I come from the JDM side of the car scene, I’m use to seeing TE37’s, RG2s, fender flares, and big wings on cars. Just recently migrating to the euro scene it’s rare to see Audi’s, Mercedes, volkswagens with JDM wheels and what have you. What’s funny is that I asked my friend “I wonder how TE37s would look on my A4 Avant.” Oh what an awesome surprise that awaited me in Vegas.
The crew over at Allroad Outfitters answered the question for me. They equipped their vehicles with an array of JDM flavor. First up was this black Audi SQ5, lowered on KW Suspension not on bags like the norm. A set of black TE37s with fat meatty tires all the way around. I couldn’t believe how clean and simple this set up was on a SUV. Then at the corner of my eye, a huge APR spoiler bolted on a flared out S4 shined in the sunlight. A car i’ve only seen on instagram was right before my eyes. 100% custom carbon fiber flares front and rear, allowing those 18×12 ZE40s to wear 335 Toyo Tires all the way around. Yes, 335 tires on all corners, jaw was dropped. Their latest car to the crew I didn’t find till the next day in the Toyo Tires section. There actually talked to one of the guys from Allroad Outfitters, super nice dude, and I’m sad to say that his name escapes my mind at this moment. A brand new Audi S3, fitted with their latest custom made flare set to make this beauty even wider from the factory. A set of blood red TE37RTs with yet again 335 Toyo Tires all the way around. It’s amazing how much room is still left to play with these flares slapped on.
Well I’m converted! I love my audi even more now that it can pull off any look it wants. You can go all VIP Show or full on street race car look. Allroad Outfitters definitely has me looking at my Avant very differently than before.
Flickr Hi-Res Just Add JDM Spice and Mix Set
This one vehicle, surprised the heck out of me when I saw it shining bright from the sunlight outside in the Toyo Tires Booth. I was stumped, I actually didn’t know what it was till I saw the other half of the vehicle. I think I literally said out loud “Holy Shit, it’s a Sunny Truck.” Here in the states we call it a Datsun 1600 (620) when it was offered by Datsun after the Datsun 1200 release in Japan. Dominic, the owner of the Hakotora truck, which is what it’s called in Japan. It’s half skyline and half truck, its the two perfect halves into making an amazing vehicle. Especially how Dominic finished it off with a set of CF flares to cover the poke from the TE37v’s. Later on that day after finding him on Instagram, it comes to find out it has a Silvia heart, with a 400+ hp SR20 power plant. This Sunny truck just got a whole lot coolerer. Enjoy the quick snaps everyone!
Flickr Hi-Res It’s Always Sunny in Philasvegas Set
Here’s another mini article from SEMA last year, I almost didn’t see S2000 as it was wedged between lifted Jeeps and Trucks. My eyes lit up when I saw it, I’ve never seen the new J’s Racing GT Widebody kit in person. Even crazier it was a carbon kit, big money just for the kit itself. This S2000 was just a real life REVHARD Magazine, so many JDM parts on it. ProjectU brakes, J’s Racing Type V CF Hood, Recaro Limited RS-G Bucket seat, CF Mugen Top, just so many cool parts that dress this widebody S2000. Enjoy the pictures everyone, until the next feature!
Flickr Hi-Res J’s Racing S2000 set
2015 was such an up and down year for me. I can get into the whole personal stuff, but it gets no one anywhere. What’s done is done, now for my photography work for 2015 it has been a huge jump in exposure. Again, this is still a hobby of mine as I would love for it to be my full-time job, but I’m still not there yet personally. This past year I’ve made so many new friends, met many followers. It’s surreal at times when I get stopped at shows to say ‘hey man i follow you, love your work/car’ it’s an awesome feeling I must admit. Lately my photography has been more as therapy, either hanging out with friends, by myself, it’s something about dusting off my camera and I look through that viewfinder and my worries just leaves my mind.
I needed that today so my buddy Mike woke me up around 11am and told me to meet him at the Starbucks near downtown Eau Gallie. It’s been over 2 weeks since I’ve moved my S2000 as well, so that was another treat for today. After some much-needed caffeine we drove around and spotted some cool locations for some pictures. We’re not much known for cool graffiti walls so there’s only so much we can shoot around here. It was the right amount to get me out of this funk and I appreciate Mike for getting me out. Anyways, here are the couple snaps. Lots going on these next few months though so I can’t wait to show you all the upcoming Motorsports events and meets and shows!
Flickr for the Hi-Res shots – S2000 and CC
I was disappointed to only see very few S2000’s at SEMA this year (past year now). The guys over at Evasive Motorsports never seem to disappoint with their car builds. More so that all of their builds are purpose built for racing. Ever since seeing the first post on the build thread over at s2ki I just drooled over the parts list. Fully built motor, HKS supercharger, full voltex aero, custom cage, it’s just a true s2000 enthusiast’s dream car. Upon my birthday, they finally released a full shot of their 3rd fully built S2000 and my jaw dropped. Hearing it on the dyno as well was such a treat. To my surprised I finally was able to see this blue smurf up close. It just screams clean, simple, and deadly on the track. I might have taken some ideas to do to my S2000 as well 😉
Full Flickr Time Attack Smurf Set
In the midst of imports, trucks, race cars, and widebody body panels this 1960’s Oldsmobile glimmered in the late-morning sunlight. Freshly being detailed it’s like being first in line at a Krispy Kreme when they just turned on the fresh hot and ready sign. I sadly didn’t get to spend too much time on her as the crowd was getting bigger and bigger. I tried to take as many detailed shots, but as you can see she was a big old girl. Hard to even catch her all with my 24-70 lens. Owned by Eric Conner, this is his own personal car that he and his shop SoCal Suspension did. Glad to have waited out the crowds for this beauty. I’ve been seeing magazine shoots on her all over instagram so can’t wait to see what other photographers create, because this is one masterpiece.
High-Res Flickr Olds, Low, and Slow Set
Decided to combine all of my RWB pictures into one article. Most of them were corral at the iForged Wheels booth, which introduced the latest RWB vehicle to the west coast family. The 1973 RSR Backdated Porsche by the CYC Trading Group was jaw dropping gorgeous. I’m still trying to get my Porsche termanology down so please excuse me butchering the codes. You then had 2 993’s and 2 964’s in the lineup. Everything from wild track setup to a low-wide cruiser. I was really partial to the Orange RWB by the Creaminz crew. After about 20 mins of shooting almost every angle of each car, I took about 10 mins to myself to just admire these cars. You see all these build videos of different porsches being cut, and riveted, paint, massaged by Nakai-San and then you finally see them in person, it’s like a religious experience. You feel like you’ve known the car since day one, through it’s whole build process. Enjoy the pictures, I’m not sure what I’ll be posting yet, but tune in again next monday!
Flickr Full RWB Invades Vegas Set
(This is the first in a long small series of my SEMA coverage. Like I said before, I took so many pictures this time around.)
Before you is a prime example on making a gorgeous 1930 Model-A Coupe Rat Rod and finding the right trailer to take it to show off. So happens the guys over at Hogie Shine found that perfect hauler. A 1953 Ford COE was built just in time for SEMA, with the same gorgeous paint theme as the Coupe. It’s a bit of a frankenstein build however, with a modern Dodge chassis, Cummins Diesel powerplant, and full air ride system.
I was glad I came through early Monday morning as it was just me and this big bertha, I was there for a few mins trying to take in everything I’m seeing. It’s just a gorgeous piece of art. It be hard for me to even take off the Coupe to go riding around. Enjoy the set everyone, more coming soon!
Full Flickr Shiny Patina Hogie Hauler Set
Well it’s that time again, for gorgeous cool weather, smell of fresh wax and tire shine and of course la brujha. If you don’t know what the brujha is, you’re lucky. Apart from the drinking, Simply Clean goes deeper than the average car show. If we go back a few years back Nickoli always stressed the importance of Family. With social media getting bigger and bigger so does your friend circle. Simply Clean with how big and popular it is, brings everyone under one roof. Thankfully this year the rain stayed away and everything felt even more organized than the previous years. It was great talking to old friends and meeting new people. Always taken back when I’m walking around taking pictures and someone new stops me to say what’s up cause they follow me or know of me because of my car. That’s what keeps me coming to Simply Clean shows, you are always guaranteed and awesome time. Big shout-out to all of the staff at Simply Clean, much much love!
Full Flickr Set – Simply Clean 7
Well, this time last week I went over to a city that never sleeps, good ole Las Vegas for this year’s SEMA show. Well, I won’t go too much into it as this year I took well over 3,000 pictures. So today I was trying to figure out how to present my 4 day adventure without drowning people with so many pictures. So I came up with this, I’ll be presenting each week a different theme at SEMA and some with just one car since I took a bunch of just one car at the show. So we’ll do something like, Imports of SEMA, Trucks of SEMA, RWB’s at SEMA, the Toyo Tires Booth Cars of SEMA, and so forth. Still trying to fine tune what I’ll be posting but you get the gist of it. Anyways, enjoy a few pictures until hopefully Wednesday or Thursday, trying to get at least one article up before Simply Clean 7 meet this weekend…ugh! Such a busy month! Enjoy guys!