It was all over the news, and we were sending prayers to all our friends in Hawaii. On August 25th, the ninth edition of SpoCom Hawaii was set to take place at Blaisdell Center; however, for the entire week leading up to the show, the fear of Hurricane Lane was looming. With the dangerous forces of a category four hurricane expected to attack Oahu, many local businesses shut down for the weekend, which included Blaisdell Center, and thus stopping SpoCom.
It was a huge downer, as SpoCom has been the largest and most anticipated show on the island for years. Come Saturday the 25th, our prayers were answered as the path of Hurricane Lane missed and everyone was safe. Not giving up on SpoCom, organizers worked with Blaisdell to set a new date for their elite show, pushing it back a month later to September 28th. The new date was slightly worrisome as it landed on a Friday instead of a Saturday. It wasn't clear if everyone was still going to come or if it would be a bust; however, in the end, the local scene came out strong, spectators worked around their schedules to make it out on a Friday, and Blaisdell Center hall was packed, yet again, for one of the most memorable car shows in the island's history.
This year's SpoCom featured something new, which hasn't been done in years—a group of enthusiasts from Southern California decided to ship their cars out to Hawaii to give the island something new to see, something new to talk about, and to show how the guys do it on the West Coast. This included Auto Concept Elite, a club synonymous for taking home trophies at nearly every show they enter. They shipped five cars across the Pacific, which included a GT-R, Evo, A4 Avant, and RWB 964; also, in the mix was Leon Casino's NSX that was featured on the cover of Super Street in '17. It was truly an epic sight to have these SoCal cars on display, and the whole island was very appreciative of their efforts and love. In addition, the debut of Ashley Tanabe's Porsche 911 made lots of noise, as it's the first RWB build to call Honolulu home (@xo.ashleynicole).
Despite a hurricane changing the date and the show happening on a Friday instead of a Saturday, SpoCom Hawaii stood strong, and you can bet it'll be around for many more years to come.