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.
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!
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.