2014 Eat, Greet, Car Meet Recap

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Once again it is May when everything is supposed to be lively. Our previous events we were fortunate enough to have warm weather, clear skies, and lots of shiny cars to drool over. However this year was a different story. Although it did not stop hundreds of local cars and their enthusiasts from showing up!

 

We along with many of you  spent the early week prepping our vehicles. We hand washed, and hand waxed paint jobs. And made sure all the proper mods were performed on time. Rain or shine, we were going to make it happen. Friday afternoon was exciting as we had our friends from Cusco, Cobb, Turbosmart, Penrite, Whiteline, and Competition Clutch arrive. It was really nice to meet the faces behind a lot of companies that we as car enthusiasts read about.

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Saturday morning greeted us with dark clouds and cool temperatures. Even the local walk for Brest Cancer event had it’s challenges with the weather. We along with the other vendors were setting up our areas with wind, and passing rain. But not enough to keep our spirits down.

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This year we tried something different by holding the event at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. What was cool about this parking lot is that it’s right on the East bench.  The view of downtown Salt Lake City is spectacular. Everything was green again, and despite the unsettled weather, there was a nice calmness about the morning which was rather nice for those who are always on the grind.

 

As 9 a.m. approached we could hear the rumbles of exhausts already coming from below the valley. You could hear the braaaap from beyond! Before we knew it, cars were starting to line up 4th South from both directions to enter our event.

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The RallySport Staff who had been in charge of parking, were getting their hands full as rows and rows of cars were starting to fill up all the spots. All makes and models could be seen in every direction. Aside from an onslot of Subaru’s and Evo’s, people were arriving in packs of BMW’s, Volkswagens, and our friends at JDM legends even brought some of their fine examples of classic Japanese machinery.

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Around 10 a.m. DJ Erockalypze started playing music, and we were in full swing at this point. Our staff members Dru, and Mike were getting overwhelmed by the parking situation as the entire parking lot was nearing full capacity. I stepped in and tried to help out as much as I could. Being a car enthusiast myself it was easy to get distracted as a handful of GTRs and Supras rolled in. And after 11:30 it was time to shrug our shoulders, and tell patrons if you find a spot, then good for them because we were full house at this point.

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Towards the end of the meet was one of my more favorable moments as the raffle begun. It was more so of all the local car enthusiats joined together. Everyone was smiling, and making the best out of the weather situation. Even after the raffle people stuck around and took time to catch up with other car buddies that you only have time to see at local car events.

Congratulations to all the raffle winners!

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Nick – NASA Utah Raffle Winner

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Katrina – $100 Cusco and $100 Winmax Gift Certificate winner

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Esteban – COBB Tuning $200 Gift Certificate Winner

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Daniel – 2 Cases of Penrite oil winner

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Dolan – $250 Turbosmart Voucher

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Nathan – Hawk HPS Brake Pads

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Diana – Ipad courtesy of Exedy

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Jesse – $500 Whiteline Voucher

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Kevin – Perrin Big Tube Header

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Sean – $700 Competition Clutch Voucher

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Rich – Tomei Cat Back Winner

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Special thanks to all of the vendors who came out of state to show their support and many heartfelt thanks for those of you who came to the meet and showed support despite the weather. Being apart of the local car community makes  me especially proud to be an enthusiast. Until next time!

 

Thanks,

 

Jeff

 

 

 

 

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