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Joe Ayala

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BN Sports IS300 in the Pacific Northwest

While recently trying to dig up photos of this car, I realized this article was never published. Somewhere along the way, it became buried beneath all the other drafts and never resurfaced. I love Nick's car too much to allow that to happen, so here is the article in it's entirety, written and photographed in April of this year by international superstar Joe Ayala himself. Joe, take it away!   Read more...

CARSPOTTING> JUN Time Attack WRX in Norway

After the dust had settled and everyone had gone home from the Gatebil Rudskogen event, Lars Harlem asked Justin Shreeve and I if we wanted to see his time attack Subaru WRX. He had told us about his car months ago and I had seen it in various videos so I was more than excited to check it out.   Read more...

COVERAGE> Gatebil Rudskogen Festival in Norway!

Some 40,000-50,000 people come to the 3 day Gatebil Festival every single year. This year, they debuted a brand new, freshly paved track, extending it nearly twice as long as what it used to be.   Read more...

CENTER STAGE> Meeting Team Yellow of Norway

As some of you may know, Justin Shreeve and I have been brought out to Norway by brothers Lars and Dag Harlem of Team Yellow to cover the Gatebil Festival held from July 8-10. Justin and I got a chance to come by the shop and meet some of the team and their machines!

The Garage is actually inside of an barn in the middle of a farm! It was really cool driving through fields of wheat for about half a mile until we came up to a red barn house perfectly placed on the beautiful hills of Norways countryside!.   Read more...

COVERAGE> Formula Drift Speeds Into Palm Beach

This weekend, Formula Drift brings the third round of the championship series to an all new venue, Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida. I managed to shoot a few photos while filming random shenanigans around the track. I really liked the high speed entry to this new track, flowing into a long transition on a rumble strip.

Formerly known as Moroso Raceway, the high speed capability of PBIR's road course did present a problem, however - the course layout led a lot of high speed drifting right into the fans laps. Since this was the very first time that the Formula Drift series would be running at Palm Beach, they certainly didn't expect these types of results from their initial course layout! However, since Formula D is a responsible professional organization, they decided to reverse the course layout mid day in the interest of driver safety.   Read more...

OH SNAP> Forsberg at FD Long Beach Media Day

Chris Forsberg 370Z Nos Energy Drink hardtop Formula Drift FDLB FDLBC LBC Long Beach

Today was the Formula Drift Long Beach media day. Justin Shreeve and I were only there long enough to take a few photos and some video before driving ended. Here is a photo of Chris Forsberg testing out his new Nissan 370Z – a departure from his former car, the Nos Energy Drink 350Z roadster we’ve all gotten used to. Look forward to more coverage from MotorMavens in the coming days! (more…)


OH SNAP> Scion Racing Formula D TC Unveiling

Scion Racing Formula Drift TC unveiling party Little Tokyo Far Bar Far East Cafe Ken Gushi Fredric Aasbo

This evening, Justin Shreeve, Will Roegge, and I went to the unveiling party for Scion Racing’s 2011 tC Formula Drift competition cars, driven by Kenshiro Gushi and Fredric Aasbo. It was awesome! Great food and free drinks are hard to disagree with, especially when amongst the great company that attended. A lot of automotive industry folks were in attendance, so it seemed just like a SEMA Party without the Las Vegas atmosphere. (more…)


COVERAGE> ThunderDrift ProAm at Thunderhill

With the Formula Drift series starting up in only three and a half weeks, this means that the Pro-Am series will be starting up as well. New drivers from around the country will be competing for an opportunity to drive on the next level. One such an event, is Thunder Drift, held just outside Willows California.   Read more...

VIDEO> Mass Appeal Show & Ken Block Gymkhana

Mass Appeal/Gymkhana GRID from Joe Ayala on Vimeo.

Fifty one (51) days after the first-ever MotorMavens Mass Appeal Show & The Ken Block Gymkhana Grid Invitational took place at Irwindale Speedway, I’ve finally finished the video. Most of the excuses for tardiness I can think of would actually be true – I was out of state for the holidays; I was busy with work; I got sick; my dog ate my computer, etc… but it all comes down to me just not getting it finished until now. Better late than never I guess.

The Mass Appeal event was, in fact, our very first car show, and throughout all the adversity (with our website site getting hacked two weeks before the show and car show registrations not going through), we pushed on regardless and the show turned out very well! We had a lot more carshow registrants than we expected, and the sheer diversity of the cars that showed up was amazing. We had Southern California’s best slammed-and-stretched cars in attendance, including luxury and VIP cars, several old school Japanese and German cars, several brand newly built race cars and promo vehicles from SEMA and the LA Auto Show, an actual widebody JZA80 Supra race car from the JGTC (Japan Grand Touring Championship) series, a Lexus LFA, and even a couple of slammed hot rods! The Mass Appeal show was quite an experience, and we thank everyone who showed up for helping to make it a great success! (more…)


VIDEO> FD Sonoma: Tilt-Shift Formula Drift


Formula D Sonoma | Tilt Shift

Formula Drift made its yearly stop in Sonoma, California last weekend. I’ve been looking forward to this event, simply because I live less than an hour away and I had a guaranteed bed to sleep in. However, the weekend was not without snags.

Upon my arrival, I found that I was not on the list for media, since KP Race and Victor Moore were unable to make it to Sonoma – this rendered my credentials were void. Therefore, I made the best of my bad luck and decided that if I couldn’t get the really close action shots, I would take a few steps back and shoot a different perspective. The next morning, I drove down to Borrowed Lenses in San Carlos and rented a tilt-shift lens. Over the past few months, my interest in these lenses has grown quite a bit and when I saw Mister Geoff Pitts from Thunder Drift taking photos with one at Formula D Las Vegas, I knew I had to try it. Fate truly couldn’t have presented me with a finer opportunity. Enjoy!

:: Joe Ayala