The incessant banging of over-processed drum beats and the crackle of bass bins pushed up to, and often far beyond, their physical limits, although crowd pleasing, are major obstacles when trying to talk to someone at a car show. With 400 or so cars and plenty of fan foot-action during AutoCon LA's indoor event, there was a surplus of noises ricocheting off of the convention center walls, but not enough to keep us from nabbing a few interviews.
Peter Vong's Toyota Celica
The Toyota purist in you says that Peter Vong's Honda power-plant is downright unholy. However, the fun loving, inner-enthusiast in you is drooling over the high-revving, VTEC-filled jaunts that await your right foot. It's ok; you don't have to admit it. Hear from the cover car owner himself.
Kevin Hsiu's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR IX
This EVO 9 MR, owned by Kevin "Baldy" Hsiu, has everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it. As a matter of fact, if it did have the kitchen sink, it would probably be an ARC sink with a burnt titanium fixture. With over 400hp, aggressive widebody touches and enough ARC goods to make even the most finicky of collectors blush, here's a quick chat with the car's owner.
Richard McMickens' Nissan 370Z
The stigma of show cars is always present, but when you run across a guy like Richard McMickens and his Stillen supercharged 370Z, you quickly realize he's a different breed entirely. Here are a few words with the road warrior himself.