As we headed into the 2006 HIN event schedule homestretch, there was no better place to spot the nation's hottest cars than at Hot Import Nights Los Angeles. That's right, this wasn't just a battle of Northern California and Southern California – in fact it wasn't even much of a battle of West Coast vehicles. This time around, top show cars from all across the nation made the trip out to Los Angeles to show the nation what they've got.
One of the biggest surprises was the reintroduction of the Turtle Wax / Tjin Edition R34 Skyline Sedan that had previously graced the cover of the May 2006 issue of Modified Magazine. This time around, the R34 Sedan sported a three-tone paint scheme that really accents the modifications already done to the car.
Another Modified Magazine cover feature that surprised the crowd was the New Image Motorsports Subaru WRX that graced our September 2006 cover. The WRX also sported a new paint scheme along with Volk GT-C's instead of Advan SAR2s. New Image Motorsports brought out some of the best show cars from the East Coast, including Eddie Farcon’s BMW E36, to show the West Coast competitors that they can stay up to par.
At the end of the night however, TWCompetition proved to be the team to reckon with as they took many of the top honors with their luxury and exotic vehicles. Hubert Tsai’s Ferrari Modena 360 (Modified Luxury & Exotics, May 2006 issue) continued to stay dominant on its home territory, while a few new pleasant additions to TWCompetition’s display showed the potential of an expansion towards the sport compact scene. The recently featured G35 of Randy and Hoai Riggs (Modified, July 2006) was seen in the TWCompetition’s extravagant display.
Another strong Southern California car club that didn’t shy away from any competition the nation had to offer was Team Hybrid. David Huang’s previously featured Lexus IS300 that has been on tour with Hot Import Nights all year, made its presence known along with the debut of his new IS350 project. Modified will be keeping our eyes on the new Lexus chassis as it seems to already be very popular among the crowd. Team Hybrid’s stable of cars along with the quality of the builds has always raised the bar in Southern California and this year’s Hot Import Nights LA display was no exception to that tradition.
Other notable mentions included the Subaru, DC Shoes setup and their rally team. It seems that the rally scene is catching on and carving out a niche in our sport compact market and we might be jumping on for the ride! Lastly, we couldn’t help but mention the Modified M Lounge where all the beauties in the industry can always be seen. Jenny Chu, Sara Brinsfield, Ursula Mayes, Abby M, and Maureen Hoang were just some of the dozens of beautiful models on hand to sign autographs and take photos with the crowd. The crowd packed the Staples Centre throughout the night and it was one of the biggest Hot Import Nights events all year. Modified Magazine will be heading to HIN Night Shift Las Vegas next, so keep your eyes and mouse glued to www.modified.com for the best coverage anywhere!