Tuner Evolution kicked off the show season in Southern California with their collaboration with ACE Alloy Wheel in bringing Spring Gathering 2016. TunerEvo is a big name in the East Coast, celebrating their 10th year anniversary was only proper to bring that East Coast to the West. Some of the most elite Southern California builds attended, alongside some big names such as; Continental Tires, Limitless Society (graced our presence with their line-up and DJ), Project Beauti, Auto Fashion, Super Street staff, Rolloface, R1 Concepts, and more!
And we were headed off to Las Vegas, NV for the annual EOS Showcase. This has to be perhaps one of my favorite shows of the year by far. This was my 2nd time returning for the event and I can say I love the Vegas scene. It's so much different; the people, the cars, the whole atmosphere. This year one of our very own vehicles showcased once again this year alongside our friends at Version 2 Performance and other Cali peeps. With that said, we are very pleased with the outcome of the event and happy to say we will be back next year. Here is part 1 of the coverage; stay tuned for part 2!
And on the road we were again, headed to Sin City! Capital of gambling. Perhaps one of my favorite places to be at not because of the casinos, or the clubs; but because I actually love visiting friends out there and of course the view of the strip at night with all the colorful lights, the way you can hear music throughout the whole strip, the fountain show at the Bellagio, all that is just absolutely amazing to me. I enjoy being a tourist at times, but this weekend was something else. One of the busiest weekends I've had in Vegas; with HIN, IFO, the MayPac fight and a friend's birthday I was already just tired by just thinking of it. I decided to just do HIN and watch the fight and spend time with my friends.
My first impression of when I arrived to the Las Vegas Convention Center was not so great, specially because they were charging for parking and ok, paying for parking is cool, but paying for parking across the other side, umm no. Haha. I hate walking if I don't have to. Only time I'll actually walk is when I have to take pictures, other than that, you can find me at my office (chair). So, check-in was a bit confusing and hectic, they halls were full of smoke from the vape summit event, and well they were giving away lots of goodies. I walk and can't see any cars yet and I'm at the half of the hall, I finally run into the first car and notice about another 60-70 cars parked there. I wonder why HIN was small at Vegas, you'd think they would have more cars, or at least that's what I expected; either way it was fun and I had a blast catching up with old friends. Here's some pics to show you. CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL GALLERY
Photographer & words by: Arlene
It's not every day or at every show that you roll up to an event and catch a whole Z crew at full force. I actually can not recall the last time I actually saw more than just one well done Z at a show. Usually, there's one here and there but not a whole group of them. So today's show coverage is mostly dedicated to the Z crew from today & well others as well. I wish I could have captured everyone's cars but to be honest, it was quite hot today and I kind of like to leave some cars for the next show's coverage (if they go) just so we can keep things a little more interesting around here. And then you have some cars that make you scratch your head asking why. Yep, there was some of those there too. So here goes the Z's, then the others. Let's begin today's overview.
Some clean Euros of course. Kind of missed the rest of them, some actually left early so I missed them. But next time like I said...
& the imports and others, oh & some cute fluffy dog.
Photography and Words by: Arlene Zintzun | HotheadzMedia
They say that if you learn and follow the Hybrid Formula that you will be the next SUPERSTAR.
For Mike Gutierrez and his lovely wide-body EVO, it has truly been a crazy journey to the top. There is many nicely done Evo's in the scene; different styles, different goals; but not one like this one. Execution is one thing that makes the build stand out and its execution is close to perfect.
We had scheduled a photo-shoot with Mike and his Evo a few weeks back but due to work, unexpected plans, shows we had to reschedule til further notice.
So the day started when we were on our way to Import Face-off Bakersfield this past weekend and as we were waiting for the rest of Team Hybrid to come so we can roll in, I couldn't stop to notice the "abandoned" tire shop at the lot of the Chevron gas station of Highway 46. It just seemed like something you would see on those old Jason and Freddy horror movies, the part were freaky music comes on and you're waiting for one of these two psychos to kill someone. Everything at that moment just came together, I remember telling Mike G to hurry and move his car under the structure to snap some pictures. Talk about the perfect opportunity; as I started taking photos Team Hybrid rolls up and is ready to take off to Famoso Speedway; I quickly finished some photos hoping this was just enough for the feature, jumped in my car and took off.
The day turned out to be crazy and long, waited about 5 hours to roll in; only had 1 hour to prep the cars before the judge came around; not to mention the drive we took from the San Gabriel Valley. As I started walking around, I saw Mike doing what I always see him doing; jacking it up, removing the wheels, cleaning the under-carriage, interior, engine, just thinking about all of that work makes me tired.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that hard work pays off. Like they say: "The early bird gets the worm." Although we were the last ones to roll in and get judged, Mike G made sure he wasn't leaving empty handed nor without leaving an impression on everyone. Surely, he received the best award you can.
Congratulations Mike Gutierrez for winning "Best of Show" at Import Face-off Bakersfield!
AEM induction system (intercooler, intercooler piping, air intake system, air intake filter)
Invidia one piece downpipe/test pipe (high flow cat) 3"
Mishimoto dual oil coolers
Hks radiator cap
Cusco oil catch can
Blitz blown off value
Cusco/bride Zeta III (collaborations seats)
drift III 3" takata harnesses
Cusco shift knob (white)
Cusco spin turn knob (red)
6 panel wink mirror
3 Defi 60 mm gauges
Autometer Digital RPM Gauge/Shift Light
Nardi steering wheel - sport rally
Works bell quick release
Works bell steering wheel hub
8 point Cusco roll cage plus carbon fiber add-on points (2) (candy apple red)
Beat Rush Back Seat Delete Panel
Volks TE37 SL (white) 18x10.5 +15
BFG sport comp-2 255/35/18
Tein flex coil overs
AEM front strut tower bar
Cusco Lateral link -rear
Cusco Lower arm bar
Cusco sway bar front/rear
Cusco rear strut bar
Cusco power brace (floor front, floor center, floor rear side, rear member, rear member rear, rear member side)
Stoptech trophy series 6 pot / 4 pot
Blacked out headlights
Carbon creations - carbon fiber
JP Vizage lip and rear wing
Oem window visors
Cusco rear ventilation window panel
Custom rear fog light
Show stoppers rear diffuser
Owner: Deejay GOZ
Words and photography by: Arlene Zintzun | Hotheadz Media
It is not every day that you catch a nicely fitted 4 door Infiniti out in the streets, especially a G35 like this one. This is perhaps one of my favorite G35's in Southern California; Owned by one of the local DJ’s in the area, Deejay GOZ also known as George Ortiz from the San Fernando Valley area. I knew we had to schedule an interview and a photo-shoot with the man himself and see what the scoop on his build is!
I have been following his build and I wanted to know what is next and how has the scene been treating him like. DJ GOZ is perhaps one of the most humble, outgoing, and realest people I know from the scene; besides being a well-known & respected DJ in the car scene. We met up in Downtown L.A. at 6th Street Bridge for the photo-shoot and interview to ask him a couple questions.
2007 Infiniti G35 Sedan
20x10 XIX X25 Wheels | Continental WDS Series Tires 245/30/20 | R1 Concepts Elite Rotors | BC Racing Coilovers | DC Sport Dual Short Ram Intake | DC Sport 4-1 Headers | Stillen Full Catback Exhaust System | Mishimoto Radiator and Hoses | Carbon Creations OEM Carbon Fiber Hood | Advan Polyurethane Front Lip | Odyssey Battery | NRG Innovations wheel & engine accessories
Interview with DJ GOZ
Me: So DJ GOZ, thank you for coming and giving us the opportunity to interview you and take some shots of your G35, I want to ask: Why a G35? How did you decide on which vehicle you were going to get?
GOZ: I’ve always wanted a “G”; I like the style and quality of the car. I had a hard time deciding from a coupe or sedan and so I’ve always loved a 4dr car plus… there aren’t many sedans in the scene showing off. So I went with the G35 Sedan and I love it!
Me: How did you decide the direction to go with your build when you began? Did you know it was going to get to the point that it’s at today?
GOZ: Well I’m all about simple and clean look… so I’m glad everything has worked out with what I have so far.
Me: Does your car have a special name that you gave it?
GOZ: LOL! No, not yet I haven’t thought of one yet. I’ve only had the G for a few months I’m sure something will come along.
Me: What first interested you into the car scene? Did anything or anybody inspire you?
GOZ: As a teen I was introduced to the underground street races in Carson and then everything else fell into place car mods, street meets, car shows, etc.
Me: How long have you had your G35 for?
GOZ: I’ve only had my G since July 2013, LOL!
Me: Are you part of any car club/ team/ company?
GOZ: I am what you call a “Solo rider” – haha
Me: What do you do besides being a car enthusiast?
GOZ: When I’m not entering at shows I’m usually DJ’ing a car show or a club, but when I’m free I’m with my family I love to spend as much time with them as I can if I have a weekend off.
Me: Any cool car stories you want to share with us?
GOZ: Nah, there’s too many to tell LOL! Word of advice though, if your tires are slick and/or you’re starting to see wires don’t be cheap! Change tires ASAP, it will cost less then something happening, I learned from experience as a teen LOL.
Me: Ok, so we saw you over at SEMA, how was the whole experience? What did you most like and most disliked about SEMA?
GOZ: SEMA was a great experience there were so many companies with upcoming products I can’t wait to see out in the streets and the only thing I didn’t like was that there wasn’t enough time to see everything.
Me: How did you first here about XIX Wheels and what got you interested in rocking them on your ride?
GOZ: I’ve seen XIX on a few sites and forms and really liked the style of wheels they have available. My buddy Jeff of 742 Marketing got me in touch with XIX wheels for a feature spot at SEMA and I took the opportunity to connect with them as I had my eyes on those X25 (20x10 all around) for a while… And let me tell you those wheels are amazing on my G, I get compliments everywhere; always get asked the specs of the wheels! They like the concave look in the wheel and the fitment.
Me: Your car is beautiful, a true piece of work, what is next for 2014, any big plans?
GOZ: Thank you I really appreciate the compliments! 2014 looks to be more engine details for the G…. that’s all I gotta say.
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