April 11th 2010 - Atlanta, GA
Never one to disappoint, the Import Alliance crew organized yet another blockbuster event, this time in the parking structure of the World Congress Center. Open to all import makes and models, the IA meet once again brought out a massive array of cars and styles. Though this might look like a record breaking turnout, keep in mind this isn't the "big one." That comes during the summer and if this event is a precursor to what's coming, prepare yourself for some record shattering numbers from the IA crew this year.
In Memory of...
Inland Empire's premiere's S2000 club, the "FilthIEst", houses some of the hottest s2ks in California. This large SoCal group consists of 44 cars, including a few that have graced the pages, and even cover, of Honda Tuning and other publications. This tight knit group can be seen in the Inland Empire chapter of s2ki.com.
On May 1, 2010, they lost a brother in Paul "Smirf" Flores, who was involved in an unfortunate accident that took his life. He leaves behind a nine-month-old son, loving girlfriend, and a terrific family in the High Desert area. On May 10, almost 1,000 friends and family attended his service and burial. The parking lots were full of S2000s and other performance cars, such as Wrx Stis, Evos, and even a group of 240sxs that came out to show their love and respect for one of the most well known "enthusiasts" in SoCal.
The "FilthIEst" family held a memorial event in Paul's name on May 16, and managed to collect thousands of dollars in aftermarket parts, which were donated to auction off or raffle, with all proceeds going to his family, and a trust fund created for his son. Over 100 S2000s and a large group of NSXs showed up for the event. Although the meet was created on a sad note, the atmosphere was positive, and everyone seemed to be in good spirits. The friends and family of Paul know that it's the only way he would have it. Every picture, every memory that friends had of Paul, always involved a big cheesy grin. He always seemed to make the best of bad situations and even found some humor in them.
Paul, you will be missed RIP 3/25/88 to 5/01/10
Honda Meet 2010
The East Coast waits all year for this event. Now in its third year, the coveted East Coast Honda meet was set for May 29. However, this particular year, the weatherman decided to summon a little rain. With the event only a few days away, and no guaranteed alternative date, many worried that the meet would be cancelled after months of anticipation and build up. With high hopes and crossed fingers, the organizers and supporters decided to risk the possible showers, and keep the original date set.
Arriving at the meet almost two hours prior to the official start time in an attempt to get a good spot proved futile, as hundreds of enthusiasts had already flooded the quarter-mile industrial lot at G Force Karts in Richmond, VA. Rolling through the massive turnout, you could spot more than a few V6 J swaps, plenty of shiny paint, and more custom wheel setups than one could possibly imagine. Throughout the day, not a drop of Mother Nature's precipitation touched the event. To say the attendees are dedicated is an absolute understatement. One person even posted on a forum that he'd asked for the day off from work months prior to the meet, but was denied by his employer. Not wanting to miss out on one of the biggest gatherings of the year, he decided that the next day would be his last at that particular job. Similar stories surrounded the East Coast Honda Meet and further proved that this event is still going, and getting stronger every year.