Hype News: LA Auto Show Expecting To Host 25 Global Debuts. Lets Guess What They Are!

Posted on 08.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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November is one of my favorite months and for good reason.  There is just so much to look forward to on the 11th month of the year: Some of the best football games all year, Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, and the LA Auto Show.  The last item on that list should be particularly exciting this year as the LA Auto Show has announced that they are expecting 25 world debuts at the show this year from the likes of Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen.  That is a pretty long list, no?  What will all those brands debut?  Well we don’t officially know yet but if history is an indicator I am sure we will find out about most of the debuts from embargo breakers weeks before the show starts.

However, we are still quite a ways from that as well so how about we play a nice healthy game of speculation?  I am going to list off what I think (or want) each brand on that list is going to debut in LA this year. Feel free to add your own in the comments!

Acura:

Production version of the new NSX (its time Acura, its time…)

Audi:

Production ready e-Tron cars, S3, that cool new R8 with the laser headlights

BMW:

A concept for the Z4 successor, M4 convertible, a new edition to the electric “i” cars (i5, i7)

Chrysler:

We will finally get a production version of the ME Four-Twelve (wishful thinking)

General Motors:

I dunno a truck or somethin’?

Hyundai:

The official successor to the Genesis coupe

Lexus:

Production RC and RC-F coupes

Mazda:

New Mazdaspeed3, Mazdaspeed2 (because we want it), Mazdaspeed6-look they just need to “Mazdaspeed” everything and give it to us.  I want a Mazdaspeed stroller! A Mazdaspeed coffee maker!  Oh, they will also probably show off the new MX-5…and Mazdaspeed it!

Mercedes-Benz:

The new AMG GT Coupe with out that funny looking neon zebra camouflage all over it…that stuff is ugly..

Scion:

The next tC release series, production ready TRD-supercharged FR-S

Toyota:

The next Camry in its new “super beige” color, A somewhat less-concept FT-1 coupe

Volvo:

A consumer version of the semi trucks that Jean Claude Van-Damme did splits on in that crazy viral video

Volkswagen:

Baja bug!

 

 

 

 

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Hype Event: Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day 2014 (Gallery)

Posted on 08.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I really love cars.  Like, seriously I love cars!  They’re awesome.  Even bad cars are appealing to me!  Whether they are buying and modding a car, traveling to car shows, talking about cars, drawing cars, or going to motorsport events automotive enthusiasts invest a lot of time, money, and even emotions into their love of cars.  So, its really cool to see enthusiasts get rewarded just because their enthusiasts, which is exactly what Nitto Tire did over the weekend when they hosted their second annual Auto Enthusiast Day at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.

There was a ton of cars of all different sizes, makes, models, and styles along with plenty of vendors and even a drift demo featuring Nitto drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr., Matt Powers, Chelsea Denofa, and Odi Bakchis. Nitto Tire provided all this for FREE to anyone who showed up!  No admission required!  They even did one better and collected toy donations for the “CHIPS for Kids” foundation!  Sure, the weather was muggy and magnificently humid but it didn’t matter.  This was all about a bunch of people coming together who share a common interest and having a good time.  If you didn’t make it out this year I would highly recommend going to the event next year but in the meantime you can check out our event gallery below!

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What To Do This Weekend: Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day 8-2-14

Posted on 07.29.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Webster’s defines an “enthusiast” as someone “who tends to become ardently absorbed in an interest”.  Some people might read a definition like that and come away with a negative connotation.  However, people like me and you (our readers) see things differently.  We love that we have something in our lives that we are passionate about and through our “ardent interest” we make new friends and have cool experiences.  Which is why being an enthusiast is something that should be celebrated!  That is exactly what Nitto Tire is doing this weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim for their annual “Auto Enthusiast Day.”

Nitto Tire is basically footing the bill to get their own huge section of the Angel Stadium to host just about everything that auto enthusiasts love.  There will be a car show featuring all types of rides, vendors selling the parts we love, a raffle, and a drift demo.  The best part is ..err well second best part is that admission is free!  The very best part is that they will also be taking donations for new, unwrapped toys for the “CHiPs For Kids” program.  So, not only do you get to spend a whole day doing cool car stuff but you can also help out a great cause!

Its all happening this Saturday!  All the need to know facts are below!  If you are looking for even more info (like how to register) visit AutoEnthusiastDay.com

Who: Nitto Tire

What: Auto Enthusiast Day

When: Saturday August 2nd 11am-4pm

Where: Angel Stadium 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806

Why: Because CHiPS For Kids is awesome and because we love cars

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Event Hype: WekFest LA Gallery Is Live With Nearly 300 pictures!

Posted on 06.06.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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We got a little behind the 8 ball as we are prepping for E3 2013 but we are happy to finally bring you our photo gallery from WekFest LA 2014 last weekend!  We took a ton of pictures and most of them are actually good enough to show you!  How about that?!

“Well, how was the show?”  you might be asking.  To be totally honest, this year’s WekFest is probably the best one I have been to so far.  At first I was a little worried because there were considerably less cars than I was used to seeing at the Queen Mary Events park but after a short stroll it was easy to see that the organizers went for quality over quantity.  I am going to let you guys in on a little secret.  When we cover car shows like this we do not photograph every single car at the show… *GASP!*  I know, shocking right? Well here is why: even at some of the best shows there still seems to be quite a few cars that just do not seem like they belong there.  In other words sometimes we will come across a car that is pretty much stock.  It might have a few basic mods like wheels and lowering springs which is cool and looks clean sometimes but it is not particularly interesting.  So, when we come across a car like that we will skip it and shoot something that is a little visually interesting.  There are obviously exceptions but for the most part that is our general rule of thumb.

However, at WekFest LA 2014 this almost never happened.  While the car count might have seemed low, most of the cars there were top notch!  Were there some cars that we skipped? Yes but it was not many.  Also some cars were skipped not because they weren’t interesting but there was just too much of a crowd around it to get a clean shot!  The cars were that good, as you’ll see in the gallery.

Is WekFest perfect? No.  There are always things that can be done to make an event better but I can’t really think of anything significant that bothered me enough to mention except for one thing: the name of the event “WekFest LA”.  Despite its name WekFest LA is held in the city of Long Beach, not Los Angeles.  In fact, WekFest LA is held just a short walk away from Long Beach’s most famous and iconic landmark: the Queen Mary.  You can’t get more “Long Beach” than that!  Also, Long Beach has a pretty rich automotive enthusiast history as well as motorsport history with events like the Toyota Grand Prix and Formula Drift.  So, I am not really sure why the WekFest organizers continue to call the event “WekFest LA”.  As you know, MotorworldHype is based in Long Beach so we think it would be cool if WekFest repped our city instead of LA.

Will changing the name to “WekFest Long Beach” or “WekFest LB” physically make the show better? No.  But I think it would be a nice nod to the locals who come out to attend the show!  Either way, the show itself was awesome as you soon see in the gallery.  If you have not attended before I would highly recommend coming out next year!  If 2014 was any indication, 2015′s WekFest will be pretty damn epic.  We also want to give a big thanks to the WekFest crew for inviting us out.  Now scroll down to check out our massive gallery!

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Hype Event: Eibach Honda Meet 2014 AKA Mecca For Honda Heads (Gallery)

Posted on 05.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Once a year droves upon droves of loyal subjects of the “Honda-head” kingdom go on a great pilgrimage to a mythical land known as the “Inland Empire”.  Once they reach this place they gather together to enjoy each others company, buy and trade their wares, and tell tales of triumph over unsuspecting V8′s at traffic lights….  Seriously though the annual “Eibach” meet is one of the biggest gatherings of Hondas in the country and every year it seems to gain momentum.  In fact this year marked the event’s 10th anniversary.  The legend says that at the first meet or what I like to call “Eibach prime” there was only 50 cars.  This year there was easily a few hundred cars!  In fact, in recent years the meet has gotten so large in size that it can no longer be held at Eibach’s massive HQ because they just don’t have the space.  Eibach has instead chosen a spot in Lake Elsinore (at the home of their local minor league baseball team) to hold their epic gathering.  Despite being even further away from major cities than Eibach’s HQ, even more Honda fans showed up than before!  I too made the epic trek to the Lake of Elsinore to behold all of the Hondas for myself as well as snap plenty of pictures for your enjoyment.  Even though it was hotter than a volcano’s butt hole and dusty as all get out, once I saw the rows and rows of clean, excellently executed Hondas it was all worth it.  If you want to see what I saw then check out the gallery below!  Also stay tuned for our coverage from Toyotafest 2014 as well!

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Indy Car: Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Quick Results (Video)

Posted on 04.14.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you miss the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach over the weekend?  Well I am here to say that you missed out and a crazy, crazy race!  Nothing went down the way I expected it to yet at the same time it had an incredibly familiar conclusion.  Don’t know what I mean?  Well, if you know that you will not be able to watch any of the replays then scroll down for the official results and a video of all the highlights and that should get you significantly caught up.  Also stay tuned as we have tons of pictures of all the other action going on in Long Beach over the entire weekend!

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!

1st: Mike Conway
2nd: Will Power
3rd: Carlos Munoz

Race Highlights:

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Formula Drift Hype: Round 1 Streets Of Long Beach Action Gallery

Posted on 04.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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We’ve been promising it all week and it is finally here. All of our (best) pictures from the on track action from Formula Drift round one on the streets of Long Beach last weekend.  In the gallery below we have 200 pictures of sideways cars with smoke around them!  What more could you want!  We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed shooting them.  Although deleting all the bad pictures was kind of a pain.  We seriously took over 1,000 pictures! 1,000!  That’s a lot of shots!  Anyhow I am starting to get off track here, just scroll down for the embedded facebook gallery and check out all of our shots.  We hope you like them!

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Event Hype: Offset Kings Showocase Long Beach (Gallery)

Posted on 04.09.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There was a lot happening on the streets of Long Beach last weekend and we have pictures of it all!  We are kicking off our coverage with a gallery of the Offset Kings showcase brought to you from the team at illest/hellaflush/fatlace.  The showcase brought out some of the best cars in the so cal area and beyond.  Granted there were a few cars that probably shouldn’t have been there but I didn’t take pictures of those so it works out.  All you need to know is that I shot pictures of the best cars there (which is a lot) all for your viewing pleasure.  Below is the embedded facebook gallery of all the pretty automobiles so scroll down and enjoy!

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Hype Event: Formula Drift Tech Day 2014 x Source Interlink Feature Car Search (Gallery)

Posted on 03.21.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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So, I visited the 2014 Formula Drift tech day with the complete and full intent on shooting any of the new 2014 drift cars that showed up. However, during my time there not many of said drift cars made an appearance. So instead I focused more on the cars that showed up for the Source Interlink feature car casting call.  In fact, the casting call itself got so busy that the Source Interlink parking lot was full of feature car hopefuls by 10am!  I would have hated to be the guy who had to comb through all those rides to choose those worthy of print.  Although I came across more than a few that I personally thought filled the bill; especially the Integra you see in the main picture of this post.  That car had a consistent crowd around it all day.  People were clamoring to catch a glimpse of the glittering gold velocity stacks of its individual throttle body set up.  Oh and a Lamborghini showed up for some reason.  All in all there was a lot of quality there so I put my energies into taking pictures of the rides that caught my attention.  There is still a few drift cars here and there in the gallery though.  Check out a few pics below and then hit the MWH facebook for the full gallery.

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Hype Event: illest x Cycleworld “RUCK OUT” Honda Ruckus Rally In Hawaii Feb. 15th

Posted on 02.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Want to rock out with your ruck out in the aloha state? Now is your chance!  If you already live in Hawaii or don’t mind the short flight then you might want to check out the illest x Cycleworld “RUCK OUT” Honda Ruckus Rally on February 15th (yes, the day after Valentines!).  The rally will start with a meet up at the Starbucks coffee ward and end at the illest Hawaii store which will play host to a custom Ruckus show.  There will also be giveaways and a raffle.  All in all it should be a great time.  I wish I could go!  Hit the source link below for the full details.

[Source: CycleWorld.com/RUCKOUT]

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