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In 2014, we had the opportunity to drive and capture the first ever Scion FR-S RS1 Turbo, well kind of. In actuality, it was a project vehicle that resembled the unreleased Scion FR-S RS1. In fact, the project vehicle inspired the current RS1. The work was done in partnership with Advanced Design Fabrication (ADF), Scion Racing, TRD, Toyota Technocraft, KMA Industries, GReddy, Techno Square, and Evasive Motorsports. Subtle differences sets the US Spec vs. the TRD Project Vehicle apart, the aero package are all JDM Spec. The addition of fender aero fins and the deletion of “TRD” from the rear bumper cover are notable differences.
The project vehicle also gets a bump from the 200HP to 400HP with the help of an upgraded Greddy Turbo Kit, JE Pistons, Carrillo Rods, with a MOTEC engine management. The suspension is an adjustable coil-over system also from TRD.
ADF did a great job in the interior with an 8-point roll cage, fuel cell, TRD gauges, and custom door panels. Seriously, you can’t touch this FR-S.
Let’s look at the details up close.
You just do not get better than this!
Words and Photos: Denny H.
Hot Import Nights season opener came out swinging. Gilbert was able to make the trek to Del Mar to capture the action. HIN as it is better known, attracted clean builds and stunning ladies. See below for images.
Until next time…
Words: Denny H.
Photos: Gilbert C.
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.
Sarto Racing CLK
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!
If you build it, they will come.
86fest may have gotten some new digs this year, but that didn’t stop people from showing up. Irwindale Speedway, aka the House of Drift, was the House of 86 on this day. Antonio and the rest of the MotorMavens crew did a great job putting on their 3rd annual event that brings together the old school AE86-ers and the new school Toyota 86 (FR-S/BRZ)-ers in one big mash up. There were all sorts of 86’s…from stock, to slighly modded, to full on race cars – there was a style for everyone.
Have alook-see at the gallery below to get a little taste of that 86 life!
Before checking out I just wanted to give a shoutout to the FRS86 crew and their hospitality on letting me crash at their booth! And a big congratulations on the opening of their new Autotuned garage, nothing but success! (@justdayuum)
BONUS: I caught Byron and Geoff in full “tactical photography” stance. haha!
I recently took a trip to Oahu, Hawaii for family matters; I stayed on the islands for two weeks so
you know I had to take advantage of this trip back home. During that time I was in Hawaii, I linked up with Marshall Lum to do a DaYUUM X Team AirREX Hawaii photo shoot. The day that Marshall and I both had time to meet up was at a meet and greet that “Vip’d Out” from Nor Cal put together. The weather was pretty crappy that day; it rained/drizzled for a good amount in the beginning of the meet. Later on that day, when the rain stopped, skies cleared up. Marshall showed up with his clean 2008 Scion xB, we talked for a bit then we ended up doing a quick photo shoot under the monkey pod trees in the park where the meet was being held at.
The following day Marshall announced a last minute meet and greet for a group shoot for Team Air
Rex Hawaii. The meet was held at Kapolei Wal-Mart, total of 11 cars came out that day, and that’s not even the whole AirREX Hawaii team. While everyone was catching up; talking stories, I had to put in work; I started to take individual shots. We then rolled out to the next location into barbers point where the Naval Hangars are, then found an abandoned warehouse to do the AirREX Hawaii group shots.
I’d like to give a special Mahalo to Marshall Lum of Team Air Rex Hawaii for coordinating and finding time to do a shoot and also to the rest of Team AirREX Hawaii for coming out to make this photo shoot a success, wish everyone had to time to come out. –@DaYUUMJQuilla
There are always so many vehicles to see and people to meet at SEMA show and this year was no different, if anything it seemed much more jam packed than past years I’ve attended. The foot traffic was clearly higher and the show even expanded to include an additional lot with more feature cars.
However, while roaming the halls, there were two rides that really caught my eye. Both have two distinct styles of builds; one appealing to styles I’ve been accustomed to in my recent years in the car scene and the other taking me back to my childhood about what drew me into cars in the first place.
Being a Scion owner myself, I’ve really taken notice to the ability of fellow builders to customize Scions in a way that dares to push the envelope. And turning a little sports compact car into a supercar is exactly what Bulletproof Automotive sought out to do.
Carbon fiber is one of the hot trends going on right now; originally being used as a performance upgrade do to its light weight, high tensile strength, and high temperature tolerance, but recently it has been used aesthetically as well. Its always a bonus on my book if it is executed perfectly on both aspects.
Along with the carbon fiber modifications, the Concept One is sitting on my favorite wheel brands, RAYS Volk Racing. These G25’s all play together to help keep the weight down on this beast.
Why is that important you may ask? Because it’s being powered with all Powerhouse Amuse engine upgrades.
This turbocharged engine can push up to 500HP, making the power-to-weight ratio of the Concept One significantly higher than a stock Lexus LFA!
CUSCO suspension, carbon fiber interior trimming, Recaro seats!? This car just keeps taking all of my favorite brands and throwing them into this build. There’s nothing not to like about it.
Every aspect of this build goes above and beyond what someone would expect from an import car, let alone any car. I was even fortunate enough to bump into the builder, Ben Schaffer. He was actually the one who spotted me and talked about how he loved the night shots we got of the car. Well the pleasure was all mine, taking pictures of such a well build car.
Now let’s move into a whole other direction. My other top pick at this year’s SEMA show is a Porsche 964 looking minty fresh at the H&R booth. This special little euro is owned by none other than Brian Henderson, better known as the founder of Rotiform wheels.
The elegant styling that all Porsches have is timeless and is what started my obsession with cars back when I was still practicing my multiplications. I remember going to book fairs in elementary school and skipping the books just to go straight to the posters for sale. For 50 cents, I bought my first Porsche 911 Carrera poster. I think I still have it here in my rooms somewhere!
In contrast to the Concept One FR-S, this 964 kept the simple, yet iconic Porsche styling and just added his little touches here and there. Unfortunately, one of the problems with owning (let alone building) a euro car here in the states is that there are not enough mechanics experienced with working on them. It was only right to ship this build off to his friends in London to get worked on.
Milestone71 were major players helping Brian achieve the dream he had for his 964.
Without tampering the body lines, there are still some minor modifications that make this Porsche stand apart from any other. Of course the mint green paint job is dead give away, but upon further inspection, a single AP Car Design mirror is molded onto the driver side while the passenger side had its mirror completely deleted.
There really isn’t too much to say about this Porsche because of how simple it just sits. It has original Porsche styling with Brian’s originality blended within it.
Of course this build could not be complete without some perfectly fitting Rotiform wheels. Along with a perfect drop on H&R suspension, these new Rotiform FUC tie in seamlessly with the rest of the build. It brings a modern twist back the classic styling of the Fuchs Wheels most Porsche’s had back in the day.
But overall, what’s cool about this ride isn’t just what has been done to it, but it’s what Brian does with it. While most builds become trailer queens, Brian let’s this beast roam, including thousands of miles driving around Europe after the 964 was finally set out of the shop. Being able to own a Porsche is a little dream of mine, having one this nice would be epic. While I would be worried about any potential damages it might sustain on the roads, I would have a bigger urge of wanting to be able to drive it every chance I got.
SEMA show this year has to be one of my most memorable thus far. It was the first year I was able to have an extended stay in Las Vegas to explore the show freely throughout the week. I was able to shake a lot of hands and focus on specific booths, people, and cars rather than rush through to try and cover everything. It was a great week and I just wanted to thank everyone there to make it what it was!
‘Cause a Scion SEMA Media Preview Party don’t stop!
In our first write-up, Denny (@dayuumden) focused on the three contestants of the Scion Tuner Challenge for this years SEMA 2013. Now I wanted to give you all a little taste of the rest of the happenings and why it’s always so fun attending these things. Major thanks to Scion for putting this and other like-events together every year!
86Fest is known to be the largest gathering of the AE86/FRS in North America. The event was spearheaded by the folks at MotorMavens, whom are also the same people that brought us Mass Appeal and Speed and Stance – just to name a couple. This elaborate production took place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California as it did for the previous 86Fest.
The track was open for auto-crossers to hone and test their skills. If you were a novice, 86Fest also provided an option to learn to drive like a pro with their Dynamic Driving Academy for 86/FR-S owners.
Fontana has always been predictable, a lot warmer than most So Cal cities in the day and hurricane winds as the sun sets. It just a weird eco system in Fontana but every time we have been to Fontana, our tents always tend to take flight.
Since this was an 86/FRS event, a Speed and Stance Pre-Meet took place in a nearby lot.
Other dope rides…
We are anticipating the Official Speed and Stance and the next 86Fest.
We’ve been helping promote this 6 r/c race series for a couple months now and it has all come down to this; the Finale. Naturally we wanted to make an appearance on this day to show our support to Scion and our good friends who helped put this whole things together.
If you were able to attend the FR-S Cup last fall at Toyota HQ, you might have gotten just a taste of what the r/c racing world is like.
The r/c racing world is just about as intricate and expensive as real life car counterparts. You can tell that its far from being “just a toy” and each racer looked to take it all very seriously.
To compare, it was greating having a vendor display with companies that focus on the modification aspects of the car scene, such BeatSonic, MV Designz, and OEM Audio+
Also having FRS86 out there with their FRS86Showcase was a great opportunity to compare and contrast r/c builds and car builds. Other than the scale, you can clearly see the enthusiasts’ level at an all time high.
Once that was set, the racers were given time to fine tune their cars and just relax. We also got to raffle out a lot of goodies! All provided by Viper RC, Scion, and the rest of the co-sponsors.
We wanted to make sure we got a good advertisement spot on the stickerbombed “raffle jar” and we did…until Danny from JDMZipTies decided to go and ruin it! (haha just kidding!)
And after the racers got their big prizes, it was the spectators and vendors turn to have a small raffle of our own. Denny, who probably rigged it, won a backpack and some shirts (he really needs more shirts, haha!). Our friends at MV Designz also came away with a good haul; Merry with some Scion shirts while Mikey got a backpack as big as himself and a brand new HPI Scion xB Switch. Well Michelle actually won the Switch, but she thought Mikey would have a lot more use out of it.
It was far from any of the other races before us…
far, fa,r far away…astronomically far. When people say they go to watch Nascar races for the crashes, that is probably the only reason why the spectators stayed to watch out race! Haha! None of us may have been anywhere as good as the experienced, national championship r/c racers that were there…but we had a ton of fun none the less.
Oh yea, and somehow Young won the race.
I don’t think much of us were paying attention after because we were all trying to fix our r/c cars after the
demolition derby race. Haha, just kidding dude, congrats! And glad you kept Denny from winning another backpack!
With the attractions all out of the way now, it was time to get some serious competition on as the main event started. The place they finish in this once race is just as important to the scores they have collected throughout the entire series. Here are a few shots during the main event for both classes.
Once the main events were raced, the scores tallied, it was finally time to hand out the awards, which included these glass etched trophies, gift certificates to Viper RC, and a pair of 86fest2 tickets for this coming weekend (which we will be at by the way!).
Visit www.FRSRCChallenge.com for more information as well as the final results of the series, congratulations to all the winners!
-This JustIn (@justdayuum)
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).
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.
One 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.
We thanks the SpoCom crew for their hospitality, it’s never a dull moment at a SpoCom show and we had a great time!
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!
I 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.
In 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.
In 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.
On 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.
On 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.
On 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.
Spitting 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.
Rodney 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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
Slammed Society was busier than previous years. Fatlace was front center as you enter the event. Fatlace openly displayed their BenSopra GT-R, Rocket Bunny FR-S boosted by Vortech Superchargers, Yogi’s AirREX GS, and John’s Veloster.
Vortech Superchargers was also in attendance showing off their latest charged vehicles like the hot FR-S. Migels, Noel’s, and the company’s FR-S all showed different build styles and purposes. On the backside was Gene Tjin’s Lysholm Camaro, Joey Redmon’s 2013 Paxton charged Mustang, Jon Sibal’s Challenger using Vortech’s latest wrap-around system and Vortech’s in-house Challenger.
The Tjin Edition Ford Fusion also made an appearance.
AutoFashion‘s Kevin’s Trendy Vape FR-S looks totally hot in black and teal.
Nissan Raceshop had our own DaYUUM Hunnie Katelin Southern signing posters to proud fans.
DaYUUM Hunnie Ashley Clark was slanging wares with OMGDrift.
Hunnie Amand Kerr a was with Drive Energy drinks promoting for their brand.
Also spotted in the vendor booths was Abe with Mishimoto carrying a radiator around his neck. Next time we would like to see radiator hoses or hose clamps as a form of a neckless. Abe, make that happen.
Brittani Paige was serving up drinks in NOS’ booth killing people with her smile and eyes.
Gina “ex-supervillain, bruenette, to white, to blue haired” Darling, was being goofy in DSPORT’s booth with cameras following her around for an upcoming show called Roll Models.
HPI Racing was near by displaying some of their sick R/C Cars, including Gitten’s Mustang and RTR Mustang from 2011’s SEMA Show.
The lovely Emma Rose was chilling with SSR, she always get an A+ on fashion points.
Melyssa Grace with her MelygRace Girls showing 143.
Dai Yoshihara, Matt Powers, Daigo Saito, Fredric Aasbo, Chelsea DeNofa, Kado, Moen, Odi Bakchis, McNamara, Chris Forseberg, Ryan Tuerck, Justin, Pawlak, Michael Essa, Ken Gushi, Vaugh Gittin, and Pat Mordaunt.
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.
Top 8 didn’t have too much drama but there were close battles.
Top 4 looks like this, Dai vs. DeNofa / Forsberg vs Gittin
Final battle was between Dai and Gittin.
Dai! Dai takes the win at the 2013 first round!
Antonio getting some footage of Dai’s victory burnout
Thanks for checking out our coverage. @DaYUUMDen
This year we are pretty excited to join the Torque Meet Tour presented by Universal Technical Institute (UTI). The Torque Meet Tour is a 5-city FREE AUTOMOTIVE EVENT SERIES, that’s right, free admission, free entry, free vendor space, and free to spectate. The tour travels to 5 different UTI campus from east to west.
The first meet was in Orlando and it went off with a bang. The event was hosted by Jade Motorsports, an automotive club based in Florida. The turn out was spectacular, over 400 cars, over 40 vendors, and over 3000 spectators.
The Tjin Edition Roadshow rig was in attendance showing off their Toyota Tacoma which was a collaboration between them and UTI. The Tacoma will be given away at the end of the year to a lucky entrant.
As a partner of the Torque Tour Meet, we sponsored an award called the “Choice Award.” The requirements to win the award is simple, “The DAYUUM Choice Award is judged on the overall build. The build must show consistency and harmony with the parts being used. Clean paint, cleanliness of the vehicle, and fit ‘n finish will play a large role in this award.” That’s it.. Pretty simple.
Vishal Mathur’s S13 with a Silvia conversion features an LS swap that was boost assisted by our friends at Vortech Superchargers which also took home their “Hottest Supercharged Setup” award, an award that was presented by Vortech Superchargers and Paxton Superchargers. Vishal’s LSX-Swapped S13 has dyno’ed at 698RWHP @ 11psi. On the left is Mark Harston from UTI.
We hoped everyone enjoyed the show, see you in Chicago, May 4th at 601 Regency Drive, Glendale Heights, IL 60139
Here is a video from Backyard Garage Stars.