Event: AutoCon 2012 – Los Angeles V.3

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I’m going to try and roll everything else I have left into a third and final, massive leftovers post of AutoCon 2012.  I can only imagine how cool it will be – especially since I’m kicking it off with this fantastic coupe on Panasport G7s.  As far as the timeline goes, it’s still pretty early in the day, and definitely still in the morning.  The show opened to the public at about 12 o’clock, and that’s just around the time I said that I’ve had enough.  I was fortunate to have a good jump on the show without too much foot traffic, so I really got a good look at the lot in it’s entirety before the gates opened.  The lot was so big though, that I think even if I hadn’t I’d still be able to get some good shots.  Recapping the show, I must say the entire roll-in process and media handling was a gigantic improvement over last year.  Thanks to the AutoCon staff for another good show and I look forward to seeing this event gain in popularity over the next few years.  Take a look past the break for a grip of pics that wrap up my coverage.

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Some close up shots of the super rare wheels.  Without a doubt one of the best looking wheels for S13s.  Would love to shoot this car.

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Super random shot of Dilly’s miata in the parking lot and an accompanying pink thing…

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All the Integras from LOI-Spec were among my favorite at the show.  I’m always down with a track look and it makes it even better when the cars actually get tracked.  The TE37 SLs in mag blue look fantastic.

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Another couple shots of the Integra I posted in the ‘roll-in’ post.  Lot’s of cool custom bits on this car.  Again, the SL’s look great.

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This S2000 was another ‘track inspired’ car that I really enjoyed.  Again, I think this car might see the track on a regular basis judging by the rubber around the fenders.  I noticed that it could use some crossed  tie-downs for the wing though.  When the owner was cleaning the wing it was wobbling prety hard core.

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Front shot.

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TE Corolla on ATS Classics.  Look for more on this in the near future.

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Couple cars from the Nuisance crew.

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Speaking of the Nuisance crew – it’s always nice to see this car.  I’m not sure what about it that I like, but just the overall feel is very Japanese to me.  But what do I know…

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Very yellow S2000 on Equips.

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To compliment the bright yellow S2000, here is n extremely bright green S2000…it’s just matte grey at the moment.  The whole car has been vinyl wrapped; a trend that is catching on quite rapidly.  No need for expensive paint jobs when you can wrap your entire car for a few hundred dollars (or however much it costs).

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I’m still not 100% sure about how I should feel about this.  I’m pretty adamant about not having fender mirrors on anything newer than 80’s, but this really doesn’t look that bad…I don’t know yet…

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Always a pleasure to see this hatch.

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How’s that for a line-up?

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Can you imagine curbing one of these wheels?  Man, I’d be bummed…

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Mike’s updated look on his Prelude.  I was pretty excited when he told me why he let go of the Volks – that he wanted the car to see more track time.  He got a good deal on the NSX-spec Rega’s you see now that he couldn’t pass up, and I think they look great.  The car looks a lot more aggressive than before – despite the non-aggressive paint color.  He also mentioned in our chat that he at last got approached for a cover feature in a magazine – congrats Mike, definitely deserved.

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Joey’s Cima.

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Again, I forget this guys name.  Kyle…Kevin? I can’t remember, but he was really nice and I like his Soarer.  He painted the thing himself in his backyard.  The color is a red with goldish sparkly mixed in; I’ll call it “Grarkly”.  It’s automatic, but he plans to swap soon.  Hope to see him again – maybe do a little shoot.

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If I had been carrying around a big sticker that said “ABSOLUTE BOSS!”, I would have for sure stuck it across this guys windshield.  This thing was…well, boss.

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Turbocharged Ruckus with cool ass pipes.

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The same G35 sedan that was at Wekfest LA was in attendance here.  I really, really like this car.  Probably one of my favorite Infiniti builds to date.

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Getting low with an EVO 9.  I think it was just after this shot where I told myself it was time to leave…

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By about 1:00 I was pretty spent.  It was hot, and I was about 80-90% sure if I didn’t take a break I was going to die of heat stroke.  So before I got into my hot, black car with no air conditioning, I stopped by the mall to get some refreshment.  Earlier that morning I had noticed a balcony area on the side of the mall that overlooked the grounds.  I’m pretty sure I wasn’t allowed up here, but somehow I managed to find a way to get this shot.  Gives you an idea of how large the lot was, and the amount of vehicles and vendors were there.  You can’t even see half the lot to the right where the main stage was…

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That just about does it for my coverage of AutoCon Los Angeles.  Thanks again to the AutoCon staff for their hospitality – I know organizing a show like this isn’t easy.  Hope you enjoyed the coverage and thanks for visiting!  I gotta go prep the equipment and get some rest for drifting at Balcony tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

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