Our sage photographer, Clinton Lum, has brought us the nail-biting actions and exciting closing ceremony coverage from the 2014 Formula Drift Long Beach competition (click the photo to enter the article)
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Complete Coverage of 2014 Formula DRIFT Long Beach Autograph and Opening Ceremony - Models in Action Edition
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One of the characteristics that DUB LA has are the amazing arrays of highly customized cars, drawing from the deep resources of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, as well as Inland Empire, and San Diego. All contributed to a spectacular car show with big show offs of their perfectionist works on their pride show cars. If Steve Jobs were to see these great cars, he may not agree with the aesthetic approach to the Rococo style decorations, or uneven cut out of car bodies, or even the beautiful artistic painting works adorning many cars' hoods, but he sure will be impressed by the artisan refined crafts taken to make these cars not only looking shining and amazing, but also runs like a boss. The cares and details put into the cars, are straight from the hearts and minds, and sweats and sometimes sponsors' support to these great custom car artists! We have the highest respect to them!! The complete coverage of the cars will be in our Cars section.
From the hard metal to the soft curves, DUB show models are renowned for certain styles and their ways to express their excitements. However, this year's DUB LA seems to be a cross-over from the import side models as well. We saw many of the import models lent their talents to the custom car culture. We say that, true talents have no boundaries. If Michelangelo could paint the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, and carved David out of a slab of marble, as well as designed the St. Peters in Vatican, plus did the uniforms for the Swiss Guards, then who do we say that great models cannot do all the car shows, and prints, and fashion shows, and more... In fact, the more the merrier!
We were as happy as we were at the Formula Drift yesterday, if not a lot more, that many of our cover and feature models were at the DUB show. Starting from the top. we have Sandra Wong for the Readylift Off Road, and Jessica Weaver for Vertini, to Claudia Alan for Savini, Corissa Furr for 2Crave Heavy Hitters, to Thao N for Custom 411 magazine. Just taking pictures of them took a major chunk of our time at the show, and we were very happy to do so and wish more time too if there weren't so much that elbow-to-elbow traffic.
Also Claudia Moran for Rucci Wheels and Mercedes both have graced our digital cover before. It's awesome to see them again and sure hope to see them a lot more in the future!
We also have Kirsty and Lilly Evans here ready for our camera. We were totally in fully bliss to see so many of our models helping vendors to promote and communicate their messages.
As always, definitely check out the full article here to see a lot more high quality HR photos of these amazing models at the 2014 DUB LA Show!
Long Beach, CA - Photos and Text by Py - Day 2 of 2014 Formula Drift season opener at Long Beach has a grand and very happy ending. Not only there were nail-biting competitions with some major drivers out of the top loop, the vendors were excited about the season's first major car/motorsport event's turned-out, and of course, absolutely top models were abundant at the show, making our camera heated and batteries drained. Overall, Formula Drift has done another great season opening at Long Beach, and getting even stronger every year. It's firmly established as a highly sought after event in southern California with broadening affiliations. We definitely look forward to covering more of the events in the future!
Observing the vendor expo, the whole area stayed on the conventional side, with rows of parts/clothing vendors and rows of tires companies, and rows of all the big sponsors. It's a comfortable feeling to know what to expect and whom we can expect. However, there were also some obvious ones missing in this year's event, that we hope to see in the next one.
From the star-studded coverage experience yesterday, we had high hope for even more model appearances today, after all, it's a Saturday, it's the main day, and the weather could not be more perfect here at Long Beach. We honestly cannot say that we saw a whole lot more but still there were more awesome models there for sure. We speculate that vendors pulling back their marketing dollars, and absence of some key vendors, plus other competing events elsewhere, could all be the contributing factors for their diminished presence. Nonetheless, we walked many times around the area, not only we discovered models that we did not cover before, also models changed to new outfits that renewed the call for more photos. Over all, we are always very impressed by the quality and the quantity of the great models there. After all, the brand power of Formula DRIFT is so immense that vendors cannot ignore and models cannot pass. We sure hope to see the Irwindale event later in the year to be a mega block buster!
Now back to those awesome models! Talking about awesome models, we have been blessed, truly blessed as seen in the evidence here. We have had great fortunes to work with some of the industry's super models. They are truly amazing to work with, passionate about their arts, and the photos from them are always stunning!
Olivia Korte (for Motegi) is always so uplifting and bright. We feel very positive whenever we talk to her and her smiles are both mesmerizing and healing. Melyssa Grace (for R1 Concepts) is forever gorgeous! She has new inks, which adorns her beautiful face and accentuates her wonderful poses. Jessica Weaver (for Autocon), is always so awesomely glamorous and it seems that the southern California sun was created perfectly for her. Corissa Fur (for APR Performance) has our greatest respect for her amazing talents and always giving us her best of the best.
Arley Elizabeth (for Achilles), our Issue 15 cover model, is such an intelligent and gorgeous person who knows very well the meaning of professionalism and aesthetics. Ashley Twomey (for Achilles) is such a sweet and amazing and super cool model. We totally believe that she will be the super star model in no time.
Ashley Michaelsen (above right for Monster Energy Drink) together with Kayla Reid made Monster Energy brand look so delicious and exuberant! Eva Skye (for Nitto Tires) always has that high fashion model temperament in her, and she always looks so posh and so good!
We simply and totally love all these amazing models that we worked with!!
But the story does not end here! There are a lot more! Or like close to 40 photos more!! Definitely check them out here...