How was AutoCon going to top their LA show from last April? I mean, they packed the Los Angeles Convention Center with more than 11,000 people, 350 of the scene's top cars, plus they brought in big-name influencers such as Kei Miura and TJ Hunt... It seemed impossible, especially since LA is their hometown and bread 'n' butter; however, the moment I walked into Pier 94 along the Hudson River in New York City last Sunday, I was utterly impressed. Bravo, AutoCon!
There's been plenty of enthusiast shows in the NY/NJ area before, but nothing has been tried in the heart of the Big Apple. By some divine magic, AutoCon organizers secured Pier 94 located in Midtown Manhattan for its second annual NY show. It's a venue we've seen typically headlined by the likes of Major Lazer and Armin Van Buuren, but a car show? Unheard of! Sure enough, though, AutoCon came through in a big way as nearly 300 of the East Coast's finest modified cars filled the former ship terminal, not to mention AutoCon's signature stage setup and vendor booths by the likes of Meguiar's, NOS Energy, and Yokohama Tire.
Because this was a new venue, it was a whole different experience. Car owners that haven't necessarily brought out their rides for previous events in the area, decided to test the waters and be a part of this first for their local scene. Spectators were also plentiful-10,000-plus strong. Many took advantage of the fact that there's free parking on the streets on Sunday, but there were thousands who took the train in from wherever they're from to avoid the chaos of the city.
All in all, it was a great event for the community. Several folks I talked to were stoked that this was something different with a badass venue, unseen cars, and plenty of entertainment from the likes of RJ DeVera, who did a killer job on stage as well as the fact that influencers/celebs like TJ Hunt, Dustin Williams, and former Super Street model Dannie Riel were there to meet and greet everyone. It was a celebration that won't be forgotten for years to come, and it's our hope that AutoCon will be back next year to do it all over again.