We hit the streets of California in search for automotive treasure
It has always been a dream to spend more than a week in California and last year after working really hard to save up, we planned our two month trip to Los Angeles. We stayed with our good friends Juan and Maria, who we met at the Sema Show a few years ago. Juan is a top photographer, has an epic chevy truck and is part of the Relaxed Atmosphere car club.
Not only were we looking forward to hanging out with our dear friends, but we were in search of inspiring autos and stories to bring to you. We knew that the West Coast has some of the world’s most amazing customs and so we couldn’t wait to go on our search.
Prior to coming over, we spent the last eight months planning who we would meet and what cars we would be photographing. In this very issue, bring you an incredible selection of cars, inspiring people, car events and a look at how amazing the West Coast, especially in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. So sit back and enjoy some sights, cool cars as we take you behind the scenes of the features in this very issue.
Before we arrived in Los Angeles, we decided to venture over the world famous Sema Show, to capture all the latest rides fresh for this epic four day event. You can see our ‘Selection of the show’ here.
On the way to the shoot, we just happened to drive by one of the coolest Jeep rat rods we had ever seen. We will give you the low down on this beast, in the next upcoming issue.
The day before we started to make our way to Los Angeles, we were invited to the Espresso and Exotics meet, just on the outskirts of Las Vegas. You can checkout all the cars that turned up in our feature.
After a few days of crazy fun and walking what felt like hundreds of miles at the show and shooting some epic rides, we hit the road in a Ford Mustang Convertible, through the Nevada desert to make our way to Los Angeles. It’s about a 4 hours trip, if you drive constantly, so not too far at all and worth the drive.
The sights on the road from Las Vegas to Los Angeles are pretty awesome and we recommend you taking time to stop to take in the view and create some cool photos.
When on any road trip, you have to have your camera to hand as you never know what awesome rides you will come across.
One diner that you must visit on the route to LA from Las Vegas, is Peggy Sue’s which was built back in 1954. It’s like stepping back in time and their burger/fries and shakes are pretty rad.
One of our first photo and video shoots was in down town in LA with our good friends Estevan Oriol and DreamOn Photography. We headed over to the 6th Street Bridge for a few photos, till we headed over to the Ingelwood lowrider picnic, which you can see here.
After the lowrider meet, it was time to hit the streets of LA to capture some night time photographs and footage. Our videographer Charles at WrenderFarm Films is busy capturing some cool footage, which we will show you very soon. It felt like being inside a Batman Dark Knight movie, LA is so surreal.
Our next video shoot was with the awesome Olloclip in Huntingdon beach. Our aim was to create an inspiring video of the businesses journey and how their smartphone lens, can produce awesome photographs, especially when shooting hot rods from Mackey’s Hot rod Inc on the beach. You can see the short film right here.
Capturing our videographer Charles with the awesome Olloclip. This 4-in-1 lens is just incredible and captures epic photographs. You can check it out here.
The above gallery captures a feel of the day with the guys and being in sunny California, we took this shoot to the legendary San Onofre beach.
This is a video shoot we have been planning for the last few years and we were so pleased we could finally get together the awesome duo Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon. You can see more photos of Mister Cartoons Impala in our latest feature. We will share their full video story very soon.
No road trip is complete without trying some of the local foods and boy does West Coast have some amazing eateries! From the mouth-watering burger fries with milkshake combo, to amazing Japanese food.
Again, more awesome food and the breakfast is by far the best out here. I mean, just look at this plate! I couldn’t do it every day, but was so worth it. We had to get our energy up as we had another big day ahead, to meet the legend Magnus Walker.
We have the full load down of his garage, cars and his stunning loft. Check it out in issue 81 right here.
One of our stop points on the way to our next video shoot, was Venice Beach, as we wanted to capture some beach life and the famous skate park. It’s a really cool place, although we found that is was looking rather tired as a destination and the amount of homeless people shocked us. In this day and age, homelessness shouldn’t even exist. In our eyes, society has failed them and things need to change. We will be launching in the near future a special project to help the homeless, so more news soon.
Our next shoot was to document the guys responsible for building the car from the Fast & Furious movies. Universal provided us approval to visit Vehicle Effects and speak with Denis McCarthy and his journey on building some of the most iconic movie cars and to also get up close and personal with some of the past movie cars. Whilst we were there, the guys were busy building some of the latest cars to Fast8 and we even saw Dom’s Dodge Charger for the latest film in mid build, but we couldn’t take any photos due as the new film isn’t due till 2017. We will bring you the full story on video in a few months time.
Whilst we were driving through LA, we wanted to pay our respects to a great rapper called Eazy E, from the group N.W.A. It felt rather surreal to be standing next to his grave, as we grew up listening to N.W.A.
Whilst we were in LA, we were meant to spend a day with the king of customs, George Barris, until we received the sad news of his parting. We just couldn’t believe it and last year we had the chance to meet him at the Sema Show and now missed the chance to tell his story. However, we wanted to pat out respects and went to his funeral and documented the day for everyone of you who couldn’t be there. You can see the full ceremony in pictures and also George’s last interview right here. Rest in Peace George.
Another legend that we managed to hook up with, is the incredible photographer Mike Miller. He is the man responsible for the West Coast hip hop look, as he worked with amazing artists such as Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, N.W.A. and many more. See his full interview and photo shoot with his lowrider Impala right here.
When Veterans day came around, we were invited to the Veteran’s hot rod show that took place on Huntingdon Beach. It was an amazing day, with so many people out with their cars to pay their respects. See the full photo gallery right here.
The one thing about California that we love, is that there is always something happening when it comes to the car culture, whether that be car meets, shows and just loads of people rolling the streets thanks the amazing sun shine. So, as the LA Auto Show was on whilst we were there, it would have been rude not to go. You can see all the best from the show in our report right here.
As we were making our way to see a very special guy, we spotted these retro all electric Ferrari and VW single cab. It was so weird when we saw them as we noticed there was no engine sound! And then we saw the stickers on the side.
Thanks to our good friends at CoolFlo, we had the pleasure to spend a few ours with the God of freestyle BMX, Bob Haro. This guys is a true legend and you can listen to our interview with him right here.
Something special in terms of cool rides, as we visited the cool guys at AutoTopia and shot the Fast & Furious Cuda driven by Letty in the movie. See the full feature right here.
As we were in LA in December, there were plenty of Toy Drives taking place, for children that wouldn’t get presents for Christmas and so we hooked up with the Platinum Motorsport brothers and gave some cool Hot Wheels as our contribution. You can see the full feature right here.
Our friend Brian was in the area where we were shooting other rides and so we hooked up to check out his cool Minty BMW wagon. See the full feature right here.
One of the shoots we were on, was with the cool guys over at MadnessAutoWorks. Whilst we were at their garage, we photographed a few sweet rides, with Joseph’s being the first one to being feature right here.
One of the main companies we have been wanting to hook up with, is the Sema Show. As they were based on the West Coast, we went and created a podcast interview to find out more about the biggest after market car show in the world. Get the low down right here.
Our good friend Juan told us that the Super Car Sunday meets, gathers some of LA’s bet rides, with even Jay Leno coming along, we we decided to venture along and take some photos. Check out the rides here.
We also got to experience the world’s largest VW breakers Yard! See the full feature and interview right here.
One of the last events of year was the Mooneyes Xmas Party, we we had to make our way over and check out all the custom oldies. And boy was this a top event! See more photos here.
No trip to Los Angeles is complete without seeing the guys at Hot Wheels, to talk collaborations and creating some cool competitions. You can see behind the scenes in our latest feature right here.
Make sure that you have visit the West Coast of California at least once in your life time, as it truly is an amazing part of the world.