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Formula Drift 2013 – Irwindale – Title Fight

I want to start of by saying thanks to Formula Drift for giving us the opportunity to cover the season opener in Long Beach and TItle Fight this year in Irwindale. It’s always exciting to be close to the action and hearing the drivers blip their throttle to maintain or keep the proximity close. 2013 was also the first year there was a tire and manufacturer standings.

Leading up to the final round of Formula Drift, Michael Essa was ahead in points by 15.50 points. Essa has laid down consistent runs utilizing every bit of the track and hitting the clipping cones on point. Impressing judges time and time again, Essa gained an extra 12 points by posting an insane run and scored 96.6 to qualify first at Irwindale. 2012 champion Daigo Saito sat in an uncomfortable 5th place 80 points back.

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FDIRW_2013-9596In top 32, Michael was up against 32 qualifier, Luke Pakula. During the lead run, Essa’s motor took a turn for the worse and called 5 minutes. But at the same time, Pakula had also called 5 mins with mechanical issues. The controversy lies with who called it quits first? Essa or Pakula? Who cares right? Second place Forsberg does. If Essa advances, it would push Forsberg further back in the points race. After much delay, Essa advances to the top 16.

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FDIRW_2013-9658Second place Forsberg came out strong and put the heat on Dai Yoshihara. Forsberg would then continue to top 16.

FDIRW_2013-0145Third place points leader Fedrick Aasbo would battle Conrad Grunewald in top 32.

Other top 32 battles included,

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FDIRW_2013-9788Crowd favorite Ken Gushi was up against Chelsea DeNofa. Gushi would advance to top 16

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FDIRW_2013-9960Dstroyr sponsored Rookie, Mats Baribeau putting up a nice battle with Ryan Kado

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FDIRW_2013-0272During intermission, I was able to run into a few people. Our friends at Nissan Raceshop, Spocom, HPI Racing, Dstroyer, and Rehv Clothing.

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FDIRW_2013-9568I spotted Marissa Hiroko…

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FDIRW_2013-9566and Brittani Paige.

FDIRW_2013-0285After intermission, top 16 took place in the dark. Celebrating Formula Drift’s 10 year anniversary called for a explosive opening ceremonies.

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FDIRW_2013-0319During the National Anthem, 3 skydivers jumped from a copter and glided gracefully to land.

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FDIRW_2013-0400Shortly after the top 16 drivers introductions, fireworks lit the sky! Sad on my portion in trying to capture it, but I did capture a few umbrella girls

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FDIRW_2013-0402and unknown from Monster / Nitto of Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s stable

Top 16 was quickly on its way.

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FDIRW_2013-0534Forsberg would edge out Bakchis and advance to top 8

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FDIRW_2013-0857The battle of the S14’s was Wang and Fields – Wang advances to the top 8

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FDIRW_2013-1104Aasbo and Tuerck, after a couple hard fought battles, Aasbo in his Scion Racing / Hankook Tire tC advances. Aasbo was recently voted Fan Favorite of 2013

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FDIRW_2013-1173A close watch was with the battle of Chris Forsberg and Daigo Saito. If Forsberg was to lose this match, Essa would become 2013 Formula Drift Champion.

FDIRW_2013-1186All eyes were on Essa as he waits for the judges to render their decision. Essa is crowned FD 2103 Champion.

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FDIRW_2013-1283Rookie Forrest Wang had an impressive round, advancing on to top 4 knocking out Gittin.

FDIRW_2013-1308The Aasbo and Grunewald was also a close one.

Top 4 was an interesting match up. 3 of 4 drivers were on Achilles Radials while McQuarrie was on Hankook.

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FDIRW_2013-1410First tandom to stage was Daigo Saito and team mate Robbie Nishida. Daigo advances and would face the winner of Forrest Wang and Tyler McQuarrie. Robbie would face the loser.

I’ve observed Wang as he would launch hard off the light, usually leading the lead car and fall back to a comfortable spot. He did that time and time again, but the 2JZ powered S14 sounded so fresh.

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FDIRW_2013-1489Forrest take the lead. Tyler would eventually move on to tandom againast Daigo Saito

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FDIRW_2013-1544Forrest battles with Nishida. In a one-more-time battle, Nishida would hit the wall and ultimately finishing fourth thus putting Forrest on the podium for the first time in his pro debut.

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FDIRW_2013-1641Tyler and Daigo heating things up.

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FDIRW_2013-1672During Daigo’s lead run, Tyler would hit the wall putting Daigo in the first spot on the podium.

FDIRW_2013-1702Daigo accepting his 1st, Tyler 2nd, and rookie Forrest in 3rd.

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FDIRW_2013-1736I was surprised on how well the umbrella girls were composed while spray of champaign was flying around, until Tyler doused his girl. Forrest had trouble popping bottles so his girl stayed relatively dry. Ha.

It’s always exciting when championships are determined at the last round and FD brought that. What a great way to end 10 years of American Drifting. We wish FD future successes and hope to cover them for you.

Until next time… DaYUUMDen

SpoCom Anaheim 2013 – Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of SpoCom Anaheim 2013 show is where we cover the women of SpoCom. It is known by many that SpoCom is one of the top events to showcase not just about cars, but it’s also considered to be flocked by famous models in the industry. With the collaboration of HIN, having Dannie Riel on tour this year by their side as spokesperson and miss HIN 2013; special guest appearance by Tera patrick at the model lounge; the dance competition; and of course, the bikini contest, what more can you ask from a show?

The only thing that surprises me is how huge the line was just to take a picture or autograph with Dannie Riel. From the moment she arrived, till the closing moments of the show, the line was insane. I didn’t even get a chance to snap some photos of her since the security around her gave us media peeps the look of death and telling us to stand in line even if we’re flashing them our badge/wristbands. I mean what’s the point of being media if we can’t cover the main attractions of the show? Unless if only i was somewhat famous nor had someone went to go walk with me (*cough “Denny” cough*), my chances were zero to none. I know she is famous and has everyone following her around the world but the amount of the crowd on both of the main model lounge and SpoCom model lounge just amazed me on how she outnumbered them. Enough of Dannie, here are the pics.

First one I saw when I started walking around was Jeri Lee working the M7 booth.spocom-0011

Along with Xena Kai on the other side of the booth.spocom-0055

Next booth I passed by was the Moezart booth with Chantel Zales, Amanda Vex, and Karla Marin posing for the crowd and photographers around them.spocom-0032

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And Chantel Zales.spocom-0024

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Then I saw this gorgeous gal, Miss Brittani Paige.spocom-0036

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Then I happen to pass by the main models lounge and look who I saw first, the lovely Miss Marissa Hiroko. Haven’t seen this gal in a while.spocom-0043

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More of Marissa Hiroko posing and working under the Europrojekts cars and booth.spocom-0109

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The next model whom I saw next at the model lounge was this cutie, Miss Jay Ferrer.spocom-0047

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Also spotted this hottie / biker chick / model, Miss Amber grace. Yes fellas, she rides a Ducati.spocom-0057

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Then ran into this blonde bombshell, Miss Jessica Weaver.spocom-0067

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Here is a gal that has a sweet personality, miss Hayle Cayaga.spocom-0071

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Then I found Suemomo with her new blonde hair. Haven’t seen this gal in a while either.spocom-0076

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Here’s the adorable, Miss Ashlee Nichole also posing and looking all cute at the model lounge.spocom-0085

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Saw miss Jenna Lane with a crowd of fans and photographers at the model lounge.spocom-0089

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Miss Bianca Marie was also spotted hanging around the model lounge.spocom-0095

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Then I saw the oh so famous miss Danielle Lo working the booth at K&N filters signing posters and autographs.She’s also playing a part of the show on the YouTube channel called roll models. Check it out.spocom-0110

Ran into our lovely friend and one of our first DaYUUM Hunnies, Miss Marie Alvarez working with Kraftwerks along side with Alexia Cortez. Didn’t get a chance to snap a pic of her cause she was being attack by photographers during this moment.spocom-0121

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Here I saw Miss Wendy lopez posing under the PasMag booth.spocom-0125

Another hottie who was also creating a crowd at the SpoCom model lounge is Miss Noemii J. Yes with double I’s and take note she won 1st place at the bikini contest hosted by SpoCom. I couldn’t agree more!spocom-0128

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Miss Beckie Joon, who’s also playing a role with Roll Models was spotted hanging around the SpoCom model lounge booth.spocom-0133

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Walked to the entrance side of the hallway and spotted these two lovely ladies, Miss Ellie Roxx and miss Amy Ames working under the limitless society booth.spocom-0140

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Saw this chick staring down at me with that smile who’s working under the 2crave booth and took some snaps but forgot to ask her name. Don’t blame me, I was being distracted lol.spocom-0144

Saw one of our DaYUUM Hunnies, Miss Amanda Kerr working under the PasMag booth.spocom-0148

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Also caught with miss Lauren La Carriere working under Continuous booth.spocom-0156

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Saw this hyper chick Miss Amber Alvarez fooling around, I mean working under R1 Concept booth.spocom-0159

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Along with this famous gorgeous gal, Miss Melyssa Grace posing for the crowd.spocom-0165

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Here we have this cutie Miss Janis True. A model who came all the way up from Seattle/ Portland area just to meet her fans.spocom-0171

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One of the famous people who’s also the headline of this show is miss Tera Patrick. Greeting fans, taking pics, signing autographs and posters, and of course selling toys err merchandise of her own..spocom-0176

Then I ran into this brat! lol I mean our good sexy friend, Miss Chaba who’s working the Vape Supreme booth showing the crowd how to create big clouds of smoke. lolspocom-0178

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Next to our booth are the ladies of Swisher Sweets selling cigars. (snap of photo as per Denny’s special request)spocom-0212

And of course, the sexy ladies joining us under our booth are Ashley Clark and Kimberly Jean.spocom-0190

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There were more other models who were in the show and yes including Miss Dannie Riel whom I didn’t get a chance to snap pics with due to them being crowded with other photographers and fans but I just did the best I could to cover every hottie that was in attendance. Apologies to the fans of these models whom I didn’t get a chance to take pics with but maybe next time, I’ll come more prepared. All in all, this was another big turn out and huge success to SpoCom for having a top notch event. We definitely had fun and thanks for having us to be a part of a successful show. Hope you enjoy our coverage. Until next time. Peace.

-Jae – (@dayuumjae)

AirPower Group Hits the Street – Part 3 – Vortech Superchargers

Just released is Vortech Superchargers part 3 of their famous “Hitting The Streets” series. Aside from the impressive cars, this video features the lovely DaYUUM Angels,  Marissa, Ashley, and Amanda as they will take part in 2012’s SEMA Show with the AirPower Group (Vortech, Paxton, Lysholm) at booth# 23063

The 3rd chapter is all about the power, the boost, the lifestyle. Marissa starts off the video with the brand new, hot off the presses Vortech Supercharging System for the 5.7L Challenger R/T. This complete kit takes your HEMI up to an amazing 503 Horsepower and 563 Torque at only 7.5psi.

Next, we meet up with Arseniy’s VF-Engineering Supercharged E92 M3, which utilizes a Vortech V-3 Si Supercharger and brings the Vorsteiner widebody equipped Bimmer up to a staggering 650 Horsepower and 420 Torque. Got a BMW of your own that needs boost? Maybe you should get in touch with VF-Engineering too!

After that, we get a short glimpse of what a ride along with 17 time IJSBA National Champion Dustin Farthing would be like on his Vortech V-50 B60 Supercharged Yamaha Personal Watercraft. Could you hold on when he rockets 0-60 in just over 2 seconds?

The boost and the power keep rising from there, as we catch up to Ashley with Jeremy’s Triple Threat Fox Body Mustang. This car is the real deal, and can impress everywhere – On the street, at the track, or at the car show. Equipped with a built 347 engine and a Vortech V-7 YSi @ 23psi, Jeremy’s Fox annihilates the road with an incredible 806 Horsepower and 689 Torque TO THE REAR WHEELS!

Last but certainly not least, after a little help around the shop from Amanda, Ashton hits the street and then the track with his V-3 Si Supercharged 2012 5.0L Mustang GT. Lapping those other guys is no problem with over 600 Horsepower on tap at just 7.5psi!

Enjoy!

DaYUUM “Trippple Threat” Angels

Not everyday a person has the opportunity to photograph a beautiful woman, let alone three at the same time. We had the chance during the summer to do just that with Edwin from Evolve Photography. We brought in Edwin because of his experience, creativity, and his workflow is flawless. It was also the a special moment where we were able to gather Marissa, Ashley, and Amanda together for a single and group session.

We used Infinite Auto Design in Huntington Beach as our studio for the day. The owner, Brian, allowed us to take over his establishment and moved props around as needed. The shop has ample amount of space for the types of shots we were looking for. Mark from Rehv Clothing kindly brought over his bike for us to use as well. For some of the shots David from Guppy Green House lent us his C63.

With these shots, I hope you guys can experience the beauty in these pictures as much as we did. Special thanks to Edwin, Mark, David of Guppy TeaHouse, and of course the DaYUUM “Trippple Threat” Angels, You can visit them at SEMA 2012 with the AirPower Group (Vortech, Paxton, Lysholm) at booth# 23063

Also, visit their pages on Facebook. Marissa Hiroko, Ashley Clark, and Amanda Kerr.

For more pictures, check out there individual Up Close and Personal features: Marissa, Ashley, and Amanda.

Here is a nice behind the scenes video by Mikey Dang of Photo MD.

 

 

 

 

Spocom 2012 – Anaheim Coverage – Part 2 – Bonus Feature

Before everyone thought our coverage of SpoCom 2012 is done and all, we decided to add a part 2 and put a bonus feature to sum up our conclusion to the first part. The show wouldn’t be complete without coverage of the models who participated at the event where these girls put SpoCom as one of the events to be at the  top of their list to attend to. Even with all the models that we’re familiar to see every show here in SoCal, there’s still new and upcoming ones who are bound to test the waters and Spocom is one of the perfect events to start their career. Since modeling is vastly growing in the automotive scene, we’ve captured not all but a few of all the eye candies left and right at the show. With that being said, here’s the coverage of the girls of SpoCom Anaheim 2012.

 

We’ll start it off with our good friend Miss Tina Carbaugh posing with Forest Wang’s 2jz swapped Nissan Sylvia under the M7 booth.

Here’s Miss Sheryll Lynn visiting our booth.

 

Spotted Miss Crystal Leigh working under the Meister booth.

 

Here we have our lovely friend, Miss Christine Barnum attracting the crowd around the model lounge. It’s been a while since she was at an event. It was good seeing you again Christine!

 

Another model that we haven’t seen for a while now, Miss Tracy Linh signing autographs at the model lounge.

 

A hottie that I haven’t seen much on shows recently, Miss Terra Brown also working at the model lounge.

 

Here we have Miss Kay Bae who’s also posing for the crowd at the model lounge.

 

Here’s the hottie from Nor Cal, Miss Ashlee Vee striking a pose.

 

The gorgeous Miss Genevieve Chanelle who’s also from Nor Cal is creating a crowd around the model lounge. She is so fine!

 

Miss Sara Brinsfield who we rarely see at an event down here in So Cal posing for us with her geeky but sexy look.

 

Also a hottie that we rarely see at a show, Miss Samantha Padilla giving us a pose and a reason why she took 1st place at the bikini contest that happened later at the event.

 

Our very own famous DaYUUM Angel, Miss Marissa Hiroko who’s working at the model lounge always pleasing the crowd with her stunning looks. She’s the definition of “classy”.

 

Here is Miss Beckie Joon also working at the model lounge.

 

Here is Miss Kat Gutierrez.

 

The lovely and sexy chick Miss Leianna Kai giving us a sweet pose. Another one of the few classy models out there.

 

Miss Noelle Lynn was also at the model lounge.

 

Here’s the lovely Miss Raquel Estrella, the winner of the bikini contest that night. She knows when to be sexy and classy. Definitely a hottie.

 

Spotted the sexy Miss Ashley Malia working with Drive Energy Drink which is one of the sponsors of the show.

 

We also ran into Miss Claudia Lopez working with the friends from K.R.O.P.S. booth.

 

Miss Kristin Barcelona working under the oyal united clothing booth.

 

The home girl Miss Kadi (left) posing with PVR Motorsport’s own Evo X along with their model whom I forgot the name.

Here we have the sexy side of Miss Raichelle Viado who’s also at the model lounge posing for us. She even made Kuya Abe say “DaYUUM” who’s in the background.

 Of course, saving the best for last we wouldn’t forget to capture some snaps of our very own DaYUUM Angels like the last time. Here’s Miss Ashley Clark and Miss Amanda Kerr always classy and seksi whom created a crowd with photographers in front of our booth.

That’s it folks! That would conclude our coverage of Spocom 2012 in Anaheim. Hope you guys enjoy these bonus feature that we covered for you. Thank you again to SpoCom for a great event, we had a blast interacting with our supporters, until next time. Peace and thanks for stopping by. -DaYUUMJae

Nisei Week Car Show 2012 – Generations – Coverage

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chief DéMarks

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

 

Extreme AutoFest EAF 2012 – San Diego Qualcomm Stadium

Extreme AutoFest (EAF) has been throwing events for more than 10-years and has always been an event rather than a car show. Unlike, other shows that are specifically catered to low riders or fitment based vehicles, EAF has combined the best of both worlds. In short, if you hardly attend car events, EAF is the one to attend.

The crew at EAF didn’t fall short this year in San Diego as they occupied Qualcomm Stadium and packed the venue with drifting, autocross, low riders, imports, girls, live entertainment and girls.. girls.. oh, girls.

In the past, we’ve had members travel to Hawaii and NorCal for events, but this trip was the furthest we have traveled as a crew. Armed with water, munchies, and our display. Jae, Paul, Mikey, Scott, Jayson, Marissa, Josh, and myself headed to San Diego the afternoon before the event to set up and check into our cozy Best Western.

Thanks to our trusty driver (van_dayuum_paul) and our un-trusty navigation system, we had to use 2 systems. We spent most of Saturday afternoon trying to figure out SD’s freeway system near the stadium and got lost on several several occasions. Did I mention several, several? Some blame me for not providing the proper directions because of my relationship with Instagram and Facebook, but someone had to update our whereabouts and coordinate our group! 😛 After being lost 4000x’s, we finally met up with Ashley and Ronnie back at home base and checked into our rooms.

Through it all, we spent time quality together and ended up at Slater’s 50/50 where we met up with Justin, Michelle, and Eliza. We had some bomb eats with our DaYUUM family. (excuse the blur as our waitress wasn’t steady with her hands, obviously)

We ended Saturday night with a trip to the liquor store and shared ghost stories, played a little truth or dare, and dared Jae (dayuumjae) to streak Interstate 805, ok, we really didn’t tell ghost stories, but what if? Hmm…

On Sunday, Amanda and Nilo joined us and the weather was content. We had a nice breeze but the black top, well… it still tends to heat up. Nevertheless the event was as expected. We met a lot of our site supporters, and our own Marissa Hiroko took 3rd place in her first ever bikini contest. She definitely is an industry’s favorite.

We want to thank the stunning and lovely Ashley Clark and Amanda Kerr for joining us (sorry for the picture quality, somehow we failed on that department for taking pictures of our own family except through our phones :(( ) and we thank the crew at Extreme AutoFest for taking great care of us!

It’s time to pass the torch to Jae and Scott for the photos.

Much Love – DaYUUMDen

Video from our own Mikey Dang.

 

Our set up at the day of the show. We had Jayson’s clean IS350 and Nilo’s sexy NSX.

Gun metal blue. Anyone?

Godzilla.

More of Jayson’s IS350.

Another cool shot of Nilo’s NSX.

Some fresh stickers slapped on the NSX.

A shot of our friends booth from KROPS with Jerel’s miata.

With Michael Koldus’s Cobalt who’s also from KROPS.

We also found Leo Dignadice from KUYA Protection taking care of the model lounge.

A shot of the booth of our friends from AutoFashion.

Some of the merchandise we were selling at the booth.

A cool shot of our famous videographer, Mikey Dang doing work.

A shot of the booth of our friends from JDM Sport.

The famous Miata that we saw at WekFest San Fran.

Another Godzilla that was at the event.

 

Here’s some of our coverage of the girls of EAF San Diego. Starting off with our very own, Miss Marissa Hiroko who also won 3rd place at the bikini contest as mentioned earlier by Denny (DayuumDen).

 

Saw miss Raquel Estrella modeling with this Tekken themed Lamborghini under Savini booth.

 

Here we spotted miss Lauren La Carriere while walking around to check up some booths.

EAF set up an ” Island paradise” themed attire for the model lounge. Spotted miss Leianna Kai first while looking around the lounge. Did you guys also know that she could sing? Well now you know.

 

Who would not recognize the sexy curves of miss Ela Pasion with her bright yellow bikini top.

 

Right next to her was miss Alexis Kobayashi.

 

We also saw miss Sheryll Lynn all dressed up and ready to pose for us.

What surprised me the most walking around the lounge was when I saw miss Raichelle Viado. She was creating a crowd right when I saw her. I’ll let the pictures explain it all.

 

Then we passed by miss Sandra Wong.

 

Walked the other side of the lounge and I saw miss Veronica Vhynes. To be honest, this was the first time I met her.

Then right next to her was miss Mimi Sarmiento. A good follower of us on our FB page. Didn’t recognize her at first until she introduced herself. It was nice to finally meet you miss Mimi.

Also, right next to her was miss Christine Zegers.

 

Here we have miss Dianna Lushus and miss Kat Gutierrez.

Started to walk around again cause the lounge is getting packed and saw miss Siray Kong being mobbed by photographers.

 

Then we saw miss Marie Alvarez working with kapu motor trends booth.

 

Our friends from Geisha with miss Wendy Lopez, Claudia Lopez, Gina sky, and Jenn the backseat love.

 

Here’s more of miss Claudia Lopez.

 

I decided to walk back to the lounge to see who else is there and look who I ran into. Miss April Garcia and miss Amy Ames.

 

The gorgeous miss Tanya Love. Looking good as always.

 

Here we have the combo of our good friends miss Kristin Barcelona and miss Chean Labuen.

More of miss Kristin Barcelona

More of miss Chean Labuen.

Also in attendance at the lounge was the lovely Miss Jeri Lee and alongside with her was miss Darling Darla.

Miss Alexia Cortez was also in attendance.

Miss Kay Bae striking a pose for us.

 

Got a chance to grab miss Lena Love to pose in front of our booth with Nilo (DaYUUMNilo13)’s NSX.

That completes our coverage of Extreme Auto Fest San Diego. Until next time. Peace.

Motion Auto Show 2012 – Long Beach – Part 2

Part 2 of Motion Auto Show 2012 is where we covered the models that participated at this event. We tried to capture each one of them but since there were a lot of things going on that day, we only covered most, but not all of the ladies. We also included a portion of the bikini contest and with that being said, here’s our coverage of the eye candies.

 

Here’s our dear friend Ms. Chaba working under the Savini booth.

Ms. Natalia Marie striking a pose at the NOS booth.

 

Also with Ms. Julie Mai giving away some free NOS drinks.

 

Spotted Ms. Sheila also at the NOS booth with one of the NOS guys sneaking a pose behind her.

 

I forgot her name but she’s pretty cute.

 

Also saw Alicia and Denise at the NOS booth.

 

Saw Ms. Emma Rose posing at one of the Auto Concept Elite’s cars.

 

Of course who wouldn’t spot Kuya Abe at a show? Saw him posing with Ms. Raichelle Viado.

 

Its been a while since the last time we saw Ms. Raichelle Viado at a show. It was good seeing you back Raich!

 

Saw Ngan and Jackie posing at the Import Fashion’s booth.

 

Here we have one of our Angels, Ms. Ashley Clark looking gorgeous as always.

 

 

Ms. Amanda Kerr, who is also one of our angels looking good in every pose she makes.

 

Ms. Marissa Hiroko, also one of the DaYUUM Angels has the ability to stun every guy around that passes by.

 

Here’s a couple of shots of the “DaYUUM Angels”.

 

Ashley and Amanda with Ms. Claudia Lopez posing in front of Fontana Nissan booth.

 

Found Ms. Debbie Sath chilling at the Code AIC booth.

 

Along with Ms. Amanda Menouch and Theresa Larson teasing with each other.

 

Then I found Ms. Kristy Lei Juan at the MPC forged booth.

 

The gorgeous Ms. Melissa Riso posing in front of Team Hybrid cars.

 

Along with Ms. Christine Mendoza.

 

Also saw Ms. Elle Navarro at the Team Hybrid booth.

 

Ms. Jeri Lee who also hosted the bikini contest.

 

Caught Ms. Tina Lee around the model lounge area.

 

Ms. Marie Alvarez who’s also at the model lounge area striking a pose.

 

Also saw Ms. Beckie Joon.

 

Then passed by the AEM booth and saw the gorgeous and famous Ms. Holly Lee.

 

Ms. Ela Pasion working at the Extreme Auto Fest booth promoting their next show.

 

DJ Miki Taka working the 1’s and 2’s in front of BLK cars.

 

Forgot the name of this model posing around MB Junkies cars.

 

Also saw Ms. Xena kai posing in front of MB Junkies’ cars.

 

Caught with Ms. Kristin Nicole Barcelona to strike a pose.

 

Also found Ms. Chean Labuen for some shots with the cars.

 

Saw one of the hotties at the show, Ms. Amy Ames.

 

The bikini contest hosted by Ms. Jerri Lee is one of the activities that hyped the crowd at the event. Here are the shots that we took.

 

 

 

 

The winners of Motion Auto Show 2012 bikini contest are:

3rd place: Ms. Xena Kai

 

2nd place: Ms. Evelyn Lin

 

1st place: Ms. Ela Pasion

 

That wraps up our coverage of Motion Auto Show 2012. Hope you guys enjoy.

 

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