A goal for Mayday Garage this year is to be more active than we were last year and what better way to show that by attending Round 1 of FormulaD’s 10th year anniversary held on the streets of Long Beach, CA. It is also my first time back in California since the last FormulaD event. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, click HERE.
While going back and looking through photos from Import Reactor 2010-2012, what was once the biggest hard parker parking garage show has now turned into the smallest parking lot(s) show. Import Reactor last year was at the Woodlands and I’m not gonna lie, was a whole lot better than this year. The concentration of the AM/IR staff was mainly at Anime Matsuri since they were at a new location in downtown Houston, The Hyatt hotel. With the right marketing staff, I could see potential in this parking lot location for the hard parkers, show car queens, and badass cars in the Houston community. If something doesn’t happen, it could be one of those, ‘remember that badass Houston show we had’…
In the third and final installment of “MaydayGarage does 2012 SEMA Show”, we’ll focus on the people at SEMA… only certain people though. While companies have sales or marketing people to interact with the industry crowd, a small number also treat their general public with a little bit more eye candy, if you know what I mean.
The last day of the week-long event was sort of a breather for me as I was looking forward to take my time and just observe the last hall. Without knowing what’s on each hall, my strategy was simple: go from left to right, from the left hall to the right. Simple right? Well, this last hall happened to be the Wheels & Accessories / Global Tire Expo and for those who are familiar with SEMA, I should’ve gone the other way… and back. Similar to E3 or CES having “booth babes”, this particular hall was filled with more attractive people, or rather “spokespeople”, than any other area of the venue. This resulting into a busier hall with the general public. In hindsight, I could’ve avoided the larger crowd on the last day if I had the “right to left” decision. Anyway, a little more eye candy surely doesn’t hurt and we make do with what’s available. Let’s begin.
The month of December is an overall festive time of year that brings friends and families together for joyous celebrations. Specifically, for the East Coast grassroots drift community, it’s time for the annual 100 Drifters of December event hosted by Summit Point Motorsports Park and Drift Nirvana. This two-day “Slide Festival” draws in over a 100+ homegrown and semi-pro drifters. They travel from several surrounding states to this awesome track located in small town West Virginia. For drivers, spectators, tailgaters,and photographers alike, a good time to be had by all!
On the second installment of “MaydayGarage does 2012 SEMA Show”, we’ll mainly focus on the display cars. With hundreds of company display cars inside and lines of show cars outside of the convention halls, the task at hand was overwhelming, in a good way. Let’s begin…
Since it’s announcement in 2008, the Toyota GT-86, or it’s stateside name Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, have been eagerly talked in the industry. Fast forward a few years later to the 2012 SEMA show, the majority of the display cars were FR-S’ (and some BRZ’s). It is the year of the FR-S and it’s no surprise that it won SEMA’s Best of Show in Sport/Compact Class. On a side note, Scion also had the FR-S Tuner Challenge where 3 selected tuners where given the opportunity to customize their Scion with a set budget. By the end of the day, Chris Basseglia’s Minty FReSh won. If you haven’t checked out MaydayGarage’s exclusive coverage of Chris’ car yet, CLICK HERE.
As we catch up on unposted coverages from this year, the holiday break gave us (me at least) enough extra time to bring you a new one from an annual event that took place last month. Here we have, ‘MaydayGarage does 2012 SEMA Show, part1′.
This was the 2nd time MaydayGarage covered the SEMA Show but as a first time attendee of the event, I really didn’t know what to expect. I know there will be tons of cars to cover, a lot of people and opportunities to attend to, and a number of options the Sin City nightlife has to offer. Weeks before the show, I was prepping up by skimming through last years coverage from our fellow automotive bloggers and getting a little bit of advice from the Mayday OGs and even though every little help helps, being there was totally different. Also, due to unfortunate circumstances, I had to do this solo. I want to say I was mildly prepared, but boy was I in for a week-long treat.
So we kicked off the SEMA week on Tuesday where the final round of the Global Rallycross Championship was held across the LVCC.
I’m going to do what we’ve failed to do in awhile… and that is posting coverage within a week of the event. Hah. I’m only doing this because I took some time off from work to get my wisdom tooth removed. I’m writing this while in pain. Thank god it wasn’t too tough making this post since we only had a handful of ok photos… you’ll see why…
A little over 2 years ago, Mayday Garage rolled 7 deep to cover FormulaD Irwindale, and that was the last time any of us had attended the event. Two years pass by and I had to decide between FormulaD Irwindale or SEMA in Las Vegas. What would you guys have decided?
I decided to cover FormulaD because I’ve been itching to watch some drifting action. SEMA is cool and all, but it’s not as exciting as watching cars trying to keep up by staying within inches of each other . Since it was a last minute decision, the other guys either had to stay back in town to work or were just not available. I could have attended both events, but that would be too many days off from my normal daytime and part time job. Yes, I do have a full time job working in a hospital and a part time job as a wedding videographer shooter. This is why you don’t see my event coverages until a month or two later. Actually, I’m just lazy as fuck after work.
Sometimes opportunities come by chance, and some come by knowing the right people. For Chris Basselgia, I’m not sure how he got the chance to compete in this year’s Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge, but for me, I had the opportunity to shoot this Minty FReSh beast by knowing the right people.