Hanging out at the 2021 LA AUTO SHOW!

I’ve always said that following your passions will lead you to interesting places! As my luck would have it, following my passion for automobiles has led me to the stage at the 2021 LA Auto Show as the recipient of the Hispanic Motor Press Foundation Scholarship Award!

The Hispanic Motor Press Foundation Scholarship is a scholarship dedicated to supporting young Hispanics pursuing a career in journalism focusing on the vehicle and transportation industries, with emphasis on the technology of the motor vehicle.

I applied to this scholarship because even though I’m not technically studying journalism, I am a transportation design student who does automotive journalism on the side as a hobby. This blog is the perfect example of that! Well, I’m happy to say that I was picked as the winner and I was presented with the award on stage at the LA Auto Show!

Of course, this wasn’t the only highlight of my day. This was the first time I had ever been to the LA Auto Show! So naturally my shutterbug instincts took over and I was snapping away at every interesting display or concept car I crossed while hunting down designers and other industry insiders to talk and network with!

So, please enjoy these photos from the 2021 LA Auto Show! Also I wanted to give a very special thanks to the following individuals!:

  • Ricardo Rodriguez-Long
  • Jon Rosner
  • Aaron M. Sanchez
  • Jose Vargas Ulloa
  • Chris Benjamin
  • Angelica Willard

Thank you so much!

Goodbye Bay Area!

city skyline during golden hour
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Sometimes, a change of scenery is good

Well, 2021 has been chock full of surprises. For one, I’m finally able to walk around without a mask (since the California Mandate was lifted for vaccinated individuals). Two, I decided I needed a change of scenery to focus more on building my skills. So after several years living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve decided to move! Goodbye Bay Area!

Half of my reasoning for this decision comes from opportunity. In simpler terms, an opportunity to completely change my lifestyle came up and I decided to take it. This of course doesn’t mean I’m giving up on automotive photography. After all, The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is just around the corner! Instead, what this means is that I would have a better chance at accomplishing my own personal goals outside of the Bay Area. And with remote work becoming a more viable solution, many other people are making this same decision. Sometimes a change of scenery is good!

Where Am I now?

grass field during sunset
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I’m not too far away now. I decided to pitch my tent in Gold Country, east of Sacramento! I’m only 2 hours away from the Bay Area, so if there’s a special event happening, I could still be there. Even more importantly, I can still attend classes at The Academy of Art University! Since everything is still online right now, it’s no problem for me! Should physical classes come back, I can just drive down and crash at a friend’s place the night before.

Also, cities like Sacramento, Folsom, and El Dorado Hills have some interesting car-related events happening all over, so I’m itching to get out there and see what drives by. There’s also some hidden gems out here. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find some interesting stories to write about. Or even better; a barn find or two!

So for now, Goodbye Bay Area. I’ll see you again soon!

The Final Word on the Eco-Racer

In my last post, I shared my recent discovery about the Eco-Racer and its true heritage. Originally, I believed the Eco-Racer was Osaka Sangyo University’s ENE-1 GP racer from 2011 to 2017. However, I took a closer look. I discovered these were actually separate vehicles! The ENE-1 GP racer had several differences in its construction compared to what I had. This included a different design for it’s canopy and tail cowling, and a different steering system. This led me to believe that my car was either an earlier prototype, or possibly the earliest version of the ENE-1 GP racer from 2011. I concluded that post by mentioning that I had reached out to the University for more clarification. All that was left to do was to wait for an answer. Well, I’m happy to say that answer came! Here it is; the final word on the Eco-Racer!

An Early Morning Email

I awoke to an email in my inbox with a Japanese email address. Upon inspection, I discovered the email was from a gentlemen named Takashi Sudo. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, maybe this picture would provide a clue: