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2018 Purist Winter Drive – Great Cars, Greater Cause

Photos & Words: Justin P.

“Welcome” – Sometimes it’s a warm greeting, sometimes it’s a response to thankfulness. In either case, both were felt very strongly on the day of the annual Purist Winter Toy Drive in Southern California.

Sean Lee, automotive enthusiast and all-around great person, is the founder and fearless leader of Purist Group. Bonded by a passion for cars, all sorts of people come together for a cause greater than themselves – helping fill kids with smiles and joy this holiday season. With a toy donation as the only requirement, many come to show of their cars in support of all of Sean’s efforts. From imports to domestics, exotics to classics – you’ll find yourself surrounded by an epic mix of vehicles. This annual event continues to grow and grow, with this year arguably the biggest it’s ever been. The amazing support Sean is able to get is very heartfelt, with this year including the California Highway Police, Nitto Tire, Mazda, Reach Out World Wide, Michelin, Lamborghini Newport Beach and much, much more.

Here are a few highlights from the Purist Winter Drive:

Cody Walker of Reach Out World Wide hanging out at the Mazda Display.

Cody’s wife and daughter, Felicia and Remi, admiring the toys overflowing Drake Kemper’s Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup Car.

Justin Romulo ain’t playing no reindeer games.

We’re LIVE with Bisi Ezerioha of Bisimoto!

The super talented Deven Hitchens making quick work out of this iconic Ferrari.

Yogi’s Toyota Tacoma camping out at the Nitto Tire / Driving Line booth.

Michelin brought out some great cars, but the Blitz R348 GTR is what garnered a lot of attention.

Although the Koenigsegg Automotive AB Agera RS is just as awesome too!

Daniel K. Song (at Super Street) and Dominic Le (with Chasing J’s) with a couple Datsun 240zs bringing the Christmas joy.

It’s time to party because Adrian Ramirez’s widebody Ford Fiesta ST is here!

If Rudolph ever had to call in sick, Lamborghini Newport Beach is here for Santa!

Even more exotics!

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Japanese Classic Car Show 2014

Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) is a special day when we look back at the cars that started the whole shebang. There are tons of car shows throughout the year for all of the new and current imports, but JCCS is a show strictly for older Japanese imports. JCCS is unlike any other car show,  here you wont see fancy stereo systems, neon flashing lights and candy flake paint to impress the crowd. Spectators who attend look for originality and rarity of each build. JCCS has grown a lot in the past decade from Irvine’s famous Hidden Valley Park to the prominent lawns of Queen Mary in Long Beach where it was currently held on September 27th. For those who live in the Los Angeles area, know the iconic Queen Mary well enough to recognize that it serves as an awesome backdrop for taking pictures especially cars. Here are the cars that caught my eye! Enjoy!

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Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) revealed its 1971 240Z Tribute Car. This car was purchased by BRE back in April 2013 from its original owner un-restored. This complete restoration took little over a year to complete from being media blasted to fresh white paint. The engine was rebuilt, blue printed and warmed over with .030 overbore which added more compression and power. The stock brakes were upgraded to discs and the original brake lines were replaced with stainless steel. The exterior was fit with BRE’s original front “Spook” air dam, rear spoiler and wrapped in Le Mans racing wheels.

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This Japanese Muscle Mitsubishi Colt GTO GS-R was definitely a show stopper, eye catcher, dream machine.

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Paul Matsushima’s blue 1972 Celica Coupe took best the award for “Best Celica 2014”

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Speaking of 70’s Celica’s this particular one caught my eye sitting on 14″ SSR Star Sharks.

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MX32 Cressida with tons of custom detail from the metal side markers to the rare Epsilon mesh.

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At the Japanese Nostalgic Car Booth (JNC) Hot Wheels designer Jun Imai’s Datsun 260Z showing off his bosozoku themed S30. Awesome car!

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Brian Omatsu’s 1974 Datsun 620. Completely stock using original spec parts to complete his build.

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Jaw dropping 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster.

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Owner Gram Beall’s 1969 Subaru Truck 360. This micro van is equipped with a nimble 2 stroke 25 hp 356cc engine and gets approximately 66.3 mpg.

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Kelvin and brother Jeffrey brought out their Datsun’s. Kelvin owns S30  and Jeffrey owns the 510. Both were featured on Japanese Nostalgic Car Magazine several years ago.

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Toyota brought out its 750hp FJ45 that was built back in 2006 for the SEMA show and now currently lives at the Toyota Automotive Museum.

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…1972 Nissan Skyline…

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Nonetheless, my hat’s off to the Kenmeri…The Japanese styling is on point, with the Works Style wide body to the 12″ wide Hayashi Techno Phantoms.

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The soul of the Kenmeri is the RB26DETT that’s under the hood.

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This 510 BRE themed number 46 replicated the Datsun 510 Trans Am. This is one car you will not forget…the iconic red, white and blue colors reminds some of the 70’s winning SCCA’s Trans Am Championship.

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All the way from Honda’s Collection Hall in Japan. This first generation Honda Prelude speaks for itself…

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…Dainichi Toyota Sports 800…

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A rare look under the hood of the Toyota 800…thanks to our friend Moto Miwa.

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JCCS is not all about cars. Vintage Japanese motorcycles also play a major role here at JCCS. Small but mighty this 1988 Honda Ape had just enough modern touches to make this bike stand out from the rest. LED turn signals, Brembo front and rear brake setup.

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(Left to Right) All owned by Michael Hogan, Aquarius Blue 1971 Honda SL70-K0, Red 1964 Honda CT200 (Trail 90) and Sapphire Blue 1970 Honda CT70-K0 “Mini Trail 70”.

This concludes my day in Long Beach at JCCS 2014. Huge thanks to Terry and Koji Yamaguchi for their decade of support to the classic car community. Can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for us!

Till next time…Peace!

-Scottie

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SEMA Show 2013 – The Ladies of Sema

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We all know SEMA is one of the biggest gathering of everything about automotive and this year marks another impact in the automotive industry. According to the press release, this year’s presence have recorded the largest amount of companies involved and gathered under one roof tallied in its history and I’m pretty sure that goes the same way in attendance as foot traffic was out of the ordinary. As you may all know, last year, the crew decided to pick cars that made it as their personal favorites out of the show for coverage and that’s not going to change this year but we kind of feel that wasn’t enough to sooth you guys viewing pleasures. We decided to add more content out of the SEMA show to give you guys more feel of how SEMA is being done every year. As most media people that got credited to cover SEMA, 90-95% of this coverage are all new cars, new products, and everything automotive related and we all know that’s not all that is there. Of course promoting a name brand is the top priority of these companies and to do that, they usually hire the top, well known gorgeous women in the industry. To these ladies, if they ever get hired to work for SEMA, they know they’ve made a name in the industry and kind of reach the top of their career and that is what we’re trying to show you as the other content for our coverage of this year’s SEMA show. Here are the ladies of SEMA 2013.

South hall is where all the wheels and tire companies are located and if you haven’t been to SEMA, this is the place where most of the models are in attendance and that is why I decided to cover this part of the convention first to get it done with. As soon as I enter the hall, I was greeted by the girls of Falken tires booth as they are placed right by the entrance doors. First off, we have Katie Carnes as she was posing right by the 2010 Falken Porsche 997 GT3 RSR ALMS car and also handing out falken playing cards and lanyards.

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Here’s Julie Galindo signing autographs and giving posters.

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Here’s Miss Juliana Daniell taking pictures with fans and posing for us.

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Also found a blonde hottie, Miss Rebecca Garcia taking some snaps for us.

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Also spotted Miss Randyl Dawn taking pictures with fans so I joined the crowd and snap some pics as well.

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Next to the Falken booth is the Cooper tires booth where I spotted Miss Saundrine Lanouette who is from Ohio. When I asked for her name, I kind of didn’t understand her so I asked for her Instagram and just followed her so its easier to remember her name and not forget for the coverage but then she told me that was a slick move to get the ladies. *blushed* (don’t be copying my moves guys haha) I swear its for coverage purposes and not like I asked for your number! haha just kidding! She’s a cool chick! Nice meeting you Saundrine! sema2013-0095-3

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Also by the Cooper tires booth is this gorgeous woman, Miss Amber Smith.

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Then I walked towards the next booth and saw these two gorgeous models which I didn’t get to ask their name cause there was a line where nobody can enter the area that they were at and they were too far so I just snap a couple of pics.

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Then I saw Kuya Abe with his famous rim chain all celebrity status when I was walking around to check the next booth.

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Then, I passed by the Vossen booth and spotted the awesome Jaro sisters. Here’s Justene

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Then took a couple of shots of Dawn Jaro.

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Next to the Vossen booth was the Vision Wheels booth where I spotted Crystal Leigh handing out her autographed posters to her fans.

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Next I spotted Miss Natalia Marie working at the Wheel Group booth.

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Alongside with her is Miss Monique May also working the Wheel Group booth.

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Ling Ferro was working the Ace Alloy booth and took a couple of pics.

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Hankook tires booth and Miss Erica Nagashima and Miss Sadie May. It was a little bit difficult to get a good angle due to the crowd but still managed to get a decent shot.

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More of Miss Erica Nagashima.

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At the Lexani booth I saw this blue eyed beauty, Miss Amanda Vex.

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Alongside was this gorgeous model Miss Victoria Elise signing posters for Lexani booth as well.

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At the Race line booth, I saw Miss Blanca greeting the fans.

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Next stop is the Pirelli tires booth where they also have multiple amount of high class models like this blonde bomb shell here Miss Summer Daniels.

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Also at the Pirelli tires booth is this stunning model, Miss Elle Navarro.

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This stunning lady, Miss Charm killings is also part of the Pirelli tires clan.

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Lastly, for Pirelli was the gorgeous, Miss Corissa Furr.

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Next to Pirelli tires booth was the Nitto tires booth with ladies wearing a classy black dress.

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Then I walked by the international wheel and tire companies and spotted a bunch of good looking ladies as well. Here’s another hottie that I didn’t get a chance to get their name from the company Accelera.

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Then I passed by the Delinte tires booth and spotted this hottie, Miss Dianna Lushus.

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Then passed by Aelous tires and spotted these gorgeous ladies, Miss Deena Kacie and Miss Christina Riordan posing and taking pics.

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Another hottie that I didn’t get a chance to get her name.

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Walked past the wind power booth and spotted this sexy lady, Miss Joolie Mai.

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Also working at wind power booth is Miss Crystal Bailey.

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At the Black lion booth is these two bomb shell hotties, Miss Angie Hicks and Ashley Noelle.

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At Continental tires booth is this sexy lady, Miss Danielle Souza.

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When I passed by the Savini wheels booth, this stunning lady, Miss Constance Nunes greeted me with a smile.

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Also at Savini wheels booth is this hottie from Edmonton Canada, she goes by the name Miss Morning star.

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Then I spotted Miss Jannie G who recently moved to Vegas all the way from Hawaii.

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Rohana wheels booth had two gorgeous ladies, Miss Jacqueline Kvicky and Miss Ashley Vee.

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In the 2 Crave booth multiple hot ladies were working there. First is another blonde hottie Miss Ashley Twomey.

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Here’s another gorgeous lady, Miss Brittany Brickner also working the 2 Crave booth.

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Of course, who’s going to missed this hot lady, Miss Melyssa Grace also at the 2 Crave booth.

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Along side these hot line up, add this sexy lady, Miss Olivia Korte that stuns everyone that passes by the 2 Crave booth.

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Here’s Miss Arika Sato also with 2 Crave booth.

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The sexy, Miss Marie Alvarez working her first time at SEMA at the Kosei booth.

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Then, I stopped by the Asanti wheels booth and saw the sexy Arley Elizabeth who posed for us to take.

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Along side the Asanti wheels booth is this gorgeous lady, Miss Donna Lazarescu.

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Velocity wheels booth was the stunning, Miss Diana Dragon then she poses for us.

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Then at the Mopar booth I saw Miss Becky Hallet who came all the way down from Detroit.

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When I saw the Toyo Tires booth, I walked towards it and came to see Miss Claudia Alan being surrounded by a crowd of people getting a chance to take a pic so I did the same thing.

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Then I passed by the Forgiato wheels booth with their revolving Lamborghini along side is the gorgeous bomb shell, Miss Tara Doll posing for the camera.

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And that concludes day 1 of doing the south hall coverage of SEMA 2013. I’ve had 2 days left to cover the central hall and north hall and at the same time the outside venue of the convention. the next 2 days, I decided to do the central hall first as it covers the biggest space and amount of companies are mostly in here and do the rest of north hall and outside venues after since only a few models were working here, I decided to combine and do those areas last. Right when I entered the central hall, these two lovely ladies greeted me with a smile but then again I didn’t get a chance to get their names.

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I spotted the lovely Nicole McGahey working the Exedy booth.

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Then I passed by the Scion booth and came to see this lovely lady, Miss Ashley Sarto.

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I passed by the Anzo lights booth and the gorgeous Miss Jessica Weaver greeted me with a smile so I quickly snap some pics.

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When I was walking, I passed by Trufiber booth and saw Miss Dee Rubio working and posing for the camera.

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Right next to it is the Spyder auto booth and came to see these two bomb shells, Miss Taylor Cuqua and Miss Lisa Lee Marie.

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At the Vortech Superchargers booth are our gorgeous DaYUUM Hunnies, Miss Ashley Clark and Miss Serena Su.

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Also at Vortech Super chargers booth is Miss Nikki Frost posing for us.

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At the Eneos booth, I came to see Miss Cara Skye giving out raffle stuff like hats, lanyards, posters, and R/C cars at the same time posing for the cameras.

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Then I passed by the Replay booth and stumble upon this model which I didn’t know her name cause she was being stucked up to even pose for more pics. Typical.

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Passing by the Rock Star booth I saw these lovely ladies, Miss Parker and Sarai Rollins signing autographs of their posters.

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Then I came across these lovely ladies while passing by the Go Puck booth, Miss Marissa Castro and Nikita surf promoting some phone chargers and batteries for go pros and stuff.

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I passed by the Spec D tuning booth and I saw the lovely Miss Erica law giving away drinks with cool lighted cups. At first I thought these drinks had some type of alcohol in it but it was just orange and cranberry. I was about to camp out at their booth and stay there to just get the drinks but regardless, those cups that looks like big shot glasses with neon lights on it are so cool they even ran out.

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Outside the Spec-D tuning booth were these two sexy ladies, Miss Amanda Shaw and Miss Elizabeth Michelle posing to take pictures with fans.

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While walking, I saw the Winjet lighting booth and came across the lovely Miss Noemii J signing autographs.

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With the sexy Miss Mila B posing for our camera.

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Next stop is the north hall and outside venue where only a few number of models were working at both venues, I decided to do them both. here we have the gorgeous Miss Amanda Gift who recognized me immediately as soon as I passed by working at the mazda booth and posing for our camera as well.

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Along side the Mazda booth is this sexy girl, Miss Marissa Lynn.

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As I was walking towards the venues outside, I ran across this stunning lady Miss Stevie Lynn working for WD-40 and posing for some photo ops with other media peeps.

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Somewhere along between the halls of central hall and outside venues, I ran across the lovely Miss Amy Ames working at the Pasmag booth.

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At Jotech Motorsports booth came along these two sexy women, first was this gorgeous lady Miss Keiko Alingas whom I got a chance to have an awesome poster and got signed as well.

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And this lovely lady, Miss Luna Rose along side the Jotech Motorsports booth.

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That completes our coverage of “Ladies of SEMA2013”. Large amount of gorgeous ladies all in one building but hopefully we all made you satisfied covering with all these eye candies. SEMA always happens every year but even then, if you didn’t get a chance to attend, there’s always us media to cover the event. Until the next time. Enjoy. Peace. – Jae

Japanese Classic Car Show | Konnichiwa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Including the vintage junk in the trunk!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arigatou!
-Justin (@JustDaYUUM)

Historic Japanese Classic Car Gathering

Some may call it “NorCal”, some will call it “The Bay Area”. I’ll just refer it as “Northern Cali”. Historic Japanese Classic Car Gathering “Shokuji J-Tin” (HJCC) was held on April 20, 2012 at San Leandro, California. For those unfamiliar with HJCC,  their goal is to gather old school Japanese car enthusiasts from the area into one central location for people like you and me to enjoy

Jayson (DaYUUMJayce) and I flew to San Francisco Airport (SFO) early Saturday morning, to meet up with our good friend Patrick. As many of you may (or may not know) we featured Patrick’s Corolla back in November as one of our top car choice at SEMA 2012 due to its elegance and quality under the Enkei booth.

We started our morning “in awe” just admiring Patrick’s work of art as it came out of hiding.

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We finally hit the road with the Corolla hitched behind us.  We cruised along San Mateo Bridge while people slowed down and stared… not because of Patrick’s Filipino driving skills nor was it because of our stunning good looks but to admire the appeal of the Corolla SR-5.  For a minute or so, we felt like celebrities of the highway.

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As we near the event, we started to see more and more Japanese classics.  The excitement and anticipation grew as we got closer to the  the event which had a great setting next to the waters of San Francisco Bay.

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At the event there was an abundance of old school Toyota’s, Datsun’s and Mazda’s, it was truly  amazing to admire these cars which are 40+ years old.  To be honest, I didn’t know there were so many of these Japanese classics around the bay area.

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This venue was like a miniature version of Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) down in Long Beach, California. The parking lot was right next to the water and had a gorgeous view of the Bay, perfect for taking pictures.

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We also had the opportunity to have small Q and A with one of the event coordinators, James,  of Historic Japanese Car Gathering. Though it was brief , it went a little bit like this…

DaYUUM: What does Shokuji J-Tin mean? And what is the theme behind this event?

James: Well the theme behind this event was to gather cars and food. “Shokuji” in Japanese means meal and  “J-Tin” is what people called classic Japanese cars.

DaYUUM: How did it all start?

James: These events started about 5 yrs ago, I owned a classic car but at the time there was really no seen for it where I could just go out and meet fellow car owners and just hang out. There were probably few events out there but none that really brought all of the car brands together. Usually the Toyota owners stuck with the Toyota owners and the Datsun owners stuck with the Datsun owners. I owned a Honda an there was no crowd for me and I like all classic Japanese cars. So for some reason I decided to just hold an event. “cause if u want something you gotta just do it lol” Then later along the road I meet my partner Ivan and asked me if I wanted to do this stuff at a larger scale and told him sure. The first thing we did was gave our selves a name and its been a hit ever since lol

DaYUUM: So James, when did the first gatherings start?

James: My partner Ivan and I have started doing these events as a team about a year ago.

DaYUUM: Does your show mimic other gatherings in Japan?

James: I think the event is unique in its own way but has the same camaraderie as the events in Japan. I would actually be really honored if it where to be compared to any events in Japan. Lol

DaYUUM: Why did you choose San Leandro as your location?

James: Well the reason why we chose this location is because it was right off the water and we knew that it would give it a nice background for the photographers.

DaYUUM: Do you see a large support of old Japanese classics in NorCal or is it still bigger down in SoCal?

James: I think that there is a big following of classic Japanese car enthusiast in NorCal and the following is growing cause there is more exposure. SoCal scene is a bit bigger because I think there is more exposure down there for instance JCCS plays a big role in that.

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Being that this is my first time attending this event, this experience was not to forget. We spent the majority of the time floating from car to car fascinated on how some builds were.  Every build took time, patience and passion.  Just as you enjoy being around your car, you will always find a way to get inspired and looking DaYUUM Fresh!

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Finally, as we round up our coverage of HJCC, we just wanted to give a special shout-out again to Patrick Ng, Ed “Boogie” Dizon, Ricky Silverio, James Vorasane, Ben Hsu, and the crew at Japanese Nostalgic Car as well as Historic Japanese Car Gathering for their hospitality. Till the next meet!

-Scottie

M3 & RX7: A Purist’s Nightmare

A purist is “one who desires that an item remain true to its essence.”  Often times, a purist strives for uniqueness by staying within the known conservative realm.   In the automotive scene, acronyms such as JDM, USDM and DTM may sound very familiar.   Often times, capturing and preserving how automobiles were originally made or improved in Japan, United States, and Europe in terms of parts / aesthetics are religiously followed and admired.  However, there are individuals who seek to bend these boundaries and want to be simply creative on their own way – simply channeling their creative juices to their own standards and satisfaction.

By no means will I consider myself a purist but I always had that niche to stay with the norm and conservative. Don’t’ get me wrong, I have always admired people that have been open minded, brave and bold enough to go with their own inventive – instinctive ways.  In one of the events, I’ve met Ryan and Ulysses, individuals that pushed their personal boundaries, ingenuity, automotive knowledge and engineering.  One gentleman at an event where I met both guys said it best, “It took a little more thinking to put it together.”

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Ryan Castro owns a 1995 E36 M3 along with numerous Bavarian machineries through the years.  The avus blue E36 M3 coupe looked like one common E36 on the road.  Close your eyes – listen to the rumble it makes and it is more than likely that you will second guess yourself.  The E36 M3 packs a 5.7L LS1 aluminum block from a Camaro SS under its bonnet.  It zips through freeways or from time to time track days using its 350 whp and 311 ft-lbs of torque Americana centerpiece.   The LS1 aluminum block was also paired with a T56 – 6 speed transmission with a Z06 clutch.  This is also equipped with a rebuilt 3.91 LSD with a 40% lock up.

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Road turns and curves are handled by custom BC racing coilovers with custom spring rates.  Also added to the E36 were Turner front – rear sway bars as well as Mason Engineering front – rear strut bars to provide some extra stiffness.

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Closely look at its stoppers and one will notice the C6 Z06 Silver 6 piston calipers paired with the 355 mm DBA slotted rotors and PFC-Z brake pads.  Stainless steel brake lines were also installed at each corner.  This M3 uses Miro 111 18×9.5 +20 offset all around with Hankook V12 EVO 245/35/18 as its street kicks.  On track, Toyo R888 255/35/18 is the tire of choice.

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Subtle exterior modifications of the M3 such as the Max Velocity GTR front lip and Hard Motorsport Fender Flares add to the deceptive euro look that this midnight blue machinery goes for. EVO II Recaro seats with Corbeau 4pt. harness, Kirk 4pt roll bar, MOMO Champion steering wheel, STRI 60 mm Tach -water temp -oil pressure gauges and AEM UEGO wideband were all installed to prepare the E36 for any track battle.

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Similar to that of Ryan’s midnight Euro machine, Ulysses Aguayo chose a similar path for his knightly FD after numerous (2) rotary powerplants failed him. Ulysses owns a 1993 Mazda RX7 R1.  Sitting still this RX7 looks simply stunning.  With the one too many tasteful modification added to the RX7, one will think that this came straight from the JDM gods.  However, peek under the hood and you’ll see an LS2: 6.0 liter V8 from a 2006 Pontiac GTO.  This was also paired with the GTO’s T56 6-speed transmission. Ulysses also installed a Hurst short-shifter with Steeda Tri-ax shifter handle while an E40 ECU keeps this RX7 always in check.

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The FD’s front end was completely converted to a 99 OEM front end spec with the front lip.  The taillights were also switched to the 99 spec.  Shine Auto OEM style 20 mm wider front fenders were also used to accommodate some wider wheels and tires. The rear fenders were also widened to 25-30 mm for the same reason. Top Fuel style rear wing, Shine Auto Sanai rear diffuser and feed side skirts complete the devious but understated look of the RX7.

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Keeping this FD close to the ground are Tein Type Flex coilovers.  Optimizing cornering for its track day run ins are Powerflex polyurethane suspension bushings, AWR solid front sway bar mounts, OEM front / rear sway and strut bars. SSR SP1 black face is the wheel of choice with 18×10 +25 all around sizing.  However, an 18×11 +8 rear set is already on its way to provide a more intimidating look to an already aggressive bearing. SSRs were mounted on Hankook Ventus RS3 – 265/35/18 Fronts and 275/35/18 Rear tires.

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Keeping the all black theme – JDM RX7 RZ spec Recaro seats (Carbon Kevlar shells), complete Di-noc  carbon wrapped dash/clusters/hvac/shifter, Redline leather wrapped transmission tunnel cover and shift boot can be seen inside this FD.  FlyRX7 center quad gauge pod with the 4 Prosport gauges and the Nardi 350 mm Deep Corn racing wheel with Works Bell hub cannot also be missed.

Of course most of the work was put into the engine and drivetrain.  Aside from the Pontiac GTO transplant, this FD used components from a Ford Cobra as well.  2003 Ford Cobra IRS differential with OEM carbon traction-lock LSD and Samberg Rod and Custom rear Cobra differential cradle were also used to transmit all that torque and rotation to the massive rear wheels.  Professional products LS2 fuel rails and Supra Denso fuel pump were also installed to keep this V8 from thirsting. Greddy 3.5” exhaust and custom stainless piping fabricated by Rene Motorsports fulfills the exhaust notes that Ulysses wanted to hear out of his black beauty.

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Purists may be cringing just by the thoughts of doing american muscle V8 swaps especially to such iconic vehicles as the M3 and RX7.  However, one can’t deny that V8 swaps are now common -to get that certain torque and horsepower that one desires.  As shared by Ryan and Ulysses, the engine swap gave them a reliable and a well balanced car on the track.  Parts are also cheap and now easy to get.  For the laborious settings that these engines were put to, they are extremely satisfied with what they have accomplished.  What both these men have put together may be a purist’s nightmare but what counts is the completion of what was once an ingenious vision.

Until the next one… Peace.

-jayson (Dayuumjayce)

 

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