Night-Import: Photography and Words by William Lee
One of the car shows I missed out on last year was SpoCom. This is during the time period when I just got into cars and didn't know jack about any car shows or even cars in general. All I heard about before or after NISEI was the talk about SpoCom. Everywhere I went, it was SpoCom SpoCom SpoCom. Seriously, all the hype made me curious on what this event was all about until I looked through some coverage done by other blogs/websites and I understood why a lot of people were going crazy over this event.
SpoCom is not an ordinary car show where some mildly modified cars participate nor just DJs and a few vendors trying to make it 'look' like an event, but a mix of models, cars, vendors, music, entertainment, and various other things that define a true car show. Cars that were built to only show participate in these kind of events and missing one is like seeing a Ferrari Enzo passing next to you and not having a camera to take a snap (a bit exaggerating).
This year's SpoCom was a bit different from the past ones. From what I've heard, the original hosts of this show, Pro-Motion Distribution, are no longer a part of this event and being hosted by a separate group. Last year's event had a bigger venue overall, but because this year is technically a new event, it started off at a smaller location. Either way, the event was banging!!
With the help of MotorMavens, a few staffs and I covered this event like no other. We had a videographer, photographer for models, and the others to take care of the car show area. I was pretty stoked when a few people recognized us by our staff shirts and complimenting on our site. I would say that's the enjoyment and thrill I like to feel, which keeps myself motivated to bring you guys better content every week.
Instead of blabbering about what went on, showing you guys' photos will do the job. The show began at 4pm, but Media had the privilege to an early access, so I tried my best to cover the cars in a short amount of time before it got overcrowded.
Unlike other indoor car shows I've been to, my first step into the convention center was expressed with an awe. The lighting was perfect (still had a difficult time shooting), cars were looking fresh, and the staging was really organized.
The first car I took a photo of while walking around. Something about this Prius caught my attention and I was looking at it for about a good 10 minutes.
A'PEXi brought out their gorgeous Rx-7 FD3S drifted by Youichi Imamura.
Of course, I was expecting to see Heavy Hitters.
Crooks & Castles BMW Wagon on BBS LMs. I've seen this ride a few times now and never get tired of seeing it.
Beautiful classics I spotted at TORC 2011. The Rx-4 was featured on MotorMavens so check it out.
Gawd DAM!!!!! I haven't seen a Chrysler 300C as sexy as this one. Sitting on VIP Modular VX series wheels, this monster had a gorgeous fitment. The fronts would've looked better with some spacers, but overall, I give it two thumbs up.
Let me repeat that.. one day... right??
Savini brought out their luxurious rides. Some of their aftermarket products are made by Tecnocraft Composites, the higher branch of Password:JDM.
Royal Origin in the house! A few spectators were passing by this car thinking it was on air.
It wasn't only cars at SpoCom, but also Bikes!
This line of cars were worth drooling. Auto Concept Elite rolled in deep, most of them repping High End Performance.
1st place Infiniti at Wekfest few months ago.
Still my favorite SC, now on Volk TE37SLs.
Very touching history on this G. Gorgeous.
Very impressed on how the owner made an almost exact authentic copy of the original Top Secret Supra.
Seen this STi at XDC and I believe it got Best of Show.
Now on sale, this Rx-7 FD has to be looked at in person.
Widebody Evo 10.
I could probably buy a used or new car with the amount of money put into these cars..
Once again, Auto Concept Elite. Clap clap clap.
Prestige Marketing representing show cars.
I remember spotting this Porsche at Pro-Motion's mini meet.
Jason's S14 on Varrstoens.
Barry's GT-R R35 painted by DTM Autobody.
SUVs from a team called SWIFT.
This classic BMW had the right fitment and most of all, it was pristine.
Five Axis Prius.
Other rides from Prestige Marketing.
742 Marketing and their lines of Scion tCs and classics.
Moto IQ brought out their track cars for display.
Most of the rides I saw at Fontana Nissan Meet. Here is Kerryann De La Cruz's Skyline R32 we did a Random Spotlight on few weeks ago.
AutoProject's tC on Rotiforms.
Track stance S2000.
Liked how the wheel color went well with the body paint.
Love this EG! Look at those chromed out ITBs.
Took a look at the spec sheet and it was pulling 56HP or something with that small ass motor.
Peter from TeamVitz shooting me.
Not really a fan of this widebody 3000GT, but seems like he dominated some shows.
That right there, is one heck of a sexy Porsche 911.
CR-Z on SSR Type Fs.
Not a crazy modified Evo, but this simple look was appealing.
Clutch Master brought out a few cars, like this classic M3.
Seen it at Wekfest and fell in love with the wheel finish and sound.
American Muscle love.
AutoFashion guys chilling at the right.
TOMEI's Evo 10.
Congratulations to my boy Eric on taking Best Acura and 3rd place Best JDM. I took a photo of the new setup by phone and uploaded on our fanpage, but forgot to take one with my camera...smh
Photo of those BBKs will be up on our next coverage.
EuroProjektz brought out some cars I've seen at few shows.
I was expecting AutoFashion to bring out tons of cars, but seems like these 3 were the only ones.
Greddy Twin Turbo'd G coupe.
I'll end it right here and continue on with Part 2 tomorrow.