Unfortunately the rain came in early Friday afternoon and brought the whole show to a standstill. The poor weather conditions left us with a lost day. To make up for the lost time though, Henry and I made a mad dash to shoot as many cars as possible the following day. We picked a secluded spot behind the vendor's trailers, attendees, and convention halls for our feature car shoots. We found a super-cool area under an overpass and even a traditional loading dock, all within the fairgrounds. It was there that I found the one key element that I alluded to earlier. You see, the best times to get to know the owners of the cars we shoot are between the clicks of our cameras. Through our random rants and discussions, you can truly see the real passion these people illustrate for the cars they build.
The fact of the matter is most of the enthusiasts we run across do this because they love this industry so much. It's not because they are hoping to be featured in the magazine for fame or to make boatloads of cash for a small fortune when they eventually sell it. They do it just because. It's the purest form of anything I have seen.
I'm truly honored to be a part of such a great cause. I wouldn't trade this job for anything. Where else can you find a group of guys that not only drive their works of art thousands of miles to an event, sit in the pouring rain, but will also claim that it's merely "a car" and shouldn't be treated as anything but. I have to say, this industry makes me proud to be a part of it and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
4th Annual GM Performance Parts LSX Shootout
The NMCA and GM Performance Parts are pleased to announce that the 4th Annual GM Performance Parts LSX Shootout will take place at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Missouri, the weekend of October 7-10, 2010.
The event, held in conjunction with the NMCA World Finals, is the largest LS gathering in the U.S. The LSX Shootout features awesome heads-up racing for the fastest LS-powered cars in the world, index-style and True Street racing for competitors of all levels, and a giant all LS-powered car show. This is the LS event of the year, with over $50,000 in cash and prizes, and it's brought to you by GM Performance Parts with presenting sponsor GM High-Tech Performance magazine.
The LSX Shootout's heads-up classes include Drag Radial, All Motor, and Real Street, all of which are wheels-up and hard core. New for 2010, the LSX Shootout will celebrate the return of the Camaro with two classes just for fifth-gen muscle cars! Camaro Performers magazine is sponsoring the fifth-gen Camaro Challenge, an index class for new Camaros only, and GM High-Tech Performance is sponsoring a heads-up fifth-gen Camaro Shootout on Sunday consisting of the fastest cars from the Camaro Challenge class. The Shootout also features two classes for mild to wild street-type LS-powered vehicles: LSX Rumble and True Street Challenge. The LSX Rumble class allows racers to pick their index, matching their street machine up against some of the fastest cars in the country. All racers competing in LSX Rumble may also compete for free in the True Street Challenge class on Saturday. Travel through the countryside then bring your LS-powered muscle car, truck, or SUV back to the track for a three-run showdown to determine who has the baddest LSX-powered True Street car in the world! All class winners will receive big bucks, an LSX block, and the coveted winner's jacket courtesy of GM Performance Parts and their host dealer, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center.