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Hot Import Nights presented by Valvoline returned to the Neil Blaisdell Exhibition Center for their annual HIN Hawaii event! With an action-packed weekend including POWER 104.3 radio interviews, PC Gamerz Tournament, and an epic boat party, HIN took the island of Hawaii by storm. Drag Tech Racing showed up with brand new builds to take home the coveted Hottest Team Award while Chris Calimlim’s wide body Toyota Supra – made up of 80% carbon fiber – took home the Hottest MOD’s Award presented by Valvoline.

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From domestic to import, low riders to lifted trucks, either your ride has 2 wheels or 4 wheels; there was something for everyone at the show.  Let's not even get started with the model booth. Featuring not only models from the mainland such as Emily LeeVicki Li and Sunny Fae but local models as well. If the cars didn't get your adrenaline pumping, a stop over at the model lounge would've definitely fixed that. The Miss HIN Hawaii model search was definitely a crowd favorite.

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"Overall, I believe that the show was a great success, " mentions Chris Calimlim. "From the moment the box office opened to late into the night, the continuous movement of people through the front door made me wonder if we were violating a building management code because the venue was packed!"

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PASMAG’s Tuner Battlegrounds definitely had fans on the edge of their seats but Justin Nishimura of SMG Hawaii, with his wide body Hyundai Genesis, pulled ahead to take home the trophy along with Best of Show, Best Hyundai and Best Lighting. Stay tuned for his print feature in an upcoming issue of PASMAG!

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Show Highlights
Adam Taylor of Koa Speedworx - Wide Body "Hot Wheels" Mazda RX7: His work of art was resting under the covers of the Valvoline Booth. Although the car wasn't able to retain the "Best of Show" award, Taylor was still able to walk away with a decent amount of hardware, including Hottest Vendor Booth Car, Hottest Mazda, Hottest Engine and Hottest Paint.

Christopher Calimlim of SMG Hawaii - Wide body Carbon Fiber Toyota Supra: The former 2016 PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds winner brought out his wide body Toyota Supra, taking home Valvoline's Hottest Mods Award and Hottest Toyota.

Drag Tech Racing Hawaii displayed their flagship Lamborghini Murcielago on Airrex air suspension. The team was also successful in taking home a few other trophies, including 3rd Place Overall, Hottest BMW, Hottest Subaru, Hottest Scion, Hottest Exotic, Hottest Interior and Miss HIN's Choice.

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Notable Awards:
Hottest Mods Award - Christopher Calimlim of SMG Hawaii - Wide body Carbon Fiber Toyota Supra
Best of Show: Justin Nishimura of SMG Hawaii - Wide body Hyundai Genesis
Hottest Team: Drag Tech Racing
Miss HIN: Gracie Berkley

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"The only really thing that stood out to me at the show compared to SPOCOM or Wekfest is; how much of a difference lighting makes to an event," Calimlim mentions. "HIN will always be known for their blinding strobes and color-coordinated neon lights; it just makes the show a lot more fun to be at."

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Sponsors: Valvoline, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Discount Tires, PC Gamerz Hawaii, POWER 104.3 radio, Red Label Clothing, Nexen Tire

Entertainment: Pri Yon Joni, DJ Wu Chang, ATMOS, B-Boy Competition presented by Red Label Clothing, PC Gamerz Hawaii Gaming Tournament

Personalities: Vicki Li, Emily Lee, Sunny Fae, Ela Pasion, Gwendolynne Gee, Jersey Demic & Ricky Rock

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Contributors: Katie Miclat, Chris Calimlim, Taylor Vollrath

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Formula DRIFT Round 5: Fredric Aasbo Takes the Victory and the Most Wins in the History of the Series

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Autodrome St-Eustache in Canada. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM took the victory for his tenth event win - the most in Formula DRIFT history! In one of the most action packed and chaotic rounds of competition, Round 5: True North brought the top drifting talent in the world into Canada to a capacity crowd. The Livestream drew over 1 million views over the course of the weekend. “What an event! In what I can only describe as a historic and…

Super Lap Battle X Global Time Attack

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Street Driven Tour 2016: St. Louis

For the second time in as many years, Street Driven Tour returned to greater St. Louis’s Gateway Motorsports Park (this time on July 30th, 2016) for the second stop of their four-event nationwide tour, bringing their unique “automotive amusement park” recipe to an often overlooked—but extremely dedicated—group of young drifting and automotive enthusiasts. The highlight of the event was of course the drifting that persisted all day on a swath of the Gateway Motorsports Park infield road course, highlighted by countless tandem runs from Formula Drift pros Chris Forsberg and Geoff Stoneback on the four turns, two switchbacks and giant…

Import Face-Off 2010: Columbus, OH

NOS Energy Drink’s IMPORT FACE-OFF: August 29th, 2010 at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio was the 5th annual event and had the largest overall turnout of all previous years. Due to the overwhelming support, there will now be two IFO events scheduled at National Trail Raceway in 2011. The FWD class was won by regional points leader, Jon Moore in his 98' Dodge Neon running a 10.517 @ 147.05 mph against Rob Pachner in his ‘83 Shelby running a 10.565 @ 138.63 mph. Jon managed to break the wastegate off his manifold in the 2nd qualifier. He put the…