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.

Solstice

NOS sponsored Pontiac Solstice.

R33

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

IS300

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.

Sema day four highlights:

Day four was the shortest for me, I regret that I only discovered Toyo Tires awesome treadpass as I was leaving as it may have had the sum total of the coolest metal at the event. Enjoy day four:

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Sema day two highlights

Day two:

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Import Alliance 4-16-2010

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Cool wheels that work on everything, v.2.2: BBS LM

BMW E39 on BBS LM:Image

GE8 Honda Fit on BBS LM:

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Honda Odyysey JDM on BBS LM:Image

Loving the bodywork on this S2K widebody:Image

Race ready or pavement scraping, BBS LM go well on everything, just check out this slammed Infiniti Q45:Image This FD3S RX7 has been all over the internet lately, and for good reason: BBS LM’s, slammed stance, clean aero!

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Bayside Blue R34 on BBS LM: A match made in heaven.Image 

The ill-loved RWD Porsche 944 works on BBS LM’s too!Image 

Slammed Subaru Legacy making the BBS LM’s work!Image 

The little Suzuki Cappuccino with big BBS LM’s!Image 

Toyota Chaser on BBS LMs:

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Volvo 850’s just don’t get enough attention.Image 

This Beetle has all kinds of Porsche mechanicals:  engine, trans  suspension  brakes, etc. Image 

The BBS LM works so well on Euro’s like this Audi TT.Image

Bonneville Salt Flats

Prepped for only one thing: SPEED.

Bonneville prepped First Gen Mazda RX7:

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The rear quarter window gives this one away: Datsun 240Z.Image

The Banks Sidewinder Dodge Dakota: World’s fastest pickup, and powered by a diesel.

I will be doing a post on some of the Banks project vehicles sometime.

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Would you believe this Salt Flats prepped Ferrari 575 Maranello was slower than the Dakota, only hitting a best of 212.6 so far?

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Can you believe this started life as a humble Fiat 600?Image

Thunder from down under: A Ford Falcon taxi?Image

Dakotas aren’t the only pickups to play in the salt. This Ford Ranger was mighty quick too.Image

Banks yet again, a GMC Sonoma this time.Image

Note the engine and ridiculous front end on this Honda N600!Image

Maybe one of the most beautiful cars to hilt the salt, a Mercedes 300SL.Image

Matching vehicles

Whether intentional or not, owned by the same guy or friends who roll to events together, or a team of competition vehicles, I always love seeing the the same theme on vehicles together.

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