Hampton, VA - As the summer heats up, we took a trip south to team up with B-Rad Hoffman and the Live-Wire-Media crew once again. This time it was all about hot rods and muscle - of the classic and modern variety at Langley Speedway. Langley has been host to plenty of NASCAR events in its day and is located near a NASA facility featuring a wind tunnel. But on this hot August weekend it was host to the Southern Fried Festival - which features the outdoor version of the VA Hot Rod & Custom Car Show as well as great live music and an official sanctioned BBQ competition. Cars, music, and bbq - what more could you ask for in a proper event?
Of course we had our Ford Transit Connect Wagon posted up on the midway - in the infield. While impressive show and race vehicles were on display on the famous short track. We've said this before, but its always a great time when you're at a Live-Wire-Media event. This year has been a learning experience for us, and B-Rad has been a big help along the way. The competitors at his Hot Rod events are the true definition of southern hospitality... and they build some bad ass vehicles as well. We can't wait to see what is in store for the event series in 2016.
York, PA - VagFair is easily one of our favorite events of the summer. We've known Cory Sterling, the man behind the mayhem, for a really long time. He's worked his tail off to make this show a huge success. This year Volkswagen of America came out to show support - so you know he's doing something right. We were able to park the bus - aka our Ford Transit Connect Mobile Command Center - in the JunkStyles x Lowlifestyle mega booth, right on the midway. It was the perfect location for us to blast some WiFi across the showfield for the judges.
Carlisle, PA - Year number two operating the judging sessions for Carlisle's Truck Nationals, and we've got no complaints. We love working with the crew at Carlisle Events several times a year. This event also gives us a unique opportunity to join forces with the Low Jambs Drop Shop crew. This year we had a huge tent booth display right on the showfield, where we had our Ford Transit Connect Battle Wagon on display along with some bad ass trucks. Low Jambs doesn't just bring cool trucks for display though, they help out with the judging and spreading truck knowledge to us throughout the weekend. It's pretty cool to be a part of a community where we can reach out to guys like this to operate a fun event.
As always, the fairgrounds was packed from end to end with all things truck related - ranging from laid out mini trucks all the way up to customized big rigs. For eJudged, it's also pretty cool that this is one of the few events we attend during the year where we can see some wild van builds. We had a great time working with the Carlisle staff, the Low Jambs cast of characters, and with some of the competitors that we are now getting a chance to know from year to year. Looking forward to seeing what next year has in store!Maybe next year, we'll get in on the slip and slide action!
Oaks, PA - We've known the guys behind the Tuner Evolution events for years - since they got started to be specific. In recent years, the Tuner Evolution shows have filled a void that has been missing in the car scene. That's why we make such a great combo, because the emergence of our app has also begun to help fill that void. With so many car meets happening and internet/social media fame becoming such a high priority, our scene had started to lose that sense of friendly competition. It seems that Instagram likes have replaced actual feedback and the stance movement has replaced actual real builds. But Jay Martinez and the rest of the Tuner Evolution crew work around the clock, year round to promote that real deal old school automotive lifestyle... and congrats to them on throwing yet another great event this past weekend in the suburbs of Philly.
We were pretty stoked to be given such a great placement for our Mobile Command Center activation, as we were able to post up right next to the stage. This allowed us to spread our WiFi coverage throughout all three halls of the venue - and it's ensured that we'd have a few people swing by the booth to hang out during the bikini contest at the end of the night.
Pomona, NY - We were pretty stoked when we were invited to come out to the Stadium Show that the guys at Clean Culture and AutoFest events were putting together. Their motto is that they throw bangers. And it is safe to say that this event was, indeed, a banger. The morning started off just as many other events have started off this year - with a torrential downpour - followed by insanely hot temperatures. But that didn't hinder anyone's day, as the parking lots surrounding the ballpark were quickly filled to capacity. We were there to represent our brand, help out with a small amount of awards for VIP vehicles, and to hang out with our good friends Aaron Vaccar and his dad Carl. The Vaccars, of course, operate the Auto Life Tour - and we were more than happy to post up in front of the big rig in their booth for the day.