OC Auto Show extras

Scrolling thru my phone I came across these and figured I would share. These are a couple of my favorite phone pics from the OC Auto Show.

That interior

Rutledge Wood inspired Camry looks pretty good. Check out the carbon fiber and that rear diffuser.


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2016 Orange County International Auto Show…Press Coverage

Well, it finally happened.  I was granted a media pass to cover the #Orangecountyinternationalautoshow.  This opportunity was a great way to get in and take pics and video before the little sticky hand kids were allowed to enter and muck up everything.  Perks Garage is very thankful for the access and looking forward to covering more events in the near future.

During my prep for the event, I have been working on setting up a YouTube channel to host the videos we take here at Perks Garage to provide a full in debt review of features and functionality of vehicles, both new and old.

It felt pretty good to arrive at the auto show and be asked for my confirmation letter as then granted access.  I quickly parked the Audi, grabbed my gear and headed in for an unobstructed point of view of the cars on display, and the layout of the event.  Once inside a greeting table confirmed my name was on the list and provided me with my pass.  I was too late to receive a lanyard but I didn’t care…I have arrived.  There were plenty of other people from various media outlets.  Local News channels, fellow bloggers, YouTubers, and even some foreign independent channels roaming the floor.  Everyone was taking pictures and videos and interviewing people spewing out vehicle specs.  It is like a Hollywood gala for auto enthusiast…the bright lights and cameras minus the boogie attitudes.  I was not quiet ready to interview people, I just wanted to act as the cameraman/ videographer.

I had on hand my Canon, Galaxy Note 5 and a small handheld video recorder.  I took loooootttttsss of pictures and quite a few videos.  I took my time and was able to see every vehicle and even test drive a few that they made available for us.  Mazda, Honda and Toyota to name a few were on hand to do test drive demos soI jumped at the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5.  Disappointment quickly set in when I found out it was an automatic and the streets were pretty congested by that time.  After the test drive and brief survey, I did receive an email invite to attend a Mazda MX-5 track event, so that will make up for the weak test drive.  Insert corny car nut verbiage riiight…here!  “Yay Mazda…Zoom-Zoom!”

All in all the event was great.  Free access, free snacks and drinks, unobstructed views and full access to some very nice vehicles.  Thank you Orange County International Auto Show for the media pass.

Now on to some pics…A LOT OF THEM!  Scroll down to check out some video footage.


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Nitto Auto Enthusiast Day – Vaughn Gittin Jr drift demo

This weekend I was fairly busy.  Sunday I went down to Angels Stadium for the Nitto tires Auto Enthusiast Day.  It was HOT, HOT, HOT, but it was a really nice turn out. Lots of intoxicating exhaust sounds, cool cars and great people.  Ford was there representing with an autocross track for their Mustang and the Focus ST.  The Focus RS was on display as well for people to sit in and take photos.  There were also some drifting ride alongs and tandem drift demos giving by Vaughn Gittin Jr.  Me and my buddy walked around for a couple of hours checking out the cars and meeting some of the builders of these customized vehicles.  I captured a few videos and snapped a few photos before the hunger and heat got the best of me.  

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Old school meets new school…

This pair of old school Benz’s were done completely in house by Ranz Motorsports Inc. of El Monte, CA. Only the wheels were brought in.  They were able to do custom motor swaps courtesy of a Toyota 1JZ and a Benz SL AMG to help lay down some serious power for this old school pair.  The interiors were treated to custom modern amenities from newer Lexus and Mercedes models, while the specially made wheels complete the look and set the cars off nicely.  Be sure to check them out.

I also spent some time behind the wheel of a 2015 Audi S5…I didn’t want to like the car,  but it stole my heart. The interior with all of its carbon fiber accents, the drive select ability to change the ride comfort, engine note and steering feel.  The Alcantara and leather seats along with the door inserts.  Flat bottom steering wheel, aluminum accents and the tech package.  Power delivery was very impressive in dynamic mode and the quattro handling was enhanced by the 19 inch sports wheel package…OMG!

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