ve arranged my visit, I was told that Wekfest will happen the same weekend.  I’ve decided that this will be a great opportunity to see some Hawaiian styled cars as well as do an event write-up for DaYUUM.

  

My first and second day in Hawaii were all about having some fun under the sun, good eats – Zippy’s covered that… and enjoying some good famous shaved ice.

  

Saturday night, I met up with the men behind Forjworks, Paul Higashi and Marshall Lum, up in Pearl City.  They were getting a matte black wrapped G35 ready for Wekfest and laying the vinyl roll call.  Here I also met the guys from Memoryfab.  They too are in town for Wekfest Hawaii.  Marshall toured me around the shop. I learned that Forjworks is a machine/ custom fabrication shop. They own multiple machining equipment such as – lathe, mill, 5 axis CNC machine and multiple presses to cater the custom fabrication needs of the automotive industry as well as the naval industry in Pearl Harbor.  With the equipment that the shop owns, they are able to design and make custom parts especially for any air ride installation that they specialize in.

Forjworks coming from the words Forge and Works where Forge  ~ Forging, is a common process used in metals, means to enhance the metal’s grain structure and physical properties.  Common materials that Forjworks use in the shop are Billet steel or stainless steel. Forjworks also specializes in molding eyelids, taillight covers and fender flares for various cars.

As we walked around the shop, Marshall showed me one of the most talked about Ruckus’ on the island and the mainland. They’ve fabricated this Ruck and installed the first Forjworks Honda Ruckus air ride kit.  The owner, Ken, added custom alloy wheels, extended rear frame, chromed kickstand, custom front forks, upgraded brake kit, custom alligator skin seat, custom pearl white paint and exhaust.  The Ruck will just catch your attention not only because of its loud exhaust notes but because of the overall build itself.

Marshall then showed me his newly installed AirRex Air Suspension System kit for his 2nd Gen xB.  His air suspension kit is also equipped with a wireless remote to dial in the desired stance of the car.  Moreover, the dampening can also be adjusted.  Dumped to the ground, the xB just sits “like a Bawss”.  I was very impressed with the AirRex System on how it ran so smoothly during operation.  We wrapped up the night by loading things needed for Sunday’s big event, Wekfest Hawaii.

The next day I met up with Marshall and Paul at Auto Customs Shop about a mile away from my hotel.  My eye readily glued on two unfamiliar platforms for car enthusiast – Toyota Sienna Minivans – the Swagger Wagons.  Forjworks just recently completed two custom air ride kits for the Sienna.  The first kit went to the gun metallic grey Sienna own by Auto Customs shop owner Jon.  Jon’s Toyota Sienna is a 2011 SE trim.  With the wagon’s already aggressive look, Jon added a set of 5 Spoke 20in. VVSCV3 Vossen wheels to complete its perfect stance, sporty look and validate that it is a true Swagger Wagon. Seeing this at Auto Customs, I knew first hand that this will be the talk of the show.

Another set of Forjworks’ custom Air Suspension kit went to Ryan’s Silver 2011 Toyota Wagon.  This Sienna is subtle and elegant with its polished wheels but you can’t ignore how dumped it was.

As I walked around the parking lot, I can’t help but notice the slammed Audi A4.  The A4 was owned by Roger who had just purchased the car two months ago.  Completely dropped using the AirRex Suspension kit with Rotiform’s 18×8.5 +35 offset all around – this car just captured the new Audi styling that is so popular today. Roger plans to continue building his car with authentic exterior euro aero parts and install simple bolt-on performance parts to the A4.

Also at the parking lot were Auto Customs’ customer cars such as a Lamborgini with Volks VR Matte black wheels.

As we set up at the parking structure where Wekfest was held, I can’t overlook Blaine’s stylin’ GS350.  As a Lexus / Toyota fanatic as myself, Blaine’s GS is just screamed elegance.  Similar to Roger’s A4, the GS is also equipped with an AirRex Air ride kit.  The big bodied lexus also had a subtle lip kit and 20×9 – 20×10.5 Silver InCurve deep concave wheels that complemented the whole look of the car which was all about class and style.

As I made my rounds at Wekfest,  I saw Pat’s TSX.  I met Pat the night before during my visit at the Forjworks shop.  Pat’s TSX had a Mugen kit, Work wheels and an insane rear camber.  Unlike Roger and Blaine’s rides, Pat’s car is equipped with an Air runner suspension kit to finish off the overall look and stance of this badass ride.  His TSX well-defined the Hellaflush movement and styling.  Pat also excitedly represented DaYUUM Hawaii style – Mahalo Pat!

At wekfest, there was a good mix of cars that filled the 5th, 6th and top floors of the parking structure.  I witnessed how Hawaiians go all out on their rides, VIP cars were like Yakuza fleet cars.

AE86 crew were also in full force to show what they got.

All kinds of insane and sexy Nissan S-chassis rides were at the event as well.

The Goodlife crew were reppin as well with a booth and Dj set up.

A carshow won’t be complete without some eye-candy, and the lovely Ms. Elissa Alva definitely filled that.  She was selling and signing autographs at the Wekfest booth.

I was surely impressed with the cars that I saw at Wekfest.  Hawaiians truly go all out when it comes to their cars.  I thank the guys from Forjworks for letting us hang out with them.  They really are experts at what they do and they know how to get cars to look “Sick” and well done.  Marshall described it best when he said “Forjworks don’t just put bolt on kits on vehicles (especially when installing Air Ride kits) but we fabricate parts to work and fit correctly on a specific car or bike.”

As the day ended, I also came to realize that I only have a few hours in Hawaii.  I had such a good time during my short stay; chillaxing, enjoying the food, beach, cars and company of my new found friends in Hawaii.  I know that it will not be the last but have no doubt that I will see you again…Hawaii, Mahalo… Until the next one… Peace! -jp