The Tuner Evolution brand as grown from a single show in a small town in Pennsylvania, to a full series of premier, multi-state automotive events to network and compete in. Wherever they host a car show, their name brings out the best that each city has to offer, from tuner to modern customs. In addition to the fierce battle for their extensive award categories, attendees are also entertained with R/C drifting, B-boy demo and other live music performances.
Battle at the Border, an event that earns it's name due to it's location between US and Canadian perimeters, started 10 years ago at a small race track and this weekend made it's return inside of the Buffalo Convention Center! Car competitors were judged for a wide range awards, even including a shot at a feature in Performance Auto & Sound magazine. Also unique to this event was the addition of a live Pro and Am BMX flat land competition.
We've been raving about this concept since our friends at JunkStyles x LowLifeStyle first introduced us to their “JunkFood Meet”; cars and food, together in one festive setting. This specific spectacle was their summer show, which boasted a fleet of unique food trucks coupled with a car show with the relaxed vibe of a local meet. Unfortunately, the weather decided to try and rain on the parade, but at least not until everyone got arrive in their rides and get some good eats in the truck's corral – which is where the AutoLife Tour booth was also situated, in direct line of sight and smell! Judging how great the whole staff and attendees attitudes contributed towards a good event, even in the midst of a cloudy day, we'd gladly take a raincheck for a return trip to any future JunkFood Meet!
Pomona, New York is a beautiful landscape, tucked just outside the big cities – and the last place you might expect to find a car show with standout builds – but, here we are reflecting back on the ballpark party, that boasted a wide vairety of customized vehicles. Open to anything from cars and trucks, lifted and lowered, we felt the one-day event was best enjoyed by admiring vehicles that are truly “street driven”; in the midst of track and events and judged car shows, it's nice to have a simple meet that brings out the vehicles people build for function and form. Despite competing with holiday vacationers and other weekend events, it was a beautiful day of weather and a great time for anyone that joined to gather.
How could the 2018 BC SpeedFest not be another one for the books? Not counting the fact that it's attached to the magnificent Battle Creek Field of Flight festival (full of air shows, carnival rides, live music, fair food and more), but the entire extended weekend was filled with thrills of top-speed runs down the a full half mile an an active airstrip! The cars ranged from customized street vehicles to highly modified high-end exotics, from all over this country (and Canada!). What made attending the event fun for us, was that the spectators that visited us and watched the performance were from all types of backgrounds (from die-hard car guys to newcomers learning about our passionate hobby). It was a great way to spend the 4th of July holiday, with gearheads and family alike. We'll see you next year!
Anything that the Carlisle Events team throws down, we're pretty much game for; We've attended an array of amazing automotive shows with them over many years, and it just keeps getting better. The 2018 Carlisle Import & Performance show was no different. This was the first time that the AutoLife Tour has attended this specific show, and in all the time that we 'think' we've seen it all when it comes to import shows, this show proved us wrong. When you hear the words “import show,” you typically picture the modern tuner crowd – but, this show literally means ALL imports, from ALL years, from ALL genres (also, US platforms are welcomed as well!). What a spectacle. We saw such a unique and vast variety that it reignited the flame for all things foreign. Yes, the rain did come hard for those who watched the weather reports, but we tipped out hats to just about every single car owner, as they repeatedly wiped their cars down and kept them looking good for show goers. Regardless of the weather, count us in for next year!
About the Tour:
The original Aaron Vaccar's AutoLife Tour returns to the road and beyond for 2018, with an all-new theme! Traditionally serving up projects fresh from the SEMA Show floor, for 2018 the new “ONroad VS OFFroad” collection celebrates diversity of style with a shared passion. Each event stop on the travel agenda will feature select vehicles from the unique roster, including; SEMA Cares x WD-40 Boosted Bronco, Ford EcoSport concept, and Vaccar's Hyundai turbo Elantra and Tucson Sport.
The Project Lineup:
So, you're coming into town for the big car meet? Don't act like you don't want to indulge on some savory local fare...and you should. Here's some delicious options of variety with different price ranges that we spotted. Which should we choose to try? Will you join us?
See you on the road
- @AaronVaccar, '16 @AutoLifeTour pilot
Hash House A Go Go
1.) Hash House A Go Go
"We are proud to have been serving up Twisted Farm Food for 12 years, and can't wait to feed you again."
Price range: $11-30
AutoLife staff picks: "Famous One Pound Stuffed Burgers", "Hash House Chicken & Biscuits", "Chili Crusted Indiana Maple Leaf Farm Duck Breasts", and "Andy's Famous Bread Pudding" for dessert.
Location: 5350 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
2.) Giordano's Pizza
"The recipe for Giordano's now-famous stuffed pizza is one that has evolved over 200 years."
Price range: $10-25
AutoLife staff picks: "The Special Stuffed Deep Dish", "Toasted Ravioli", and "S'mores Pizza" for dessert
Location: 6203 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
4 Ribers Smokehouse
3.) 4 Rivers Smokehouse
"BBQ restaurant that features all of your southern comfort food favorites from pulled pork to fried okra."
Price range: $8-20
AutoLife staff picks: "4R Style Burnt Ends", "Brontosaurus Beef Rib", "Southern Pulled Pork, and "Wedge O' Carrot Cake" for dessert.
Location: 1600 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Tin Roof Orlando
4.) Tin Roof Orlando
"Live music joint where everybody is somebody – just a laid-back atmosphere where you can kick back and have a good time."
Price range: $11-22
AutoLife staff picks: "The Smashville" burger, "Kentucky Fried Catfish", "O-Eye Mac & Cheese", and "El Chango Burracho" for dessert.
Location: 8371 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Clean Culture x Import Expo drops another banger, in southern fashion; Orlando, FL is on the list for one of the collab's next mega shows.
AutoLife Tour will join the party, for the official kick-off of it's 2016 Trunk Slammer Tour. In addition to the traveling Vaccar Edge Concept, ALT display will also feature other SEMA Show vehicle creations from Ford Motor Company, including a Vaccar Ford Fusion Turbo AWD and Blood & Grease 'Special Delivery' concepts.
So - pack your car, call off work, and head south for this jam: Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center.
Additional info at;
...and follow ALT daily for pics of cars registering to be in attendance:
Here's a sampling of the Southern goods!;
For Immediate Release | March 14 2016
Aaron Vaccar's AutoLife Tour is going back to the roots! As our coveted “Livin' the Life” award expresses, it's not just about the car, but the person behind the wheel as well – it's a lifestyle. We plan to live by those words, ditch the semi truck and grab our suitcases, as we embark on this brand-new “Trunk Slammer Tour” and literally criss-cross the country from within an original Vaccar Ford Motor Co. project vehicle fresh from the SEMA Show. This action-packed, guerrilla-style campaign will also be fully broadcasted via social media for an exciting element of a digital documentary.
Full details will be announced early April. Events, shops, and locations looking to book this auto-attraction, as well as companies and brands interested in promotional opportunities, are urged to contact us prior to April 1st.
See you on the road!
This just in! The AutoLife Tour will be making a pitstop in Canfield, OH for a hometown classic – an automotive show unlike anything you've ever experienced - it's the original Dave & Ed's Super Auto Events!
Here's a family fun weekend, that you just have to come out and try for yourself. To think of it only as a “swap meet” is a major discredit to the incredible depth and scale of this mega-event!
At the heart of the show is, in fact, the extreme variety of vendors and personal collectors selling automotive parts, complete cars, projects, and more – and when we say 'more', we mean that you can find just about anything you're looking for here!
Come and spend the entire weekend walking through the gigantic Canfield Fairgrounds, which will be almost entirely covered with deals to be had. The event runs July 24, 25, & 26th, and the traveling AutoLife Tour will be making a special appearance & showcase on Friday & Saturday. But, don't leave leave out Sunday on our account, because that is the car show cruise-in date!
It's especially exciting when the ALT Crew throws a new event into the mix, and here's one that we've had our eyes on for quite some time: Clean Culture-AutoFest in Pomona, NY on July 26th.
It honestly did not take long for us to be sold on this event – in fact, it was just within a couple seconds of watching a video of last year's event coverage that we were blown-away by the serious street cars and customs rolling-in for the show. I'd recommend a preview for yourself, below!;
The event will be utilizing the eJudged platform (PS, keep an eye out for their custom Ford Transit Connect too), with “Best of VIP” receiving a cash payout. During the show, there will also be other activities, such as Low Car Limbo and a Loud Exhaust / 2-Step contest.
It's rain or shine, so don't be shy, we're all ready to have a good time at the scenic Provident Bank Park!
LINK: Clean Culture x AutoFest on Facebook
See you on the road!
Now, here's an event that I hope we never have to miss; Carlisle Performance & Style. It's been a staple tour stop for years with the traveling AutoLife Tour crew, and simply because it is of an entire scale and environment that only Carlisle Events can produce.
You'll see over 2000 custom modern custom cars, from import to american, from slammed to race prepped, cars to trucks – the variety goes on. What makes it such a fun 3-day show weekend is that they create a relaxed, fun scene that lets the good times roll. If you've never been to Carlisle, just picture a full-size fairgrounds, dedicated to automotive entertainment and excitement.
If you don't trust us from experience, then let's just review what you can catch at the event in 2015;
Top Flight Awards, Lowlapalooza with JunkStyles x LowLifeStyles, East Coast Bullies presented by Tuner Evolution, Timeless Motor Group display, Slam it Likes it's Hot display, ST Rally, Clutch the Stang Showcase, NICOFEST autocross and drifting exhibitions, the Carlisle Burnout Contest, Manufacturers Midway, Driftsylania R/C drifting, Low Car Limbo, Performance & Style Legacy Award, Carlisle Club Challenge, Swap Meet, Camping, and more...yes, seriously, there's even more!
Let's not forget, ALL registered vehicles at this event are eligible for receiving a 2015 AutoLife Tour Livin' the Life Award.
I'll just go ahead and recommend that you swing by their official website, and take a glance at all the thrills you'll be experiencing July 17, 18th, and 19th - yes, we're saying you MUST attend. You can also find up-to-date social media status via their Facebook page.
See you on the road!,
Are you ready for the one of the only true max-speed events...where you can see high performance and exotic vehicles compete head-to-head in a standing 1/2-mile race? If so, then mentally prep yourself for the one and only, Battle Creek SpeedFest.
It's the largest event of it's kind in the State of Michigan - running down an airport's runway, racers will line up 2 at a time to race for their fastest speed and time, with only one to be named the SpeedFest Champion.
As if top-speed thrills weren't enough to spice up your 4th of July weekend, the SpeedFest is actually paired with the Battle Creek Field of Flight, a MEGA event of holiday entertainment!
Bring the whole family out, they'll be air shows and demos, hot air balloons, carnival rides and games, fair food and treats, stage shows...and of course, FIREWORKS! The Field of Flight event is running all week, and the SpeedFest will be held July 3rd, 4th, & 5th - that's when we show up for the party too!
This isn't our first time attending an event of this magnitude in Battle Creek, so trust us when we say it's going to be a soaring good time!
See you on the road!
Battle Creek SpeedFest website: www.battlecreekspeed.com
Battle Creek SpeedFest facebook: facebook.com/BattleCreekSpeedFest
Battle Creek Field of Flight website: www.bcballoons.com
Battle Creek Field of Flight facebook: facebook.com/bcballoons
They say it's important to 'stick to your roots', and this hometown hero of a show is about as authentic as you can get for us!
We've been attending the Steel Valley Super Nationals for about as long as we can remember...in fact, they're celebrating their 10th anniversary during this season's event!
The show spans over 3 days, each filled with head-to-head drag racing, custom cars and bikes, and all-out concerts!
Most of the events on our yearly tour schedule are 'static' automotive shows and events, but at the Steel Valley Super Nationals, it's going to be LOUD and FAST. A variety of vehicles, from hotrods and modern muscle to sport compact and import, will be test n' tuning and racing down the drag strip on-site. Don't get us wrong, sometimes we love to just cruise, park, and show-off – and, this show will have plenty of space for those guys n' gals as well.
Let's talk about rock shows; kicking off Friday night will be Bret Michaels, followed by a Phantom Fireworks spectacle – then, Warrant takes the stage on Saturday evening. Stroll down the midway anytime to check out the various vendors and fair-style snacking.
Also, on Saturday, the cameras will be rolling for the hit reality TV Show “Fat N Furious, Rolling Thunder”; the Youngstown-based crew will be signing autographs, taking pic's and selling merch – they'll also have some cars from the TV show on display (you'll find the AutoLife Tour booth directly across from them, in the vendor midway!).
Steel Valley Super Nat's website: www.steelvalleysupernationals.com
Steel Valley Super Nat's facebook: facebook.com/
See you on the road!
The first AutoLife Tour-tour stop is in the books! In our mind, the OC Car & Truck show has always been an ideal type of show to kick off new seasons of the ALT; it's got a great atmosphere, positive vibes, and show-goers from all over the East Coast (and beyond).
Let's jump strait to cars...
We're going to go ahead and do a quick-pick of 3 from the outside playing field, just to see what do you guys think...
The out-front scene is a more casual, loose environment where street-driven cars can roll-in each day and night for a special outside judged car show and meet. You'll truly get a variety of mild to wild out here...don't write it off, always make sure to take a walk thru.
In case you didn’t hear, it was “Vandemonium” at our own booth. Not only did we have the Blood & Grease Ford Transit on display, but our very good friends from eJudge were gracious enough to partner-up and have their Transit Connect alongside ours for the weekend! Both of these vans made their debut together at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, so it was quite fitting to see them team up for another go.
Now, let's go inside...and start off with another quick-pick of 3...
The inside, composed of 3 different 'rooms', is massive in size. The large main room is a bit of a 'hub' of all the action, the upstairs features even more vehicles and a concert stage, and this year the addition of a ocean-view room allowed for a showcase of mini trucks. Of course, in this arena of judged competitors, you better come clean and correct if you're hoping to take home honors.
Let's take a moment to give a shout out to a the 'APAC' group...I have to admit, these guys came locked and loaded. Some of their cars were simply over-the-top, but then we also liked the mild ones that showed some serious attitude through simplicity.
It was an honor to once again present the “Livin' the Life Award” at the OC Car Show. This special, original ALT piece of recognition was first awarded at this exact show in 2011...and each tour season since then, it has been the first give-away location of the year. For 2015, the first honors went to Derrick Nowell and his 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8. We felt the car-owner duo was deserving of the “Livin' the Life Award” because of the dedication to years of tuning, customization, and then re-doing it to keep fresh and exciting. There's certainly a large amount of passion to be said about a project vehicle that get's re-done several times over!
So, can we talk about food for a second? Our foodie choice of the weekend was “Paul Reverse Smorgasbord”. If you guys know Aaron, then you know once the show closes it's doors, it's time to eat! The buffet-guru gave this place a thumbs-up; from the early-bird special, to the simplicity of fun and friendly dining selections on the 'smorgasbord'. This place was awesome for the money. It's located “underneath” the boardwalk, just 2.5 miles from the show. Try it out next year.
Attention weekend warriors! This is never news that we want to share, but we must (and if would help if you do too!) - here's a word directly from the Fresh Meet Events crew;
So with the weekend forecast in Millville, NJ continuing to grow wetter and wetter, the team has decided to postpone our annual Sumerbash. We realize there is a lot of time between now and the new date, but to not step on the toes of other events and try to spread out what goes on within our scene, we feel that Labor Day weekend is perfect and it's a great way to celebrate and enjoy an already awesome Holiday weekend. We have also decided to tour different shows throughout this time span with our Summerbash giveaway car to promote the event more and allow you all to take a look at the car one of you will drive away that day!!!! Stay tuned for all other information and please repost and tag your friends.
If you've ever been to a Fresh Meet Events, then you know they're action-packed, loaded with serious street rides, and a must-do as a part of your yearly routine - and if you've NEVER been to a Fresh Meet Events, then what in the world are you waiting for?!
The AutoLife Tour traveling auto-attraction is destined for the Fresh Meet 4th Annual Summer Bash - and we seriously cannot wait. On our last tour in 2013, we attended this exact event for the very first time, and we were blown away by the turnout. Forget what you've seen at a typical "meet", this event draws out the serious custom cars of our current culture. If you want to see what's hot and what's up-and-coming, then make sure you're in Millville, NJ on Sunday the 21st of July for this year's Fresh Meet Summer Bash!
Fresh Meet Events' website: www.freshmeetevents.net
Fresh Meet Events' Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Fresh-Meet-Events/157414937680849?fref=ts
Fresh Meet Events' Instagram: instagram.com/freshmeetevents
#Vandemonium is going down in the AutoLife Tour booth at this weekend's OC Car & Truck Show. A dueling pair of customized Transit Connects, direct from Ford's display at The SEMA Show, will be showcased. Blood & Grease are creators of premier 'kustom klothing' and eJudged offers the finest in electronic judging – both vans were purpose-built for their brands, so you'll have to see how they've been modified them in person!
#autolifetour #ALTmaryland #occarshow#bloodandgrease #ejugded #fordsema
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orlando, FL 4th June, 2015
The cross-country traveling auto-attraction is back in action for 2015 - the original program that showcases specialty and SEMA Show project vehicles, as well as entertains with a custom lounge and give-aways, is going to have robust schedule this season. From Florida, to Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, the AutoLife Tour is ready-to-rock.
While all of the 2015 features are still being announced through early June, some teasers include an upgraded and re-branded “Re:Charge Lounge”, presented by The CLUB, which will have free phone charging stations, streaming automotive films on the 'big screen', and all from the comfort of their signature black couches. One of the unique demo vehicles set to display is a Vaccar-designed Blood & Grease “Special Delivery” Ford Transit Connect – a fully customized mobile boutique on wheels – originally debuted in the Ford Motor Company booth at SEMA. The project builds appearing on the tour are actually traveling showcases of hot aftermarket products and new customization techniques. There is also a new “AutoLife S'tour”, presented by Blood & Grease, which will have freebie grab bags, prizes, as well as exclusive car culture streetwear and accessories.
It all kicks off at one of the greatest events on the East Coast; the OC Car & Truck Show in Ocean City, MD on June 13-14th. This is also the first opportunity of the year for car show contenders to be eligible for ALT's exclusive “Livin' the Life Award” - a very special piece that recognizes individuals, their build, and their story. Follow AutoLife Tour on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for live coverage, all year!
“See you on the road!”