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Nissan Jam 2017

I wasn’t quite expecting to hit Nissan Jam this year because of a packed schedule during the weekend, but I had to check it out. Plus it was “sort of” on the way home from service.

Nissan Jam, similar to TORC has sections dedicated to its own model. The event was located in La Palma Park, very close to the old Wheel Warehouse. 2017 marked the 5th year for Nissan Jam, from Hako’s to Juke, the event had a Datsun and Nissan for everyone. Come cruise with us as we stroll through the event.

Words and Photos: Denny H.

Fontana Nissan – Nissan RaceShop – 5 Meet

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

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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_0061This sick S13 was with DSPORT

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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)

Spocom Hawaii 2013 Recap Part 1 of 2

Photos: Justin (@JustDaYUUM), Scottie (@DaYUUMScottie), Jayson (@DaYUUMjayce), and Myself (@DaYUUMDen)

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SPOCOM_HAWAII-1-4It seems like we were just in Hawaii last week or maybe it’s the strong desire to go back. It was definitely a trip we will remember for some time. We decided on taking this trip three weeks before Spocom Hawaii because we were on the fence whether we were going or staying. We decided the crew needed a nice vacation so we pulled the trigger. We made some calls and booked our flights. A total of eight of us took flight over the Pacific Ocean to the Rock. Some of us have never been there including myself, so the experience was very fresh. The laid back vibe, the zero sense of urgency, and the food – simply amazing.

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SPOCOM_HAWAII-2-2Since we took different flights, our first night was to regroup. That night we also met up with Big Mike (@thebigmike) and Antonio (@antoniosureshot) from Motor Mavens (@motormavens) for late night eats and no filter conversations. The night was memorable to say the least.

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SPOCOM_HAWAII-1-3Saturday was showtime and since it was an evening event, we had a little free time before heading out. We enjoyed breakfast at Hula Grill and the beach of Waikiki. Scott and I rented paddle boards for about 30 mins before we got bored and exchanged them for bodyboards, while the rest of the gang soaked some rays on the sand and enjoyed the warm water.

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SpocomHI_0003At around 12:30PM we went back to our rooms to clean up then to the Spocom show to set up.

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SPOCOM_HAWAII-9001At Spocom Hawaii we teamed up with our buddies at AirREX USA. AirREX USA is responsible for importing the AirREX Digital Suspension into the United States. Their suspension features threaded shock-bodies to fine tune your height.

AirREX also has an unique all-in-one air management system. The days of teflon tape and playing with valves are a thing of its past. The complete AirREX system has the tank, compressor, ecu, and valves in a self contained box the size of a few Jordan boxes. It’s completely leak tested before it leaves the factory. Routing the airlines to the struts or bags and hooking up the power completes the install. The AirREX system is by far the most simplest system to install, Period!

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SPOCOM_HAWAII-9009In our booth was Madoka (@happymadoka) from Hawaii, Jon Jon’s Genesis on Gram Lights, and Davin’s Maxima with a prototype AirREX kit on a set of Vossens.. We also brought out some DaYUUM gear from the mainland.

Spocom Hawaii didn’t disappoint, the venue was packed with spectators and well executed rides.

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SpocomHI_0029Here is Marshall Lum’s second gen Scion xB representing DaYUUM and our very close friends Scion Evolution.

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SPCM13HI2Scion Evolution Hawaii is still pretty strong and still repping.

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SPCM13HI32I loved the way this Bug was executed. It had custom low offset steelies for that old flavor with modern style.

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SPOCOM_HAWAII-9023Here is a pair of clean Evo’s with several ARC and Voltex goodies.

SPOCOM_HAWAII-9033Also spotted was a rare breed for the Honda S2000 family, the CR. With less than 2000 made, this is only the second CR i’ve seen.

SPOCOM_HAWAII-9032I also loved this track prepared Integra Type-R

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SpocomHI_0088A few old school Toyota’s were cleanly built.

Hawaii was all about fitment also.

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SpocomHI_0091Check out this insane fitment on the Miata with over fenders and an aggressive wheel and tire combination.

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SpocomHI_0046I love Silvias, so seeing this S14 on Work VS-XX was pretty dope.

Hawaii also had their VIP game locked. Upon entrance was this pair sitting on the red carpet, very fitting for these well executed builds.

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SPOCOM_HAWAII-8994An amazing pair of LS’s.

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SPCM13HI30I can’t remember the fine details of the blue Infiniti but from what I can remember it was a rare trim and had a rare body kit.

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Back to the rest of the show.

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SPCM13HI16I really loved this Evo, it was well built and had some ARC goodies as well.

SPCM13HI24A clean MKIV

SPCM13HI61A pair of well executed S2K’s, both had fine details. The blue S2K mimics Evasive Motorsports Laguna Blue S2K and it’s said to have the original highlighter yellow WedsSport TC105N from it.

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Around the show there were a ton of AirREX equipped cars, here are a few.
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The show ended with a gang of awards, including…
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SPOCOM_HAWAII-9047Best Team, Best of Show, and Best Engineering.

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dayuumscottieOur night hardly ends without late snacks and we just can’t get enough of Zippy’s, enough that myself, Nilo, and Scottie all instagrammed about it. Big up’s to Marshall and the AirREX family for the lift from the event and taking us to Zippy’s, then back to our hotel.

We loved Hawaii so much we may just write a little bit of our trip. I’m greatful to have such a great crew and group of friends, without their support none of this would have happened. Thank you to our supporters that stopped by the booth to say HI. And a BIG Thank you the Spocom Family for showing us amazing hospitality, we are very very grateful! Jae will continue with part 2 of our coverage.

Here is a sneak.

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I see some commonality here!

Until later…

@DaYUUMDen

Torque Meet Tour – Orlando

TMTORLANDO--90This year we are pretty excited to join the Torque Meet Tour presented by Universal Technical Institute (UTI). The Torque Meet Tour is  a 5-city FREE AUTOMOTIVE EVENT SERIES, that’s right, free admission, free entry, free vendor space, and free to spectate. The tour travels to  5 different UTI campus from east to west.

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The first meet was in Orlando and it went off with a bang. The event was hosted by Jade Motorsports, an automotive club based in Florida. The turn out was spectacular, over 400 cars, over 40 vendors, and over 3000 spectators.

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TMTORLANDO--6The Tjin Edition Roadshow rig was in attendance showing off their Toyota Tacoma which was a collaboration between them and UTI. The Tacoma will be given away at the end of the year to a lucky entrant.

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In their booth was a slew of goodies such as the Vortech and Paxton Superchargers.

As a partner of the Torque Tour Meet, we sponsored an award called the “Choice Award.” The requirements to win the award is simple, “The DAYUUM Choice Award is judged on the overall build. The build must show consistency and harmony with the parts being used. Clean paint, cleanliness of the vehicle, and fit ‘n finish will play a large role in this award.” That’s it.. Pretty simple.

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TMTORLANDO-04Vishal Mathur’s S13 with a Silvia conversion features an LS swap that was boost assisted by our friends at Vortech Superchargers which also took home their “Hottest Supercharged Setup” award, an award that was presented by Vortech Superchargers and Paxton Superchargers. Vishal’s LSX-Swapped S13 has dyno’ed at 698RWHP @ 11psi. On the left is Mark Harston from UTI.

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Here is Russ’ sick widebody from Jade Motorsports and is super clean.

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Honda Ruckus’ also made a nice appearance.

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The show wouldn’t be a show without supporting teams and cars.

We hoped everyone enjoyed the show, see you in Chicago, May 4th at 601 Regency Drive, Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Here is a video from Backyard Garage Stars.

@DaYUUMDen

Mauricio Ornelas Jr. – Up Close and Personal with Formula Drift Pro Driver

For us, Fontana is a love hate relationship. We love it because of the people we have met, like Scott Vanderheide and Kerryann De La Cruz. But, the hate… Ok hate is a strong word, but we don’t get along.

The first outing was to our one-on-one with Kerryann, we were challenged with arctic like temperatures and threatening thunderclouds – we conquered.  DaYUUM-1, Fontana-0

The second time, we were lucky enough to have an one-on-one with Nissan RaceShops’ Mauricio Ornelas Jr. This time, there was tornado like winds with clashing bay doors and flying debris. We stuck through it – its a draw: DaYUUM-1, Fontana-0, Draw-1

During our trip, drifter John Jimison sat down with Mauricio Ornelas Jr., a self-funded pro driver for Formula Drift, to speak about his career. Mauricio is debuting as a rookie this year for Formula D. Having already been drifting for 8 years, Mauricio drifted competitively for two. Impressive, yes. in the short two years he was able to obtain his Formula Drift license to compete with seasoned drivers such as Dai Yoshihara, Ken Gushi, and Vaughn Jr., just to name a few.

Mauricio speaks about music, his favorite cologne, down to his dream umbrella girl. We wont spoil the ending for you so check out the clip. But, excuse the clatter and some slight sound technicalities. We hope you enjoy it, its one of our longest to date, but well worth it.

You can also catch Mauricio during the first round of Formula Drift in Long Beach on April 6th and 7th or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/95Green14 and www.facebook.com/MauricioOrnelasJr

Thank you Mauricio, Scott at Fontana Nissan / Nissan RaceShop for all the time given. PVR Motorsports, John Jimison, and of course our crew!

Special Shout-outs to:

Fontana Nissan
www.FontanaNissan.com

Nissan RaceShop
www.NissanRaceShop.com

Bardabe Performance
www.Bardabe.com

Borracho Racing

BC Brian Crower
www.BrianCrower.com

Clutch Masters
www.ClutchMasters.com

CX Racing
www.CXRacing.com

Falken Tire
www.FalkenTire.com

Garrett Turbo
www.TurboByGarrett.com

Import Performance Shop
www.ImportPerformanceShop.com

OSR Dyno Shop
www.OSRdyno.com

Raw Brokerage
www.RawBrokerage.com

Turbosmart
www.TurbosmartOnline.com

Whiteline Flatout
www.whiteline.com.au

VIS Racing
www.VISRacing.com

John Jimison
twiiter @pessimistedisco

Scott VanderHeide

MIkey Dang

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