When it comes to car shows, judging criteria is usually based on how the car looks or what kinds of modifications it has. Having attended tons of the same old car shows, our good friend Tony Lee
had an idea to make a different type of contest within the car scene.
While driving up or down a driveway may seem like a mundane everyday task for most, it obviously requires a certain amount of technique when you have a lowered car. Tony took that idea and decided to make it into a different form of driving competition, with the help of certain friends. Our own Editor-in-Chief Antonio
was selected to be the emcee of the event, while judging duties were handled by Yogi
, and ItsJDMYo's own Keychain
. Read more...
2011 turned out to be a pretty fun show - it has grown quite a bit since the last show they had. I drove all the way down from LA to El Toro Airbase
in Irvine, CA so that I could start shooting the carshow roll-in
at 10am, but they didn't allow any media to enter the show until 12pm! This definitely put a damper on my plans, because the rest of the normal spectators would be entering the venue at the same time as media.
The scheduling issue left me pretty disappointed to be honest, since my original plan was to shoot roll-in and staging before the large crowds showed up, then meet up with Antonio Alvendia
and Oliver Petalver
at Irwindale Speedway
. I didn't make it out to Irwindale because of the scheduling mix-up, but I still enjoyed the rest of the day at the show. This event looks like it's getting bigger and bigger! Read more...
There were so many great automotive events going on this weekend! As usual, the MotorMavens Crew had to split up in order to check out the best cars at each event. In Southern California, Tamer Omran
, Antonio Alvendia
and I attended the Hot Import Nights
event at the LA Convention Center
. Meanwhile, Seattle-based MotorMavens Crew member Raymond Vazquez
flew out to Hawaii to take photos at Wekfest Hawaii
We've been live blogging photos from the actual events, using our iPhones and various lens adapters - both our Olloclips
and our Owle Bubos
. If you have an iPhone, join @MOTORMAVENS
to see our photo feed in real time! If you're on a Droid or a non-smartphone, you can still follow @MOTORMAVENS on Twitter
. Read more...
The 2011 LA Auto Show is here! Over 50 cars are making their debuts at this year’s LA Auto Show, with 20 of them being international debuts! Make sure you are following @MOTORMAVENS on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook our for LIVE up-to-the-minute photo updates of the coolest cars at the show! We’ll be live blogging today and tomorrow to bring you the best cars of the show, as well as some behind the scenes moments that most people won’t get to see normally! (more…)
It's hard to believe that the 2011 Formula Drift Championship
season has already concluded for the year - the series went from start to finish in just six months! Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and the Drift Stream, everyone already knows that Discount Tire
V8 S13 driver Daijiro Yoshihara
was "Triple Crowned
" as the 2011 Formula D Series Champion
, marking the first time that a Japanese driver won a Formula D series championship. Even more relevant is the fact that this win marks the first time the popular Nissan S13 chassis has been used to win a Formula D championship season
! S13 owners should rejoice - the iconic ichi-san
is apparently still competitive against the newer technology drift cars.
For the season finale at Irwindale Speedway
, Northern California based Tyler McQuarrie
beat the competition to win First Place at the event in his Falken Tire V8 350Z, standing atop the podium with Rhys Millen
(Second Place) and Chris Forsberg
(Third place). Read more...
) is a local motoring forum here in Northern Ireland
. The site was set up by Andy Cooper
many moons ago to showcase ICE installations but, as the popularity of the forum grew, it became one of most popular motoring forums in Ireland. I have been a member since late 2006
when I was losing heart with my rallying exploits and RMS was just the fix I needed.
The site and its members have been very good to me in the last few years. I have made many great friends and have had very special times going to car shows and meet-ups. Now, in its tenth year, Graham Curry
, who is the RMS resident photographer and a good friend of mine, decided that the milestone should be marked with a Birthday show. So, after months of planning, we found ourselves at Junction 1
- where all sorts of fun ensued! Read more...
of the Formula DRIFT
series was held in the scorching heat of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
where locals went to witness Rhys Millen
, in the Red Bull/Hankook Tire Hyundai Genesis,
take first place in an already competitive season. Prior to Round 6, Daijiro Yoshihara
in the Discount Tire/Falken Tire Nissan S13
was the leader in the Championship Point Standings with Justin "JTP" Pawlak
(in the Falken Tire Ford Mustang
) in second. Both failed to make it to the to the Final Four in Vegas, making the points spread even more slim.
In addition, this past event made people do a double take as FD Asia
drivers Adwitya "Dio" Amandio
& Saranon "Non" Pornpatanarak
each made their U.S. debut. There was also a bit of controversy as Justin Pawlak switched seats with Tyler McQuarrie
in the Falken Tire Nissan 350Z
while McQuarrie piloted JTP's Falken Tire Nissan S15
All in all, with a nail biting points race, Rhys Millen back on the podium, new faces, and driver crossovers, you can see how someone might say that Vegas was the place to be this past weekend! Read more...
! A quick introduction before I tell you about our recent journey over to Germany
. My name is Jordan Butters
and I am Editor of Drifted.com
I was recently chatting with Antonio Alvendia
about a trip I took to the Nürburgring
on behalf of Falken Tyres Europe
and the Team Falken UK
drift team and he kindly allowed me to show you my shots and experience of the N24 Race
here on MotorMavens. Read more...
As you witnessed in the first part
of coverage from the Bay Area AE86
meet at One Toyota of Oakland
, the gathering was a great mix of both hachi roku
s and other machines. While more and more cars rolled in, it became harder to pay attention to each car individually. And, although it seemed as if there was almost an equal ratio of AE86s to dope non-AE86s, everyone remembered what car the day was commemorating. Read more...
August 13th marked the coming of one of the most anticipated events of the year in the Northwest. Xtreme Drift Circuit
was coming to Pacific Grand Prix
! This was a chance for the locals to put on a great show with the already talented list of drivers that follow the series.
XDC is known for their raw and mixed make series - making it an interesting change from the more serious Formula Drift. If there ever was an equivalent to the MSC
drift competitions that are held in Japan
, XDC would be it. Read more...
This past weekend, all the core enthusiasts in Southern California's Japanese car scene gathered once again on the intersection of First Street and Alameda in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown LA for the annual Nisei Showoff
celebration. The event was super fun as always - when I showed up at the event, it felt like a big block party with several friends all gathered around different cars, admiring the immaculate engine bays, or trying to figure out new wheel sizing and/or suspension setups. Read more...
When it comes to automotive lifestyle, some people prefer hitting racetrack events, and some people prefer going to car shows. While the members of the MotorMavens crew definitely love going to the racetrack, we also realize that it's important to go to all kinds of indoor and outdoor car shows to promote our website to people that may not have seen it before.
When we were contacted by the organizers of the Spocom Tour
to work with them as a promotional partner, we were definitely excited by the opportunities it would bring! Although the Southern California-based members of our MotorMavens Crew gained a little experience in throwing and promoting a big outdoor automotive event (Mass Appeal
at Ken Block's Irwindale Gymkhana event), we had little to no experience in seeing what it's like to run a big indoor car show. We thought it would be extremely interesting to see the inner workings of a big car show series from people who had a track record of doing it, and so began the relationship between MotorMavens and Spocom.
The first thing we noticed about the Spocom Tour - it didn't feel like a normal car show from our standpoint! It felt like a big, fun party - a hype party that just happened to have a bunch of friends and cars crowded in between the vendor exhibits! Read more...
While my colleagues were in the Pacific Northwest
shooting Formula D
, I decided to take a road trip to Monterey, CA
to shoot the world famous MotoGP
For those unfamiliar with MotoGP, it is the two-wheel equivalent of Formula One
. It is an 18-race series visiting 14 countries (with only two stops in the U.S.). Now in its 63rd
year, it is the oldest motorsports championship in the world. The world’s best riders pilot machinery that have been crafted with the keenest of cutting-edge technology - technology which has largely benefited from the R&D budgets of four manufacturers: Yamaha, Ducati, Honda,
For the purposes of competing in MotoGP's premier class, the manufacturers are held within these general parameters: the engines must be 800 cc, four-stroke engines and the motorcycles competing must be prototypes. As you might imagine, first-rate drivers plus high-end, super machines equate to one HELL of a ride! Read more...
Once again Formula D
makes the stop in my hometown Seattle, Washington
! This is always one of my favorite events because, not only is it my home track, it's also where we see the Northwest grassroots drivers come out and show everyone what they're really are made of. Seattle has a way of making people rise to the occasion!
Earlier in the day, I received a phone call from Rob Primo
telling me that practice was rained out. It was very disappointing because practice is my favorite time to shoot the cars on track. Seattle strikes again. However, she can be forgiving at times. A couple of hours later I received another call from Rob. The rain had stopped and the track was dry. Practice was on again! I think you already know that I quickly grabbed my camera gear and drove straight there before Seattle had a chance to change her mind. So, I guess you can thank beautiful Lady Seattle for what you're about to see. Read more...
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...
The Evergreen Pro-Am
Round Two event was this past Sunday and it did not disappoint. The very best of the Northwest were out in abundance competing for a professional Formula D
license. Drivers from Oregon to as far away as Canada made their way to the centrally located Evergreen Speedway
in Monroe, Washington
. The very same place that will be hosting Formula Drift Round 5
In addition to the head to head drift action of the Pro-Am, the grassroots drift series was intertwined with the event as well. These drivers are not necessarily novices but they don't have the required safety equipment to run the full track which includes the big 5/8th track. With all of this happening in the same place at the same time, there are bound to be interesting stories to tell from all aspects of the day! Read more...
For the first time Formula DRIFT
history, the war was brought to the battlegrounds in Florida
at the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR)
. Locals got to witness a "Battle of the Mustangs" as Justin "JTP" Pawlak
took another victory this year in his Falken Tires Ford Mustang
against last year's champion, Vaughn Gittin, Jr.
and his Monster Energy/Falken Tires Ford Mustang
. Darren McNamara
(who qualified 2nd) and his Falken Tire Saturn Sky
ended up in 3rd place after defeating number one qualifier Chris Forsberg
and his NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z
. Florida was very very good to Falken Tires! In fact, Florida was very good - period. Read more...
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...
Last Saturday marked another successful event held at Pacific Grand Prix
. It was a full event with not a spot left open on the roster for drivers - a roster which included two Formula D
drivers who are currently in the top 10 in standings: Justin "JTP" Pawlak
and newcomer Walker Wilkerson
In addition to the great American pros in attendance, it was an international affair as well. The Drift Union
drift team from Canada came down again to show us how to have fun with style in their textbook tandem sessions.
Large crowds of spectators arrived, filling the stands and lining the fences en masse to catch a view of the great driving presented that day. NOS Energy Drink
and (for the first time) Greg Young
from Northwest Riders
clothing, set up shop to talk to people and to hand out prizes. If you missed it, don't feel too bad - here's the next best thing to being there! Read more...
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. Read more...
On the 25th of April, the legendary Ace Cafe
was home to the first Retro Toyota Gathering
. Organised by The Corolla Brotherhood
, the meet was held to bring together some of the sweetest Corolla AE86
s and other classic Toyotas from around the UK and even Europe!
I'm a big fan of Toyota's little AE86 (and I know a lot of MotorMavens
readers are too) so, when I first heard about the plans for this meet earlier in the year, I knew I had to go! Let's take a look at some of the great cars that turned up! Read more...