Event Hype: Mother’s Car Polish Exotic Car Show (Gallery)

Posted on 04.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Here we are with another gallery from the epic Long Beach Grand Prix weekend.  As you may or may not know, the TUDOR series has their race on Saturday, so come Saturday night their paddock clears out as they head off to the next race.  In its place on Sunday morning is a cavalcade of luxury and exotic cars filling the lot completely and its all furnished by Mother’s Car Polish.  First thing Sunday morning I headed out to the newly filled lot and started shooting away.  Granted, not every car there was photo worthy but I snapped the best stuff and now I am presenting it all to you in a new gallery.  Just scroll down to check it out.

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Indy Car: Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Gallery 1

Posted on 04.15.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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As promised here is our first gallery from the massive motorsport weekend that was the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach!  This first gallery features what most people come to see and that is Indy Cars running on the streets of Long Beach at speed.  I have visited the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach ever since I was a kid and to be able to go to places I was never allowed to go before and capture these images is beyond awesome!  That being said I really hope you enjoy the pictures!  Also, stay tuned because there are tons more pics coming!

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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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Video Game Hype: Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Track Added To Forza Motorsport 5 As FREE DLC! (Video)

Posted on 04.09.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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This is probably one of the best days in my gaming life.  I have been a huge fan of games like Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo for years but today Forza has really made a dream come true by adding the Long Beach Grand Prix track to Forza Motorsport 5 in its latest DLC.  For those who don’t know, MotorworldHype is based in Long Beach, CA which is pretty much where I was born and raised.  I have been attending the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach since I was a kid so to be able to virtually race on such a detailed recreation in an Indy Car is beyond mind blowing.  Heck, not only can you race the full Long Beach course but it looks like you could re-create Formula Drift Long Beach as well.  This is beyond awesome!  Before this the only way to virtually race Long Beach was with an expensive PC based simulator set up.  No more!  I can’t wait to try this out for myself when we finally get our hands on an Xbox One (hopefully soon).  For now check out the preview video below.

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Formula Drift: Chris Forsberg Wins Round 1 On The Streets Of Long Beach (Video)

Posted on 04.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The 2014 Formula Drift season has officially started and it started with a bang, or perhaps more of a high pitched wail of tires scrubbing asphalt.  The first round saw the debut of new cars, new liveries, and new rules including the controversial removal of the third place battle.  Instead, third place is now determined by the higher qualifier among the two semi-finalists.  Which pretty much means if you are the number one qualifier at an event and you make it to the final four you are guaranteed a podium spot.  Which is exactly how it shook out for 2013 Formula Drift champion Michael Essa.  Meanwhile Chris Forsberg (who lost NOS Energy Drink as a main sponsor but retains them as an associate sponsor) took on Kenny Moen who drove like a man possessed all weekend.  However, Chris Forsberg turned out to be the exorcist and put Moen to rest, going on to win the first event of the season.  I could describe all the craziness that went down but I figured it would be better to show you.  So if you have a spare two hours and missed the event over the weekend just scroll down and you can watch the whole event from the Top 16 on thanks to the DriftStream!  Also stay tuned for tons of pics from the track action and the Offset Kings car showcase!


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Hype Video: Chis Forsberg Pre-#FDLBC Interview, Now With 100% More Carbon Fiber

Posted on 04.03.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The 2014 Formula Drift season kicks off tomorrow and as I played the “silly season” game with my friends I had Chris Forsberg as a strong championship contender this year.  He was just shy of it last year and he isn’t switching things up with a new car so he has experience and consistency on his side.  Although I had to wonder, why not switch to a new platform?  Also, what was up with the new “carbon fiber ninja” livery?  I posed these questions to the man himself at the Formula Drift Long Beach media day.  To hear it all from “The Force” just scroll down below and watch!

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Hype Video: Drift Opinions WIth Joey Redmond Of Wrecked Magazine

Posted on 04.02.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The 2014 Formula Drift season kicks off this weekend in downtown Long Beach and one of the favorite things for my fellow journalists and other colleagues to do is hang around at media day and BS about things like who we think will win the title before the season starts, liveries that we like, liveries that we hate, and we usually end up going off on some other motorsport tangent like F1.  As you can imagine this is a pretty fun activity, but its beyond fun when Wrecked Magazine creator/editor in chief Joey Redmond joins in.  Seriously, this dude’s filter is seriously clogged and its marvelous.  Despite knowing him for a while I am still surprised by some of the things that come out of his mouth so this year I figured I needed to get some of this on film.  So, below we present to you “Drift Opinions” with Joey Redmond… DISCLAIMER: The opinions reflected in the video below do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MotorworldHype and its affiliates (if we had any) also we had some audio problems so the background noise is a little loud, blah blah blah… Ok scroll down and watch then commence flaming!

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Drift Hype: Dai Yoshihara Reveals New 2014 Turbo V8 BRZ Drift Car With Contest Winning Livery At illest OC (Video)

Posted on 03.31.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If you thought F1 and Indy Car were the only things going on this past weekend you were wrong! Right after the racing was over, droves of drift fans headed out to Mark Arcenal’s illest OC shop to bare witness to Dai Yoshihara’s new Subaru BRZ Drift Car.  Yes, rather than do the typical tech day reveal the ever stylish Dai decided it would be best to show off his new 2014 Subaru BRZ drift car at one of the most popular fashion boutiques in Southern California. If you like Dai’s new livery you may be interested to know that it was designed by a very talented Forza Motorsport 5 “painter” who won a contest.  Now that person’s artwork will adorn Dai’s new drift machine all season long!  Cool huh?  If you were following us on instagram you may have seen a short video of Dai personally driving his new BRZ into the illest OC parking lot but I decided to bring you some more pics and an extended video below.

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Gaming Hype: Project CARS To Support Sony’s Morpheus Virtual Reality Tech. Could Be First Next Gen Racing Game To Use VR

Posted on 03.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Whenever I play a racing game such as Forza, Gran Turismo, or any of the F1 games my preference is to switch the game into cockpit or first person perspective view.  Why?  Because it provides the most realistic feel while driving.  It might be easier to use a third person view (in which the camera floats above and behind putting the whole car in view) but when I am actually driving a car I can’t see the whole car just the road in front of me so that is how I choose play.  Many other driving and sim enthusiasts share this preference as well which is why there are many elaborate rigs out there that use three screens in an attempt to “surround” the player so they can look to the left or right and see their opponents next to them to provide an immersive feel.

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Well the guys at Slightly Mad Studios are taking that immersive feel up more than a few notches.  They have recently announced that their upcoming racing game, Project CARS will support Sony’s new “Morpheus” Virtual Reality peripheral (pictured above).  Similar to the Oculus Rift, Sony’s Morpheus uses high def screens with specially designed pixels combined with accelerometer and head tracking to put users in a 360 degree environment while playing games that support such tech.

Now imagine sitting in your Playseat Racing rig, holding onto your wheel of choice, then putting on a VR headset and being able to completely look around the cockpit of the car you are driving.  Imagine being able to “look ahead” at the next apex as you would if you were really at the track.  Can you see why this could be a big deal?

OK, so here is the bad news.  Currently Sony’s Morpheus VR headset is just something of a functioning concept.  They obviously caught how much buzz the Oculus Rift was getting and decided to try their hand at VR.  When Sony debuted Morpheus at the Game Developer’s Conference they stressed that there is no set release date, price, or any other retail related information about Morpheus to share.  Its just them exploring the possibility.  Which means it could be a good long while before PS4 owners have a chance to use Morpheus to play Project CARS.

However, with recent news that Facebook bought Oculus Rift for 2 billion dollars, its possible that might just be the push Sony needs to accelerate the process of bringing Morpheus to the market.  I guess we will have to just wait and see.  Hopefully there will be some updates on this development at this year’s E3.  I will keep you posted! What do you think about this news?  Do you think VR racing games will be the future?  Are you excited to try this out?  Do you think Microsoft may follow suit and develop a VR headset that Forza players can use? Let me know in the comments. In the meantime check out the latest trailer for Project CARS below.

[Source: World Of Mass Development]

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