Nopi Nationals 2006

Decided to dig through the archives and post some old stuff for awhile. Enjoy!DSCN0340

Honda Civic with old school hood graphics at their finest.

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Nissan S13 looking quite period correct for its time.

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This wild Honda Civic drove in pulling a trailer. I can’t imagine what this must have been like to drive at full chat.

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Lexus GS headlights on a VW Beetle with some “interesting” bodywork. 2006, folks.

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This Civic blew me away in 2006 and it is still breaking necks today. I should do a feature on it sometime as the craftsmanship is amazing.

Altima Convertible

Nissan Altima convertible… ooookkkkaaayyyy…

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This Audi was one of the rare cars actually on point.

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This Supra was another. Rear fitment is a little off but other wise pretty well done.

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The Fuzion Tires chop top Jeep Wrangler on some import-tuner style wheels in a eye-catching grape purple paint job.

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I thought this was the cleanest car at Nopi. A Saturn SL2, which had every inch gone over and either upgraded, or refinished to an exceptional level of quality.

Skyline

I didn’t even know how awesome this was, only that I’d never seen a Skyline like this KPGC10 before.

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NOS sponsored Pontiac Solstice.

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Another well done contestant, a gorgeous R33 Skyline on gold BBS wheels.

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Widebodys were everywhere and rarely looked truly “right”, like shown on this Lexus IS300.

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Boser hoods were still all the rage in the euro circles, like this MK3 Jetta demonstrates.

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Pontiac Firebird on Corvette wheels was a bit of a fish out of water among all the imports.

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R32 Skyline on Nismo wheels and wearing a RB Motoring banner. Wonder what happened to this car after Motorex went under?

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GM brought a bunch of modded vehicles every year. In 2006 this banana yellow Pontiac G6 was one of them *shudder*.

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Speaking of shuddering, how many of you would daily this wild Lexus?

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Push me-pull you Acura Integra… Integra’s?

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Nissan Sentra with chameleon paint and a Pulsar GTI-R hood.

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I still think this was a game changer in the Lexus SC game. NOS sponsored drift style, don’t know if it ever competed or was just a show pony.

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Daihatsu pickup. Ridiculous is about the only word I can think of to describe this.

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Last but not least. I believe this was packing decent firepower underhood but some questionable graphics on the exterior.

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Been a long time coming: SEMA 2014

I’ve been out of this site for a long time, but I’m planning to get back into it again. I went to the Sema show and it was an  increbile fulfillment of a childhood dream. I will be back! Here are some highlights of the show.

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Import Alliance 4-16-2010

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Import Alliance Atlanta 4/21/13 v.4: Cool stuff

So I’m way behind posting up general pics, so enjoy a random mix of cool cars that showed up!

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Greg Leone’s School Bus car hauler and Gymkhana Nissan S13

In response to Alex F’s comment asking for more info on the school bus converted car hauler in my post about Camouflaged cars, here ya go!

Does anyone remember Greg Leone from the MTV show “True Life: I’m a Street Racer”? Well this is his short bus…

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Link below is his twitter, with tons of pics on his build progress and fabrication work!

https://twitter.com/GregLeoneWMD

A pic of both car and bus in an earlier stage of their lives:

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An article from Fabrication life on Greg’s bus and Nissan S13:

http://fabricationlife.com/2011/wmd/

His facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greg-Leone/139611469479179

And a cool story from a guy who met Greg and “Pepper” as the bus is named:

http://asonguntothelord.blogspot.com/2013/03/pepper-saves-day-ephesians-210.html

And how about his car? This thing is sick! Luxury Abstract wheels, S15 front end conversion, military themed details, widebody fenders, cantilevered suspension and much more!

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Takata Green wheels on white Nissans:

Nissan RPS13 on Takata Green TE37:

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Takata Green TE37 on Nissan S15:

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Takata green TE37 on Nissan S14:

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Nissan R34 Skyline on Takata Green TE37:

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Nissan 350Z on Takata Green Volk TE37:

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Nissan S13 Silvia front end on Takata Green TE37:

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Nissan Sentra on Takata green CE28

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Nissan R35 GTR on Takata Green Volk TE37

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Going against the grain

These guys march to the beat of a different drum:

Ford Faimont Rally cross?

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Saturn SW2 Touring Car?Image

Volvo XC70 desert exploration vehicle?Image

Audi Quattro drift car?Image

BMW E30 tow rig?Image

RWD Honda Civic drifter?Image

Lamborghini Gallardo winter beater?Image

Old ’40s lifted and diesel swapped tow rig?Image

Nissan 240SX rally cross?Image

Subaru GL prepped for wilderness survival?Image

Random sickness, v.4:

3 wheeling Fiat Abarth!Image

Modified Hyundai Veloster?Image

Was just talking to a friend the other day about how you almost never see the Kia Soul modded…

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Maybe a big Japanese GT-VIP style Lexus GS430 is more your style?Image

For more speed, add lightness: Lotus Cortina carrying the inner wheel through a banked turn.Image

Big Mercedes W126 laid out, likely on air: straight up gangster.Image

Another german on air ride: Mini Cooper on BBS wheels.Image

Sorry for the low res, but how awesome is this arctic prepped Nissan Frontier?Image

And some Japanese drifter conversion weirdness: Nissan S13 with Mercedes headlight conversion.

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I’m a sucker for air ride and roof boxes. Any car is better to me with those two things. Like this Scion XB 2nd gen.Image

East Coast Fitment Fitment Festival 11/03/12 v.1:

A collection of images from The East Coast Fitment Festival in Concord, NC.

This Pontiac looked slammed in more ways than one. Image

I love these fender flares, I would definitely use these if I had an E36!Image

Mustang Mach 1 wheels on this Nissan 300ZX looked good.Image

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Not a fan of this paint job, but at least it was well executed.Image

Why orange grille and wheels? Because racecar.Image

The fitment this Evo was rocking was pretty impressive. I love these deep dish Work wheels.ImageImageImageImageImage

JDM front bumper on this Infiniti M series looked good… I liked his flag too. Image

R32 Skyline wearing a Veilside kit was a treat.Image

More to come!