Spocom has always been regarded as one of the highest quality car shows the scene has to offer. Though the last few years it has dipped in attendance, this year things were looking up where the event lacked in the size we’ve grown accustomed to seeing at Spocom’s past it more than made up for with fantastic quality rides, great stage shows, and the biggest vendors in the industry, and some of the most bodacious babes around.
The Anaheim Convention parking lot was already slammed when we pulled up at about 4:30, just half an hour after the gates opened. After waiting in line to park for what seemed like an eternity we were relieved to find no line when we went to grab our passes for the event.
Our entrance was met in a very movie-esque fashion. Once we crossed the security check and got our cute little star shaped stamps, a white light bathed over us and as my eyes adjusted to the light a sort of auto-mecha revealed itself. In my typical “kid in a candy store” fashion I struggled to make sense of where to start or even what I was looking at. Once the fog cleared I was able to start making my rounds, and with Jordans fantastic lens skills at work, we began to cover the floor of Spocom 2012.
Now I’ve been saying for quite a while now that the BMW scene is starting to blend into one big pool of angry, screaming motors and white paint jobs with similar accents all around. Lately for me, it’s been difficult to shoot and edit BMWs because I have trouble differentiating the cars sometimes. However, much like the E36 M3 above, Spocom was a breath of fresh air that restored a lot of my faith in the Bavarian demon scene. This is quite possibly one of the greatest depictions of art I have seen on any car let alone a BMW, and the fact that the ENTIRE car was hand drawn with a mob of Sharpies prompts a hardy “well done” for the owner of this 1 of a kind bombshell! The hammer & sickle on the passenger side fender definitely swooned my Russian heart as well!
The JDM-Sport booth is always a fun stop at any show, no matter which event I’ve gone to this year, JDM-Sport has always rolled out the big guns bringing out some of the most beautiful cars I’ve seen around sporting that big red banner.
370Z’s have already become an extremely popular platform for those who can afford them, however, much like any popular sports car released in America. The platform gets old fast, with the same people building with the same parts it becomes of a sea of tasteful repetitiveness. This 370Z is not one of those builds. Feels good too see a 370Z without a Nismo kit like everyone else, and that fitment isn’t too much of an eye sore either!
What is there to be said about the boys at R-Rydes that hasn’t already been said by countless of awed spectators and ecstatic photographers? With a stacked line up of some of the sickest cars you will ever lay eyes on, like the gorgeous yellow FD your drooling over above, these guys are the next big name in the scene. That’s an absolute guarantee.
Now I’m not one to knock the enormous amount of work and creativity that goes into VIP builds, the one complaint I have always had is “all show no go”, not so for this Lexus running one of the biggest ball-bearing snails I have ever seen outside of NHRA Qualifiers and high-end track events. This is an extremely ballsy build and definitely deserves its 15 minutes of fame.
If your a fan of the R35 GT-R than Spocom was the place for you. We even heard someone mention the phrase “Godzilla Heaven”, and to an extent it was. I can say with great assurance that this was the largest collective amount of Skyline’s I have seen in a public open car show for all makes and models.
Besides the $9.00 tacos, 4 different types of DJ’s competing for attention, and traffic on the way there. Spocom was a near flawless execution of what a car show should be. Though there have been a few negative rumors spreading since the event, there is no denying that for those in attendance that most of them got there moneys worth. Spocom 2012 was my first in 2 years, and if it’s a sign of things to come we will definitely be at Spocom next year as well!
- Story by Alex Royt
- Photos by Jordan Adkins
- Edited by Alex Royt