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!

DO NOT MISS THE NEXT MFEST EVENT!!!

:: Mike Kim

 

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WORLD OF OUTLAWS: DOIN’ IT SIDEWAYS IN SIN CITY

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.

 

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