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
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
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
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
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
Finally got around to finishing up the last bit of photos from SoWo. Had a blast but I’m definitely seeing an age gap with all the hard drinking and partying. It kept a good crowd at our hotel parking lot so it wasn’t all too bad. Anyways, this will probably be my last SoWo as I want to use my vacation time and money on bigger trips, like Japan and Germany for car events. Enjoy the photo set everyone!
Sorry for the lack of updates everyone, reason being there wasn’t really much going on after the Rolex race. Thankfully May was a nice busy month of snap some pictures with SoWo and Formula D Round 3 in Miami. I’ll be posting up SoWo pictures first later tonight or tomorrow. For FD I have to wait till canibeat releases my coverage as I was shooting for them. So stoked they got me media this year, hopefully it will be a annual thing that I can do that for them. Here are a few teaser shots from both events, stay tuned for more!