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AutoCon LA 2016 - Top 20

Editor Sam Du highlights 20 things you missed from Southern California's first big show of the year

Apr 27, 2016
Photographers: Jofel Tolosa, Lu Tran

AutoCon celebrated its seventh anniversary this year and we have to applaud everything the organization has accomplished thus far. From starting out as a parking lot meet, to expanding into a full-blown show series, the contribution AutoCon has brought to the community has made it one of the best things to happen in Southern California. AutoCon isn't all about mega car shows either, having successfully put on charity toy drives year after year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. But we're here to talk about their main event, AutoCon LA 2016, which simply killed it!

The biggest news in '16 was AutoCon's relocation from Pomona Fairplex to the Los Angeles Convention Center, right in the heart of downtown. An enthusiast-driven car show hasn't been fortunate enough to host an event there since the early days of Hot Import Nights; however, AutoCon did not disappoint, and came out strong with nearly 400 of the scene's hottest rides. One of the things we admire most about each AutoCon show is the stage setup, which allows select car owners to educate spectators about their build as well as answer questions - something we haven't seen any other major tuner show in North America do.

With a great track record, strong reputation in the community, and their dedication to stepping up their events every year, it's no mystery why we consider AutoCon one of the top shows in California. Remember to check out our other AutoCon articles:

Euros and Exotics of AutoCon LA 2016
1972 Toyota Sprinter Trueno Spotlight, AutoCon LA 2016
Throwback Mazda RX-7 at AutoCon LA 2016
Nissan of AutoCon LA 2016
Honda of AutoCon LA 2016

To give you a taste of what you missed, here are the top 20 things we saw:

Autocon la 2016 top 20 supercharged s2000 Photo 2/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Supercharged S2000

Stunning supercharged S2000 built by our friends at Evasive Motorsports

Autocon la 2016 top 20 rocket bunny scion tc Photo 3/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Rocket Bunny Scion Tc

Justin Pagtalunan's Rocket Bunny tC is one of the sickest we've seen!

Former cover girl Tianna Gregory stopped by and electrified the model lounge

Autocon la 2016 top 20 veilside rx7 Photo 4/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Veilside Rx7

DTM Autobody brings us back to our roots with this three-rotor, Veilside RX-7, similar to the one featured in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 10th gen civic sedan Photo 5/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 10Th Gen Civic Sedan

One of the first modified 10th-gen Civic Turbo sedans we've seen. This one from Meguiar's featured SSR wheels, GReddy bolt-ons and a carbon hood. Still needs some work, but Meguiar's tells us it's far from done.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 spoon themed porsches Photo 6/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Spoon Themed Porsches

Open to debate - the Phaze2 guys are really going to start some controversy with these Spoon-themed Porsches.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 nissan maxima Photo 7/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Nissan Maxima

Something you don't see everyday is an aggressive Nissan Maxima like this one.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 tina nugyens gtr Photo 8/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Tina Nugyens Gtr

Tina Nguyen's GT-R is nicknamed #barbiezilla, and you'll thank us later for following her on Instagram @azeeenbarbie69.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 nelson ugarte nissan 300zx Photo 9/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Nelson Ugarte Nissan 300Zx

Nelson Ugarte's 300ZX was one of our favorite rides from last year. He's returned in '16 with a fresh look!

Autocon la 2016 top 20 mk1 vw rabbit Photo 10/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Mk1 Vw Rabbit

There was some nice diversity at AutoCon, which included this pretty 'lil Mk1 VW Rabbit on BBS RS wheels.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 rolloface bmw m3 Photo 11/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Rolloface Bmw M3

BMW M3 built by Rolloface is absolutely breathtaking in person, featuring the company's GT-3 widebody kit, custom carbon dash from Gruppe M Japan and much more.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 janey b Photo 12/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Janey B

Miss Super Street Janey B on the main stage with the Six Sigma Autodesign's supercharged Rocket Bunny NSX (featured in Volume 20, Issue 1)

Autocon la 2016 top 20 73 mercedes 280c Photo 13/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 73 Mercedes 280C

'73 Mercedes 280C with a 2JZ-GTE swap and Lexus IS interior. This car, built by Ranz Motorsport, is still as flawless today as it was when we featured it in '13

Autocon la 2016 top 20 unplugged performance tesla model s Photo 14/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Unplugged Performance Tesla Model S

Who says you can't modify a Tesla Model S? Unplugged Performance is your answer!

Autocon la 2016 top 20 joel tan 72 toyota sprinter trueno Photo 15/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Joel Tan 72 Toyota Sprinter Trueno

Staff editor Jofel's favorite car of the show was Joel Tan's '72 Sprinter Trueno.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 zara park Photo 16/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Zara Park

Please welcome up and coming model Zara Park. Heyo!

Autocon la 2016 top 20 kelvin hsiu mitsubishi evo 9 Photo 17/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Kelvin Hsiu Mitsubishi Evo 9

Congratulations Kelvin Hsiu, aka Baldy, for taking home the Super Street Award at AutoCon for his amazing EVO 9.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 richard mcmickens nissan 370z Photo 18/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Richard Mcmickens Nissan 370Z

Making the trek down from San Francisco, Richard McMickens' supercharged 370Z was on point.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 jon sibal porsche 964 Photo 19/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 Jon Sibal Porsche 964

Jon Sibal's Porsche 964 is still one of our favorite RWB builds to date.

Autocon la 2016 top 20 k powred mini morris truck Photo 20/20   |   Autocon La 2016 Top 20 K Powred Mini Morris Truck

K20-powered '67 Mini Morris truck. Frickin' cool!


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