Last year, Nitto Tire decided to hold an all-encompassing event to celebrate automotive enthusiasm and the broad range of cultures it has spawned. From classic Japanese economy cars, to brand-new European sports coupes, and even lifted off-road trucks, Nitto invited all of Southern California’s car guys out for an afternoon of drifting, giveaways, and most importantly, a good old-fashioned car show, free of charge.
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Day by day, E30 M3 prices rise. Just a few years ago, $10,000 was a fair price to ask for a well-sorted car, and now, it’s not hard to find stripped shells selling for nearly the same. In all, the M3 is experiencing its birth as a true collector’s car. BMW enthusiasts are now scrambling to find the last remaining cars that have avoided the “collector’s tax.
Nitto’s Auto Enthusiast day is just around the corner once again. This year, hundreds upon hundreds of cars will gather at the Angels’ Stadium for a Saturday full of automotive fun. Admission is free for all, with drift demos, a car giveway, raffles and prizes, and plenty of vendors in attendance. Despite last year’s torrential downpour, the show went on as one of SoCal’s best large-scale car gatherings.
There’s something doubtlessly special about understated, overlooked, high-horsepower, tire-burning five-door estates. It’s a niche market, but those who find themselves in it tend to commit, through and through. From factory offerings to garage built beasts, hatchback sedans are rarely described as more than “unassuming.
Roadtrip ideas usually come about after a fair amount of beverages. Usually some time in the early hours of the morning and usually surrounded by good friends. Sometime in the depths of winter, dreaming of summer days and classic racecars, a few mates and myself came up with the fantastic idea to roadtrip 8 hours from Germany, rent a huge house to sleep us all and enjoy the Le Mans Classic. Basically an epic automotive pilgrimage.
So six months later here we are.