Nightlight | A Bulletproof Amuze 370Z

November 8, 2012

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


Having the opportunity to feature a car that has not been shown publicly is absolutely exciting. Our goods friends over at Bulletproof Automotive contacted me regarding this beautiful Z, a Z that has not been shown to anyone in the car scene today. Here is a teaser shot done by our contributing photographer Nick Schultz. Like I said, it's a teaser shot, so make sure to keep yourself updated with Night Import because this feature will be breathtaking.

Event Coverage | R's Meeting

October 11, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Charles Zee Zayas | Words by William Lee

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Like many say, better late than never..right? It's been about a month since Japan had its infamous meet...a meet that's known by many enthusiasts around the world. If you are a Skyline fan like myself, then it isn't optional, but mandatory for you to look through other blogs for a coverage on the R's Meeting or even better, checking it out on Night Import. I believe this is our second time covering this event thanks to our contributor Charles in Japan.

Many of you guys know how Japan hosts numerous car shows/events, probably even more than here in the States, and one event you just need to attend if you plan on going to Japan in September, is this one. Yea yea~ I know things can be seen online these days, but actually attending one is obviously different and an experience that cannot be forgotten.

If you know me well, my dream car is a Skyline BNR34. I made a separate post about this, just to share some of my knowledge about cars that I really want to get. So imagine how badly I want to go to Japan and just see Skylines haha. Anyways I'll stop with the talk and take you guys on a tour to the R's meeting.

Event Coverage | 1JZ Meet @ Fuji Speedway (Pt. II)

September 26, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Charles Zee Zayas | Words by William Lee

JZ-32 There were a lot of photos Charles sent through e-mail throughout this week and I finally had time to organize and edit them for 2 separate coverages. Obviously, one was the one I posted up last week, which was the 1JZ meet at Fuji Speedway, and the other being the R's meet (will be posted up this week). Today, I'll be continuing from where we left off with our Part 1 coverage of the 1JZ meet, so you'll be seeing more show cars and drifting. Charles did a great job trying to cover the entire event. If you guys have some time, drop by his fanpage and give him a shout out!

Event Coverage | 1JZ Meet @ Fuji Speedway (Pt. I)

September 21, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Charles Zee Zayas | Words by William Lee


NightLife | Tokyo

September 17, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Charles Zee Zayas | Words by William Lee

I finally took some time to update my blog. Sorry for being a lazy ass during these past few weeks. I won't make any excuses this time, so let me just take you guys directly to our today's coverage, covered by our photographer in Japan, Charles Zee Zayas. Not too long ago, Charles visited Tokyo, Japan to check out a car meet. You guys should know by now how crazy a car meet can get in Japan, so let's get on with the photos.

Video Coverage | The Infamous (Canibeat x Hellaflush)

August 14, 2012

Night Import: Videography by UMWorks | Words by William Lee

Good thing about having a team for a blog is that whenever a staff can't make it to an event, there will be someone else within the team who will step in and take your spot. Last weekend, two infamous blogs; Canibeat & Hellaflush, hosted a mesmerizing event at Queen Mary located in Long Beach, CA. Yes, it's the location where Toyotafest, JCCS, and many other car shows take place. Having an event at such a grand location should make you think, "Whoa, this event is going to be off the hook!" and that's exactly what happened last Saturday. Congratulations to Canibeat & Hellaflush on having a successful first event in Southern California. Check out this video coverage done by our one and only videographer, UMWorks. Enjoy!

Event Coverage | SpoCom 2012 (Part 2)

August 10, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

This week has been pretty hectic and I barely had time to compile rest of the coverage for all you guys who were looking forward to part 2. There are still a lot of cars that weren't in part 1 that will be in today's coverage, so don't click on the X button at the top right of your window.

So to add some of my thoughts in part 2, I think SpoCom had a lot more spectators compared to last years event. Tons of people were walking in and out and when I had to wait for more than 40 minutes to just park, I instantly realized SpoCom was going to be off the hook. Car wise, I would say it was similar or less. There were a line of cars that I haven't seen last year, as well as not seeing cars that participated last year. Either way, the show was great and I had a great time.

Event Coverage | SpoCom 2012 (Part 1)

August 7, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

Finally...yes..FINALLY! I decided to attend a car show after being quiet for another 2 weeks. It felt great to spend some time checking out cars in person rather than seeing only photos of cars online through blogs. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy checking out coverages by others, but it really can't beat the time doing what you love to do in person.

I'm guessing many of you guys should know about SpoCom because it's been one of the major car shows here in California going on for years. If you read my coverage on SpoCom last year, I wrote a simplistic history about the show and etc. so check it out if you have time.
Let's just put it this way; the hardest and sickest cars in California will be at this show no matter what. I'm talking about cars you have never seen before, such as the ones that were built only to display at major shows. SpoCom is definitely in that list of 'best car shows', so for you guys who missed it this year, don't forget about it next year.

I actually got to know about this show from a good friend of mine named Paul Nguyen. Yes, he was part of another organization called MAS, but not to waste your time and to keep the story short, he is now the VP of Marketing for SpoCom. Paul and I have been talking for a few months about SpoCom and when he reached out to me asking if I can promote the show, I couldn't step back and ignore it, because he was personally an awesome friend of mine and always helped out Night Import. I did have to decline his offer of holding a meet together though, so my bad Paul!
Anyways, let's get on to the coverage, shall we?

Video Coverage | AutoCon 2012

July 24, 2012

Night Import: Videography by UMWorks | Words by William Lee

UMWorks does it again! I have to give mad props to my boy Jared for being so talented and always helping out my blog when it comes to covering an event or meet. Check out his coverage on AutoCon.

Event Coverage | AutoCon 2012

July 23, 2012

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


Hello hello! Wow. Long time no update haha. I know my blog has been pretty quiet throughout these past few months, but most of you guys see the updates I make on my fanpage, so don't hate me too much. A lot of things have been happening to me other than work and I had to keep myself occupied other than going to car shows, which is one of the reasons why I've been so quiet. I was actually thinking about my activeness in the scene yesterday while browsing through the net and realized my activeness went down 80% compared to last year. Many of you guys who personally know me, know exactly what I'm talking about. Some of you guys greeted me as if I came back from the dead once I showed up at a show before haha. Well I'll try to be more active next year, so that all you fans won't be disappointed.

Well last week, one of my favorite car shows from last year happened this year at an earlier time and I was pretty stoked on planning to attend the event. Yeap~ it was AutoCon! I actually met up with Justin, Nathan, and other staffs who were a part of AutoCon last year to discuss about future plans with the event. I didn't know exactly what was happening back then, but I was fortunate enough to be a small part of AutoCon and glad that Justin and Nathan favored my blog. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend AutoCon this year because of a wedding I had to attend, so my apology to all of NI fans and to Justin and Nathan. Although I wasn't there to do a coverage, our contributing photographer Nick Schultz and videographer UMWorks attended AutoCon and as always, they brought us flawless work. Check it!

Nightlight | Super Si

July 9, 2012

Night Import: Videography by Jim Davis | Words by William Lee

Just watch the video :) Enjoy!

Supercharged Civic Si from KillerBlackbird on Vimeo.

Event Coverage | Hot Import Nights 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Ah yes! It felt great going to a car show again after 2 months of being MIA. Well, actually, I've been going through blogs, sites, etc. to keep myself updated with what was going around in the car scene today. I really didn't notice a new 'trend' thing, so it seemed like nothing has changed that much for this year. One thing for sure though, were new rides popping up here and there and of course, aftermarket companies and just car enthusiasts buying the all new Subaru BRZ or/and Scion FR-S. I was looking forward to see some modded BRZs and FR-Ss at the next car show I planned on attending, which was Hot Import Nights that happened last Saturday.

I'm sure many of you guys know about HIN (Hot Import Nights). As I've mentioned in my previous coverages on HIN, HIN was the first show I've ever attended and this was back in middle school. My friend's sister was actually modeling so a few friends and I got in for free. I think during this time period was when Tila Tequila was trying to be an import model or something. All I remember, were shit load of lights from every angle, bunch of cars with lambo doors, and neon lights and other things in and out of cars. I mean...I thought those things were cool back then because seeing any car that was other than its stock form was awesome to those who just got into the car scene. Anyways, things have changed tremendously throughout the years and as of today, comparing the attended show cars for this year to back then in middle school, it's absolutely shocking.

Nightlight | J's2k

June 20, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Jim Davis | Words by William Lee

Light, small, superb handling, affordable... these terms or pros are just a few of the many that describes a Honda S2000. I'm sure there was at least one moment in your lifetime of wanting to purchase one, especially for you tuners. What I personally love about this model in the Honda line is that the aftermarket support is outstanding. There are so many companies making parts for this car and till this day, it continues on. However, there will be only a few that will get recognition in the scene because not too many S2000s out there 'stand out'. Today, you'll be seeing a gorgeous one, shot by our contributing photographer Jim Davis. The car was modified in the simplest form, yet with high-end and functional parts. Let me introduce you to Matt Musto's S2000, or what I like to call it starting from today, J's 2k.

NightLife | LVD Drift Event

June 12, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Dan Purpura (CFD Productions) | Words by William Lee

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Welcome back to NI! It's finally that time when car shows and meets will be poppin every week, as well as local small events such as LVD Drift, which you are about to see a coverage of today covered by our contributor Dan Purpura. LVD Drift is one of those events for the drifting enthusiasts. It doesn't matter if you're a pro or not, because it's open to every class and level. Lebannon Valley Dragway, aka LVD, is the place to be at if you want to see drifters showing off their skills.

Video Coverage | Hellaflush Kansai Pt. II

June 6, 2012

Night Import: Video by Charles Zee Zayas | Words by William Lee

Many of you guys enjoyed the video coverage of Hellaflush Kansai Pt. 1 done by our contributor in Japan, Charles Zee Zayas. Here is the second part of the coverage, showing more cars and other things that went on at the event. Enjoy!

HFKJ 2 from "The Punctured Way" Zee on Vimeo.

Random NightLife | Friends from Japan

Night Import: Words by William Lee

Just a very short clip I recorded during dinner time with my friends from Japan. We ate at a famous kbbq place in Koreatown called Hae Jang Chon. You guys should try that place out because their meat is delic~~~~~~ious.

Event Coverage | Hellaflush Kansai Video Coverage

June 4, 2012

Night Import: Video by Charles Zee Zayas | Words by William Lee

Long time no see guys.
Not too long ago, our contributor Charles in Japan did a coverage on Hellaflush at Kansai, Japan. As many of you guys know, the first show last year was a huge success and this year, it was even better. Enjoy this video coverage and share it with your friends!

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

May 24, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Why does it feel like the week is going faster than usual? I remember writing up part 1 on Monday, but it's already Thursday and I'm writing the final part of my Motion Auto Show coverage. O well~ It might be good for some of you guys who felt as if these past few days were slow as hell.
Today's coverage will cover the other parts of the showcase area and I'll be talking about some random things that I observed throughout the show. I actually stayed until 6pm chilling with my boys at Import Fashion's booth, but didn't get a chance to hear the awards being announced. I have no idea why I missed the last part...because....I can't remember what the hell I was doing. Those dam gummy know exactly what I'm talking about. Anyways, in the words of comedian David So, "LGI son! Let's get it! Let's go!"

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!

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

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Wow. It felt amazing last week to FINALLY attend a major car show here in SoCal. The last show I went to was the one in Puente Hills hosted by Prestige Marketing and that was like..2~3 months ago. If you are active in the car scene as a blogger, then you know exactly how it feels to rest for that long. Because of time conflicts and being so tired during my resting period, the only way to be updated with cars was to check out blogs and sites that update very frequently, such as Speedhunters, MotorMavens, StanceWorks, etc. I was particularly interested in SoCal car news because I live in SoCal and want to be updated with cars that have never came out or the ones I've seen before but with new setups for this year. Knowing how seeing cars in person and online have a difference and the fact that MAS was on a Sunday when I didn't work, I was really excited. Wait, let me exaggerate a bit more... I was extremely fu*king excited!

On Saturday when I usually stay up all night chilling with my homies, I actually came home early (around 3am...*cough*) to rest up, woke up at around 8am, got ready, and right when I was about to leave, I felt as if I needed to check my tires, so I started from the back checking the treads. Rears were fine considering it's on -8 camber and I was rolling on them for 7 months now, but the front passenger side tire was almost gone! I was like.. fu*k it..and just drove the tC slowly to Long Beach Convention Center. I arrived at around 11am, got my Media pass, and the coverage started from then on. I was debating on which photo to start with, and decided to give Michael Mao's NSX the spotlight. I'll get back to his car later on throughout the coverage. You guys ready? Because I am! LEGO!!!!

Nightlife | Drift Faction 2012

May 15, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Jim Davis | Words by William Lee

Drift Faction 5/11/12 To some of us, it's the smell of burnt tires in the morning that replaces the caffeine in coffee. The drifters who participated in the recent drifting event called Drift Fraction are the ones who fit into that category. Not too long ago, Jim brought us a coverage on last year's Drift Faction and the response from the community was overwhelming. It's always a pleasurable sight to see such organized events for the grassroots because there aren't so many out there and through my blog, I'm pleased to share such events so that the popularity of this event can grow and give some sort of an idea to those who plan on organizing one. This year's Drift Faction event was as good as last year's, tons of people participating and showing off their skills.

Nightlight | Night Import Rides

May 12, 2012

Night Import: Photography by staffs | Words by William Lee

Most of the contents that are published on my blog are event coverages and features. I know many of you guys enjoyed it and so did I, even though it was written by me, but there weren't many times I posted something related to our contributors. Today is somewhat of a special post, because it's the first time ever revealing the cars driven by our staffs. I've been promising myself to make this post asap, but because of not having so much time to even write a simple post on my blog, it's been postponed for weeks! Well finally, it's time! Now some of you guys might be expecting a lot from us because of the sheer amount of fans we have on facebook. It's not the rides that made our blog somewhat known to the automotive scene, but the coverage and contents we post up on the fanpage and the blog by our contributors. Personally, I think what our staffs drive ain't that bad! So let's get on to the introduction and pics.

Jim Davis's S2000 

Jim has been a contributor for quite a long time. He's obviously known for his photography skills, and soon enough, will be active and known in the car scene with his S2k after he installs all the upcoming parts ordered through various companies. I can mention a few products that are in the shipping/ordering process, but I rather wait and show you guys the complete look of his ride. To give you guys a glimpse of the upcoming parts...
Jim: "17X10 +45 bronze Volk CE28N's, Fortune Auto 500 coilovers with Swift springs (10K front/9K rear), Fortune Auto brushed titanium shift knob all waiting to be installed after the wheels arrive. "
Another ride driven by Jim. I never expected him to drive a truck, so this was pretty new.

   DSC_0080-2.jpgAndy Nguyen's Prius 

Woohoo!!! I love the Prius after looking at the Aimgain Prius not too long ago. I know it's not a favorite amongst the hybrid line up, but it still saves you tons of gas and probably shits on most of our rides when it comes to gas mileage.
Modifications: Tein Htechs Prius Five Fog Lights All LED bulbs 5K HIDs lows and fogs 20% tint all round Black painted lower bumper trims In these photos: XXR 522(?) 18x9.5 +38F +33R Falken ZE912 225/40 all round
I've been talking with Andy for months about his Prius, because I want him to install air ride and get the aimgain kit. Who knows, he might go with it :)

Nick Schult'z IS

I actually jacked this photo from Nick's facebook page because he doesn't have too many shots of his recent IS look on flickr. Nick has been slowly modifying his car and is stepping up big time. Stay tuned once everything settles. Also, his ride had a small feature on Modified magazine, so pick up the last month's issue and check it out.
  Summer Daze-31Edgar's G35 

 I'll just post the mod list of Edgar's ride. It should explain everything.
Engine: ARC Blow off Valve ARC Oil Cooler ARC Intercooler ARC Strutbar ARC Radiator ARC Oil Pan ARC Oil Cap ARC Radiator Cap Cosworth Intake Manifold Cosworth Fuel Rails Custom Purple Valve Covers Engine Bay Wire Tuck Purple Samco Hoses Mishimoto Fan Shroud Vortech Supercharger Custom Intake pipe Custom Super Charger piping fully polished Polished Super Charger Bracket Power Enterprises 510cc injectors Invidia Gemini Exhaust Motordyne ART Test Pipes Interior BRIDE CUGAS custom Suede Diamond Stitched inserts Custom Diamond stitched door inserts and backseats Custom Black Suede interior Takata harness Defi Advanced CR Guages Boost,Oil Temp AEM EUGO A/F Guage KEY!s Racing steering wheel FET QRSII quick release Exterior: Custom Purple Pearl Mix "EGGPLANT PEARL" paint Custom Widened K2 front bumper Custom widened Front fenders Custom rear quarter-panel pull BAUSAUTO - INGs+1 sides BAUSAUTO -Chargespeed Replica rear bumper with purple CF insert SEIBON TS Style Purple CF hood VIS Racing Rear Trunk Purple CF VIS Racing Rear Window Visor purple CF BAUSTAUTO - Guilla replica grill in CF Suspension/Brakes/Wheels: Ohlins tuned by IMPUL coilovers Whiteline Sway Bars Whiteline Endlinks SPC Front Camber arms SPC Rear Camber arms GT-Spec Under Bracing Endless 6 Pot Racing front BBK 370mm Endless 4 pot Racing rear BBK 355mm 20" SSR SP3s in Super Black Coat finish 20X9.5 -0 20X11 +3 ICE: Kenwood DNX Headunit HERTZ MILLIE Component system front HERTZ MILLIE Component System rear Audison LRx 5.1k Amplifier Image Dynamics D3 12" subwoofer
Good enough...right? :)
  1013mm tCLastly, my ride.

 I didn't post every staff's ride because some didn't submit a photo, but once I do get them, I'll update this post. Thanks guys for checking out Night Import.

Random NightLife: Tour on Job Design

May 8, 2012

Night Import: Photo by Brian Kato | Words by William Lee

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Welcome back! I'm finally bringing you guys some content to enjoy. It took me awhile to get these photos edited, submitted by my good friend Brian Kato, who recently went to Japan and visited a few companies and events. He actually shared his photos with us on D1GP, so if you missed his coverage, click here to check it out.
Today, I'll be taking you guys on a tour to the famous VIP company in Japan called Job Design. Brian Kato himself drives a VIP Fuga here in the states and is a big fan of Job Design, so it was one of his listed plans to visit the company when he went to Japan. I personally love this company as well because of the luxurious and exotic style the kits hold and goes so well with a few chassis, especially Lexus. It's not so common to see a Job Design Lexus GS or LS here in the states, but if you get to see one in person, you literally stand at one spot, staring at the car for a few minutes. After seeing so many VIP rides last year, I'm planning to move to a VIP chassis instead of the Rx-7 FD I planned on getting. I mean...I just got a better position in work and have to meet a few lawyers here and there, so why not drive a boss'd out car in koreatown, right? :D Let's check out the coverage by Brian.

Random Nightlife: Lag

May 7, 2012

Night Import: Words by William Lee

Wow...I haven't been on this blog since....last week... shit... my bad guys, especially to those who actually check my blog out. I have been MIA like a mofo during these past few months because of my job. I feel really guilty now after realizing how inactive I am compared to last year. If you know me, I've been to almost every meet and event last year, not giving a shit about what I did because I was sooo into it. But after thinking about myself in the long-run, I had to step my game up and do what I had to do. Don't get me wrong, I still love cars and would LOVE to go to every single event, but I have more important things to do in my life and need to get my facts straight. What I do as a hobby, is just a hobby. Ya'll might think Night Import is my job and I get banked because of the number of fans this blog has on facebook, but all in honesty, I don't earn anything other than the decals I sell as requested and a few $ from the companies who want their ads on my blog. Yeap, I don't earn jack and I never intended to make money out of Night Import.

 So..what do I do? I already mentioned my job on one post in the past, but I work for a MRI center in Koreatown, Los Angeles. I also just got promoted as a director for an orthopedic consultation office, so my life got two times busier. I'm dam happy that my life is getting busier with a job I'm satisfied with, but at the same time, pretty depressed because I can't meet all the friends I met in the car scene or just taking my car out there to shows or meets. Few months ago, I was going to show my car at TORC, but that didn't happen. I didn't even get to go to TORC last week.

Well, to share some news with you guys today, I will be selling my tC very soon and move on to a different car. If I'm your friend, then this news should've been unexpected because I always said to you guys that I would keep my car. But, I had to go through some shit during these past few weeks, so I have no choice but to sell it. O well~! Life sucks. On the other hand, my new ride will be a................ can't share that info hahahahaha I already know what I'm going to get, so just wait and see :) That's about it guys. I just made this post to keep you guys updated with what I've been going through. In a few days, I'll be posting a coverage by Brain Kato on Job Design JP., my list of 10 things I hate seeing at car shows and meets, and some other things shared by our contributors. O yea, might make a good-bye post on my tC, so that might be interesting. Keep ya'll heads up and stay strong! Peace out!

Event Coverage | D1 Grand Prix 2012 Odaiba Round 1

April 18, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

Hello again NI fans (^-^)v
The weather is finally getting better here in SoCal. It's definitely a good sign for all the enthusiasts because that means...clean your ride and bring it out! While those who are living in CA are enjoying the beautiful weather, the other side of the world is being hit with thunderstorms and heavy raining, such as Odaiba, Japan where D1 Grand Prix was held last week. It really is bothersome when you plan on attending a grand event and the weather pretty much messes up the whole mood, but D1GP was different.
You guys took a look at Brain Kato's coverage last week, and for today, you'll be seeing a coverage by our official contributor Charles. He was actually updating all our staffs on what he was doing, how the weather was, who crashed, etc. Because I've already explained on the history on D1GP, I'll jump right to the coverage.

NightLife | Infest X Glendale Infiniti & Nissan Meet II

April 16, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

The only time when I can actually go to a meet or an event early is on Sundays, and luckily, there was one meet going on that was actually really close to my town. It was hosted by a group of guys that I've known since last year, a crew called Infest. I promised to attend their meet when they made an announcement earlier this year, so after waking up, I dropped off my brother at Burbank and headed directly to Glendale Nissan & Infiniti Dealership where the meet was held.
Last year, our editor Edgar Lozoya attended Infest's first meet and did a coverage for us. It seemed as if the turnout wasn't bad at all. If ya'll don't know about Glendale though, it's not such a friendly city when it comes to cops, because living near that area for quite a long time, driving a modified car in that area is asking for trouble. Considering these circumstances, the amount of cars that did show up was good enough. Anyways, the turnout was pretty decent and I had a good time checking out rides and talking with peepz. Let's get on with the coverage.

Event Coverage | D1 Grand Prix - View from contributor

April 14, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Brian Kato | Words by William Lee

Ah~ one of the most anticipated events that many enthusiasts were waiting for happened yesterday in Odaiba, Japan. Yeap! You got it right. The first round of D1GP baby! and today will be D1 Champions at the same location. I should be in Japan RIGHT NOW to cover the event (ㅜㅜ) but luckily, there are fans out there that are willing to contribute their coverage for my blog, so I'm very pleased a friend of mine, Brian Kato (owner of the super cambered Infiniti M), was willing to share his own coverage to be publicized on my blog today.

Now, I'm sure many of you guys know about D1GP. I can recall back in the days when I first got into the scene not knowing jack about any automotive sport except Nascar. Yea yea~ you can hate me if you want, but I didn't have cable television and Nascar was on a local channel. Anyways, once I got to know people in the drifting scene and just enthusiasts in general, I heard about D1GP or to be more specific, D1 Grand Prix. For those who don't know what this sport is about, one can pretty much sum it up by's a drifting event in Japan!

As I've mentioned earlier, enthusiasts love D1GP because of spectating professional drifters competing against each other in powerful cars. Like many of us, we want the day of the event to have a good weather. I do, because I gotta do coverage and don't want to be in a shitty mood. Well yesterday in Odaiba, Japan, it was pouring! Our official contributor in Japan, Charles, was saying the weather was so horrible he decided to leave early after shooting for a short time. You'll be seeing his own coverage some time during this week, but today, let me share you the photos taken by Brain Kato.

Event Coverage | Formula Drift Long Beach 2012 - Part 2

April 10, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Hope everyone enjoyed Part 1 yesterday, because if you did, the enjoyment will continue on with today's coverage, Part 2 of Formula Drift. I think I should rename it to Slammed Society Showcase (Name of Car Show hosted by Fatlace) because that's one of the two sections I only covered from the event because of not having media access. Either way, in Part 2 today, you'll be seeing majority of the cars that participated in Fatlace's show along with some of the drifting cars that didn't make it to the Top 32.

If you are a blogger or just go to events to snap some shots, you always expect to see something new every year. That's pretty much how I felt during late January because the most common phrase I heard was, "Just wait and see...". I didn't expect TOO much when I went to Formula D 3 days ago because to be honest, although there are a good amount of cars that participate in Slammed Society, most of them are the ones I've seen at meets or other events. For this year though, there were a lot of new rides and the ones I've seen before came out with a different look.

Event Coverage | Formula Drift Long Beach 2012 - Part 1

April 9, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

Formula D LB-187
It's been my 3rd year now going to Formula Drift and I couldn't be any happier continuing that streak! The sound of roaring engines, smell of burning tires, and seeing smoke from every angle is what makes Formula Drift so dam fun! Personally, this is an event I always look forward to attending because along with drifting, there is a car show hosted by Fatlace right next to the track. After watching the professional drifters ripping it up, another source of entertainment is there. If you haven't been to any of the Formula Drift rounds, then let me tell you right now; go to their website, purchase a ticket, and GO! If the event isn't hosted where you live, then reserve a plane ticket to attend one that's near you because it will be worth it.

There was far more than expected in this year's Formula Drift at Long Beach. Cars were even more powerful, some drifters changed to different chassis, and new drifters participated such as the professional drifter in Japan, Daigo Saito, which I'll talk more about later on. With all these excitements being known months before the actual event, I was really looking forward to go on the track and see the action up-close. Unfortunately, what I dearly wanted didn't happen. Every year, all the staffs and I got accepted as Media, meaning a full track access and entering other sections of the event; however, there were new regulations that needed to be met for this year's event and my blog didn't satisfy or meet the requirements. I felt horrible for all our contributing photographers because they did apply as well but got denied. The fault is definitely on me because I've been MIA for quite a long time and as a result, the number of visitors for my blog did slightly diminish. Now, knowing that we got declined, I was expecting to see some high-end photographers at Formula D yesterday who worked for, of course, blogs/sites with good stats. Long story short, I was very x100 disappointed. I don't need to see a coverage to judge because by knowing few of the guys out there on the track, I knew my blog had better stats and other things that did make NI better. I'm not being cocky right now but saying the truth. O well~ I guess I just need to accept it and move on. Once again, sorry to all NI contributors and especially, my apology to all NI fans for not being able to get track access and get drifting shots. (ㅜㅜ)
With that being said, all you'll see in my coverage throughout this week will be the pit/vendor area and car show section. You won't be disappointed, so make sure to re-visit my blog after you read through Part 1 today :)

Random NightLife | Formula Drift Long Beach LIVE

April 7, 2012

Night Import: Harro~!

Formula D LIVE BABY!

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Random NightLife | Instagram, Formula D, Etc.

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

WDUP!!!! How's it going sexy NI fans. Gawd dam~ this week was busy as hell, but glad it's FINALLY Saturday, because.... *drumroll* .. Formula D baby!
Woot Woot! I've been waiting for this day like a little kid waiting to watch Pokemon. Wait a sec...was that too childish? Eh~ who gives a fuck.
Anyways, if you are an automotive enthusiast, I'm 100% sure you've watched drifting before or if not, heard about it, because personally, I think it's the biggest automotive sport. The excitement of seeing cars going sideways, tires burning on the pavement, and the noise of throttling engines that sound like trumpets being blown when greeting a King or Queen are a few to mention when it comes to drifting. All you need to know about the event can be found here, but for those who are really lazy and want to find out some info about it on my blog, read below.

Information from Formula D
Formula DRIFT kicks-off the 9th championship season on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course has been around since 1977. Highlighted by Formula 1, IndyCar, American Le Mans Series, The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, and now Formula DRIFT. 2012 will be Formula DRIFT's 7th consecutive year at the famous Street Course. The expanded 2-day event will again be one week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Utilizing Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course, Formula DRIFT slides its way on one of two actual street course utilized for professional drifting; the other is the Formula DRIFT Asia event which is held on Singapore's F1 Street Course. With a high-speed entry and very tight spacing between the cars and walls, there is no room for mistakes, making the opening round of the Formula DRIFT season one of the most exciting drift events of the year.

This event also features: the Slammed Society Car Show presented by Fatlace, a huge vendor village, tons of giveaways from sponsors, driver autograph session, open pits to see the cars and stars up close and personal, and much much more!

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach will kick-off the 2012 Championship season in style with new cars, new drivers, and all the sideways excitement that Formula DRIFT is known for. Champion Daijiro Yoshihara will be back to defend his title against all competitors including Justin Pawlak, Chris Forsberg, Darren McNamara, Matt Powers and the rest of the talented pool of drivers.

Don't miss out on the exciting 2012 Formula DRIFT Season Opener on April 6-7

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - Main Event

6:00 am – 8:00 am — Roll in Car Show
8:00 am – 3:00 pm — Will Call Open for Vendors/Sponsors/Teams
8:00 am — VENUE OPEN Credential Holders ONLY
8:30 am – 9:00 am — MANDATORY All Drivers' Meeting
9:00 am – 10:00 am — MANDATORY Driver Headshots
9:30 am – 10:00 am — MANDATORY Media Meeting and Check-in
10:00 am – 6:00 pm — GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC
9:00 am – 10:30 am — OPEN PRACTICE – Top 32
11:00 am – 1:00 pm — MAIN COMPETITION – Round of 32
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — "Half Time" Break
3:00 pm — National Anthem/Opening Ceremonies
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm — MAIN COMPETITION – Round of 16 to Finals
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm — Trophy Ceremony & Closing Main 

Address: 300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

So there it is! Get your butt off the computer chair, dress up, take your camera if you have one, and head to Long Beach in a few minutes because it's going to be cracking. I don't know about you guys, but I'll be rooting for Daigo Saito because this is his first time entering into a drifting competition in the US. For those who don't know him, he was the champion of D1 Grand Prix back in 2008, which is a very honorable title to have in the drifting scene of Japan.

I also want to note to all you Smartphone owners that Instagram is available in the market! What does that mean? FOLLOW MY ASS! I'm just playing :) But really, for those who want to see some live coverage going on or want to see some cars that I spot on the freeway while going to work or just walking around, follow me @ wlee87. Yeap! wlee87
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I made only 2 posts about this thing on our fanpage and didn't expect some of ya'll to already follow me. The followers # went higher yesterday, but just wanted to share this pic to show my appreciation and thank all ya'll for supporting NI.

Have a great week guys! and don't drink and drive :)

NightLife | Drift Faction 2011

April 5, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Jim Davis | Words by William Lee

Drift Faction October 21st 2011
Grassroot drifters are what makes the drifting scene exciting because one day, one of those grassroots might become the next professional drifter competing at a major drifting event, such as Formula Drift. We all need to start somewhere no matter what we do. For grassroots, it's the continuous and consistent practice, trying to claim rewards, recognition, and the name grassroots itself, which is only a beginning title and a step forward to their future success in drifting. This event coverage, covered by our contributing photographer Jim Davis, called Drift Faction is exactly what many amateur drifters look forward to. Drift Faction is a once a month event and according to Jim, he tags a long with our other contributor Dan Purpura to take some shots and chill with these guys. Although the set of photos I'm about to share were taken last year, I want you guys to get a taste of Drift Faction and join the event this year.

Event Coverage | MFN Season Opener

April 3, 2012

Night Import: Photography by Rich McKee / Words by William Lee

The weather is pretty warm, people are starting to move, and the cars that were hibernating for few months are finally coming out. Here is SoCal, car shows and meets are nonstop, so there really isn't a resting period unlike other countries where it snows and rains as if the earth is about to end. But in the UK, the enthusiasts really doesn't give a shit about the weather because from the coverages I've been seeing through our contributor Rich McKee, it's been pretty cracking almost every month. Not so long ago, a very well known event called MFN was held, an event that started with mostly bikers and gradually reached out to car enthusiasts. Let's check out the coverage provided by Rich!

NightLife | Puente Hills Car Meet 2012

April 2, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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It's been a long time since I went to a car meet here in SoCal. Many of you guys already know I've been busy with work during these past few months, so my activity in the car scene has been diminishing. But as mentioned in my previous articles, Night Import is only a hobby, not a career, so don't be expecting too much this year because this actual blog will not be updated as it used to be.....actually...don't believe me because I tend to be more active when I say depressing things :)
So last week, I was busy having too much fun starting from Thursday to Saturday. When I mean "fun", I'm talking about going out at night time..and.. well.. I don't want to get too specific. I was way too tired on Sunday and decided to stay at home, but I got a call from JP, owner of the Cressida from BP VIP, asking if I wanted to come out to a meet at City of Industry. It was a car meet called Puente Hills Dealer Showcase hosted by Prestige Marketing. If you've been updated with my blog since last year, you should know Prestige has been hosting several meets at dealerships in City of Inudstry because of not worrying about the usual problems many face when hosting a meet. So far, I've been to almost every meet they've hosted except one or two. I forgot why I missed the others, but either way, when I told myself I would rest, I said to myself, "fuk it" and decided to head out after dropping off my brother.

Random NightLife | Dream Car

March 28, 2012

Night Import: Words by William Lee | Photos by various people

Wow! It feels like I haven't logged into my blogger account for years! But seriously, I've been away from the car scene for quite a long time now, not because of already getting tired of it, but because of work! Fuck! Work! I know I gotta pay off those loans from college and ridiculous credit card bills, but it just pisses me off sometimes when I realize that work has been interfering with my time in photography and cars. I still love doing what I do as a hobby and want to be involved with it as much as possible, but when reality slaps my face, I'm sitting down in a office communicating with patients (ㅜㅜ) O well~ at least I get paid for what I do and will continue on with this job until I get into medical school, so I try to think positively every single day.....ok....I'm bs'ing about the 'positive' part.
Anyways, I decided to make this post to talk about what we all like to talk about; a dream car. Now, don't be confused with yourself when the word "dream" is used in the car scene. I personally define a dream car as a car that one can't afford at one's current state.
I sat down in my room, thinking for quite a long time, wondering what car would be considered as my dream car. At first, I thought of a Mazda Rx-7 FD3S and Acura NSX. Both cars are what I truly want to own, but I don't consider them to be my dream car. The reason being is because I can actually afford either one if I wanted to. Shit..if I knew about cars back then, I wouldn't have bought my current Scion tC for $22k (-_-;) But because I actually want to build my tC until I'm satisfied and because it's my first new car, I'm going to stick with it and then move on to either a Rx-7 or NSX.

John's FEED + RE Amemiya Rx-7 FD
John's Rx-7 is a perfect example of how I want my Rx-7 to look like. I might go with a different look, but want to keep it simple. If I want to go outrageously exotic, then my choice will be a RE Amemiya conversion kit.

Great example of how I want my NSX to look like if I get one. I don't care if I get a kit or not. A stock NSX is simply pure sex.

OK! Now to my DREAM car. Ready? and I'm going to talk about only ONE.

Photo by Bertjan Davelaar, Photo from Wallpaper site

Yea yea yea~ I know it's everyone's dream car, but there's no rule saying that I can't dream about having one, so don't judge me! As many of you guys know, there are a handful of Skyline GT-R R34s in the US that are actually registered to be driven legally. From what I've heard, going through the whole process of making it legal is a pain in the ass! But I personally think going through that shit will be worth it at the end because the R34 is one of the most sexiest looking and powerful car in its price range and class. I LOVE R34s!!!!!!!!

To be honest, I could've gone with an exotic such as a Ferrari Enzo, Pagani Zonda, Koenigsegg Agera R, 458, Lamborghini Aventador, and much much more, but I kept it in the Japan and Sports car class.

So, I want to ask you guys this question. What is YOUR dream car?

Event Coverage | Hot Import Nights 2012

March 13, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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As mentioned in my coverage, I attended Hot Import Nights right after LTBMW's 2012 meet. I was thinking about staying longer at LTBMW because cars were constantly coming in and the quality of cars were so much better compared to last year's meet, but realizing how much of a struggle I had at HIN 2011 when all the lights were off and tons of people walking back and forth in front of the cars I wanted to take photos of, I left at around 2:15pm to arrive a bit early and take an advantage of my media pass. The actual show started at 3pm, so going in at least 10 minutes earlier was good enough for me.

Now, many of you guys might not know this, but last week's HIN was supposed to happen at Irwindale Speedway along with XDC. What the hell happened? Irwindale Speedway filed bankruptcy, so the place is now gone! Well...not gone, but it's basically closed down. What HIN planned to do got fuked up and instead of cancelling the show, they decided to rent out a different place, which was at Fairplex in Pomona, CA. I'm just glad the show still happened because many enthusiasts missed out on HIN last year and wanted to attend this year's event. I enjoyed myself checking out some new rides when HIN was at Los Angeles, but what I really enjoyed was the overall mood of HIN because it brought back memories when I attended HIN back in middle school! Although I got into the scene last year, my first car show was HIN, so it was pretty dam epic to attend it again last year. I think I went right when the show started and left late because it was so fukin dark inside the convention center I had to wait until the lights were back on to do coverage.

So~ being excited while driving to Pomona, CA, I arrived, got in line to get my pass, and entered a building where HIN was taking place. What I usually like to do before I start a coverage is to walk around the whole area and check out the cars. After taking a quick glance, I walked around and took some snaps. While doing my coverage though, I don't know what the fuk happened, but I lost interest in the show within 40 minutes and this is when the show actually started. I'm not saying the car show sucked at all because it was actually dam good. Tons of models, cars, and people, but I think it was because most of the cars that did show were the ones I usually saw at other car meets/shows. I mean..I've been doing this for months now, so had no clue why this feeling struck me. Am I getting tired of this scene already? or is it because I want to see something new? Ah...fuk it..I don't know what the hell I'm talking about right now, so let's get on with the coverage. The lighting wasn't as bad as HIN in Los Angeles, CA but my camera has its limit, so I did have some difficulties taking shots here and there. Yeap~ the photos will be shitty! I tried to take photos of cars I've never seen before, but like I've just mentioned, most of the cars you will see today are the ones you guys have seen in the previous coverages.

NightLife | 2012 LTBMW Meet & Greet

March 12, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

LTBMW 2012-10
Good morning everyone! I think that applies to those who live in the US right now, but wherever you are, welcome back to Night Import (^-^)v It's been a busy week like usual with car shows and meets. You know how it goes down in California, especially after winter, so expect a lot more coverages this year. I really wanted to focus more on features, but the time to actually go out during the weekdays and do photoshoots is not working out, so my apologies to all the car owners I promised to shoot their rides. It will happen soon, so give me a bit more time! But in the positive side for all you Night Import fans, a coverage should be good enough during your break time or if you don't have anything to do.
Last week, there were 2 places I needed to stop by to do coverage; LTBMW's Greet & Meet and Hot Import Nights. I was unsure if I had time to stop by LTBMW's meet because I got a sudden call on Friday asking to work on Saturday, so my time schedule got pretty fuked up. Luckily, I ended early and had time to grab something to eat and head down to LTBMW's meet. Yeap~ I promised myself not to attend 2 car meets/shows this year, but it's not working out because I fuking love cars. :D
Let's get on with the coverage.

NightLife | Spring Kickoff Car Show & Meet

March 6, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William LeeBurbank Go Kart Meet-33
It feels like my life is getting busier every week because of needing to do several things within a time period. I'm feeling old now as well because sooner than later, I'll be hitting the age of 25. My apology to some of you guys who are older than me and had to read what I just wrote, but you should know that aged-feeling once you pass 21. Blah~ anyways, out of nowhere, I realized I needed to be more involved with the automotive scene. It's not to the point where I need to attend 3 meets or events on one day, but just going out there. I felt as if I needed to bring something more to the table so that people can look up to Night Import or just appreciate it more than other blogs out there. Naw~ I'm not trying to be competitive. All of the bloggers or just blogs in general should be a family rather than hate on each other. You know what I mean? Most of the stuff I post up on my blog doesn't have that exclusiveness yet, but one day, and I know for sure that day will come soon, Night Import will be your automotive source for features and coverages v(^-^)v

Last week, while thinking about what to do before heading to a KBBQ session with a few well-known photographers, I headed out to this meet called Spring Kickoff, which was at Racer's Edge Karting in Burbank, CA. I heard it was organized by Garrett, but not 100% sure. This event was a mix of a car show and meet because it sort of had the vibe of a car show. I'm talking about vendors being present and the actual Go Karting place being opened for spectators and participants. There were no trophies, but people had an opportunity to participate in the raffling.

NightLife | Night Import's "Collaboration" Meet

March 2, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

It's been around a year and 3 months since the official release of Night Import to the public. Starting out with knowing the basics as an automotive enthusiast, I've studied cars as if I was reading a medical book, trying to memorize every single make and model out there, along with its pros and cons. On top of that, getting to know the aftermarket companies in the US and Japan to see what they brought to the automotive table. I've been to more than 250 meets/events last year to learn and understand the community, and throughout those times, cars became a permanent part of my life.
Getting to know cars was obviously a priority as a blogger, but what I realized through those busy times of doing coverage and going to events was not only the cars but the importance of people. It's the people in the scene today that makes this car scene enjoyable and memorable. I started out without knowing anyone. Just Stance was the first blog I started as a photographer, but even back then, I didn't know anyone because the site's main traffic source was from the east coast. After deciding to have my own blog, it's then when things changed tremendously. The random people I came across at meets/events became friends and through those friends, I was introduced to various things in the automotive world. Last year, my blog had its first meet at JIC Magic. With only 2 weeks of notice, the company's lot was filled with cars. It was a small gathering of enthusiasts and I couldn't be any happier.
This year, I wasn't planning on doing a meet or an event. The pressure and stress one gets by organizing one is something I observed last year and I didn't want to go through it. I's all good if you have a good turnout or just a few of your close friends showing up and have fun, but having to find an area where cops won't bother you is like the worst task to deal with. Long story short, I came across an underground parking structure that belonged to a close friend of mine in the car scene. If you guys went to my meet, then you should know it was a part of Descanso Spa. If you didn't come, it's in a small town called Tujunga, CA. When I first saw this place, I was speechless! The lot was pretty dam big and had great lighting. The owner and I had like a 5 minute talk and he said I was more than welcome to borrow the lot for a day. Even after hearing the good news, I was still undecided about having a meet, but because many of you guys asked for it, I made it happen.

Nightlight | Golden King

February 29, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

TommyKaira GT-R R35 Full
One of the grateful things that ever happened to me in the 'scene' is being able to meet people in the automotive industry and through those people meeting others that have contributed vastly to make this scene even better than how it is today. When I mean by better, it's not only referring to people but cars in general; breaking our perspectives of how much power a car can put out or modifying a car differently and surprising the world. We get interested in a specific company or person that has done the job and the unconditional support starts from there. A company I came across that strongly relates to this story is SP Engineering located in City of Industry, CA. I actually did not know about SP Engineering until one of the staffs contacted me through facebook, asking if I was interested in shooting a car that no one has seen. It was an honor and a time period when I realized my hard work has paid off. With the upmost feeling, I headed down to SP to see what the surprise was, and sure enough, I was stunned and speechless.

Random NightLife | New Products for 2012

February 28, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

After much debate, I decided to sell some products because of constant requests I've been getting through e-mails. I'm not a huge fan when it comes to selling things, but it seems like many of you guys wanted to rep my blog. I didn't want to be too hasty with what I wanted to sell, so to start it off, there will be only decals available in certain colors. What you see above were the limited edition ones and will not be back in stock until I decide to sell them again. The only reason why these were made in such a small batch was because of the difficulty level of slapping them on and the extra work the decal maker had to go through.
The official decals will look similar to the ones pictured above, but without the line and wording after Night Import. Price for the official decals will be $5 (free shipping) and an extra $1.50 to be shipped internationally. The size of decal is approximately 15 x 1.5 inches. These are on pre-order sale and will be in stock hopefully by next week. Woot Woot!

Official Store: CLICK HERE

2012 Upcoming Events

February 27, 2012

Night Import: Photography shared by Events/Blogs

There are tons of events coming up for the year 2012 and I wanted to make this post to keep you guys updated on which events I'll personally be attending for coverage.
Click on a photo to find out more about the event.


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NightLife | Royal Flush meet @ Ray Ray Restaurant

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

Enjoying the beautiful weather in California, but grinding my teeth because of ridiculous gas prices, the best way to deal with my ups and downs was to attend a car meet! You know there will be at least one meet during the weekends, so I always tend to plan ahead by calling my friends to come out to a certain meet or go alone to see what's up. Last Sunday, I stepped out of my house to buy a toner for my old ass printer, but after finding out Office Depot didn't have any for my printer model, I was just sitting in my car, thinking of what to do. If I wanted to be a studious person, I would've gone to a local cafe to study, but because it was a weekend and I wanted to do something else than shove my face in medical books, I hit up my good friend Lauren who works at Mida Sushi to bother her. She reminded me about a meet I attended last month hosted by Royal Flush at Ray-Ray Restaurant located in El Monte and told me RF was doing it again. I think it's becoming a monthly meet now because the turnout is pretty dam good. Other than the cars though, I like the drinks at Ray Ray's, so that's another reason why I wanted to go :)
Enjoy the short video coverage!

NightLife | Wrong Fitment Crew @ Santa Monica

February 26, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

How's it going guys! Welcome back to my blog. Things have been pretty hectic these days, which is why you guys aren't seeing a lot of features or coverages, but I'm starting to go out there when I can and because SoCal is about to get packed with meets and events, you'll be coming back to this blog almost every week just to check out what I covered (^-^)v I can tell you that my activeness in the scene won't be as much as last year because of my priorities, but I promise you that NI won't die out. Don't forget my blog has contributing photogs around the world, so you'll be seeing some awesome contents from them as well.

I'm sure many of you guys have noticed the constant event invites through facebook or new posts on forums regarding upcoming events, especially in Southern California. Looking through my event calendar today in the morning, there are more than 10 events in the next 2 months, so I'm pretty much listing which ones to go to rather than trying to go to every single event. I can say yesterday's meet hosted by Wrong Fitment Crew was a start to all the msjor meets because it had a great turnout! If it was your first time attending a car meet, then you went to the right one. I saw a few new cars and ones that changed a bit, so I'm excited to see the unexpected this year.

NightLife | Another visit to BP VIP's meet

February 20, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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So I'm back again with some coverage to share with you guys today. I know the blog has been quiet these days, but that's because I've been studying almost every single day and was not active during this past 1~2 months. Last week was also Wekfest in San Francisco, the biggest car show in California, and everyone that I know of was preparing for the show, so SoCal was pretty dam quiet. All I saw on Facebook were updates regarding Wekfest and it was killing me because I couldn't attend it! There were some priorities I needed to take care of, so sorry guys for not being able to cover Wekfest :/ I'll keep you guys updated on facebook with all the coverages on the event once I take a look at them, but so far, I haven't seen any other than MotorMavens.
While not trying to think about Wekfest SF and seeing if any other event or meet was happening in SoCal, I realized BP VIP was having another meet at the place where they had it last time. It was definitely one of those meets I didn't expect a big turnout because of Wekfest, but I wanted to meet up with my friends and check out some rides.

Event Coverage | Import Showcase by Import Fashion

February 13, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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I felt as if I haven't gone to a car show for years!'s been only 2 months after attending AutoCon last year, but for some reason, that 2 months was a wait. I did go to car meets and stuff, but the atmosphere of a car show was something I truly missed. Luckily, my boy Alvin, owner of Import Fashion, worked his ass off to lock down a venue and create his own show for the enthusiasts. There were some complications last year when he tried to have his 1 yr. anniversary meet, but gladly things worked out well this year and the planned meet turned into an event.
Alvin is a close friend of mine in and outside of the car scene and our friendship started even before my blog was created. We actually launched our sites around the same time period, which is why I've been going to car shows and meets with him pretty often in the past. When I heard he was finally having his own show, I couldn't be any happier. His work throughout the months was appreciated by many because of covering both models and cars. I would say his blog's content was more toward models. According to Alvin, he will be featuring more cars this year, so stay tuned! I could go on and on about how awesome Alvin is, but instead of writing down my thoughts like I always do with coverages, I'll jump into the coverage on Import Showcase by Import Fashion.

Random Nightlight | M2-Motoring xB

February 10, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

M2 Motoring xB
It is rather rare to see Scions being featured in magazines these days. Other than the ones driven by professional drivers and drifters, Scions in general are difficult to modify when it comes to performance or even just for style because of the poor aftermarket support. However, there are a few out there that are overwhelming, like this xB built by Mike, CEO/owner of M2-Motoring. I've known Mike for over a year now because of owning a Scion and always thought of him as a high person because of his renown work in the automotive scene. His projects were displayed at numerous car shows such as SEMA and LA Auto Show. But today, putting aside his project builds, let me introduce you to his personal ride, the Scion xB.

Random Nightlight | Reintroduction: Daniel's Twin-Turbo Z

February 8, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

Daniel's twin-turbo Z
I've been looking through my past features and coverages during this past week and realized how horrible I was with editing. I'm sure many of you guys who are into photography know exactly what I'm talking about  and I'm pretty positive some of you guys looked through my site wasn't pleased with some the photography part of Night Import. Don't worry, I won't hate you (^_^) Well, to make things better, I'm re-working on all of those photos, such as the set on Carl's IS. Today, I'm going to reintroduce Daniel Spielman's twin-turbo 350Z from Team Hybrid. There will be no descriptions on any of the mods or so because his ride has already been featured last year. To check it out, click here.
Enjoy the photos!

Random Nightlight | Reintroduction: Carl's IS from BP VIP

February 3, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

Carl's IS
I've been waking up with migraines almost every day because of work and studying. Consuming more than 3 cups of coffee at Starbucks and Korean Cafes is probably the reason why I've been so stressed and really irritated with small things happening around me. But I think it's been getting better after having a girlfriend and thinking positively, so that's an update with my life. For those who know my car, it's been the same since last year and will be going through a makeover hopefully by next month, but that's just a speculation.
Anyways, yesterday was the birthday of a good friend of mine, Carl Zamuco, owner of the IS from BP VIP I featured back in Feb. 7, 2011. After visiting his facebook profile page to write down Happy Birthday, I looked through my Flickr account to see the photos that were posted on his feature. Realizing how much of a noob I was back then with post-processing, I decided to re-edit a few photos I personally liked. All the full-res photos are gone because of my hard drive crashing, so I had to work with what I had... (ㅜㅜ) I'm still in the process of learning PP skills from various photographers, so don't expect some crazy edits (^_^) Thanks to my boy John Zhang aka 1013mm for helping me out!
This is not a feature, but to re-introduce Carl's IS with better PP'd photos. Enjoy!