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Cars, chaos, clutch kicking, kegs, characters & more @ SEMA 2011

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After spending only 12 hours back home in AZ after returning from Jakarta, Indonesia I’m off…
to Vegas for another annual installment of the SEMA SHOW

I’ve been attending since 97 or 98 I think, + I even met my wife at SEMA 12 years ago this SEMA!

Flying into Vegas from AZ you get to see the “mega bridge” and also the Hoover Dam where Megatron was held captive, haha
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Ford & Ford Racing hired me for the week to MC, announce and heckle attendees to come experience ‘Ford Out Front’ which had the 4 different drivers that are part of the Octane Academy, Gittin Jr., Block, Deegan & Foust…
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The 4 piece “man band” called Octane Academy, no musical instruments or singing here just loud pipes and attitude!
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Here’s one of the members now, Ken Block a great friend over the years + Matt Tuccillo of MWRT…
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Another long time homie over the years Bucky Lasek, my man!
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There’s plenty of great SEMA coverage out there I just caught a few here & there…
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ICON 4X4 makes sweet sweet cars including this old school Bronco with some modern hits…
LOVE!
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Love the colors + the matte color under the hood, nice touch!
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Mr. FATLACE and oh soo much more, Mark Arcenal, my birthday brother!
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Jake & Andy drifting their imaginary cars into the drift-o-meter….
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Here’s Block & Gittin hitting up the Drift-o-meter…
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SO here it is,
The Official HOONIGAN Keg Launch Party of the brand…
PARTY dude!
Rented out the Kingpin Suite at The Palms, had a keg party and launched the brand the way a HOONIGAN would, at this point this pictures are evidence rather than coverage!
HOONIGAN facebook for more info!!!!!!
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The gift bags all nicely arranged ready to be given out to the only 100 people invited or so…
REMEMBER this pic and see the aftermath!
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Welcome to the ‘dorm room’… Your fraternal Hoonigan President Brian Scotto! My brother from another mother!
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The latest brand is Hoonigan, where the cars are dangerous, the food is fuel and Ron is the best!
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Too many epic people to mention in this party pic…
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This would be the last time time beer pong was played on this table!
WRECKED!
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Vaughn & Beard Life himself Hertrech aka BG!
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Oh Linhbergh!
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Matt getting NUTS!
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Keg, dudes pole dancing, it got nuts!
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Scotto, Josh Barnett & Vaughn Gittin Jr…
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Oh it’s on!
Hoonigans know how to party!
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Jenny I see your cast in the air, wave it like you just don’t care!
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Interview with a Hoonigan vampire & Handsome James approving!
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STRIKE!
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That’s a WRAP!
Hoonigans, came saw & conquered, it’s OFFICIAL HOONIGAN IS ALIVE!!!!!!!
GET SOME!
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HOONIGANS!
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The gift bags had a limited edition tee, each numbered and marked with 11.1.11 the official date of launch!
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BACK to SEMA!

Got to ride with my friend and VERY experienced pilot Tanner “GoldenChild” Foust I love this dude!
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Here’s a video riding shotgun in the 600+ hp lil Ford Fiesta!
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This day it was both Deegan & Foust putting on an AWD Fiesta demo, did a lil Gymkhana kind of race set up, impromptu…
Was fun!
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Here’s Metal Mulisha General himself Brian Deegan…
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See ya buddy, until next time. T. Foust…
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Oh yeah cars…
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Headed to the hotel, ran into Arcenal again and one of the legends as of recent Nakai-san of RWB infamy!
Now with RWB USA being announced he’s a BUSY MAN!
He’s seriously all time, GSD, DGAF legit!
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Thank you HRE Wheels for the pre-party drinks in your suite, nice primer for the nights…
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Up & comers, Corey Hosford, Nate Lil Tex Hamilton & Jeff Lane!
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Yo is party dude, Kenji of Greddy, muah, Jasper, Yo, forgot her name sorry & ACP…
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Tommy Milner & I, what up buddy! Good chat, lets get you sideways sooner than later…
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The final day of SEMA…

Friday walking into the show I saw somebody who looked familiar as he was inspecting some paint samples at a booth, yep it was him…
I introduced myself to him and long story short I met, had a lengthy conversation about drifting, cars, North Idaho, design and some other odds & ends including animals throwing poop.

His name is Tinker Hatfield an icon in the shoe world, his impact on the footwear world and even the progression of modern shoes and fashion in general is overwhelming…
People aspire and have even been compelled to say “I want to be Tinker when I grow up”
I’ve admired Tinker from a distance and his work. As I grew up a lover of unique sneakers before it was a REAL cash cow, I admired cross trainers, Agassi’s, Flights, Air Max’s, Bo Jacksons but I admittedly NEVER owned a pair of Jordan’s but many unique Nike’s and have said that the Jordan V’s are my favorite because of the clear sole and lace lock, all the kids in my middle school basketball team had them, yet I didn’t play basketball so didn’t want to front!
Regardless I grew up with Nike’s on my feet and my favorite pair of Nike’s I probably have today are Air ZOOM Havens but in all black! But of course have others on ice…

Long story short I met Tinker Hatfield, nice guy, invited me to the campus and of course I invited he and his associates to attend anything I’m involved with especially a shotgun ride in a Formula DRIFT competition vehicles…
Thanks for your time and convo, it was my pleasure…
So come on Tinker, let’s get you sideways!

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Back to the cars…
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I’m a sucker for camo…
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My man, Sean Smith Designs killed it with this one, he designed it for the Ring Bros…
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Here she is RWB X HOONIGAN, EPIC! White yes, matte yes, wide yes, sexy yes, just AWESOME!!!!!!
Congrats on the whip, was seriously many peoples favorite of the show!!!!!!
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The proud owner Brian Scotto, psyched on taking her home now…
So much he drove it in the snow, if you havent seen it, he drive it from the Bay Area to Vegas then back home to CA through SNOW!!!!!!
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Rad booth…
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Monsters Pikes Peak record holding ride in the sick GoPro booth…
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Really liking the new Hyundai Veloster, Millen’s RallyCross ride is sick, like the roof scoop…
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Ridic and awesome at the same time…
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Roland Sands Designs aka Honey Badger doesn’t even give a …
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Sick…right?!?!
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VERY impressed with 2 companies I’ve worked with and respect, Scion X 686, the pictures don’t do it ANY justice it’s a MUST SEE in person!!!
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That’s fabric with zippers wrapping the exterior…
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Raw metal I’m a super sucker for then throw the engine in the rear, why not!
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That’s a wrap on SEMA 2012, so much good stuff, the industry is alive & well!
Stoked on all the friends, family and fans I have in this world.
It’s very rewarding after all these years a kid from San Diego that grew up street racing has parlayed it into a an actual career…
Thanks to all and to all a “LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!!!!”

2 Responses to Cars, chaos, clutch kicking, kegs, characters & more @ SEMA 2011

  1. Looks like you had a great time Jarod. Did you catch any slack from the Misses when you got home?

    • SEMA’s a blast good mix of obviously cars, fun and friends and in my case my wife works in the industry as well she was there with me, all good! Thanks buddy!

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