Autofashion VIP Festival 2018 Coverage…

The Autofashion VIP Festival is always a great time. For me and many of my friends, it’s a bookend to a great trio of events for us. I think that’s why it works out so great that I always have my anniversary event the weekend before SEMA and Autofashion hosts their event the weekend of so that so many enthusiasts from all over the world can be involved in some capacity. I even managed to squeeze in a day at ComplexCon in-between SEMA and VIP Festival, which didn’t help me any less tired, but provided me with a lot of variety in terms of things to look at and appreciate. What I enjoy the most about this gathering is that it provides me with a chance to unwind and chat with friends. The anniversary events like Year10 are so hectic that I find myself unable to really stop and take it all in. SEMA is much the same way just because of the sheer size and the fact that I’m inside a nightclub half the time and can’t hear what people are saying, lol. VIP Festival is the great unwind for me. I drive back down to San Diego, a place in which I spent much of my young adult life, I then go and eat at my favorite Mexican food spot down there, and just hang out with friends around cars. It really doesn’t get any better than that. I think the most difficult part is driving back home to LA after because I’m so relaxed that I just kinda wanna take a nap…

All the VIP Festival events are usually good but I like the last few years in particular since it was moved over to Green Flash Brewery. The lot is not very big but it provides a nice little back drop to the VIP Festival and when the sun starts to set a bit, the location offers some pretty fantastic lighting for photos. I didn’t even shoot until much later in the day because of that. There’s always been this beautiful consistency to the day with the weather and all which makes this event so enjoyable. Huge thanks always to Freddie and the guys from Autofashion USA because they’ve always come through for me whenever I needed them and have always been so incredibly supportive. Congrats on another fantastic year and to many more in the future. Enjoy the photos folks…

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Holding down the fort up front for the Autofashion USA booth was their Mode Parfume widebody S2000, a project that debuted last year at the 2017 SEMA Show…

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Sang Pham’s turbocharged J’s Racing GT widebody S2000 making one of its shorter drives of the year being that Sang is a SD resident…

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Junction Produce-themed LS430 seated on WEDS Kranze Bazreia…

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Custom metal widebody Accord sedan executed beautifully by the brothers from Buddha Concept Designs…

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A brand new build that debuted at this year’s VIP Festival was Wes from Squad One’s blue Lexus 2GS. The car was just recently completed in Las Vegas and made the trek down with a host of other Squad One members who were also celebrating their 20th anniversary. Imagine a car crew that stays together and actually lasts two decades without completely falling apart. That’s pretty amazing. The 2GS had slightly radiused wheel wells and wore K-Break aero with a custom carbon front lip added…

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A different angle of the front K-Break face of Wes’ GS. Great detail touch with the badge on the custom carbon add-on lip…

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Junction Produce RHD Nissan President from PUREVIP sitting on 24K gold-plated WEDS Kranze Bazreia. I found out that day that this President is not actually black in color but a unique shade of blue which can only be seen with a specific amount of light…

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The guys from Central Pine always presented well at the annual VIP Festival event…

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Toyota Crown Athlete which rolls around like this static tucking the SSR Minerva wheels and all thanks to a catalog of T-Demand components…

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Phil’s Mode Parfume GaMu LS430 from PUREVIP is looking quite good lately with the new SSR wheels and big brakes…

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Closer look at the SSR Professor SP4 3-piece forged wheels with red 326Power brakes and matching top hats….

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Lexus IS wearing Clinched widebody aero and deep-dish Work Meister S1 3-piece wheels…

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Two-toned LS400 from Central Pine also utilizing a host of T-Demand suspension pieces allowing it to sit this way on Work Emitz wheels…

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Really like how Sam from Central Pine is brave enough to really push the idea that SSR Minervas look good, lol. Just kidding, I think I just have faith that Sam knows his stuff and knows how to build great looking VIP builds…

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Brand new Lexus LS500 with brand new T-Demand arms and air suspension equipped thanks to Central Pine USA…

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Glenn’s Lexus 2GS wearing L-Sportline aero and Leon Hardiritt Beils…

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The custom trunk set-up inside Glenn’s GS with a spare AME wheel at the center of the enclosure…

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Aimgain-equippred Lexus GS on WEDS Kranze LXZ from Kross Kolors Kustoms…

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Check-out the custom air filter, various engine covers, and chromed core support created to match the front grille of the GS…

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Full Junction Produce themed Lexus GS complete with JP brakes and gold-faced Scara wheels…

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Ken from Wekfest and Chubs snapping photos of the Festival of VIPs…

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Side profile look at Phil’s widened UCF31 LS430 and the massive front/rear 326Power brakes…

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Chubs right before he stepped on my white joggers…

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Lexus 2IS front PUREVIP rocking a Aimgain Jun VIP Sports front bumper and SSR Executor wheels…

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Sitting right up front by the main entrance of the 2018 VIP Festival was this Autofashion-built Mode Parfume GaMu Lexus GS. Check out the custom metal engine covers in the engine bay, Project Mu brakes and Work Meister wheels…

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Nice custom radius work by the guys at Buddha Concept Designs with a slight peek at the custom trunk set-up…

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This Datsun 510 Wagon from Wild*Cards powered by an SR20DET engine is always a welcome sight, and welcomed patrons who attended the VIP Festival as it was also parked up front by the entrance…

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Dennis Kiyan’s BEAM’S 3S-GE powered Toyota Celica liftback from Wild*Cards…

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Raul Toledo’s Calsonic-themed HR31 Skyline coupe on RS Watanabe wheels from Wild*Cards…

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Mode Parfume F50 Infiniti Q45 hammered to the ground on air…

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Rarely seen Rays Engineering-produced Versus Variance V.V.52S wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber…

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Brian Alcausin’s custom D21 Hardbody pick-up representing Success Truck Club…

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A look under the hood reveals a Nitrous Oxide-fed 2.4L carb’d engine…

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Porsche 964 from Endless Projects running Japanese Sunburst aero and Work S1 wheels…

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One more look at the 18Crown from Central Pine…

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Lexus LC500 coupe bagged using T-Demand suspension and accompanying arms…

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Taylor’s UCF20 LS400 running a retrofitted BN Sports kit originally meant for a Lexus IS. Nice touch giving it a sportier-feel with the Volk TE37 Ultras…

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Another of AJ’s LS400 representing Central Pine USA…

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…and one more of the new Squad One K-Break GS…

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That’s that for this year’s Autofashion VIP Festival 2018. Thanks for looking!…

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