Been working with Tanabe+SSR+More Japan lately with everything and with that being said, here’s a neat product I did with them. It’s the SSR 40 Year anniversary Zippo. There will only be 40 of them produced and one of them is on my desk. Dopeness indeed.
Not quite JDM but I’ll take it =)
December is here and a mere few weeks before we start a new year. From Thanksgiving till today, a lot has been going on and it’s been quite a busy. Last weekend for example was the return of HIN. How was it? … Should I say not bad for their first show back? Ok i’ll be nice and stick to those words. But really, that’s not saying much.
Anyhoooo, while my crew was setting up our booth that we put together a few hours before HIN started, I was rolling around LA Live parking lot taking photos for an ad campaign for SSR Wheels and their new MS3 model. Wish I can show the shots but apparently I can’t till January. Shots are already in Japan and it’s gonna be on their catalogs and ads and what not. Should be dope.
Well, at least I think I can show this. The wheels aren’t showing =)
Some neat ass cars…
I really do love this car. Even though it’s a Scion. Although, Subaru did release the BRZ but it’s still unclear if Subaru is releasing that car stateside or not. Either way, both cars are pretty much the same just different exterior. They’re like identical twins.
This was on a previous post but as a shot from my iPhone. By far, this has got to be one of the most impressive engine bays I have ever seen. Incredible detail and amount of money in a small 4×4 space. Hats off to who ever put this together. Plus it’s shiny. I like shiny.
The Hoonigan RWB Porsche. Not as flashy but equally impressive with I’d say, better wheel setup. Love it.
By far the most popular car in the import industry even though it’s a Porsche… Everyone get on board the RWB train.
The dream car that I would definitely save up money for. Save up for about 354 years and by then have money to pay for a month’s payment. Love this color too. Flat white with gold pearl. AAAAAAMAZINGGGGGG.
I still have lots of love for hotroding and all it’s weirdness. I really want to build a rat rod and ride it low and slow. This is one prime example of the uniqueness and class of the culture.
And another. Love this.
Ok whatever, I hate the setup but I still love the car. Can’t go wrong with an R8. Well, maybe this time you can. Still love the platform though.
Chrome paint is the next flat black. I just love the display. Show’s lot of nostalgia. We should probably do one like these in a show. Might be kind of cool.
Ah Yes the mighty GTR… more on this later, the build, the concept, and what’ll happen in the near future.
More to come but more in my point of view. I’ll take you to a ride like no other.
… or so they claim to be. I kind of believe it. The right ingredients are there. 1200hp, weights much lighter than the Veyron, and cost more than a million bucks. The only thing missing is if the aerodynamics can handle that much wind resistance. This is 1 of the 4 Hennessey Venom GTs here in the US and this is Chassis #4. Kinda cool actually. Don’t know if they have to paint it bright ass yellow tho. Other than that, this car is bat shit crazy and hyper fast.
Eat your heart out environmentalist. Strap this on your hybrids.
SEMA was about .. umm .. a month ago and probably all motorheads has probably seen all the of it from online blogs, magazines, and features. This really isn’t a SEMA coverage since all of the people know that reads my junk, all 5 of you, all I post are random crap from things that I do. It’s been quite a while since I actually posted an actual full show coverage but who the hell cares. This is just a quick look of what I did and what I shot using a 8-15 f4L fisheye. Most won’t make sense since it’s stupid walking around with this lens but c’mon, shit looks better with a fisheye… for the most part.
The most hyped up car in the import industry right now, RWB built and owned by Mark Arcenal from Fatlace, Illest fame. Dubbed Pandora One, this car is worth all the hype. See it run on track events this coming season. It is a beaute. Very rock and roll especially the Illest studded front lip. Nice touch. I can forgo with the wheels tho and change it with the RWB SSRs.
Talk about something that’s overly done. I can live with the chrome paint. I think it’s a nice touch actually… but everything else is just not my cup-o-tea. Well, I get it. It’s a build by West Coast Customs and it’s the Tron car. LEDs on the wheel and on the seats, well, pretty much all over the car. I can think of a few other ways to make this look better and make it more Tron-ish. To each it’s own I guess. Still, it’s an R8 so hooozaaaah!
The Pike’s Peak Hill Climb record breaker, Monster Sport’s Suzuki SX4 driven by Monster Tajima. If you’re wondering why it’s called Tajima San is called Monster, you should see what he looks like.
Weird angle? yep.. mind you the camera is approximately a foot from her face, I think I was doing about 10mm on this shot hence the spherical look of the shot. Full Frame + Fisheye is not really the best thing, but it makes for an interesting shot. Yep those are my legs lol. The Wrecker Nicole Reckers… She’s family. Stay Black Sista’
I was just standing a mere 10 feet from the Hankook booth but I can get everything due to the fisheye awesomeness.. if you look closely Lisa is still looking thinking that I was shooting her but in reality, umm, I was, there’s nothing else interesting enough to shoot in this area.
On to the Eneos booth with Ms Cara Skye (More on her later). She an “A” in my book for being Aighttttt. Hehe she’s awesome sauce and she is one half of the girls representing the Eneos booth. And yes that’s our GTR in the background and Tim sweet talking that gentleman to buy more oil.
I believe this was towards the end of the SEMA week. Jen and Cara just chillin’ at the booth. Everyone is exhausted, everyone wants to get some sleep. I for one has about 5 hours of sleep in that week. Cara and I go to SEMA at 8:30-5 then drive back to the hotel that takes about an hour for 1 mile of driving, rest and get ready for an hour or two, the go out till 4 – 5 in the morning sleep for a bit and wake up at 7am. At least I do. Sleep was an option during SEMA week and an option I rarely took.
I have a few more shots that I need to post but I’m working on it little by little. These are the ones that stood out or that caught my eye quick enough before my attention went somewhere else.
SEMA was a lot of fun. From driving there with my Evo by myself, to partying till the sun comes up on the daily, no matter how exhausting it was and the lack of rest I got from doing and going absolutely everywhere it was still worth it. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones are always the best highlights of the trip. New cars, new products, and new projects comes as a mere second. Will I do it again next year? Hmm good question. I’ve been doing this trip for about 6-7 years now and this year might be the last time that I go all week. Maybe pop in and out for a few days next year and not do the whole week like the previous years. Depends on how busy I’ll be I suppose. But still, it’s a year away. I don’t plan that far ahead of time. We’ll see how it goes because by the next year, projects will be coming in and new cars and parts will need a new home and a booth for SEMA 2012. And who am I to refuse them of that privilege. FishEye OUT!
Here’s our main feature car last SEMA. Our High End Performance GTR driving back from Vegas to Cali.
While walking around the sema grounds, I stumbled this ol’ gem. I was actually kind of stoked when I found this and figured wow! This company is doing really good! Low and behold upon closer inspection, it wasn’t what I thought it was. What a crock of shiet!
Why mess up a good thing? Can be seen at the Cooper tire booth hanging out with the incomparable Ayanna Jordan lies this R8. Looks great till you see the interior and all the LEDs everywhere. And by everywhere I mean inside the wheels and junk. It’s like seeing the sexiest woman in the world and upon further inspection she has a tail. Not the cute furry cat like tail but a wart filled, rotten piece of skin wiggling under the tramp stamp with 3 long hairs sticking out at the tip.
Sometimes you just need to learn where to step on the brakes. Ok ok fine it is called the “Tron R8″built by west coast customs hence all the lights and glitz. I’m just saying there’s other ways to do it. Like the title say, not my cup of tea but…