Import Alliance 2010
What a week! The randomness headed East last week for Import Alliance in Nashville. This year I decided to skip Spocom in Long Beach and do something different. I have always heard all the talk of how big IA was. There was all the talk on the web about how this event compares to our meets on the west coast, and it’s was quite funny how people went back and forth about whose events are better, bla, bla, bla. Many people on the west made big promises to go out there “big” and do this , and do that. I was pretty disappointed, not in the event but in how many people made broken promises to bring their cars out there from the west, and didn’t. Guess the trek out to the east wasn’t worth their time. I think there were less than 10 of us west coast strangers there this year, and most of us didn’t bring our cars. But, hey we never made any promises to bring cars this year. At least we randomly showed up!
The first day out in Nashville all of us from the west went downtown to see what Nashville was all about. We walked a lot, and learned that the humidity there is insane! Followed by being super hot and humid, the rain made an appearance leaving us all wet and sweaty. I am not a big country music fan personally, so I felt a bit out-of-place there. But, I managed to see from cool stuff downtown and have a good time.
Batman is was here!
Crazy looking arena!
A must see in Nashville.
BBQ just isn’t the same in the west!
One big record store!
Out of all the pictures, we managed to forget the Waffle House! Man, that place has my heart! I think I ate at least 6 waffles while I was there! Food was defiantly a highlight of the trip, besides their idea of mexican food. Man it was bad!
On to the good stuff! I was overwhelmed by how many people came out for Import Alliance! The place was packed top to bottom. Some of you might sit here and talk shit about some of the cars that showed up, yes it is different there. But, hey I give props to all these people driving so damn far to be there! I even saw people on doughnuts with cars that barely made it there. But, hey at least they made it. I have yet to see any events here draw this many people, and not for one day but two! These are some dedicated people! The biggest difference I saw there was that almost everyone is respectful. Even if they don’t get along or like your car, or whatever everyone is very respectful of one another. There was not the animosity in the air that there is back home at events. It was nice to see some many diverse people in one spot enjoying an event with little drama. I was happy to meet many people at the event for the first time. I don’t consider myself any different than anyone else, yet met quite a few people who loved my build of the CTR, and follow my blog. It is always nice to meet people who really admire all the hard work it takes to get stuff done. This was a great time, and many of you really missed out big time! Next year’s event will be sure to be yet another great time. I look forward to shipping my car out there next year.
And for the pics! Enough from me. There are tons of pics, so for more be sure to check out the remaining pics on my fan page on Facebook. I will let the pics say it all for themselves. Enjoy!
Stunna Ben finally brought out his beast!
Another NH-0 real deal CTR.. She was all pretty, basically stock yet beautiful! Can I have her?!
A lot of cars!
Ben’s trunk became our lounge!
Some Skunk2 love in the BH’s bay! Check out the little girl snapping a pic of his pretty purple wheels!
Great view from the top late afternoon after hundreds already left. Crazy!
Couldn’t forget this car! I love it! I need a Spoon front now for mine thanks to this car! I’m in love!
Off we went back to town, with a minor stop in the middle of nowhere to get gas in the gas guzzling Hummer Stunna Ben was driving us around in!
I am really glad I went out there. Coming home was quite the journey as I was stuck in Atlanta for an extra day with lost luggage thanks to Delta making me miss my connecting flight home, but the trip was worth all the craziness!
Next up this month is Super Street’s FF Battle! The car is coming out of hibernation for the event. Stay tuned for more details!