A Nostalgic Moment…One of the Worst Shows EVER…

Ah man, I haven’t done one of these in awhile…For those of you who are somewhat new to the site, I used to do these segments quite often when content was kinda slow and I really didn’t even have a camera to shoot with yet. If you guys want to find some of the older posts, just go to the search box on the left and type in “A nostalgic moment” and the other posts should pop up. It’s kinda cool for you older guys who were around during that time and for the newer heads to see what stuff was like a couple years back…

Alright, so in my near decade of doing car shows (besides the ones I just attended when I had no car as a younger teen), I have experienced many different events. Some were great, some were even greater, and some were fucking awful. I remember doing a DUB car show one year and it was probably the worst and definitely the most ghetto car show I have ever attended. I don’t have pictures of that event because I wasn’t taking pictures back then nor did I have a camera. But let me tell you, it was fuckin hell. They had us parked on grass by this fuckin pond where the cars kinda just sank into the ground and then they had a whole concert thing where people just got fuckin wasted. I swear, one guy got so drunk that he was passed out next to the stage…and people were fucking robbing his ass. Like the dude was passed out laying on the floor and people would just walk over to him and took his wallet, ripped his chain off of him, took his watch, shit was terrible! I mean, I wasn’t about to do shit just because I don’t give a shit about the guy and he shouldn’t have been wasted to that point in the first place but shit was crazy…fights were happening, the most unattractive booty hopping contest of all time, you name it, shit went down that day. Females just had no shame at that show. I specifically remember after the show, one of the dudes I used to show followed me to the nearest Denny’s to grab a bite to eat with the rest of the homies and while we were waiting for them to show up in the parking-lot, this black chick just walked right by us, saw us, smiled, and then pulled her top down and showed us her titties. She didn’t say a fuckin word or anything. I mean, it’s always cool to see naked tits in public but that was just bizarre. I wanna say this happened around 2003 or 2004 but man, after that one experience, I told myself I would never do a DUB show again. I also told myself I would never go to one again either but with the random debauchery that I have grown accustomed to over the last year or so, I just might be down to see what kind of crazy shit happens again…

Anyways, I was looking through my hard drive for some older pictures the other day and found these pics from Hot Import Daze in San Diego. This was during the early summer of 2006. Things were very different then. I didn’t even have anyone to show with at the time cuz my old crew had broken up so I just showed my car just to be there because I was living in SD at the time. I had some friends going as well but they were parked with their respective car clubs. This show wasn’t bad in that people got robbed or whatever but what made it so terrible was that it was a Hot Import Daze event, and it fucking rained HARD all weekend. That shit was coming down super hard the night of roll-in the Friday before the show and it was hell. I had just washed my Accord and after I parked, it just started raining and the car looked like shit the next morning. What was even shittier was that I used to know this one guy who I thought was one of my best friends then and he had gave me his word that he would pick me up after I dropped off my car but when I gave him a call to come give me a ride, this motherfucker told me he was in LA shopping with his girlfriend or some shit. So I ended up having to call my mom of all people to come pick me up after she got out of work. So I pretty much stood in the pouring rain for over an hour until she could get out of work to come grab me…shit was brutal. The day of the show, it was actually sunny for like 1-2 hours and then the rain just came down like crazy again. Probably hailed too, who fucking knows…

Here are the only pictures I have from the show that day…It was already late by this time and I had borrowed my friends camera to take some pictures just so I could remember to start a site 2 years later so I could tell you about how fuckin horrible the rain was. Yeah, I’m a prophet and I knew this would come in useful some day…

They shoulda called the show “Hot Import RAINZE”…This was a couple months after my cover feature in Honda Tuning had come out. I was still on the Sprint Hart CP-Rs at the time and I didn’t think I would ever get different wheels because I was such a huge fan of CP-Rs. I had a Stark RC as a spare and I put it on display. It was raining so hard that the current that developed almost dragged it away…Oh and Yokohama Paradas in the rain? Not the business…fuckin car like hydroplaned all the way home…

What was cool about parking by myself that day was that I actually ended up parking in front of these two guys. They probably had no idea who I was back then, nor would they remember parking behind me that day but these two cars belonged to Gil and Wil Salazar of Circuit Hero fame. Back then Circuit Hero didn’t even exist yet…I still remember exactly how Wil’s EG sounded as it drove in and I swear to you, I fell in love with Civics that day. The car was a beast…Gil’s DC2 was sick back then too…if you don’t know who he is, he now had that black Circuit Hero DC2 Type R with the K-swap and all the ASC custom fabrication…

Man, I love this thing. I remember him having his plaque of one of his features that he had on display. It was on this fancy tripod thing and all but it was pouring so hard he put it away…This Civic is still around today actually. He did a K-swap awhile back and now he tracks the car regularly. He did the 2009 Super Street FF Battle and did pretty well…Not sure what he’s been up to lately but this car is also special to me because it was also the second car feature I ever wrote back when I first started out at Honda Tuning a couple years back. It was probably 2008 or so, it seems like it has been ages…

Gil aka Guillotine’s DC2…I almost forgot about this car because of how sick his black R is now. This was a much more mild build compared to that one but it just has a timeless look to it. If he brought this car out today to a meet or something, people would still be all over it. If you put his current car side by side with this one, nothing about either two would be similar at all…

This of course, is the Civic that once used to belong to Rodrez. Man, I can’t believe it’s already been over 4 years since I met this guy…I think I took a picture of his Civic because it was the first time I had seen it in person. I had many encounters with this car later on in the future. I even had to help him push it into a show once during roll-in for another show because he was having an issue with his ITBs, which strangely enough, are now on Phaze2 Arnel’s Civic. There was also another time when he had a fuel leak and I had to take a hose clamp off my car at one of the Nisei Showoffs just so he could get home. He loved this car on the SSRs but my personal favorite are these bronze TE37s. I had only met him one other time before this show and it was when he shot my car for HT in north county SD. Now the guy is not only the dude I answer to at Honda Tuning but also one of my closest personal friends…crazy how things work out in life…

I’m sure many of you remember this car. If not, it’s the R34 that was built by the Tjin brothers, who I have also had the pleasure of meeting. I think Gene sometimes drops in to check out the site and he’s a cool dude. This Skyline was pretty intense, even by today’s crazy standards. It had HREs, the bay was fully tucked, full custom cage, and even had air jacks. It was also unique because 4-door R34 Skylines in the US were unheard of. Shit, I don’t even think I’ve seen another one since this car that is in the states. This build was FUCKING AMAZING. I don’t know of too many cars that could touch it in terms of shear quality and detail…it was on some 2015 shit…

That’s pretty much it for today…just wanted to show you guys a little bit of the scene from a couple years back. Before I leave, here’s a pic of some creepin’ that I did even back in ’06. She wasn’t a famous import model or anything but if there’s anything I want to take away from this picture below, is that I hope she’s over 18 now….haha…just kidding…maybe….=X

I’m looking at this picture now and I am now wondering who decided to hang their fucking purse on my side mirror….

That’s all for today folks…thanks for looking…Hoped you guys enjoyed the “JDM angle” pics…fuckin neck hurts now from looking at them…

11 thoughts

  1. I love these posts, Joey!

    The Tjin Skyline is amazing, I personally liked it green compared to its white phaze right now.

    Your Accord is amazing, still fresh even if you had it now.

    I know what you mean about that DUB show, the demographic is attracts is a bit….off.

  2. Thanks for the love Joey. One of my best memories at a car show is from Extreme Autofest that same year. I remember standing next to you with my lady just cracking up at all the shit talking you and your buddy were doing to one another. Ah memories….

  3. I remember that red EG from it’s honda tuning feature-so clean. I’ve only been to one hot import night show ever, I don’t think i want to go back to another one haha.

  4. Holy balls thanks for reminding me how horrible that show was, even worse was that the Skyline STILL wasn’t running at that time so we had to push it in and out of events.

    BTW, your Accord was one of if not my favorite in the 90-93 platform. It’s always good to see other people work with a Honda that’s not the usual Civic/Integra.

  5. “I’m looking at this picture now and I am now wondering who decided to hang their fucking purse on my side mirror…”

    Sorry joey but this line made my day. hahahha

    Mrs.LetMyAssCheeksHangOut probably set that there so she could pose right quick.

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