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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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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Part 2: HIN Fontana – Model Coverage

Photos by Gilbert.

Marissa Hiroko

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Suemomo

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April Joy

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Hayle Cayaga

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Trinity Dang

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Lily Wang

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Noemii

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Ngan Vo

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Ashley Malia

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Dany Sem

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Ellie Roxx

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Raichelle Viado

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Angel Kyoko

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Kristen Barcelona

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Mila DeGuzman

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Masumii

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Diana Ochoa

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Marie Alvarez

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Elizabeth Tran

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Joselyn Cano

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Lovely Raichelle

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Formula D Round 7: Title Fight, Irwindale, CA Part 1

Words and photos by Gilbert.

For the finals of the Formula D 2012 Season, Irwindale Raceway was the battleground in which Rhys Millen, Daigo Saito and many other professional drifters were seeking the top prize for the year.  The event was in conjunction with Slammed Society car show in the vendor area and definitely drew some major crowds.  It was a sold out show bringing many different kinds of enthusiasts in to attendance along with many of the top companies today.  I’ll have to divide up the coverage as there was a lot going on as well as shooting with a couple different themes in mind.

Our very own Steve was showing his GT-R in the SpoCom Booth with some fresh new wheels.

I also spotted fellow photographer/contributor for Its JDM Yo!!! Keith “Keychain” showing his ride in the Slammed Society Showcase

Noticed Kevin from Autofashion giving his FR-S a good wipedown in the morning.

Had a little fun with Big Abe at the NOS VIP Suite. Letting Abe build his own burger resulted in this:

So now we get to the Its JDM Yo!!! Pointing Hand version 2.0

That’s all for now, Part 2 coming.

2012 Auto Gallery — Model Coverage

Words and Photos by Gilbert.

There were plenty of models to cover while at AutoGallery, especially with their pageant going on.  Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to get everyone due to my limited time at the show that day.

Raichelle Viado

Kristy-Lei Juan

Sheila Love

Lily Zenna Wang

Ngan Vo

Mimi Sarmiento

Ellie Sor

Jenna Lane

Elizabeth Tran

Amy Ames

Holly Lee

Dianna Lushus

Emma Rose

Angie Leah

Jelly Ranger

Sandra Wong

Erica Law

Hot Import Nights — Pomona

Words and photos by Gilbert for Its JDM Yo!!!

Hot Import Nights (HIN) made it’s roaring return in 2012 with its first show originally scheduled for Irwindale but later moved to Pomona, CA.

The venue was the usual spot in Pomona Fairplex where most car related events are held and people were lining up early for roll-in.  Like usual, I spent the majority of my time shooting model coverage and I had the privilege of escorting It’s JDM Yo!!! Hottie Eva Skye around for a bit. All in all, the show was a great kickoff for the 2012 season and looking forward to more events this year.

Automotive Connection – AutoCon 2011 Models

Words and Photos by Gilbert for Its JDM Yo!!!

Let me start off by saying MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our readers and fans!  I’ve been really busy with photo editing so this post naturally came a bit late.  AutoCon was definitely poppin’ with all the car crews and homies coming out.  I spent most of my time helping around here and there at the booth and shooting models as usual.  Enjoy the coverage!!!

Big props to Kuya Protection who always watch over all the lovely models.

Also a congratulations to the Vanguard Collective for bringing home a few trophies!