Words and photos by Michael Chandler
After years of evolution and months of planning, the 2015 iteration of the Import Spring Showoff opened up at the Maverick Center last Sunday. And much like every year prior, this one saw massive growth. Over 2000 cars and over 8000 people came to the show! And in that mass of people and cars there were some seldom seen gems
Gems like Corbin Lines’s 1986 Dodge Omni GLHT. Not as highly sought after as the Omni GLHS’s, but still packing all the same goodness, Corbin’s weighs a scant 1980 lbs and makes over 500 horsepower to the wheels! All that power with that lack of weight makes the car useless on the streets, but a monster on the track.
There were plenty of FD RX-7s in attendance this year, but none quite as wild as this 2JZ swapped example. Some call this blasphemous, but the big Toyota mill fits so well under the hood of the sleek Mazda.
The matte purpley Scion is packing a nice sized Borg Warner turbocharger, a nice wrap (hence the color) and took home the Favorite Scion award. The red car is well on its way to becoming a challenger for the award next year, sitting nicely on a set of Work Emotion XD-9s.
Jon Truong’s custom widebody WRX made its debut. The metal work on the fenders looked amazing, and allows the massive CCW wheels to tuck nicely into the wheel wells.
Lyfe Motorsport brought out the big guns, and the biggest trailer at the show: their massive four car hauler. Inside the hauler were the two Spec Z cars they prepped in 30 days (!), a 996 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, and their venerable R35 GTR with it’s new wrap from Envision. In addition to the cars that had to be hauled to the show, Shawn Murphy drove his freshly wrapped STi down from Wyoming and parked it in the booth.
A sea of people and cars filled the enormous parking lot, vendors lined an entire row, and plenty of deserving builds drove home with awards. It was an impressive show on all fronts, and we can’t wait until next year.