It's hard not to get excited for Spocom's annual visit to Anaheim, Calif. Fact is, the show and its staff, with 11 years under their belt, should know what they're doing. Also, you might be thinking that if you've already been to a few of Southern California's bigger car shows, why go to another one? Of course, you'll have the usual suspects, but the truth is you might find some cars that have been tucked from the car scene for a long time, or maybe with some luck, you come across a build that you've never seen before.
Upon entering the Anaehim Convention Center, the first thing we noticed was how condensed the show was. Hundreds of cars were crammed into the hall with what seemed like an endless amount of people. Spocom is very good at highlighting the impeccable quality of cars of our time as well as captivating people with builds that were in the spotlight back in the day. Team Auto Concept, for example, is a crew that received consistent coverage for their show-stopping builds back in '09-'12. We caught up with Auto Concept Elite member, Jon Magelssen, who stated, "Spocom has always been a show to be at and this one did not disappoint. We're glad that there are a lot of cars bringing out their 'A' game and actually competing, not just fancy body kits and fitted wheels. There's so much more depth in cars that you can't limit yourself to."
Another car that seems to have been in a time capsule is Roy Malubay's 4AG turbo Corolla AE86. Originally built by Bong Santiago, the car has been refreshed with CBY fender flares, a change of rubber to Toyo Tires, and a set of RS Watanabe wheels.
Another car you may or may not have seen around is Brett Stebel's '74 Mazda RX-3. The racecar livery is a perfect match for the beast under hood; a 20B four rotor. Believe it or not, that wasn't the only Mazda packing four-rotor heat under its hood. Sitting pretty with Team Hybrid (another nostalgic piece of automotive industry) was Robert Green's unbelievable FEED Mazda RX-7 with a four rotor built by the guys at Scoot Japan. If nostalgia isn't your thing, Auto Fashion brought out a fresh Mode Parfume Lexus GS300 with all the right touches, including a supercharged setup, which is easily one of our favorites.
Of course if you just wanted to see some import models, Spocom always has a packed model lounge with photographers dying to feature them on their Instagram. We'll stick to the cars.
It's easy to see why Spocom is still going strong. Naturally, you'll have trophy hunters and hardcore competitors, but Spocom tends to attract a number of former heavy hitters right alongside the current trendsetters. It's a diverse mix and one you'll want to see in person next year.