Long Beach, CA, Photos and Text by Py - You definitely want to read the entire article to see all the amazing top models at the 2014 Formula DRIFT Long Beach Day 1!
2014 Formula Drift season opener at the streets of Long Beach, CA. Before we arrived at the venue, we found a nearby parking structure, and the Formula DRIFT experience has already began. Inside the dark parking lot, the car immediately followed us has a souped up engine, and was revving all the way around, sounding off many car's alarms. That's the first signal that the drifting fans are very enthusiastic about this motorsport!
We walked over the sky bridge to the event location. On top of the bridge, you can view the drifting cars lining up for their turns to compete. While they were waiting, they LOVE to make donuts on the ground, as easy as chewing gums. The thick smoke, the burning smell, the piercing noise, and ground shaking, have already attacked our four senses, just leaving our taste buds alone for now for the food vendors inside the venue.
The staff took care of our press credential as quickly as 1,2,3. That's one of the most smooth operations that we've witnessed in many events. We give many kudos to the Formula DRIFT organization!!
Once inside the venue, you encountered rows and rows of vendors, including racing teams, tire companies, parts/product companies. That's where our rubber meets the road moment. There were many promotional models that we were pleasantly surprised, because Day 1 is usually a slow day. Now it gave us the perfect time to capture all these top models in the best setting, without the crowd, without the tight camera windows, and with awesome cars!
Hankook took the top honor of the vendor promotional models again! They are simply top supermodels in the promotional world. You can see Erica Nagashima, Jessica Harbour, Katelynn Ansari, and Sadie May, in the best uniform this magazine has seen in all uniforms. Trophy!!
We were also super happy to see our cover models, including Olivia Korte for Motegi Racing, Arley Elizabeth for Achilles, as well as feature model, Eva Skye, who just came back to the car show scene after a little but very necessary R&R. We are soooo happy to see them that we could not stop taking pictures of them! Exedy broke the tradition and hired a highly famous model, Xena Kai, which definitely gain the superstar effects instantly. Then we see Brittani Paige, Raquel Estrella, an many others.
If this is Day 1, which we felt that we are in heaven already, we just cannot wait for Day 2 and meet more amazing models and bring the first camera photos back for you!
The beauty qua-formation of Hankook girls: Erica Nagashima, Jessica Harbour, Katelynn Ansari, Sadie May, respectively and together!
Arley Elizabeth!!! Our Issue 7 and Issue 15 (current) cover model!! Yay!!
Brittani Paige and Raquel Estrelle for R1-Concepts! They are the most energetic duo at the event!
Eva Skye!! We haven't seen her for a long time and so happy to see her coming back!! She is such a wonderful and beautiful fashion + promotional model, the perfect combination!
Xena Kai's doing an amazing job at the Exedy booth! She definitely brought in a LOT of people to the booth. She was so excited to be an umbrella girl for Exedy! This is her very first time!!
The Hooters girls are awesome giving out $5 coupons!! Yayay!!
The autograph session was a huge success, with a feel-like-a-mile long line of fans who wanted to meet their beloved drivers in person and autographs!
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