NWMotiv’s Forum Fest 2013 – Event Coverage


In the days leading up to Forum Fest this year I probably checked the weather report at least 10 times. The monsoon that ruined the event last year was still fresh on most people’s minds including my own. Even though it called for rain before and after June 22nd this year, when it came time to have the event the weather couldn’t have been better.

Photos by TK Akiyama, Ryan Cutuli, Sam Fu and Wicked West. Text by Matt Haugness.

Concern over a repeat of last year wasn’t enough to deter people from registering their cars in the show. When it came to pre-registrations, NWMotiv broke their record this year. According to their Facebook page 391 people registered online prior to the event. This year they mixed things up a bit and allowed people to choose between the Competition (judged show) or Show category.  By giving people the choice it lessened the total amount of cars to be judged. It also made the cost to park in the show reasonable for people who didn’t really care to be judged in the first place.

forum-fest-2013-article-01NWMotiv wasn’t the only group to break a record at Forum Fest. SpeedFactory Racing made it into the 7’s with their Outlaw Honda Civic with a 7.99 pass. See their pass below captured by MimicInc.

forum-fest-2013-article-02 forum-fest-2013-article-03For the drifting portion of the event, many drivers returned to the track this year to make up for what they missed last year. Drift-Office kept everything in line and organized throughout the day.

forum-fest-2013-article-04 forum-fest-2013-article-07One of the more interesting parts of the day was watching Kory Keezer in his LS1 powered 240SX race Rob Primo in his 2JZ-GTE powered 240SX down the drag strip. Kory ended up taking the win. Here’s a video by Kory Keezer of the two racing from his perspective. It would be great to see a rematch next year with both of them on drag radials.

Since its start 3 years ago, Forum Fest has been about seeing which forum or team can bring the most number of members to the event. This year, thanks to all of our friends and fans online, ImportMeet.com managed to take home Best Team/Forum Representation. Thanks again to everyone who rallied behind us and helped us win this badass trophy!

forum-fest-2013-article-05 forum-fest-2013-article-06Everyone involved in Forum Fest this year made it a huge success and more than made up for 2012. We look forward to this event growing and evolving in the coming years. We’re also expecting some big competition next year in the category of Best Team/Forum Representation. Bring it on!

Car Show Award Winners

Best of ShowTravis McPeak – Honda Accord
NWMotiv Judges ChoiceCraig Byron – Mitsubishi 3000GT
Fan FavoriteSlyvia Garcia – Nissan 240
Best PaintCraig Byron – Mitsubishi 3000GT
Best InteriorTravis McPeak – Honda Accord
Best StanceJulius Edoh – Mazda 3
Best Team OverallTeam Menace
Best MotorcycleTerry S – Honda Ruckus
Best Team/Club/Forum RepresentImportMeet.com
Best EngineKyle Korour – Toyota Supra
Best VIP BuildKenji Nishimura – Lexus GS
Best Old SchoolJustin March – 1979 Honda Civic
Best Vendor CarKramer Nirider – Subaru Forester
Best Female BuildAmanda Plummer – Scion TC
Best Track BuildRyan Stanley – Acura Integra
Best Toyota / ScionJustin Polacheck – Scion XB
2nd Place Toyota / ScionVance Sakado – Toyota Celica
Best SubaruKatie Smith – Subaru Impreza
2nd Place SubaruEli Anderson – Subaru WRX
3rd Place SubaruBrent Husinger – Subaru WRX
Best MazdaQuetin Christianson – Mazda RX7
2nd Place Mazda Martin Chen – Mazda Speed3
Best NissanTahnae Baker – Orange Nissan 240
2nd Place NissanSylvia Garcia – Matte Nissan 240
3rd Place Nissan Danielle Martin – Grey Nissan 240
Best Japanese LuxuryJustin Wallace – Lexus GS
2nd Place Japanese LuxuryJosh Hauser – Lexus ISF
Best Honda/Acura Hatch/CoupeSteve Kwan – Green Civic Hatchback
2nd Place Honda/Acura Hatch/CoupeMel Diego – White Civic Hatchback
Best Honda/Acura 4/5 DoorJustin March – 1979 Honda Civic
2nd Place Honda/Acura 4/5 DoorAndrew L – White Civic Sedan
Best EuropeanDavid Song – White BMW M3
2nd Place EuropeanYogi Song – Mercedes S320
3rd Place EuropeanAlex Andreza Grey BMW M3
Best DomesticDerrick Bruce – Chevy S10
2nd Place DomesticJon Brock – Chevy Tahoe
Best MitsubishiCraig Byron – Mitsubishi 3000GT
2nd Place MitsubishiRob K – White Mitsubishi Evo
Best Hyundai/KiaMarcus – Hyundai Tiburon
2nd Place Hyundai/KiaDavid Longwell – Kia Optima

[Sources: YouTube, Vimeo]


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Matt Haugness

Matt created ImportMeet.com in 2011 after noticing a lack of media websites dedicated exclusively to import cars. Although he's employed as an engineer and has no formal training in journalism, his skills continue to develop as the editor for the site. He enjoys writing feature car articles, technical build/project articles, and organizing events. Matt drives a 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road, 2001 Honda S2000 and a 1990 V8-swapped Mazda RX-7.


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