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Japanese Classic Car Show - Four One One

Scott Kanemura
Feb 1, 2009
Photographers: Lars Gange, Jeff Blumenfeld

Hollywood, Calif.
Now that our 10-year anniversary issue is officially in hindsight, your 2NR crew has finally gotten to the business of celebrating! To help commemorate our past, and usher in the new decade of all things import, 2NR's extended family-some of the tuning community's most influential personalities and organizations without whom we couldn't have made it this far-and hundreds of you, our dedicated readers, recently mobbed Hollywood's Arena nightclub en masse, proving once again who really owns this town. SoCal's Team Hybrid owned the event early-on, packing the club's lot full of First Place and Best of Show winning rides that you've been ogling at on our pages for the past year, along with a miscellaneous handful of R35s, track-prepped EVOs and STIs, and even some pro drift cars (thanks, Victor and Takatori-san!). Even our own Import Tuner/TEIN/Rock Star Super Lap Battle Lexus IS F made its official debut at the event... more on that next issue!

Inside, the buzz was no different. Remember last month's 10 hottest models? Yeah, well Sasha, Natasha, Courtney, and Sunisa were there, as well as some Hybrid Hunnyz go-go-ing the main stage, and past and future 2NR cover models (including the model search winner; Jennifer Nukul, p. 74) scattered throughout, as captured for these pages by Sean and Tim of PureHotModels.com (thanks, guys!). The VIP list read like a "who's who" of the import industry - with Chris Rado, Stephan Papadakis, Dai Yoshihara, Calvin Wan, Tony Shagday, and more representing. Even 2NR original editor Ed Eng, Apl from the Black Eyed Peas, and Autocanon/Max Boost creator Dennis Caco dropped by for a toast and a quick tag of the official 2NR banner. And even though we implicitly instructed event coordinators Legend Entertainment not to allow them admittance, we hear a few editors of rival mags snuck past the velvet ropes to kick it. We're just playin', Johnny! Nothin' but love!!

In case you missed out, don't worry; we'll be bringing it all again, all year long, and giving you the heads up right on these very pages. Honolulu, Miami and NYC, lookout - we're comin' your way!
www.importtuner.com

News Of The Dumb
Two Wilmington, NC men, Anthony Mallette, 30, and Capria Kibibi Rouser, 28, were arrested and charged with vehicle theft and extortion after they allegedly broke into a woman's car, contacted her using a cell phone number they'd found in her glove box, and offered to return her car in exchange for a monetary sum. The amount in question:
$40. www.starnewsonline.com

By Th3 Number 5
-38-
The number of import models at the 2NR 10 Year Anniversary Party.

Japan Classic Car Show
If there's one unfortunate "catch" that comes with the lifestyle of tuning cars that improve with each new generation, it's that we're quick to lose track of our roots. It's something unique to the import tuning scene, where a car that's more than three generations old is widely considered, well... old. But the JCCS aims to nullify this notion completely, as evidenced by their 4th annual show, recently held in Irvine, Calif. With a roster comprised completely of J-cars produced prior to the '85, there were more old schoolers in attendance than we'd ever seen in one place. And these weren't junkers either-we're talking modified, fully restored vintage rides that would look out of place anywhere except in an automotive museum. First generation Civics, Accords and Preludes-we counted an easy dozen. Hakosuka Skylines-six. Original Corollas, RX-2s and -3s, Coronas, Leopards, Cosmos, Starions and more-more than we could count. Even an OG 2000GT, S600, Gloria, and FJ Cruiser made appearances, among other rarities. But the hands-down show stealers were the vintage Nissans and Datsuns: fully restored, retrofitted with any engine swap imaginable, and outfitted with only top-notch schwag the likes of which most of us only dream about. Click importtuner.com for the deally.
www.japaneseclassiccarshow.com

Airwerks Outlaw SFWD Shootout
To put it lightly, import drag racing is braking hard these days. And nobody knows it more than the East Coast heads. Since the NHRA's pull-out last year, and NOPI's foreclosure earlier this year, what looked to be a promising 2008 season for East Coast racers panned out to be anything but. That's why earlier this fall, while drag racing's only remaining sanctioning body was taking care of business on the West Coast, East Coast-based Sport FWD-class racer Brian Ballard joined forces with New Jersey's Englishtown Raceway to produce the baddest grassroots event to date. The rules were simple: $1000 entry fee; $10,000 First Place purse, with "bounties" paid out for accomplishments like posting the best 60-foot time, highest trap speed, or being the first person to break in eliminations. The result was record-breaking: Tony Palo and his DC2 Integra became the first Sport FWD competitor to break the 8-second barrier, with an 8.997@167.55 in semifinals, and an 8.975@166.81 winning run in the finals against host Ballard, and walked away with better than $15K in cash and prizes. Full coverage at
importtuner.com

Battle Of The Imports Fontana
Remember import drag racing's "only remaining sanctioning body" referred to in the previous story? Well that happens to be these guys: Battle of the Imports. While the East Coast crew was holding it down at E-Town earlier this fall, BOTI took to the track at Fontana, Calif.'s Auto Club Speedway to crown the import world's undisputed 2008 series drag champs. Points-monger Ed Bergenholtz had the Pro FWD top spot in the bag even before competition, but managed to tack on yet another event win in Fontana, ending his season in style. Likewise, Norris Prayoonto emerged as the Pro Srock class champ in the Semis, while on his way to an event win against Leslie Armenderiz. But the Pro Import class was a different story; despite an event win and a broken record by Bryan Jimenez, it was Kenny Tran who emerged in the top spot for the season once the dust had cleared, based on his larger number of wins at previous events. Check out importtuner.com for all the madness, and BOTI's official site for next year's plans.
www.battleoftheimports.com

Torco Meet
If you've never considered a switch to synthetic motor oil, maybe it's time you do that. After all, is it any coincidence that import drag racing's two fastest all-motor competitors both use it? We think not. So, what does it say about a particular brand of oil if the same two contestants trust their racing fates to it? That the guys at Torco must be doing something right. Attendees of the company's second annual Sports and Import Car Show, recently held at their Santa Fe Springs, Calif. headquarters, not only had a chance to discuss winning strategies with import all-motor drag icons Bisi Ezerioha and Jeremy Lookofsky, but also to check out Torco's complete product line-up, grub down on some free BBQ, and and kick it with some of SoCal's cleanest street-worthy imports. See more at
importtuner.com
www.torcousa.com

Rally America Championships
It seems like just last week we were rolling around in the dirt at Carson, Calif.'s Home Depot Center to bring you coverage of the ESPN X Games' rally competition, and since then Rally America has hosted three events, ending its 2008 season with the recent Lake Superior Rally in Houghton, MI. And coincidentally, atop Rally America's championship points standing are names X Games fans will be familiar with: Travis Pastrana, in First Place with 130 points, followed by Ken Block in Second with 86 points-and the event win at Lake Superior-and EVO-flipping ACP in Fourth, with 63.
www.rally-america.com
www.subaru.com/rally

Torco Meet
If you've never considered a switch to synthetic motor oil, maybe it's time you do that. After all, is it any coincidence that import drag racing's two fastest all-motor competitors both use it? We think not. So, what does it say about a particular brand of oil if the same two contestants trust their racing fates to it? That the guys at Torco must be doing something right. Attendees of the company's second annual Sports and Import Car Show, recently held at their Santa Fe Springs, Calif. headquarters, not only had a chance to discuss winning strategies with import all-motor drag icons Bisi Ezerioha and Jeremy Lookofsky, but also to check out Torco's complete product line-up, grub down on some free BBQ, and and kick it with some of SoCal's cleanest street-worthy imports. See more at
importtuner.com
www.torcousa.com

Rally America Championships
It seems like just last week we were rolling around in the dirt at Carson, Calif.'s Home Depot Center to bring you coverage of the ESPN X Games' rally competition, and since then Rally America has hosted three events, ending its 2008 season with the recent Lake Superior Rally in Houghton, MI. And coincidentally, atop Rally America's championship points standing are names X Games fans will be familiar with: Travis Pastrana, in First Place with 130 points, followed by Ken Block in Second with 86 points-and the event win at Lake Superior-and EVO-flipping ACP in Fourth, with 63. www.rally-america.com www.subaru.com/rally

HINphoenix
As dedicated readers of 2NR, we'd assume you know not to expect any frills from us. No sensationalism or sales pitches; only the cold hard truth, in everything we bring you. So when we tell you that Hot Import Nights' latest stop in Phoenix, AZ "blew up" or "went off", rest assured-it literally did. Beginning when local 240SX guru Jason Boles' personal S13 240SX drift car "went off" the official course during exhibition, collided with a wall, and flipped onto its roof. Once that drama had subsided (along with Boles' victory dance on his car's undercarriage), some beater truck's driveshaft decided to "blow up" in the middle of the dyno challenge, shoot 80 feet into the crowd, and impale an unsuspecting showgoer in the leg. If that wasn't enough, the whole event came to a stop when a group of wangsters decided to fight over who got in who's way while they were taking a pic of a model. Great. At least the cars were dope! Check importtuner.com for full coverage.
www.hotimportnights.com

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