Import Expo (Post WekFest and Pre-H20)

Import Expo, I feel as if this can be categorized as “the sh!t you should’ve shown at WekFest or Post WekFest”. For those of you who registered or attempted to register at WekFest (or even attended the show) you probably heard that there should’ve been a lot more cars showcased at the event. Unfortunately, due to the popularity of the show and the time frame in which they allowed the registration to open gave little to no chance for possible candidates to enter their cars. In a way IE served as a second chance for a few of those who missed their spotlight at WF. Even though I’m a big automotive fan especially the import culture, I was a little hesitant to go to this show just for the simple fact that it was scheduled at such a weird date. The reason I say this is because the timing at which this event was held is sort of awkward because it really was sandwiched in between two of the biggest events to take place in the East Coast (Wekfest & H20). But to say the least I ended up going anyway and overall it was a pretty decent show. I felt it wasn’t that great because there was an element of excitement missing and the vibe of the whole event was pretty dull. I’m not trying to bash the guys who coordinated the event, if anything I/we should be grateful they took the time to organized such an event and provide a great location.

There was just something missing, I wasn’t sure if the venue was too big or it was the lack of attendees that gave the event a very empty and stale atmosphere. The variety of cars that were present at the show was definitely not a factor, but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of Hondas/Acura that caught my eyes. I noticed that these couple of years the Honda scene was slowly fading in the background as “higher ” end cars are starting to become more affordable… or people are just making more money… who knows! but the point is they are just a dying breed (in the East Coast at least). It was definitely nice to see some quality builds since the Honda scene here is pretty infamous/synonymous I should say with the “un-impressionable high schoolers attempting to do ricer burnouts and fly by’s at the local meets”. But all in all I think we had a great time and enjoyed our trip to AC and we can’t wait for H20 to come any faster!

CCW vs Rotiform

CCW vs Rotiform

Snapped this from inside the car while we were waiting for people at the Rest Area

Snapped this from inside the car while we were waiting for people at the Rest Area

Red Eyes

Red Eyes

Rolling shot at 7am doesn't seem like a bad idea

Rolling shot at 7am doesn’t seem like a bad idea

Waiting for roll in

Waiting for roll in

The Jsutai crew rolling in

The Jsutai crew rolling in

Wild looking Z, I didn't realize the car is RHD until I was going through my photos

Wild looking Z, I didn’t realize the car is RHD until I was going through my photos

Must be nice to go up on that incline with that wheel gap

Must’ve been nice to go up on that incline with that wheel gap

E46 M sitting slant lip RS

E46 M sitting on some slant lip RS

Action shot from inside the dome

Action shot from inside the dome

This car really personifies the Japanese style

This car really personifies the Japanese style

IS250 on custom fab GS bumper

IS250 on custom fab GS bumper

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James from XclusivAlliance and his new style5's

James from XclusivAlliance and his new style5’s

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Power House Amuse replica car

Power House Amuse replica car

Devil Z from Chicago

Devil Z from Chicago

Mark and his Evo reppin both XclusivAlliance and Jsutai

Mark and his Evo reppin both XclusivAlliance and Jsutai

More XclusivAlliance madness!

More XclusivAlliance madness!

It's nice to see a non-stanced rsx

It’s nice to see a non-stanced rsx

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JGTC inspired NSX

JGTC inspired NSX

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Euro-R converted TSX sporting the J's Racing bumper

Euro-R converted TSX sporting the J’s Racing bumper

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This is probably the one of the cleanest 4gs in the states

This is probably the one of the cleanest 4gs in the states

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Not sure what this color is called, but def. an eye candy. And the best part is it's an oem jdm color.

Not sure what this color is called, but def. an eye candy. And the best part is it’s an oem jdm color

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Mugen-ed out RSX from Team Emotion

Mugen-ed out RSX from Team Emotion

Love the aggressive look on this car

Love the aggressive look on this car

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Very rare VIP themed chassis from Liberty VIP

Very rare VIP themed chassis from Liberty VIP

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Caught this R leaving as the show came to an end

Caught this R leaving as the show came to an end

By the time the show was over, we were all pretty drained so we went back to the hotel and called it a night. A couple of the guys we came with decided to head back to VA/MD right away and some decided to gamble but we thought it be best to just relax the next day and enjoy the boardwalk before the trip back home.

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A few of the Sotrendy media guys

A few of the Sotrendy media guys

Our spaceship and pilot back home

Our spaceship and pilot back home

Not too long after we left, we spotted this Euro-R wagon from New York

Not too long after we left, we spotted this Euro-R wagon from New York

The car was pretty damn bright!

The car was pretty damn bright!

Our buddy on the road

Our buddy on the road

Random A6

Random A6

The End

The End

And thats the end of our trip, we hope to see you guys at H20!

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Words and Photography: Andrew Sudwi

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