If you were lucky enough to attend Formula Drift's 2018 season opener during the first weekend of April, then you were treated not only to the typhoon of tire-shredding madness that took place on the streets of Long Beach, but also to a collection of display cars in the show corral—an effort put forth by the crew at AutoCon.
For the second year in a row, AutoCon, widely known for their large scale car shows that have taken place in various states since 2010, once again joined forces with Formula D to organize, host and run their car show that takes place during the drift event, just off to the side. Having put together successful shows with Formula D in California last year, 2018 will be the first year the two groups collaborate on events outside of the Golden State with a grand total of 6 shows planned in conjunction with the drift tour schedule.
Although polar opposites in terms of execution and purpose, having a car show coincide with an action-packed drift competition actually makes perfect sense. The display of vehicles offers fans a chance to take a break from the smoke show and stroll through the rows of custom builds and various vendors.
One of the features that AutoCon is best known for is their use of a stage to showcase specific cars at each show, giving the owners a chance to highlight their builds. And the vehicles chosen are all over the spectrum, from import staples like Supras, Civics, GT-Rs and 240s, to domestic offerings from the Likes of Ford and Chevy.
Between drift rounds we abandoned our post to make our way over to the show area in order to grab a few photos for you:
You've seen the split personality vinyl theme previously on cars like Fernando Delarosa's Evo as well as super cars on Instagram that carry with them a legion of superfans quick to point out that "so and so did it first." This 370Z went with a matte black and snow camo combo and we get the sense that this style is going to stick around for a bit.
Miles Shinneman's "Baller Hauler" Isuzu NPR was on hand with its matching 86 riding piggyback. We first spotted this combo when it debuted at SEMA last year.
We get it; you're tired of seeing LS swaps. They're everywhere. You've seen them in Miatas, RX-7s, S-chassis, and the list goes on and on. It's become so common these days that you often lash out in anger. Very cool - here's an S2000 with an LS swap.
In the midst of so many Japanese branded builds sat this Ford trio. The number of Focus builds of both the ST and RS variety has grown significantly in recent years.
This Pit Crew Honda duo was sporting a few UKDM mods along with WedsSport SA90s in bronze on the GS-R and old school Volk Group AVs on the Civic hatchback.
A few of the cars on hand were just a little above the price range of some of the Scions and Civics in attendance.