The Chronicles Vlog #15: Casual Saturdays…

The Chronicles Vlog #15 takes you into one of the more typical Saturdays that we experience during a hot summer afternoon. The winter time is usually a little more laid back because the car show season is over but most events happen in the summer time and as such, we try to cram in as much as we can so we don’t miss out on anything…

This particular Saturday started early in the morning when Der and I headed down to Long Beach to check out the annual Japanese Classic Car Show. I like to check out this show every year because it is so different than what we would normally experience at a usual car show or meet. The venue is the same as Wekfest Long Beach but the layout is completely different as are the cars that participate. If you love Japanese classics, then I highly suggest you attend if you haven’t already. Der and I hang out at the show for a couple of hours while he plays with his new 3-Axis GoPro Gimbal. We’re trying to improve the quality of our videos and I think the Gimbal is really helpful in stabilizing our shots as we walk around everywhere.

After the JCCS 2015 event, I head back home to wait for Jenn Q to get her make-up done by make-up marvel Julian Morales before heading up to Santa Monica for her studio shoot. Photographer Natalie Wentworth and Jenn have been playing phone tag for months and they finally arranged a Saturday afternoon where they are both free to shoot. I decided to go along because Jenn asked me to go with her so I wanted to be supportive. Der meanwhile, heads over to Santa Fe Springs where Road Race Engineering was set to tune Phil Sison’s Integra from ATS Garage. Unfortunately, we don’t have too much footage of that because he ran into ECU issues which didn’t allow him to get the car tuned right away.

We later meet up back at HQ before Yuta joins us to check out the Hot Import Nights LA event. HIN isn’t the same as it once was before when it was one of the biggest events of the year at the LA Convention Center. Now it has turned into an interesting free-for-all event that takes place on the streets of historical San Pedro. Our evening was open so why not check out HIN to see how it is now?

*I am not a videographer and this wasn’t meant to be a visual masterpiece of any sort. I am merely capturing bits and pieces of my life for you guys to see.

Some of the people that are in this video who have Instagram accounts:

StickyDilJoe (@stickydiljoe)
Ryan Der (@ryan.der)
Yuta Akaishi (@yutaakaishi)
Jenn Q (@jennqofficial)
Angelina Andrada (@angelinabear)

Below are some photos of the JCCS 2015 event captured from the GoPros of both myself and Ryan Der. Enjoy! Sorry it’s not much but we were mainly trying to do video that day…Also included some other stills I shot that afternoon and evening…


Red Hakosuka Skyline GT2000 on RS Watanabe wheels…


TE27 Corolla with a BEAMS 3S-GE motor and individual throttle bodies…



Really cool modern Toyota 3RZ-FE turbo engine in an old Corolla wagon…


Fairlady Z looking very “Devil Z” like from JDM Legends…


SSR Takechi Project Racing Hart wheels on Hung’s S12 Nissan 200SX…


RB25DET engine swap in an S30Z….


SR20DET engine swap in another S30Z…


Old school deep dish Speed Star Racing MKIII wheels…



Flared, Works-style Hakosuka from Wild*Cards car club…


AE86 coupe nice and clean on gold-face Work Equip 03…

Some behind-the-scenes photos that I captured during Jenn Q’s photo shoot with photographer Natalie Wentworth in Santa Monica, CA…






…and one closing shot of Jenn Q and Angelina Andrada captured during Hot Import Nights in San Pedro, CA…

That’s a wrap. Thanks for looking!!

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1 comment

  1. Pretty entertaining v-blog I must say. Really enjoyed the coverage of the Japanese Classic auto show. You guys throw hella shade but I dig your chemistry and dialog, lol.

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