As car shows and industry participation have both steadily declined over the past few years, the Spocom group has done their best to secure a foothold on both sides of the hill. Their car show registration has continually grown along with the increase in vendor support. Both are critical elements in helping our industry prosper. Though not nearly as big as the SEMA show each year, Spocom has a similar feel, with vendors littered throughout the event displaying their project cars and new products for attendees to peruse. This year's event seemed to spread out a bit more, giving more room to both show competitors and booth occupants.
We didn't find as many Hondas in attendance this year, however the cars that did attend were chock full of performance and minute details that kept us coming back for second and third rounds. The name of the game is K swap, and if you didn't have one at this show, you were in the minority. Simple and refined builds with incredible attention to detail managed to break more necks than anything else, as the foot traffic increased throughout the day. Refinished, custom colored old school rollers, stripped and dipped engine bays, and hammered stances were seen on the majority of show-goers cars. Peppered among the show cars were a few race cars, both turbo and naturally aspirated.
Though the H badge was severely outnumbered, it certainly wasn't outclassed. The level of builds continues to grow, and at each and every show we find something new that will most likely become the standard. That's proof that we're still evolving, with no end in sight.