One of our missions here at nw-built is to provide the Pacific Northwest with an outlet where cars and people of all different types and color can join together in one place – in essence, bringing to light the diversity of our region. Last year we took it upon ourselves to fulfill that mission by hosting an event at Golden Gardens in Seattle, WA. It was a huge success being our first big event, and welcomed over 400 cars. Most importantly it showed that people and cars of all types can get together without all of the e-thuggery/flaming, to have a great time and enjoy the Pacific Northwest automotive scene & atmosphere.
On January 28th, a bunch of local car enthusiasts got together at the local Triple XXX Rootbeer in Issaquah. Triple XXX has been well known for hosting all sorts of car meets – from Muscles, to Hot Rods, to Imports. Most importantly, it’s a great place to get together because of the great food and large venue to accommodate lots of cars.
Last Thursday marked the fourth “not so loko” Pacific Northwest StanceWorks meet. Much thanks to Paul Bruney organizing another cool event. The location this time was Juanita Park in Kirkland, WA – and while it wasn’t the greatest of locations for numerous reasons (parking, cops – see below), the overall meet had a laid back feeling and it was great to see old and new friends. Plus it was at the beach, and the sun stayed out all day.
I arrived a little after the meet started (about 6:30 pm), and parking was a complete mess. But what could you expect for throwing a car meet at a beach in nice weather? Regardless, I found a parking spot down the street and walked over to where the group of cars were. My first impression of the meet as I approached the cars was “damn, nice turnout!”. The photos you see here prove it – a nice variety of well built cars that showcase what the PNW has to offer. With summer ending and school right around the corner, it was a opportunity to enjoy with friends and catch up on what’s been happening in everyone’s lives.
Eventually, the local law enforcement and Washington State Patrol showed up to give everyone a good time and congratulate everyone for their modified cars. Unfortunately, that’s not what they really came for – law enforcement had parked near the entrance and anyone who decided to leave the meet with noticeable extensive modifications and/or no front plate, were either ticketed or lectured. Good times indeed but regardless, PNW StanceWorks 4.0 was a great time and you definitely missed out if you weren’t there. I’ll let these photos do the rest of the talking. Be sure to check out the gallery at the very bottom of this post, there are more photos there that weren’t posted below.
Photos and words by Vinnie Nguyen
Today’s meet up at The Landing in Renton was pretty sweet. I borrowed a fisheye lens from a friend so I knew I was going to have some fun with it for today. Some of us had gotten there early, so we were able to see everyone as they rolled in one by one. As expected though, as more cars came through, the more agitated the security got. Surprisingly enough, they didn’t kick us out right away. They gave us a fair warning that if someone were to come through revving their engines and/or going past 10mph then they were going to kick us out. We were all poking fun at what the security guard said, “Yup! They’re going to kick us out!” was what you would hear a lot of the time when someone came rolling up. We had some past and recent features come to the meet like:
Mike Gayvoronskiy and his monster MX5: http://nw-built.com/?p=155:
Vernon Lim’s stanced RSX: http://nw-built.com/?p=1678:
And Andrew Le’s baller status G35: http://nw-built.com/?p=1666.
Cj Ramos came with his clean Mazdaspeed3 as well.
One of my friends brought his stanced skateboard as well. I’ve seen it online thinking it was fake but he had it right there for everyone to see. It was something new and pretty cool. After a while, we all headed down to Five Guys. It was my first time there and they had some good burgers.
After eating, we all headed back up to the garage where we all just chilled and talked until slowly we all headed out and by then it was dark. Compared to bigger meet ups like tomorrow’s Honda Tech Meet, todays meet up was small. Though that was the case, a lot of us got to meet each other and actually talk to one another; old friends got to see each other again while new friendships were made.
See you guys at the next meet up!