I purchased my first car, a 1991 Ford Probe, back in 2000. It was just prior to the release of the first Fast & The Furious movie, a film that would fuse a passion for imports into my bones. My own desire to modify and tune cars lead to car forums, club meetups, dyno days, track time, and plenty of wrench spinning.

As the years have gone by, I’ve been to many a car show. SEMA, the yearly manufacturer auto expos, and plenty of smaller venues. Since I’m a recent Kansas transplant, I’ve naturally had to find the new meeting grounds. The very first car show I went to in the KC area was last year’s Import Alliance. I had a great time and met tons of great folk. I had no idea how much the car scene here was thriving.

Fast forward one year to the 2018 Import Alliance:

It surprised me how much lower attendance was this year. I’m sure we can rationalize it with the weather, or the fact that it was Father’s Day weekend. Or maybe it was car show fatigue, as there seems to be plenty of meetups this year, thanks to blossoming groups on Facebook. But regardless, a whole slew of people still showed up, and it was a great time.

As expected, there were plenty of FRS/BRZ/86’s around (click on the photos to enlarge):

…which I’m very glad to see. It’s an excellent tuner platform, and it’s definitely being adopted. Of course, as with most car shows, Godzilla also made a few appearances.

But by far, my favorite project at Import Alliance was this 1994 Honda Accord Wagon…with an RB25 stuffed in it.

This car is totally bonkers, and I love it! I didn’t capture the whole interior, but you can see the transmission in the cabin. That connects (obviously) to the driveshaft and rear diff, also exposed in the cabin. It’s a work in progress to be sure, but the thought of driving this girl around as is tickles my funny bone. Awesome project.

Another standout ride was this bagged Domo-Civic:

I would be completely remiss if I did not mention all the Z’s that were at the show. This 240Z and the pair of 370Z’s nearby were gorgeous. Clean and tastefully modified. Kudos.

You can find the rest of my photos from the show in the gallery below. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you in the next post on kctuners.com!

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