As many of you have noticed we have been promoting AutoFresh pretty heavily over the course of the last 2 months. Finally after a long, and highly anticipated wait AutoFresh finally came early Saturday morning this past weekend, and we have to say that we were more than ecstatic to be a part of the event. The sun was blistering down on us, and traffic didn’t cooperate but we made the best of what we had and the results were overall great. With a fantastic turnout and a wide variety of cars it was a shame for those who missed it, but now you can get caught up right here!
The sun was a consistent problem for most throughout the day, including our boy Danny Vu who appeared to be either melting or dying for a solid chunk of the day. I’m sure he wasn’t the only one feeling the heat, but for most it didn’t seem to dampen there spirits or thirst for one of the many trophies.
Thankfully our friends from NOS Energy rolled out to try and ratify the heat. Free energy drinks and lanyards for all put smiles on everyones face kept myself and the rest of the AutoProject judging staff running for the remainder of the day!
Kicking off our actual car coverage from the event I figured I’d start with this S2000 I’ve been seeing around a lot lately. Wether its our own Slammed Saturdays, AutoCon, or AutoFresh this guy snaps necks every he goes with his creative engine bay design and gorgeous 24k plated wheels. Homeboy even ended up taking the trophy for Best Honda home with him.
Our boy Oscar has been hard at work on a secret project in his garage for the last week or so. Needless to show when he showed up with his chalkboard hood and multiple boxes of chalk everyone was giddy with excitement to contribute there own artwork to the fresh canvas. Though the Most Creative category was removed, it’s pretty much obvious who the winner would have been.
When the Stance Stories family rolls to meets and shows, everyone knows we roll deep. AutoFresh was no exception, with a hand full of staff members and all but a couple of the Stance Syndicate whips we dominated our entire corner of the show drawing tons of attention and what looked like quite a bit of media coverage. We also ended up walking away with Best Daily Driven Static, and Best Volkswagen. Although a few other categories were removed.
Its always great to see restored old school cars. Much like the Radioflyer, and the Most JDM award winning Corolla Deluxe above its nice to see that the love for old beat up junkers is still alive and well. It would be great to see more clean old school builds like these.
On the subject of old school, this beautiful fully restored 1967 Goat (Pontiac GTO) decided to pay us a visit towards the end of the day and wowed the crowed with the deep bellows of a monstrous V8 reminiscent of the golden days of the almost exclusive American Muscle scene of the mid-1980s.
Best Nismo went to this beautiful built-to-track Datsun Fairlady Z. Though overlooked by much of the crowd it was definitely one of our favorite cars as we walked by and collected the judging sheets.
I have always been in love with the 1st generation of the Acura NSX, however, personally I am not a fan of the 2nd generation body style. I feel they tried to hard to resemble the VW W12 and Ferrari Testerosa of the mid-1990s. However this NSX was definitely a nice change of pace from others I’ve seen!
Among the first to roll in were our boys Joser Romo and Mike Vo. With each taking home a shiny new trophy we invited to come and shoot our soon to be latest head-to-head feature coming soon after this coverage is launched.
The Genesis platform is becoming to be a bit out of style in my eyes, with so many of them in the scene today it’s already becoming less and less likely to see original builds. However, this gorgeous example of Hyundai engineering (never thought I’d be saying that) blew everyone away when it pulled up with its neo-chrome GramLights and custom teal paint job, and after voting him Best Hyundai, and Best Stance we knew we had found our next featured car…. If we can get ahold of the owner.
Though a barrage of accidents on the 91 freeway kept the show from reaching its full potential and inclining many to-be attendees to return to there homes, it didn’t stop those in attendance from having a grand old time. The boys from AutoProject impressed everyone with there second event, and we were more than glad to be a part of it. We seriously hope to return next year as a sponsor, and hopefully wow even more spectators with an amazing turnout of some of the most diverse enthusiasts and builds the scene has to offer! Also, a special thank you goes out to our new friend Max Montague for submitting some of his own photos to round out our coverage. This extremely talented freelance photographer puts in some mad work, and were glad to have had him contribute to our coverage and would welcome him to do so again anytime!
- Story by Aleksey Royt
- Photos by Jordan Adkins, Max Montague, and Juan Mazareigo
- Edited by Aleksey Royt, and Jordan Adkins