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Article written by Bradley Chong
mport culture has grown largely within the past decade, with different influences and style emerging from all around the world. Cars are tuned and modified to increase power output, and to also look great. The street racing and tuner cutler serves to bring together hundreds of people who share the same common interest, cars. I took a chance to take a venture to an import vehicle exhibition called Import Expo, which was held on October 13th at The Markham Fairgrounds, to get a closer look on the tuner car scene. Upon entering the exhibition grounds, I was greeted by a line-up of tuner cars waiting to reach the entrance gates. I felt right at home, driving slowly and listening to the deep roars of aftermarket exhausts. After parking, I noticed numerous groups of people, parked together and conversing about cars. I too joined in on some small chat with fellow attendees. As I walked inside the building, my eyes were greeted by the sight of pristine cars, shining and shimmering under the bright fluorescent lights. Cars in rows displayed various customizations under open hoods. Scantly clad models roamed the hallways, posing for photographs, signing posters, and engaging with guests. There were hundreds of cars featured in the show, spread throughout 5 different rooms. Many car clubs and shops had sections dedicated to showcasing their cars, while also providing publicity and advertisement for their businesses. In many cases, cars of similar makes and models were grouped together, giving a sense of unity between the vehicles. Apart from just displaying cars, there were numerous vendors present at the event. These vendors offered a wide range of available products such at performance parts, car care products, custom stickers, and clothing. This proved to be quite successful since customers were able to see something they liked on a show car, and purchase or order it from a vendor on-site.
At night, the exhibition hall was transformed into a club-like atmosphere, with DJs and coloured lights in every room. The hall underwent a huge transformation from the well lit daytime which was perfect for photo-ops, into a dark eerie setting, which felt as if I ventured into an underground meet of sorts. It provided an atmosphere which was vibrant, fun, and youthful. The half-naked girls dancing was also a bonus. One other part of Import Expo which I enjoyed a lot was engaging in conversations and discussions with people who share the same passions and interests as I do. Whether it was talking about what the individuals had done to modify their car, or tips and tricks on modifying my own car, it allowed me to feel right where I belonged. Throughout the night I also bumped into many friends and acquaintances, which made for a great time being around what we enjoy most. The cars had very nice wheels and bodys. The smell of fresh car wax loomed in the air. There were lots of people having fun and enoying themselves. Looking at all these cars made me want to spend money and modify my own car. The show gave me many ideas about what I would want to do to my own car such as putting on a body-kit, adding a huge spoiler, get some new rims, add a turbocharger, and add a sweet sound system. I also want to take my car to the track now, and learn how to race. Overall, Import Expo was a great glimpse into the tuner car scene. Although this exhibition was not at large as others, I still had a great time. I look forward to future events as the culture grows, and hope to participate and showcasing my own car one day.
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