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The Autoplus S13

Posted on by Kevin Carlos

In these times, what makes a car stand out? Good choice of wheels and aggressive fitment? Not all the time. This 240sx made its name the old fashion way: form follows function. When Autoplus built a D1 spec s13 for local competitions back in 2007, they envisioned the car’s future to be used by one of the country’s rising stars in motorsports, 15-year old Luis Gono.


This was also the first car to sport a Rocket Bunny kit in the country.

The car debuted in competitions through the hands of Francisco Blanco, the man who tuned the engine. This was also used by Nobuteru Taniguchi in drift demos. I remember watching “NOB” way back in 2009 when he admittedly said that he was forcing the engine/car to its limit. After numerous runs he called it “bulletproof”.


The car was seam welded and was scanned with blueprint for balanced rigidity. No short-cuts here.

Imagine how much raw sound this engine creates.

Out off all my shoots, I had a hard time to choose photos for this set. The car looked good in any angle.  On to drifting photos:








Modification List

Engine: SR20DET with stage 5 cylinder head NEO VVL. Built and ported by AutoPlus

Turbo: Garrett GTX3071R

Injectors: 2,000 cc X 4.

Power: 540whp

Exterior: Full RPS13 Rocket Bunny Body Kit

Wheels:  Rays CE28N, 1set Gram Lights 57 C6, 1set Gram Lights 57 Ultimate

Brakes: Project Mu Front and rear rotors, Project Mu 4 Piston caliper for Front and Rear, Project Mu D1 Brake pads


KW Variant 3 Coilovers

Lower arms, Tie rods, Quick steer knuckles, Chassis stiffeners, Megan Racing sway bars

Rollcage: Cusco D1 Spec rollcage

Engine Management: Motec M8

Gauges: Motec D175, Stack Oil Temp gauge and Boost Gauge

Seats: Bride Low Max with Sparco 5 point seatbelt

Others: Sard Oil Catch tank, Exhaust Custom made at Autoplus, Sard Fuel Surge Tank, and Seam Welded Chassis

Drivetrain: PST carbon fiber propeller shaft, Driveshaft Shop Driveshaft, OS Giken Triple Plate Clutch

Luis, with only a year experience in drifting  recently finished 4th out of 35 drivers at Drift Muscle Philippines 2013.  Expect him dominating local races soon.

Stay tuned for more local builds.

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Filipino pride all day, everyday

Fatlace | Manila Fitted



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Posted on by Tricia

I remember going through my social feed and seeing a picture of an ube (for those non-Filipinos, it’s pronounced ooh-beh – a sweet purple yam that’s likely a gift from the heavens) upside down pie. It looked delicious and I wanted to try it ASAP. The geotag got me hip, and that brings me here.

Crème Caramel LA is a bakery located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. On my first visit there, I think I might have ordered the entire left side of the display, and still wanted to try more. They had flan, bread pudding, savories, brownies, lattes, homemade salted caramel bourbon sauce, it goes on.  Then on my second visit, I wasn’t so much of a fatty, I was a listener. The owner Kristine and I met, and I heard the Crème Caramel LA story.

Fueled by the idea that actions speak louder than words, Kristine de la Cruz and Sean Gilleland started Crème Caramel LA in 2010. For years, Kristine found herself saying that she wanted to start a food based business. She had a serious interest in food – its ability to connect people who normally wouldn’t connect – and inspiration from a successful family food business in Northern California. It was only a matter of time that she turned all that talk into something. She went into her goal gradually, only telling Sean about what she had up her sleeve.  She invested an hour a day to do market research, recipe development, and a business plan. She wanted to take a singular product and create an entire business around it. Then one day, she served her version of her family’s crème caramel to friends. It was well received and that was that.

As soon as those hours transpired into a 52 page business plan and business license, Kristine and Sean took their product into the artisan industry at local Farmer’s Markets. It was there that they introduced their food – starting with the crème caramel and bread pudding – and the brand. Although the food spoke for itself, they made sure to focus on brand awareness. It was a science down to their language and their dress and the strategy worked. The number of markets they participated in continued to grow so did the menu, sales, wholesale, and catering sides of Crème Caramel LA. Then in 2013, an actual retail space materialized.

They set up shop in Sherman Oaks with an enthusiastic staff and a new head baker that has been effective in tweaking common pastries into things at least I couldn’t imagine. And I eat a lot.

Kristine has since graduated from her role as baker. They still oversee it, but are also researching new ways to introduce the products, making personal deliveries to clients, and involving community whether it’s with other local businesses, collaborative events, or with people who also have a food dream. And for them, that’s the fulfilling part. The A through Z of making it all work.

They are currently preparing for their first ever Coachella. They will be in attendance serving up a very tasty menu. If you’re there this weekend or next, please stop by and support good food and good people.

So maybe I lied a little bit. I ended up being a fatty at the end of my second visit and once again walked out with a box filled with goodies. Can you blame me though?

Crème Caramel LA
14849 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
(818) 949-8352
Hours: Tues-Thurs 7am – 6pm | Fri 7am-9pm | Sat-Sun 8am-6p
Social: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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FD Long Beach Never Disappoints

Posted on by Alex Bucur

Formula Drift Long Beach is the season opener and from my point of view, the hardest one for drivers to start off with. If you’re a rookie in Formula Drift, nothing can prepare you for the speed the walls come at you in that first corner. For the next few days, the residents of Long Beach have to endure loud cars, tire smoke, and countless people standing around the fences trying to get a better view of the action. But those with a view of the track are in for an exciting weekend.

Friday morning at 9 AM, practice is open for the drivers. Illest sponsored driver, Dai Yoshihara, is ready to add Falken rubber to the streets of Long Beach. Tires don’t last long on his turbo-charged V8 powerhouse.

Drivers start shooting down the straightaway at high speeds. They have to get this corner down before tomorrow or it could cost them the round.

Illest’s newly sponsored driver, Ken Gushi, was entering the first corner hard all weekend.

Luke works for Formula Drift and most of you have seen him on the grid for many years now. He’s the guy that lets the cars go to their doom or victory.

Justin Pawlak was killing it this weekend with his manji entries. This threw off a lot of the drivers as no one else was doing it.

Long Beach was packed with a lot of colorful wraps. It’s nice to see everyone expressing their own personal style.

Dai Yoshihara engaging his smokescreen as he blasts down the track.

No matter where you walk around the course, you can always catch a glimpse of the drivers or hear the roaring of their engines.

Both Illest drivers practicing on Friday evening. Dai and Ken have similar looking cars, but under the hood, they’re completely different.

Offset Kings car show takes place on Formula Drifts main even day, which is Saturday. Unfortunately, there isn’t time during the day to stage, so the cars are all set up the night before.

The street course is now filled with contestants waiting to stage.

Saturday morning, everyone is here early to put the finishing touches on their car.

Everyone gets along at the Offset Kings show. No one sees cars by make, but by style.

This is a perfect example of the different styles.

Since the gates open to the public at 11 AM, the media pass-holders get a chance to shoot the cars before the fans swarm through.

Love it or hate it, this slammed F150 sporting huge Rotiform 3-piece wheels is definitely cool.

Fatlace driver Matt Field encountered nothing but bad luck this weekend. A crank trigger problem crippled his LS motor and even after working at it for 5 days straight with the help of numerous shops and staff, he just couldn’t make it onto the track.

Dai Yoshihara and Chris Forsberg battled it out for top 16.

Even though Dai was knocked out early, his spirit wasn’t broken and he’s ready to come even stronger for the next round.

Fatlace sponsored driver Forrest Wang made his way to top 8. I guess last year’s Irwindale battles prepared him for this season.

Dennis Mertzanis couldn’t hold Forrest back. That meant Forrest would battle against last year’s champ Michael Essa.

Forrest put up a great battle, but nothing could hold Essa back.

Offset Kings winners have been picked and their trophies are waiting for the award ceremony.

There were a lot of categories, like Track and Classic/Muscle, and each had a 1st-3rd place. It’s always nice to walk away from a show with an award.

After the awards were given out, the crowd was still hungry for more. Giving back to the fans is always a good way to show we care.

Lanyards, shirts, stickers, and keychains were tossed into the crowd for a bunch of lucky people.

One of the cars that impressed us at the show was this static FRS. No, that’s not a typo, it’s static!

A big thank you to Long Beach for the great weekend. I wish it were next year already so we could do it all over again. See everyone at Road Atlanta on May 10th!

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Tokyo ….in reverse.

Posted on by Mark Arcenal

Video by Simon Bouisson of the sites of Tokyo in reverse. Nice sound track.

TOKYO REVERSE – EXTRAITS from Simon Bouisson on Vimeo.

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Hot Import Nights Hawaii 2014

Posted on by Anthony Nguyen

Years will come and go, but Hot Import Nights still continues to remain a household name in the show circuit!  This past weekend, they kicked off their season with a visit to paradise.  Unfortunately, I was only able to stop by for a quick second but it’s clear that Hawaii is on the map also there to stay!

And our friends from R1 Concepts came out to visit from California!


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Volcom Stone presents True to This

Posted on by Anthony Nguyen

If you missed the premieres, you don’t want to miss this!  For 24 hours only (ends 10 AM PST April 1, 2014), watch Volcom Stone presents “True to This” a full length feature film at http://www.volcom.com/truetothis.

P.S. the floating half-pipe seen below and at the end of the film is an Oahu local too ;)

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Phaze2 M5 on Airride

Posted on by Yogi

Hello my friends! Long time no post. Its been a while since I’ve been behind a camera nor have I had free time due to a busy schedule at work, Though last night was an exception. Our good friend and always strong supporter of Fatlace got a very special delivery in the mail direct from AirREX Suspensions. A short wait but probably felt real long for Mark and couldn’t wait for his kit to finally arrive. If you haven’t seen this car in person, the roar alone of this M5 cruising by is already crazy enough, but now staring at it as it sits on the floor even made some of our own jaws drop. After a short and quick install by the Barnum brothers, it was finally time to shoot this bad boy. Before a comment battle goes on about him airing this super car, save it, we know. Blah Blah Blah. He did his research and chose something which he believed is best suitable for his car and that can handle the cars power and performance. But for now save it and  just enjoy this beauty.

To catch more photos of his car follow him via IG at @Phaze2Mizzark

All in one box air management. Easy peezy.

Had to sneak in a little group shot ;) haha. hope you enjoyed it everyone. Thanks for reading.

Here are a couple of after shoot shots by my good friend Murdok.

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EDC: Far East Movement

Posted on by Mark Arcenal

All MacGyver ever needed was a paper clip, a rubber band and a bendy straw so when I asked the guys from Far East Movement what their everyday carry was they sent me this photo.

But then I was sent a more up to date photo of what they actually carry. I intrigued to know what their favorite chicken wings are. Stoked about their carrying case for the Vestax VCI-380, and interested in testing out the HDJ Pioneer headphones.

A full list of their EDC is below:

Box of McDonald’s mighty wings
Apple Mac book pro 15″
Jimmy hat
Universal power adapter
JH audio in-ear monitors
iPhone 5 with Scratch iPhone frisk fader
Fisheye and wide angle iprolens
US passport w/ frequent flyer cards and international currency
Yoobao portable charger
Lightning to USB cable
Swisher sweets tropical fusion cigarillos
Cookies clothing cookie jar
Pioneer hdj 1500 headphones
Aluminum case for Vestax VCI-380

Here’s the latest remix of “The Illest” with Schoolboy Q & BOB

And the original music video below.

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