Those of you who have been in the car scene long enough may remember when Hot Import Nights and Nopi first had a very underground and grassroots feel to it. Many will attest to the fact that those days are gone and many car shows have tried to reproduce events of that sort of caliber, but have failed. Even HIN has tried to make a comeback in the past couple of years, but in my opinion, has not been able to recapture that raw essence of a car show. The essence I’m referring to is very simple actually, a car show (for the most part) just for the cars. Although car shows are not underground anymore, there are still quality shows out there. Nisei Showoff Car Show is one of the better quality car shows that still exists and if I were to say that a fledgling Autocon car show is comparable to a Nisei Showoff Car Show, I would quite frankly be lying. However, I can say that Autocon has been able to capture some of that raw essence that has been lost throughout the years with car shows becoming more mainstream.
For the most part, this year’s Autocon has kept it’s grassroots upbringing with Justin Fong and his family and friends helping to promote and organize the event. It takes a lot of time and effort to organize and event that features several hundred quality cars. Try organizing a local car meet just to get a pinch of how hard it is to keep track of everything that has to go on.
Now let’s take a look at some coverage from Marcus and then myself.