It’s been a quite year on the photography side of my life. I’ve had lots of personal events happen to me throughout the year, not to go too much into detail but I almost died do to some issues with my liver. But here I am, alive, strong, and ready to get back to what I love doing. For this year’s Simply Clean it would be 11 months since I’ve done anything with my camera. Had to break in the new year with a good piece of glass to rent. I’ve always wanted to try out Sigma’s Art Series Lenses, so I picked up their 35mm Art Lens and wow it is amazing! I wish I had the USB lens dock to further calibrate the lens to my 1Dmark3 but it worked really well out side of the box. Sadly the weather didn’t play 100% so it kept wanting to focus on the clouds on the paint of the vehicles. Plus being almost a year out of practice it took a few dozen shots to get back into groove of things.
The event itself though was amazing, I think this year I saw more friends than ever. I can’t thank Nickoli enough for creating this event and making it better and better every year. Since the first event I always felt I was home surrounded by friends with one passion. Enough of me blabbing, expect one more coverage next month for Wekfest. Again, enjoy the snaps!
Flickr Hi-Res Simply Clean Nine Set
Sorry I’ve been MIA for over a month, just been going through some more wonderful personal issues. Hopefully this coming month will be better, got lots planned like a week trip to Seattle, WA, Liberty Walk Summer Bash 2, Turner Evolution in Daytona, it’s going to be a nice busy month.
So this post is another throwback to last year at SEMA when the fellas at Boden Autohaus unveiled their gorgeous 2008 Audi R8. The air ride was supplied by AccuAir over the OEM shocks with a set of Rotiform 3 piece OZT all the way around. A widebody kit from Prior Design finishes off the look of this R8, it’s hard to modify such an already perfect supercar from the factory like the R8. But Boden certainly out did themselves with this build. Enjoy the pictures everyone and stay tuned for more content very soon!
Flickr Hi-Res Boden R8 Set
Lot of first with this car so far. My first Audi, first wagon, first air setup, and first time with rotiforms. I’m so use to modding Summer that when I started to mod Autumn I was going with the thought of a cheap quick set of coilovers and rep wheels. I mean it’s my daily, I wasn’t going to sink all of my money into it…yeah that quickly went out the window when I talk to my boy at cloud9ab. I haven’t been this happy with a daily in a very long time. I’m so happy where it’s at now, now it’s back to getting some stuff for Summer.
Wheels – Rotiform TMB in DDT finish 19×10 +35
Suspension – Airlift 3P full kit
Flickr Hi-Res Autumn in the Spring Set
2016 so far as been a great start for my camera. It’s been snapping away like crazy and this past weekend was no short of that. I packed up my Audi, aired up, and headed north to Chattanooga, TN for the first annual Riverside Car Meet. This was my first time in Chattanooga and the 9 hour driver was well worth it. I just want to thank the whole staff, I usually don’t travel this far for a first car show/meet, but the over 4 month of planning I knew it was going to be a big deal. Plus the location was an awesome idea for holding about a 100 top of the line cars with vendors.
I’ll get into the show next post, this right now is about the quick little pre-meet friday evening on a long hill street. Pretty awesome to see 40-50 cars on one long street and amazing food and drinks over at The Bitter Alibi. Enjoy the pictures everyone, I’ll be post the main meet pictures next week.
Flickr Hi-res 2016 Riverside Pre-Meet Set
This past week Titan Motorsports open their doors for their annual open house. Every year, Titan Motorsports holds a dyno show, car show, and bikini girl show…what better way to spend a gorgeous florida Saturday? Lots of nice car’s this year inside the Titan compound, especially my boy’s S2000. Good thing I didn’t take Summer, she would have been jealous and looking at me mad that she isn’t looking that good. It was a bit weird driving my newly bagged Audi Avant for the first time to a car show and leaving my S2000 in the garage. Enjoy the pictures everyone.
Flickr Hi-Res 2016 Titan Motorsports Open House Set
A great start for 2016 for my photography portfolio, I covered my first major Motorsport event for Enjuku Racing and S3 Magazine. To nail the coverage even more than my previous photos at the Rolex I decided to rent out the mack daddy of lenses. A Canon 300mm 2.8L behemoth of a lens was acquired along with a Canon 24-70 mark 1 for the closer action shots. It was such an awesome experience to earn, to finally be a photographer at a major Motorsport event. Hopefully you guys enjoy the pictures, it definitely took awhile to sort though over 6000 photos and edit them. I really had time to do Sebring this year, but with finishing up my Audi and S2000 for the upcoming shows I’m close to broke. Until the next Rolex!
Flickr Hi-Res 2016 Roar of the Rolex Set
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
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, not the Autumn you’re thinking about, but it’s just as cool looking. Just 3 weeks ago I traveled all the way to North Miami to take delivery of my first real luxury vehicle. A beautiful full serviced records Black on Black 2010 Audi A4 Avant Quattro, fully loaded, navi, hdd audio system, sport package. I really did find the avant of my dreams. It’s been through the oil consumption recall so with only 50k miles it has a brand new motor.
Of course the mod list was already started, Air Ride, Wheels, Grill, CF Front Spoiler, LED Tail Lights and hopefully Stage 1 chip before EuroTripper Feb 2016. Of course Summer is a little jealous, because a few weeks ago she decided to debead herself causing the tire to get sheadded. The 305’s I had on there are on national backorder so I ended up going down a size to 295/35/18s. Little stretchy but it’s not too bad. I may dial down the mod list to just Air Ride and wheels because I really want to start the power mod project for Summer. We’ll see how the rest of the year goes. Here are a few snaps of Autumn, I PS the height fyi.
The weekend of the Rolex is finally here! Well, was, but my ears are still ringing from being so up close to brutal machines driving for 24 hours. This brings a total of 3 years straight coming to Daytona and camping out in the infield getting cold, wet, hot, and sleep deprived. Yes, it was amazing and I will do it all over again next year.
If you want to skip the boring reading part you can go here to view the full gallery on my flickr. Full Flickr Set Here – Rolex 2015