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Blox Evolution III

Third edition of the Evolution car show takes over the Bay Area

Aug 31, 2016
Photographers: Patrick Lauder, Roy Barba

In 2013, Blox celebrated its 10th anniversary by stepping away from their annual Open House events and organized a free car show just a stone’s throw from their Fremont, Calif. headquarters. Packed with over 300 vehicles that were narrowed down from over 500 hopeful submissions, it was clear they were onto something big. The following year, Blox made a bold move in using the momentum created by their previous events to unveil something brand new with the Evolution car show.

Offering an almost apocalyptic-style backdrop, Pier 70, positioned on Portero Point near San Francisco’s eastern waterfront, once again played host to hundreds of cars from the Bay Area and surrounding regions. Much of what you’d expect to find at a modern day, import-centric car show was strewn about the former shipbuilding center, including food trucks, music, models, and vendors.

Along with the requisite VIP style cars, Hondas, 240SX, and Subaru/Mitsubishi builds you’d expect to find on hand, a large number of R35s, some heavily modified, also made their way to the venue. With as much anticipation and buzz as the Blox Evo car show garnered leading up to the August 27th event, you’re guaranteed to see a Part 4 in 2017.

We’ve highlighted a few cars that caught our attention below, and further down you’ll find a massive gallery.

Skyline sedan rear quarter Photo 2/152   |   Skyline Sedan Rear Quarter

Always a crowd favorite, the summer events this year brought out more Skyline appearances than any other. And that includes rarities, like this sedan on Rays Gram Lights 57C6 in a smooth marine velvet finish.

Yellow dc2 integra typer.JPG Photo 3/152   |   Yellow Dc2 Integra Typer

In a world of beefy flares and excessively wide wheels at every turn, cars like this low-key Type R tend to stand out. Fitted with PCI side skirts, Mugen rear wing, Ganador mirrors, and classic white Volk TE37s, the Phoenix Yellow DC2 grabbed our attention straightaway.

Led headlight conversion Photo 4/152   |   Led Headlight Conversion

Most would agree lighting wasn’t a highpoint for ‘70s- and ‘80s-era imports. A modern touch can often make a major impact and, in some cases like the example pictured, can fly under the radar of most onlookers.

Orange mk1 vw.JPG Photo 5/152   |   Orange Mk1 Vw

No matter what brand or style you’re into, you have to respect precision and attention to detail. This VR6-swapped Mk1 is about as good as it gets. Everything looks well thought out and the builder knew when to say “when,” meaning they didn’t go overboard. Very nicely executed.

S2000 ssr wheels.JPG Photo 6/152   |   S2000 Ssr Wheels
Ssr wheels gtx01 s2000.JPG Photo 7/152   |   Ssr Wheels Gtx01 S2000

Headed for the SSR Wheels booth on their new GTX01 wheels, this track-ready S2K featured a Voltex swan neck GT wing and front bumper, Stoptech brake package, and an “anti-meatball” exhaust extension.

Turbo sr20 datsun 510 Photo 8/152   |   Turbo Sr20 Datsun 510
4age 1969 toyota corolla Photo 9/152   |   4Age 1969 Toyota Corolla

Depending on where your loyalties lie, either the boosted SR-powered Datsun 510 or the naturally aspirated 4AGE powered ’69 Corolla will most likely make your list of dream builds.

Some familiar faces showed up at Pier 70. Though not at the same time, all three of these ATS*Garage Integras appeared on the cover of our annual Honda issue.

Green honda s2000 track car.JPG Photo 28/152   |   Green Honda S2000 Track Car
Subaru wagon hatchback overhead.JPG Photo 44/152   |   Subaru Wagon Hatchback Overhead
Atsg integra gsr cwest.JPG Photo 60/152   |   Atsg Integra Gsr Cwest
H2b civic coupe.JPG Photo 76/152   |   H2b Civic Coupe
Model portrait front Photo 92/152   |   Model Portrait Front
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