THE LEADING TASTEMAKERS IN MUSIC | FASHION | ART | LIFESTYLE
Firm400 Coverage: Hot Import Nights | Nascar Royal Purple 300
It was indeed an exciting and busy weekend for automotive enthusiasts throughout Southern California as Hot Import Nights kicked off the show season opener on Saturday, March 23, 2013 during the Nascar festivities. Nascar's Royal Purple 300 took place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana during the day where Kyle Busch took home the win waving the checkered flag in his #54 Toyota Camry. The day before Busch's victory, the team at Hot Import Nights as well as companies and affiliates involved including JDM Sport, AA Autoworks, Phantom Garage USA, TWC Tuning Werks Competition, R1 Concepts, Ripped Designs, Rehv Clothing, Action Clutch, Feather Brand, Limitless Society, Powder Coating Maniacs, Hollux Industries, Kuya Protection, Gimmie Girl Productions, Kandy Shop Bikinis, Infamous So Cal Car Club, Jeff Jones Racing, Auto Fashion USA, 742 Marketing, Stay Crushing to name a few got their cars detailed and stuff ready with logistics down setting up for the evening's main attraction. Living in Southern California, our daily obstacles seem to always be dealing with traffic especially if you're in the L.A. or O.C. areas. Traffic life in So Cal can usually be experienced commuting on the 10, 605, & 60 freeways. We had our taste of stops and getting cut off on our way to HIN while driving on the 10 eastbound where police were directing traffic and the congestion took a good hour or two before getting off the exit getting to the speedway. But that's how it is in Cali especially if its a Nascar event or an automotive function period!! The turnout later in the evening at Hot Import Nights was a success as media and attendees anxiously awaited to enter the gates where Mr. Kuya Protection himself Big Abe greeted you before entering the first show of the season.
Back in the days, Hot Import Nights was the import haven known for its whole lighting experience, music, models, innovated the import car culture movement & ultimately became the tuners platform where passionate automotive enthusiasts expressed their love for the art in building their rides. That is where we had the chance to catch up with few of our good friends in the industry who have developed their love for building cars throughout the years whether it was to compete or to just showcase for the love of it.
Tuner Galleria in Chicago was a success for TWC where JDM Sport once again flew out to support our friends. Also known as TuningWerks Competition, the group decided to show at Hot Import Nights this year making their appearance with their award winning builds in Southern California. TWC is a household name known within the show scene spectrum for their passion in building cars as well as being recognized as the industry's elite in automotive tuning. Their lineup was impressive at HIN where once again the team took several trophies home including Hottest Team as well as the prestigious award for Best In Show.
TWC Member Dallas Tung got the final award for the evening with his 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe pushing 745 horsepower & 660 lbs-ft of torque. Before the awards we had a chance to snap shots of TWC's Best In Show ride during the event where Jim pointed out one of their sponsors and supporters: a JDM Sport sticker in the engine bay!!
The team of elite tuners also took home awards for: Hottest Infiniti: Dallas Tung / 2nd Hottest Infiniti: Viet Nguyen / Hottest Mercedes: John Rhee / Hottest Toyota: Robert Wang / 2nd Hottest BMW: Mert Contapay. Congratulations TWC for taking home those well deserved awards!! Be sure to come out & support our friends at TWC as they gear up for the 14th Annual Bimmerfest at the Rose Bowl in the city of Pasadena on Saturday May 28, 2013 from 9am - 3pm!! Get your tickets online at www.tunergalleria.com
Switching gears, we walked around the HIN landscape at Fontana and had the chance to catch up with our friends over at Rehv Clothing where we spotted some of their builds and featured show cars. One of the builds featured with Rehv was last year's SEMA 2012 Best Of Show Award Winner: The Stay Crushing Rocket Bunny Scion FR-S build owned by Robert Kochis which was featured at the JDM Sport Booth #21651 in Central Hall. JDM Sport unveiled their new coilover systems at last year's automotive tradeshow highlighted as a spotlight exhibitor where the Best Of Show FR-S front suspension was sponsored by JDM Sport with Function & Form supporting the rear. Congratulations Robert on his recent Cover Feature in this month's April PASMAG issue as well as winning Best Scion at this past weekend's Import Faceoff event held in Tucson, Arizona!! We hope to hear more of Stay Crushing as the show season looks to be a great year in 2013!
JDM Sport returned to the show season opener as the red and black nation invaded the HIN playground with fellow affiliates and companies. Phantom Garage USA came out to support where they unveiled their "Phantom Lug Nuts" sponsoring the new product as a giveaway item. Action Clutch, the oldest clutch company in the industry going 50 years strong supported the JDM Sport booth as a sponsor giving away their products to fans who were anxious to get their hands on the winning prize during the interactive contest. A signed Firm400 Calendar from Limitless Model Miss Ellie Roxx would grant the winner of an Action Clutch product when handed over to JDM Sport Vixen Miss Lena Love. Congratulations to the winners! Shout outs to our friends over at Powder Coating Manics and also Feather Brand for coming out as a clothing sponsor supporting us at the booth!!
Special Thanks to Gimmie Girl Productions, Kandy Shop Bikini Models, Limitless Ladies, JDM Sport Vixens Lena Love & Jasmyn Skye for their support at the JDM Sport booth who also passed out giveaways including Al & Ed's sponsored 2013 Calendars. It was good seeing DJ GoldEFX hanging out supporting us at HIN where he brought out his jaw dropping 350Z and STILL sporting the Firm400 sticker on his windshield!! Much love on his sick build!!
Ripped Designs came out to Hot Import Nights sponsoring some of their latest shirt designs including Firm400's T-Shirt worn by one of our favorite tuner girls Miss Jamie Lynn who came out after her busy schedule working with our good friends over at Pure Glass. Firm400's Featured Sound Selector at the JDM Sport booth was Mister Glenn on the 1's and 2's pumping out some good catalogue for the crowd where Ripped Designs brought out Hip Hop Artist "Ninesem" with a special performance rockin' the crowd with his latest record featuring JDM Sport entitled "Ignition" produced by Grizzlie Beats representing Poetic Kulture.
Ryan Showboat brought out his award winning Suzuki GSXR 1000 unveiling his new paint scheme for the 2013 show competition where he just took home 1st Place at this past weekend's DUB Show | Los Angeles!! Congratulations Ryan!!
Their were various builds that were featured at the JDM Sport booth from affiliates including JDM Addiction, Phantom Garage USA to name a few as well as the first EVO sponsored build from Action Clutch owned by Giovanny Ayala of Team Ruckus Car Club.
Firm400's Finest Class Of 2012 Graduate Miss Brittani Paige stopped by the JDM Sport booth where we showed some love giving her a shout out supporting us!! Thanks Britt!!
Our good friends over at Limitless Society lined up their builds for the evening where Erick Tran's clean G35 wasn't the only piece of eye candy for show attendees. David Motoyasu's S13 looked pretty sitting with its white pearl exterior and member Cung Pham brought out the other Infiniti G35 from the crew also known as "Shrek" with the fresh mean green look attracting cameras. Great job on your builds guys & thanks for letting us borrow your generator!!
Formula Drift Driver Jeff Jones & his team made their appearance in Fontana with their S14 LS6 looking raw and ready to rumble in the streets of Long Beach this weekend! Stay tuned for our write up about Jeff's outlook for this year's drift season and his recent upgrade sliding with Hankook tires!
Taking a break from HIN we spotted Steve Taylor's fresh Laker Purple Corolla!! Showing some love!!
Its always a pleasure catching up with our friends over at Infamous So Cal Car Club. When you see orange & black you know its Infamous member Mufasa!! His latest project got him compliments on his orange "Mufasa Edition" Supra build making it his third ride in the lineup for show season. Showing some love, Mufasa pointed out the JDM Sport Deep Dish Steering Wheel he uses on a daily while driving his Supra where Infamous got a great spot showing their builds at Hot Import Nights right in front of the entrance and main stage. We also spotted Hector's Darth Vader build with some vicious teeth!!
Finally the awards ceremony took place at the end of HIN where Miss Gwendolynne Gee along with Amy Ames & Raichelle Viado announced the winners of the season opener including Hottest Female Ride supporting tuner girls!!! Special Thanks to Ripped Designs for supplying Amy & Raichelle their Limitless Society tanktops!! Congratulations to all the winners including Apollo Dulay of Extreme Autofest who took home awards including Best Graphics with his impressive wide body Mitsubishi 3000GT representing R-Rydes!! Be sure to come out and support our friends at Extreme Autofest as their "After Dark" edition returns Saturday, May 11, 2013 @ Angels Stadium in Anaheim from 3pm to 10pm!!
Congratulations to Michael Mao taking home Best Acura as well as Sam taking home Hottest Honda with the It's JDM Yo crew @ HIN Fontana!
Also shout to Kingsmen on their awards!
The Sylvania Hottest Lighting Award was announced that evening where Ruben Becerra took home the $2,500 cash prize with his Scion xB build sponsored by 742 Marketing!! We managed to catch a shot of his build towards the end of the show but we're quite sure that his lighting presentation impressed the judges!! Congratulations Ruben on a well deserved award!!
Overall, Hot Import Nights was a success!! It was great catching up with all of our friends in the industry and the team at HIN put on a great show! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next event!!