On Sunday, June 4th, the sharp snap of exhaust blips filled the usually quiet halls of the Virginia Beach Convention Center for the eighth annual Sumospeed Springfest. Highly anticipated every year, the event brings in cars, vendors, and visitors from all over the East Coast and, in recent years, has essentially taken over the convention center's massive indoor hall. Beyond the rows of cars both inside and out, vendors like title sponsor Stock or Modified Bodyworks and Canibeat were on hand, along with food vendors and a DJ to provide a little ambiance.
In 2010, the event kicked off with considerable interest and participation, and over the past few years has grown into one of the largest events in the East. With 1,000 cars registered and an estimated 7,000 attendees throughout the day, it's safe to say Sumospeed has found their groove in the organized car show realm.
Variety is the name of the game at Springfest, where you can find VIP, stance, race, street, and show cars all combined for an eclectic mix of the best the East has to offer all under one roof. One group of note, Japanese Classics LLC, brought with them a unique group of JDM cars that had everyone stopping by for a visit. And while we couldn't make it out this year in person, we did have our friend and triggerman, Faiz Rahman, to lean on for a few snaps.
Like it came out of a time capsule, this ultra-clean R31 Skyline was sporting some badass livery and caught plenty of eyes throughout the day.
This '06 Type S showed off a tucked and shaved bay complete with Comptech supercharger, titanium intake arm, and carbon fiber air box, while on the outside a Max Racing front bumper and sideskirts, along with bright blue TE37s, complete the package. See the full feature here.
We're loving the color on this 240SX sitting on SSR wheels.
We don't see many second gen TSX builds floating around, but this example complete with an authentic Mugen kit, grill, and rear wing, accompanied by a set of bronze TE37s, shows what can be done with the CU2 chassis.
SSR Professor SP3s and a BN Sports aero kit make all the difference in the world on this sexy Lexus SC.
Andy Vasconcellos' Honda Tuning featured RHD-converted Civic EJ hatch features a built, turbo LS/VTEC setup, Walker Japan front bumper, and some custom Kevlar touches that Andy himself put together in his garage.
Even if you've forgotten about Toyota's iconic mid-engine, turbo two-seater, others haven't, and they continue to build and maintain them. This version caught our attention as it sat on re-worked Blitz 03s and was fitted with a carbon fiber front lip.
Sheepey Built exit pipes peeking through the hood vent of this EVO
Faiz Rahman's IS300 is loaded, front to back, with modifications that include flared arches over Volk TE37s, a 2JZ power plant, and in the rear a massive chassis-mounted wing that towers over a set of custom LED taillights.