SpoCom 2009 Coverage…Part 1…

Let me begin by saying this: The show looked like it was completely undersold. I guess that’s why spots so old so fast because they didn’t want to exceed their expected profit because they would have had to forfeit 20% of it back to the Long Beach Convention Center. That’s what I’m assuming anyway since we learned that this happens back when we originally planned to put a car show together. Anyways, large sections of it were completely empty and could have been filled with cars. Also, I find it kinda weird that they screened cars yet certain cars inside the building had stock wheels or were largely incomplete. That used to happen with HIN also so I guess it happens. Other than those two things, I thought it was a pretty good show. Turn-out looked great and quality of cars was pretty good (with the exception of what I mentioned before). Oh another issue was the horrible judging but that has already been addressed by the SpoCom staff. Hopefully next year it will improve because I think that the momentum is strong for this event and it can only get better. I’ll be looking forward to next year’s. On with the pics….

So I woke up around 11am or so and headed out to Long Beach to check out the show. I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get to Long Beach from where I’m at since the 91W to the 710 has been closed for like a year now. The last time I tried to head over to Long Beach for an event ended with the same result. I was just driving all over the fucking place trying to figure out how to get there. I somehow managed to make it over there after a 40 min drive even though I’m actually only like 20 min away. I hate getting lost. By the time I got there all the lots were full and I had to go park all far and shit…

I walked in and went to go find the homies before I walked around to look at cars…

Salem and Murdock were the first two Doods I ran into and they were just hanging out and shooting the shit with some industry people…

Mikeyyyy was whoring himself out at the Autoimportcraze.com booth with all kinds of stickers on his windshield….

DC5*Brian was parked right across from Salem and Mikeyyyy. Brian is a cool guy rule breaker and didn’t even take into consideration that this was an indoor show and they have gas regulations. He decided to shit his money away and show up to the venue with a full tank of gas and ended up having to drive back to his house and to the venue again just to burn all his gas off until there was a 1/4 tank left. Somewhere along the way he also cracked his bumper in the process….

Norman aka Octodad was hanging out and looked super happy that Brian and Nancee were taking care of his kids…

After talking to them for a little bit I kinda walked off on my own to take pics…

I love this S2000. I’ m not gonna front. Everytime I see this thing I stop by to take a look at it. Even if nothing has changed on it, I always stop to take a look. It’s perfect in that it is basically spot on in terms of how Spoon would build an S2000. Excellent execution…

Nasif’s Civic ended up winning Best Honda overall. Congrats and a big thumbs-up…

Ryan came all the way down from Norcal to show at SpoCom. I was talking to him online the night before roll-in and actually helped him find a hotel to stay at. I’m always down to help out a Chronicles supporter haha… Too bad he cracked his Mugen bumper on the way down. Thanks for making the trip down and always representing the site…

Bisi’s Insight…I’m still waiting on that Outback sponsorship…sounds like it would be some meaty goodness…

Sid somehow ended up all the way on the other side of the building with Chase and HBK Jon’s car. I just wanted to say something real quick about this DA. I heard somewhere I think around the time of the Eibach meet that someone said Sid’s DA was too “plain”. That really speaks volumes about how far Phaze2 and Honda wheel fitment has gone. Imagine that a couple years ago, this fitment would seem almost extreme by Honda standards. People were jocking this type of fitment and stance back then and now people are saying that this set-up is “plain”. I guess with the other guys running 9-wide and 0 offsets now, this would seem less aggressive now that the bar has been set higher. But “plain”? No sir. There’s DAs out there that are still trying to pull off this type of stance and Sid’s DA almost makes it look too easy…

I’ll be honest, I was a little shocked when I first saw HBK Jon’s color change at Eibach. The color change was pretty drastic compared to his old set-up and the color choice kinda threw me for a loop. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, because I really do. I just hadn’t seen this color combination before. Since no one was around and I wasn’t standing in the blazing heat, I actually got to take a much closer look at it and it’s definitely starting to grow on me more and more…

Chase’s CR-X. I don’t know what’s going on but I think Chase is still going through puberty. I saw him at Spocom and for some reason he looked like he grew taller. Strange. Some people are just late-bloomers I guess…haha….

Skunk2’s EK. These guys are one of the few guys out in the industry still devoting 99% of their time to Hondas. Support Skunk2 guys. They’re helping Hondas stay relevant…

JDM Wong from Super Street Magazine’s EF hatch. I love how period-correct it is. If you see him make sure to go up to him and ask him lots of questions, he loves it when you do that…haha. Make sure to be overly detailed and eat up alot of his time too!…

Next to it was Project Car magazine’s CR-X project. I didn’t get a chance to get a good pic of it at the Eibach meet but this thing looks amazing. I love the SSR EX-C Neos….great fitment and stance on this thing….

Congrats to Sheepey for winning Best Acura at the event. One of the few rewards that day that actually went to the right person. I wish I didn’t have the uncontrollable shakes and could actually take a complete shot of his car without it coming out blurry and shit. The award was very well deserved though. Sheepey’s attention to detail is pretty amazing…I saw him on the way home and broke him off in the 4Runner though. My K&N air filter was just to sick…

Hmm…I’m a little puzzled by this one. I think I said the same thing when I saw it in Norcal at WekFest. I almost want to see these wheels on HBK Jon’s car haha…

Nice set-up…

Always a pleasure to see this TSX at the shows. It wins something every time and it’s definitely deserving…

I headed back over to where our group was and saw gas-guzzling Yao Ming showing off his car to Sid…

Salem and them wanted to eat so I’ll stop here for now. I would post all the pics but some of you guys hate it when I post too many pics at once cuz it freezes up your phones or something. Before I go though, I thought I’d show this to you guys…

So Salem, Murdock and I were just sitting by the TSX shooting the shit when we noticed this one dude standing by the car and he was straight creepin’ on the Autoimportcraze booth….

He was trying to pretend like he was texting or whatever, but it was obvious that he was hawkin some chick or something at the booth. He had to have been standing there for 20-25 minutes filming or taking pics with his phone. We were wondering what he was looking at the whole time and there wasn’t really anyone even at the booth at the time. The models or whatever were off doing some shit on stage and there was like a girl drinking a Red Bull or some shit and this dude was just hawkin’ her the whole time. Haha, it was so weird. I guess he kinda caught on that we were watching him…

…and so he moved to another spot and was doing the same shit. It was so weird! Haha. Murdock and I were like “What the fuck is this guy doing?”…

Watermelon shoes motherfucker….ha, back tomorrow with the rest of SpoCom 2009…

17 thoughts

  1. Gotta tell homeboy in the RSX to pull his gauge cluster fuse, the gas gauge will come up as it’s empty, used this trick for years for shows 😉

    • Too many Mugen…all the boxes are blocking his washer and dryer. He’s been wearing that shirt everyday. Everytime I see him he’s wearing that shit…It’s Hot Stuff International envy I tell you…

  2. thanks for making me feel like i was there joey! superb coverage as usual. this show completely slipped my mind. plus someone special was graduating that day as well. someone who’s build you’re covering 😉 .

  3. Sid’s DA is sick i dont understand how someone can say its plain when its by far the best built DA out there in the scene.

    Im from Australia and will probably get to see something this sick.

    Do you send your chronicle stickers to Australia?

  4. Sweet coverage. This was the 1st set of Spocom pictures that I saw. I live close to Fast Autos and I see those Civic hatches from time to time. BTW, are you from Socal or Norcal?

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