VIDEO> Last night in Chicago…

So I was talking to my homie Tim from T2 Films on Facebook, and he linked me to this video from LAST NIGHT. Screw the soundtrack… listen to the pure SOUND of street drifting!

Raw and uncut, this footage of AJ from Risky Devil reminds me of the Japanese underground street drifting footage that my Japanese friends would send me on VHS tapes… this was like 10 years ago…

Respect, Chicago! Now THIS is dope.

:: Antonio Alvendia

VIDEO> Spocom USA Show


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Check out our newest video on Streetfire.net, which features some video footage from the Spocom USA show at the Long Beach Convention Center. We decided to go to Spocom to meet up with some friends, and also to see what it would be like if we combined the footage from the small Canon HF S100 consumer HD camera I’m testing with the footage from Antonio’s Canon 5D MarkII digital SLR, which he normally only uses for shooting still photos!

Luckily for us, Antonio’s younger brother David was in town; he helped us capture a lot of this video footage while his big bro stopped at every. single. booth… to say hi to a friend of his. David’s an aspiring video producer in training – he’s only 16 years old, but he seems to have a good eye for composition already!

Enjoy the video and the music… I wonder if anyone can easily identify which video clips were shot with the 5DMk2 and which ones were shot with the HF S100?

:: Travis Hodges

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SHOPAHOLIC> The Vintage Racers of Racecraft

I was up in Seattle earlier this year and took the opportunity to stop by Racecraft, one of the northwest's premier vintage race shops. When I arrived, the men behind the operation were wrenching hard on a pair of BMW 2002 track bandits, each worth over six figures. But founder Jim Froula and his partner Terry Forland are not only immensely skilled at making 30-year-old cars go fast, they also don helmet and glove to get behind the wheel of their own old school race cars.   Read more...

WEBMINING> Tuerck in Atlanta

I was checking one of my favorite blogs, Risky Devil, and saw this cool edit by my buddy Tim Tulov of T2 Films. This video has a great vibe to it. The soundtrack is very laid back and well-suited to the edits. I really like the selective desaturation. That is something you don’t see a lot of in drift videos. This video is a nice change of pace with some killer driving from Ryan Tuerck as takes home the win in Atlanta.

What do you guys think?

:: Andy Sapp

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CENTER STAGE> Vorsteiner E92 M3 vs Ventross IS-F

The BMW E92 M3 and the Lexus IS-F are both shining examples of sports-minded luxury cars. They both project an image of luxury and refinement, combined with engine response and handling suitable for the racetrack. Not too long ago, I did a shoot with an E92 M3 and an IS-F that were both outfitted with a plethora of aftermarket parts from a luxury sports brand called Vorsteiner. When I was first introduced to the team over at Vorsteiner, it was to photograph their Porsche V-GT project for Modified Luxury and Exotics Magazine back in 2007.   Read more...

NEWSWORTHY> From Modified Mag to Motor Mavens

Arizona native Mike Maez could easily be called a veteran in the game, as the former West Coast Editor for Modified Magazine, shooting over 40 magazine covers (and counting) for Modified and it’s Luxury and Exotics title.

Mike got his start in the photography game just as drifting first hit the United States… And, like our fellow Motor Maven Antonio Alvendia, drifting changed his life. Drifting was the force that pushed Mike over the edge, inspiring him to upgrade both his gear and his skills to more accurately capture its unparalleled excitement and emotion. As the scene grew and Mike honed his skills, he found himself called upon by various companies and media outlets to shoot feature cars and events from coast to coast.

Despite his years as a professional photographer and editor for Modified, Mike is still eager as ever to contribute to the Motor Mavens Movement; sharing insight on past and present projects, shooting exclusive feature cars, and giving his own slant on industry events and trends. Even though Mike still remains busy with his current editorial and advertising responsibilities, we understand that even as a part-time contributor, the quality of Motor Mavens content can only increase with Mike on board. We are glad to welcome Mike to the Motor Mavens team and cannot wait to see what he has in store!

Trust us, you need to stay tuned to Motor Mavens!

:: Dax Rodriguez

CARSPOTTING> Asphalt Gigolo Monza Funny Car!

To continue on with some of my previously posted photos from the So Cal Speed Shop Open House, I thought I'd shine a spotlight on one of the cars that really caught my eye as I walked onto So Cal's back lot - The Asphalt Gigolo.

This early 1970s Chevy Monza funny car immediately captured my attention as it sat amongst all the hot rods at So Cal, basking in the late afternoon sunlight. Like I mentioned previously in my story, I've recently become a fan of retro funny cars. Everything from the style to the fat drag slicks to the forward-raked stance to the vintage paint and logos on the car to the monstrous 540 cubic inch big block engine, stainless steel, and big blower sticking out the hood... what's not to like?   Read more...

WEBMINING> Wald International Lexus IS-F

Apparently, Wald International has done it again with the release of their new aero kit for the Lexus IS-F sedan! For those that aren't familiar, Wald is one of the premier luxury aero companies in Japan. They make high end aero kits for cars ranging from Nissan Skylines to Chevrolet Astro Vans.   Read more...