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SEMA 2016 Recap


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.

For example, the field-savaged, body-dropped, rotary-powered, 510 built by Twisted Images, sitting low on AirLift suspension and classic BBS wheels.sema-2016-6236




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





This copper and black Cadillac sled was tucked away in the North hall, which was accompanied by this nicely built bike.sema-2016-6103



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





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



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





Japanifornia, a Dodge Charger on TE’s. Oh, Yeah!sema-2016-6205




Too fresh is Ryan Tureks Ferrari powered 86. LS What?sema-2016-6111






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



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






Dump Trucks, Yea! Can go wrong with slammed x boost!sema-2016-6082




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Thanks for checking out the feed, now unto the rest of the gallery! Have a great day! -Denny @dayuumden

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.





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SEMA Show 2015: Denny’s Picks

SEMA, a visual orgasm for auto enthusiasts, a designer’s showcase, a builder’s dream, a company’s showroom, and one of Las Vegas’s largest convention.

4000 plus cars and hundreds of vendors fill almost every square inch of the convention halls and surrounding parking lots. It’s difficult to see all the action during the four day event, but it didn’t keep the Crew from picking out a few fresh rides that caught our attention. I love import cars, but I am also very much in love with older domestic muscle. The craftsmanship invested into cars 40 to 50 years old or older, have a huge place in my heart.

As I cruise miles of the show floor, I set out to find some of my favorite builder’s work, such as the Ringbrothers. Their attention to details always has me in Awww. This 1965 Mustang Fastback shows off Ringbrothers production pieces which are available for purchase. The details into this Mustang are worth taking a closer look at.SEMA 2015-9605

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Another awesome ride is Andy Williamson’s 56 Chevrolet Bel Air. To the naked eye, it has a patina exterior, Vortech Supercharged LS3 engine, sharp engine bay, and sick interior. What can not be seen, can be touched. Grazing your fingers over the finish, one will notice that it’s been completely coated with matte clear, preserving its age in all its glory. Even large rust divots were cleared to a smooth touch. A lot of time was invested into the body work, despite the visual appearance. SEMA 2015-9575

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The secret gas door and hidden filler pipe adds fine detail into Andy’s Bel Air.SEMA 2015-9580

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Skipping to an American Hot Rod is the M&M Special, a 1927 Ford Roadster. A gleaming 276, tan leather, and chrome adds an elegant touch to a well executed Ford.SEMA 2015-9567

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Datsun have been on my mind ever since I purchased a 1970 Datsun 521 pickup earlier this year. Since then, I’ve set my eyes on a 240Z and a Roadster, a 67 to be exact. Very similar to this one in Garrett Turbo’s booth. This lightweight ’67 has a built SR20VE motor which is turbocharged!SEMA 2015-9655

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If you love engines, then you’ll love this black Datsun 240Z sporting the ultra rare TC24B1 with 50mm Solex carbs. This set up puts out 376HP and 281 ft. lbs. of torque on California 91 octane, dyno’ed by our friends at Z Car Garage in San Jose.SEMA 2015-9643

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My brothers at Tjin Edition displayed a few builds this year, six to be exact. They are Fortune’s Ford Fiesta, Gene’s Explorer. Neil’s Honda HR-V, Hyundai Genesis, Ford Edge, and Ford F150 built for Universal Technical Institute.SEMA 2015-9554

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Vortech Superchargers had this beautiful 55 Chevy 150.SEMA 2015-9561

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Our friends at Driving Line had an impressive set up, with Robert Chew’s revamped Rocket Bunny NSX, now with a white coat and TEs. The much anticipated debut of Sung Kang’s Rocket Bunny 240Z also made an appearance.SEMA 2015-9536

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And of course the RWB’s. Vincent from iForged displayed an arsenal of them.SEMA 2015-9530

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Lastly, I wasn’t able to get a good picture of Ryan’s Type-R but really proud of his accomplishments on finishing Top 10 during SEMA’s Battle of the Builders.SEMA 2015-9597

Those round out my favorites of SEMA 2015. You’ll hear more from Jayson, Scottie, and Jae for the infamous, Ladies of SEMA!

SEMA Show 2014: Jayson’s Pick(s)


Las Vegas becomes the mecca of automotive geniuses and visionaries every time SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) event is in town.  Fortunate enough to attend this year’s event to feast my eyes on creations that I know were done with extensive planning, hardwork and good partnerships.  This year I was able to witness a good variety of vehicles that impressed me due to its craftsmanship and details – creations that conformed to my liking.  So let’s start…


#Brotherlylove.  Tjin Edition Ford Fiesta ST and Honda Fit

It’s one thing to work with friends on car builds but to make it a family affair is another.  I can just imagine how the brothers bounced ideas at one another -as crazy as these guys are; they probably used, and abused Denny (@dayuumDen) as a cushion to exert their brotherly frustrations.  But in the end, both vehicles were highly recognized by Ford and Honda for an outstanding vision.





#NotaRocketBunny. The internet breakers Noel’s Varis FRS and Yogi’s widebody GS

These Asiatic Red Devils just killed it… Nope Kim K didn’t break the internet first… Do you remember when this FRS flooded the facebook and IG feeds? When Noel first broke out the FRS with the Airrex suspension? How about the time when he revealed his Rocket Bunny with the Work VS-KF wheels  and lastly showing off with the full Varis Kit and SSR’s newest wheel, the Professor TF1.  Simple but tasteful details can be noticed not only in the exterior but under the FRS’ hood and interior as well.  I am sure brother Bert had his share of scrapes and bruises working on this FRS.



Well Yogi broke the internet a few days before his GS showed up in SEMA.  After months of non-stop preparation and work to complete the GS with the help from Buddha Paint, Weds, Falken and Airrex, and many more; the handcrafted widebody sedan stole the spotlight the day it was revealed.




#TheRocketBunny.  Lexus RB RC350 Fsport, SSA x AutoFashion RB NSX, RB RX7, RB R35 and RB Genesis Coupe

One build that I really wanted to see in person was the Lexus RB RC350 Fsport.  I have not driven one yet but I read a number of good reviews about the vehicle most specially the RC-F.  For me, it was like a luxury FRS on steroids. Or maybe I am just a little Lexus biased but seeing the first renderings of the RC with the RB kit, just made me want to see one in person. The RB kit enhanced the already aggressive look of the RC.  Meaty tires, mesh wheels, perfect stance, the RC will definitely be a hit once it reaches the dealerships.




Six Sigma AUTOdesign said it best, “We knew many aspects of the project would be controversial, but we wanted to stir the pot. In the end, modifying cars is like an art, what’s the point if we are all painting the same picture? Don’t be afraid to take risks! We love how the car turned out…” Kudos to you guys for taking that leap -out of the norm.







#Fanboyfavs.  Falken IND M3, Artisan NX200t, Ironman4x4 LC60, Vossen LS460, Vorsteiner M4, Sarto Racing CLK and the Hotchkis Road Runner

This IND-Distribution (based from Chicago, Il)  M3 under the Falken booth was simply stunning – no widebody add-ons but simply utilizing the usual aero enhancements that screams Form and Function. But what really drew me to this vehicle was the color scheme which may be too bold for some. The BMW Yas Marina Blue, cement gray and mint green highlights worked great for this build.



The very first Lexus NX200t that was fitted with an Artisan kit.  I didn’t imagine that the NX would look so good with just the kit, wheels and low ride height.  The NX series maybe the vehicle that puts the RX series out of the Lexus lineup – only time will tell…


I have always been a big fan of Ironman 4×4 products.  This year they used an LC60 VX Diesel Turbo to display the quality of accessories, gear and parts they offer. I would not mind taking this LC out on a trailing trip…


The big body sedan LS460 has always been in my “want” list and this long sled from Vossen was tastefully done.  The elegance of the LS460 Fsport was maintained with the addition of the Skipper front lip and air suspension.


BMW Widebody M3 suited up with Vorsteiner aero.


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Who would not want to own an American Muscle if it looked this good? This Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was under the Hotchkis booth.


In addition to the vehicles mentioned above , this year I’ve decided to deviate from my typical wheelhouse and highlight trucks for my SEMA 2014 picks.  From the plethora of new Jeep Rubicons and Wranglers around most of the halls, I found a few that really caught my eye.  I could not pick just one so here it goes…


3.  The Legacy Classic Trucks: Scrambler and 1942-1943 Dodge WC-53 conversion

These Legacy Classic conversions gives you the old classic feel with new reliable hardware.  The Legacy Classic Trucks are assembled to a customers liking – in terms of its looks and application that it will be used. The Classic V8 Legacy Scrambler Conversion symbolizes the heritage of the Jeep CJ, with full fenders, 33” tires and classic line. This is equipped with a 430Hp LS3 engine which is capable of adventures both on and off-road. The Scrambler is also available as a Soft-top, Hard-top and 2-Door version. Also, this is made with a mandrel bent fully boxed frame as well as Atlas transfer-case, Dynatrac 1-Ton ProRock 60 axles with ARB locking differential. Long travel suspension and air-bump stops are used to fit ones adventure needs.

The Dodge Carryal WC-53 is a rare and unique multi-passenger truck also available from Legacy Classic trucks in limited number. Each truck is handcrafted since it takes at least 1,200 hours to build. This is also powered by a 430Hp LS engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic. This comes standard with locking differentials and an Atlas Transfer-case.












2.  Vortech BOSS F100

One of Vortech Superchargers’ booth vehicles is this 1973 Ford F100 done by High Octane Hot Rods. Owner: Jason Jones, On the Ground Designs. This truck is seriously looking like a Boss sitting still and laying frame. Under the hood you will find a 5.0L Ford Coyote engine, BOSS intake and Vortech Supercharger. Hard to find pieces and details were sourced from LMC trucks. One will not miss the massive tubs of the truck which tucks the B-Forged 595 wheels 22×9 up front and 24×14 rear. These are wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires 265/30/22 for the fronts and super wide 405/25/24 for the rear. Sew it Seams from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania completed the truck’s interior. Audi RS4 Red Volker was used to complete the exterior looks of the BOSS.





1.  1949 Chevrolet 3100 five window pickup

Under the bright lights of the Las Vegas Convention Center, showing with the PAC racing springs booth tucks a truck that really caught my eye, this is the 1949 Chevy 3100 five window pickup. At first, its rusted out exterior will throw you off as this seem to not belong with the big boys with their shiny paint schemes. But look under the hood and you will immediately know that this beast will blow your doors off standing still. The 3100 is equipped with a fully built 442 LS engine with a 4.125 Bore and Stroke using K1 Technologies Forged Crank and Wiseco Pistons. This also has a Trick Flow Fully CNC LS3 Heads with OE LS7 rockers and titanium retainers from PAC Racing Springs. All ARP hardware was also used in putting together the powerplant of the truck. The 442 was also partnered to a Tremec 6-speed transmission with Centerforce DYAD dual disk clutch. As for its low slung ride height, PAC-JRi Racing coilovers were used. The Red Steel wheels from Coker Tire really did set off the look of the truck – wrapped in Firestone Nostalgia Drag Slicks Wide White. Although it cannot be seen behind the wheel, stopping on a dime is achieved using Wilwood Six Piston Calipers with 12 inch rotors. One of the eye catching details of the truck was the TIG Welded Butler built “Bomber Seats” with custom leather enhancements. I also liked the squared tubing interior styling as well as the bad ass grenade shift knob. The rear end of the truck just shows off the old and new pieces that really set this truck apart from the others.  Eighteen glorious months is what it took to put this beast together, this 3100 deserves a spotlight under the bright lights of Las Vegas.



















Hope you guys enjoyed a little flashback of SEMA 2014.

Until the next one… Peace!

-jayson (@dayuumjayce)

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






SEMA Show 2013 – Denny’s Picks






SEMA2013-80832013 SEMA was bigger, badder, and stronger. Having a predominate amount of Asian friends, it was no surprise that their top picks were the Liberty Walk 458 and GT-R. There is no denying that they are bitchen cars, but I wanted to show some of our DaYUUM readers some other cars that are just as awesome and why. By no means do I think the other builds weren’t worthy, but there simply isn’t enough time to see every car. The show is a bit overwhelming and unless you spend at least a day in each hall examining every single car, the conclusion would be the same, there just isn’t enough time to see everything.

But lets cut to the chase with my picks.



SEMA2013-7799My first pick is the Tjin Edition Ecoboost F-150. This F-150 is more than meets the eye and other than the obvious wide body treatment on the Ecoboost, the team at Unique Fabrication slaved over 300 man hours on the suspension alone. The mastermind behind the build, Neil Tjin, decided on using Raptor fenders and bed to widen the body. That addition later on became more of a challenge than he expected. While it seems like a simple bolt-on, not all parts are created equal. It’s no where near a complete fit; the hood lines do not match up, the suspension wouldn’t work, and the rear valences had to be custom formed.

Neil’s choice to keep the factory F-150 grille was an important detail to maintain the F-150 trim. The enthusiasts of the Raptor will know that the front bumper has also been chopped and lowered to maintain the same lower body line. It’s those subtle details that tie this build together.

SEMA2013-7830The rear roll pan didn’t have matching lines, so the guys at Unique had to form that in. They also included the rear bumper sensors to maintain factory functionality.

After the body panels were on, Unique Fabrication diverted their attention to the front suspension. In order to maintain ride quality and drivability, a combination of custom fabricated parts and factory Raptor arms were used help with camber and travel issues associated with the factory F-150 suspension. The end result is factory comfort at any height.

SEMA2013-7801In the rear, a custom 4-link suspension was added along with a custom notched frame and tubbed bed to make way for the massive one-off 24″ Rotiform six-shooter (aka 6 hole DIA’s) to tuck under the fenders. At SEMA, the F-150 had a 4″ lip all the way around, but currently its being reworked for a 4″ front lip and 6″ rear.

The AccuAir air management system drops the F-150 on its frame with a touch of a button. A noticeable thump will let you know you’re on the frame.


SEMA2013-7833Finishing off the body was DTM Autobody to complete the color transformation, while Styles finalizied the pinstripes, and Line-X solidifying the bed interior.

The truck scene isn’t a new breed, rather a breed that’s been lost in the evolution of the aftermarket automotive industry. I especially loved the Tjin Edition F-150 because of its clean, near factory appearance that ironically took hundreds of man hours to complete.


SEMA2013-7902My second pick is a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera which was built by the Ring Brothers in collaboration with Nike’s Skunk Work Innovation Team. It was built for Cheryl Brickle as a tribute build for her late husband Randy.


SEMA2013-7925The 1971 Pantera would be called – ADRNLN. The Ring Brothers has been one of my favorite build teams because of their keen attention to detail. From the factory, the ’71 Pantera is equipped with a 351 Ford Cleveland engine outputting 330 hp. The mid-engine set up propels the 3,100 lbs Pantera to a top speed of 159 mph.

SEMA2013-7906The Ring Brothers decided to ditch the Ford 351 in favor of a Wegner Motorsports LS3 matched up with an Holly Dominator EFI, good for 600 hp.

SEMA2013-7895I’m very impressed by the execution of the Pantera. The color combo is absolutely beautiful and the custom machining is top notch. ADRNLN has been slightly widened and the factory pop-up headlights have been ditched for a pair of sealed lenses. The facelift has a Ford-GTish look.


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SEMA2013-7896The dual Spal fans are outfitted with custom motor covers.

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SEMA2013-7933I’m overly excited with all the machining involved with ADRNLN, including the coilover top hats and tower brace. The custom headers leading to a pair of stainless Flowmasters is a signature for the Ring Brothers.

Like the Tjin Edition F-150, ADRNLN, has a reworked suspension. The front and rear suspension originated from a C5 Corvette attached to a custom Roadster Shop chassis.



SEMA2013-7922The interior was rather simplified and modernized with an added twist. The Ring team formed an alliance with Nike’s Skunk Work Innovation Team to design the interior of ADRNLN. They ditched the airplane like cockpit and relocated the center mounted gauges to the main cluster. Classic instrument gauges, Alpine head unit, and even a USB port just awes me!








SEMA2013-7912By looking at the images you can tell why I love this creation so much. From the fastening hardware to the 6-pot Baer brake system coupled with custom HRE Wheels put ADRNLN on the pedestal. The fit and finish was on point!

On to my next and final.

The Torino Talladega began its life as a project to compete in NASCAR during the late 60’s. The objective was to complete a more aerodynamic body, which resulted in the 1969 Torino Talladega. The Talladega adapted its name after the Talladega Racetrack in Alabama and less than 1000 was produce to satisfy NASCAR’s production rules.

At SEMA I stumbled on this 1969 GPT Special and it blew my mind! This ’69 is a creation from Rad Rides by Troy, for owner, George Poteet. I first learned about Troy watching episodes of RIDES. RIDES was a show on Discovery Channel that would dissect the build process by trailing the builders step-by-step. It’s was informative and genuine like how a reality show should be.



SEMA2013-8033The Talladega has a striking side profile that floors me. The fender arches were exaggerated and defines the overall look. I love the side duct and exhaust cut out in the fabricated lower panel. The tucking rim is never an eye sore.

SEMA2013-8032The ginormous brushed lip was hard to ignore and was one of the key factors which caused me to gravitate towards it.



SEMA2013-8045As I approached the car, I could just feel being sucked in more and more in amazement. The metal work on both the interior and exterior was phenomenal. The evenly space rivets was harmonious.





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SEMA2013-8054The engine compartment was just as beautiful with the BOSS 530 pumping out 700 HP. The metal work and riveted panels carried into the bay as well.


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There is no denying the beauty of this 69. Pictures alone can not describe the work; the details, the creativity, and the personality. I was honored to have seen it and I appreciate all the work involved in this build.

I wasn’t able to get the information I wanted on this build during the show and I refrain from using the internet as a source of my stories, but If you want more information, I am sure there are plenty of articles about it on the web. My objective was to introduce vehicles for the readers to ponder on. Give them a taste of some amazing cars that might not have enough deserved expose in the mainstream and intrigue them enough to look further is the reasoning of why I chose these vehicles. Granted, there are 1000’s of other well executed builds on the show floor but I was not able to see it all.

In a later feature, I will do a round up of other cars of SEMA. In the meantime, thanks for reading and check out our other SEMA features by Scottie, Justin, and Jae. Thank you!


Justin’s SEMA picks
Scottie’s SEMA pick
Jae’s Ladies of SEMA

SpoCom Anaheim 2013 – Part 1 of 2

2013 was the 2nd year we exhibited at SpoCom and this year was bonkers. I’m not sure if it was the headline guests such as, Tera Patrick or Nina Mercedez, perhaps it was Dannie Riel. The hall was packed and there was a line… outside – waiting to enter, YES! Usually we are a bit busy inside setting up so I never had the opportunity to venture outside before the opening.

What I do love about SpoCom is the interaction we have with our supporters, it seems like SpoCom is the type of event that they can come up and talk about whatever, for a long time, sort of like a SEMA but on a consumer level. The fact that it is indoors is also one of the biggest advantages for SpoCom.

Our call time was 8AM-10AM, we showed up respectfully around 9AM after running countless errands before hand. We met with Tricia at the gate and was quickly swifted away. It literally took less than 2 mins before we were inside the venue. Set up took us about an hour so myself, Jae, and Scottie had ample time before the 4PM event. Since it was also Scottie’s birthday, we chose to go to Downtown Disney and have lunch at ESPN Zone. After lunch we had time to spare so I charged up the game card and proceeded to kick Jae’s and Scotties’ asses in Hoops, oh and hockey. You can see a video of it on our instagram (@instadayuum).

Anyways, back to the event.

SpoCom_2013-8257Once the doors opened it was a rush of people. We were placed in-between both the two model lounges and HIN City so we are definitely not complaining about our spot! Hot cars and women.. Shesh…

SpoCom_2013-8267One guest that was insane was Dannie Riel, oh my goodness, I had no idea that girl single handedly controlled the lines. Not to say the others didn’t have a huge fan base, but no one had a line that extended 150ft – at all times – throughout the whole night. I still can’t wrap my head around it. Perhaps it’s her limited appearance in So Cal since she is from Canada, but still… DaYUUM, it was nuts.

I did manage to sneak out of the booth a few times to snap shots, but it was extremely difficult. I had to wait towards the end of the event before I could get some without a foot or leg in the picture, but even then it was tough. I will cover part 1 of SpoCom as Jae will continue with Part 2 with the girls.

SpoCom is an event we try to attend every year, the staff is awesome and it’s drama free. SpoCom was never a confusion of where a vendor’s booth is located and how to get there, it’s simply flows perfect. KUDOS to the staff.

Let’s take a look at some of the cool rides.

Beat Sonic’s FR-S sporting a twin-screw style supercharger. Twin screw provides a great torque on the lower RPMs. Beat Sonic sells the infamouse SharkFin antennas you see on all the popular FR-S’.



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Fuzion Teknique’s Vortech Supercharged Scion FR-SSpoCom_2013-8276



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Rywire’s fresh drive-by-wire Civic. The bay is immaculate.SpoCom_2013-8301


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AutoFashion / Trendy Vape came out strong with their line of accessories and juices. They are in San Diego so make sure to look them up.SpoCom_2013-8284




TOYO Tires had a couple cool cars include this rod and a Scion tC done by MV Designz.SpoCom_2013-8288


Gary of Creations n’ Chrome’s Monster Notch representing Hybrid.SpoCom_2013-8292


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We thanks the SpoCom crew for their hospitality, it’s never a dull moment at a SpoCom show and we had a great time!


Torque Meet Tour – Glendale Heights – Chicago


Glendale Heights was the Torque Meet Tour’s second stop. It brought out hundreds of cars and even more spectators. Torque Meet Tour is a 5-Stop tour featuring different activates and entertainment.







Universal Technical Institute kicked up the entertainment




TMTCHICAGO-0805such as a live demo from SMAGE BROS Riding Show


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TMTCHICAGO-0781Tjin Edition also brought out their huge rig and displayed the Camaro and UTI’s Toyota Tacomoa giveaway truck.

TMTCHICAGO-0701Equilibrium, a Urban Survivor Gear company, was on display with their interchangeable and modular backpacks, bags, and accessories.




TMTCHICAGO-0856Congrats to Mike Szabo with a 2001 Subaru Impreza for bringing home the DaYUUM Choice Award.






TMTCHICAGO-0853Rick Bottom took home the Vortech/Paxton Award.

The event brought enthusiasts from all around.


















Next stop is Philadelphia, PA July 22nd, 2013!

AirPower Group Hits the streets – Part 4 – Vortech Superchargers

Just released is Vortech Superchargers part 4 of their famous “Hitting The Streets” series.

What do you get when you combine possibly the craziest Fox Body Mustang build of all time with arguably the hottest Challenger around right now…then add in a GM SEMA Design award winning Camaro 1LE, and a little bit of TruFiber Gotta-Have-It-Green Coyote Convertible – All Supercharged and making great power??? Well, you have the fourth installment of Hitting The Streets; the Vortech and Paxton Superchargers video series showcasing their Superchargers and Supercharging Systems on some of the hottest cars around.




2013 5.0L Mustang GT Systems Now Available from Vortech Supercharger

2013 5.0L Mustang GT Systems Now Available…

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

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

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

SEMA Show 2012 – Denny’s Picks

The SEMA show is huge… I mean real HUGE… When we decided to seek out who we thought had the hottest build, it was impossible to agree on just one. Much like personalities and tastes, people’s idea of hot is subjective; therefore, we decided on individual picks. With THOUSANDS of cars, bikes, and everything in between; it’s next to impossible to see every car, talk to every owner, and hear every story about a build. As much as we would like to, it’s impossible.

For myself, I am picking what I felt had cool elements, details, fit and finish, or simply how it presents itself. I will describe what I like about each vehicle the best I can.

My first pick is this Ford Mustang built by the Ring Brothers. Ring Brother’s builds are notorious for awesome one-off parts and accessories.

I love the detail in the dry carbon spitter, the anguler design would become a consistant element in the build.

Consistency is key.  Once again,  the angular design in the detail of the rear spoiler.

Awesome detail in the tips and the fit of the rear-diffuser.

I’m loving the rear quarter panel cover that houses the gas filler pipe for the vehicle.

Take a look at the dimple-died strut bar,  it also had the roofing stripe carry through to that as well.

From the side, this mimicked the 70’s BOSS 302 graphic scheme, but up close they are fine carbon accents that stood off  from the front fenders to the side skirts.

Another fine detail are the “Switch” name plates on each door handle.

Here is a close up of the hardware used to secure the hood insert unto the hood.

In the same booth only a few feet away was the Tjin Edition Fusion. I really liked the color combination of the beige / tan exterior matched to the darker brown accents.

The Tjin Edition builds have always included unique colors and small details that only a few may see. For example, the multi-color fading on the pinstripe fill done by, Styles.

The striping extends to the rear in 2-colors and are united by the initial of Neil Tjin’s kids.

The pinstripe is also carried to the rear of the spoiler.

The rear half of the Fusion has a dual exhaust set up that peeks out of the rear bumpers and finished with a black coating.

Equally impressive is the Tjin Edition and Baer calipers in green to accent the interior stitching.

Outside of the Ford booth and only a few booths away was BASF Refinishing’s booth. BASF typically display very well built cars and this year was no different. They had the 2012 Ridler award winner on display, as well as Chip Foose’s 1948 Cadillac “Eldorod,” both very impressive but I really liked the Ring Brother’s Grinch.

The Grinch is a 1970 Camaro with many one-off parts. Like the “Switch”, the Grinch features many billet parts inside and out.

The Grinch is painted with BASF’s Glasurit® Waterborne paint. I liked the contrast between the gloss and the matte finish which separated the nose piece to the exterior of the Camaro.

This custom bracing that closely hugged the inside fender well was so clean. The interior of the engine bay had a matte finish and was the home of the LS3

The fit and finish of the interior and all the accent piece that surrounded it was done with fine detail.

Back to the exterior side was a matte deck spoiler that featured multi-levels. Rather than have it straight across the team extended it further to surround the side body panels and utilized a stylish step to contour the deck lid. Also notice how tightly the rear bumper flows with the rest of the body. In stock form, fit wasn’t even in the vocabulary and had un-matching gaps.

Here is a detail shot of the billet bezel around the taillights.

I love the Flowmaster exhaust dump that exited the rear valiance

Unto the next, was this 69 Camaro in Auto Metal Direct’s booth. At first glance, the Camaro was simply clean. As I was walking way I noticed a few mods that attracted by attention. I took a few pictures then kept finding treasures that kept me shooting, I was hooked!

What hooked me in was the flush window treatment on the front and back. The deletion of the chrome moldings around the windows gave the Camaro a modern look.

I was then drown in by the rain gutter that was nicely fabricated into the body of the Camaro

I especially loved the frenched rear bumper and taillights. The exhaust also had a nice bevel treatment to keep the build consistent.

The lower chin spoiler was nicely fitted along with the front bumper that had the same flush treatment as the rear.

A nicely fitted mirror and smooth interior finished the ensemble of the 69 Camaro

From classic to modern. My other pick is the Tjin Edition 2013 Camaro 1LE. It was featured in Vortech Superchargers booth for the week and grabbed a lot of attention due to its unique color combination that the Tjin team is known for. The solid brown and orange treatment with the one-off Rotiform wheels sets this modern muscle build from others.

This shot of the engine bay shows how nicely the Vortech Supercharger rests in the bay, which won GM’s Best New Product Award. Other details include the blue pinstripe that separates the orange and brown.

The Tjin Edition 1LE was award the Best Sports Car by the General Motors team and as you can see, its well deserved.

After roaming the central hall a little longer I ran into a 69 Mach 1 Mustang. What took me by surprise was the fender work put into the vehicle and the aggressively low physique, well not to mention the mid-engine layout of the 5.4L supercharged engine in the rear. This Mustang is called the Mach Forty, for the combination of a 69 Mach 1 Mustang and a GT40. I didn’t get the chance to speak with anyone in the booth but noticed unique elements in this build. The Mach Forty is predominately a 69 Mach 1 mid-section; doors, roof, and pillars; but the rear, the rear quarters, the hood, fenders, and frame were all hand formed.

Very nice hood latch.

I love this rear vent that leads into the rear of the engine compartment.

The fender work was very nicely done.

Last but not certainly least, was a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere named “ForPly” tucked in the North hall. It’s dubbed the “Old School American Style. Modern NASCAR Technology.” It features NASCAR suspension, brakes, 4-speed transmission, and fuel-injected engine Dodge 358. Long story short, its a NASCAR chassis with an 64 Belvedere body. In fact, the 64 Belvedere has won the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Grand National Champion. I love the fact that they took a racing platform and fused it with this classic that is street friendly and duct tape free.

A fuel cell was in the rear with a direct side filler.

I believe this is the overflow tube.

I loved the frenched filler.

NASCAR exhaust with integrated mufflers

Fully adjustable suspension

Such fine detail even up to the spoiler.

These round out my SEMA picks. There were so many nice builds that this could have gone on for many days and our site could have been littered with cool cars.

The DaYUUM group already knew the type of cars I was going to choose, because they know my style. My passion is in imports but I feel that the import segment needs to step their game up a little. There are a few builders and designers like Jon Sibal, Mike Vu, and Troy Sumitomo that know a little thing or two about fit, finish, and design; I’m very passionate about their works as well.

I do have a soft spot for classics cars that are transformed into modernize pieces of machinery and art. I wished I could have covered more of the floor but there was just so much to see at SEMA. I hoped to stay longer but Halloween put a damper in my plans. As I quickly hit the halls, these were the builds that stood out to me. I hope you enjoyed them.


SPOCOM 2012 – Anaheim – Coverage – Part 1

What a sizzling hot long weekend this was… temperatures reaching well over in the 90’s and in some areas in the 100’s! We were fortunate enough to be in a temperature-cooled environment with plenty and I mean plenty of eye candy.

First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Scott and I am very proud to be a photographer and writer of the DaYUUM crew. Ever since I was a little boy, I have always been fascinated with cars. I remember asking my parents to help me renew my car magazine subscriptions and now I have a whole library in which I could look back upon. Collecting Hot Wheels and building model cars was a passion of mine until I got my license. All of these events snowballed in my life and motivated me  into owning and modifying several real cars of my own and  that’s how it all started!

The crew and I attended Spocom on Saturday, August 4th  at the Anaheim Convention Center in the heart of Orange County. This show was without a doubt one of the most anticipated car show to exhibit some of the industry’s hottest top brands, media, and event promoters as well as over 350 of the nations top show cars competing for the most prestigious car show trophies in the county.

The show started at 4pm and ended at 11pm. Vendor Registration and Roll-in started early 8am sharp. We were the “lucky” ones to make it in before everyone else did. We watched everyone roll in, get set up, and then we just waited for the festivity to start! As we stood around with nothing really to do some of our crew members drove off to the happiest place on earth “Disneyland” which was just down the street. Some wanted to kill time by eating and some just wanted to just get away from all of the exhaust fumes that filled the air. 4 o’clock came around pretty quick and people started piling in. By 7pm, the place was crowded and shooting cars became a real challenge. But we managed to get what we did.

The lovely DaYUUM Angels, Ashley Clark and Amanda Kerr.

The cars rolling in.

UTI with Neil’s KP61 and Jessica enjoying the event.

The Five Axis crew with Capcom’s FR-S

Five Axis’ FR-S with its aero package.

SoCal Driven representing SpoCom.

A nice G35 on full carbon fiber front and back with BBS LM’s on tiffanny blue rims.

This clean RSX on BBS RS. Simple yet so clean.

This clean Acura TL which I believe is on some VIP Modular wheels dipped in gold.

Here’s Forest Wang’s Nissan Sylvia under the M7 booth. Don’t get fooled by the looks and the shine of the car. This thing is a beast with a Supra 2jz engine on it.

Glen’s S2K representing hard with DaYUUM!

Always nice to see some old school M3’s. Here’s one from the guys at Mfest.

Here’s Andrew’s 370z from Ar-kan on Volks TE37’s.

Another one of Ar-kan, Joseph’s famous ep3.

Ar-kan’s only female, Jasmine’s panda themed Veloster.

Also fro Ar-kan, Ben’s Hyundai Genesis.

Sammy Piazza’s powerful Camaro with a turbo kit from Turbonetics.

Paul Maleon’s Evo VIII who’s also from Ar-kan.

More vip’s from Platinum VIP.

AutoFashion is always representing.

Scion giving away some goodie bags.

As crowds soon died out we noticed that the clock finally struck eleven and it was about that time to start gathering our belongings and to officially call it a day…

That’s about it boys and girls! We like to thank Tricia, Marcus, Rommel, and the rest of the SpoCom crew for allowing us and our cars / crews to be at this incredible event. We hope that we can attend again next year!

Thanks for checking us out! Hope to see you guys at the next event! -DaYUUMScottie

Here is a great video from Mikey Dang.