Night-Import: Photography and Words by William Lee
Almost everyone in the world knows about University of California schools, but only a few know about certain clubs and organizations, such as the one I'm about to introduce to you guys today. This past week, I re-discovered an organization within the UC schools called Drive @ UC_ or Imports @ UC_, which its purpose is to gather automotive enthusiasts and have a weekly or monthly car meet for students. I remember our photographer Nick Schultz bringing us coverage on Imports @ UCI, but the crowd was not as big as expected.
Few days ago, I got invited to UC Riverside's first Car Meet of the year, Drive @ UCR, by a good friend of mine 1013mm. This organization/club started around 2.5 years ago, so it wasn't too new to those who went to this school. I wasn't expecting a massive turnout, but did want to attend this meet just because I heard only a few showed up. I think such meets that are organized by a school needs more attention because it's a great opportunity for students to do something else instead of studying 24/7. It has the potential to become a great meet or even an event if properly planned. Hohyung Lee is the president of this year's Drive @ UCR and he did an outstanding job, such as notifying the police stations near by, and going around talking with students to hear how they thought about the meet. Because my plan for this year is to promote grassroot car meets, I blasted the Facebook Event Page on our fanpage and profile as well.
1013MM and I arrived at 7:30pm and there were barely any cars parked at the meet location. I was sort of expecting this, so didn't really care about a big tunrout . We were walking around for a bit to check out the cars and I spotted this Subaru on Five Axis wheels. By the way, do not expect clean photos because I didn't take my flash and tripod.
It was surprised to see my favorite Lexus SC, from Elite Auto Concept. His brother in law brought out his custom painted G35 on VS-XXs.
Blurry photo of the SC.
There were tons of AE86s rolling in later on, but these two were the early ones.
People checking out 1013mm's 1 series.
VIP in session.
Clean looking Evo on TE37SLs. I thought it was this Evo who cut me and my friend on the freeway, but guess it was someone else lol. My bad!
As time was going by, more and more cars were rolling in, like this sexy STi Wagon on the new Work Meister series.
Voltex STi from 1UP x It's JDM yO!
Z32 on White MB Battles.
Simply done EK.
BURNOUT! Just playing :p Hellaflush Subaru Wagons.
This G had the new TEs.
I was a bit surprised to see some GT-R R35s at the meet.
Low N Slow member Allen Pham's IS on JIC wheels.
Props to this Camry owner for being different. Loved the stance and drop.
An unexpected guest! Tomei powered Evo. I spot a DD Garage decal.
This TSX was on limited edition Mag Blue ce28ns. Epic.
Carbon Fiber covered Accord.
Random shot of the crowd.
Very unusual to see a Mustang on Air Lift suspension.
Eric trying to find a spot.
Some peepz. There's Tommy at the left staring at someone..
Because 1013mm was hungry, he headed to the Boba Tea House place to grab some food.
Popcorn Chicken randomness.
It took us about 20 minutes or so ordering and waiting for the food, and during that time, there were more cars that came in, like this hellaflush 350Z.
This R35 was such a win! It's on the Ventross kit by Vorsteiner.
Blurry shot of a team called Topline.
NSX on some old school Work Equips.
Blacked out S2000.
Didn't expect to see the Track Ready Show Killer.
Another shot of Eric's DC5.
Good to see the 626 fam.
Such a successful meet yesterday! Hoping the next meet turns out even bigger than the first!