Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NVüS 2nd Annual Gathering 2014

A few months ago some of you might have caught the spur of the moment NVüS 2nd Annual Gathering promotional video for the event. The passion and enthusiasm behind the gathering was contagious. Initially I was double booked and wasn't sure I'd be able to attend, then things starting happening. The event I had to attend was pushed back, and then NVüS CEO, Jimmy Gomez hand delivered my "VIP" badge for the gathering. At that point it was basically set in stone. I was going. It turned out to be an extremely busy weekend, but a good friend (Big Mike) and I made it happen.

Sunday morning we met up and rented a Ford Fusion. Neither of our cars were in any condition to be "shown off", so we decided to be smart and cruise in comfort. Snacks in hand and music bump'n we  hit the road. During the 4 hour drive I grew a bit worried as we didn't see any customized cars heading the same direction as us, "Mike, what if we get to the meet and there are 20 cars?" Well, we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived, as we were greeted with a long line of cars trying to get in. We quickly learned that the meet had already taken more space in the park then what was allotted, sounds like a success to us! We parked the Ford Fusion, and made out rounds. Here some images from the day.

I was greeted by the little (not so little) homie Joey Garcia.

A lot of cars you might normally see in SoCal made the trip. Team BackYard Designz Co. was in the house.

Friendships and passion for cars was the vibe of the day.

This was a treat, I wanted to ask if he rolled down the California Highway like this…

Selfie with the homegirl Desiree, IG stalk her Integra build @_dlove2

Head of security Manny Rios and I. I signed his belly too!

Daniel Martinez's sick coupe…UGH!
Big Mike and the homegirl Bri, hamming for the camera.

They played limbo with the cars, I've never seen it done in person… People were putting some SERIOUS weight into the cars to them low. It was very entertaining, lol

Jimmy was busy all day shaking hands and kissing babies. I'm extremely proud of what he has been able to accomplish. The number of people he was able to bring together, the smiling facing and excitement is something that should not go unrecognized. Well done brother.

The next generation of "AutoLife. It was a totally family friendly gathering.

Some people in the community "think" they need no introduction… THESE are people that need no introduction. Dr. Charles Madrid and Big Mike chatting it up.

Selfie with Bri and I...

More limbo action.

Clearly the goal wasn't to take picture of everything, I managed to not shoot some of my friends cars trying to hide from the heat or running off at the mouth. This is one of the cars I wish I had more shots of… Very nicely done.

Quick group shot before I got dragged in for the "official" one. This is what it is all about, friends with cars, and PASSION not FAME (#passionnotfame).

Don't miss the 3rd gathering, I expect the caliber of cars to only get better and the size to continue to grow. Props Team NVüS!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Project BRZ: Kraftwerks Supercharged

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Shot and edited by: Brandon Mc.

MaxTrac Story: MacTrac opens their doors for a look inside

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome to my World - Official Documentary (Part 1) - Welcome to my World: Our official documentary. This is part 1 of a 6 part series regarding the Rickspecd brand and everything that we do. In this part, we discuss the pros and cons between dyno tuning and etuning. We also go over the Rickspecd Intake and what it's like to own an everyday car - show, race and style.

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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.