So finally we are getting started with our coverage of Summer Import Alliance. This year in a totally new location away from traditional Nashville Speedway and out further east in Zmax Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. At first word of the event being held in Charlotte I was little worried it would not be the same. For us Georgia folks Summer Import Alliance is sort of a group vacation. Georgia has a huge automotive crowd but its fairly tight and everyone pretty much knows everyone some way or another. The past few years with IA being in Nashville we have made even more friends and connections with the locals in Nashville from house parties to cookouts our weekend in Nashville was always full of events around the city and the actual event was almost like a resting point for everyone to catch up on sleep.
Zmax Raceway was a great venue for this event, it seemed almost perfect. One thing that I really felt that IA really needed was to have some of the nicer cars separated from the spectator cars. Naturally IA is not that type of event , but some of the nicer cars end up in the vendor area. In Nashville vendors were stuffed in the garage area , while it is shaded it would still get very hot and be jam packed with people. At Zmax the vendors and most of the foot traffic was under the stands and it provided a great escape from the sun and the scorching heat. It also allowed regular folks to hang out in the shade for awhile and eat. The outside parking lot sat below the grandstand area , so you had a whole view of the spectator lot which was pretty cool. IA being a more of a meet over a actual car show its easy for things to get our of hand and it can become a big mess. They always seem to have plenty of staff to help, but this time they actually had people parking the spectator cars as they arrive, instead of just letting people in and having them park themselves. Most of this organization was due to the fact that the venue was setup so well to make parking entry and exiting very easy. I was very pleased with the layout of the venue so hopefully Don brings IA Summer back to Charlotte next year!
There are a lot of photos to post up, and I will more than likely post up all of them on the site so it will take a few posts. Richard, Khris H, and myself brave the crazy heat and got some photos, enjoy!
One of my personally favorite cars from IA, this low mileage all originally (besides the obvious) RX7 from up north. I was told that the paint is all original! I also think Canibeat did a shoot of it also, so stay tuned for that.
Another car from up north Saab 9-2x on Autostrada Modena wheels.
In years past I think we have seen this car in the CCW booth. This year it was in its battle form on the slicks.
Big Turbo 2J SC
Carlos Santana’s Scion TC RS. on Work Varianzas
UCF20 from Team RPM
Mr. Dave Tormey’s S2000
Not sure what color this Z is, and I can not remember the name of the wheels. if you know drop us a line!
EG coupe on Volk Te37
Really liked the setup on the 350Z
Erick Garcia’s White on White Z
Saw some pictures of this EVO X from our Mitsubishi Appreciation Day coverage. I also got a picture of this car from a friends job, telling me that we need to feature it. We certainly will soon!
Can not have a show in Carolina without this Spoon themed S2k coming out. Been awhile for a few years, and is still one of the nicest S2ks.
Another North Carolina favorite is this Supercharged Spoon themed TL, I believe he is related to the S2000 above.
Be Dominguez’s RHD Integra
M3 on Style 5s from ISO
Another favorite of mine from up north.
S2000 from NSU on rotiforms
Bagged Two Tone Beagle EE wagon.
IS350 on TE37s crazy graphics on the engine covers
Aplina 7 Series
Tubby’s K Supercharged fit.
Zen Motors IS300
Josh Densmore’s Wagon in the Volatile Booth
KJ’s Supercharged S2000
Team Emotion NSX
SEENIT! Ruckus lineup
Team NSU VIP Odyessy
Marus’s TL and Marcus’s GS from ISO
Unique Auto made the trip down to the south again from NY and NJ
Not sure what front bumper is on this Subaru so I will just call it Big Mouth bumper. If you know info on this kit drop us a line in the comments!
Another Team NSU civic wagon on the Barramuda wheels, and the only reason I even know these wheels is because of Joey Lee from the chronicles…lol
Gorgeous EK Sedan I believe it was from up north as well
Another gorgeous Ek from Unique Auto.
That is all for the first round of photos, stay tuned for more!
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