June 3rd, 2018 marked the ninth annual Sumospeed Springfest event, and much like the eight shows that came before it, it did not disappoint. Once again taking place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, just a few miles away from the boardwalk, the indoor venue offered plenty of space for the 800 cars that were systematically positioned before the doors opened to the public. And speaking of public, Springfest managed to bring out an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 fans during the highly anticipated event.
Once again title-sponsored by Stock or Modified Bodyworks, this year's show also played host to over 60 vendors, giving show goers plenty to see, ask about, and even purchase at the venue. And while some of the cars on hand seemed unchanged since last year's show, there were plenty of updated builds, debuts, and a few surprises on hand to keep things interesting. In addition, the standard import cars you'd expect at an indoor show certainly made their mark, but Springfest also included some uncommon displays, like a group of completely custom classic trucks that basically sat on the convention center floor when aired out.
We weren't available or anywhere near Virginia Beach that weekend, but fortunately our man from the Southeast, Faiz Rahman, made the trip to grab a bunch of photos for you to enjoy. And in case you're wondering about year 10 for Springfest, it's already booked! On Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019, the 10th anniversary goes down at the same familiar location. Be there!
We're suckers for a nicely modded Skyline sedan and the clean exterior of this version, on Regamaster Evos, is only outshined by what's under that shiny hood. The RB26, fitted with the now quite elusive and still incredibly cool sounding HKS T51R, is also sporting a custom intake manifold and throttle body surrounded by what looks like far less clutter in the bay than what Nissan originally offered. An uncommon chassis with gorgeous, functional engine bay - sign us up!
This NA1 chassis NSX sported a one-off look with its custom fabricated aluminum front canards and boxed splitter. The theme continued onto the flanks with handmade front spats and in the rear, an aggressive diffuser, all contrasted by a set of refinished Blitz 01 rollers.
For our money, this R31 Skyline and Mitsubishi Mighty Max duo in the Japan Parts Service booth were worth the price of admission. Picture perfect execution.
Prior to Springfest we'd never seen a modified, late-model Maxima. This example sports a set of classic bronze TE37s and a mild lip kit.
Giving the boxer engine a little more shine, this STI's power plant, which inhales through a sizeable turbo upgrade, was highly detailed with polish work, custom formed brake lines and more.
This AP2 owner went with more of a classic look rather than bolting on over fenders and a giant wing. The Downforce carbon-Kevlar lip kit complements the Password:JDM Kevlar engine bits. Mugen MF10s and an OEM hardtop finish it off nicely.