Japanese Classic Car Show 2014 Was Vintage Fun Minus The Annoying Hipsters (Gallery)

Posted on 09.29.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There are car shows and then there are events.  The Japanese Classic Car Show (despite its name) is a major event.  So much so that by the time I got there the parking lot was completely full so I had to park down town and take a bus back to the location, along with several hundred others.  Of all the car shows which occur at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach this is the only event in which I’ve seen the lot completely full.  That is how much the vintage Japanese car scene is expanding right now.  The park was jam packed with cars and significant OEM involvement from the likes of Toyota and Mazda.  In fact, Mazda even brought out the new 2016 Mazda MX-5!  I was pretty sure I wouldn’t see that car until the LA Auto Show, but there it was in all its glory!

Anyone who is a vintage wheel freak found themselves in hog heaven as super rare and mint condition vintage wheels were all over the place.  Like fender flares?  They were everywhere!  Resto-mod?  Sure, lets throw a RB26DETT into a 240Z! What about a Honda F20 (S2000 engine) into a classic Toyota Celica complete with digital dash?  Seriously it was all there.  The bad news is there was so much there and it was so crowded that I personally couldn’t shoot everything.  However, I did shoot some of the best stuff there including some incredibly rare cars.  Check it out in the gallery below.  Oh, and if you have never been to the Japanese Classic Car Show before I highly recommend going next year.  I also highly recommend showing up early!

For now, check out our Facebook gallery below.

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Event Hype: This Are Our Favorite Cars From 86 Fest (Gallery)

Posted on 09.22.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Over the weekend I took a short drive from Long Beach up to Irwindale Speedway (AKA “The House of Drift”) to visit the third annual 86Fest.  To be honest, despite it being the third annual event this was my first time attending 86 Fest.  I have to say I was very impressed!  The 86 community is definitely rolling deep!  The line for official 86 Fest gear was long all day and everyone was repping with shirts, decals, whatever to show their love for Toyota’s iconic FR coupe.  There was also enough vendors and partner booths to rival any other major car show.  Granted the weather was pretty “warm” to say the least, it was definitely worth it.  If you haven’t been to 86 Fest yet I would highly recommend coming out next year.  You won’t be disappointed!  For now check out my short gallery below of my favorite cars of 86 Fest!  Thanks to Antonio and the guys at MotorMavens.com for the invite!

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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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