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Import Expo SNTRL 2013

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Subies



Article and Photography by Cooper Naitove.

It’s not often a car show puts the best of the East Coast against that of our neighbors in the Great White North. Import Expo, a Canadian import show series, and SNTRL, a US-based tuning culture website, did just that at the Atlantic City Convention Center this past weekend. You can never be sure just what to expect from a brand-new show like this, so we were a little weary on our journey to the event. Could they really pull off a fusion of Canadian and American car culture? True to their tag line of "East Coast, We Go Hard,” the answer came the second I walked through the door.



2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Line of people


2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography WRX STi

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Type R

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography S2000

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Rucki

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Ruckus

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography DJ

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Acura RSX

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography S2K

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography NSX

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Honda Civic Si

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Nissan 350Z

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Wheel

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography BMW M3


Not only was the show massive in size, but also all the cars were well organized by team and genre. Most importantly, the caliber of car at this event was second only to huge events, such as SEMA. Almost every aspect of the modified scene was represented—widebody NSXs, every modern GTR (R32–R35), a crew of modified Ruckus, vintage Datsuns, and all the frame dragging you could ever want—but you didn’t see just trailer queens. Several full-on race cars were also there for those who like more go than show. The most interesting cars, however, were those with unusual engine swaps—Silvias with LS1s, RX7s with 2JZs, and even a Civic hatch with a V6 that protruded 6 inches above the fenders.


2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Nissan 370Z

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Mazda RX7


2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Mazda RX7 Engine

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography NOS

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Subaru WRX

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Subaru WRX Engine

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Subaru WRX

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Honda Civic

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography WRX STi

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography WRX STi

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Engine

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography Datsun

2013 Import Expo SNTRL Cooper Naitove Photography

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Honda V6 Swap

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Subaru STi Dumped

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Honda Motor Company Sticker Bomb Engine Bay


While the show was meant to be an East Coast showoff, the most highly regarded teams from all around America and Canada were represented at Import Expo. Team Emotion was the most decorated and walked away with more than twenty trophies, including Best Honda, Best Subaru, and Best in Show, with their insane Subaru WRX. This result was to be expected, though, as they really do have some of the best-built cars the East Coast has to offer.



SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Scion XB VIP Green

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Scion XB VIP Green Detail

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Los Goonies Detail

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Dumped Mercedes Benze Infinity G

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 BMW E30 M3 BBS Wheels

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Shark Jaw Detail

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Nissan R34 Skyline Volk Racing Rays Engineering

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Mazda FD RX7 Rotary Engine Completely Built

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Datsun Nissan 280Z

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Purple Wheels FD FC RX7

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Tuck Detail Shot

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 VIP BENZ Sub Trunk with Wine Glasses

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Rukus Crowd Front Lineup

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Evolution Racing Model Signing Autographs

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Subaru WRX STi License Plate Coolwip Perrin Performance

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Honda EvoX Si Lineup

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Brembo CCW Wheel Massive Rotors

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Evo IX Bridgestone Potenza Blue Orange Wheels

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Evo IX Evo X RX8 lineup

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Lower Class Royaly Wekfest Bagged

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Mint Dumped Subaru on CCW Wheels

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 They Luv' Da Crew DJ Nitro

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Couple models checking out Subaru WRX on BBS Whels Side Skirts

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Model Smoking Vapor Hookah

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Women Walking Away with Trophy

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Women Walking Away with Trophy

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Women Walking Away with Trophy 2

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Honda S2000 Teknotick.com

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 Stanced Subaru Mint

SNTRL Import Expo 2013 370Z 350Z CTSPEC DAINEZ


Apart from the cars, many high-profile vendors were also present, such as "Eat, Sleep, Race” and Canibeat. And, not one but two vendors were selling pocket-sized electronic hookahs, a new fad that swept the show and had nearly everyone "smoking” one by the end—definitely a first at any car show I’ve seen. All and all, this event was a great show, and everyone should be on the lookout for the next one from these guys.

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Rs6er9/18/2013

Great job, Juice!

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ROCKYSDS9/18/2013

Awesome shots man, great coverage all around. Looks like this event was top notch with that turn out

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iMPREZiONS9/18/2013

Nice pics Coop, looks like it was a fun event. Sick Subies too! Did you buy a E Hookah? Haha