Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Illest "Slammed Sunday's" experience

So, AutoLifeTV has been a fan of Illest/Fatlace for a while now. If you follow AutoLifeTV on IG, you might have seen crappy cell phone pics from my visits. "The Company"(day job) probably wouldn't care if I made a blog post about the entire experience on their site, so the "experience" will be home here on the ALTV blog. Plus it was a Sunday, my camera, and not all Honda/Acura related. In the end it is a look at automotive lifestyle… The day began for me around noon after cruising up from S.D., I had a quick Father's Day visit on Saturday… The homie Angel brought me his badass burnt orange colored Civic Hatchback, later Jimmy Gomez of NvUS rolled in with a car load of people followed by an Integra being driven by a young lady (we'll introduce her later), the line-up for the booth looked solid. A couple other cars were supposed to make it, but ran into some issues on the way. It all worked out because I really didn't have anymore space allotted for "The Company" anyway, good looking out though Project-G and Joe of Backyard Designz Co.! 

The event kicked off, and after a much needed snack delivered by a co-worker I finally had enough energy to walk the event. Plus, I kept seeing sick cars going up and the down the street since the lot was full.   

Street view of the Illest Orange County store.



The store was pretty busy all day while the event was taking place.

As I said, sick whips rolling up and down the street ALL DAY!




Cassidy of NvUS brought her S2000 out to the event.







Everybody knows how much ALTV likes vanning, this is one of our favorites. Bagged Previa van… I remember seeing these around town when I was young, packed with little gangsters getting ready to do dirt… I lived near an asian crip gang for a while.





"Do it for the Vine!"



Our buddy Pedro bagged his 8th gen, so damn low!




This thing was literally on the ground, front bumper almost exploded as he came into the drive way, the struggle is REAL! He took the "if sparks don't fly you're too high." saying to another level.


Cassidy's S2000

"The Company" booth.

Angel's bay. This car looks better and better every time I see it. I love the new wheel and tire combination, things got some MEAT on it!

Jimmy's mean looking 8th gen. Civic Si, rocking the Kraftwerks supercharger kit and some custom CCW's.

Miss Deiree's Integra packed with Skunk2 parts.

No words needed for the next few vehicles...







Inside the store there was a super clean Y49 CRX Si, it looked like it had been in a time capsule from 1995, dreamy.

The Illest staff had their summer collection out for everyone to check out.






After the event we all rolled to get some food. We finished the day eating at "Boiling Crab". ALTV spent a few minutes with Team NvUS and shot a quick little piece for their meet that is coming up. It was fun getting some time to chill with them. Jimmy has done a really good job with the team.

We'll finish off the "experience" with a shot of Miss Desiree of NvUS and her minty fresh Integra. This probably won't be the last time you see her on ALTV,  so we won't share too many details about her yet, we'll just introduce her and her whip this time. It's not hard to tell, cool car, cool shoes, cool tats, great personality… we'll let you guys provide the other complements…

A dope day, period.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

DREAM.BUILD.DRIVE



An awesome documentary! I've personally been following this project for a long time. It's pretty awesome to see this film get complete as well.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Sparco NS II's

I bought these wheels from Arn of Abunai Racing about a year ago. He owns the Integra on gold M7's… I shot a video with it years ago. It's nuts.



He actually posted them up and held them for me for a few weeks. I can't say what he sold them to me for, but I was treated like family. They sat for a while and I kinda just forgot about them. The hatch was locked away and the wheels disappeared into "Backyard" Joe's garage, which is massive and seems to eat parts every now and then. Then one days I had the silly idea to take the hatch to a meet. I entered the "cool guy" circus, looking for parking space and heard the person throwing he event, Joey, yell across the parking lot at me, "What up! Finally got it off those Rota's?!" Now, I've rolled on Rota's in my younger days, I also made a living distributing them, we actually had one of the bigger accounts with Rota for a while. Whatever the case, the car had not been on Rota's in years. So I kindly drove off wondering to myself, "have I not had this car out in THAT many years?" I was a little embarrassed and kinda annoyed, "did he confuse my hatch for my daily driver (wagon, both red)?", or did he just "front" me as I entered the event, we've been seen in the places for over 10 years now. I'll never know, whatever the case I decided to dig some stuff out of the garage after the event, I've been collecting parts for over 10 years, most of which I feel the urge to thrown in the trash fairly often. The decision was to put the wagon on the Panasport's after the NS II's were done being freshened up.

The last look at the Rota's, they treated me good.


Got the off and now it was time to sell them. The B.S. with selling things these days is ridiculous. I was flaked on by so many people, talking about they would "hit me up", and stood up in the parking lot on more than one occasion. Fellas, respect your fellow man and don't waste his time, seems like these "new booties" don't understand there is more than life to Facebook and working your thumb on Instagram. There is a group of older enthusiasts that have done this since the 90's, and we have wives families, and full-time jobs… Don't make us mad.

Selling the Rota's provided enough loot to make a phone call to ALTV supporters at Falken Tire's to get some new rubber for the Sparco NS II's. As you can tell, I had already been there recently. To this day I can't believe my wagon is on the back cover of Honda-Tuning! It's tiny, but the Wagon is in there! I was on Rota's during the shoot, that was another day of awkward looks and ignoring from some of the more "known" or "cool people". The snobbery in the upper "class" of builders can be disgusting some times.

Back on the grind… commuting in this 25 year old vehicle. 

After days of searching and failing, the homie Ty put me in touch with the fellas at Upgrade Motoring. Awesome service and they have stuff that these new "shops", have no idea exists. We even exchanged a few industry jokes while I was putting in my order. When the box showed up I was like "Awwwww YEEAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!"… gig'n (bay area dance style).

Break'em open!

I wanted to go "super baller", but then reality kicked in. These will look and work perfectly fine for me.


Tossed the lugs in the garage and forgot I had the tires mounted on them. The smell of fresh Falken Azenis' is addicting. 

I didn't want to take pictures of the car without these. I had been waiting for them to arrive for about 4 weeks. I came home one day after work and "the Queen" asked me, "what are you ordering from overseas?!" I gave her the "gimme" look and ran off like a kid with a handful of Red Vines from the liquor store.  

I don't expect these to be confused with Rota's ever again… :rolls eyes:

The wheels are not "perfect" but they are fine by me. I know how much effort it took, to get them to this point.

On to the next step… Not sure what that will be yet.