Hot Import Nights has officially started its 2013 tour, with its first stop at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California during NASCAR's recent race weekend featuring the Sprint Cup's Auto Club 400. Back in my high school years I used to drive several hours from my hometown Delano, California, just to attend Hot Import Nights. For me, it was like going to Disneyland. The cars, the girls, the music. It was an event I always looked forward to checking out.
But now that I've made the move to SoCal, things have changed. I've attended plenty of shows since those days and have done my share of photo shoots. The cars have started to blend together, and Hot Import Nights is no exception. Fortunately, I've made plenty of friends who helped to keep the night, er, entertaining. Unfortunately, we were jammed into the confines of the small parking lot HIN had reserved for the show.
HIN partnered with NASCAR exclusively for this event, which turned the parking lot into a battle ground between people tailgating before the NASCAR races at the speedway and those of us who were going to the car show. While I'm not saying the show sucked, it could've been better. Cars were wedged together like sardines, the model lounge was half empty, and there were at least three DJs competing to see who could make their listener's ears bleed first. I guess as a person grows, his or her taste becomes more refined. Maybe it was the NASCAR tie-in, but to me, HIN just isn't what it used to be.