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2001 Hot Import Nights - National Show Dates

Featuring 2001 Miss Hot Import Nights

David St. Hobbins
Mar 1, 2001
Photographer: Irv Winkler
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Inside:National Show DatesHottest Show CarsHow to Win at Hot Import Nights

Through the late '90s, cruising the pavement maze of imports was great fun, but the old formula of the mini truck and also hot rod era had to change with the times. And with the evolution of concerts and raves looking more like New Year's Eve at Times Square, something in the land of the concrete car show had to move on as well. This was when Hot Import Nights (first called "Saturday Import Night Fever") was born. Pioneers of the nighttime car show, Vision Entertainment, hooked up with such sponsors as Toyo Tires and other various vendors to create the car show party that you see today. Breaking the mold of traditional car shows, the people at Vision wanted to give the people more. And more is the least of what they did.

From its inception, Hot Import Nights (or H.I.N.) has had its fair share of problems. There was no show that was like it. The idea of bringing a ton of cars, even more people, along with all the vendors, the light show and live entertainment-the H.I.N. staff was in for a bumpy ride. Armed with passion and the drive to succeed, the folks at Vision were ready for the show to go on. And that's exactly what happened. Teaming up with all the big players like the vendors and a "Super" magazine, the show was poised for success. But with success comes pitfalls. Like the very first event in Long Beach, where a ticket booth wasn't available, so one was built on the spot with a make-shift roof and some fencing. Then there were other countless nights spent in empty parking lots and exhibit halls to test lighting and the other factors that go into throwing a rave/party/car show, essentially in the dark.

Now that H.I.N. has expanded to locations all over the country, so has its workload. On top of the numerous days spent on airplanes and in cheap hotels, the H.I.N. staff has been chasing their tails and keeping fast-food chains in business to bring you a better car show experience. So, the next time you see the lights, cars, entertainment (and not to mention all the women) in perfect harmony, don't forget about the ones who shed their sweat and tears to bring you the hottest car show around-Hot Import Nights.

The Girls Of Hot Import NightsHot Import Nights would be just another car show, if it weren't for all the other features included. But the girls are what make it entirely better. At every H.I.N. there's bound to be girls aplenty. Girls showing their cars, cars showing their girls, girls dancing, girls modeling-they're everywhere. Hell, they'll be there just to check it out. But what more can be said about these beauties? We'll just let the pictures do the talking.

2001 Hot Import Nights ScheduleGeneral Admission: $1Discount with flyer: $17Super Street/Max Power discount: $16Online tickets: $19 (includes Express Entry)

For more info, log on to: www.hotimportnights.comHot Import Nights hotline: 949/376-6942, Ext. 23

January 27Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA (Super Street Studio)

Del Mar blew up in 2000! In 2001, Hot Import Nights will again return to San Diego where the import scene has been growing at an amazing rate.

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014Hours: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.Hotel: Holiday Inn 800/992-9330

April 7Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ (Super Street Studio and Arena M)

Atlantic City and Hot Import Nights-enough said!

1 Ocean Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401Hours: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.Hotel: E-mail: hotelinfo@visionevent.com

April 28San Mateo Expo Center, San Mateo, CA (Super Street Studio and Arena M)

This DAZE show will be one to remember with both indoor and outdoor sections and many to be announced surprises!

2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo, CA 94403Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Hotel: Villa Hotel 800/341-2345

May 5Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX

The import scenes in Texas and its surrounding states have been proof that this area is for real! Hot Import Nights has received hundreds of letters requesting a Texas tour spot. So, here it is. Don't miss the event Tour leaving from a city near you. Get the details at www.hotimportnights.com.

650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202Hours: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.Hotel: AmeriSuites 800/833-1516

May 26Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA (Super Street Studio and Arena M)

Marquee Event

We're coming home to the place where it all began...back to the Marquee event. Now we'll be able to use the entire convention center so there will be room for everyone!

300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802Hours: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.Hotel: Marriott 562/435-8511

June 30McCormick Place, Chicago, IL (Super Street Studio and Arena M)

Chicago was jumping in 2000. The fans, the cars, and the companies were some of the best in the country. Hot Import Nights is set to do it again and electrify this centrally-located market.

2301 Lakeshore Dr., Chicago, IL 60616Hours: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.Hotel: Essex on Grand Park 800/621-6909

July 7Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus, NJ

At Hot Import Nights 2000, New Jersey saw huge crowds. The Meadowlands is an ideal location that will draw participants from all of the major import hubs in the Northeastern United States.

355 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, NJ 07094Hours: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.Hotel: AmeriSuites 800/833-1516

August 4Stadium Expo Center, Seattle, WA

Witness Import Revolution: the new show from the creators of Hot Import Nights. The import scene in Seattle has been growing very quickly. This venue will attract enthusiasts for the entire Northwest region and Canada.

1000 Occidental Ave., Seattle, WA 98104Hours: 4 p.m.-11 p.m.Hotel: E-mail: hotelinfo@ visionevent.com

August 18York Fairgrounds, York, PA (Super Street Studio and Arena M)

This Northeast venue is perfect for the Hot Import Daze MEGA Show. This festive, carnival-style event will be huge. Look for this show to be one of the year's best!

334 Carlisle Ave., York, PA 17404Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Hotel: E-mail: hotelinfo@ visionevent.com

October 6San Mateo Expo Center, San Mateo, CA

The Northern California import scene is one of the strongest in the nation. Hot Import Nights is currently the only import show in the area.

2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo, CA 94403Hours: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.Hotel: Villa Hotel 800/992-9330

October 13Hidden Valley at Irvine Meadows, Irvine, CA

DAZE is back...This venue is the best outdoor, daytime venue ever! It's set in a jungle theme park with sand volleyball courts, an amphitheater, tiki huts, a lagoon, carnival rides, and more! Watch out for the sharks.

8800 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CAHours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Hotel: E-mail: hotelinfo@visionevent.com

December 1Broward Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Arena M)

The Import scene in Florida is as strong as ever! Florida has been recognized as one of the top import hubs of the southeastern U.S. Fort Lauderdale is the perfect location-it's within striking distance from all the major import hubs and a great destination point.

1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316Hours: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.Hotel: Marina Inn and Yacht Harbor 800/327-1390

Super Street: So, you were recently crowned Miss Hot Import Nights. How did this come about? Cherie: Well, Miss Hot Import Nights is my first title. I was really surprised, and sure, it's flattering. [Hot Import Nights] approached me about it. One of their people saw me on the Internet, liked what they saw, and here I am.

Are you a fan of the import car scene?Honestly, I'm very new to it. I know that the disciples of the scene are very enthusiastic. I want them to know that I am enthusiastic about getting to know them.

Do you have any bad habits that you do or don't want to share?I have a lot of trouble holding on to money. It's as though the stuff burns a hole in my pocket. I feel the need to blow every penny. The more I make, the more I spend-it's a vicious cycle.

Anything else that you don't want to share? I'm a pretty paranoid person. Maybe not too trusting.

What sort of paranoid?Like people are out to get me, mild persecution dreams. I panic at home, alone at night, when I hear strange sounds in the house. Sometimes I believe my dog is throwing his voice. (Just kidding.)

How do you feel about 5'10" Asian men who are convinced they are 5'11"? Do they float your boat?I had a boyfriend who claimed he was taller than he really was. I wanted to ask, Why? I mean, what's with guys and this whole size issue for everything? (Here, here.-RC) I wanted to ask him, Who're you fooling? You're short. It sucks. You can't reach the high cupboards and will never dunk. I mean, deal with it.

Wow, thanks for the seg-way into my next question. Have you ever been impressed, or perhaps even suffered emotional scars just by the sight of the size of mans' shoes or hands? By the way, I wear a size 12 and can palm a basketball.

No, I'm not impressed by size. I'd probably be more impressed by a guy who can touch his nose with his tongue. If that's not there, the more important quality for me in a guy is that he be able to make me laugh. I'm very particular about personality and a guy who's funny. By funny, I mean not annoying, making silly noises type of funny. Chris Rock is funny, but he can be a bit too vicious at times. I'm not into funny that is at the expense of others. I seek that master of what I call "cute-funny". I really dig Conan O'Brien. He's self-effacing and pathetic in a cute sort of way, and really doesn't take himself too seriously. (He's also 6'5" and wears a size 14 shoe. Put that in your "size-doesn't-matter-file" fellas.-MD).

So, as a model, I imagine you travel quite a bit. Where has your favorite workplace taken you to?I really like big cities. I did a show in Tokyo, and I really loved it. I actually wouldn't mind living in Japan for a period of time. There is just so much action in Tokyo. The people are real down to earth and humble, not like Americans. The Japanese all seem to be happier. Technology is everywhere. There are these little kiosks that you can download music from on the street. They're great. I've also been to Mexico, but not long enough to get sick, so I guess I really don't know Mexico.

What did you think about the guys in Japan? Were they cool or just small?Oh, the guys at the shows were nuts. They're nuts for technology and they've got these clever camera setups they use to try to peek under girls' skirts. It's no big deal over there. The girls are more submissive, I think. Over here, the models can be more vicious about that stuff and those guys would end up with a stiletto up their asses.

What, if anything, is there that you would like to improve about yourself physically or otherwise?Physically, I wish I could get toned. I'd like to be able to start working out and stick to it. Really, I don't feel it's necessary, so I never do it. I also wish I could be a little more outgoing. I'm not good about throwing myself out in the open, and I can become withdrawn. I wish I could be more gregarious in social settings.

What car do you drive?Currently, I drive Daewoo Nubira. Stop giggling. People expect me to drive a tricked-out car or a Benz or something. I don't know why, but they tell me, "I bet your car is hella phat." No, it's just practical. I'd love to own and drive a sports car, but being so paranoid about speed and safety, it would a tough buy. I guess if Volvo ever came up with a sports car, I'd be all over it.

Do you have any specific phobias? Say, like a fear of clowns or midgets?I like midgets, not afraid of them at all. I hate spiders; bugs, in general. I've never been stung by a bee, and I'm in no hurry to experience a sting. I am also afraid of strange people. (That basically puts the nails in the coffin for any future with this associate editor.-MD)

What's you favorite episode of Seinfeld?Definitely, the "Soup Nazi" episode. That was a classic.

So, how do feel about leather?Depends on the context, but I like leather.

How about finishing with some quick word association?OK.

Fendi.Expensive.

Bermuda.The triangle.

Baby Fishmouth.What?

Diamonds.More expensive.

Camera.Nikon.

Peter North.No thanks.

Special thanks to 2000 Miss Hot Import Nights Sasha Singleton.See her at selected shows this year.We, at Super Street, get to do a lot of cool things. Ranking right up there with test drives and scoring free car polish is the opportunity to interview lovely and vivacious models. Sure, we gawk at them at the import events, but don't want to be confused with the other nameless masses of rubes pestering them for autographs and posters. We are men and often resort to the impromptu photo session (actually 18 snapped frames with a camera that has no film) in an attempt to get our groove on with the models. Talking to them gives us the opportunity to poke around to see if there is potential for sparks, or if one (by same miracle of God) will take pity on us and be willing to be seen in public together.

The people at Hot Import Nights made the mistake of granting us an interview with their newest spokesmodel. (Get to know her better on her Web site www.cherieroberts.com.) See her at the next Hot Import Nights event, and maybe you won't strike out like we did.

2001 Features Of Hot Import NightsAPC Interactive ZoneSo, you think car shows have nothing else to offer besides cool looking cars and women? Think again. For the 2001 season, Hot Import Nights is teaming up with Fox Interactive and APC to create the ultimate hands-on gaming zone. Here you'll be able to play "World's Scariest Police Chases" based on the real-life TV special, new on the Sony Playstation(r). Fox Interactive is also looking for one hot car digitized into a newvideo game (due out for the 2001 holidays) on a next generation gaming console. The winner will also receive a collection of Fox games, a video game system, Speed Zone passes, and all sorts of H.I.N. gear; runners up will win copies of the game. All you have to do is send in a digital photo of your ride to: contest@visionevent.com or mail prints to: Hot Import Nights, 1360 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, Attention: World's Scariest Police Chase Contest. Check www.hotimportnights.com for more info and to let us know your favorite car.

Mazda Presents Club ElementsAlready known for its club-like atmosphere, Vision will take Hot Import Nights to another level by providing an all-new club experience and feel within a designated area. Here, you'll enjoy performances by world and local re-known deejays and performers in the Mazda sponsored Club Elements. You can glowstick or dance your booties off on multiple dance floors while enjoying intense lights and laser shows along with digitized sound on their truss structure. Last year's efforts included Doran, Nicholas Bennison, John Karma, and DMC deejaying champion DJ Craze. The 2001 series dance clubs will be a show that no one will forget. Period.

The 2001 season is the year that Hot Import Nights takes it to the next levelAudiobahn and Car Sound and Performance have teamed up to bring you the ultimate in car sound competition at Hot Import Nights.

Here's how it works: Get your car certified (info at hotimportnights.com), then list your certification number when you register at Hot Import Nights. You will then receive an e-mail notification if your car has been accepted (all cars must meet H.I.N. standards). Once you've paid your registration fee, all you have to do is show up during the check-in time. Make sure you have your "sound quality certification sticker" on your car. You will then be judged by a team of car sound specialists along with the Hot Import Nights judges. Several different classes are available. (As of press time, certification rules are being written out and will be released as soon as they are finished.)

Participants will also have the opportunity to post photos and specs of their cars online. Votes will be tabulated, and participants can gain points through those who log on to www.carsound.com or www.hotimportnights.com and vote for the cars that they like most.

The "ICE" Award or "In-Car Entertainment" award was designed to acknowledge the enthusiasts that have taken the extra step to transform the inside of a vehicle into a virtual playground. Every show car entered at Hot Import Nights is automatically entered into this class and judged on the following:

FunctionalityAre all of the product in the car operational?Are controls and adjustments easily accessible (ergonomic)?Cosmetic IntegrationDoes the installation match the rest of the vehicle?Have there been extra steps taken in the entertainment system to help match the theme of the vehicle?Attention to detail (hidden wires and upholstery).Entertainment ValueHow much excitement will the entertainment system create to those who view or experience it? Wow factor (how cool is it?)

Calling all European-tuned show cars. Hot Import Nights and Max Power magazine bow bring you Arena M. Arena M will be displaying some of today's hottest European tuned vehicles. Look for Arena M at the following Hot Import Nights in 2001:

April 7 Atlantic City Convention Center Atlantic City, NJ
April 28 San Mateo {{{Expo}}} Center San Mateo, CA
May 26 Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach, CA
June 30 McCormick Place Chicago, IL
August 18 York Fairgrounds York, PA
December 1 Broward Convention Center Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Pre-Showp PrepDetail \de-tal1: extended treatment of or attention to particular items

Hot Import Nights is the place to be if you want to find some of the wildest cars. But how do these cars get here, especially those that are driven on a regular basis? Many of these cars seem to be cleaner than ones you'd see lined up in a showroom.

So, where do you start, finish, and what goes in between? That's up to the owner, but the desired end result is to have the cleanest car.

If you are like most owners, chances are your show car sees the road and needs a lot of attention. For this reason, it may be easier for you to complete a full vehicle detail prior to arriving to the show. This will leave the owner with the fine touches of a quick detail upon arrival. Take a look at this little sample of Roy Cheah's show-winning Accord that was recently prepped for a show.

Detailing Tips And Tricks*Before starting, double-check all your supplies. Be sure to have all the needed tools and cleaning agents.*When possible, wash and detail the car in the shade. This will make the detailing much easier and can prevent water spots.*Wash, wax, and polish the car in a back-to-forth motion-this will help to prevent the appearance of swirl marks. Also avoid using harsh compounds; if used improperly, it will leave your car with unwanted paint blemishes.*If reusing towels, be sure to dry them with dryer fabric softener. Washer fabric softener leaves chemicals in the material.*Multiple wax coats are better than one thick coat.*Wax build up in crevices can be removed with a fine camel hair brush.*A soft toothbrush can be great for getting in those hard-to-reach spots. Be careful where you use it because it can scratch the paint.*Align every bolt, hose clamp, anything else to score maximum show points.*Cotton swabs can be a useful tool on interior and exterior pieces.*Remember, the more time and attention to the minute things while detailing will net more points.

Hot Import Nights 2001 Show Vehicle Application FormCashier Check Or Money Order Preferred !

January 27, 2001 "Hot Import Nights" Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA $40
April 7, 2001 "Hot Import Nights" Atlantic City Convention Ctr., Atlantic City, NJ $40
April 28, 2001 "Hot Import Daze" San Mateo Exposition Center, San Mateo, CA $40
May 5, 2001 "Hot Import Nights" Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX $40
May 26, 2001 "Hot Import Nights" Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA $40
June 30, 2001 "Hot Import Nights" McCormick Place, Chicago, IL $40
July 7, 2001 "Hot Import Nights" Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, NJ $40
August 4, 2001 "Hot Import Nights" Stadium Expo Center, Seattle, WA $40
August 18, 2001 "Hot Import Daze" York Fairgrounds, York, PA $40
October 6, 2001 "Hot Import Nights" San Mateo Exposition Center, San Mateo, CA $40
October 13. 2001 "Hot Import Daze" Hidden Valley, Irvine, CA $40
December 1, 2001 "Hot Import Nights" Broward Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $40

OWNER INFORMATION CAR CLUB NAME
LAST NAME FIRST
ADDRESS EMAIL
CITY STATE ZIP
TELEPHONE ( )
CELLULAR TELEPHONE or PAGER # ( )
VEHICLE INFORMATION
VEHICLE MAKE & MODEL:
VEHICLE YEAR: TWO-DOOR / FOUR-DOOR BRAND OF TIRES

Exterior Body Mods: (Circle One) Major/Minor Please submit picture w/ application.Will Your Vehicle Be In A Vendor Booth? (Y/N)_____ Do You Need A Full Display Set-up? (Y/N)_____ Full Display Vehicles Will Be Charged Additional Fees Based On Electricity And Spacing Needs

Register Now To Guarantee A Spot In The Show!Pre-Registration Applicants must pre-register prior to show date-$40Register Online @ http://www.hotimportnights.com via major credit cardDeadline: Mail-in Applications must be received in our office two weeks prior to show date.

No Day Of Show Registration. No Exceptions!Restrictions: (1) Gas tanks must be 1/4 or less (2) Must Disc. Batteries during event [Exception-Outdoor shows] Please make payment to Hot Import Nights, LLC and mail completed application form with payment to:Hot Import Nights, 1360 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

As a participant in Hot Import Nights / Daze, I agree to hereby hold harmless the organizers and participants of Hot Import Nights / Daze from any claims of loss and / or harm regarding same event. I agree to abide by all standards and rules set forth by judges and organizers of Hot Import Nights / Daze. By the undersigned, I hereby agree to accept under reasonable conditions, the final judgement and award of prizes of the participating judges of same event. I understand and accept all rules and claim by my signature that all the above information is correct and understand that any false information can jeopardize my eligibility in this competition. I allow Hot Import Nights photo rights of my vehicle taken at the event for use in any form or manner.

Signature: Date

360 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Phone (949) 376-6942, Fax (949) 376-7942 www.hotimportnights.com

Scorecard

VEHICLE
Category (vehicle make)#:
TOTAL PTS
Doors 2 / 4 Class: Mild / Wild
EXTERIOR BODY MODIFICATIONS (25 point maximum)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
PTS / 25
PAINT (20 point maximum)
Cleanliness 1 2 3 4 5
Originality 1 2 3 4 5
Graphics 1 2 3 4 5
Appearance 1 2 3 4 5
PTS / 20
ENGINE (35 point maximum)
Modifications
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Exhaust 1 2 3 4 5
Plating & Polishing 1 2 3 4 5
Cleanliness 1 2 3 4 5
Performance 1 2 3 4 5 PTS / 35
UNDERCARRIAGE (20 point maximum) WHEELS (15 point maximum)
Cleanliness 1 2 3 4 5 Cleanliness 1 2 3 4 5
Paint / Powdercoat 1 2 3 4 5 Appearance 1 2 3 4 5
Suspension 1 2 3 4 5 Plating / Polishing 1 2 3 4 5
Plating & Polishing 1 2 3 4 5
PTS / 20
PTS / 15
INTERIOR (20 point maximum) I.C.E. <In-Car-Entertainment> (15 point maximum)
Cleanliness 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Material 1 2 3 4 5
Accessories 1 2 3 4 5
Unusual Features 1 2 3 4 5
PTS / 20
PTS / 15
OVERALL (20 point maximum)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 PTS / 20
LIGHTING DISPLAY (20 point maximum) <not included in total pts>
Overall 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Originality 1 2 3 4 5
Appearance 1 2 3 4 5 PTS / 20

Hot Import Nights On-SiteStep By Step1 StepClassificationWhen you roll in, your car will be classified by our judges as a two-door, four-door, mild or wild. Your classification will be determined by the number of exterior body modifications you have done. This classification determines what you will be competing against in the Class competition. The judges will also note the make of your car which will enter you in the Vehicle Make competition.

2 StepRegisteringWhile in line you'll receive your modification card and be asked to pull up to the registration checkpoint. Once you hand in your completed modification card to the attendant, she will then enter your information into the database (mild, wild, two-door, four-door, vehicle make, name) and give you a vehicle registration number. This number will go on your modification card and be used by the judges when they mark their score sheets. Your modification card must be clearly displayed on the drivers-side window.

Please note our new rules dictate that your car must be in running condition to compete. You will not get past the registration counter if your car is not running. So, if you are towing a car to the show, dump it in the parking lot and drive it past our checkpoint.

3 StepSpottingNow that you're registered, you're ready to be placed (or spotted) in the show. Follow the guides as they direct you to your assigned spot. Once your car is spotted, you must turn off your engine, secure your vehicle, and disarm your alarm system (this is a must). Please note that the sound inside the venue will not be tested. If your alarm is not disarmed, your car will be towed. It is a major disruption to the production, so we have no choice.

4 StepJudgingThe judges have the option whether or not to review your list of car modifications. Some of them overview the mod card while others just judge based on what they see. The judges will tear your competitor number off your modification card. Some cars may be judged even though the mod card is not torn. Only accessible modification cards are torn. Once your vehicle has been judged, your scoring sheet will later be entered into a computerized tally system. This will automatically tell us who the winners are by number, showing no favoritism. It's all in the numbers. You don't have to be by your car for it to be judged. However, the judges need access to areas of your vehicle that you would like judged.

5 StepAwardsThere will be an awards ceremony on the main stage. You will be asked to present a photo ID to pick up your trophy. Good luck!

FaqWhere can I purchase tickets for Hot Import Nights?You can purchase tickets for each event in advance at www.hotimportnights.com.

Credit cards are accepted as form of payment. Tickets sold online are the best way to minimize your wait in line at the event. You can also get tickets at the door of each event. The venues are large, so you usually don't have to worry about tickets being sold out. But don't wait in line, buy online and in advance.

How can I register my vehicle, (and when I do) and how will I get a confirmation letter and information about roll in?You can register your vehicle online at www.hotimportnights.com and look under the registration section. It is $40 to register your vehicle. Once your application is received, and if you're approved, you will be informed (either via mail or e-mail) about details for bringing your car for roll in as well as information on how to compete. Show car space sells out early...so, if you're interested in participating in Hot Import events, register early!

Where can I get information about vendor and sponsorship opportunities?Call Hot Import Nights' Laguna Beach office (949/376-6942). One of the representatives will be glad to assist you and help you find the right package that works for your company.

When do we need to show up for setup, and what do I need to do to prepare for roll in?Roll in takes place on the day before the show. For indoor venues, you must have less than a quarter of a tank of gas in your car. Also, your battery will need to be disconnected once it is on the floor. To run power in your car at the event, you'll need to order electricity as well as a DC converter. More information on this can be obtained from the confirmation letters after you register your car.

How can I become a model for Hot Import Nights?There is a model search that we conduct every year. Just send a bio and picture to models@visionevent.com. Top models will be selected to attend each local Hot Import Nights event. If you think you have what it takes to attract attention...the opportunity is just an e-mail away!

How many guests can I bring with my vehicle registration?If you are competing in the event, you may take one passenger with you at the time of roll in. Everyone else will have to wait until the doors open to the public before they can enter the facility. Tickets can also be purchased online in advance, for those extra people who come to support you at the show.

Where do I get Hot Import Nights merchandise?You can purchase Hot Import Nights merchandise at each event. Some items are limited, so make sure you take plenty of cash to the shows to get what you want! You can also buy merchandise online at www.hotimportnights.com.

What do the magazines look for at the shows?We'll let the pros at Super Street handle this one. Here's Cap'n Rich: "We look for a lot of different things, such as uniqueness, level of modification, quality of work, and just how clean it is. And sometimes a car is just so bad-ass that it's beyond definition."

How do I get sponsors for my vehicle?Just keep competing at the shows and do your best to fix your car up on your own. The more attention you get at the shows, the more it will also attract the sponsors. Once you've built an attractive show car, the sponsors will most likely be very interested in adding their products to your vehicle. Keep in mind that your attitude and personality go a long way.

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