After many weeks of anticipation, the World Cup Finals had finally arrived. Automotive Rhythms arrived onto the scene stunning fans with the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack Edition. The sublime color glistening as the exhaust growled thru the parking lot, surely let everyone know that this 485 horsepowered beast was at the right event.
Import vs Domestic is the meeting place where racers from up and down the east coast converge onto one track to settle it all. It is nothing short of amazing to see cars run the ¼ mile in as low as 6 seconds. The recent movie trailer release of Fast and Furious 7 added to the excitement event as you heard the discussion of the movie from various fans throughout the day. Honda Civics and Ford Mustangs were the weapon of choice by most of the racers. Some of the trailers at the event looked like car shops. After passes, we witnessed motors being replaced, axels being swapped and a lot of wrench work. With the Vendor Midway only a few steps away, one could easily purchase something as small spark plugs and car care products, all the way up to Mickey Thompson tires and a turbo charger from, WCF sponsor, Haltech.
WCF is more than just races. The custom car show was complete with classics and exotics that left spectators in awe and sparked many discussions between the owner and fans describing the life story of each of the vehicles. WCF definitely was the place to showcase the custom paint jobs, matte wraps and the latest industry trends. Last but not least, was the bikini contest that was put on by the renowned International Bikini Team and hosted by actress, fitness enthusiast and acclaimed pro model Jessica Barton. Setup perfectly during the races downtime, the crowd flooded the staging area to cheer on their favorite beauty. Attendees were in awe and eventually crowned Angelina Peralta Import vs. Domestic Beauty of the Year.
A couple things that I did notice is that the variety of race cars that often stormed the track are not present at this event anymore. As I stated earlier, the weapon of choice is a Honda Civic or a Ford Mustang. Where are the GTR’s, Corvettes, Infiniti’s, Camaros, Lexus’s, Challenger’s, BMW’s, Audi’s and many more models. Has this crowd resorted to private track rentals only? Why did you folks leave showcasing your vehicles at the largest track event on the east coast?
Another thing that I noticed were a lot of the high end/exotic vehicles parked in the most discrete parking lots. Why isn’t there a cash lot for these crowd favorites to park in the lot where the fans can see them. It was troubling to see Gallardo’s, 458 Italia’s, NSX’s and GTR’s parked far away from the track in dirt roads. These vehicles should be close to the event so the fans can enjoy gazing at them.
Each year, I continually state that it was the biggest turnout yet. Well, this year is not any different. Again, this event has broken record numbers. MIR Events Director Jason Miller said last year that “We are already looking at changes to improve next year’s World Cup Finals”, and guess what, he did just that. Entry and exit of the event was smooth and the parking situation was leaps and bounds better than previous years. Patrons did have to walk a further distance, but it was better than sitting in your car and not seeing anything at all
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