Thai Elvis: Currying Favor With the King on 3315 2008

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If there’s an Elvis in heaven, Kavee Thongprecha is the guy he wants paying him tribute. Kavee, aka Thai Elvis, aka Kevin, worships the King…

Tribute Bands – They’re Unreal! on 3314 2008

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Minikiss, Led Zepplica, LEZ Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols Experience, Cubensis, Thai Elvis, AC-DSHE, Iron Maidens…people, we’re talking mock rock with Marshalls on 11…because that’s louder than 10.

On Standing Downwind of a Tire Fire (or autoerotic asphyxiation) on 3314 2008

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Don’t pretty much all mobile organisms with a lick of sense, particularly those that respire, flee toxic plumes of rubber smoke? Such thoughts raced through my head as a whirling wall of tire smoke, car exhaust and track funk engulfed me, obscuring drift cars, mere feet away, careening sideways around Irwindale Speedway.

Import Scene: Hi-Octane, Multi-Culti, Custom-Car Culture Cluster#%$! on 3314 2008

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When it comes to Asian fusion, Wolfgang Puck has nothing on the import scene. By which I mean the custom car culture mash-up of Japanese cool, cars and motor sports, homegrown hip-hop and throbbing speed metal, drift cars and drag racing, tricked-out spokesmodels and homeboy car clubs, crotch rockets and rice burners, wide-body show cars, rampant commercialism, cosmetic body kits, pumping adrenaline and raging testosterone.

Who’s the Tuners, G? on 3313 2008

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This is the vid I’d figured would lead the import scene coverage. Josh Payton, who was responsible for anything you liked about how the Underground site looked, shot some of the HIN footage. Josh focused largely on the spokesmodels, in keeping with the general spirit of the event.

Pink Godzira Drift Club on 3313 2008

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Brian Harte and the Pink Godzira drift club, a loose and amusing collective of young SoCal drift enthusiasts I met at Willow Springs Speedway in the high desert.

Just Drift at Willow Springs Speedway on 3313 2008

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In this vid, I’m taken drifting at Willow Springs Budweiser Balcony track by Charlie Ongsingco and John TK of Los Angeles/Las Vegas-based Just Drifit organization. We’re accompanied by a nice loop by Dirk.

I’m a Big Filker! on 3313 2008

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I made a major self-discovery while attending the 64th Annual World Science Fiction Convention: I’m a big filker! At least in spirit I’m a big filker. There is some question whether one may be considered a filker without actually filking with other filkers. Which I never got around to doing at the WorldCon.

Pink Monkeys Create Parallel Magic Kingdom in Shadow of Space Mountain on 3313 2008

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Something like twelve gazillion souls travel to Anaheim, Calif., every year to enter a world of wonder and walk among people clad in furry costumes and pirate regalia. That I was doing the same would have been unremarkable—had I been at Disneyland.

Saving Lt. Sulu (and making bank) on 3312 2008

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A few years ago, the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, California closed its doors for good. The museum’s contents were auctioned off, putting the wax crew of Star Trek Enterprise in serious danger of being dispersed to the highest bidders.

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