Import Expo 2012
Markham, Ontario, Canada
October 13th, 2012
Import Expo has become known as the season-ending event in the Canadian tuner scene and this year was no different. Marking its third year of this event, everyone was excited for it despite the foul weather of cold winds and rain. Unlike the previous year, this time around four halls were used to house the exhibitors and competitor vehicles. Cars from all across Ontario showed up including a few from the United States as far as New Jersey!
AMF was lucky to be the Official Media Partner for Import Expo 2012 and as such, Hall 4 was given to us as a showcase which as always included some awesome cars on display, DJ Playa on the decks, and the ‘AMF Angels’ Shannon and Sabina. This particular red rocket is from Boersma Racing and is a boosted Honda Civic SiR that is also the 2012 CSCS Super Street FWD Champion!
The crew from Kplayground had an assortment of their Honda Civics out in full force from almost every late-gen.
The Lick Your Lips car club had an awesome showcase that included a all sorts of Civics and a Mustang too! The best part was of course the ice sculpture on display. The last time I saw a sculpture like these was in the good old days of Hot Import Nights when car clubs would go all out, glad to know that LYL is stepping up the game for everyone!
Battleground Performance had an awesome display with these two slammed Civic hatchbacks rocking no hoods and in full display.
The Yonaka Motorsports Scion FR-S was looking awesome with its factory orange paint, massive Forgestar wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber, and other performance goodies!
This “sleeper” Toyota Camry isn’t your average grocery getter, especially when there is a massive HKS T51R turbocharger under the hood putting out 860+ horsepower! Dynamotorsports is responsible for this build and we’re eager to feature it in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
Over at the Teknotik booth there were an array of awesome Honda machines like this fully built RSX with enough aero to make it stick to any surface. Gotta love the matte gray paint job and polished wheels – what a great concept!
Another champion and his chariot at the show was James Houghton’s Integra Type R – 2012 CSCS FWD lap record holder with a 1.16.520! If you wanna know what time attack is like from the driver’s seat, be sure to ask Houghton and he’ll gladly tell you.
No show would be complete without some beautiful ladies in way of eye candy. We spotted this brunette bombshell near the Import Expo NSX demo car and by the looks of it both have beautiful curves in all right places!
It has been a handful of years since chameleon paint has been in the scene and by the looks of it, there seems to be a resurgence. This blue-green Honda Fit is rocking all the right parts including SSR wheels and yes, that is an intercooler tucked just behind the front bumper. Kudos to the owner for not only being creative with such a small car, but with bringing a new dimension to the tuner scene in Canada.
This EG Civic made girls scream and men drool as they passed by. What you see before you is an all out show car that not only looks good, but will also lay down rubber albeit through the massively wide front wheels. This car along with a few others made the trek all the way from United States to show their support and make their mark – point made!
By around 11pm, the award ceremony had begun with Hall 1 packed full of competitors and spectators waiting to see who took top honours. Needless to say the vibe was good in the room and so were the beautiful models presenting the awards to the winners.
The Lick Your Lips car club took home “Biggest Team” with a huge number of their members competing and parked up in Hall 4 – same hall as the AMF showcase! Not only did they bring a great selection of cars, but they also had an ice sculpture as part of their display – that is what you call dedication. Kudos to them!
Taking home the “Best of Show” award complete with trophy and prize money was Kenny Vince of New Jersey. His car you ask? The highly modified Honda Civic EG that has a custom widebody, paint, turbocharged powerplant, and everything else you can imagine to be a top show car!
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Be sure to check out our past coverage of this awesome event!
Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec