Ventura County is a fairly quiet and timid part of California, with many car enthusiasts scattered across all ends of the county its rare to see any large meets going off in the area, so when our long time friend Joanna called us and told us that she was putting together something special we knew we had to roll out and see what was going on in the boonies.
We rolled in around 8:00pm with our boys Juan and Johan from the Stance Syndicate, and though we may have been head turners pulling in, the rest of the crowd was nothing to scoff at either, and by 8:30 the parking lot was starting to fill with some of the sickest cats both Ventura and San Fernando had to offer.
Now of course, a special meet deserves special coverage. We decided to bring on guest photographer Garrett Viveiros to shoot our coverage for the night. After all, who better to shoot this blossoming new meet then the fiancee of the girl who put it all together?!
Speaking of said female, Joanna greeted us with open arms and her usual over-enthusiasm, which is exactly why we love her. Don’t scoff twice and this tiny blonde. She and her army of past Rotaries and current S2000 have been tearing up streets and crushing egos around the Valley for years. Oh yeah, and she runs a pretty good meet too!
While were on the subject of female drivers, our girl Karlye Poll rolled out. If you don’t already know Karlye then chances are you will soon enough, with her boyfriend Anthony dragging her to meets all over California this girl and her newly built S13 are covering more land than Lewis & Clark.
As usual, where there is one S2000, there is sure to be a small crowd of them to follow. However, we have no complaints when were left drooling over Jimmy Rivera’s and Anthony Juarez’s daily driven monsters.
It always leaves me with a warm heart and a stiffy to see well fitted Volkswagens at local meets, as scattered as our community is, when we roll out we dominate. Much like Corey Hively’s 5th generation GTI, and the gorgeous 1st generation GTI pictured above. It doesn’t take a lot to make your car stand out, and in the case of this German classic, it just takes a straight body and a good wash.
I love, love, love rotaries. As a former 13B swapped FC owner it always puts a smile on my face to see these bound-to-be classics done up right. Much like this track built FC pulling in to the lot sounding like an absolute monster.
Now everyone knows we’re not huge Civic fans but one cannot deny that Joanna brought out the best in everyone, including the Civic owners. No ugly widebodys, just tastefully built deliciousness for everyone to drool over.
Now these cars are just for me. These pristine grandfathers of the car scene blew into the meet, and to those who knew what had just rolled in it was like a small miracle. A 1972 Roadrunner and 1969 Barracuda are about as rare a sight as an R34 V-Spec in the Muscle car scene. What was even more astounding is that every single piece of both cars were original, including the paint and interior.
Overall I have to say Joanna and Garrett put on quite the show. This is easily our new favorite weekly meet and we are more than glad to make the drive down to Simi Valley more often to kick it and see what else rolls through. With little police intervention and no rice behavior tolerated by the meets owners and patrons this has potential to grow into something quite special. We will be sure to roll out to this quite often, and you should make and effort to do the same.
- Story by Aleksey Royt
- Photos by Garrett Viveiros
- Edited by Aleksey Royt