We sorta know what to expect when we walk into a Wekfest, AutoCon, or Tuner Evo show. Big venue, hundreds of cars, thousands of people ... you catch our drift. But there's a bit of the unknown when we travel to an event that most enthusiasts haven't heard of, especially in a region that's rarely on people's vacation list. You don't know if you're going to strike gold or come up empty handed, which was the exact question we asked ourselves when we attended the 2014 Dopery Convention in Minnesota. To our surprise, the Land of 10,000 Lakes wasn't a bust, and we uncovered some very clean modified rides, not to mention met some very dope people. So, when the folks at Dopery planned another car show this summer, we decided return to Minneapolis to see how far the upper Midwest scene has come. We weren't disappointed.
Now named "Dope Days," the fifth annual Dopery show relocated 30 minutes outside downtown to the Burnsville Center. Dope Days was a free event to attend that featured 170 registered cars. Since we visited four years ago, we could tell the car quality has improved and the diversity has expanded, witnessing a strong collection of JDM supercars mixed with various VIP, drift, and stance builds. Our favorite builds belonged to the Garage 106 crew—four project cars that made the six-hour trek from Winnipeg, Canada. We had the honor of awarding Best of Show, which went to Garage 106 member Brady Smith and his Varis widebody '11 Subaru STI.
While small events like Dope Days don't have all the razzle dazzle of the big shows, it brings together the community well, and gives locals an opportunity to check out some badass cars without having to make the long journey to major cities. We can appreciate what the folks at Dopery are doing, and you can bet we'll be at the next Dope Days.