NightLife | Happy New Years!!!!

December 31, 2011

Night Import: Video by William Lee

WOOT!!! Happy New Years NI fans!
2011 was a great year and hoping it will be the same for 2012. Here's a Nlog I just made to show you guys my appreciation. Have a great day!


Nightlight | Memorable Rides of 2011

December 30, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

The rides in SoCal's Finest Rides #1 deserved much more props because of the owner's activeness and their flawless rides. It's difficult to manage a show-car and on top of that, daily driving it or taking it out to meets. I'm much stoked to see how those cars will change next year!

Continuing on from where I left off yesterday, today's feature will be one of my favorites out of all. First off, let me mention that I've never been to other states to spectate a car show other than seeing coverage's done by other blogs and sites. My judgment and decisions were based off of seeing these cars in person, meaning most of them were located in Southern California and were scrutinized with my enthusiastic attention. Many of us already know Southern California is pretty much the heart of car shows so it's not such a surprise when one comes across a gorgeously modified car and then seeing it exposed worldwide.
The cars that will be shown today will be the ones I personally thought were the best from the many I've seen this year. I'm talking about exceptional and outrageously built cars that are now recognized by many enthusiasts around the world. It was very challenging to pick ten cars out of all the beautiful ones I've observed, but I think I made the right choices. You'll obviously recognize some of them, but for those who just stepped into the scene, get ready to be surprised and inspired.

*Order of cars shown below was not based off of ranking but by random.


Night Import Choice #1
RWBs
It was a dream-come-true when I actually got to see Nakai-san's work in person at SEMA. RAUH-Welt Begriff has been in the scene for years, but reading about this company as a blogger was not too long ago. After seeing the builds and video provided by Maiham Media, RWB Porsche 911s became one of my favorite modified cars. Who knows? I might buy a 911 in the near future and go with RWB (^-^)

Nightlight | SoCal's Finest Rides #1

December 29, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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It's about time to share with you guys my favorite rides from Southern California. There were a few qualifications that needed to be met before I decided which cars deserved some recognition or already did, but worth another one. I can think of a few right now that are ridiculously gorgeous, but to me, it wasn't about what kind of parts a car had or which team it represented. My choices were based off on activeness, quality of the car, and attitude of the car owner. It might seem as if I'm going a bit overboard here, but I personally think that's what makes a car known and recognized by many enthusiasts. I'm not saying fully built show cars aren't worth a feature on Night Import or any blog/site. Of course those cars will be featured and get recognized, but the props really goes to the ones that actually bring out their show built cars to meets/shows to represent their team or just themselves. Please don't take this to heart to all of ya'll who own spectacular cars. I love em! which is why I'm going to write another article with cars I think are just way over the top!
Some of these rides you are about to see were seen numerous times on my blog, but if this is your first time visiting this page or haven't been updated with my articles and features, it will be worth your time and give you somewhat of an idea of what kind of cars I truly like. So, which cars did I choose? Let's get on to it. If you didn't click on the link provided on the fanpage, you'll have to click "Read More" at the lower right bottom to see the whole feature. I usually post a car photo as a cover, but because this post is somewhat special to me, I tried to keep that suspense and mystery for those who visit my site daily.

Random NightLife | Pro-Photographers...?

December 28, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Photo by Yogi from Fatlace

**Because this article is becoming an issue, I want to clarify myself so that everyone, including the people who are disagreeing with what I had to say, understands my point. First off, how I defined a 'photographer' was not based on what is written in the dictionary or any online source, but my own. Secondly, my article might have been blown out of proportion and some parts were said to the extreme, but please do not take any of this into heart, especially to those who are already pro's in the scene. To those who just started with photography or blogging, please don't be discouraged with what I had to say, because I've been in the scene for only a year and one of those guys who still gets hate upon with my own style of photography. However, I decided to write about this issue because it was a topic being discussed by many professionals and I just jumped into it. Am I a pro? Hell no! But what they said was correct and it was a turning point for me to realize I wasn't even good enough and a had to try even harder to become a better photographer. I did not want to put certain people in the spotlight because there are plenty of people who relate to this topic. Not everyone agreed with what I had to say, and I don't expect everyone to agree with me. If you were one of those guys who started out as an amateur and now a pro or just a higher level than an amateur, you should understand what I'm trying to say. The article was edited with the term "pro" in front of "photographers".


Was it just me or for those who are over 21 felt as if Christmas wasn't even Christmas (-_-;)...I don't know about you guys, but my Christmas was boring as fuk....It's not that I wanted to get something from someone, but I think of Christmas as a day to spend some time with your family. Well...that didn't even happen because my parents went to play Golf. Ok..FINE! It's because I don't have a girlfriend and I'm sad as hell, trying to find a dam excuse...
Anyways, today's post is not about "Why I hate Christmas", but to talk about something that I personally think is an ongoing issue within the automotive scene or maybe just in general. I've discussed about this topic numerous times with many people and I think it's time to share my thoughts, which most of them will be complaints rather than compliments. What is it about? The title of this post should say it all; Pro-Photographers. Actually, I can't just say pro-photographers because some of these guys don't even deserve to be called photographers. I know what I just said might create an even greater crowd of NI haters, but read this through and try to understand my point. (1/4/12) If you consider yourself to be one, read what I have to say today, and categorize yourself accordingly. Like always, don't get butt hurt just because of my opinions.

I don't want to confuse you guys with the cover photo taken by Fatlace of me shooting at something, because I don't consider myself to be a 'professional' photographer yet. I'm still in the process of learning different styles and techniques, and it will go on forever until I take photography to another level. It's really a hobby that I enjoy, but an element impossible to avoid, which is why I try to take it much more seriously than any other component that makes up my blog. I personally think this should apply to everyone who plans on starting a blog or for those who already have one, place photography as one of the priorities along with writing. While in the topic of blogs, let me make a point here. Just because you shoot for a blog does not mean you are a pro-photographer. The long-depressed outrage inside of me suddenly bursts when I see someone claiming to be a pro-photographer just because of their certain position on a site and when I see their work, I wonder and become clueless.

Straight to the point, I personally think becoming a pro-photographer is not easy. Becoming a Pro in anything is difficult, but just because you ordered a DSLR through an online camera store doesn't make you automatically become a professional. It's ridiculous when I see some of these photography work on Flickr, Facebook, and different sites and see these individuals considering themselves to be a pro-photographer just because of having a bulky camera body with a lens and on top of that, buying a battery grip just to make the camera look like a pro's. Wait..even worse than what I've just mentioned, just because many pro-photographers say "It's all about the lens", I see some of these guys buying professional series lenses but can't shoot for crap with it. Why does this happen? Because of the 'pro image' that people want. If you plan on buying a camera for style, then don't even bother calling yourself to be a pro-photographer. It's not only embarrassing, but lowers the reputation of actual photographers who work for their title. Learn how to use your camera instead of falsifying yourself and others with what you have and the way of usage.

Once again, this is just my thought, but how to become a pro-photographer is something you need to feel and realize, and I'm saying this after reading and talking with numerous professional photographers. It's important what others say about your work, but there is a stage when you'll obviously realize you are more than just a camera-holding person but an actual pro-photographer. The title of being just a 'photographer' is not even easy to come by. Your work needs to prove it and obviously the approvals by others, not just enthusiasts but by those who already clench the name of being one. Don't think you're already up there because someone paid you to shoot their car. Some of you guys might think otherwise, but I've seen some people who claim to be photogs just because of getting paid to shoot, but their photos were horrendous! In the eyes by just enthusiast, it might be OK, but for those who are already professionals, it's really difficult to accept some level of photography work. Get critiques, know people in the photography community, and be experienced.

All I wanted to say in this article was for those who have cameras not to classify themselves to be a pro-photographer just because of having a camera. Of course this doesn't apply to everyone, but only a few. If that's what you think makes you a photog, then a little kid holding a camera is in the same position as you. Learn what it's like to be one, do thorough research, place it as a priority for your blog or as a hobby if you plan on being serious, and make it worth it. **Here's a photo I found that relates to what I had to say in this post. (1/4/12)
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Random NightLife | Relationships....

December 24, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Don't be hating because of the title. The only reason why I want to talk about this...is because...I feel like it (-_-)v But seriously, why I truly want to discuss about relationships is because of seeing and reading so many depressing shit on facebook, especially during this past month because Christmas is coming up. You might be surprised, but I actually get e-mails from fans who have difficulties in handling their current relationship and asks me for advice. I'm not a relationship doctor, but I can either become an encouragement or maybe make you more depressed. Of course, I'm going to talk in the guys' perspectives, so all you girls AND guys out there, read it through and if you agree with me, then act as accordingly. O yea, and sorry Thao and Matt for posting a photo of you guys as the cover of this article (^_^).

Before I start blabbering again, I want you guys to know that I'll try to keep this topic automotive related, but if not, then you can say 'Fuk You Will!' and close down this window.
Now I've sort of noticed how the automotive scene doesn't have too many couples and if there are, it's like seeing a UFO. Yea, it's not too common and if it was, you guys would be jelly, and probably say to yourself, "All I care about is my car." Well there it is! That's the dam problem! Some of you guys need to start going out there and experience what the fuk it's like to start a relationship and actually fall in love with a PERSON, not your car. It's really depressing when I see some of you leaving comments that are sexually automotive related, such as "I'll bang it in the exhaust." I'm not saying go and get a life because I love my car as much as you guys do, but some of ya'll need to face reality and know what life is all about. If you're young, then that's even a better opportunity for you to start something with a person. Don't place your hobby as the priority, but find someone who you can truly depend on and spend some time with to enjoy something other than cars.

If you do find a girl, make sure she understands what you do! This doesn't only apply to Asians, but girls usually don't like guys who are into cars. Why? I have no fuking idea, but it's a fact. I'm not a girl, but before I started this scene, I didn't understand why people modified cars. It's the same shiet with girls too. That's why I sort of understand the short relationships happening in the automotive world. I envy couples when both of them are into cars, like the couple in this article's cover photo, Thao and Matthew. The little kid is Matthew's brother, not their son, but it's awesome how both Thao and Matt love the car scene and actually work on their own cars. Some of you guys are jelly right now and I know it. Just find a girl who will appreciate what you do. To all you girls reading this right now, don't be hating on the guys just because they spend time on their own car. Think of it as you going to a shopping mall and shopping for 6~7 hours. Same thing, so don't complain.

Lastly, don't be bitching or hating on your girlfriend once she leaves you and goes to another guy. Listen, once you are in a relationship, that means you are responsible to keep your girl and make her trust you and vice versa. If a good ass looking guy approaches your girl ,she falls for it, and starts to like him, o well~ that's mainly your fault because you should've been good to her in the first place and keep that dedication you had for her since the beginning and not fuk it up later on. So what happens? You become single, get pissed at the other guy for taking away your girl, and boohoo~ So how does this relate to the automotive world? Don't focus too much on your car once you start a relationship. You'll obviously need to sacrifice some of that car time for your girl.

I know this article is pointless, but wanted to answer some of the questions that's been asked frequently and give some encouragement. Relationships ain't easy and don't expect it to be. There will need to be sacrifices, dedication, and most importantly, trust. Heads up to all the broken couples and good luck to everyone else who plan on starting one.

NightLife | Tab Tuesday/OC Food Truck Meet at Westminister

December 22, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

Here's something different compared to how I usually do coverage on a nighttime meet. O wait..'nightlight' meet (^-^). Instead of photos, I'll share the Nlog (NightLog) coverage I did on OC Food Truck Meet held at Westminister last Sunday. If that doesn't sound familiar, then I think Tab Tuesday should ring a bell because both organizations collaborated a while ago to have a Food Truck meet in the OC area since early this year. Out of all the Tab Tuesday/OC Food Truck meets though, this one was a bit special because crews Low Ballers and Royal Origin collaborated as well.

As enthusiasts, we always want the year to end with an awesome meet or event. Event wise, AutoCon pretty much dominated every single event out there for this year. I even ranked it as one of the top events in SoCal, so for someone like me who has been to hundreds of events to pick AutoCon, disregarding the fact that everyone doesn’t have the same perspectives, it was definitely enjoyable and memorable. Because all the major events are now in its resting period, it was all up to which meet would end this year; Tab Tuesday/OC Food Truck meet. This meet always had a great turnout with more than 200 cars in attendance, hundreds of people, foods from unbelievably delicious Food Trucks, and tons of single guys trying to find a cute/sexy/pretty girl to ask out. I have no idea how I didn’t know about this meet, but it was good to know because I had shit to do. Driving to Westminister takes me an hour and you guys know no matter how often you drive for an hour in a week, it is still a long ass drive. But I've been missing out on Tab Tuesday/OC Food Truck Meets for a long time, so Jose and I decided to roll through and see how it was. Check out the video and see what was up! Enjoy!

Recorded with Galaxy S, so watch in 720P!

Random NightLife | Don't Steal, Don't Lie

December 21, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee







Today, I want to talk about an ongoing issue in the automotive community, as well as an incident that occurred few months ago and re-occurred yesterday at OC's Food Truck Meet in Westminister, CA. For those who follow my fanpage, you have an idea about what's about to be discussed, but for those who are new to the site, welcome! and please read this post through because it's something that I personally think is critical. I'm not going to try to keep this post professional because it pisses the fuk out of me when this happens.

Before I start, I want everyone to know that this story was told by multiple people and friends, and because every single story had the exact same storyline, I'm going to assume it is accurate.

Special Coverage | SEIBON Meet and Greet

December 19, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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There are many reasons why I enjoy living in California and to mention one, it's the gorgeous weather compared to other states. That's probably why many people envy people who live in CA and also because of the continuous car events and meets happening almost every week! Yesterday was one of those days with several meets going on and from the few, I decided to drop by SEIBON's Toy Drive Meet. I'm sure you heard of this company, but if you haven't, SEIBON specializes in Carbon Fiber parts for almost every make and model in the market today. They are known worldwide, even in Japan, which is why you probably heard of Volk TE37 Seibon Edition. With their continuous success in the aftermarket industry today, the company had a meet and greet opened for everyone. What made it even more interesting was Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker's scheduled attendance! Unfortunately, I left right when he arrived, so that sort of ruined my day, but the photos I took of exotics from Luxury 4 Play and Heavy Hitters made it up. O yea..and I also forgot to take a toy I bought to donate....This clumsiness is getting worse!

NightLife | Visit to Auto Talent

December 18, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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This week was dragging like every other week, just because studying is to the point where I can't put enough words and concepts into my head, and the weather is getting chillier, nothing really out of the ordinary, but unusual for those who live in California. Luckily, last Thursday was a time to get out of what I usually do and check out a photoshoot session that was happening at a high-end automotive shop called Auto Talent located in Carson, CA. A friend of mine who drives a GT-R R35 actually invited me to this small event and I didn't have any clue on what kind of cars were going to be there, but as you can see in the cover photo, it was much more than just R35s, but a photoshoot with few models and exotics. I was lurking around while a site called Liquid Kiss Productions was doing their thing, so let me take you through this shop and share some photos I took during my visit. Please do know this article is NSFW, so it's at your own risk if you want to fired or not.

Random NightLife | Memorable Car Shows and Meets of 2011

December 17, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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What a great year! Wow! I'm sitting down in front of my study table, typing this article while thinking about all the events and meets I've been to in 2011. Yea~ I know it sucks that the End of the World is coming soon, and because it is, it's time for me to choose the meets and car shows I've been to that were memorable and enjoyable. I've plugged in my external hard drive to see what's been done throughout this year and holy hell, the hard drive decided to shut down on me and all the saved files disappeared. Luckily, my brain had a back-up storage system that only saved automotive related events and not school or friends, which might make me sound like an ass, but for my blog and you guys, it's something to definitely appreciate. I took some time to think about how many I've been to and the amount really did exceed my expectations. If I counted correctly and only included the ones that were automotive related, I've been to 150+ car shows + meets. My aspirations were not to attend the most meets and become competitive with other bloggers, but it was that unexplainable force that pulled me into a world that I couldn't escape. No matter how much I tried, avoiding the temptations to drive my slammed Scion tC to anywhere in Southern California was not happening. That's how much I loved and still love what I do as a hobby and will continue on for myself and for all you fans out there that truly appreciate Night Import.

Random NightLife | Be a True Model

December 15, 2011

Night Import: Photography by Nick Schultz and William Lee | Words by William Lee

Models Both
Today's post will either cause some rage or a time for girls who are interested in the car scene to think thoroughly before stepping into the 'Import Model' scene. You'll see why I'm bringing this up, but I do want to take this time to re-introduce our two models as well as introducing a new model we decided to support last week. I personally want to say the judgments were made by me because Night Import is eventually a personal blog, but all the current contributing photographers and editors decided to help me out on this one and we all agreed upon this decision, so it basically was all of us that chimed in. Although I'm not a huge fan of models, which will also be explained later on, the car scene can't be separated from the model scene because that's how it was and known for, for decades. I can go on and on with the lack of knowledge I have on models and cars, but let's just jump into what I planned on doing. The two models you see above might look familiar to you if you've been in the automotive scene since last year. If not, let me re-introduce Raichelle Viado (left) and Eva Skye (right).

Event Coverage | AutoCon 2011 (Pt. III)

December 14, 2011

Night Import: Photography by Nick Schultz and William Lee | Words by William Lee

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It's coming to an end! This will be my last continuous coverage on AutoCon 2011. I've been getting a lot of positive feedbacks from Part 1 and Part 2, so I really appreciate you guys spending some time to check them out. I try to keep things entertaining and especially for those who couldn't make it, trying to make you feel as if you were at the event. That's what a coverage is supposed to be all about, right? If there were any unpleasant captions on photos, just go with it because that's pretty much how I like to write things (^-^) That was a douschebag move, but seriously, always know that Night Import is and will be a 'personal blog'. I'll definitely try to keep things professional as much as possible, but I don't dress myself up purposely to make this blog to have a certain reputation.
Anyways, back to the coverage, Part 3 will be a compilation of almost everything with an addition of photos taken by our photographer Nick Schultz. Nick was walking with me for at least 3 hours and while I was busy with cars, Nick took care of most of the models and a few cars as well. You'll be seeing his photos here. Matter of fact, the cover photo for Part 3 was taken by Nick. Ah! I have to make an announcement as well. The watermark you guys see on Nick's photos will be our NEW watermark and I'll be using it on my next batch of photos as well. The story behind it will be described on the fanpage later on.

Event Coverage | AutoCon 2011 (Pt. II)

December 13, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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AutoCon is back! No no~ I'm talking about my coverage! But~! The next and exact date of AutoCon in 2012 will be announced through AutoCon's fanpage pretty soon so go ahead and LIKE their page. I've been seeing a lot of comments from those who missed out on this event because of work or family plans. That's why you need to mark this event on your calenders as early as possible and make an excuse just to attend AutoCon! If you have finals or something, that's a different story, but work? Come on~ missing only one day won't hurt you that much (^-^). Ok..I think I'm becoming those small Devils you see in cartoons where they sit next to your shoulders and lure you into the wrong direction, so I'll be the Angel and continue on with my coverage.

As mentioned in Part 1, AutoCon was more of a festival + car show. It wasn't only cars that took the spotlight, but also the attendance of more than 15 famous Food Trucks and side activities such as FREE Air Balloon rides all day long! How awesome is that? Have you ever been to a car show like this? I don't think so~~~~ I get a bit too excited after attending such an awesome event, so please excuse my over-exaggerations.

I personally think AutoCon was held at the right time and place because Christmas is coming soon and people will be going on vacations. It was sort of cumbersome to know that HIN was going to happen a week before AutoCon and I had to support both events as much as possible, but my priority was to fully promote AutoCon and that's what I've been doing since day one. I'm not saying I brought the majority of crowds, but out of all the events I've been helping out for this year, AutoCon was probably the 2nd event I fully supported after Sideway Sundays. I was very pleased to see the event packed with spectators and car show participants, and really appreciate those who kept the event threads I posted on forums active. Moving along, because we are all in the Christmas spirit, I decided to use the Domo display Kelvin made in front of his widebody Do-Luck Evo 9 as the cover. Tsuneo G┼Źda would be proud!

Event Coverage | AutoCon 2011 (Pt. I)

December 12, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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How should I start this..I have so many things to say about this event, but need to keep it as simple as possible so that I don't lose fans and kill the excitement I've been gradually building up for the wait on this coverage.
First off, I want to give mad props to my guys Justin and Nate for their effort and time to create this amazing event. I don't even clearly remember when I met Justin, but as we were talking throughout the months, I realized he was a humble guy and had a clear mind of how he wanted the automotive scene to go. His huge success on hosting AutoCon last year continued on this year and as expected, it was overwhelming. The same props go to Nate as well. He's been an awesome guy since he approached me regarding a major event he was a part of last year, and consistently was a help with all the curiosities I had in the scene. Once again, great job by these two guys and if you do have some time to give some feedback, make sure to visit AutoCon's homepage and e-mail them. I'm sure they're expecting something from those who participated, so it would be great to give them more ideas about the event or just your overall experience.

Now, to talk about my experience at AutoCon this year, let's just say I have to place AutoCon in my Top 3 Car Shows of 2011. This event was more than a typical car show. It was not all about bringing your modified car, park, show it, and get an award if you won. Nor was it a time to only walk around and take photos of cars and models and leave like every other event, complaining about the parking and entrance fees, and the ridiculous food prices. The meaning of "AutoCon" pretty much explains everything; Automotive Connection. Actually, I have to say it was both an Automotive and Lifestyle event. AutoCon was created to bring the whole automotive community together at one place and enjoy what we all truly loved. It was about talking with your friends and family or even better, making new friends through cars. You also can't forget about the collaboration with Toys for Tots and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help those who are in need. While covering the event and looking around like I always do at events, the vibe I felt at AutoCon was different and rather pleasing. I knew the whole purpose of AutoCon and I have to say that purpose was met. I usually see the same cars at every car show or the ones that were built to only show at major ones, but AutoCon brought out almost everything. Although there were ones that I've seen numerous times, some new ones and fully built cars such as the ones from Auto Concept Elite, Heavy Hitters, etc. came out to support this event. The photos I'm about to share with you guys will lead to a better a storyline than my words. Do know that this coverage will be separated in parts, so make sure to come back later on or read the updates I make through my fanpage.

Random NightLife | Fatlace presents HELLAOCCUPYLITTLETOKYO

December 11, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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I have so many photos to share with you guys this week, but I'll try to pace myself and the blog so that things can go smoothly as much as possible...Nawwwww~~~ I'll get to the AutoCon coverage pretty soon because I know some of you are waiting for it (^-^)v But before I get to that, I want to share a small coverage I did on Fatlace's 'occupy' meet today. I'm sure many of you SoCal guys know Fatlace opened up an Illest Boutique store in Little Tokyo. There were car meets at the HQ several times now and every single one had an overwhelming turnout. This meet though, was a bit different and pretty hilarious when you hear how it happend. Check it out.

Hello Guys & Gals! So in light of all the current events that’s been happening around the world with the whole #OCCUPY movement. Also with occupyLA just 1 City block away from IllestBoutique. I thought about a totally funny random scenario of what if we did that with cars?… Occupy a full city block square block of all modified cars… I laughed, Vince laughed & everyone I told got a nice kick about it… *10 minutes later* Lets do it!!!!

Literally taking every single parking spot surrounding the building was Fatlace's idea and sure enough (according to those who attended since 4:30am!) it was a success. I was exhausted after AutoCon on Saturday and really didn't want to wake up and go to the meet at 5:30am, so I overslept a bit and headed out later on.

Random NightLife | AutoCon is BACK!

December 9, 2011

Night Import: Photography by no one | Words by William Lee

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I've already made numerous announcements about this event on the fanpage and if you're active in a major forum, then you probably saw my post (ID night87) on the regional section as well. AutoCon is fukin back! Why am I so overly exaggeratedly excited? Well if you think of all the awesome things happening at this event, it might be the best Car Show in SoCal history. There I go again~ exaggerating myself, but seriously, just look at the highlights I'm about to mention and ask yourself if there was any event like the upcoming AutoCon.

Random NightLife | Got Questions? Lego!

December 8, 2011

Night Import: Photography by various blogs | Words by William Lee

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Hello guys (^-^)/
Like always, this is William, the owner/creator of Night Import. It's been over a year now since I've been actively communicating with you fans and I'm very blessed and pleased with how my site turned out. There were definitely ups and downs since I started, and while I do want to talk about those experiences, I also want to take some time to answer frequently asked questions I've been getting through e-mails and comments on the fanpage. It might seem sort of awkward to put myself in the spot, but I didn't want to ignore all the repetitive questions I've been asked, so I was waiting for the right time to answer all of them at once. Also, because the fanpage just reached 40K FANS!! (as of right now..it's just a #), why not take this moment to do this? Maybe today is the right time or maybe not, but before I forget and move on with what I always do, it's time for some answers! I've got nothing to hide and as many of you guys know by now, I'm objective and open-minded, so in case you have a weak heart or get butt-hurted easily, I recommend you to not read this post... But seriously, don't take the things I say to heart because it's all out of all love~! Anyways, let's get to the questions and answers! LEGO!

Random NightLife | Visit to More Japan

December 7, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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California weather was horrendous during these past few weeks. I know it's not even close to be compared with other countries, but California being known as having that sunny weather 24/7 was far too be seen during this past month. For those who don't live in CA, SoCal was literally beat up by the wind and most of the valley area to OC went on a blackout streak for a week and half! Luckily where I lived didn't get affected, but I felt horrible for all of those who had to live without electricity and hot water. During this past week when this was still happening, I had an appointment with More Japan, offering/selling Tanabe products and SSR wheels, to go through a product development session with the techs from Tanabe. I was a bit worried on the day of the appointment because the weather was still windy and I had to drive with a donut spare tire, but there you see it~ my car without any damages at More Japan.

I actually wanted to visit this company after finding out Tanabe and SSR wheels were their main products in store. It was a great opportunity to visit their facility to see how things were done.

Event Coverage | HIN 2011 (Pt. II)

December 5, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Welcome back to Night Import! Hope you guys are visiting the blog often to catch up with my articles, because things are about to get serious! Just playing~ As long as I can entertain you guys while at work, home, in the bathroom, with your girlfriend, ... you get the point v(^-^)v
My last partly coverage on Hot Import Nights will be a good one because the photos I'm about to share with you guys came out pretty decent considering the short amount of time I had to cover the whole area when the lights were on during the award ceremony. By the way, congratulations to all the winners! It's always unpredictable to know who will win which category because judges aren't the same for every car show event. Each judge has a different perspective when it comes to certain makes & models, so hope no one was frustrated with the judging and stuff. It's all about having fun and enjoying the time spent with friends and family right? Let's get on with the cars and see what was up at different areas of the huge ass showcase lot. The cover photo for Part 2 is the well-known VIP team in SoCal, BP VIP. It's been a while since I got to know a few members in this team, and I was surprised to see some of their rides with a new look! Click on "Read More" at the bottom right to see their rides.

Event Coverage | HIN 2011 (Pt. I)

December 4, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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It's here, it's new, and most importantly, it's back! I couldn't even believe HIN (Hot Import Nights) was happening yesterday after all the drama the event organization went through for few years. I don't actually know much about this event, except the fact that I attended one back in middle school, so that's about 10 years ago! (I'm not that old...). Listening to stories from close friends of mine, HIN was the biggest car show event of the year with well-known cars in specific regions coming up or down from miles away, just to participate. It wasn't only cars that took over the convention center, but tons of top-name models and celebrities as well. Having a reputation that literally left a mark in the automotive scene, HIN was 'the' shiet! Now I have no clue on why HIN left the show scene, but many were glad it came back with new people organizing the event.
A few of you guys already know I'm with crew Low N Slow in SoCal, and I was supposed to show with them at the event, but because of my car acting like a little biatch and not wanting to listen to me, it's in its worst phase, so I decided to give it a rest and cover the event like I always do with major car shows in CA. A lot of my friends participated at HIN with their sexy rides and I did get a chance to talk with many of them while walking around. It seemed as if roll-in was a pain in the ass because of staffs being unorganized, but because I wasn't actually there and don't want to speak my butt out, all I gotta say is give it another year and I'm sure it will get better! HIN is back with new people so I'm sure they're already aware of this and working on it. Anyways, just wanted to put that out for ya'll, because I wanted to (^-^)
Now before I get into the photos, let me tell you I had a really difficult time covering the event. Nor did I only miss an early access time for Media, but it was dark as fuk like every HIN event we know of. My flash wasn't working too well and I didn't want to use a tripod because of so many people walking back and forth. Luckily, and I mean very luckily (if that makes sense), the lights came on during the award ceremony, so I was running around the whole Hall like a person who had to use a restroom; squatting down, making awkward poses, and some positions I never thought of doing, taking photos as much as possible in a short amount of time. How did they come out? Well you be the judge. There will be a mix of horribe and decent photos, so please understand the change of flow throughout the coverage. To start it off, I used a photo I took when The Next Hot Import Nights Model contest was going on. I did take some photos of Models for a change, so you'll see them later on.

Random Nightlight | RB S13

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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I'm actually behind with a lot of features, so I'm very sorry with the ones I promised to post up on the day of announcement, but had to delay it for a few days. As many of you SoCal residents and my blog followers know, HIN (Hot Import Nights) was held at LA Convention Center yesterday night. The full coverage of the event will be up today or tomorrow, but before I get to it, I want to start it off with a small spotlight on a car I spotted and instantly fell in love with.

Event Coverage | Tokyo Motor Show 2011

December 2, 2011

Night Import: Photography by Kaoru Shoji | Words by William Lee

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If you guys were waiting for the unveiling of Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, I was waiting for the whole package; the event coverage on Tokyo Motor Show. TMS is a must-to-attend event if you live in Japan or for those who work in the automotive industry, because it's not about what kind of 'modified' cars will be on display, but newly introduced cars from Japan and major announcements that affects the whole world. We all know Japan is the largest vehicle manufacturer, so such events like TMS and TAS are events not to miss.
I'm very pleased that both our photographers in Japan, Charles Zee Zayas and Kaoru Shoji, got accepted as Press to attend TMS and today, I'll be showing you guys the coverage done by Kaoru-san. It was truly amazing looking through past coverage on this event done by other blogs and it's now to the point where I'll be writing a few things with the help of our photogs and editors! I kept myself updated with all the cars that were planned to be at TMS, so I'll try my best to walk you guys through every section Kaoru-san covered.

Random Nightlight | Scion FR-S by GReddy

December 1, 2011

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Along with the official Scion FR-S on display was another FR-S modified by GReddy. I'm pretty sure a lot of people who attended this special event had no clue about this one because it's pretty uncommon to see a newly introduced car in the states already having aftermarket parts to it. Introducing the TRD Toyota 86 in Japan is a different story because that's an actual package offered by Toyota, but this one was really unexpected. I'm speculating GReddy was the first aftermarket company to work on this car because there were several parts on this FR-S that were more than just simple.

Special Coverage | 2013 Scion FR-S

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Through many websites and blogs, we've already seen the revealing of  Toyota 86 at Gazoo Racing Motorsports Festival 2011 and Subaru BRZ at Tokyo Motor Show. Anticipation for the arrival of the Scion version was at its peak and finally, last night was the day many were waiting for; debut of the Scion FR-S. I actually had no clue about this invite-only event until a good friend of mine in the Scion scene, Kirby, wrote a comment on one of my posts through Facebook. After noticing this at the last moment, I instantly RSVP'd online and got an e-mail from Scion corp. saying that I was approved to join. What many of you guys don't know is that Scion corp. really takes care of their customers. When I mean by customers, I'm talking about those who own a Scion. The brand has several events throughout the year and how Scion corp. organizes and manages those events are unbelievably grand in scale. For example, Scion borrows the whole Knotts Berry Farm during Halloween week and opens the amusement park to only Scion owners. Almost every Scion owner in California goes to that event, so you can imagine how crazy it gets with the amount of Scions and Scion owners + guests.
The debut of Scion FR-S was somewhat similar. Everyone who was registered through the biggest Scion forum, ScionLife, had an opportunity to attend this special event along with well-known bloggers, writers, representatives, and photographers from all around the world. You've probably seen the photos already through facebook or blogs, but it's time to share my own and write some accurate information released by Scion.