Cydesho (cydesho) wrote,

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Automotive events galore!

America is a country widely known for its undying connection to the automobile. If Detroit is the obtuse brain of America's car CULTure, then surely the beating heart of that love has got to be LA. In spite of massive issues of congestion and over-burdened infrastructure, Southern Californians just can't get enough of their cars, so it's fitting, and fortunate for local gear-heads, that SoCal offers a nearly endless supply of automobile related activites and events.

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the NHRA qualifiers at Pomona. What a lot of fun! There's nothing else like watching 7000hp cars run down the strip at 300+ mph. It was the first time I'd been, but it won't be the last.

Last Sunday, I dropped by the Der Kleiner Panzers meet at Nick's burgers in Fullerton. DKP is an ancient order of exclusionary VW snobs. I'd never join their club even if I could, but it is enjoyable to walk around and look at all the veedubs. Technically, the club is only open to beetles, ghias and type 3's that meet their stringent requirements, bus since Nick's Burgers is a public place, all sorts of misfits (i.e. Buses, bajas and beaters) show up. Apparently the prior meeting was the biggest one of the year, and unfortunately, I missed it.

Coming up later this month is one of my very favorite events to attend, The LA auto show. I missed it last year, and I can't think of a whole lot of premiers I'm excited for this year (the Hyundai Genesis would be sweet) but it's always a good time when you can get plastered on some Gordon Biersch and walk around gawking at concept cars.

I also need to make my way over the the Petersen Automotive museum to check out the low riders exhibit. Whille not exactly my thing, Low Riders are something to behold. Last time I was there, they featured cars, buggies and assorted monstrosities designed by Ed Roth, of Rat Fink fame. I just noticed they also have a microcar exhibit. Gotta get back out there!

I forget all the rest of what's going on in the coming months, but here's a pretty good list to start:
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