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StanceNation SoCal 2018

Fans of fine fitment convene at the Orange County Fairgrounds for a chilly December indoor-outdoor show

Dec 6, 2018

It's just fenders. It's just wide wheels and stretched tires. It's just negative camber. You either love or hate the styling influences coming out of the so-called stance "movement," there's no in between, and it seems like the haters are the louder of the two (seriously, take a chill pill). This is partly why we dig the stance crowd, though—zero f**ks given about what the critics say. And we embrace that contrarian attitude (very punk rock!) You do your thing, guys; we'll keep running the coverage.

StanceNation—purveyors of wheel poke and tuck, promoters of the science of flush—held their most recent shindig at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif., and for a late-season car show on a day that was blustery and cold (well, by Cali standards anyway) there was both a good turnout of guests and a strong showing of display vehicles. The Sunday event situated between a gem faire and swap meet was mostly outdoors, save for one small-ish auditorium where a couple dozen cars posted up and where there was thankfully heat being pumped into the building. From there we ventured out to see what SN had to offer.

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Curtains, everywhere! VIP builds far and away outnumbered anything else, and of those a big chunk were Lexus GS and LS (and from most generations, which was cool to see). AutoFashion's LS 430 was a bar setter from the LS camp, while the bagged L10 GS F on 326 Power running gear we saw shortly after we entered the event gets our vote for most tits GS.

It was probably no small coincidence there were a handful of 2018 SEMA Show cars in the mix at StanceNation, like the carbon fiber festooned LTMW Lamborghini Huracan in the lead photo. "It" Porsche builder John Sarkisyan also brought out his works from this year's Toyo Tires Treadpass exhibit at SEMA, a Sunburst-kitted 993 Speedster and—surprise!—a non-P car, namely the Mercedes Gullwing-bodied SLK32 AMG.

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Brendan Taft's Supra Mk IV was also at SEMA but we totally missed it there, making SN the first time we laid eyes on the car in person, and we were not disappointed! Ok, sure, we've already featured it previously, but the JZA80 now flosses a really cool ADVAN livery that it didn't have when we shot it and everyone's favorite new wheel, SSR Formula Aero Mesh.

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Our unhealthy infatuation with mom-mobiles led us to marvel at one Mercedes E-class family hauler inside and one BMW estate car outside, but we forgot about Euro wagons altogether when we stumbled on the Revolve Wheels Audi A4. The overfendered sedan rocked a color-shifting paint, lots of cool carbon bits throughout, and a cleverly installed air-ride setup in the trunk—plus those Revolve 55s at each corner ain't too shabby, either.

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We don't know whose it was, but the purple drift-style 1JZ Infiniti Q45 (or Nissan President for the JDM-o-philes among us) on mesh wheels was the biggest middle finger among all the middle fingers going up at StanceNation. Cars are nice when they're clean and tidy, but something about the lived-in look just tugs at our heartstrings.

Bob Hernandez
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