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Formula D Streets of Long Beach- Let the Journey Begin

Formula D Long Beach was an exciting weekend full of tire slaying, drivers being pushed to their limits and on my end… a lot going on other than shooting.

Dan Brockett liked my sneaks cause they matched his 240 ;)

Dan Brockett liked my sneaks cause they matched his 240 ;)     thanks for the photo Linhbergh

The start of April was quite the run around for me because I had just flown in from Texas to start my new job at Bulletproof Automotive- all while looking for a place to live in Long Beach. Luckily I wasn’t hotel living too long and literally picked up the keys to my apartment the day before the main festivities began. I’ll be honest, I was nervous as hell moving out to a place much bigger than a small hometown girl could expect, but overall the timing of this move hit dead on with such a rip-roaring season kicking off.

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The first morning I woke up in my apartment to the sound of screaming engines and howling tires sliding around the track. A massive pro to living in Long Beach during the month of April, especially with the Grand Prix taking place the following week-a sound I will never forget.

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That sort of atmosphere was just the beginning. I arrive to the street circuit and it was like a whole new world, I had been to FD before in Texas, but our courses are nothing like this. As I’m walking over to the grid pro drivers are passing by in their incredible builds, the sound of their engines revving puts the biggest smile on my face.

because triangles.

because triangles.

stacks on stacks

stacks on stacks

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I finally make my way to the starting line and am awe struck at what I see, high rises and palm trees lined up along the walls which you would typically expect in SoCal, but this type of scenic view at a track? I’m just mesmerized.

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Will Parson’s NST 86 looking as green as palm trees

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I look up and imagine being on a condo’s balcony overlooking the track below watching the cars take each corner sideways then as you wait for the next one to go you daze into the ocean view. Talk about Cali dreaming… Okay, back to reality.

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The drivers are lined up and anxious to tear up some rubber, clouds of smoke fill the air from endless burnouts and donuts.

burnout contest? likely.

burnout contest? likely.

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Qualifying begins and I make my way over to the course to be up close and personal with the action.

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Before my eyes clipping points are hit, body panels fly, wheels shatter and gut churning crashes take place.

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There were some aggressive runs as the drivers gave it their all racing for the title; crowds of fans filling the grandstands and cheering them on.

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It was a close run towards the end, Forsberg made his way to the top of the podium followed by Moen and Essa. At the end of the day, it was an experience that I will always remember and the perfect way to begin my own journey.

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I’d like to thank Mayday Garage for letting me have the opportunity to do coverage of this event for them. The Mayday guys are super awesome if you don’t follow them already, go check out their website. I miss y’all and look forward to being together at FDTX, Shout out to Mayday for reppin Texas, H-town downnnn ;)

Also, Thank you Linhbergh for these awesome photos of me at the event! :D Check out his badass photography >>here<<

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photo by Linhbergh

-Karissa Hosek

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Looking Forward.

I’ve been eager to start up a blog again and asked myself, why hesitate? The past few years have been quite a journey and thinking of what lies ahead makes me excited, so here it goes. Heads up, there will be rambling attached with my mediocre photography and rants about triangular shaped things some wouldn’t understand. Posts about build threads, car events and job-related adventures of nonsense or awesomeness; you’ll be the judge of that.

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To start off I’ll share with you a little about myself. I’m a Texan girl who moved out west determined to find my true purpose in life. I’m an automotive enthusiast/wrench turner, car audio fanatic/installer, and a passionate photographer with an itch to travel. Some days I feel completely lost, while other days the adrenaline is pumping through my veins; that rush is what I crave. I’ve realized, you can sit back and watch life pass you by or you can begin living it to the fullest, grab onto what inspires you and run with it. I hope my future posts encourage you in some way to find that drive within yourself; put your life in gear, drop the clutch and don’t look back.

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A few things that make me smile:
RX-7’s, just about anything JDM for that matter.
FOOD (all of it)- diets never last :/
Animal LOVER- Shiba Inu mama
Rollerblading! So fun, Kyia pulls me along pushing me to go faster.
Nature-my way of resetting and finding inspiration

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2013 Wrap Up

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2013 was quite a journey and I met some incredible people along the way. Here’s a recap of some of the events that took place and photos I dug out from my archives to share with you all.

Throughout this year I assisted a few top automotive photographers whose work inspires my own. While in Texas I assisted Pepper Yandell Photography who photographed the hulk GTR and a 458 Spyder, which was featured on Profoto’s blog. I traveled to San Diego, Detroit and New Orleans with NotBland Automotive Photographyand had a blast with him and his team while he photographed Dodge’s pre-production vehicles. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Frederic Schlosser Photography while he visited from Germany and assisted him during the LFA and McClaren shoot. I met Britney Spears all because Jordan Shiraki with Lamborghini invited me to assist and prep the Aventador on her ‘Work B*tch’ video. I traveled to LA three weekends in a row- two of those to help on an Onyx Conceptphotoshoot with ShirakiPhoto & Design LLC and the other to attend one of my most sought-after events- SevenStock 16 to see some rotary madness. My camera and gear got a lot of use this year, I made some great friends and saw some mind blowing builds at TX2K, Formula Drift TX, ShiftSector, and Sevenstock.

Looking back, I was truly blessed this year. To top it off, I GRADUATED!
2013 you were great, 2014 lets make it even better.