ImportAlliance has truly set the standard for how a car event should run in recent years. This is their 10th anniversary and 7th year in Atlanta, so with last year’s Spring Meet being the largest ever with over 8,000 cars, they knew this one was going eclipse that. We woke up bright and early Saturday morning to see what it was all about. We knew immediately that it was going to be a packed house at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The lines actually got so long that one of them backed up onto a nearby highway, forcing the staff to make quick decisions on how to get the excess cars into the Speedway quickly. Don and the crew did a great job managing the traffic, saving the event from a possible shut down. We rolled in and there were already hundreds of cars parked, hours before the event was scheduled to start. The showcase lot was filled with hand selected cars by the IA staff, and they did an incredible job. It’s time to let the photos speak.
Import Alliance isn’t like other events. “One of the unique aspects of an ImportAlliance meet is the fact that it is not a car show. There is no competition for who has the nicest paint or best interior or “best in show.” The cars are built and driven by grassroots import car enthusiasts. ImportAlliance attendees range from the complete competition show car builder to the “in process” builder to the daily driven/weekend autocross competitor and everything in between. One thing that they all have in common is an uncanny understanding of quality workmanship, as well as a desire to utilize the best parts that their budget will accommodate. The result being a show that provides for an interesting opportunity for an enthusiast to learn, a builder to showcase, and the OEM as well as the aftermarket industry to sell, market, and research. ImportAlliance is where real import car enthusiasts meet.” – www.importalliance.org
There was a wide variety of styles as well as makes and models on display at the show. IA is a meet, but they also hold an autocross on Day 2 of the event, I captured a few shots of the runs as well! The combination of these two elements brings a great vibe to the event. There is something for everyone.
This RSX is something straight out of a magazine. Fitted with a set of mag blue TE37’s, a Jackson Racing Supercharger, and a right hand drive conversion, it was easy to miss some of the details in this car. I had to take a few minutes to take it all in.
Justin’s LS400 is truly one of a kind. This car caught my eye at Southrnfresh 4 last year, and I could not wait to see it again. SuperStar Customs has made a masterpiece. The attention to detail in the VIP scene is something to be sought after.
CCW’s booth was a hot spot all weekend. With a design for every style you can think of, they’ve made a name for themselves with their Complete Custom Wheels.
Will’s RX7 rustled some feathers with his choice of powerplant. Many purists seemed pretty open with their displeasure, but we love it!
Martell’s Integra is one of the cleanest I have ever seen. It has seen many phases and he’s got plans for a complete change this year as well! The car was completely taken apart but he put it all back together just for IA Spring Meet. Engine bays weren’t the only parts of the car getting 5 star treatment. This VIP’d out Scion XB even sported a chandelier.
While IA is an import meet filled with mostly Japanese domestic vehicles, euros and domestics are welcome also! This VW was absolutely stunning.
No stone was left unturned on this classic Chevy.
Spotted another classic, with a simple restoration. This event provided a variety you don’t often see.
This was a two day event, so I’ve got a whole lot more to see! Click below for more photos of Atlanta’s largest car meet!
It was great to see all walks of car culture getting along in one environment. Many events these days only cater to one style, or make or model. What we need is togetherness. See you next year, Atlanta!