Recaps & News

Recaps & News

OC Car & Truck Show

Ocean City, MD – We’re always down for a beach trip – especially when it comes to the 17th Annual OC Car & Truck Show. This is another event that we’ve been attending since it’s early days. The main man in charge of the event, b-Rad, has become a friend to the eJudged crew and we like to be able to help his vision come thru from year to year as the show evolves along with the car show & meet culture. Out front on Saturday, the event hosted the Driven To Cure anniversary meet – celebrating one year since the DTC charity was officially launched at last year’s OC Car Show. We’re happy to know that the charity has raised over $300,000 in that year. Sunday outside was the Shoreline Showdown Truck show hosted by the guys at East Coast Mini’s. Indoor all weekend was special though… OC Car Show business as usual, but with a twist. We had our Transit Connect on display in the Dockside Hall along with our friends JunkStyles x LowLifeStyle, who hosted the Lowlifes on the Bay showcase. We had our official booth in the main hall though, with the RMiller build Jeep – supporting the upcoming OC Jeep Week event.

Brad wanted to create a buzz and help bring back the big builds that we have seen less and less of in this new generation of car enthusiast. So we curated a special Best of the Beach competition, selecting the Top 5 cars of the entire indoor show. We made the secret selections Saturday evening during the Car Culture Film Festival. Sunday morning each of the Top 5 builders had another chance to present their car, this time to a full panel of judges. At the end of the day, scores were averaged to come up with the official Best of Show winner – although each of the Top 5 selections did go home with some cash in their pockets. This was one of the closest competitions we have ever witnessed or been a part of as 5 different styles were represented. In the end it was the craftsmanship of the Legacy Innovations built Corrado that barely edged out the competition – which included Muzzy’s RHD, shaved everything, wild Croll’s Customs Nissan Z build; Michael Tillet’s amazing Grand National swapped, all chromed out Monte Carlo SS; Drew Evan’s Timeless Liberty Walk G37 Sedan with all the bells, whistles, rare parts and innovative interior; and another APAC Auto creation – possibly the nicest we’ve seen to date – a cool convertible Camaro build. We continue to support Brad and the OC Fam… and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for next year and how this Top 5 competition will progress.

Carlisle Import Performance Nationals

Carlisle, PA – Every May we return back to the place where it all started. Carlisle Fairgrounds is where most of our team got their feet wet in the scene, both showing off their latest builds, and learning the ropes of judging other people’s latest builds. So once a year we get the old band back together to operate the drive thru judging lanes for Carlisle’s Import & Performance Nationals. This year we were joined by our partners in crime The Circuit Podcast. They set up shop under the main tent and were able to catch a glimpse of all the cars as they drove thru the judging lanes. We also had our main man with the detailing rag, Crunchy, on hand to demo some cleaning products and get our newly unwrapped Ford Transit Connect Battle Wagon shining like a Mothers Polishes sponsored vehicle should be shining. All in all the weather held up with just a few sprinkles and this year’s Carlisle IPN was a melting pot of current and vintage JDM and Euro vehicles. This is an event where you can see variety like no other!

ATSC World – 75 Chrome Shop Truck Show

Wildwood, FL – Make Trucking Great Again is the slogan. The American Truck Show Circuit is the organization. We made the long haul from PA to central FL last weekend for the kick off event to a brand new event series that has teamed up with us – and we gotta say it was a pretty cool experience. We won’t complain about the 1000 mile journey because that’s what truckers do each day, so some might say this was just a short hop skip and a jump away. The series focuses on attention to detail and will feature a season long points chase to see who has built the best Big Rigs in the game. We met some of the big players in that industry and our top certified judges got to learn a little something in the process. The competitive world of Trucking events is pretty serious, and it took us back to the days when the sport compact show scene became very serious. It’s interesting to see the blood, sweat and tears that get poured into these huge vehicles – and even more impressive to consider that a majority of these trucks are “elite working class” meaning that they are driven on the job on a regular basis but still turn up to the show free of bugs in their grill and dirt on their frames. Cory and the ATSC crew were extremely hospitable and we instantly felt like we were a part of the crew. While the judging sessions were serious, each night also ended with an insane light show and a party atmosphere… and lunch was provided for the drivers each day as well. It’s very cool to see event organizers going above and beyond – and showing respect to those that make their events possible. We think alot of the car show organizers could learn a thing or two from what these guys and gals are doing at ATSC. We look forward to a growing relationship with this series… and after a weekend at the world famous 75 Chrome Shop, we will never look at a big rig the same way again! We had our little Transit Connect Battle Wagon posted up front and center – and we gotta say it seemed to fit in there just as much as it fits in anywhere.

Spring Breakdown at Campbelltown

Palmyra, PA – We recently attended the 2nd Annual Spring Breakdown show at the Campbelltown Fire Co. The event was co-hosted by our friends at Lowlifestyle x Junkstyles and Counter Kultur – two titans of the car culture clothing community. This is always a laid back affair and we were lucky enough to have some real spring time weather to enjoy all day long – despite weather forecasts predicting rain and chills all day. We came out to show our support because the event is pretty local and the fellas used our digital judging service to lock in their Top 25 and specialty awards. We must say the event was pretty impressive – with well over 500 cars all over the showfield. We had our new look Black Ops Battle Wagon posted up on the midway. We always look forward to the fun events that these guys put on and we can’t wait for LowLifeStyle LLC’s JunkFood Meet events this summer and fall – and we’re hoping to hear a release date for their other collabo event with Counter Kultur, Knoedown (at Knoebels Amusement Park). Stay tuned!

HDay – Spring Edition

Englisthtown, NJ – We received exciting news a couple months back when we met with the great people behind OGS3120 – who operate the mother of all Honda/Acura events (HDay) and newly re-branded car show and race series called FastFest Live. We were honored to team up and offer our services for them to take their car shows to the next level of digital judging. This past weekend we ventured out to New Jersey to get our first taste of HDay and we were truly blown away. The Honda enthusiasts were lined up 6 lanes deep in the early hours of the morning – or what is still late night for most of us. waiting for the gates to open. The event was huge!

We were able to set up shop right next to Car Show Central, near the stage, vendors and VIP display cars – with our Battle Wagon sporting a fresh look and with our brand new Championship Belt on display. The crowds loved both, but many wondered just how we were able to bring a Ford to an all Honda/Acura show. That’s just what we do. We gotta say we enjoyed the opportunity to work with the judging staff and the other people behind the scenes at OGS1320… and we can’t wait for next month’s action!

Introducing: The 2017 eJudged Championship

Breaking News: As part of our launch for the 2017 Season, we will be stepping every facet of our game up. Starting with the announcement of our intentions to create a program to crown an overall Champion competitor/builder for this coming year. Best of Show winners from any event that is “powered by eJudged” will automatically qualify for a chance to be become champion. Thanks to the great people over at Undisputed  Belts, we were able to create an official Powered by eJudged Championship Belt – which will go on tour with us, making appearances wherever we are at, spreading the word and letting the top competitors get their eyes on what could be theirs by the end of the year. Along with the belt, we will be partnering up with some great companies from our industry, so that by season’s end the winner will receive their title belt along with some gear and goods from some top notch car culture lifestyle companies… and more. Stay tuned for more info as we get further into the 2017 Season.

Who has already qualified?
– Page Customs – 75 AMC Matador – LiveWireMedia & Events VA Hot Rod Show
– Randy Riggs – Infiniti G35 – Elite Tuner Las Vegas
– Ken Ticknor – 07 Dodge Charger – Hot Import Nights San Diego, CA
– Dezz Bedford – 08 Mazda 6 – Hot Import Nights Jacksonville, NC

 

#RealBuilds Row at the PA Auto Show

Harrisburg, PA – For the past few years we’ve been growing a relationship with the people behind the scenes at the Pennsylvania Motor Trend Auto Show. We started off a few years back just supplying a few custom cars to fill a display space left vacant by past contacts. After providing positive results the past few years, we’ve now grown this showcase to more than 6,000 sq. ft.  – keeping great company with the likes of Maserati, Dupont Registry, and the AACA Museum as the main attractions within the North Hall. The extra space gave us plenty of room to feature 16 cars from the region – ranging from a 1941 Willys truck all the way up to 2017 Hyundai and Ford models that recently made their debut at the SEMA Show.

Crowds packed the Farm Show Complex for four days while we showcased some of the best of what PA and our region has to offer. R Miller Autobody brought out two unique vehicles. Tony Kertulis’s Ford Focus – featuring AirLift Suspension and some aggressive Rotiform wheels and a beast of a Wounded Warrior Edition Jeep. We’re used to seeing them bring out the cool Volkswagen builds so this was a nice touch to switch things up and let the people from the area know that they can handle any task. Plus we know they have some pretty cool VW build stuff up their sleeves that we will no doubt be talking about soon enough. Ben, Caitie and Tim brought out some clean aired out current VW’s – and our old pal from the WRteam days, Otis Thomas dusted off a cool mk4 Jetta he keeps in storage for a little reunion of sorts. Legacy Innovations from York, PA were kind enough to bring up their brand new Ford Fusion that debuted at SEMA just a few months ago – and we were also able to talk them into bringing up the amazing one-off Corrado they built along with Steve Nodarse. We recently chose this RHD, R32 swapped Corrado as our Top RealBuild of 2016… so it was beyond fitting to have it on display to kick off and preview 2017.


Lightner Motorsports also brought out some cool stuff that they recently debuted at SEMA, They had two OEM builds that they partnered with Gurnade Design with for Hyundai USA. The Tucson SUV sports a clean and simple style and features a cool electric skateboard theme. The Veloster build is much more aggressive and it features a set of VelosterFlares.com fender flares to match. It’s great to see friends of ours continuing to work with Rotiform Wheels on their current SEMA projects. Dave also helped out on the classic and hot rod culture aspect of our display, transporting an amazing Factory Five Cobra rep built by his wife, Juliet’s shop – Majors Select Collision Group. When this thing made it entrance on set-up day, everyone in the building just stopped and watched in awe as we found its display placement.

We also had some of our friends and favorite builders from around the area on display within our showcase. John Coleman brought out his super clean 240, which has come a long way in the few years since we first took notice to it. Fabian Purini brought out a new toy of his, an R33 Skyline that is sort of a work in progress, but was still looking clean and stunning for the auto show thanks to the guys at Urban Werks. Cassidy Kennedy brought out her fan favorite 400+ HP Civic for the display as well. Terry Goodman – Baked Goods Creative poppa – stopped out with one of the Willys from his collection as well. It was very cool to see good people with much different tastes in vehicles come together and have a great time.

We also want to give a shout out to our partners, whom we had as special guests for RealBuilds Row at the Auto Show, The Circuit Podcast. The fellas came out and walked around the event, watched some car culture tv shows in the booth with us, and they even managed to live record a fresh episode of the show over the course of the weekend during the event. You will definitely want to check that out to hear more about what we had going on at the show, as well as interviews with Scratch from RMiller Auto and our very own Shawn Baker – who talked about all things eJudged & his other venture the JunkStyles x LowLifeStyle Brand. He may have dropped a ton of new info about the upcoming spring and summer.

Check out The Circuit Podcast – Episode 51

The PA Auto Show was a perfect way to get a glimpse of what 2017 has to offer. We’ve got so much in store and so much positive energy in our plans and discussions for this year, we are beyond excited. Just a little weekend in the middle of winter to get the blood flowing and the creative ideas flowing. While we’ve got a couple of Powered by eJudged app usage events coming up already, we still have a month or more until we hit the road for some events. After this past weekend at the PA Auto Show, we’ve got to say we’re looking forward to it!

Enjoy the rest of our photos from the event:

Mint Films releases PA Auto Show video.

Joshua Allen of Mint Films paid a visit to our RealBuilds Row showcase at the PA Auto Show and decided to grab some footage of some of the high quality craftsmanship that we had on display. Thanks for putting this together! We hope to see you at events all around the area this year.

H2O International 2016

Whaleyville, MD – For many in the car scene, ourselves included, much of the year is spent anticipating the H2O International weekend in Ocean City, MD – which is capped off at the end of the week/end by the official H2O International VW/Audi event a short drive across the bay at Fort Whaley Campground. This event has always been super influential and important to VW/Audi enthusiasts across the whole nation. In recent years, the weekend has also become a favorite to pretty much everyone else in the automotive scene as well. Over crowded Ocean City streets full of over-zealous “import racers” and amateur drifters has made the first weekend in October quite an interesting one. We were lucky enough this year to receive an invite from our good friends at the JunkStyles x LowLifeStyle brand to a cool meet/GTG that they had planned. The Big Easy Meet took place on Coastal Highway and 60th Street – at an amazing bar and restaurant called The Big Easy. The meet was open to “all OG’s and Outcasts” and the one and only rule was to come and act like an adult. Be a part of the solution instead of part of the chaos. We’re happy to say that we were on hand all afternoon and evening and there was not a single incident that occured during the meet, not even a visit from the police… and we might add that the front porch/deck of the Big Easy provided a great grandstand to watch all the cars cruise past.

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Onto Sunday and the actual H2O event. We’ve got to say that this was one of the biggest and most surprising yet. Now, this event survived a hurricane weekend in 2015, so it’s tough to come up with any surprises. But when we arrived for a brief operations meeting on Saturday – over half of the showfield was under water. It had rained for days in advance – and in fact the rain never stopped until Saturday evening’s Big Easy Meet was scheduled to kick off. More show cars turned up for the show that we can remember in recent years, and the event staff had to improvise and find new cool spots to put rows of cars. While it was a mud fest, it made for a pretty cool and different event than we normally experience. We even ended up having our booth set up right in the vendor midway, mainly because finding safe ground to keep our Ford Transit Battle Wagon afloat was quite tricky and we had a judging session to operate! We’ve got to give it up to Jay Shoup and the rest of his amazing crew for adapting and improvising – and at the end of the weekend another job well done. And speaking of well done, we’d also like to thank the group of judges that we worked with this year. This was truly an historic H2Oi event for eJudged as the process was smoother, quicker, and more accurate than we can ever remember. We see a lot of the same faces turning up  year after year to be a part of the judging, and we are grateful to work with people so passionate and helpful in the community.

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After another year for the record books, we cannot wait to see what H2O International 2017 has to offer. We’re about to book our vacation house now and start counting down the months, weeks, and days already!

Import Evolution

Boston, MA – The eJudged “Dream Team” made the trip to Boston, MA for a weekend to see what the city had to offer. We had the opportunity to work with Javier (AKA Electro) of Import Evolution with his event at the Seaport World Trade Center. The eJudged crew was on site with their Ford Transit Battle Wagon to promote its brand and also to provide some general assistance for the judging staff. The Battle Wagon was parked in the perfect location, situated between the main stage and model lounge keeping the team entertained all day long with non-stop events, which included the team tug of war, a bikini contest, bands and rappers.

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The event exceeded our expectations as one of the most anticipated events of the year, providing some of the top cars in the northeast ranging from Pennsylvania to Toronto. There was some fierce competition in Boston, but it was Drew Evans G37 that stood out above and beyond the rest to Import Evolution judges winning Best of Show. We have seen this car at a number of events this year and we still continue to find new modifications week after week. Great to see a dedicated builder like Drew reaching new milestones with this car at events all over the east coast.

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Thanks to Electro and the crew – and the great city of Boston – for the hospitality and look forward to returning to Import Evolution next year.