Californian car enthusiasts like to think the state has some of the best-built cars on the scene, and sets trends across the automotive tuning universe. In many people's eyes, cars from Cali are the standard-bearers, the yardstick against which to measure your build. However, at AutoCon's first-ever East Coast show in the New York/New Jersey area, we were overwhelmingly impressed. It's safe to say there was no shortage of really awesome people and equally awesome custom creations from the Right Coast.
Just stepping foot into the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, it was immediately obvious local enthusiasts meant business. We found ourselves constantly gravitating toward Team Emotion's row of cars, especially Alex Witkin's crazy Subaru Impreza WRX that was featured many years ago in Modified magazine. Since then he's made minor changes, such as swap wheels with a set of timeless TE37s and completed a livery redesign. Ted from Team Regimen Zero brought his widely beloved RE Amemiya Mazda RX-7 as well.
Just like at AutoCon Los Angeles, we had the honor of giving out an Editor's Choice Award, and this time around we selected an Lexus SC400. Well, it's a Lexus SC400 on paper, but the 1UZ-FE is long gone and replaced with Toyota's flagship 2JZ-GTE. The exterior features an extremely hard to find BN Sports widebody kit, and tucked under the wheel wells are classy SSR Professor wheels.
In the end, it doesn't really matter where you're from. If there's anything we've learned about builders on the east side of the country, these guys are consistently building quality cars. And if you love cars as much as we do, it doesn't matter where you live - we're fam.