I grew up going to car shows. Seeing cars up close, under the hood, the different mods, models, paint schemes and wheels were all far more exciting than any magazine could ever be. It doesn't matter if it's a neighborhood meet or the Detroit International Auto Show, they're all a great place to cultivate your own passion for cars.
In many cases it's a place to see cars and creations you can't afford, and find inspiration for your own projects. You might not be able to build an 800hp GTR right now, so a show is a great way get close to one.
Remix Events is bringing back the car competition, and giving us what we want. I attended their first drifting event, the Xtreme Drifting Circuit, at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA. It was a great show. The tarmac was packed with a diverse array of top-notch cars. From 400hp RWD Minis, BMW M3 time attack cars, GTR, Porsche, Ferrari, the list goes on. The reason for the high caliber rides was Remix's numerous categories for the competition. The staples, of course, were there; Best in Show, Best Domestic, Best JDM, etc. But it was the new, more creative categories that grabbed my eye and impressed me. Awards like, "Best Engineered Vehicle," "Best Fram/Chassis," "Best Performance" or "Best Driven." I've never seen this many categories at a car show. The variety allowed more cars and owners to be recognized for their hard work and ingenuity.
The competition on the drift course was just as fierce, with V8 powered 350Zs and heavily boosted Silvias tearing up the pavement. The sound of an RX7 with a V8 reverberrated across the city, and was simply an awesome site to see. A video is worth a million words, so if you want to see some of the action in motion, check out Streetfire.net's coverage.
And of course, the show was flooded with gorgeous, friendly models. Everywhere I turned fans were taking pictures and getting autographs. A live perormance by the Speaker Junkies celebrated the end of a fashion show, which pulled a sizeable crowd to the stage.
After all was said and done, I left the track witha big grin on my face. Remix Events gave car fans everything they wanted. There was high-octane action, and some seriously impressive rides. There's 7 more stops in the US this year, so check out http://www.remixevents.com/ to see if they're coming to a city near you. Whether you like cars, want to see some drifting (or enter yourself to compete!), want to see the newest parts or just meet some girls, the Remix Awards Tour is a great place to spend a day.