Acura of Lynnwood Import Meet 2014 – Official Event Coverage & Photo Gallery

For the last six years, Acura of Lynnwood has had a meet or car show at their dealership in Lynnwood, WA. This year they approached us and wanted us to bring an even wider variety and quantity of cars. We had always heard great things about the event so we decided to join on board and try to make it even better.

Text by Matt Haugness. Photos by TK Akiyama.

IMSCC 2014 Giveaway – Win Hawk Brake Pads

In addition to sponsoring our Import Meet Street Car Competition this year with some awesome prizes for the competitors, Hawk Performance is also providing us a $100 credit to give away to followers of the event. We’re going to select ONE lucky winner from all of the entries this Friday July 25, 2014 at 6pm. Follow the simple steps below to enter into the contest.

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StanceWars 2014 – Event Coverage & Photo Gallery

StanceWars 2014 was once again held at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA on July 5, 2014. This was personally my first time at the event and I was thoroughly impressed. Mike Tolliver and his crew at Happenstance Event Productions did an awesome job of bringing together some of the best stanced cars in the region (and some from even further away). This year they brought a mobile dyno to the event and this was an added form of entertainment for the thousands of spectators.

I will definitely be making an effort to attend future StanceWars events as this was my favorite event so far of 2014. Below is a photo gallery of some of our favorite photos from StanceWars.

Photos by TK Akiyama & Matt Haugness.

Forum Fest 2014 – Event Coverage & Photo Gallery

Forum Fest has been THE automotive event to attend in the northwest for the last four years. It combined a large car show, drag racing, and drifting – essentially something for everyone.

This year (because of regulations imposed by King County) drifting was removed and replaced with lead/follow laps around the track. It didn’t seem to change attendance numbers leading up to the event and everyone was optimistic that it would be another successful event despite the lack drifting. It wasn’t until a few days before when the weather forecast was published that people started to have flashbacks of the freak storm that descended upon Pacific Raceways in 2012.

Text by Matt Haugness. Photos by TK Akiyama and Matt Haugness.

2010 Nissan GT-R – Dan Nguyen – 2014 IMSCC Competitor

Competitor number five for the 2014 Import Meet Street Car Competition is Dan Nguyen and his 2010 Nissan GT-R. The IMSCC is an event that will compare some of the best import cars in multiple categories (drag racing, autocross, dyno, car show, etc.) on August 8-10 in Seattle, WA.

Other competitors will be announced leading up to the competition so be sure to check back regularly. Join the Facebook event page for notifications.

Dan Nguyen’s fascination with import cars started while working his first job as a clerk at a grocery store. When he was pushing carts in the parking lot one night, he randomly found a brochure for the brand new Acura NSX. Since that day, Dan’s made it his goal to own an NSX as soon as he was able to.

Dan joined the Navy shortly after graduating high school and served overseas. Once he finished his service, he knew it was time to buy his dream car—the Acura NSX. He bought his first NSX and modified it mildly. Then a few years later he bought his second NSX with the plan of turning it into an NSX-R replica. He spent years sourcing rare parts from Japan and building the car and it was even featured in Honda Tuning Magazine.

Dan applied to compete with his NSX-R replica last year but due to unfortunate circumstances, the car ended up not being able to compete. This 2010 Nissan GT-R was his replacement for the NSX.

Text and photos by Matt Haugness. Video by Dustin St. Hilaire (Jessup Visual Works).

Watch 2010 Nissan GT-R on YouTube.

1990 Honda Prelude – Looks Can Be Deceiving – 2014 IMSCC Competitor

Our fourth competitor for the 2014 Import Meet Street Car Competition is Blake Henney and his 1990 Honda Prelude. The IMSCC is an event that will compare some of the best import cars in multiple categories (drag racing, autocross, dyno, car show, etc.) on August 8-10 in Seattle, WA.

Other competitors will be announced leading up to the competition so be sure to check back regularly. Join the Facebook event page for notifications.

Blake Henney has always enjoyed owning cars that most people don’t usually consider fast. He loves being able to show up to a track and prove that even the most unsuspecting car (when properly built) can turn heads. Nearly every Honda that he has owned has been a complete sleeper and his 1990 Honda Prelude is no different.

Text and photos by Matt Haugness. Video by Dustin St. Hilaire (Jessup Visual Works).

Watch H22A-swapped 1990 Honda Prelude on YouTube

1991 Nissan Fairlady Z – Balancing Act – 2014 IMSCC Competitor

Our third competitor for the 2014 Import Meet Street Car Competition is Matthew Bueler and his 1991 Nissan 300ZX. The IMSCC is an event that will compare some of the best import cars in multiple categories (drag racing, autocross, dyno, car show, etc.) on August 8-10 in Seattle, WA.

Other competitors will be announced leading up to the competition so be sure to check back regularly. Join the Facebook event page for notifications.

The most important aspect of any build is how complete it is. It’s fairly often that we see cars where the primary focus of the build is engine modifications but the rest of the car remains mostly stock. This could be due to a bunch of different reasons (budget, time, priorities etc.) but it doesn’t change the fact that even though the car may be faster, it will perform worse than stock in many other areas.

Having a nice balance of power and agility is something that Matthew Bueler learned early in his days of building cars. Since then he has made every effort to keep the build of his 1991 Nissan 300ZX balanced.

Text and photos by Matt Haugness. Video by Dustin St. Hilaire (Jessup Visual Works).

Watch Nissan 300ZX Turbo on YouTube

2004 Subaru WRX STi – Style Shift – 2014 IMSCC Competitor

We’re pleased to introduce Jeff Vuong as the second competitor in our 2014 Import Meet Street Car Competition. The IMSCC is an event that will compare some of the best import cars in multiple categories (drag racing, autocross, dyno, car show, etc.) in August 8-10 in Seattle, WA.

Other competitors will be announced leading up to the competition so be sure to check back regularly. Join the Facebook event page for notifications.

It’s no question that stance has grown to be a large niche in the import scene. Despite the amount of growth stance has had, the Subaru community has always been the one group that is the most divided in their opinion of it. One side appreciates Subaru’s rally heritage and drives them because of how well they perform. The other side views Subarus as any other car and doesn’t particularly care about how fast or how well it can handle the corners.

For Jeff Vuong, it has never been about building his 2004 Subaru STi to fit with any current popular style. Everything he has done to the car was because it was what he wanted at the time and in the last four years of ownership he hasn’t been afraid to make drastic changes when his preferred style shifted.

Text & photos by Matt Haugness. Video by Dustin St. Hilaire (Jessup Visual Works).

Watch 2004 Subaru STi – Jeff Vuong on YouTube.

Acura of Lynnwood Import Meet Dyno Registration

In addition to holding the import meet at Acura of Lynnwood next month, we will also be holding a 2WD dyno competition with awards/prizes. We will be awarding the highest horsepower cars in the classes listed below.

Dyno entry fee (3 pulls):
$60 pre-registration (online only – register below)
$75 day of

If you own a modern car (00+) with traction control that you don’t know how to turn off please email info@importmeet.com before registering – some cars have issues with Dynapack chassis dynos. A large majority of import cars do not have any issues.

Dyno Competition Classes:

-Honda/Acura NA
-Honda/Acura (turbo, supercharger, nitrous, etc.)
-Other Import/Sport Compact NA
-Other Import/Sport Compact (turbo, engine swap, supercharger, nitrous, etc.

If there is enough interest we will also make a domestic class.