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Vegas Trip: Day #8 – LA – Petersen Automotive Museum

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#history

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FD concept!!!

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Yup even concept cars rock Toyo R888’s in the US!

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Old.

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New.

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Still the dream (with RB26 heart of-course!).

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Tuner section (again, 86 was on Toyo’s!).

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And yeah, this stopped me in my tracks, and hit me like a 2 tonne heavy thing.

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Go Adam! Their Forza set-up definitely needed some work (not inked and some dummy mode where the cars were auto braking).

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The Jewel of the show.

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Deus RPRSNT!

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John and Simon scored this S14 for their LA stay. I was quick to grab a ride just for the experience!

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Yeah roads are pretty damn fucked up in LA!!!

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And back to Shake Shack to try their normal ShackBurger and awwwww yeah, super dirty, tasty, the complete opposite to In-N-Out’s much cleaner burger, but I love it!

Last day in the US, we checked out the Petersen Automotive Museum, just 20 minutes drive from our hotel. On show was ‘The Art of Bugatti’, but we went straight for the vault tour!

No photos allowed in the Vault Tour, such a shame as there were some pretty amazing cars underground, the one-of-one 1925/34 ‘Round Door’ Rolls, a Mercedes used by Sadam Hussein and much more.

Well worth checking out if you have a few hours to burn. I couldn’t get my eyes off the McLaren F1, even going back to level 2 to check it out twice.

For more info, visit: http://petersen.org

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Vegas Trip: Day #7 – LA

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Just happened to get the Good Morning carpet in the lift this morning.

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Really quite liking the W Hotel we’re staying at on Hollywood Boulevard (bed was super comfy too, had a great sleep).

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I messaged John Lor of Greaser, he was in Santa Monica and said that the sun was up and that it was beautiful there so a few of us jumped a maxi uber and braved the LA traffic (which apparently never eases up) to get there. Once we got there we realised the entire beach was covered in a super thick fog!!!

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Made for this pretty gnarly photo.

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We ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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The shrimp (pictured here) was soooo good. Rest of our meals were awesome too, service even better (the tipping system here really seems to work in regards to service, something Sydney could perhaps better from?).

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We did a little shopping in the outdoor mall a few streets back from the water, and noticed the fog subsiding so we headed back to the pier to watch the sun go down.

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First thing that came to mind was Grand Theft Auto! Man that game re-created Santa Monica SO well!!!

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Dinner at Shake Shack!

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100% went for the wrong burger. Instead of going for a classic (which I usually do when visiting new burger joints) I went for the SmokeShack (bacon) and it came loaded with hot peppers which had me sweating (I’m allergic to chilli!).

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The OG! Zi and I.

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Mr Antonio Alvendia of Motormavens, who lives in North Hollywood, dropped past the hotel for a few drinks, we ended up cruising to Koreatown for a 3am feed too. Massive catchups, so good!

Woke up fresh (no hangover thank God!), hit Starbucks next door and a few of us made the call to check out Santa Monica. Once we got there we realised there was a crazy fog covering the entire boulevard! The weather was strangely cool too, but that didn’t stop locals from swimming at the beach. We had a huge feast at Bubba Gump, which was way better than I remembered Bubba Gump to be, and spent the rest of the day just chilling out with John and Simon from Greaser in Sydney.

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Vegas Trip: Day #6 – LA

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Goodbye Vegas (thank God lol!).

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Boys on flight, THIS close to missing it lol!

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W Hotel – Ballin’ like hell.

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Fulfilled.

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Squint a little, you might see it.

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Spotted.

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chuck

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godzilla

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Fuuuuck, this trip is cursed I swear LOL. Almost missed flight, some boys did miss it LOL, we’re so loose I think we should just come back home LOL!

If you love the Cross, you’ll love Vegas. If you hate the Cross, fuck Vegas!

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Vegas Trip: Day #6 – Hoover Dam & Death Valley

hertz
Hertz so good.

adamdriver
Adam’s the driver of the JDMyard WTAC EG Civic, he’s been doing ALL of the driving on this trip too (champ!).

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Piss Stop. Our shitty rental for the day. It had a pretty bad wheel vibration in the back unless we did at least 100 miles/hr lol.

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First stop, Hoover Dam.

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It’s damn huge!

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We then spotted this lake, and thought we’d head towards it.

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At the lake.

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Then we had In-N-Out Burger again. 100% love the burger, still not sure about their chips. Super impressed that they make them in-house, but they’re just a little too tasteless and clean for my liking.

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Best Song Ever came on the radio (if I ever get married, this is my wedding song!).

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Breaking Bad.

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Our Destination.

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We were so thirsty after the lookout. The general store was shut for stock count, the fuel station’s drink machine was bust but we found this bar, it was pretty freaky lol so we skulled our drinks and got outta there pretty fast.

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It was late by the time we got back, we were hungry to we had Korean BBQ close by to the Wynn.

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Hite, it’s my fave Korean beer. SUPER CRISPY. If you like Asahi, you’ll like Hite!

Super chill day today. We had planned to get to The Grand Canyon, but on realising just how far away it was (and a few of us couldn’t make it back that late due to a dinner meeting) we had to drop the idea, so we checked out Hoover Dam and Death Valley instead. SO glad we did this today, was great to be out there in the middle of nowhere!

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Vegas Trip: Day #5 – SEMA

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This was shot INDOORS!

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We headed next door to the Palazzo for breakfast this morning, they’ve re-created Venice, complete with wet look tiles, a gorgeous painted sky on the ceiling and real Gondolas!

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Then we headed in to SEMA again.

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I spent this day socialising mostly. This is Ravi from V2LAB who I’ve been in contact with over the net for years now. So great to finally meet him, and his girl Nalanie, who are such an amazing power couple! Was awesome to watch them work, capturing both video and stills throughout the day.

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Had to revisit this FD.

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And I had to get better shots of the Old & New Japan at Toyo stand.

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Pretty awesome (yes I’m partial to slant nosed Porsches!).

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Greaser RPRSNT! John Lor and Simon, also from Sydney!

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Art. The gold chrome engraved Nissan GT-R created by Kuhl Racing.

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Widebody everything. S2K at the Konig stand.

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Enjuku 350Z at the Konig stand, driven by Savanna Little.

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LB everywhere.

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FK2R, which we’re not going to get in Aus.

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I then finally caught up with Antonio Logan, who’s been our USA Zen Garage contributor since early 2015. The guy is just SO Zen. I love his vibe. He’s motivated and super positive (despite missing his flight, and having his luggage go missing too!!!). Really looking forward to working with Antonio going forwards.

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My man! I then caught up with another Antonio (!). Antonio Alvendia from MotorMavens, who I first met in Sweden for Need for Speed last year. We’ve not seen each other since but it feels like yesterday. LOVE THIS GUY!

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As we were leaving SEMA a bunch of promoters on the street were handing out strip club flyers. Antonio was quick to grab some, turns out a little trick he likes to do when he hands out business cards to prospective clients is to “accidentally” spill out titty flyers as he’s grabbing a card out of his wallet!

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Luke’s Lobster Las Vegas!

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Lobster Roll FTMFW!

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Crew!

We woke up a little earlier this morning and ate brekkie at the Palazzo next door, which has a fantastic, and quite trippy painted ceiling. SEMA was different for me today too. MUCH more social as I spent the day catching up with friends I’ve met over the net.

Being done with the big nights, we’ve booked a car to head to the Hoover Dam tomorrow, then on to The Grand Canyon. Should be a refreshing break from all the booze!

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Vegas Trip: Day #2 – The Hangover, pretty much

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… but fuck me dead. I woke up on the floor in my hotel room, with the neck of a T-Shirt stretched around my waist, leaving the rest of the T-Shirt looking like a skirt. I have ZERO memory of shit that went down last night. Pretty sure I was drugged. I’ve lost ALL of my money, phone has been stolen too, but thank God they left me with my passport!!!

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Vegas Trip: Day #1 Sydney > LAX > The Chronicles > Las Vegas

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Dave had checked us in online, and this somehow screwed up Qantas’ baggage check-in system! Not a good start! THEN Zi had his US currency stolen from him at the check-in at Qantas! Feds were all over it but we had a plane to catch so hopefully he’ll be able to deal with it all later on, back home.

carbon
Carbon seats in the A380 were actually quite comfy! Flight was still pretty hard for all of us though.

obama
FINALLY! We made it, only to have to queue like sheep for 2.5hrs before getting out onto the street!

ciggies
First thing, ciggies. $5!!!

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Ken was waiting for us when we got out in his awesome TRD Tundra.

bushire
He drove us to the Avis car hire to pick up our Party Bus which ended up being this huge Ford bus with plenty of room and super cold AC too.

rip
Dave ripped his shorts lol.

chicken
We then ate at Chick fil A, so good!!!

ghia
Spotted this super clean bagged karmann ghia in a carpark (where we were trying to get US sim cards sorted for our phones which ended up being a bit of a pain and took way longer than expected), he had a leak and couldn’t get the car up, he found the leak whilst we were there though.

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And a few minutes later his crew arrived. So rad!

megamoist
Mmmmm Mega Moist. We then checked out the local Wallmart (lol).

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Random, right?!

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Cray.

eibach
We then dropped past The Chronicles Year 8 Anniversary Event. So rad as I’d seen so much of this event footage on the net over the years.

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The event had some pretty clean cars parked up inside, outside though was a much more realistic affair with a fair few cars that were modified, but far from perfect, much like our local scene in Australia.

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Loved this clean S2K. Lots more Hondas than any other make as expected, chill tunes, chill people and great vibes despite the super harsh sun that was pretty much burning us alive!

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Noice.

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Pretty cool to finally see USDM clean shaven bays in real life.

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WILD!

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Drank.

trueno
Loved this Trueno.

rb26
The only GT-R there, an R32 and it was pretty cool overhearing the locals say that the engine looks a lot bigger in real life (IE: they’d not seen an RB26 before!).

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Spoon kit. Polarises people. I personally love it!

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Toyo spotting.

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Evasive EVO!

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This guy had the right idea bringing an umbrella.

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And my fave car of the event.

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Exit left!

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Central driving position!!! Apparently it’s the fastest Civic in the US on the circuits here.

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Pretty much a cup car.

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More Toyo spotting! R888 RPRSNT!

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The trophies.

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Yonas and Joey, AKA: @stickydiljoe

thechronicles
Great to finally meet the guy!

innout
Then we ate some more. YAS!!!!

sky
The sky went whack and then we were off on our road trip to Vegas. Man we were absolutely wrecked at this point. Adam’s a champ for driving the distance!

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The scenery just got more and more baron as we went along.

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Group shot in the Nevada Desert.

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Go the bus!

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Tesla chargers. It was dark by the time we got into Vegas.

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And our hotel, The Wynn, is huge, busy as fuck and bang in the middle of the strip. It’s halloween here too so everyone’s super dressed up!

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The hotel’s nuts, and feels like The SIMS! Getting to the hotel elevators is an experience in itself as you have to go through the casino to get there.

8AM and we were all at Sydney International Airport, quietly excited about our huge trip. We ran into John Lor and his mate Simon at the airport SO RAD! I had NO idea John was coming!

It’s been a HUGE day of travelling. I’m buggered, sitting here in the hotel room after having a much needed shower (OMFG so greasy all day). It’s 10.30PM local time now, we’re starving again so we’re going to head downstairs and explore! More tomorrow!

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Hotel for SEMA booked!

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VEGAS, BABY!

Hotel booked (lol, look at it!), and even better, MEDIA pass approved!

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Forza Horizon 3 experience – Day 2

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brekky

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briefing

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roadworks

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12apolstles

twisties

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WHAT A DAY!!!!! Check out the full feature on Zen Blog. Visit: http://www.zengarage.com.au/2016/09/forza-horizon-3-experience/

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Forza Horizon 3 experience – Day 1

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Sydney journos arriving at Peppers The Sands Resort in Torquay.

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Our Sydney to Melbourne Jetstar flight was delayed by half an hour so we unfortunately missed out on dinner (we got to the hotel at around 9.30PM). The team scrambled quickly and ordered us some Pizza and Beer, perfecto!

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My room. Lovely.

6am
6am. Old man is up! Turns out my room looks out onto the golf course!

I’m in Melbourne again this weekend for the Forza Horizon 3 experience, where 10 journalists have been flown in to Peppers The Sands Resort in Torquay to drive 10 exotic cars featured in the game on The Great Ocean Road all day today. The Forza/Microsoft/XBOX team here are being super tight lipped about which 10 cars we’ll be driving today. Either way I’m excited!

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