Adventures with Big Abe — R1 Concepts Meet

Words by Gilbert

I had heard about the R1 Concepts event from a couple fellow photographers in the scene and I was kinda hesitant on attending the event, mostly because it was last minute on my schedule and I had other events that day, but I’m kinda glad i did go. Got to hang out with Big Abe for a bit of adventuring, good company.

Abe was rocking his latest bling, the R1 Concepts brake rotor + caliper

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Once again, that thing is legit. The weight is just massive.

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Even Amber was having a bit of difficulty lifting it, probably because it was still chained to Abe…

Eventually, I saw the “Big Abe” special at Klouds Vapor that happened to have a booth there that day. Definitely something to check out.

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As per the usual, I try to include some model coverage at these events so check out the hotties in no particular order.

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SpoCom 2013 Model Coverage

Words by Gilbert.

SpoCom is still one of the major popular shows to attend in so cal and this year was a great example of that. Plenty of models to go around, lots of cars with some fun and interesting builds, and did I mention there were lots of models? The event also caters to the Dancers as they have contests every year which you get the local dance crews to perform on stage and see what they’re capable of. I used to be more into that kind of stuff when America’s Best Dance Crew was still around but as of late, I haven’t had much interest in it, but it’s nice to see that there’s still nice competition going around.

Eva Skye & Jeri Lee

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Shauvon Pham

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Xena Kai

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Hayle Cayaga

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Marissa Masuno

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Arley Elizabeth

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Erica Law

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Elizabeth Tran

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Tara Patrick

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Suemomo

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Sandra Wong

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Amy Ames

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Ellie Roxx

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Noemii

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Lovely Raichelle

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Beckie Joon

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Dianna Lushus

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Christine Zegers

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Arika Sato

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Jay Ferrer

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Janis Wong

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Jenna Lane

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Regina Mei

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Maureen Chen

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Danielle Lo

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Brittani Paige

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Jenn Q

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Dannie Riel

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AutoCon 2013 Coverage

Words and Photos by Chris Bennett , A.k.a. Bennett for Its JDM Yo!

 

I’d first like to apologize for the delay in this posting… now thats out of the way.. .lets get to what you came to our site for… babes and cars! Auto-Con this year, like last year, was held in the city of Arcadia in the parking lot of the Santa Anita Race Track. However, unlike last years show, it wasn’t 1000 degrees out! however, there was still a good turnout from spectators to view the car and model filled show as well as enjoy the variety of food trucks on hand. Congratulations to our team members who received awards for their rides and, i think we can take this time to pat ourselves on the back for taking Best team! Great job everyone!  Special thanks to the models and vehicle owners for aiding me in capturing our shots.  See you at the next show!

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claudia Alan

 

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Extreme AutoFest 2013 Season Opener: Anaheim

Words by Gilbert.

This past Saturday kicked off the season opener for Extreme Autofest’s Car Show Tour in sunny Anaheim, CA. When I said sunny, I meant, fairly warm, upper 80s and 90s degree sunny so it was a fairly hot day to be running around outdoors for a car show. The usual setup at Autofest is there was one side that covered a lot of the Lowrider lifestyle and the other side was more of what you would see in the JDM/USDM/DTM tuner lifestyles. Megan Racing was also around to provide a Driftkhana course for some small scale drifting action throughout the day.  On the Lowrider side, there was the usual stunt driving and car bouncing/jumping contests as well. My usual coverage is just of the lovely models that attend these events and maybe some shenanigans with Big Abe.

Adventures with Big Abe

The models in the themed Heroes and Villains Lounge were running a bit late so Abe was probably playing Candy Crush on his phone trying to get that high score going.
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Lily Zenna Wang was probably one of the first models to show up to the show, her outfit was Catwoman, and again, Abe was still on that Candy Crush.
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Christina May was also setting up but also got dragged into the game with Abe, probably comparing high scores.
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Lily needed a little help with her costume so Will Curry of Extreme Autofest was more than happy to oblige.
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Wandering around, I spotted Ellie Roxx from Limitless Society
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Now with the show getting under way, Abe finally put down his game and started pointing out “Dat Ass” on Charmaine Glock
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Shortly after the show started, Abe started photo-bombing the models’ photos, although I managed to get this one before he was fully ready.
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Did I mention it was a hot day? Even Kuya Protection needs a breather.
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The Model Coverage

Arley Elizabeth
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Ashley Clark as Wonder Woman
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April Garcia as Pink Ranger
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Lily Wang as Catwoman
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Lyna Ly Sparks as Supergirl
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Serena for Guppy’s
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Serena & Candace for Guppy’s
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Diana Ochoa as Lara Croft
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Mango as Mango
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Christina May
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Sandra Wong as Robin
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Amanda Kerr & Ashley Clark as Wonder Woman
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Elizabeth Tran as Green Lantern
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April Garcia as Iron Man and Jenna Lane
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Amy Ames of Limitless Society
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Ellie Roxx of Limitless Society
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Hayle Cayaga as Random Asian Girl
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Dany Sem of Limitless Society
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Aila Elyzze for Dayuum!
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Raichelle Viado as Wonder Woman
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Mila DeGuzman as Sailor Mars
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Kristin Barcelona as Robin
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Lilianne Nguyen
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Lovely Raichelle as Baby Doll
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Janis True as Zorro
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Janis True and Sandra Wong
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Ashley Vee
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Eliza Tee
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Alexia Cortez as White Queen
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Arika Sato
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Holly Lee
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Ryan Oso pauses for a quick photo
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Brittani Paige as Batman
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Mila DeGuzman as Misty
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Janey B
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Regina Meii
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Jenny Nguyen for JDM Sport

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Complete Gallery

Formula D Round 1: Streets of Long Beach

Words and Photos by Gilbert

The Formula D Season kicks off its first event on the Streets of Long Beach. Traditionally the weekend before the Long Beach Grand Prix and this year continues to do so.  Unfortunately for myself, I couldn’t get track-access so I didn’t get to go up close to the drifting action to shoot the coverage, but I still did my usual thing covering all the lovely ladies working the show.  Although there wasn’t exactly a model lounge, it kinda makes things a bit interesting to find models spread throughout the venue.  Although, I apologize for completely missing the JDM Sport booth, I heard there was a large group of models chilling over there.  Also, I need to give a big Shoutout to Freddie of Autofashion x TrendyVape for giving me a spot to camp out and put my gear down when I needed a break. Also, be sure to check out TrendyVape when you’re down in San Diego for your Vaping needs!

My E-Vic wrapped with the custom Hello Kitty print from TrendyVape. Super trendy.

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Freddie helping customers with their first fills

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Ashley Clark at the OMG Drift Booth

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Julie Mai and Brittani Paige were at the NOS Booth

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Raquel Estrella

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Amanda Kerr & Ashley Clark

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Falken Tires

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Hankook Tires, Erica Nagashima

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Nikita Esco at the Mishimoto Booth

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Big Abe

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Holly Lee

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Didn’t catch her name…

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Hayle Cayaga

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Arley Elizabeth

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Ken Gushi

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April Yi for Achilles Radial

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Ngan Vo

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Deena Kacie Bayles

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Sorry, I didn’t catch her name

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Brittani Paige

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Erica Ocampo

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Gina Darling and Beckie Joon were on the scene for Roll Models

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Michelle Yee at Motegi Wheels

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Janey B

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K1 Speed Models

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Sorry, I didn’t get the names of the models at Silk Road Auto, if anyone can fill me in, comment below!

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Danielle Lo

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Natalia Marie for NOS Energy Drink

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Julie Mai for NOS Energy Drink

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Sandra Wong for Nitto tires, which turned into a mini photoshoot.

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Later in the day, I spotted a big crowd gathered together in the walkway, so I headed over for a look thinking there might’ve been a fight or something, turns out it was a couple of kids in a dance battle.

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Then throughout the day, there was more silliness from the models

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DSPORT Meet Up presented by Nongshim America

Words and Photos by Gilbert.

This past Sunday, Nongshim America hosted a meet in conjunction with DSPORT and the up and coming Reality Show #RollModels where it’s based on the lives of 6 Import Models in the scene today at K1 Speed, Irvine, CA. There was a decent turnout in a good variety of cars and Its JDM Yo!!! had a huge presence there as well.  The day was filled with various activities that the models had to perform to win “points” on the show and basically was a head to head competition.  The models in attendance in no particular order were Gina Darling, Danielle Lo, Michelle Yee, Nikita Esco, Beckie Joon and Melyssa Grace.

Big Abe was also in attendance doing his thing with the bling.

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The Models were gathered together and basically went over the agenda of the day.

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First task at hand: Get people to sign up for new subscriptions for DSport.  The models quickly went to work getting people to sign up.

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Nikita Esco

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Danielle Lo

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Gina Darling being extra cheesy to get It’s JDM Yo!!! Founder Tony Lee to sign up

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As well as “the Godfather” of It’s JDM Yo!!! Mikee

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Sizing up the competition

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Danielle Lo was reaching out to the other guys from Its JDM Yo as well

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Scarlett from the reality show KTOWN was trying out Big Abe’s Bling

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The Second Task of the day was the Ramen Eating Contest. Models searched the crowd for potential competitors and I was chosen to team up with Team Danielle Lo.  A lot of people were thinking I would put up a good fight in the contest but I failed. Sorry Danielle that we didn’t win! Unfortunately I was participating in the contest so I don’t have any photos to show you guys but I’m sure there’s plenty of coverage of the event elsewhere on the web such as The Chronicles or Autoshowevents.

Which leads us to the 3rd Task the models had to do. Race Room was one of the vendors and they have this driving simulator game similar to Forza or Gran Turismo 5 for you gamers out there. The models were asked to participate in a race among themselves.

Just like real life, girls like to check their hair, make up, cell phone, etc… before driving, maybe even during…
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Competition was fierce since Gina Darling is a regular gamer model in the industry.

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After the Race Room races, they were brought into K1 Speed for some real go-kart action.

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Such poise.

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Such Grace.

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A little bit of downtime as the girls and the crew had their quick lunch of Nongshim Instant Ramen

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A quick equipment check from all the girls to make sure the helmets fit properly.

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Scarlett made sure Melyssa’s was working properly by head-butting her.

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Making sure all the seatbelts were taut, because safety comes first.

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Nikita Esco in #24

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Gina Darling in #19

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Beckie Joon in #12

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Melyssa Grace started in #1 Position in Car # 27

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Danielle Lo #8 leads the pack after Melyssa and Nikita

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As expected, can’t have a day at the G0-Karts without someone spinning out and some bumping fun.

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The final task of the day was the models gathered together to take a quick look at the remaining cars at the meet to decide which car they loved the most. The winner of the model’s favorite car was to receive 1 year’s supply of Nongshim Instant Ramen. Notbad.jpg

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Gina spotted our It’s JDM Yo!!! mascot acting silly in the crowd so she was pointing and laughing at him.

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Minh from Royal Origin got plenty of attention with his Lexus IS

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In the end, the battle was between our own GT-R35 driven by Slow Kuruma and our own BB6 Prelude driven by Chris R.
Slow Kuruma being a humble fellow decided to give his votes to Chris who took home the 1 year supply of Ramen.

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Later on, some announcements about the girls’ progress throughout the reality show. Michelle Yee was quite happy here.

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Melyssa Grace was also celebrating a bit as well and receiving cheer from her co-stars.

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After a long day, models and attendees were exhausted so we all had to bid each other farewell as we return to our normal lives.

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Adventures with Big Abe – Formula D Tech Day + Model Meet & Greet

Words and Photos by Gilbert.

Formula D in conjunction with Source Interlink Media (Import Tuner, Super Street, etc) hosted a Tech Day Meet where they had the Formula D cars come into the facility for inspections and what not and people were allowed to catch a glimpse of the cars up close while they aren’t shredding tires on the streets. There was a big turnout as it doubled as a local car meet which followed the Popular Cars & Coffee meets that happen every Saturday morning down in Irvine as well.  In addition, there were several models in attendance signing calenders and cover issues of various magazines as well.

Holly Lee

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Melyssa Grace

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Janey B

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Sandra Wong

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Amy Fay made a rare appearance

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Even Big Mike was signing a few magazines for fans

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Arley Elizabeth was also in attendance

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Big Abe’s adventure started with running into Arley Elizabeth and being greeted with a swift kick which caught me by surprise

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But the biggest highlight I saw of the day was Abe managed to get not 1 but 2 models to Autograph his neck. I thought that was kinda cool.

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