Cherry Blossom Season…

Cherry blossom season always makes for some pretty scenic shots so I asked Yasu from Exceed to wake up early one morning to go get some photos of his EK9 CTR since I couldn’t be there to shoot them myself. Really wish the borders would open again so I could go back and stay for a while…

Doghouse Garage Meet 2021 Coverage…

It seems like there is something going on every weekend these days out here in Southern California. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad thing, because people seem to be staying safe and what not, but I do find myself just a little bit reluctant at times to be out and about too often, if that makes sense. I think maybe just being a little bit older now I’m just more precautious. When I was young, I’d probably just say ‘fuck it’ and go to everything. The want for content would triumph my own best interests at times and I’ve adjusted my expectations over the years. The only reason I’d go to something now is to either support my friends or other car enthusiasts who have supported friends in the past. It’s more for relationship building and seeing people now than just trying to flood the feed with photos…

Brekkie Sunday Service January 2021 Photos…

I didn’t originally intend to take photos of these events before because I had only been to one prior, and wasn’t aware at that time that it would become an event I would go to regularly. And by ‘regularly’ I mean I’ve been to TWO. Lol. But I captured some pretty good photos so I thought I’d compile them here and start posting more photos from these gatherings whenever I go since there are some interesting cars that show-up. The Brekkie Car Club “Sunday Service” events are just meets held every few weeks (usually on Sundays) at Rodeo 39 Public Market. It’s a new food spot down in Stanton, California at the plot of land that used to house the one and only Super Autobacs in the USA. Autobacs shut down years ago and because of the bad economy during that period, the entire area and surrounding businesses suffered. Most of them shut down and eventually that land just became sort of abandoned, other than the DMV, which took over the massive defunct Autobacs facility to service the state of California. Eventually the DMV shut down as well and the entire area was completely leveled and reborn to what it is today. Rodeo 39 launch recently but because of the ongoing ‘thing’ that’s affected our world, it hasn’t seen the type of outpouring of business they had expected during development. So people who are associated with Rodeo 39 decided to start hosting events there to bring people to the local business hub and provide a safe space for car enthusiasts to congregate. My friend Jonathan Wong started telling me about these meets and I decided to go see it for myself. The most recent one was pretty big. Way bigger than I thought it would be because the first event I attended was a decent size, but I wouldn’t say it was ‘packed’. This last one was pretty packed. To the point where I think people that didn’t know about the meet were annoyed because so many car enthusiasts had packed the lot. Even with the amount of people there, it didn’t seem too sketchy as everyone abided by the rules to wear masks and stay generally 6-feet away from one another. They tried their hardest. I still get nervous about being out and about with a bunch of people but I stuck around and tried to experience the meet the best I could. I wish I had taken more photos, to be honest, because the day before we had some rain which always makes photos look good with the water reflecting light off the ground.

RSFuture Track Day at Buttonwillow Photos…

You know how I know I’m getting old? I went outside in the sun at Buttonwillow for about 40 minutes and had a headache for 3 days after! Fuck. I’m semi-joking of course but holy crap am I not equipped to be out in the heat these days. There was already a bit of hesitation on my part to even drive out to Buttonwillow for a track day but my friends requested my presence, so who was I to say no?…

Noel’s Varis FR-S Turbo & We Finally Work On My IS300…CHRNCLS Vlog 2020 #16

Man, there have been a lot of red cars popping-up at the shop lately… On this episode, we finally pull my collection of Japanese Altezza parts that I’ve been collecting over the years out of storage to install on my IS300 Sportcross. A Zero Auto Factory prototype vented hood came over stateside recently so we had to make sure it fit on U.S.-model IS300s because of the 2JZ-GE engine we have here. A few days after that, my good friend Noel Barnum came by to hang and chat so we do a deep dive into his incredibly well-built Varis widebody FR-S which is equipped with a GReddy turbo kit.

Osaka Auto Messe 2019 Coverage… Part 3…

I honestly can’t recall a period of time in the last few years when I’ve used my Canon dSLR as much as I have in my first few months of 2019. Hopefully crap—I’ve shot a SHIT TON of photos already this year. ‘Inspired’ would be a good word to use but I honestly l feel …

Osaka Auto Messe 2019 Coverage… Part 2…

One of the things that I really enjoy about the Osaka Auto Messe show is how the individual halls of the event are all specifically categorized based on what you want to see. Where Tokyo Auto Salon is just a huge melting pot of Japanese car culture, it can sometimes get confusing when you’re trying …

My Adventures in Japan 2019… Part 4…

The concept of taking all these photos and documenting all these experiences is that they will have a long-lasting effect in the bigger overall ‘picture‘ (no pun intended) of the worldwide automotive tuning community. I want not only myself, but you as a viewer to be able to pull these photos up some day and …

My Adventures in Japan 2019… Part 3…

So much has been going on lately that Japan almost feels like ages ago. I guess that makes sense since January always feels long as fuck but admittedly, I think I’m getting a bit worn out with all this traveling I’ve been doing lately. After coming back from my Tokyo Auto Salon trip, I spent …