HRE Open House 2012

Words by Matt Willis

Last weekend, I paid a visit to HRE Wheels here in San Diego for their annual Open House event. It’s a casual, laid-back gathering of higher-end vehicles and enthusiasts alike – definitely worth checking out if you haven’t been before. You also get an inside look at how HRE’s top-notch wheels are constructed and some of their latest projects.

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Upon my arrival, the first car that caught my eye was this Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera.

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And this snake…

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Miura and Aventador…

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Love this cockpit…

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Couple of 7’s rolling in…

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Mike Burroughs’ ultra low BMW E9. Beautifully restored as well…

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Mike trying to make it go lower…

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A Hummer joined the party…

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I’m not a huge fan of the 1-series, but I think this one looks great and is trimmed up nicely.

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The Japanese cars were also in attendance…

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Pristine…

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Plain and simple S…

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This C63 AMG had some tacky elements to it, but I still think it looked very aggressive. Those Brembos are just massive…

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Rare Alfa Romeo GTV…

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Fisker Karma…

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Fabspeed exhaust on a Ferrari F430…

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I then meandered into the warehouse…

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…and got a peek at HRE’s wheel creation process…

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I have to admit, I didn’t really feel this 458 Spyder with F40-style wheels. Two different generations that I can’t see clashing…

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McLaren MP4-12C…

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911 with some copper-colored HRE’s in another section of the warehouse…

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An Aston Martin V8 Vantage. I’ve never actually seen one up close, so it was a real treat…

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I believe this was the wheel coating area…

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Chrome red finished Mustang.

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Just the bare essentials…

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Boss 302…

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The Lotus 7 that was rolling through earlier…

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If you recall our last post from the local Tacos and Tuners meet, then you’ll recognize this beautiful E30 M3.

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The F30 chassis stops me dead in my tracks every time. Still in love with it…

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911 Turbo from BBI Autosport…

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An older 911 motor, also done up by BBI…

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This police-themed Charger was cruising around the lot for a bit…

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Out back, I spotted Nicholas Haanen’s Mustang…

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And some more great looking E30s…

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Nice Camaro…

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This CTS-V Coupe made it to the event with a flat…

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Fiat 500 on Rotiform Nue wheels. Looks good. Still haven’t warmed up to Fiats though…haha…

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Kia Optima…

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The cars from Targa Trophy…

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Another Superleggera…

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As I was wrapping things up in the afternoon, cars were still rolling in…

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Old Volkswagen Scirocco on some unique Ronal wheels…all the girls were going crazy over them, haha…

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The new 911 body…

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This is a variant/concept build of the Kia Soul that will use wheels designed by HRE.

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Ariel Atom…

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Caught John Ly’s beautiful AE86 on my way out…

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That’s it, until next year! Thanks to HRE Wheels for opening their doors to us.

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