Night-Import: Photography and Words by William Lee
It's not a surprise anymore to go onto facebook and get notifications on upcoming events. I've pretty much set my whole schedule up for all the major and minor meets/events and one meet that was marked on my calender was yesterday's meet called Encore at Five Axis HQ hosted by Scion Evolution. This meet is a charity event to raise funds and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). I didn't have time to attend last year's meet, but according to some friends, I heard it was a meet not to miss out on, so after a local meet at Van Nuys, CA, I headed directly to Huntington Beach, CA to see what was in for a surprise.
Outside of the entrance were some cars that caught my attention like this slammed Wagon.
Even an original Classic.
The famous 180sx greeting the spectators.
By the time I arrived, there were some spots still opened for cars to roll-in, but I decided to start the coverage before it got too hectic.
A few Scion cars worked on by Five Axis. By the way, the orange/brown tC is for sale.
Good thing about going to meets is not knowing what cars will come out and occasionally, there will be ones that will blow your mind. Once I saw this murdered-out Miata, I took a few minutes looking around the interior and exterior.
From the Carbon Fiber hood to the Canards, everything about this car was stunning.
A few mini toy cars.
Can't go wrong with a slammed IS.
Lime Green on Lime Green Genesis Coupe?
A drop and done.
Manny's Kaminari tC.
Look what we have here. One of the legendary Classics of all times.
Another old school kept in clean condition.
I love VIP.
Mikey's newly done CCWs, now with Lime Green centers on one side and Orange on the other. Lips were chrome dipped as well.
Small cars doing it right.
Our photographer, Nick Schultz's IS.
VIP style SC.
Never knew Five Axis wheels looked good on an Accord.
Prestige Marketing and their Genesis Coupe.
Mixed feelings? Props to the owner.
Neil Tjin Edition Camaros.
Two Domestics I see pretty often at meets.
VIP'd out xBs.
Charles's widebody S2000 is looking much better now without the decals.
Track Ready Show Killer.
Theresa's LS1 S14 is looking good like always.
Jon Jon's IS. Busy guy, but he manages to make it out to shows.
An awesome Quad Ti Exhaust made by Greddy for the Lexus IS-F.
and their booth with the 2011 Greddy Scion tC.
This tC was pretty interesting. It had a flat screen TV inside the trunk and was sitting on VIP Modular wheels.
Everyones favorite, Dogzilla at the meet serving food (not for free).
The G we saw at It's JDM yO!'s Super Meet, but was wrapped in Amy Fay vinyl. That didn't sound right, so check out our coverage to see.
Widebody Five Axis, DJ, computerized, Pioneer sound,vision,soul, massive speakers, adslfjas;ldf xB. There are just too much mods into this xB I don't even know what to list.
VIP rides rolling in.
Nicely done Prius. Loved the VIP theme.
My favorite car of the day was this Junction Produce'd LS. From body kit to brakes and exhausts, I would speculate almost 90% of the mods on this car was Junction Produce. Thumbs up x2.
Some craziness going on inside the hood of this IS.
Red Bull yo.
The warehouse of Five Axis was opened to the public and a few cars were on display. I bumped into our photographers Andy and Nick, so we took some time talking and taking some shots.
Five Axis 2011 tC.
Not looking too shabby.
Nick taking detailed shots.
I've always said 'one of my favorites', but now, this STi 'IS' my favorite.
Had no clue Five Axis had so many wheel models.
Five Axis project cars.
After the short tour, I came outside and saw these girls dressed up all pretty selling cotton candy. So cute.
Our supporters JDM Sport and their 370Z. Always good to see these guys at meets/events.
Do-Luck Widebody Evo owner just got a manifold from Full Race and I had to take a photo of it before it went on the car. Look at those weldings..
Next to where the 626 people showed their cars was this Asian and White guy (now shown) skateboarding. I had no idea why this side event was going on, especially when there were show cars all around the lot. If I had my car parked close to where this was happening, I wouldn't have felt safe and in the worse case scenario, one of these guys might have ran in or mess up on their tricks, hitting the cars....and yes, that happened. One of the guys f'd up on a trick, skateboard was rolling down, he jumped to save the skateboard, he rolled down, and kicked the door of the LS1 'custom paint' S14. Funny part was that the guy who hit the car was apologizing, but the dude you see in the photo came up and tried to step up his attitude, saying like it wasn't a big shit to deal with. After hearing this happening, I got pretty pissed because this guy had no idea what the fuk he was talking about. I'm writing up this short story so that you guys know who these people are and 100% responsible for the damages on the car. The end.
Back on topic, saw a Cusco engraved strut bar on some car.
Jesse and his homie chilling.
Are you JDM enough?
Here's the Amy Fay edition It's JDM yO! t-shirt. I think you can still purchase them, so make sure to hit up It's JDM yO!
Good meet put together by Scion Evolution and Five Axis. Looking forward to next years meet!