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.

Adventures with Big Abe — AutoGallery 2012

Words and Photos by Gilbert.

AutoGallery was hosted by the homies over at Praxis Productions turned out to be a pretty big hit.  The venue was beachside so it was a welcomed change from the regular shows being hosted inland in the blazing heat during the summer.  Plus there were plenty of boobies and cars to go around.

I only got a little bit of adventuring time with Abe this time so I’ll throw in some random shots of some of our Its JDM Yo!!! crews and homies.

Crews were rolling in throughout the morning getting ready for the show.

Sean’s 350Z and Ellisone’s VIP xB on the streets rolling into the show.

Abe wanted to brand this as “Big Abe x Hello Kitty Shades”

So being early to the show meant a lot of time to kill before the actual show starts, so Abe wanted to size up Sheila a little bit.  Still, I wouldn’t mess with Sheila, she’ll cut you.

Spectators had a limited opportunity to meet the male models of Its JDM Yo!!! Mike Mao and Eulises were in attendance and of course Kuya Protection was there to watch their backs.

Even Brian was there to steal some focus from the models.

Here Abe was working on his collaboration with Hello Kitty with Diana Lushus.

While our other photographer Chris was showing Kristy-Lei Juan some tips on posing.

At the end of the day, Abe was shocked to find out that Diana preferred Rockstar over NOS so he had to dissolve that collaboration they were forming earlier.

Auto Gallery Model Coverage will be following soon.

Hot Import Nights — Los Angeles 2012

Photos by Gilbert

Some Hot Import Nights Model coverage for you guys.

Kay Bae

Beckie Joon

Sandra Wong

Raichelle Viado

Sheila

Eva Skye for Toyo Tires

Nikita Penalosa

Kristin Barcelona

Lily Figueroa

Ela Pasion

Mila DeGuzman with Kristin Barcelona

Angie Leah

Ashley Malia

Kaylee Alana

Jackie Vidal

Puente Hills Dealer Showcase hosted by Prestige Marketing

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

Some model coverage to bring some heat to an otherwise rainy Friday the 13th.  Remember fun bag Fridays that Tony used to throw?  Enjoy!

Mila DeGuzman

Michelle Yee looking at something delicious.  Probably those tacos they were serving that day.

Sheila at the NOS booth

Natalia Marie

Alexia Cortez

Xena Kai

Adventures with Big Abe — Formula D Long Beach

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

So it was a hot Saturday morning and the city of Long Beach had begun its preparations for the Long Beach Grand Prix this weekend. As is the tradition, Formula D was in town as well and they had begun their season opener. I woke up a little late and made my way to the show and the first thing I remembered was that Big Abe was working with the NOS booth. I went to the first NOS Booth I saw but didn’t find Abe. Later I found out the Vendor Side and Car Show side was divided so I made my way over to the Slammed Society Car Show side and of course I found Abe at THAT particular NOS Booth with some new bling…

The new “Abe-sized” NOS.  Limited Production.

He was basically the doorman with Sheila and some of the other NOS girls throughout the day.  There were some kids trying to start trouble by beating them with their thunder sticks. I heard that if they kids didn’t stop, Abe was gonna pick up a model and throw her at them.

If you were there, you knew it was a hot hot day. The NOS guys brought over an umbrella so now Abe can start his gig as an Umbrella Girl. Oh and Duck Face included too.

Sheila was facepalming because some guys were telling them that Big Abe said they could go into the VIP section. EVEN THOUGH Abe was standing right there… We all had some laughs.

Abe was filming a small commercial skit while crushing cans like…… cans.

Abe with HIS bodyguards.  Now that he’s becoming an internet and soon to be international sensation, he needs bodyguards for himself now!

Throughout the day, the competition went and teams were giving away their used tires. Obviously there were plenty of people taking the opportunity to snatch up some pretty usable tires.  Not all of them were super bald like slicks but they’re usable as spares.

I spotted some sporadic Hooters girls wandering the show. Handing out some coupons or something.

Big Abe sharing a tender moment with Natalia Marie. D’awww

Big Abe’s Chiropractor Services. Give him some Halo Halo on a hot day and he’ll fix your spinal problems.

Not TOO sure what Abe is staring at but Holly Lee is looking nice for some photos.

Big Abe is in a very Happy Place right now. — with Holly Lee & Xena Kai  :)

Playing around with my hat. Pretty useful on a hot day.

Even the NOS models are packing some guns.

Eventually the models decided it would be fun to splash water on Abe. Little did they know, it was actually quite comfortable for him.

Bobby “Phattypixels” doing his thing hanging out with Michelle Yee and Julie Mai

Ever since the DUB Show, Abe was getting his swole on at the shows… now even NOS models are getting in on it. Working out at shows is impressive.

Until next time, stay tuned for more Adventures with Big Abe.

So You Think You Can Stance

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

I was really busy filming the competition with our videographer Daizo and Mikee so I didn’t get as much coverage as I had normally liked.  Still I manged to find some time to photograph a few of the models that attended the show.  Of course there being only a handful of models means there aren’t too many photo ops.

Big Mike walking around the show. Like a boss. Rocking one of the new Its JDM Yo!!! T-shirt designs available now.

Took a few minutes to steal Sheila Love away from the NOS Booth for a couple photos

I randomly spotted Roxy while walking around.

The event also happened to fall on Chinese New Year and 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.  Enjoy the silly photos from Holly!