Ramblings from the Warrior's Den
Saturday, March 08, 2003
Me, my brother and his friend decided to go pay a visit today to the Rods 'n Rice show today in Seattle. (Well OK, it wasn't called that. It was actually called the Seattle Roadster Show and Import Motion show.) Having a few hours (and $15) to kill, me and my brother went to this show at the Seahawks Stadium Exhibition Center this morning. The vast majority of the show was comprised of all manner of customs and hot-rods. As could be expected, the vast majority were domestics, but included in the mix were a few others, including a pretty nice collection of VWs and a couple of old Porsches (including a 356 and a mid-60s 911) that were in really nice shape. There was also one guy showing off V-6 and V-8 chainsaws, which looked pretty cool also. A couple of cars that stood out:

-The Foose Speedbird, as seen on that "Rides" show on TLC. I didn't get a very good look at it, but that is one seriously nice looking car. Some pics can be found Here.

-Blast-O-Lene Special: This sucker has an 1800 cubic inch, 900HP V-12 out of an old army tank, and looks like exactly the kind of thing that you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. Pics can be found here.

After this, we went to check out the rice- I mean import part of the show, sponsored by APC and Uncle Bens (not really, it just seemed that way.) Throughout the rest of the exhibition hall, things were relatively quiet, with mostly bubblegum oldies playing over the speakers. As soon as you get to this part of the hall, you're assaulted by blaringly loud (c)rap music, and everything in sight has the strobez and neonz going. Granted, there were a few reasonsbly nice cars in the import section, but for the most part it was just a lot of rice. The "highlight' of the import show was supposed to be the Fast and the Furious car. It was almost funny watching the reverential awe people regarded it with. I just had to check to see if it still had floorboards in it.

A good portion of the import show space was taken up by Exotik Phantasies, a local club. Their cars were by far the most riced out of the cars at the show. A whole bunch of slow stuff running stock engines with ridiculous bodykits, all sorts of APC bolt-ons and about 300 pounds of stereo junk in the back. One of 'em had a Civic Type R badge on the back, sitting right next to the Civic EX stickers! Not only that, but as far as I could tell they were trailering these piles of junk to the show rather than driving them. They have a website, but it's just another mAd tItE ricer club.

Overall, it was a decent show, but I don't know if it was worth the $15 a person and $8 for parking to go see it. I took some pics, but most turned out crummy, and I have nowhere to host 'em anyway.

And finally, a few random thoughts:

-What possible reason would someone have for mounting an LCD screen under their hood to watch DVDs on? Is that so you can watch movies while you're waiting for the tow truck on the side of the road?

-What's with all the Cobra replicas? There had to be something like 10 Cobras on the show floor, and of them, there were only two that weren't replicars, and even then I couldn't be sure.

-I was wondering how long it would take before someone would rice out a Civic Hybrid, and my question was answered. At least they managed to avoid using the Type R badge on this one.

-and finally, When they call an engine a big-block, they MEAN it. When you want something that says performance, you just can't beat a high displacement big-block that puts out 400 horsepower and drinks a whole dinosaur in a quarter mile.
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