Car Show: Phoenix “Hot Import Nights”
Odometer (Legend): 531,905
Odometer (ILX): 105,232
Hey, everyone. Just about to set sail on a road trip to Utah for a long Thanksgiving weekend (is anyone surprised?), but have a few pics to share. Last Saturday afternoon in Phoenix, I took advantage of the perfect weather by zooming up to South Mountain in the ILX (moonroof open, of course) for a quick loop around one of the overlooks. Here’s a shot from westbound on Loop 202.
Rolling on Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix.
Scenic overlook with Phoenix in the background.
I also swung by one of the local “pick & pull” junkyards to see what kind of treasures I could dig up. I didn’t end up finding much. The second-generation Legend sedan inventory was plentiful, but this Granada Black 1994 LS was the only coupe in sight. At only 170k miles, it was retired at a young age.
Later that night, I hit up this car show:
“HIN” is a well-known acronym in the import car enthusiast scene, particular among “tuner” types (think Fast & Furious). This was my first time at a Hot Import Nights event. There are a total of 19 HINs held annually, spanning from Seoul, Korea, to Honolulu Hawaii. The Phoenix-based event is always one of the last of the year, and it’s held at the Phoenix Convention Center, starting at 5:00 p.m. Here are just a few of the rides in attendance. This super-clean 1991 Acura NSX was one of my personal faves.
On display with it were a die-cast model car and the factory hardbound sales brochure.
Interesting ‘rust’ finish on this Civic coupe.
This Eclipse was just a little over-the-top.
And a really low Accord
Finally, just one TSX in this mix, this brown one on an airbag suspension
…. with curtains in the back windows.
This was a good one: VW wagon with a (stocked!) grocery cart in matching white.
The plate? “Grocery Getter.”
And a few shots I captured of the ILX as the sun was setting over central Phoenix that evening
Chase Field in the background: Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team since 1998.
Sayonara until next time! Happy Thanksgiving.