DriftCon 2014 – Import Car Show & Drift Event – May 18, 2014

On May 18, 2014, ImportMeet.com will be partnering with Evergreen Drift to produce DriftCon, an import car show and drift event at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. The event will take place during round 2 of the Evergreen Drift Pro Am competition. All makes, models, and styles of import/European cars are welcome at the show. The event will be held from 12pm – 5pm.

What:
Import car show (inside of the gates of the track)
Import meet (inside of the gates of the track)
EVD Pro Am round 2 competition
Team Tandem drift competition
Beer garden
RC drift track by Raincity Raji Kon
Large vendor area (email info@importmeet.com for information about how to become a sponsor/vendor)

Cost:
Spectator Pass: $10
Pit Pass: $15
Car Show: $25 (includes Pit Pass) – $35 day of the event
Meet Parking (Inside the Gates): $15 (includes Pit Pass) – $20 day of the event
Team Tandem: $300 per team of 3

XXX Root Beer Import Meet 2014 – Front Row Parking Contest

With two weeks to go until our XXX Root Beer Import Meet and paid VIP parking full, we wanted to have a way to showcase some of the best import cars that might not have gotten a VIP spot already.

Fill out the form below to be entered into the Front Row Parking Contest. All we ask is that you get permission from the photographer who took the photo (if you didn’t take it yourself) and that you stay for the entire meet (10am – 2pm). Only import cars (produced by an Asian or European manufacturer) will be considered for front row parking.

Made to Drift Episode 1: Chris Jeanneret Reveals Plans for FD Turbo Honda S2000

Watch Made to Drift Ep. 1: Formula Drift Turbo S2000 Reveal – Chris Jeanneret on YouTube

We are happy to release episode one of ‘Made to Drift,” a video series following the build of professional Formula DRIFT driver Chris Jeanneret and SpeedFactory Racing’s turbocharged Honda S2000. The series will document their progress leading up to Formula DRIFT Round 1 in Long Beach, California. Watch episode 1 and let us know what you think in the comments below. More episodes coming soon!

Triple XXX Root Beer Import Meet – February 23, 2014 – Issaquah, WA

On February 23, 2014 we will be holding our first event of 2014 at Triple XXX Root Beer in Issaquah, WA. Last year was one of the largest meets in the NW.

This is a FREE meet to attend but VIP parking spots are available right next to Triple XXX Root Beer for $10 pre-registration or $20 the day-of (if available). There are only about 100 spots available for VIP parking.

VIP parking registration is CLOSED.

It is important that everyone follows the rules for this meet. As with all of our events, all makes and models of cars are welcome to attend.

Rules:
No excessive revving
No burnouts
No racing
No littering

EVD Pro Am Driver Search – 2014 Media Partnership Opportunity

The start of the northwest drift season is right around the corner so we felt that now was a good time to announce that we are looking to partner with a local Pro Am drifter for 2014. Our goal with this media partnership is to help a driver gain exposure for their drift program by producing high quality video(s) and feature article(s) about them and their car.

If you plan on competing in the Pro Am series at Evergreen Speedway this year and are interested in gaining more exposure for yourself, your sponsors, and your car, please see below.

What you will gain from our media partnership (at minimum):

  • Feature article published on ImportMeet.com
  • Video interview produced and shared on our YouTube channel (2,500+ subscribers)
  • Help securing sponsors with increased exposure and our existing industry contacts
  • Promotion of your social media page(s) on ImportMeet.com social media pages
  • Support throughout the season with apparel, stickers, etc.

Project Evo VIII Update 3 – The Rebuild

Spending thousands of dollars on upgrades only to have the engine fail was pretty frustrating for me. I was nearly ready to give up on the car. I left it at English Racing and they told me that they would tear into the engine and find out what was going on.

When I got the call a few days later from Lucas English, I was pretty heartbroken. He told me that the cylinder number four connecting rod had bent (most likely weakened from abuse from a previous owner). He then told me that I was extremely lucky. I didn’t see how I was lucky but he went on to explain that because of the way the 4G63 is positioned in the car most people throw the rod through the back of the block taking out the transfer case and causing all sorts of damage. He told me that I was one of only a handful of people that was fortunate enough to not have this happen. Since I only bent the rod the block was salvageable and would only need to be machined.

Rather just rebuild the engine with stock parts, I took the plunge and ordered these parts for English to rebuild the engine:

Wiseco HD pistons
K1 Rods
ACL bearings
ARP head studs
Head gasket, main gasket kit, coolant, oil, etc.
ETS 3.5″ FMIC with piping (mine was damaged from the Washington State Ferries)

We Are Searching for Talented Media Contributors for 2014!

With the start of the year we feel that now is the perfect time to announce that we are looking for talented media contributors for 2014.

If you are passionate about import cars and have any of the following skills we want to hear from you:

Photography
Videography
Blogging
Graphic Design
Social Media Management

2013 Year End Review – My Favorite Northwest Automotive Events

This was a huge year for automotive enthusiasts in the northwest. New events began this year and existing ones continued to improve. I picked my favorite events last year so it only made sense to do the same for 2013.

Forum Fest 2013 – Pacific Raceways – Kent, WA

Every year Forum Fest keeps getting bigger and better. The weather was perfect this year (unlike the monsoon of 2012). Speedfactory Racing set a new world record on the drag strip and ImportMeet.com won Best Club/Forum Representation (thanks to everyone that registered with us!). It was a ton of fun and I can’t wait until June 28, 2014.

Here’s our Forum Fest 2013 coverage.

The Best Import Cars of SEMA 2013 – Photo Gallery

ImportMeet.com attended SEMA for the second year in a row this year as a credentialed media outlet. As one of the largest automotive tradeshows in the world, each year the show continues to grow in size. According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association, 126,000 people were issued passes prior to the event with thousands more onsite. Considering that only businesses tied to the aftermarket automotive industry, this number is impressive.

Photos by Matt Haugness and Kyle Gunst. Text by Matt Haugness.