Formula D Long Beach 2012 Coverage…Part 3…The Conclusion…

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Welcome back to the final and concluding portion of our coverage of the Formula D Long Beach 2012 season opener. As you can tell from the shot above, it was an absolute madhouse there and people were standing shoulder to shoulder to try to get a glimpse of their favorite drifter in action. I couldn’t even imagine what those people look like now because I didn’t stay half as long as they did and my skin is already peeling today from being sunburned. It was a great event overall and I really enjoyed the variety that exists throughout. I thought it was meant to cater strictly to hardcore drift enthusiasts but it turns out that there is a vast amount of cars there of all makes and models. Of course with it being a drift event, stance and wheel fitment are heavily emphasized and that’s why you see so many cars with aggressive wheel fitment. The show portion of the event was called the “Slammed Society Showcase” after all and the name alone would deter many none “stanced-out” cars from showing up. I had a good time and I would have stayed longer had it not been for the unexpected heat that day. In any case, here are the rest of the photos from that day. I snapped a couple more around the paddocks where drift cars were being repaired and on display in between rounds and then I closed it out back at the Slammed Society Showcase side… Enjoy…

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The Boso Garage S15 drift car had a strong political message represented on its front bumper…you can see from the gashes on the lettering and graphic that this car meet the wall once or twice…

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The rasta colors from Ross Petty’s previous livery continue on to this new rendition…

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18-inch Work Meister S1R on Falken Azenis tires…

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A glimpse of the NOS Energy 370Z drift car which is piloted by Chris Forsberg and rocking a VK56 V8 motor from a Nissan Titan…

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APEX Integration’s SC430/Toyota Soarer drift car…

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JDM school girl action…only thing missing is the pixelated vag area, haha…

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A shot of the Prodrive wheel on Daigo Saito’s Soarer drift car that I had shots of when it was in its naked state at the Formula D Tech Day… I couldn’t get a clear shot of the car since there were so many people hovering around it but I can honestly say that the car looks much better without its current livery….

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If you remember the car from the tech day coverage, it didn’t have this flare either with the round cut-outs….

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Holly Lee striking a pose over at the Performance Auto & Sound booth…

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Fatlace’s R32 sedan drift car on Work XSA….

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I’m a huge fan of Jon Sibal’s Dodge Challenger… Love the overall theme to it as well as how it sits on Japanese SSR Professor wheels…

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As I was snapping a shot of Jon Sibal’s Challenger, my cousin cruised up with this gigantic Canon L lens and I thought it would be a ridiculous shot if he posed like he was getting a close-up shot of this Rotiform wheel…Haha…in reality, he was really trying to get a shot at that distance, he could probably pick-up the dust particles on the tip of one of those lug nuts….I tried taking a photo of it and that thing is so heavy that it’s hard to get a still shot because I was shaking so much…Perfect I’m sure for getting action shots on the track though but good luck trying to balance that thing…

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Karl’s S2000 on CCW Classics…Nice to see some aggressive fitment and a meaty tire…

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Leon Casino’s Honda CR-X on Spoon SW388…

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DPK David’s EJ1 coupe on Volk TE37s….

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My Q45 on custom step-lipped Work Equips…

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Another shot of this pristine VW GTI…

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Just had to get more shots of this Audi A3 on BBS LM…

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Nissan S13 vert on what I believe to be AME Tracers…

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S13 coupe from part 1 that was dragging its front bumper around driving static at this height…

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This Z33 was looking pretty good on Euroline wheels…wish the height was even front and back though…

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Subaru STI on custom step-lipped Work Equips with gunmetal faces…

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2GS on very aggressive Work Euroline wheels…the rear was so pushed out that the rear quarter had a huge crack on it….

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RHD Datsun/Nissan Bluebird sedan or what you might know more as a Datsun 510…

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A Y33 Q45 like mine but without a kit and also sitting on more aggressive custom Work Equips…

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Acura TSX on CCW LM20 wheels…

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R32 GTR on a classic set of 5Zigen Heidfeld wheels…Haven’t seen a set of original Heidfelds in ages…These are the original 3-piece versions too and not the one-piece from later generations…

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The engine bay of the R32 Skyline…

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Vortech supercharged Z33 on Meisters…

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The original U.S. Junction Produce GS400 owned by John Liwanag….All JP-everything still representing the original Endless Projects crew…

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5Axis Scion iQ on Airrunner suspension…

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Rare to see a R33 Skyline these days but here is a non-GTR Skyline GTS-T on AME Circular Spec-Rs…

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On the other hand, here is an actual GTR, but of the R35 variety from Rotora…

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Hoonigan RWB Porsche with Bisi’s 911 lurking behind it…

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Sportcar Motion’s time attack monster DC2 Type R….

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Kraftwerks supercharged K20 motor underneath the hood of the SCM ITR…

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Bisimoto Engineering’s 1004HP 2012 Civic Si coupe on display at the Falken Tire booth…

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GReddy’s R35 GTR looking mean….

That pretty much wraps it up. I would have taken more photos but I was just over being there the entire day. We noticed that they were letting the car show participants leave if they wished so we decided to head out. We had all been there since 7am and around 4:45pm, I just wanted to go home and shower because I was so burnt-out…. Thanks for looking….

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