AutoCon 2013 — Part 1

Words by Gilbert.

Trying to do a little catch up with event coverage and Autocon has come and gone. Big thanks to Justin Fong and his crew for some fun times at the event. Personally, I wished there was a little more space but I managed to get everything to work and get my shots. There were vendor booths placed throughout the event as well as a huge drive-up stage where they introduced cars and owners throughout the day. As well as the main AutoCon Model Lounge that featured some familiar faces.

Directly across from us was Lyna Ly Sparks and her crew of lovely ladies

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I made my way over to Limitless Society to find Ellie Roxx and Amy Ames

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Ngan Envy, Chaba and Marie Alvarez were representing Drive Energy Drink

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Jay Ferrer was on scene as well

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Dayuum! ‘s newest Hottie was Serena

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While walking around I bumped into Elizabeth Tran who was going back and forth between EuroProjekts and SpoCom that day

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Also spotted the lovely Eva Skye at Impressive Wrap

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Toyo Tires had the lovely Claudia Alan

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R1 Concepts was represented by some lovely ladies and Big Abe with his new piece

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Sandra Wong was doing her thing with Outcast Garage – always a pleasure to work with

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Xena Kai was at the Stance booth

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SpoCom brought out some lovely ladies including Jenna Lane, Erica Law and several others

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The Main Model lounge featured some big big names in the modeling industry: Jeri Lee, Christine Mendoza, Alexia Cortez, Raichelle Viado, Lily Figuera, Holly Lee, Coco Komatsu, The Jaro Sisters and i’m sure there are many more that I just can’t recall at this point

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Our very own Its JDM Yo!!! booth hosted Jenn Q

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WekFest LA 2013 – Long Beach Queen Mary

Words by Gilbert.

It’s been another year written in the history books for WekFest LA, the popular venue was located in Long Beach Queen Mary Events Park where the multitude of local crews came out to fill the location. Cars were a plenty but this year there were fewer models mostly due to the also popular MFest 2013 Event happening in Las Vegas the same day. The feel and flavor of the event was as robust as ever with many new vendors on site as well as some interesting new car builds and crews.

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Julie Mai

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Amy Ames and Ellie Roxx

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Serena Su

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Holly Lee

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Marissa Hiroko

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Jenn Q

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Jenn Q and Jay Ferrer

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BimmerFest 2013: Pasadena Rose Bowl Model Coverage

Words by Gilbert

Couple saturdays ago was a crazy day for events and coverage.  There were 3 events running along a single afternoon and maybe only 3 of the hours overlapped so trying to run around all over to get coverage proved to be a challenge.  I made my way up to Pasadena Rose Bowl for some quick model coverage at Bimmerfest 2013. It was actually quite warm that day so I was slightly worried about the It’s JDM Yo!!! 3 year Just Doing Me Social.  For those of you in the car scene, you all know that JDM is “Japanese Domestic Market”. We here at It’s JDM Yo!!! also decided to expand the anagram a bit and just call it “Just Doing Me” so we’re not limited to only japanese cars, and appreciate builds just for being builds.

Well, enough of that banter, check out the lovely ladies at BimmerFest that day.  I do apologize for not getting to some of the models that day, I realized I missed quite a few after I had left the venue.

Christine Huang

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Sorry, I didn’t catch her name

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Erica Nagashima

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Natalia Marie

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Claudia Alan

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Holly Lee

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Eva Skye

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Sandra Wong

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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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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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Beyond Statistics Meet @ V’s Performance

Words and Photos by Gilbert Chen.

I got an invitation to go check out the meet and I decided to go hang out a bit for the day. There were plenty of cars out for the Dyno Day, and at $60/pull it didn’t seem too bad. Star Car Central was in attendance briefly as well as some of the current models in the Industry. Jasmine Skye, Emma Rose, Ellie Roxx, Marissa Masuno, Diana Ochoa and Holly Lee were also around taking photos and posing with cars and different scenery around the building. Also briefly saw Ngan Vo as well but  heard she left early. All in all, a good event for a Sunday.

Vape Supreme’s booth at the event with Mr. KFresh Photos

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Emma Rose

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Ellie Roxx

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Ellie Roxx with Jasmine Skye

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Holly Lee

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Diana Ochoa

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Mr. KFresh Chillin’ with Marissa Masuno & Jasmine Skye

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Marissa Masuno

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The Chronicles IV Year Meet

Words and Photos by Chris Bennett , A.K.A. “Bennett” for Its JDM Yo

A good turnout for the 4 year meet held at Eibach HQ in the City of Corona California. As to be expected in Southern California, it was a hot 90 degrees throughout the afternoon. Despite the heat, the Honda enthusiasts came with great assortment of  the favored EG, along with the Integra Type R and the Honda S2000 to name a few. And, although the meet primarily consisted of Honda’s and Acura’s, there were a few other vehicle types represented.  The crowd was in good spirits and Show Models Holly Lee and Emma Rose were there to meet and greet fans, take photos, and help with award presentations. When it came to the Its JDM Yo Crew, our members were there providing water to attendees, not to mention, an almost full representation of our crew cars. All in all, a nice relaxing afternoon with good company…who can ask for more.

Next stop, Auto Fashion, Sunday Nov. 4th, 2012