The air is frosty. Hints of fall are everywhere, from the leaves changing colors to the darkness staying longer. One last show to end the season, one last event to show the naysayers what our events are really about: a dose of healthy competition among the Northwest’s best cars, race or show.
Arthur Ashe said it best, “You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” For many show car competitors around the region, there hasn’t been an event like this in Northwest in quite a while. There hasn’t been a bar to set for themselves, simply pushing a standard they believe to be the best they can be. And for some, they got a heavy dose of reality on that perfect autumn Saturday at Evergreen Speedway and Events Center.
Photography by Mike Bowen, Armin Ausejo, Danny Sullivan & David Hintze – Story by Mackey
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The Events Center and adjoining Pavilion was home over 125 of the cleanest, well put-together cars the region has seen in some recent years and on the track side, Evergreen Speedway had 17 of the fastest drift cars to run on their 5/8ths bank.
Healthy competition fuels this sport we play, and there was a lot of it. We wanted to bring back the familiar style of car shows: this isn’t little league; we’re not going to give away 80+ awards. We understand the fundamentals of doing so, but keeping the integrity of competition intact is more important to us. Cars and shows don’t get better by sending everyone home with a prize. If you lose, you take a look at the competitors that won and tell yourself what you need to do better to win and don’t jump to your preferred social network to complain about it.
Breaking cars into Street, Mild and Show classes proved to be a very large task, but not a task we were shy of doing. The judges spent a total of 7 hours deciding 35 awards for this event, being very meticulous with our “white glove” treatment and an understanding of what makes a good show car. Taking center stage was the Show Class: among it, the region’s best were face-to-face in a battle that came down to the smallest of details, but ultimately only one would take the win.
While Travis McPeak’s Honda Accord might not be everyone’s favorite, it’s clearly built to be a full blown show car. This car has been modified in every sense of the word, including taking welds and creases in the panels and completely smoothing them out for a near flawless finish. Finishing points like this are clearly why he took home Best of Show.
The most talked about Subaru in the Northwest, 1st Place Show Class went to Jamarri Whiteside’s WRX STi. It is quite possibly one of the better built cars we’ve seen, but also one of the most hated on and loved. Regardless if his “track” style is driven or not, you have to give him credit for the amount of work that has gone into it and how well polished it is. We’ve seen this car grow from a modest “camo” exterior to a clean Import Tuner Cover Model white, to what it is today.
Breaking down the Mild Class was the biggest task our judges have ever faced, but ultimately the win came down to two cars that were very focused on making sure their cars were as clean as they possibly could be. In the end, Jennifer Wintrode in her Subaru Forester took the 4-door class while Steve Kwan took the 2-door class in his Honda Civic Hatchback.
The last, and most popular class was Street, devoted to cars with few mods, or mods focused only on one area. There were quite a few cars here that were ahead of the competition, but enough to make it hard on the judging staff. After it was all said and done, two Honda built cars emerged as the winners: Andrew Louangphakdy with his clean Civic in the 4-door classand Randy Olivarez with his S2000 in the 2-door class. All in all, we’re very happy with the results of the car show, while it might not boast huge numbers like Forum Fest, we felt everyone involved raised the quality up to a whole new standard.
Class winners weren’t the only cars that defined the best cars of the show, as there was great representation across the board. Well-modified cars like Justin March’s 1979 Honda Civic won not only Best Motor but also Best Old School. Best Motor in a car that’s 33 years old? That’s crazy! And so was his motor! Whether it’s interior, paint, body work, stance and fitment, each class truly represents a clear winner that we would love to see again and again.
The competition on track was just as fierce as inside the show area, especially with a $2500 purse on the line. After taking the Evergreen Drift Points Championship and securing his Formula DRIFT license for next year, Nik Jiminez was among the clear favorites to win the top cash prize, especially after his first place qualifying run. Matched up against Chris Greenfield, who was racing on the 5/8ths for the first time ever at inMotion, it was almost assumed that Jiminez would advance easily. However, Greenfield had nothing to lose and thanks in part to a slight error on Jiminez’s part, the 5/8ths rookie came through with the upset. The intense battles continued throughout the day, but ultimately current Formula DRIFT driver Kyle Pollard surprised everyone in his own personal AE86 to take the top podium and grand prize, with Victor Moore taking second and Matt Vankirk taking the final podium spot.
While we continue to follow the aftermath of inMotion, collect our thoughts and catch up on sleep, we are looking forward to bringing it back, but we need your help. Without your support, these events don’t exist, regardless if it’s a registration at one of our shows, buying a t-shirt or sticker or simply providing us feedback. Thank to all our sponsors and vendors, Track Attack App, Intec Racing/Diamond Lighting, Monster Energy Drink, Diversity Law and Evergreen Speedway.
For the full list of winners, please see this post.
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