MFest VI Brings Heat to Las Vegas

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Whether you own a BMW or not, it’s really tough to not be blown away by the sheer number of high quality cars that made it to MFest VI in Las Vegas. Even though we didn’t even get an ounce of sleep the night before, the caravan, event, and parties were so fun that we had no problem going nonstop throughout the weekend!

MFest weekend started off with the epic, world record setting caravan up from Barstow CA and ended with an equally epic pool party at the Tao Beach Club in Las Vegas. MFest Chris and his team could not have been any more hospitable or welcoming – nor could the weekend have been more mind blowing. No wonder we have TONS of photos!

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The BMW 1 series M coupe is a seldom seen car on the streets due to its high demand and low availability so it was nice to see a good handful of them make it out to Vegas. The nice wide fenders and aggressive bumpers give the car a mean look when it’s rolling down the street. At almost $10,000 less than the BMW 335i, the 1 series M coupe is one hell of a good deal for the amount of car you’re getting.

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This slammed BMW Z4 looked suuuuper fresh, sitting right up front when we entered the event. This is one of the best looking Z4s we’ve seen in recent times. Very classy build.

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Red is just such a classic, sporty color. It’s bright without being over the top. No wonder we absolutely loved this Eurosquad 335i. All class.

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It doesn’t even matter how old you are… everyone can appreciate a clean red BMW.

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One nice thing about MFest is the fact that there are actually LOTS of attractive females in attendance. Most car events are just filled with dudes, but MFest is a bit different. Females actually look forward to MFest because of the whole Spring Break-style party atmosphere all weekend, and who doesn’t like that?

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Many of the ladies that go to MFest dress pretty classy, too. It’s a bit different than the hoodrats* that you normally see at carshows. (*Scantily clad girls sitting on car hoods)

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Lots of girls were circulating around the car show area and the trackside pit area, checking out the cars… or maybe they were just looking for BMW ballers with the dopest cars? You tell me.

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Nicole Reckers and Xena Kai were two of the models who came out to cheer on the MFest crowd. Somehow, I think many in the crowd were cheering for them!

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Here’s Nicole again, but this time with Michelle Yee. For more photos of these ladies, Follow @MOTORMAVENS on Instagram.

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We always have fun hanging out with Eva Skye and Beckie Joon. Again, for more photos of these ladies, Follow @MOTORMAVENS on Instagram.

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The BMW M3 is one of the most iconic sports cars on the market and is often times used as the standard for comparison with other sports cars. The quad exhaust tips on the M3 serve as the best “quick glance” identifier of one of these beauties on the road.

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I’ll be honest. We are pretty sick of matte wraps and paint jobs… especially on BMWs. Living in Los Angeles, you see matte wrapped cars ALL THE TIME, especially with nondescript black wheels. It’s just soo played out.

However, this matte gray E46 M3 from Las Vegas-based Eurosquad really pulled off the matte look well. It actually restored our faith in matte cars, because this E46 looks AWESOME. Love it. We just posted this photo on the @MOTORMAVENS Instagram feed, and instantly, it got hundreds of Likes. No doubt!

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The track fun at MFest was being organized by Speed Ventures, so there were more than just Bimmers on the track. There were also other makes and models on the track running the time attack – like this R35 Nissan GTR, for example. This Hard-Driving Motorsports liveried GT-R was making minced meat of some of the other drivers!

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Here’s a shot of the Hard-Driving GT-R and the Hybrid-themed Porsche 911 GT3 R. The livery on this Porsche was one of my favorite themes of the GT3 class race cars.

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I spotted Chris from MFest driving this BMW M3 E46 which was rocking some red wheels and matching side mirrors. The black, red and yellow theme of the MFest logo was completely coordinated with the accents on this car. Co-Ord-In-Ate!

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When the car show awards were being given out, we were given a nice surprise from the MFest Crew. This mirror finished MFest Trophy is going to make a nice show piece for the MotorMavens Crew!

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Although BMWs are the main focus of the MFest weekend, Lexus and Cadillac also came out to show their support! This FiveAxis designed Lexus GS350 was one of the best looking cars out out there, without question. We even spotted Victor from Emergency Hookers towing it up from SoCal during the caravan on Friday morning.

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Normally, when you see a DTM inspired massive wide body conversion on a street car, it’s usually for show purposes. However, it was nice seeing this BMW M3 E92 making full use of its wide body conversion on the track. It was definitely a pleasant surprise – you don’t see cars like THIS hitting the track every day.

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One of the main sponsors of MFest is Solar Transmission Management or STM. Their E92 was a hard car to shoot on the caravan up from Barstow, because our chase car just could not keep up!

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In my opinion, gold and black color schemes have always looked great on any car. Ever since the John Player Special Lotus driven by Ayrton Senna in Formula 1 racing hit the pavement, this scheme has always been a classic. Although this 1 series coupe wasn’t fully JPS-themed, it was close enough to make the car look great!

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Chris’ BMW M5 E60 was one hell of a beast on the drive up to Vegas. The twin-supercharged V10 is no joke when it comes to putting down power! I was trying to snap a rolling shot on the freeway but Terry Pham‘s Lexus IS just could not keep up.

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Las Vegas natives, Melinda and Tony Ibraheem, brought out their Euro Squad E92 M3 for the track day. The car definitely was hauling ass down the straight where I was standing. This particular shade of orange usually evokes images of Lamborghini – probably one of the reasons this E92 stood out from the crowd when I spotted it on the track.

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There were a few instructor-led runs on the track where they went over a few different driving techniques such as passing and proper cornering.

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This Porsche 996 911 Turbo must have been a blast to drive around the circuit. I was truly surprised to see so many Porsches represented at a BMW meet – pleasantly, of course.

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And here’s another beauty from the wizards at Porsche – this time showcasing our friends at PASMAG. This car is soooooo SICK.

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This BMW M3 E36 yellow 1 series M coupe is a native of SoCal and definitely had the best rear in the shot. Be on the look out for more of this car very soon!

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When it comes to FAST track cars the Horse Power Freaks/Renner Motorsports M3 E46 was the one to watch. It easily overtook the Savini Wheels Lamboghini Murcielago in the first few laps of the sponsor race. This E46, from what I was told, is a 900+ hp track car!

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This E39 with BMW M-Parallel wheels kept on catching our boy Terry Pham’s eye at the track. He kept on saying, “Damn, that paint job is sooo shinyyyyy…”

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Here’s a spy shot of Terry hard at work, shooting photos for the MotorMavens MFest Gallery!

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MFest VI 2012 was surely one of the most fun car shows and events I have been to in a long time. The great venue, amazing selection of cars and especially the people involved made the whole trip worthwhile. I cannot wait to go to MFest VII next year! On behalf of the entire MotorMavens Crew, I would like to extend a special thanks to Chris and his crew for the invite and all the hospitality in Las Vegas!


:: Mike Kim



source: motormavens


Sweden. What comes to mind when it’s mentioned for you? Are there images of unspoiled nature and virgin forests dancing through your head? Or perhaps a glitzy disco song from Abba is playing? It could be that you think of the furniture mega-retailer IKEA, or the clothing giant H&M. You might have a more edgy view of this northern region, and associate it with Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series of books including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or contemporary fashion brands such as ACNE, Nudie or COS.

But do you think of Sweden as a leader of car culture? The answer is probably not. Until recently, Sweden had two mainstream car companies operating within its borders: the aggressively practical Volvo and the slightly more left-field and now rather defunct Saab. Both of these companies could be directly associated with the stereotypical Swedish mindset: practical and cheerfully functional but not particularly evocative. They would be better described as transportation appliances than anything else.

However there is a flip side to the endless practicalities and perfectionism of the Swedish mindset. Some flickering remainder of the Viking warrior spirit still lurks in the background, and every so often rises from the depths to make itself known. This more primal instinct laughs in the face of conformity, wages war against boundaries and sees horizons as objects only to be reached and sailed past.

Think Koenigsegg, rather than Volvo.

I’ve been living in Sweden for two years now, but have yet to fully wrap my head around the local automotive scene.

I’ve jumped across the border to take in the anarchy of Norway’s Gatebil festival a few times now but until recently, had not yet been to a Swedish event.

Perhaps this has been a mistake though, as I am coming to realize that Swedish car builders have something pretty special going on.

Here, the same kind of crazy, smash-all-rules mentality rules shared by their Norwegian neighbours prevails, but there’s also a real focus on presentation and detailing too.

So without further ado I’d like to quickly showcase for you my first, and without a doubt not my last, completely crazy experience at a Swedish car event: the Bilsport Elmia Performance and Custom Show.

My main motivation for attending the Elmia Show was to discover new feature cars. More often than not, these are the most popular types of stories on Speedhunters. You know as well as I that the Gatebil events have been a great source of amazing car feature stories, so my aim was to find some fully mentalist Scandinavian builds, but with a Swedish twist.

Upon entering the event, the first car to catch my eye was Rasmus Alexandersson’s ultra clean 190E. It’s a fantastic street car – an interesting chassis to get a modern stance look. If this was my first taste of the Elmia Show then things were looking good!

A few cars down I found this tastefully styled Honda Civic Shuttle, care of Björn Enghed. Yes those fenders have been customized to fit around those deeply offset BBS rims.

The car’s spec sheet stated that Björn has the goal to reach 180hp with the build, so I can only assume that work has not started yet on the engine set-up. One to check back on then, once the build is fully realized.

Now I was really starting to get excited. Here we have a pretty wild Mercedes 190E build.

You can see that it’s not finished yet, but Alex Lindquist’s vehicle has the potential to be a truly great Speedhunters feature car. The shaved engine bay, full cage and a rear radiator set-up points towards a street-drift focus for the build. Wow.

Sitting next to the Mercedes was this incredible Mk1 Golf. More feature car fodder.

Rather than take the low and slow route we normally see with fully blown Mk1 builds, Patrik Höglund has gone down a different, more performance oriented route. Berg Cup style anyone?

Needless to say, I have made contact with Patrik to make friends and get a Feature Shoot organized.

The goodness keeps on coming… here we have an absolutely mental and utterly immaculate 1975 Volvo 242.

Inside a rather smooth and tidy engine bay beats a different sort of heart: the car is powered by a turbocharged BMW M50B25 powerplant.

I don’t think I need to ask if you want to see a feature shoot of this car. The builder, Patrik Lindgren, has done an amazing job with this car.

As for me, I was fast becoming a believer in Swedish car style. These machines are taking cues from the USDM-led stance scene, but the detailing and crazy specs are taking car builds into uncharted territory. Best of all, they’re not necessarily just show cars, as the owners all have plans to take them out to the Swedish Gatebil event this June.

You might have noticed by now the presence of a large, imposing display behind these cars. They were all part of the OijOij-Society display; a Swedish car forum community. I wasn’t familiar with the name previously, but they certainly are a group to pay careful attention to!

Also repping the OijOij-Society crew was this rather tasty 2JZ-swapped R34 drift build.

Yes, you’re seeing that correctly. It’s been converted over to LHD with the use of a Volvo dashboard. Apparently it’s a perfect fit to the Skyline’s cockpit dimensions.

We shall see how this build progresses to completion, but there’s definitely plenty of interesting details going on.

Leaving the OijOij Society area, I started to wander around the show and came across this amazing red AE86. It’s a car that was part of the Speedhunters Gatebil Rudskogen display last year, and sadly a machine that we didn’t manage to shoot. Mental note made to arrange feature photography session with the owner next time around!

Moving on to the Club JDM display we were greeted by this minty fresh R34 GT-R. I am resisting the urge to overuse the word clean as this seems to be a given with Swedish car builds.

We inspected the Club JDM machines but the thing that really impressed me…

… was the design of the booth itself. It was more akin to a trendy clothing boutique than a temporary car club display. Club JDM were proudly touting their collaboration with Downforce Clothing, who I understand designed the set-up. Note the Speedhunters Volume One book on the shelf there.

I took a moment to take in this fully built-out Supra adorned with a Top Secret outer layer. It was looking pretty interesting, but I had to get away from all the pounding bass bin cars.

Now here we go again… more Scandinavian mentalism.

Yes this car once was a Volvo P1800. It’s now been rather thoroughly reinvented for the purpose of drag racing though.

There’s no V8 swap here ladies and gentlemen. The powerplant is a still an all-Volvo affair… but it’s now forcefed with a 76mm Schwtizer turbo. Power is claimed to be 850hp from the 1.8L unit.

And yes I got the owner’s phone number. Must. Shoot. Car.

Now what’s going on here? We have a 2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9 sporting a rear radiator set-up.

Walking the around the car it was obvious to see this is a full-on build. So is this a time attack machine…?

No it isn’t, not by any means. This is a drift car. A Lexus V8-powered drift car. With a turbo. Madness.

By this stage my brain was starting to hurt from all the craziness on display at Elmia. But there was no let up in sight though as evidenced by this white MkII. A look at the Audi engine cover and wheels gives the first hints as to what you’re witnessing.

Yes this Golf has a full Audi Quattro drivetrain conversion. Crazy. This is definitely car feature material here.

Close by I spotted a former Speedhunters feature car on display. This is Börje Hanssen’s Quattro, a subject of Sean Klingelhoefer’s lens last month. I took a moment to take in the details of the car but already my attention was being pulled across the hall…

… to what must be the hottest new build on the planet right now.

I showed shots of this car on the Speedhunters Instagram Feed last week, to a rather enthusiastic response. Since then, the car has quite literally blown up across the interwebs.

Several international magazines have already contacted the owner Viktor Mårtensson to arrange shoots. Speedhunters will definitely be right in the mix too with a plans for a full feature production coming together very quickly.

There’s a lot going on here with a 1JZ engine shoehorned into a venerable VW Caddy chassis. Rather than talk too much about details now, I’d prefer for us to wait for a full feature shoot with this ‘Mad Hatter’ Caddy.

I walked past this car a few times at the show without taking much notice. I just assumed that Olsbergs had taken possession of one of Ken Block’s Fiesta chassis but this turned out not to be the case.

This is, in fact, a hand-built Ken Block replica car.

It’s a faithful reproduction of the original, complete with AWD conversion, but with one major (and rather apt considering our location) difference: that’s a Volvo engine you are looking at right there.

My poor brain…

I remember experiencing this same feeling of overwhelmingness at the Gatebil festival last year. Scandinavian car builders are completely mental!

Moving onto the subject of what a Nordic Pro Touring build should look like, this full-on second generation Camaro track car was a perfect example.

The website shows that this car is from Norway… another to add to the ever-growing list that we must track down.

So where to next? How about the hot rod themed hall?

Heading in there you could instantly recognise that this was an entirely different type of automotive tribe.

It’s interesting to note here that the lifestyle element was pretty strong in Elmia compared to other scenes I have dipped into on my travels over the years. For many of the show’s attendees you could see that people’s personal style was as important an element as the cars themselves.

It’s also worth noting that a huge amount of thought was put into many of the car displays themselves, especially when it came to the clubs and crews.

Repping the Flying Grinders crew, this 1930 Model A pickup was my favourite of the traditionally styled rods from Elmia.

Another future feature car methinks!

I also had to take a moment to admire the purity of Metallica guitarist James Hetfield’s Lincoln Zephr. It was dubbed as one of the stars of the show, having been shipped in from the US especially for the occasion.

While I’m not sure if we could source this car for a feature shoot (what do you say Keith Charvonia?), I have to say that this is one of the most beautiful customs I’ve ever seen in the flesh.

Just look at those lines! Even if you aren’t a custom car fan, I’m sure you can appreciate this display of design mastery.

I was also digging this Bellflower-style Olds Cutlass. This is one of those builds which bridges the gap between lowrider and custom; a style that feels quite ‘now’. I’ll see if I can’t get in contact with the owner of this car for a feature.

A hot rod with a bit of dish? Hell yes. I took a moment to check out this very cool rat-styled machine, but I soon found myself distracted again as I was drawn to the other side of the Larsson Customs booth…

… to oogle this monstrosity. It’s a Volvo Amazon that’s been transformed into something between a Gasser, Altered and a Rat Fink cartoon.

Look at the size of that engine! In chatting to the builder, Henrik Larsson, the build started out with the purchase of a complete 1950s vintage drag Hemi.

The rest of the build was simply created around it for maximum dramatic effect.

There are details aplenty here, including obvious metal decay, but presented without any sign of oxidization. That’s a new way to show ‘ratness’ without resorting to rusted surfaces.

Never fear – a shoot has been booked and plans are being made to feature this car as soon as possible. :)

So that’s it for me, with this quick, and definitely unhinged, toe-in-the-water dip into Swedish car culture. It’s been great to see that my local car scene is not only healthy but also exploring new ground, just like the country’s reputation for international creativity and design. We’ll definitely extend our coverage of the show for 2014, but at the very least we now have a bulging collection of wild feature cars to track down. Now I need to go for a lie-down.

Talk soon,

:Rod Chong



source: speedhunters


Aside from the spectacular environment it’s built around and the atmosphere abuzz within it, the beauty of the Leadfoot Festival lies with the machinery. I’ve been to a lot of car shows and motorsport events during my lifetime thus far, but when you’re talking sheer diversity, nothing has come close to the event created by Rod Millen.

I’m going to wrap up my coverage with look at just a few of the automotive gems that made this year’s Leadfoot Festival the spectacle it was.

Of course, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t begin with some the cars from the Millen stable. Aside from Rod’s unfathomably quick Celica which beat out the competition for the third year running, his recently completed RX-3 is right up there in the drool stakes. Built as a modern day interpretation of the car that took him to three consecutive wins of the New Zealand Rally Championship in ’75, ’76 and ’77, the Mazda has an amazing build quality.

It’s also super-quick, with an injected 13B peripheral port engine backed up by a six-speed sequential gearbox. With lashings of carbon fibre and lots of high-end race car technology it might be a far cry from his original car, but all sign-written up in retro livery I think it still perfectly captures its spirit.

With Rod’s son Rhys at the controls, the MillenWorks Tundra made full use of the Ranch’s new off-road detour almost every time it headed out, and why not! The ex-Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) machine was fully designed in CAD and runs a custom designed and built 4WD driveline behind its TRD-built V8 engine.

Filling in for his younger brother Ryan who was unable to attend, Rhys also got behind the wheel of Rod’s SCCA Mazda RX-7 from the ’80s. As the sticker on the driver’s door window proudly announces, this car utilizes a custom 4WD system too.

Rhys had his own car there too: the ex-works Group B Mazda RX-7 that I took a closer look at in this feature last year.

For road legal racers:  in this case a Kiwi-built Fraser Clubman S…

…To rally cars…

…to purpose-built hill climb machines. Steve Murphy’s V8-powered, four-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Cordia is a bit of a local legend having won New Zealand’s famed Ashley Forest Rallysprint three times.

Easily one of the most valuable cars at the event was a 1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato. Only 50 of these machines were ever built, and this particular car (chassis #5) is one only of two ever set up for racing.

The road-going Zagato was powered by a 5.3L quad cam V8 good for 440hp and a top speed of 300km/h. With the help of factory-approved RS Martin/Aston Martin 7.0L engine upgrade this one outputs 525hp. I wouldn’t like to guess what the car is worth today, but back in 1989 it changed hands for £450,000 (USD$685,000)…

A little less exotic, but impressive in its own right is the E&H Motors ’09 Subaru Impreza WRX STI back for another Leadfoot Festival with owner/builder Carl Ruiterman behind the wheel. With close to 600whp at the ready and a KAPS sequential gearbox acting as the trigger, it’s a weapon.

The prize for the car most outside of its realm probably needed to go to the #23 DuPont Chevy Monte Carlo. This particular car was raced in the 1998 Winston Cup Series by none other than Jeff Gordon.

This creation parked up in the infield was attracting a whole lot of attention all weekend long, and for good reason. It’s a Bolwell Nagari of which only 118 we factory-built between in the early ’70s ex-Lotus engineer based in Australia.

Borrowing design traits from the Lotus Europa and Elan and Lamborghini’s Miura, the cars were originally powered by 230hp 302ci Windsor V8 engines. This car’s had a bit more work and was re-engineered with a tube frame chassis in the ’80s, and more recently was fitted with stroked 347ci Windsor with  MoTeC-controlled fuel injection.  Considering 430hp finds its way to the rear wheels and the car weighs around 920kg (2030lb), I’m going to hazard a guess here and say that it’s fast…

On the subject of fast, this Ford Escort RS1800 in Group 4 specification and sporting Rothmans livery from the Ari Vatanen era, wasn’t hanging about…

…And the same goes for that rapid little Mini Cooper S I showed you in the first Leadfoot post.

Also quick – in fact quick enough to take home third place overall in the final Top 10 Shoot-Out – was Joe McAndrew driving his 2002 Jedi. ‘Smokin’ Joe is better known in New Zealand for his former exploits in an ex-Prodrive 555 Subaru Legacy rally car, but he drove the pants off the 300kg/180hp single seater for a 52.71-second run up the driveway.

Others didn’t quite make it to the top.

In my mind one of the coolest cars at the event was 1936 Chevy being run by NASCAR crew chief royalty, Ray Evernham. A throwback to the NASCAR modified series of the late ’60s the Chev runs an injected 350ci V8 backed up by four-speed gearbox and a quick-change rear end.

Not the quickest way up the hill, but plenty of points for style were earned here!

Speaking of style, Billy F. Gibbons’ SO-CAL Speed Shop creation, ‘Mexican Blackbird’, absolutely oozes the stuff don’t you think?

Anything painted this shade of orange with the words ‘McLaren Cars’ on its sides commands respect. This one’s a ’72 M22 Formula 5000 machine.

1978 450SL anyone? Chevy V8-powered I believe this Mercedes-Benz was the winner of the ’85 Australian Sports Sedan championship. It definitely looks like it means business!

This ’71 Dodge Daytona is recent build fitted with a genuine genuine 358ci Mopar NASCAR engine. That  goes a long way to explaining why it sounded so sweet!

Another car making all the right noises was this very cool replica of Dale Earnhardt Senior’s short track #8 Chevy Nova driven by former high-ranked American off-road racer Erin Crocker.

Top local driver Emma Gilmour back in the driver’s seat of a very special machine. Built by the late, great Kiwi rally icon Possum Bourne from the Prodrive-built 1998 World Rally Car he once had a works-drive in, the Impreza was de-restricted and modified for hill climb duties in the early ’00s.

Although the power’s been turned down from its ultimate specification, it still had plenty of grunt as Emma proved with one of the quickest times up the driveway during the weekend.

You can’t beat the sound of a BDA engine tuned to perfection, and this new and immaculately presented Escort Mk1 from Neil Allport Motorsport was singing a sweet song whenever it took to the course.

Strangely enough, so was this Renault Dauphine which was most definitely not powered by its original rear-mounted 32hp, 845cc engine..

Opening the side door revealed something just a  little more powerful – namely a 350ci (5.7L) Chevy V8 engine borrowed from a Corvette and mounted in a rear-mid position. That’s more like it!

I have a lot of love for this ex-Trans Am Series (USA) ’69 Camaro Z/28, especially when it’s doing this.

And don’t get me started on Mike Delmont’s ’75 BMW 2002 Turbo which has been in a constant state of development for more than a decade. The last I heard it was throwing down well over 500hp.

A collective gasp came over over the crowd gathered at the second hairpin when Peter Sundberg’s Ferrari F40 ran a little wide on the exit. It was a close one!

It’s hard to believe the F40 design is more than a quarter of a century old – but it is. Like the rest of the car, the 471hp, 2.9L twin turbocharged V8 ‘Tipo F120A’ engine is a thing of beauty.

An F40 and a 458 Challenge – nothing to see here…

This Mk1 Ford Escort RS2000 is a regular at classic race meets, and thanks to a 2.4L build it’s got plenty of power and pace.

It’s pretty cool to think that two genuine Cologne Capris live in New Zealand – this car: an RS2600 version – and a box-flared RS3100 version, which co-incidently is owned by the guy driving the Ferrari 308 GT4/LM in my first Leadfoot post. Like the 3.1L, the 2.6L gets driven the way Ford Germany’s skunkwork motorsport division of the ’70s intended!

Clark Proctor was doing double-duty at Leadfoot behind the wheels of both his Nissan 3.0L twin turbo powered Ford Escort Mk1, and his March 73A Formula 5000 car. The latter took him to second place overall with a 51.60-second best in the Shoot-Out.

But no one beat Rod who made it look effortless in his legendary Pikes Peak Toyota Celica. 50.92 is the time to beat in 2014…

…But I get the feeling that this man isn’t going to give up his title without a fight. If you’re in New Zealand in late March next year, do yourself a favor and get to this event.







In yesterday’s post I gave you guys a broad view of the Goodguys All-American Get Together in Northern California, and today I’d like to narrow in and focus on some of the specific cars that caught my interest at the show. As I mentioned in the first post, there was huge variety of cars that came out – and I think this selection of six vehicles conveys that pretty well.

Let’s begin with one of those most unique,and also one of the coolest cars I found all day – a 1961 Chevy Corvair Lakewood wagon lowrider. Now just seeing any Corvair wagon is quite rare in itself, but to see one dumped to the ground on wire wheels is something completely unexpected.

With the rear wheels cambered well into the fenders, it gives the car a slightly European or Japanese vibe. It’s fitting, considering how much different the Corvair was from any other American car of the era.

Elsewhere, the car was very subtle. The body (with the exception of some mild shaving) and interior were largely original – and in pristine condition.

It’s always great to see people think outside the box, and that is exactly what the builder of this unique cruiser did. Well done!

From a slammed compact wagon to a high riding bruiser. Another car that caught my eye was this badass Plymouth GTX Gasser. While ’66 and ’67 Plymouths have always been popular among racers and restorers, I can’t recall ever seeing one built quite like this.

All the correct Gasser elements were checked off the list. Straight axle conversion up front with fenderwell headers, and a fitting combination of skinny Cragars up front and big steelies in the rear.

Let’s not forget the equally important set of velocity stacks popping proudly through the center of the hood…

A peek inside the car reveals a cockpit that is much more street car than it is racing machine. That’s just one of the many things that I love about 1960s era drag cars.

If there was one negative, it was the fact that the car looked slightly out of place sitting on the grass at a car show. You can just sense this thing is waiting to be unleashed at the drag strip.

Representing the custom world, we have a stunning ’62 Chrysler 300 created by well known builder Richard Zocchi of nearby Walnut Creek. Known as “Cool 300″, this the latest in a long line of Zocchi’s custom creations.

While the body of the Chrysler has been heavily massaged, the angled headlights are a factory feature that was left intact. An example of some of the bold styling features seen on American cars of the early ’60s.

It’s hard to think of a more fitting wheel and tire combo for this car than wires with knockoffs and wide whites. It just fits with the high end custom style so well.

Glancing through the heavily chopped roofline, you can see an interior that’s been done in the same “sherbert” color scheme.

To show just how well this car has been received, it was selected as the winner of the George Barris Kustom D’Elegance Award at this year’s Grand National Roadster Show.

The Chevy Nova/Chevy II is an extremely common car at shows like this, and it can be very hard to build one that stands out. This ’66 from the city of Rocklin has managed to do just that.

You might be asking why, because the exterior looks pretty standard. Indeed it does. With modestly sized rallye wheels at each corner, it looks like your typical cruise night special.

The same goes for the basic looking, bench-seat equipped interior. It’s all very nice and tidy, but nothing out of the ordinary.

But then you look in the engine bay and see this – a 6.0 liter LSX motor with a massive turbocharger affixed to it.

It’s not rare to see old cars with big power LSX swaps and forced induction, but they are usually accompanied by giant wheels and tires, racing seats, and other overt modifications. This one on the other hand is a wrapped in a very unassuming package. One of the coolest sleepers I’ve seen in a while.

History is one thing that can make a car very cool, and this ’51 Chevy has plenty of that. It was originally a mild custom in Southern California and in the early ’60s it was converted into a drag car.

With a straight axle conversion, it ran in gas class competition at places like Irwindale and Lions Drag strip before it was put into storage in 1967. In 2006 it underwent a complete frame-off restoration where modern running gear was added to match its period looks.

While the interior looks straight out of the ’60s, that shifter is actually mated to a T56 six-speed transmisison. The motor is a 383 stroker with nitrous, making over 600 horsepower on pump gas.

Gotta love the big cheater slicks sitting under fenders that were originally radiused back in the early ’60s.

It’s fast, cool, and has a ton of history. What more do you need?

Lastly, we have a rather interesting 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Wait a minute. What’s the deal? What’s so American about a VW?

Well, this is no normal Karmann Ghia, but a fairly mental build out of Lewiston, Idaho. It’s got a custom-fabricated chassis and wasn’t built just for show but for open track events.

It’s powered not by an aircooled Volkswagen motor buy by a fully built 331 cubic inch Ford small block that’s somehow been wedged into the front cargo compartment.

While the Ghia is clean enough to be a show car, a peek inside the interior further reveals its athletic intentions. There are full bucket seats, a custom transmission tunnel and of course a roll bar.

And just to make things that much better, the big Wilwood brakes are covered by a set of Work Emotion XD9 wheels. A German car with an American engine and Japanese wheels. Why not?

So there you have it. Just a little slice of the automotive extremes from the Goodguys All American Get-Together.






At the beginning of this year I told myself that I would try to experience as many new types of car culture as possible, so when I heard that the World Of Outlaws Sprint Car Series would be coming to the West Coast, I knew that I would have to check it out.

I’ve been meaning to shoot dirt oval racing for a while now. I just love seeing cars go sideways, and these guys raced sideways way before drifting emerged from Japan.

Dirt oval racing started getting popular after the First World War, but back then they mostly raced modified Ford Model Ts. They raced on horse racing tracks because there were no paved racetracks available.

Dirt Oval has come along way since then. Today it is one of the most popular motorsports in the United States. There are an estimated 1,500 dirt oval tracks in existence. The sport is also very popular in Canada and also in Australia, but down there they make right turns instead of left turns.

There were a few classes running that weekend. These are the Dirt Late Model cars. From a certain angle they seem to be able to pass for the Batmobile.

One of the other classes that was running was the Dirt Modifieds. They looks so crazy going sideways. As they would huck it into the corner their body panels would flap around. It was insane.

They would constantly corner on three wheels and if I did not know any better I swear these things looked like they were going to fall apart any minute. Of course they didn’t, but the racing was super intense as they had to be careful passing each other since their front wheels were exposed.

Without a doubt my favorite class of race cars that night were the winged Sprint Cars. These were definitely the fastest, and I also think they were the coolest looking.

No wonder why the World Of Outlaw guys have the slogan ‘The greatest show on dirt!’. Well… because it was!

Every type of race car has a personality. The winged Sprint Cars just look like they have a bad attitude, especially when they enter the corner at high speed and the downforce from their massive wing just compresses the suspension.

I swear that watching these guys was like watching an optical illusion. You just can’t believe your eyes when you see them going around that corner at speed. How was it possible to defy physics like that? After seeing the Modifieds and the Late Model cars I felt like I was watching the Sprint Cars in fast forward.

This particular round was held in Las Vegas. I seem to be finding many reasons recently to make the day trip to Sin City.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway has nine stand-alone race tracks, and the dirt oval is one of them.

The sufrace is very interesting. It is actually a very fine dirt – more like clay, I guess. Although, I’ve also heard that this track had more rocks than most other tracks.

When it dries up it cracks, but when it’s wet it is actually quite sticky. My shoes almost came off as I was walking across the racing line.

The day starts off with the racers picking numbers for their order of qualifying.

First up to battle it out were the Dirt Modified guys. They lined up right outside the track and they would all drive in at once as soon as they got the signal.

It really surprised me how many different lines these guys took. Sometimes they go super wide and sometimes they cut the corner pretty sharp. It was still early in the day, so I am assuming they were trying to find the line with the most traction.

The surface did change over the course of the night, and had to be watered down a few times. Having watched dirt oval racing at night, I am very curious to see what the experience is like in the daytime.

The Dirt Late Model cars had transmissions and reverse gears, so they could stop and pull of the track if they needed to.

But the Sprint Cars do not have a transmission: it’s a direct drive system. Part of the reason is to keep the weight down, but mainly it is for tradition. Although they do have a disconnect, which allows them to be pushed without starting.

The Sprint Car drivers also don’t run radios, so unlike in NASCAR there are no spotters. You just have to listen for the cars behind you. Those helmet tear-off sheets were understandably everywhere. Every time a pack of cars would come buy a few tear-offs would fly up in the air.

Normally at events that I have never been to I try to make some friends. Luckily, I knew a few people in the industry that were at the race.

The guys from KW Suspension were there, debuting their new suspension for Sprint Car racing. They have done much testing on these shocks, but this was the first time they would be put to the test in a race.

They were testing it on the Roth Enterprises team, which is a two-car team. One car would run the normal suspension that they regularly run and the other car would be the test mule for KW.

Behind the wheel was Kyle Hirst, a young driver from Elk Grove, California. He is only 25 years old, but he has been racing Sprint Cars for almost 10 years.

My favorite motorsports are the ones that stay true to the fans. Sprint Car racing was just like that. The pits are wide open and you can meet any of the drivers and strike up a conversation.

One of the biggest legends in Sprint Car racing is Sammy Swindell. He has been racing in World Of Outlaws way before I was born. The passion for the winner’s circle just does not die down over time.

Qualifying for the Sprint Car teams was getting closer and it could not have come soon enough as everyone was getting restless.

Kyle was also getting anxious, but he was ready to drive. Who knew how the new suspension would work out in real racing conditions? There was only one way to find out.

As soon as the call came in to suit up, he darted into the trailer and got his helmet. It was time to hit the dirt.

I will go into qualifying in more detail in my next post, but each driver gets two chances to pull off their fastest lap.

You really have to be focused as the lap times were sometimes separated by a few thousands of a second.

One by one the guys pulled out and did their hot laps. It was actually quite nice because this was the only chance I had to photograph the cars running solo.

Just like with rallycross, the drivers are pitted against each other in heats to decide who will go into the final race.

Kyle pushed super hard for position, but he did not finish well in his heat. Luckily he was able to pull through in the last-chance qualifier race – also known as the LCQ.

Basically all the people who did not finish well in their heats get thrown into one free-for-all race for the last remaining open slots for the main race. This went for all the classes that were racing that night.

It was total carnage in the LCQ race for the Late Model guys. It is a lot easier to bump each other, as it seemed like that was just one of the ways they could pass each other.

Quite a few guys ended up in the wall, with some them having to be towed off.

Some of the guys just parked in the middle and watched the rest of the race.

From the back, the Late Model cars actually reminded me of Group C cars from the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Except these guys went sideways on dirt. I bet these guys would do really well in Formula Drift.

The Dirt Modified guys let it all hang out as well. There was no holding back and there was just as much carnage.

It’s actually interesting to watch, considering how large these racecars are compared to the Sprint Cars. To have that much traction on dirt without any downforce just amazed me.

All the Late Model and Modified guy were done for the night and it was time for the Sprint Cars to battle it out for the win.

As a tradition for the main event, the entire grid packs into a four-wide formation for their parade lap. Seeing this sent chills down my spine. That was a whole lot of horsepower just waiting to be unleashed.

The sound pierced through my earplugs. I ducked for cover as soon as the pack passed and I hid behind a large lightpole. As the rocks hit the pole it sounded like I was being shot at.

These guys run very low tire pressures, so it is very easy for them to de-bead the tires.

Pit crews were standing close by to change whatever was needed. The crew also brings extra wings and other aero parts as well.

What was interesting to me was the caution laps don’t count towards the number of laps completed. So if the race was 30 laps, without a doubt the fans get to see 30 laps of racing.

For how close these guys raced I was actually surprised to see only one flip the entire day.

The driver was just fine and the safety crew extracted the dead Sprint Car with ease.

Once again the entire pack rounded the corner, awaiting the green flag to punch it.

Kyle actually ended up finishing in mid pack. Not bad for the first time running brand new suspension.

It was restart after restart, there must have been at least eight cautions for the A-main race.

How about that four-car tandem? I just could not believe how fast these guys would accelerate towards the wall.

There is just so much in this world of racing that I need to explore, and I have barely scratched the surface going to this race. I’ve been told that the Wingless Sprint Cars are the ones to watch out for, but that will just have to wait till next time. For now stay tuned as I talk about a few more technical details that stood out to me while I was at the World Of Outlaws Las Vegas.




EVENT: Cody’s D1NZ 2013 Round Three

It was hard to find a fault with the plan for Round 3 of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship. Held in sunny Tauranga on another technically challenging, custom built circuit it was bound to be a success from the get go. However it was the first time a drift event had been held in Tauranga city and nobody was sure what kind reaction the event would receive.

D1NZ Tauranga

Any thoughts of a low turnout were quickly put to rest on the morning of Friday practice. It was just after 8am and there were already crowds of people waiting to get through the doors for the 9am opening!

Along with huge crowds and perfect weather the track layout was top notch. It reminded me of a miniature Irwindale speedway out of Formula D. Essentially a large ‘S’ layout, the track began with a long left entry and switched into a right turn with outer clipping points. Littering the edges of the track were plenty of concrete barriers which would no doubt cause some carnage over the weekend.

Toyota GT86

New Zealand only received a small initial shipment of the Toyota GT86 so it was quite nice to spot this one parked near the track.


I spotted current series leader Fanga Dan talking to Achilles/ NAC driver Daynom Templeman in the pit area. Drifting has a great atmosphere and it’s cool that the different teams get along with each other.

Mad Mike RX7

Mad Mike Whiddett was on top form in the ‘Madbul’ RX7 during the Friday practice. In the shot above you can see the rear tyre perfectly lined up with the yellow paint marking the edge of the circuit. It didn’t stay yellow for much longer!

Gaz Whiter S14

Gaz Whiter looked like he was really enjoying the track setup, tapping the wall on entry several times throughout practice.


I always enjoy attending the practice day before the main competition. These laid back drift sessions give you a chance to experiment with different styles of photography.


Speaking of photography – it’s always cool to see what gear people are using out on the track. I spotted this little Fuji X100 hiding away here, it’s a superb camera!

Fanga Dan

Fanga Dan was another driver using up all of the available space on the track, pushing right to the outside clip points.


There was a lot of discussion going on in the pits about the new track layout and different styles of entering the first corner. Many drivers were taking a wide line early on which meant the car was too shallow in the following turn.


The R33 driven by Zak Pole was looking in much better shape this round, having repaired the damage from Whangarei.

Daynom Templeman

Daynom Templeman and the team decided to cut the rear end off the RX7 just three days before the event to add tube framing. Luckily everything was finished in time and he went on to qualify 14th.


Both Shane Allen and Shane Van Gisbergen were sharing piloting duties of the big ‘Rattla’ Falcon over the weekend. This huge horsepower car isn’t really suited to small tracks and both drivers had to fight to control it.


Andrew Redward was looking calm and collected in pit-lane. His driving has been spot on lately, landing him in 4th place in overall championship points. There’s no doubt he would be aiming to improve on that this weekend however.


Hugo Maclean seemed to have solved the engine problems he was having last round and was throwing the little Corolla around with confidence.

Mad Mike RX7

One of the loudest cars of the day – Mad Mike had to add extra muffling to the quad-rotor Madbul to meet noise restrictions before battles started the next day.


Local Tauranga driver Cole Armstrong was looking to put on a good show for his home crowd and he did just that, maintaining a good amount of angle all the way to the end of the circuit.


Bruce Tannock had an unfortunate incident with the wall in his battle with Hugo Maclean, damaging both the Rocket Bunny kit and Work Meisters. Sadly this wasn’t the last accident we would see today.


Gaz Whiter came up against Sean Falconer which looked like an easy pass for Whiter until his chase run…


…When he tapped the wall on entry sending the car spinning around and smashing into the wall. A catastrophic collision for the Silvia but luckily Whiter was not injured. You can actually see him floor the gas pedal once the car was heading backwards – knowing he would hit the wall but aiming to reduce the impact.


Hugo Maclean surprised everybody by taking down current champ Curt Whittaker in the top 16.


The judges had a good spot above the sweeping entry point to keep an eye on everything.


Consistent and skilled driving from Fanga Dan saw him into the top 8 in his battle against Daynom Templeman.


Troy Forsythe out-drove the C33 Laurel of Jason Sellers but was eventually knocked out by Andrew Redward.


Event director Brendon White and commentator Warren Sare were both out manning the microphones and running an awesome show for the crowd.


Andrew Redward was charging fast in the RX7, beating Bradley Lauder in a repeat battle of last round.


Fan favourite Cole Armstrong was beaten by Nico Reid in one of the best battles of the day.


Zak Pole eliminated both Robee Nelson and Shane Van Gisbergen before going on to battle Fanga Dan. Check out that wall rub! It wasn’t enough to win however and Fanga Dan moved through to the top 4.


The next battle of the top 8 saw Andrew Redward take down south-islander Troy Forsythe and move on to the top 4.


The spotters had a good spot high up in the second floor of the arena to relay info to the drivers.


Mad Mike was another to fall victim to the wall on the second turn. Surprisingly he was able to repair the car for his battle against Nico Reid but the damage was still affecting the car and he spun, giving Nico the advantage.


The top 4 gave Fanga Dan a tough battle against up and comer Nico Reid, but Woolhouse showed his experience and was given the win.


Hugo Maclean had really stepped up his game this round, beating Tannock, Whittaker and Falconer to show he really was on a roll.


So there was no saying what would happen going in to his top 4 battle against the more experienced Andrew Redward. An excellent chase run swung the battle in favour of Redward who moved on to battle Fanga Dan in the final battle while Hugo would come up against Nico Reid for the 3rd spot decider.


Nico Reid drove well in the Luxury Sports S15 – giving the wall a tap as he entered the corner. Hugo Maclean put on an amazing chase run however and was right alongside Nico throughout the track, earning him the win and 3rd place overall.


Onto the final battle of the day with Fanga Dan versus Andrew Redward.


Both drivers had performed outstandingly over the weekend and there was no telling who would take the win. A small mistake at this point would give a huge advantage to the other driver. Unfortunately that’s exactly what happened for Redward, who was door to door with Woolhouse until the final corner which sent him spinning.


With a 10-0 lead to Fanga Dan it meant he could simply sit back on his chase run and take it easy. On another day though I’m sure this battle could have gone OMT more than once, as both drivers have a great deal of skill.


Daniel Woolhouse claimed 1st, with Andrew Redward a close 2nd and an absolutely stoked Hugo Maclean taking 3rd place, earning his first podium!

This round of D1NZ will definitely go down as one of the best in recent years. With a crowd so large they literally had to close the gates for the first time ever, and a superb track to throw down some awesome drifting – it was an epic weekend and I’m sure D1 will return to Tauranga next season! Here is the championship points table after this round:

1: Daniel Woolhouse – 312
2: Andrew Redward – 237
3: Curt Whittaker – 230
4: Nico Reid – 217.5
5: Gaz Whiter – 193
6: Mike Whiddett – 185.5
7: Daynom Templeman – 184
8: Brad Lauder – 170
9: Zak Pole – 153
10: Troy Forsythe – 152

Words & Photos:
David Atkinson




COVERAGE> It’s JDM Yo! Anniversary In Cerritos

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Cerritos Infinit Wheels

Over a year ago, when you heard the phrase ‘It’s JDM Yo!’ you would just think of a bunch of Japanese cars with parts from Japan following a trend.  Now, as soon as you hear it, the first thing that comes to mind are the hot models and Tony ‘It’s JDM Yo’ Lee with his posse at every major car show representing.  The meet turned out more like a car show but with free entrance and in and out privileges for both people and cars.  With vendors, food trucks, free NOS Energy Drinks to quench your thirst, and lots of eye candy the day went by without a hitch.  A raffle, emceed by Tony and Miss Natalia Marie from NOS, was held and proceeds went to help fund Big Abe‘s daughter Sophie’s funeral cost (if you don’t know who Big Abe is, he’s the guy with the big ass rim hanging from his neck).  I have to give a big shout out to Big Abe for showing up to the meet after going through what he and his family had to endure.

A familiar sight at any major meet or event in the SoCal area, Anthony Do and the Infinit crew rolled deep with 10+ cars.  So many that I couldn’t get all of them in a single shot!  Each of the cars in team Infinit rock sick JDM wheels from new school to old school and they all have crazy stance and offset, even on the front wheel drive cars!

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Infinit Wheels Abraham Ceja EG6 Civic Hatchback

Abraham Ceja aka Infinit Abe has one of the cleanest and sickest EG hatchbacks I’ve seen.  With some low offset staggered SSR mesh wheels and an individual throttle bodied B series the car is always a show stopper when it comes to Hondas at the meet.

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Cerritos Bisi Ezerioha Bisimoto CR-Z Turbonetics

Bisi Ezerioha from Bisimoto brought out his fully built Turbonetics/AEM powered Honda CR-Z to the meet.  As I arrived to the show, I was expecting to see his design matched trailer and his Escalade pickup, but he told me that he DROVE the car there from his shop.  We then discussed what the point of having a car is if you never drive it!  Not to mention the car is a hybrid so it is smog exempt.

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Arnel Phase 2 EG Honda Civic Sedan VIP Air Ride BBS Wheels

Arnel Ortiz from Phaze 2 brought out his VIP styled EG Civic sedan with BBS RS mesh wheels with gold plated hardware and a Universal Air ride system to match.

It's JDM Yo 1st Yea Anniversary Meet Cerritos Terry Pham Infinit Mazda Miata Limited Edition Panasport Work Goocar

After arriving to the show with my homie Terry Pham, I quickly got out of the car to take this snap of his immaculate 1993 Mazda Miata Limited Edition.  I then helped him get the other two Work Goocar wheels off of the car to put his 15×10 Panasport race wheels on the rear.  I was with Terry when he originally purchased the car and was stunned at how clean the car was.  With an all red interior and OEM hard top/paint job, the only things he changed were the tail lights, now Garage Vary tail lights, wheels and an aftermarket trunk spoiler.

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Cerritos Chumpot Mazda RX-7 FC SSR Type-C

Chumpot Chansonthi from Infinit brought his clean white Mazda FC RX-7 rocking some SSR Type-C wheels.  His car definitely is one of the cleanest FC’s I’ve seen at meets and shows. Not only does he have a really clean paint job, Chumpot also went as far as replacing all of the moldings, weather seals and plastic bits to give it a showroom finish.

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Cerritos Mikey Cristi XB Radius Fender CCW

Mikey Cristi rolled in a bit later with his all metal flared “VIP*BOX” Scion xB with his CCW wheels.

It's JDM Yo Anniversary Meet Cerritos Mango Corolla Phase 2

This Phaze 2 1971 Toyota Corolla Mango Peanut was one of the few Japanese classic cars at the show.  I’m really digging the fender mirrors, how about you?

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Cerritos TRD Widebody MR2 SW20

This clean red SW20 MR-2 Turbo with a TRD styled widebody kit showed up later in the day.  His wheels were a nice complement to the widebody on this now seldom seen car.

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Cerritos Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hellaflush Fitment RoyalOrigin

While just cruising through the parking lot I spotted this royalorigin Mazdaspeed 3 with one of the craziest stances of any FWD car.

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Cerritos Honda Civic EK Hatchback Chameleon Engine Bay Paint Sprint Hart CPR RoyalOrigin Las Vegas

I normally don’t like bright Lamborghini-esque colored cars but this Civic, owned by Chivas Sotelo, definitely got my attention.  Sitting on some dope Sprint Hart CP-R wheels and a chameleon colored engine bay, Chivas drove down from Las Vegas for this weekend of events.  His car reminded me of how show car style and JDM can be fused together successfully.

It's JDM Yo Anniversary Meet Cerritos Civic Si JDM Type R Tail Light Conversion

Since this meet was about ‘JDM’ style, this 2007+ Civic Si Sedan was not lacking any.  The FD2 Civic Type R rear end conversion is no cheap modification.  Usually costing over $1000, this rare mod definitely sets the car apart from other Civics.

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet NOS Energy Models

Natalia Marie and her friend (I somehow forgot her name) were making sure they looked good for the day ahead of them.

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Cerritos NOS Umbrella Girls

Speaking of eye-candy, the NOS Energy Drink Girls were out giving free energy drinks to the thirsty people.  And I’m sure plenty of people were very thirsty at one point during the day.  Maybe even a few times thirsty?

It's JDM Yo 1st Year Anniversary Meet Cerritos Slammed Civic SI Sedan

There were a few cars not in the meet which had pretty cool setups.  This 2007/2008 Civic Si sedan had some awesome stance driving through to the parking area.

The day ended without any hitches and I would have to say one of the most successful “car meets” that I’ve seen in a long time without any drama.

:: Mike Kim