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The Legends, JDM Legends – Shop Visit

With the popularity of Japanese classics on the rise, the prices of the Hakosuka’s, Kenmeri’s, and the Fairlady Z have increased – dramatically. Not forgotten are the Celica’s, Corolla’s, or the Crown’s and the rotary classics of the RX’s, which brings us to a visit to JDM Legends. One of the few shops that specializes in restoring, modifying and importing Japanese classics.

JDM Legends is tucked away in the outskirts of Salt Lake City, 15 minutes south, on a long stretch of road.

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Inside the humble 2000’ish square foot automotive man cave are neatly placed, dream cars. A Subie STi, a Nissan Hakosuka GT-R, Ultra-rare 1970 432 Datsun Fairlady Z, Nissan Hakosuka GT-R Sedan, Nissan Hakosuka shell, and an early 70’s Toyota Celica with a Beams engine are placed side-by-side waiting to be transformed or restored. A prized 67.5 Datsun Roadster 2000 also marked its territory, center stage.JDM_LEGENDS-9212

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On JDM Legend’s photo wall, sits a very mint Mazda Cosmo and Nissan Silvia (CSP311), the precursor to the infamous S chassis.JDM_LEGENDS-9231

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On the flip side, a pair of 2-post lifts accompany 2 classics, a Hakosuka GT-X and the Fairlady Z. Molested, massaged, and restored to the customer’s liking.JDM_LEGENDS-9130

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The Fairlady is a complete ground up build. Every single nut and bolt was removed, re-plated, and installed. Every trim and sheet metal was repaired, prepared, and finished. There is not one piece that has not been touched. Custom suspension, upgraded brakes, and new RS rollers on sticky R888’s.JDM_LEGENDS-9133

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Josh Martin putting on a few final touches.JDM_LEGENDS-9136

The Hakosuka GT, imported, corrected, and restored is being prepped for delivery to So Cal.JDM_LEGENDS-9189

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Eric Bizek, is the humble owner of JDM Legends. He is one of the few that performs the art of restoration. It’s even more rare that they are of Japanese Classics. Eric and team often travel to Japan in search of more treasures and shows off some of his talents at the famous JCCS in Long Beach, California. We had the opportunity to see the completed Z last summer, but even more appreciative to see it in the phases of restoration.

To show appreciation of our visit, Eric and team, put together a last minute meet for us. There lies ultra-rare and clean old school rides. I never imaged that the Utah Japanese Classic scene was on point, until that day.JDM_LEGENDS-9352

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Loving the air set up on this Datsun wagon.JDM_LEGENDS-9338

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We love JDM Legend’s parts hauler, a Datsun 620!JDM_LEGENDS-9358

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We are going to close out with this sequence shot of a slammmmmed Cressida rolling out!JDM_LEGENDS-9411

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Visit… Www.jdmlegends.com, Instagram: @jdm_legends

Fontana Nissan – Nissan RaceShop – 5 Meet

Photos: Justin (@JustDaYUUM), Denny (@DaYUUMDen)

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FontanaNissan5_0003To Fontana we go…

Lately, it seems like more and more grassroots automotive events are taking place at Auto Club Speedway. It’s where NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 is ran and where the IZOD INDYCAR’s MavTV 500 will race. The INDYCAR’s will race the 2 mile D-shaped oval at speeds of 180-220 MPH. Being in the stands during the early days of C.A.R.T., I’ve always had the itch to be on the inside of the track. It’s where the paddock was, where the action was, and where the behind-the-scenes took place. Several years later, perhaps even decades, it’s happened.

In collaboration with Speed Ventures, the inside area became the home of Fontana Nissan’s 5 Meet in 2013. Traditionally the annual meet was held at their dealership, but in 2012, it completely outgrew the allowed space. Not to mention all the prep work it takes to shuffle ALL the cars off the dealership lot to accommodate a meet or divert customers in a different direction – it’s understandable on why they decided to relocate. But does moving locations give it less of that homely feel? The underground feel? The lack of urgency? We thought it might, but it didn’t.

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Fontana_Nissan5-9083It was the calm before the storm, the well organized event was right on time. Scott Vanderheide, the man that spearheads the meet, kept everyone informed about roll in time, from when the gates were going to open to how the event was laid out. Right before 11AM, Scott informed us and all the vendors that the gates were about to open. Once it did, a line of Nissan’s, like starving ants, came trooping in. One-by-one, pack-by-pack, these well behaved drivers filled the lot. GT-R, S-chassis, Z’s, and amongst others parked with their kind. A steady flow of spectators and participants walked the black top during this 100 degree weather that was easily distracted with the Nissan RaceShop Hunnies.

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Fontana_Nissan5-9098If these hunnies do not look familiar to you, allow me to introduce – Ashley Clark, Amanda Kerr, and Brittani Paige.

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Fontana_Nissan5-9131But the Nissan RaceShop Hunnies weren’t the only ones, we had Seksi Lilly Evans with us.

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FontanaNissan5_0006While we couldn’t compete against Nissan RaceShop’s air conditioned rig and Scott’s track prepped, 400+ HP Nissan Sentra SE-R, we did have us and Leon’s wide-bodied S-14.

In between heat strokes and taking turns holding our tents down from the burst of winds that Fontana is known to have, Justin and I made a few rounds to capture some of the awesomeness 5 Meet had to offer.

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FontanaNissan5_0039Our neighbor AEM had Chris’s Z

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FontanaNissan5_0042Swift springs brought out a pair of Z’s.

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FontanaNissan5_0050RaceRoom also had a Z.

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FontanaNissan5_0030Drifter Mauricio also came out to play with his S14.

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Although the day was a bit warm we had a great time hanging with friends and had a great dinner afterwards.

Here are some other random shot’s.

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We are going to close this with a non-Nissan, an FR-S 🙂

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Until later…

-Denny (@DaYUUMDen)

Kerryann De La Cruz – Up Close and Personal

Born in Darwin, North Territory, Australia, Kerryann De La Cruz eventually ended up in the States.  Between Montana and what she calls her hometown – Seattle, she eventually settled to Fontana, California. With her tall, slender, and striking girly girl beauty, it’s hard to believe that she is a true motor head.

With over ten-years of motor sports under her belt, she has experienced drag racing with her CR-X, motoring around on 2-wheels, to maneuvering through chicanes and bends; discovering her passion on the track with 4-wheels. You see, Kerryann owns and drives the holy grail of cars, the Skyline GT-R R32, a dream for most, a reality for Kerryann.

In race suit, Kerryann is a competitive driver and owner, with pure determination to achieve her goals. But, don’t allow her stunning smile fool anyone, she took 1st place in the Modified AWD class during Time Attack’s 3rd round in 2011.

With Arctic like weather passing through Southern California, Kerryann De La Cruz toughened out the wind, cold, and our lame sense of humor.

We aren’t going to write everything about Kerryann, but we will let you watch for yourself. We had some good laughs and she was such a trooper with a great sense of humor – it was more than we bargained for or expected.

We want to thank Kerryann for taking time away from her family to join us in the freezing cold. You can contact Kerryann through facebook, twitter, or email.

Special thanks to:
Scott VanderHeide at Fontana Nissan and Nissan RaceShop for accommodating us during business hours.

Shouts to:
Fontana Nissan – www.FontanaNissan.com
Nissan RaceShop – www.NissanRaceShop.com
Cobb Tuning – www.CobbTuning.com
Enkei Wheels – www.Enkei.com
Sparco – www.SparcoUSA.com
KW Suspension – www.KW-Suspension.com
K&W Autobody – www.knwautobody.com
Buddy Club – www.BuddyClub.us
Scion Evolution – www.ScionEvolution.org

@DaYUUMDen

DaYUUM! – www.DaYUUM.com
https://www.facebook.com/Hot.DaYUUM

PVR Motorsports – www.PVRMotorsports.com
https://www.facebook.com/PVRMOTORSPORTS

Listen to what Kerryann had to say!

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