As many of you know, GrimmSpeed’s inaugural Friday meet-up took place exactly one week ago, and now that we’ve gotten some time to decompress from everything I’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on what exactly took place. Here’s a short video to get those of you who couldn’t attend caught up:
The veneer of what happened is that of a small meet, show, event, or whatever you choose to call it, but it actuality turned out to be so much more than that at its core. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, what I now realize is that last Friday brought a lot of us back to what being a car enthusiast is all about.
I suspect that many of you readers are a part of the automotive industry in some form or another; techs, parts guys, tuners, installers, salesmen, etc. I myself started my path into the automotive profession by changing oil at a local Ford Quicklube. My point being is that we all know that the glitz and glamour of going to work where your hobby is the central focus can wear thin at times. However, days like last Friday give not just us at the shop, but everyone in attendance, an opportunity to push the rigors of the car-enthusiast lifestyle to the back of our minds. For at least a few hours we didn’t have to think about the stresses of work, what deadlines loom for finishing our builds, or what the internet has to say about our cars.
The comradery we saw from those that stopped by was evident and good attitudes were out in drones. Maybe it was the start of the weekend, maybe it was the almost-inexplicably gorgeous day, whatever it was, things just felt right. Of course Subarus and Fords were in attendance, but there was no shortage of Mazdas, Infinitis, Volkswagens, etc. The few times I was able to slink away from my duties and meander across the parking lot I could only smile as I overheard old friends catching up after the off-season and could sense new bonds being made over a common obsession. At its heart, is that not what a local car scene should be all about?
So what’s next? The logical conclusion after a successful meet like this is to keep things evolving, so for those who haven’t heard, we’re excited to introduce a series of gatherings that we’re referring to as GrimmSpeed After Hours.
Much of the same vibe of the first meet will be kept, but we’ve got plans to continue making things interesting and fresh so that what’s been created here never feels like a chore. If you haven’t checked out the event page for After Hours: Round 2 on June 2nd, now’s the time to do so:
The first meet’s crowd-pleaser was without a doubt Alex Docken’s G35 sedan, which after a long winter of body work and meticulous improvements, is road-worthy once again:
The type of attention Alex’s car received got us thinking of ways that we could carry that excitement over to non-employee car owners. Thus, throughout the GS After Hours series we’ll be hand-picking a car or two at each event to showcase inside the GrimmSpeed R&D space for the upcoming meet. Since the car is only as good as the person that financed/put it together, we will also be doing a quick interview of the car owner(s) for the GrimmSpeed Blog.
Another big thank you goes out to all those that stopped by for the first meet, we couldn’t continue doing this without all of the overwhelming support from the GrimmSpeed family. See you all at the next one!