After three times attending and covering the annual Spocom Super Show in Long Beach, CA (an event now in its fourth year), it's becoming more and more clear that this is becoming equal parts girl show as car show. And that's not a bad thing at all. For as many of us as there are who build cars strictly for the sake of building cars, more of us (probably a lot more than are willing to admit) do it for the side benefits: friends, family, having a constructive way to pass time, or-chief among them-reeling in the girlies.
Girls definitely don't like a guy who devotes more time, attention, and money to his car than his girlfriend (more than she knows about, at least), so don't count on just your car getting you anywhere. But girls do like money, power, adrenaline, speed, music, and of course, partying-find the magical balance of all these qualities, while still giving the girlies their due attention, and you're in business. Just take a look at Spocom. Five hundred or so of the craziest, cleanest show cars in recent memory covered the money angle (2NR Sept. '10 cover car owner Chris Dunbar brought his six-figure WRX down from Seattle to fill our booth, putting our sister mags to shame. Speaking of sisters, Chris also brought his. Look below). A handful of near-thousand-hp Z32s and Z33s from Powertrix.com, along with some thousand-hp Supras scattered throughout quenched the power thirsty. Finely tuned track machines from AQ Motorsports, Apollo Performance, and Evasive Motorsports took care of speed fixes. Draggers like Sheepy's infamous teal hatch and a pair of matching Wrath EG street brawlers, and Formula D slide rides (pick your favorite-it was there) provided the adrenaline fix. And the music/party angle was worked courtesy of crews like Common Ground and PAC Modern moving to the freshest beats on the main stage, and multiple DJ booths sprawled across the show floor.
Which leaves us with the girlies and their due attention. As the world's best girl-on-car publication in print (girl-on-girl, as of our 2011 calender?), we made sure to give them all they could ever need, by way of the Import Tuner/Spocom Model Search, presented by NOS Energy Drink. All tallied, our cameras nailed better than 80 of the scene's finest females on the illuminated NOS stage, directly in front of the main entrance, for the world to see. And nothing gets the girlies all hot and bothered quite like acting all hot and bothered for a camera and some 500 ogling car guys.
Finally, what is there to do once the chicks have, um, come? We'd love to spill the behind-the-scenes beans of an epic afterparty that may or may not have ensued in a certain Long Beach lounge after the show, but we're going to keep it PG and end our story with the models signing their contracts, and our promises to bring you our top picks in the near future. Look at that: Dozens of hotties, pining for our affection, without them even getting a look at what's in our garages. After what they saw at Spocom . . . maybe that's for the best.