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By the time you’re reading this, I should be getting ready to board, or already on my flight to Atlanta, GA for the massive GRID LIFE event. I’ve never been to Atlanta before so I’m interested to see what is out there and what that area has to offer in terms of cars and other things I enjoy, like food, and what not. While I’m busy flying high in the sky, you guys can check out the second half of my early morning Wekfest East 2016 coverage. This section picks up right where Part 1 left off outside of the New Jersey Exposition Center. As I stated in the previous Wekfest East post, I really prefer to shoot the cars outside before they roll-in because it feels like the coverage is much more dynamic that way. The cars are all pretty and cleaned-up once they are inside but I think it is really interesting to see the cars in more of their pure form when they have just been driven from wherever the owners are from. I tried to get a good mix of photo and video stuff in hopes that I can capture the overall vibe of the event. Sometimes I wish I could talk to the owners more when they approach me but it always seems a little awkward to turn the camera on when they are talking and then trying to get them to act normal like they aren’t being recorded. I like to think that it adds to the coverage when I can talk to the owners and I think I’m going to try to get more video footage like that in the near future. The awkwardness is really obvious on camera, but let’s be honest, who isn’t a little awkward or a little different when they know a camera is recording them, right?..

There were some great cars at Wekfest East this year. I always show up in hopes that there will be some new builds that I haven’t seen before and I was pleasantly surprised this year. The last two years it seemed like everything had stayed pretty much the same and you could seriously overlap the two shows together and it would be hard to tell them apart. This year however, there was some growth. Some new builds showed-up which really helped to breathe new life into this event and some of the usuals that had come in years’ past are probably now in their rebuild or retirement stages. There are of course some cars that I wish I could see every year that have been my favorites in the past but it is necessary to make room for some new guys who have cars that are equally as qualified to compete as the great ones of the past. It is interesting because people in this area are so incredible competitive that I often find myself immersed in all the details of every build when judging the cars because the owners just want to tell you about everything that they’ve done. There’s no other show on the tour that is like that except for Wekfest East. I dig the competitive nature of the car owners in this area and love that they are proud of their hard work. The competitiveness of the owners also leads some to be sore losers when they don’t win what they feel that they should be that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think it just helps people work harder or think differently about their cars…

I still have a lot of photos to show you guys so bear with me. As you know, I’m on the road quite a bit so I’m trying to push this stuff out to you as soon as I can without sacrificing the quality of the posts. Thanks for the continued support and if you guys are going out to Gridlife, I’ll see you there…

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August is not only the hottest month of the year for us, but also possibly the busiest. Wekfest San Jose 2016 had just taken place at the end of July, but not two weeks later, I was already off to the East Coast to attend the Wekfest New Jersey event. This time around, Tiffanie Marie and I were the only ones to make the trip with the Wekfest staff. This Vlog series documents our adventures to NY/NJ for Wekfest, the Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiasts Day back in California, and for the first time ever, we head to Atlanta, Georgia to check out the Gridlife event…

Okay, so I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to go to Nisei Showoff because last weekend was supposed to be one of those weekends where I didn’t do anything car-related and relaxed before flying out to Atlanta this weekend. Instead, I found myself at both Nisei Showoff and the HKS Speed Ring event (which you guys will see probably in the next Vlog). The weekend before Nisei Showoff, the Nitto Tire “Auto Enthusiasts Day” was taking place and I made sure to attend that particular event because I freelance for Nitto Tire’s “Drivingline” magazine. Many of my friends were also in charge of running the event as well so I wanted to make sure to go out to Anaheim to show my support. It was hot but it’s August and we pretty much just expect it to be hot as fuck everywhere we go. The Auto Enthusiasts Day was a great time but we honestly spent most of our time just hanging out and staying out of the sun. Nisei was fun as well because it was in a new venue that we hadn’t visited before and the show had a really good vibe. I have a lot of respect for Ken Myoshi, who runs the Showoff event series, and always want to be at every event he puts on. The problem is that I am usually out of town around this time so I have been unable to attend the past couple of years. All in all, both events were a good time but there is more footage of us just being our usually selves and the coverage isn’t as car-oriented as some of the others you’ve seen lately. Just think of this as more of a “behind-the-scenes” look at some of the many events that go on throughout the year here in Southern California… Continue reading

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One of the many things that I enjoy about being on the Wekfest tour is being able to see all that goes on behind-the-scenes at these events. I think one of the many reasons why I like covering these events is because of the “insider-look” aspect where I can show you guys/gals all the cars before they are set-up inside the convention center halls. Sure, it’s cool to see all the cars parked in order and cleaned-up for the public but I really like to capture photos of all the cars in their more “natural” environments, which is outside. I think everyone is able to get a better look at the cars when they are outside too because you really can only see so much when they are all set-up inside a building. Every year for the Wekfest event in New Jersey, I make sure to go early in the morning so I can see all the cars drive-in to the giant vacant lot within the New Jersey Exposition Center. The lot is really vast so it allows for some pretty cool photos. I don’t particularly like the venue itself because the Convention Center looks pretty dated and the black walls within don’t make for very good photos. I think Jersey is the stop on the tour where I take the most photos outside. In the coming days, you’re going to see a lot of coverage from me from the Wekfest East event, and because I like shooting outside so much, you’re going to be seeing a bulk of the shots from the early morning hours. I will have photos inside the building as well but I handed off the shooting duties to Tiffanie because I was busy working the show as a judge. She captured some great stuff but I seriously shot so much in the morning that the first two parts, maybe even three, are from the outside. As usual, the RavSpec guys showed-up first in the morning so the cars in this first post are mostly from their group. They tend to bring some of the better cars at Wekfest East every year anyway so I don’t think there will be any complaints as to why they are getting so much coverage…

I’m feeling a little under the weather lately so I’m gonna keep it short today. I’ll try to talk more about the event itself in the following posts to come. For now, enjoy the early morning photos from the 2016 Wekfest East event…

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