For the last 4 years Automotive Connection has steadily grown. In the beginning, they where in an underground parking structure located in the City of Industry, the following year it expanded to the abandoned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine. 2011 is when they introduced “The Runway” and the event continued into the night. MCAS El Toro was a great site but the staging area was cramped and insufficient. In 2012, they brought us to Santa Anita Park. The venue was large and had ample room for staging and spectator parking, the weather was scorching and the venue was packed. This year, Automotive Connection, also know as AutoCon, returned to Santa Anita Park. During an interview on “No one likes the TUNA” on YouTube, Justin spoke about the weather, “heat is one thing so I tried to schedule it [AutoCon] earlier this year.” The days leading up to the event was bearable, just a typical 70’s Cali weather, but to much surprise the day of the event was marked as the “Hottest Day of the Week”, ironic don’t you think? For the first time, the weather predictors where right and indeed it was hot, but unlike the previous year there was a nice breeze.
This year’s staggered roll-in made it smoother and quicker, they seemed a bit short handed for an event of this capacity, but event planning is hectic and anything that can go wrong typically will. Even finding reliable and useful help can be difficult. When we rolled into the venue I was surprised to see the aisles were a bit tight since we have been conditioned that emergency vehicles needed at least 10-15 feet of space for them to pass. Somehow, AutoCon seemed to have dodged that bullet as it seemed like we were on top of each other. Nevertheless, we had a great spot. Given the fat cars we had with us, a portion of our booth was tightly packed with little space to move. In some cases it was awesome to keep people from cutting through the booth, but it was challenging when we needed to get into our cars.
The event brought out a lot of people and food trucks.
The main models lounge was up front by the main stage, while Spocom also had their own models lounge in the back. Here is Jenna Lane on the left and Ashlee Nichole on the right.
The main stage featured Alexia Cortez, Brittani Paige, and others.
Spocom had Erica Law as well as others.
This year we teamed up with Vortech Superchargers and Tjin Edtion.
We had 7 cars in total: Nilo’s AirREX NSX, David’s CLK AMG Black Series, and Tjin Edition Ford Fusion.
On Vortech’s side they had Alex, Migel, Robert, and their own FR-S.
At our booth we had Serena whom also joined us at Wekfest.
The Runway has become a tradition for AutoCon events. The Runway is used to display some of the top cars on a 5ft stage and the owner is then interviewed on stage. On stage is Noel Barnum’s Scion FR-S with a Rocket Bunny and Vertex combo. His FR-S rides on AirREX Suspension and powered by Vortech.
Team Klassified was in attendance and always rolls deep.
Fatlace was also at AutoCon.
Hey Mikey’s Integra and bB on CCW was on display.
Yogi’s AirREX GS on Weds
Liberty Walk BMW on Rotiform SNA’s with Vortech Supercharger
Style Over Comfort had a nice set up.
It’S JDM Yo had a great display with JennQ
The FR-S 86 boy’s Young and Meng with Drive Energy Drink and M7
Digging this 73 Levin with a rotary engine.
This Z was fresh with Work Equips
Other cars of the show…
Daniel Song’s FR-S in Scion’s booth.
Chris’ and Jay’s Rides.
Glen’s S2000 with Serena
Some of the GIRLS of AutoCon
Jessica Weaver with Vertini
Xena Kai with Stance Wheels
Rachel Viado with Hollux / Limitless Society
Amy Ames and friend
Cute Lori Lin with R1 Concepts
Marissa Hiroko with Serena
Chaba with Serena
Hunkie Nilo with Chaba and Serena with Drive Energy Drink and M7.
Maria Alvarez with Serena
Thanks to Jae Alba *(@dayuumjae), Benjamin Garcia *(@bgarciaphotography), and Jayson *(@dayuumjayce) for the photo contributions. *(Instagram)