It’s undeniable that the East Coast’s import scene has been bubbling more and more each year. With huge must-attend events like Import Alliance’s spring and summer gatherings in the heart of the Southeast, surrounding locals have finally been given the opportunity to showcase their pride and joy to the rest of the world with ease. Whereas the majority of the country has their cars tucked away throughout the winter months or “off season”, the folks in the Deep South have been keeping their hands dirty, diligently preparing for an early kick off with the Auto Combine of North Florida.
The meet was held at a secured, remote location just outside of Jacksonville, FL, in Green Cove Springs. The location could not have facilitated a better gathering. No giant stadium lots, authoritative problems, or endless entry lines. No noise violations, trashy fistfights, or trunk searches—just a massive slab of concrete surrounded by an abandoned factory with a small, accessible warehouse to accommodate the meet’s most gracious builds.
With absolutely no discrimination involved, the lot quickly filled up with everything from ground-up Honda builds, functioning drift cars, and immaculate engine bays, all the way to luxurious VIP’d out Lexus, Junction Produce interiors, and hard-parked air riders of all classes. Once the gates opened to the public, attendees of all ages were let loose to sift through the lot of some 600-plus cars and carefully survey the vast concentration of the hidden Floridian treasures that came out to shine. Needless to say, this grassroots meet turned out to be greater and more diverse than anyone could have expected.
Aside from the amazing attendance, the atmosphere and overall vibe of the meet was nothing short of exceptional. Once attendees finished checking out the talent, they easily found their way to some cheap food vendors, live music, and even a little bit of dodgeball, all courtesy of the meet’s gracious hosts, Funk Fashion and Springrates.com.
With an unexpected 900 attendees, 658 cars, and immense blasts of Internet recognition and national coverage, it’s clear that The Auto Combine has officially put North Florida on the map as a definite must attend event for the beginning of each season.