Hey everyone, been awhile…again…I’m glad to be back to show off something different than what I’m use to. This is my girlfriend’s newly modded 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD-Sport 4×4 overlanding hotness. She’s been wanting to do something on her Tacoma for awhile and with the start of her employment at Gatto’s Tires Service she got some great discounts on some parts.
After much research and putting what her wants and needs are she settled on Rough Country 4 inch lift. We had to comb through hundreds of threads on forums on people’s opinion on them. It’s more of a mixed bag on people’s reaction, it was hard to figure out from people who do off-roading every weekend that needs a better setup to the person that just wants the tougher look of a lifted truck without breaking the bank. This setup from Rough Country works for what she needs.
With that done we looked to wheels and it was pretty easy. She went with Rotiform SIX-OR wheels 17×9 in matte black. We were looking at a set of wheels from Stealth Custom but they only release wheels every 3-4 months and they go out fast! So we’ll pick up a set later down the road but these Rotiform’s are amazing looking on trucks.
For tires she ended up with Toyo Tires Open Country M/T in 33s, such an aggressive look and surprisingly not loud on the road. No rubbing, but if we decide to go 35’s we’ll need to do the cab mount chop, but for right now it looks amazing.
Till this past Sunday when we were cleaning out the garage I saw the roof box and decided to see how it will look on the Taco. The girlfriend was not pleased with my suggestion but I as soon as I was done mounting it to the roof, the clouds parted and a ray of golden sunshine came from the heavens and it looks overlandmazing! Enjoy the pictures everyone and I hope you like the new truck to our growing stable.
Flickr Hi-Res Overland Taco Poser Set
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
Hope everyone had a safe and happy new year’s over the weekend. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year for me, but I’m glad where things are heading. Photography wasn’t my highest point for the year 2016 from the previous years, I’m hoping to change that this year. My biggest photography event has been The Rolex 24hours so I’m hoping to get media credentials to bring you some crazy photos. Lots of car meetups coming this year, Eibach will be coming to Florida for the first time for a huge Honda Meet, maybe going up to TN again for the Riverside Meet Up 2, going up to Virginia for Spring Fest, and maybe SEMA this year. Hope you guys stick around, it’s going to be a busy year for my camera.
For now here’s a quick shoot of Joseph’s gorgeous 993 RWB Porsche at last month’s Winterfest Meetup in Tampa. There’s also a sweet mini documentary of the buildup made by Krispy. Enjoy the video and my shots, get ready for The Rolex!
Youtube Video RWB Orlando
Flickr Hi-Res RWB Orlando Set
It’s been awhile everyone! Well, to the one or two who still follow this site. I don’t blame you, but thank you for still sticking around. Hopefully I’ll be updating this a little more as there are a few events coming up.
Well this past weekend I attended this year’s Clean Culture Meetup at the West Palm Beach convention center. Quite a bit different from the other events this year so far. it was different as I didn’t have to wake up at 6am to get ready and drive a few hours out to the meet location. It started at a sun high’s afternoon at 3pm, so I took a nice morning to check over the car and then at noon I set off to SoFL. Thankfully as I just got off the Florida Turnpike my good friend Sparky from Cloud9ab just got there as well. I pulled the good ole I know so-n-so inside to the front person at the gate to go on through. It was a good meet overall, it’s been a few months since my last car meetup thing, so it was good to get out clean the ole girl and show off for a bit. Enjoy the set everyone!
Flickr Hi-Res Clean Culture 2016 Meetup 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
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
This year at Formula D, we were introduce a brand new venue…Orlando Speed World! at the oval track…featuring fence! I think you know where I’m going with this, it was a great location if the owner and FD Staff had more time to organize it. I mean it’s a new venue so no one knew how the property was going house thousands of people, media, drivers, teams, all in one small location. Hopefully a lesson learned and they further improve the location. I still had a blast, scratched a bucket list dream to hear Mad Mike’s MADBUL rotary goodness. This was also my first motorsports event where I had the chance to use my newly purchased Canon 1D Mark 3 camera. Ugh the burst fire is so insane on it still for being over 8 years old. Enjoy the pictures everyone.
Flickr Set – Formula Drift Orlando
Better late than never to post coverages from a few months ago. Here’s a few photos back from July’s LB Summer Bash meet up. I haven’t see Liberty Walk vehicles since SEMA in 2013. Kato-San was actually there from the start of the meet along with his whole crew. Towards the middle of the meet, Kato made a big crash with an amazing parade of GTR’s, BMW, Porsche, and an amazing 240Z. Enjoy the snaps everyone!