Summer, as we know it, can get a little hectic, especially in the tuner car capital of California, where we have to filter through all sorts of invitations to good and fundamentally crappy car shows. The Spocom LA show is a no-brainer for us as it's one of the biggest shows around. This year was particularly special as the Spocom crew celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
One of the cars that really stood out to us was Felix's Nissan Skyline R34 GTR. After getting a few NISMO parts on the car such as the hood, bumper, lip, and Z Tune fenders, the R34 got a full Balloon White repaint. As of right now the only engine modification is a Tomei exhaust, but Felix says more parts are on the way. Familiar cars included Jon Magelssen's Datsun 240Z, which featured a facelift with Gulf blue and Marigold orange paint. And just when you think Enrique Munoz's Supra couldn't get better, he goes and does custom interior work.
The hundreds of people who made it to Spocom were treated to the comeback of car team Auto Concept Elite. Some of you OG gear-heads might recognize the cars since more than half of them have already graced the pages of Super Street. These cars were on a different level back in the day and can still contend with builds today.
We caught up with Spocom founder Eugene Inose to learn more about Spocom and its history.
Super Street: Did you do anything special for the 10th year anniversary?
Eugene Inose: We increased the size of the show so we could accommodate all the cars (which totaled over 500, with both judged and display vehicles, along with 60 booths.) Many of the manufacturers went with a larger footprint to make their booths more impactive. It was a very good looking show overall and we were happy with the final product.
SS: How did Spocom come about?
EI: Back in 2007, when we had our first show, there were some shifts in ownership in some competing quality shows, which resulted in a change of direction and some other existing shows exited the movement. We felt that there needed to be a show that came to fruition that kept this genre going and engaged with not only the existing enthusiasts, but the next generation as well. This is why we created Spocom. Spocom has never been about making money. It's all about giving back to the community and keeping this movement alive and thriving.
We felt that when the economy tanked from 2008~2010, someone needed to step up and keep everyone inspired and optimistic about this industry. We think we were a small part of that as there are a lot of good shows and events that have come about in the last 5 to 8 years, and we all try and support one another in some form or fashion. At the end of the day, we are all targeting very similar consumers and it's a good feeling to see the car builds and attendees coming back so strong these past few years.
SS: What makes Spocom different from other car shows?
EI: We do a really good job at highlighting all the manufacturers. We have them come out with their display booths showing off their latest products. Aside from that, another aspect of Spocom is we do our very best to keep the attendees fully engaged by having entertainment throughout the whole production. We want to appeal not only to the hardcore car enthusiast, but also to the people who have a peripheral interest and make them inspire to become enthusiastic about this industry.