Event Coverage | Motion Auto Show 2012 (Pt. II)

May 22, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Harro~! Welcome back NI fans. I really appreciate many of you guys leaving comments and liking my part 1 coverage of MAS 2012. It means a lot when a compliment is made on whatever I do that's involved with cars. I'm just a blogger and NI is a personal blog, so whenever I do get a positive feedback, that means I'm doing something right and you guys are enjoying my coverages and features. Right?

While in the topic of feedbacks and compliments, something pretty awesome happened last week at a bar/lounge I go to in koreatown called Gaam. If you love food and drinking, then you should know about this place because it is THE spot in ktown to chill with your homies. On Saturday, I met up with Steve and Luke, who are very well known photographers, to have some 'fun' (you can define that word in any way) until the place closed, which was around 2am. Afterwards, a guy named Jin came up to me, asking if I was the owner of Night Import. The conversation continued on and I found out he was a huge fan of my blog. He even knew all the recent posts I made on this site you guys are in right now. I really appreciate all of ya'll who take a look at the photos and words I post up on the fanpage, but I appreciate those who check my official blog even more. I'm just mentioning this small story because I want to say thanks to Jin for coming up to me and complimenting about my site. *thumbs up* Also, shout out to my new friends Steve and Luke who really made my day on Saturday. It was CHILL!

I gotta get back to my MAS coverage instead of talking about some random events that aren't related, so fast forwarding to Sunday, there were a lot of things I saw and heard other than cars in general. Some are confidential because I don't want to create some drama, but there will be some short stories/opinions/thoughts I want to mention for certain photos I'll be posting up today or maybe in my part 3 coverage.
I remember last year's MAS was really packed. When I mean by packed, I'm talking about cars parked close together and few aisles overcrowded with spectators. But for some reason, I felt as if the crowd was lacking and not a lot of teams/crews participated. It sort of brought back the memories of last year's event schedule when Nisei, MAS, SpoCom, and Wekfest were all happening within 2 months or so. Anyways, I decided to start off with one of my favorite cars at MAS, which was this WALD Black Bison LS600h built by VIP Auto Salon. I actually saw this car in ktown while watching the Lakers play and it was rolling into a lot filled with people waiting in line to eat at a restaurant. I don't know about you guys, but if I was one of those hungry people in line, I would've been a bit full checking out this car. Stunning!

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Right when I arrived at MAS, I was wandering around to check out the cars, and the first booth I went to was my boy Alvin's booth, the owner of Import Fashion. I think I've mentioned this before, but Alvin and I started blogging almost at the same time and since our debut, we've been doing our shit in the car scene consistently. I could say my site grew a bit, but Alvin's site grew tremendously. If you were at the show, you should've noticed the big ass space Import Fashion took over. There were a good amount of cars on display under IF's booth, such as this Z from team Style 63.

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Most of the rides in Style 63 were never seen before because some of them came out for the first time.

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...such as this Mode Parfume F50. Not is this kit only expensive, but it looks hard as fu*k.

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Ouf! Such a great color combo on this Y33. Much love!

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James Oliver is also in the team. He's been stepping up his game like mad!

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When I was about to get a shot of Luigi washing his S2000, EJ from FKN famous jumped in and posed for all you NI fans.

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Tracy's TSX now on fully polished SSR Professor SP1s that were purchased and worked on by wheelflip.

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We can't forget about Alvin's ride, aka Gina. It was sitting pretty at the corner.

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Eric from LiquidKiss was slapping on a decal on this G. Not sure if it's his, but nice set of wheels on it!

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Brain's Wald LS is a killer! I see him driving this beauty in ktown and his ride break necks 24/7.

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Carl's VIP style IS was looking good like always, representing his team BP VIP. He won 2nd place Best Lexus!

Now to the right side of the showcase area, a VIP crew called Liberty VIP had stunning rides in line. This super fitted BMW 745iL on Luxury Abstract wheels was just a start.

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Gotta love a fitted Lexus.

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Personally, the shape of a LS400 really makes the car stand out as a VIP car once it's slammed with proper wheels.

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Fudgedy diggity holy crapness fu*king gawd! Chris's GS is just way too extreme when it comes to wheel fitment. He actually daily drives his oni-cambered GS. By the way, he won 1st place in Stance! Now that's an award worth getting.

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Not too long ago, I wasn't a fan of tucked rear wheels, but I'm slowly digging that styled fitment. It looked pretty gnarly on this GS and I think it's because of the custom work done to the rear quarter panels, along with the front fenders.

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Not so common to see a slammed M45.

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Once again... Liberty VIP.

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Hmm....what a display?

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This photo is a bit blurry, but you guys should know this team. If not, it's probably because they didn't have that crazy display setup like they do every year. These guys usually come out full force at shows like MAS, but I was wondering why not even half of the cars showed up :/

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O well~ no matter what car comes out to show from ACE, it still amazes those who pass by it. This S2000 was definitely a new one in my book.

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I'm pretty sure someone knows the build behind this beauty, so let me know!

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Will always be one of my favorite cars I've ever seen since stepping into the car scene. According to one of my friends, although this Supra and the original Top Secret Supra in Japan look nearly the same, the work done to this one surpasses the one in Japan. Like I said, it's what I heard.

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Last time I saw this Evo...was on Craigslist! It's for sale, but I don't have the sales link :/

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The infamous custom widebody GT-R R35.

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I got tripped out when looking at this E36. All I remember was seeing a face of Tupac on the other side of the car...

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I don't know what color is getting popular where you guys live, but here in the states, it seems like the color Tiffany Blue is the shiet.

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Being in the scene for about a year and a half, there are many cars that I don't know of that came out 5~6 years ago. One car I heard of that took almost every Best of Show award was this twin-turbo Infiniti FX35 owned by Viet Nguyen.

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Now...ummm...all I have to say is...you have to see this car in person. It's absolutely mind-bottling (yes..I use that word when I'm super impressed). Of course, it won Best of Show.

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When it comes to highly modified Benz, Black Diamond Group is on top. There were a few luxury cars from BLK, but I forgot to take some snaps...dammit...

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A simple drop with perfect offset wheels... tits...

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Yes! A Prius I LOVE! Not just like..but LOVE! It's rocking a TommyKaira kit. How awesome is that?

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Drive this Porsche to Beverly Hills and break necks.

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I heard some loud music from the main stage and saw some break dancing competition happening. I wasn't interested, but felt like taking a shot, so here you go.

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Man....why so many sick Benz...

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I give up.. \(-_-)/

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Ou~! Didn't know this G was part of BLK.

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Polished as hell.

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At the far back were cars under Nitto Tires.

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I feel like crying....so beautiful..

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Wow. BMW Z4 on VIP Modular wheels.

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I remember seeing this Veloster by ARK at SEMA.

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Baller. Enough said. Don't hate..or be jealous..

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Jeff's tC got 2nd place Scion. Congratz!

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Team Hybrid rolled in pretty deep for MAS. You'll be seeing more cars from their team throughout the coverage.

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In your face.

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While taking a break, I turned around and saw this newly joined Z from Low N Slow. The fitment was crazy and gorgeous at the same time.

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That lip!!!

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I couldn't take a shot of Milt's car because there were so many people around his car checking out the new wheels.

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Ryan finally sold his Vossens and changed to these VS-XXs. Good choice!

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Low N Slow guys taking over NOS's booth :D

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Hmm...looks familiar...can't remember.

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Daniel's Z finally came out of the shop with an even more powerful engine setup. The car is now making 523whp / 470tq at 10.5 psi. To see his feature, click here.

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Roll cage...bucket seats..and the license plate says Slow 911.

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I think this Subi was on a different set of wheels before these Volk TE37SLs.

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Want some SuprAss?

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Evasive Motorsports S2000 on some slicks!

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Something about fitted BMWs...right?

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Digging the color.

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A lot of BMWs this year coming out with JDM wheels. Love it.

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Blacked out and aggressive. Not such a fan of those colored side mirrors, but still gorgeous.

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To end off the coverage, a teaser shot of the bikini contest. Actually, I took like 4 shots while the contest was going on because my lens couldn't zoom in enough to take some close up breast shots of these models. All I remember, was that girl in the Blue bikini had better abs than me. I need to start working out again..

Anyways, the last part of my MAS coverage will go up tomorrow, so stay tuned! Bye!


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