The first things one notices while roaming the paddock at the Lime Rock Historic Festival are the diversity, age and rarity of the cars on display and in competition. You can see everything from pre-war Blower Bentleys to one-off circle track cars—name a brand and it will be there. This includes cars that many people have never heard of, but it also includes cars that you would never think would be raced at all.
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.