One oil pan and trans case destroyed + one map sensor + one roadside diffuser fix + two food breaks + four tanks of gas + 15 hours + 851 miles+ too many cops/tickets to count up-this doesn't really add up to priceless, but what was at the end of that road certainly does: a one-way trip to Import Alliance 2009! Multiple caravans from the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast all converged on Nashville Superspeedway to form Import Alliance 2009, one of the largest import meets of the year.
This meet brings people from all over the country, and if the drive doesn't kill you or all the parties at the hotel La Quinta, then you're set for a mega two-day meet where some of the best of the best in the game show up. All different imports are welcome, but Hondas dominate the plain.
Just to get in the gates, the line of cars span about a mile and a half. Once inside, the next hurdle is to get into the infield of the speedway where the meet is held. No one expected this many cars to show up, and it was later estimated that there were about 5,000 cars that attended. Talk about a major traffic jam both inside the show and in the parking lot!
Some of the best cars were displayed in the garage next to victory lane. Also in the garage were vendors and vendor-sponsored cars from Hybrid Racing and Chasebays; outside the garage were Golden Eagle and Bridgestone. Numerous crews showed up such as Solfesh, four.function, Team Fresh, Sunworks, Pg+k and Seenit. Each of these crews brought out a great number of quality cars. One that truly stood out from the rest was Team Fresh's EP3 on 17x8, 17x9 +14 offset wheels, which hands-down, won the ride stance and fitment award after the crowed erupted in a loud chant yelling YEEEEEEEEEEE! (Which is what it says on his license plate.)
The East Coast at IA09 made a statement and in doing so showed how strong the import following is out here. Clearly, the East has stepped up to the plate and hit a home runwith this single meet being the largest andbest import meet in the country. Friendships have been forged and Import Alliance has trumped the West's Eibach gathering, according to this journalist. Thanks to everyone who came out, to the staff and Don Napier for making this possible.