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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!


Marissa Hiroko – Up Close and Personal – Revisited

Most didn’t see her coming, but we were lucky enough see the beautiful shooting star known as Marissa Hiroko. It’s been about a year since Marissa Hiroko began modeling and it’s been several months since our first meeting. Through the months , she has been traveling the speed of light and appeared in many model lounges from AutoCon, SpoCom, Extreme AutoFest, and most recently Nisei, where she was Miss Nisei Showoff. Marissa has become a popular catch for photographers and event promoters who want her at their events.

Staying true and classy, Marissa is still kind and generous as fame hasn’t corrupted her.

We had the chance to catch up with  Marissa again during another photo session we had with her, enjoy the pictures and her words.

Thanks to Marissa her for time and Edwin at EVolve Photography for his awesome work.
For bookings email: bookmarissahiroko@yahoo.com

DaYUUM: So you’re kind of popular now, how does it feel 🙂 ?
Marissa: It feels awesome. I am really proud of how much I have done and accomplished in my first year of modeling.

DaYUUM: Tell us a little bit of what has happened since we first met?
Marissa: Since then sooo much has happened haha. Tons of car shows, I got 6 pages in the August issue of SuperStreet Magazine, a couple smalll photos here and there in other magazines such a DSPORT.

DaYUUM: What type of shoot do you find yourself most comfortable with? (glamour, swimsuit, etc)
Marissa: Honestly, I am comfortable doing any style of shooting. For me, its the photographer has a lot to do with how comfortable I am. If I get a weird vibe (which happens sometimes) then obviously it shows… But usually after a little warm up, my poses and everything flow fine.

DaYUUM: You have been in various model lounges, but how does it feel to headline an event like Nisei as Miss Showoff?
Marissa: I was actually surprised out of all the other models that I was chosen as Miss Showoff haha, but it was awesome and I was very proud model (:

DaYUUM: Have you had a bad or embarrassing moment during a shoot?
Marissa: One time I was walking around MOCA in Los Angeles for a shoot and I slipped down stairs in my super tall heels. It didnt hurt or anything but still embarrassing because I am so clumsy and everyone who was around saw hahah.

DaYUUM: What’s the worst phrase/statement/or comment someone has commented or emailed you?
Marissa: Oh man… One time I got cussed out in an email for not wanting to work with someone for free, another I have been asked out on a date and been called some mean names for saying no haha. People are so mean sometimes!!

DaYUUM: What makes or breaks a shoot?
Marissa: I think its all up to the model…. No matter the experience of the photographer, if you are a good model that knows what they are doing and how to work the camera then there should never be a disappointment or problem with the photo shoot images. I think as a model you have to be able to ‘work it’ hahah

DaYUUM: Who would you like to shoot with again? And, who would you like to work with?
Marissa: I would really love to shoot with Edwin at Evolve Photography again, super kick ass photographer. And I want to shoot again with Rey Trajano. Someone I would like to shoot with is Steve Bitanga, his work is just too awesome haha.

DaYUUM: Has everything in the modeling career gone as planned for you?
Marissa: Hahah, when I first started it was just for fun! But I am very happy I stuck with it because look at me now haha. I couldn’t be more happy with myself (:

DaYUUM: Do you have any advice for  any male or female out there that wants to get into modeling?
Marissa: Hmm… Just always stay true to your morals and to who you are in the beginning of your career. Don’t change for the scene, fame or for anyone else. As long as you stay positive, stay humble and reach for your dreams anything is possible (:

DaYUUM: Are there any last words you want to say to your fans, stalkers, and/or creepers?
Marissa: Hahaha. To everyone, thank you all for the continuous love and support. I do love you all! My fans are theeee best! <3

You can also meet Marissa at SEMA with the AirPower Group Booth #23063  (Vortech, Paxton, and Lysholm).

Check out this video from Photo M.D.

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


“The Million Dollar Shoot” – Behind the Scenes w/ Marissa Hiroko

Another day, another AWESOME photo-shoot with the “DaYUUM CREW!” (LOL). Not that I’m ever going to tell you that this gets old, because then I would really be lying to you! Hahahaha. But I will never stop being amazed at how many people that Nilo and Denny know, and because of that we have all of these incredible opportunities to be a part of the automotive culture that you usually only read about in magazines! As the old saying goes…”It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.”

The evening started out pretty ordinary. We met in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant and waited for everyone to get there. Then all of the sudden I heard one of the sweetest sounds that could ever pierce a car guy’s ears! It was the sound of a very finely tuned big block engine with deep and throaty pipes, and I was totally tuned in! I looked around and pulling into the lot was a $327,000 Ferrari GTB Fiorano Coupe. “WOW” is just not an adequate enough word to describe my feelings at that point! A 48 valve V-12 with a 6-speed auto clutch manual transmission, pumping out 620HP and it zooms up to 205mph. When you turn the CTS off and it goes into Race Mode, it cancels all traction and stability systems and it takes you from 0 to 62 mph in only 3.4 seconds!

Believe it or not, right behind the Ferrari was a $186,000 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 that comes in at a respectable 450HP…0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 193 mph. But it even gets better, because right behind it was an orange-wrapped Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series Coupe that prices at over $100,000. This is a 6.2 liter V-8 cranking out 518HP that does 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds and can move at 200mph! Needless to say, I was BEYOND IMPRESSED!!!


Denny’s Scion XB was also very impressive next to these super cars because he was carrying the very beautiful Miss Marissa Hiroko, our model for the shoot. After we finally stopped oogling the rides and got our lust back under control we followed this $600,000 caravan to an undisclosed location, in a non-descript industrial complex. Even “the helpful Honda people” couldn’t find this place. But in the heart of this complex lies one of the most KILLER MAN CAVES that I’ve ever seen! Later on I was talking to Nilo and I said…“This has got to be the ultimate Man Cave!” But Nilo told me that Joe’s man cave is even more outrageous than this one. (Now I don’t even know who Joe is, but if his Man Cave tops this one, I’ll just have to see it and report back to you guys later). 😉

Now if you guys can imagine this, we pull up to an extremely plain warehouse and our host unlocks the door and goes inside. The next thing I know is that the big steel roll up door is going up, and as my eyes are adjusting to the light the very first thing I see is a $275,000 Lamborghini All-Wheel Drive DiabloVT 6.0 V-12. We’re talking 543HP @ 7100rpm’s and 0 to 62 in 3.95 seconds, plus it was the very first Lambo to ever top over 200mph…208mph to be exact! VT stands for viscous traction where you can direct 25% of the torque to the front wheels to aid traction during rear wheel slip.

So just when I’m starting to regain my composure, I look to the left and low and behold there is a brand spanking new $387,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4!!! With its 700HP V-12, and a Formula One style suspension, this one will get you from 0 to 62mph in only 2.9 seconds and get you up to 217mph if you happen to be late for any appointments. (LOL)




As I’m trying to wrap my mind around the fact that one lucky dude owns both of these KILLER rides, then the owner himself pulls up in his ‘daily driver.’ Now get this, it’s a $275,000 Bentley Continental GT Supersports, a 6.0 liter Twin Turbo V-12 with 560HP that does 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds! I’m here to tell you that this guy is living VERY RIGHT!!!

“WOW…WOW…WOW!!!” What an absolutely incredible evening, and if you ‘Math Majors’ have been adding this up, that was OVER $1,500,000.00 WORTH OF VEHICLES, and that’s not even counting Denny’s ride! (LOL)

I should also mention the “DaYUUM CREW” project car was there at the shoot. The guys are evaluating the new Scion iQ, with its 94HP, 1.3 liter engine. It springs from o to 60 in 10.8 seconds at 77.1 mph, but more importantly, it added another $16,000 to our evening’s total! “WOW!”

Thank you Noel Barnum that helped take photos for us.

Stay tuned and remember…”I’ll see you out on the streets!”

Chief DéMarks

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