This year, at the Philadelphia Expo Center, located in the nearby town of Phoenixville, Tuner Evolution held its eighth annual show and we were more than happy to see what the East Coast had to bring to the table this summer. To our surprise, the quality and popularity of the show had grown even more than it did last year when it originally caught our attention. Especially over the last few years, we've been noticing that car enthusiasts along the east coast and across the nation have been making an effort to raise the bar in terms of their creativity and build quality whether it's regarding their preexisting, 'unfinished' projects or newly acquired cars.
Competitors and vendors brought out all types of cars making this event truly exciting to attend, and obviously it was great to catch up with old friends and meeting new ones. We quickly came to realize that more and more people are living a bit more on the edge these days, from cars driving with almost zero wheel clearance, or peculiar wheel designs, to installing expensive fiberglass or carbon fiber JDM wide bodies or running 600-plus horsepower on daily street cars, to even investing countless days and large amounts of money into builds that most people wouldn't see worth it; but hey, if we built all of our cars the same way then these shows and meets wouldn't be what they are today, and we're not complaining.
Team Emotion came out on top winning Best Team with Alex Witkin's red WRX (also winning Best of Show), a newly added Liberty Walk M3, and a beautifully modified white Mitsubishi EVO with red Advans, Project Mu brakes, and a very carefully built engine bay coordinated in gold, red, and silver polish, among other team member builds. Other mentionables included a few Varis-wide body Subaru, a matte olive Subaru SVX on copper-tone wheels, Liberty VIP's pearl blue wide body E46 M3, an RB-swapped S14 Zenki drift car with anime-styled graphics, Elite Lower Class' track-ready blue S2000 and RHD gray EK hatch, and of course every legit RHD Skyline and S15 Silvia.
We'd like to thank Jay Martinez and the rest of the Tuner Evolution staff and crew for continuing to organize this event and rumor has it, there'll be some west coast builds coming to Pennsylvania for next year's Tuner Evolution. Check out www.tuner-evolution.com around early spring (2015) for more info regarding the next year's show!