With so many cars on hand at Spocom's SoCal tour stop, we had to split the coverage into two parts. In part one, we broke down some of the cars that caught our eye, which we've also done below—focusing on some of the builds that seemed to steal the attention of a large number of visitors as well.
Pinpointing current trends isn't tough with hundreds of display cars to sift through, and not surprisingly much of what was hot a year ago is still a focal point for a number of builders. The widebody and fender flare army is stronger than ever, as is the aggressive wheel fitment crowd, but we definitely noticed the extreme camber has slowed slightly—a welcome surprise. Clean, often shaved and tucked engine bays are still the rage not only for the Honda crowd, but for just about all makes and models, and the obsessive attention to detail seems to have been stepped up even further.
With that said, sometimes drawing attention is more reliant on execution rather than shock factor. Stomping through miles of car show real estate, there were times that we'd pass by areas that seemed to be filled with a number of clones complete with the same fender flares, aggressive rear diffusers, massive wings, and wheel and tire packages that would be hard to differentiate in a police lineup. Nevertheless, there were more than enough that separated themselves and had us, along with many fans, making a second and third visit throughout the day.
There are more than few white S2000s with clean bays that include custom bits and ITB inhalation, but there simply isn't another one on planet earth that looks anything like this AP1 built by Rywire Motorsports Electronics.
The Casale Design-modified Mugen aero and meticulous interior tinwork is enough to set this S2K apart from the crowd, even before you get into the mechanical wizardry going on under the hood.
You probably haven't seen too many 1946 Willy's Jeeps around, and if you have they most likely weren't slammed, sitting on SSR Longchamps, and powered by an SR20DET.
Can't forget the custom suspension pickup points fit with coilovers, the fitting camo livery all tying together for something incredibly unique. Galing!
Pro drift driver, celebrity, and all around good guy Dai Yoshihara's BRZ sitting pretty inside the ENEOS booth.
Both the Evo and Subie camps were well represented at this year's Spocom Anaheim.
Here you'll find a bit of both, as the Subie-inspired livery of this Evo X raised a few eyebrows and genuinely confused others.
Truhart was on hand showing their latest suspension offerings including their wildly popular threaded body air suspension systems.
Marshall Angel's RSX is powered by a fully built K24/K20 combo and takes a deep breath through a Precision turbo. Since his feature last year he's blacked out some of the engine components while gold plating a number of others for some stunning contrast. Add to that plenty of Downstar Inc. hardware and Vibrant Vanjen clamps and his DC5's engine bay makeover is complete.