Extreme Autofest: San Diego, Part One

by Matt Willis

Photos credit: Tim Wong, Matt Willis

…So it’s been a year since last year’s Extreme Autofest at Qualcomm Stadium. This is a huge event for us in San Diego as it brings a lot of the local car heads and top of the line cars together, along with models, music and competition through both the show and racing events. Changes this year included the NOS model booth and a new Gymkhana competition, which was actually a drift competition that was open to FWD cars if you ask me…haha. The overall turnout was great and the entire event was well-organized. I’ll have plenty of coverage over the next few days, hopefully closing it out before the weekend. I will say…it was nice to finally have a show a few miles down the freeway for once!

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I got my new camera over the weekend, a Canon 5D Mark II kit which included the 24-105mm L lens, so I went a bit overboard messing around with it. My former Canon 20D had a screen the size of my fingernail, not to mention less than half the megapixels and processing power, so I was just happy to have a more modern body than anything else. I do like the 24-105, its a very versatile lens and it still has a little width at 24mm. I hope to get an even wider 16-35mm L and my telephoto 70-200mm L 2.8…sometime…eventually…never. Tim was there as well, adding to the portfolio…

Upon arrival, we got our passes and were greeted at the gate by what appeared to be an TSA security checkpoint run by Elite and a few cop cars. Hell, when I went to the U2 concert a few weeks back with 70k+ people there wasn’t that much security…but better to be safe I suppose…

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Immediately at the entrance, this old Civic caught our eye…

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“Japanese Nostalgic Car” sticker…kinda cool…

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Quad matches the truck…not bad…

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Pretty red NA1…

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…and another angle.

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Cockpit of a DC5 with a Vertex steering wheel and Circuit Hero shifter extender…the same setup I’m looking for…

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New Dodge design…the “Challenger Hatchback”. Perfect for the whole family…haha. Not really, but it is an interesting concept. It’s tough to look at because I never really liked the Magnum to begin with, but I like the Challenger a lot…worlds are colliding!

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Sweet FA5 simplicity!

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I have a special place in my heart for Phoenix Yellow ITRs…they have a certain timelessness about them…

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This silver NA2 had a sleek look with black CE28s and a well-finished engine bay…

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The ARC and CT anodized components and low-profile Comptech intake…

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…and another hi-depth angle brought to you by Tim.

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Well if it isn’t one of my favorites engines of all time…the supercharged LS9….

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…as found in the Corvette ZR1, one of my favorite cars of all time. If you’re ever feeling a little shy on torque, hop in one of these and you’ll be yourself again…

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…the interior.

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Nice little red DC.

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Interesting paint on this TL. I sort of like it, just…not on that particular car, maybe? Haha I don’t know. I can’t warm up to it for some reason. It reminds me of the old Ranger bass boats from the 90s…which I still hope to own one day when I’m filthy rich…

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Slick DA with red-tinted CF and a mild body kit. Not bad…had a great paint job and interior.

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Subies at the RPM booth in the import section.

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I love the look of the gold/black interiors on the NSX; one of the few cars besides Porsche and Ferrari that can make it look good…

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Milano red dragster…

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Saw this pearl purple Soarer at Nisei a few years back. Still just as clean!

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I’ll end with this beautifully done emerald-colored bug…very classy. I absolutely love the color.

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Now that I’ve gone back through all the pictures, this was probably my favorite car at the show..or at least tied with a few others that have yet to come down the pipeline…=P

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Stunning!

More to come tomorrow with part 2. Stay tuned!

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