Tag: travel

I’m Here…LA

Day #1: I’m still overwhelmed when I see the smog in this city, regardless I’m ecstatic to be here.

We’re staying in Baldwin Park at the Courtyard by Marriott, which is about 5-10min south of Irwindale Speedway where the Formula D championship is being held.

Stay tuned for qualifying tomorrow. It’ll be an early morning with the mandatory media meeting at 9am.

The rest of the day after arriving at LAX included getting stuck in lots of LA traffic, a late lunch at Louise’s Tratoria in Pasadena, a trip down the street to the apple store to get Joey an iPod USB charger cable, Thai dinner with Antonio Alvendia, and now…bed.

I love this town!

Formula D ’08 – Long Beach, CA "The Trip"

Thursday Night: We landed in LAX. It was 3am as far as my body was concerned. We headed to “The Kettle” for a late, late dinner, then headed to the Residence Inn: Marriott. Little did I know that my sleeping arrangements would equal two couch cushions and some sheets. “All expense paid”…next time I’ll read the fine print lol. It ended up being very comfortable, the worst of it was having to endure everyone else staying up late and chatting right next to me.

Fri/Sat – Formula D – Long Beach ’08:
The friday qualifier went great. I learned the angles of the track and found the best places to post up the Canon GL2 and shoot. Saturday’s main event was awesome. We had perfect weather, which I’ve heard is typical for Cali’, and the event was a success as the driver I was hired to cover (Chris Forsberg/NOS Energy Drink/Maxxis) placed 1st.

Chris Forsberg – 1st

Sam Hubinette – 2nd

Tanner Foust – 3rd

Vaughn Gitten Jr. – 10th

Sunday – Sightseeing:
I thought LA was a beautiful overall. We never did make it downtown but did get a chance to visit K-town (Little Korea), Pasadena and West Hollywood. Here are some random pics from the trip: Enjoy (and cut me some slack…it’s a Sony Point-n-shoot)!

Long Beach, CA

Some awesome Graffiti in West Hollywood…

Pasadena, CA

Some awesome Italian…

and the worlds best coffee.

Can’t wait to go back…maybe for Formula D – Irwindale!!!

Formula D ’08 – Long Beach, CA

I’ve been hired to shoot some video coverage of this year’s Formula D – Long Beach event. It should be pretty cool, I love drifting and it will be a pleasure, considering the last time I shot Formula D was the Chicago event in Aug. 2006. The footage is being used in my friends e-zine, Wrecked. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to work on the next issue’s graphics and page layouts aswell.