When it comes to cravings, only a handful of things make us staffers quiver like an epileptic crackhead going through withdrawal on a wooden roller coaster: King Taco, Jessica Alba and GT-Rs just to name a few. But nothing perks our nipples to diamond-like hardness like a really good car show.
On its inaugural outing the new AutoCrave event delivered, giving showgoers of the tuning realm a super-sized taste of everything. Three halls of the Pomona Fairplex housed the hottest sport compact, Euro, VIP and luxury-themed rides. Hip-hop boomed as the best from the West duked it out in B-Boy battles, and performances by underground giants, Dilated Peoples, The Visionaries and Binary Star rocked the crowd. And of course there were the models; Hotties stalked the runway at the Fashion Show and shook their money makers in the chub-inducing Bikini Contest.
If you missed out on their cherry-popping first show, make sure you head to the AutoCrave Web site to catch the sloppy seconds. www.autocraveonline.com
A Perfect Storm
What happens when you take a handful of journalists like our resident Seoulman, throw in a hot new PS3 game and take them out into the Las Vegas desert for some dune buggie action? Why, you'd get a storm; a Motorstorm to be exact.
To kick off their latest racing game, Motorstorm, Sony took a privileged few out to put their driving skills on the line both digitally in the game, and for real out in the sunlit, sandy dune world. And when Sun Buggie Fun Rentals mean dunes they're talking 50+ ft drops. Did we mention there was no tarmac?
Take one part Tamiya, another part sliding drift action (with perilous drops) and a sprinkle of gaming editors and what do you get? A whole bunch of sand-laden pasty-white dudes longing for their PS3 six-axis controller and the safety of their parents' basement. www.motorstorm.com; www.sunbuggyfunrentals.com
Chu's Or Lose Ricky Churelease yo' delfWe all need a break from our busy lives to escape the real world and unwind-maybe hit up a car show or race. I used to until it became my job and, though I enjoy going, I consider it work. The fun stuff like checking out cars with friends is overshadowed by having to lug around camera gear and take sharp pictures. We don't get to watch the race because we're concentrating on getting that money shot to run as a two-page spread for our next issue so we can sell more magazines and not get a raise.
I used to snowboard a lot, but now this whole global warming thing has made the local Cali mountains crap. Plus, I barely have any time to go anymore. I even had to forfeit a season pass I got two years ago as a birthday present.
When I'm not working, I'll be at the gym or watching NBA basketball...lots of it-an absurd amount if you ask my friends. (I don't like football because LA doesn't have a team and baseball is boring as hell.) Sometimes it can get more frustrating than work deadlines when the Clips aren't playing up to par, struggling to get to the playoffs or even to stay above .500. But when they're firing on all cylinders, man, is it sweet. Especially when I go to the playoff games with my dad, sitting in our 3rd row seats. That's intense. My mind becomes clear and stories start flowing like Crown from the heavens. OK, I'm a nerd. But at least I don't belong to a Fantasy League.
I know it's weird coming from me, but everyone needs to chill out.
By the way, for those of you wondering if I really quit, check what month that issue email@example.com
Before you break for summer, there's one last test you ought to take. Don't worry, if you fail you won't be held back. Do well, however, and you might get more than a red "A" with a happy face and a self-congratulatory pat on the back. You just might win a trip to our coveted Time Attack finals at Buttonwillow and a set of Konig Wheels.
With Time Attack growing at an epic pace, Konig Wheels is jumping on the bandwagon. Along with help from Whitfield Racing, Konig Wheels will be building a B-Spec Aveo to compete in our Time Attack series. Starting with a brand new Aveo straight from Chevrolet, they will be tearing it down and finessing the chassis and motor to kick time's ass-and they want you to be there
To enter their sweepstakes, all you have to do is go to their Web site, take a 15-question test about Konig, cross your fingers and hope you win. Win what?
A wet T-Shirt contest mother f'er...er, travel and accommodations out to Buttonwillow Raceway, a chauffeured ride to and from the event by Yamz, a hotlap around the track, and a set of Britelite wheels. Sweepstakes entries must be received by July 15, 2007 and are valid for those residing in the contiguous US. www.konigwheels.com
Life & times of J. Carter
RING, RING, RING...
According to the number of phone calls I get on my cellie on Friday and Saturday evenings, I've become that guy. Which guy? The party guy.
Different people serve different roles. We're all cogs in our complex social system. There are friends you call when you have car troubles, computer problems, workout advice, etc. Everyone has their own talents and according to one's abilities, you go to them in varying times of need. Mine, then, must be partying.
Don't get me wrong. A lot of it is probably justified. Being Korean and having access to the Sin City that is K-Town, I've been sneaking into public establishments since the pubescent age of 15. The Irish of the East, it's like we've biologically evolved to imbibe vast amounts of beverages. Soju, Hite and Crown? Permanent fixtures of our blood plasma.Ring, ring, ring...
So back to the phone calls. During the normal workweek I get a fair amount of calls. From photoshoots, to car parts, to a simple hello, I'd say I get about 11-13 calls on any given day. On the weekends, my call volume triples. On Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, or any other bank-derived three-day holiday that number quadruples. It's safe to say I take full advantage of cellular free nights and weekends.
Most of the calls I get are from the homies trying to figure out which venue and what time to roll out. As of late, a lot of my road dogs are from the industry: SS compatriots, editors, tuners and the occasional model. Sometimes however, I get curveballs. People call me out of the blue to tell me they just broke up with their girl, their girl's out of town, they just got into town, or they're 'bout to leave town-all of which is phone foreplay and inevitably leads to which venue and what time we're going to roll out.
But that's it, I'm done. I'm too old for this ish. My liver aches. It's Friday and I'm turning my cellie off- Ring, ring, ring, ring...F'-it who'm I kiddin'.
"Yo...Hollywood at 11."www.glamla.com; www.onproductions.com; www.remixla.com; www.visionshock.com firstname.lastname@example.org
There are few people so passionate yet humble about their position in life. Nick Fousekis is one of the rarities. A true enthusiast of the scene, as the brand manager for Falken Tire, Nick is part of the team responsible for US drifting's growth, fostering the motorsport since its earliest stages. Mr. Fousekis' prognosis for the future? AutoLuxury
AutoLuxury Style-Sport Tuning Evolution
Over the past decade trends have come and gone, and only those with purpose, style and overall good taste seem to withstand time. Let's look back at a few examples: Supra-style wings on cars other than a Supra...bad. Altezza taillights on everything...shudder. Undercar neon...no comment. JDM...still tasty and very good. I think you get my point.
So what's my prediction of a new trend with staying power? AutoLuxury. Simply put, AutoLuxury Style is the love child of two seemingly unrelated segments, VIP and sport tuning-throw on some slow jams and before you know it, magic happens. How better to describe non-traditional VIP platforms sporting fender-flush deep-dished rims with full faces, aggressive and calculated tire fitments, plush suede interiors, cleanly exaggerated OE-enhancing aero and understated graphic-less paint? Need some examples? Falken Tire displayed four, prime black-on-black AutoLuxury rides at the 2006 SEMA: a B-Spec Air Runner-equipped Honda Fit, a KS Auto Burnout-outfitted Mazda RX-7, a VQ motor-powered S13 convertible and an ultra-exotic Fabulous-kitted Ferrari 360 Modena.
So, is AutoLuxury new?
In some applications, yes. However, AutoLuxury styling has actually been taking place in the US for a number of years under the guise of VIP Style within the Scion and ultra-niche vanning crowd. Newly recognized platforms include non-VIP Nissan/Infinity sedans and sport coupes, select Toyotas, high-end Euro exotics, and yes, even the Honda family. And that's what AutoLuxury is all about, blending sport tuning with elements of VIP in a practical streetable package, sedan or not.
Whether a trend is hated or loved, evolution and refinement is key to sustaining both excitement and interest in any niche culture. After all, isn't the goal to make your vehicle uniquely yours? Non-traditional VIP-themed rides deserve their own identity rather than being labeled "VIP Style." So if AutoLuxury is for you, keep it clean, sophisticated and visit www.autoluxurystyle.com.Nick Fousekis
New trend is coming from Japan. It is VIP Style. Do not read VIP Style because Japanese call it "Bippu Style." VIP Style is for Acura, Infiniti and Lexus sedan or coupe. VIP Style tuning is not showy because VIP Style has two words, "elegance" and "modesty." VIP Style's favorite colors are black, silver and white.
You will know what VIP Style is after you read the story of VIP Style cars later in this issue. But you read Tetsu's Tales now which means you don't read the VIP story yet. The image of VIP Style is mix of AMG Mercedes and JDM tuning style. I guess VIP Style tuning is very convenience tuning style because owner or tuner's sense can change any other style from VIP tuning style.
VIP Style car + The owner has good sense of clothes = JDM VIP Style.
VIP Style car + Hip Hop = Hip Hop car (Japanese call this style is LA Style)
VIP Style car + Lamborghini door + primary color paint = SpoCom Style.
VIP Style car + 2JZ motor + stick shift + rollcages = drifting car.
NOB Taniguchi has Aristo (Lexus GS) drifting car. NOB's Aristo color is red but if NOB painted black color and put polished rims it can be VIP Style car. If NOB wear large size T-shirts, jeans and cap and play hip-hop CD inside his Aristo with black body color it is LA Style.
I think some people think base cars of VIP are expensive. Some Japanese have fun with VIP Style and build VIP Style with Mini-Van, micro cars or K-car. If you didn't like Acura, Infiniti or Lexus, you can build VIP Style with Toyota Previa, Honda Odyssey or Honda Fit. I guess VIP Style tuning correspond with American tuning sense because VIP Style tuning for interior is from American tuning scene.
Please remember that VIP Style car rides well is one of important things for VIP Style. That's why choosing good quality parts is a tuning skill.Tetsuya Ogushi
GREDDY Garage SALE
This past February, GReddy opened up their Irvine facility doors for a public garage sale. The sale included discontinued, overstocked, test and display items, and since they haven't done this in over ten years, smoking-hot deals were definitely there to be found. The goal of the event was to make room for a whole slew of '07 GReddy products. Like a hot new Hollywood club, the event had lines down the street two hours before the event, and it ran two hours later than scheduled. For those who were not in the So Cal area, don't worry, GReddy just opened up an online outlet on eBay. www.greddy.com