Words by: Jeremy Schaser
Edited by: Vicky Sithy
Photos by: Jeremy Schaser
Introduction by Andrew Smith: When I started this website, there were a few events and shows around the country that I had on my radar. SEMA, H2O, TX2K, Pikes Peak, and Import Alliance. I really wanted to make it to at least one of these events, but a combination on time and finances have prevented me from going. As Import Alliance began to draw near, I was disappointed that I would not be able to get coverage for the website. As luck would have it, our good buddy Jeremy (You may remember him from our Supercharged S2000 story HERE!) approached me and asked if I would like him to cover the show for us. Without any hesitation, I said ABSOLUTELY! I packed up the backup camera, lens and memory cards, and dropped it off a few days before he left. While it is sad that I did not get a chance to go this year, I am happy that we were able to provide coverage of the show for our loyal readers. With a special thanks to Vicky Sithy for helping with the editing and the photo refinishing, please take a few minutes to read Jeremy’s story below!
As the automotive scene continues to grow not only in size but in diversity as well, more hosts are thinking about what can be done to make their show different than all the rest. What can be added in order to bring in a larger crowd, but not break the bank? Since April of 2006, Import Alliance has done just that. In 2015, they currently sit as the largest all import car meet in the country. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend their summer meet, which was held at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. What should have been a 6 hour drive that Friday before, quickly turned into an 8 hour drive thanks to some wicked storms that passed through Indiana. However, we were able to make it to our hotel room and check-in before dark.
Nobody likes hearing their alarm go off at 6 am, unless it’s waking you up for a car show. Roll-in for the show was at 7:30 am, and you wanted to be early for this one. Being 30 minutes early for roll-in still wasn’t enough for us to be in the first 250 cars. However when the gates opened, and cars started rolling in, the organization that Import Alliance displayed was fantastic. The workers were very friendly, and everything moved extremely smooth as we got closer and closer to the gate. After paying and going through security, we were finally able to park our car and start the cleaning process. Please enjoy the photos that I took the first day at Import Alliance.
The main reason people travel to this show is because of, well, the show of course. However, as Import Alliance has continued to grow over the years, so has the night life. There are 4 main hotels located just 20 minutes from the track. These 4 hotels are all with-in walking distance of each other, parking lots all connected. After the car show, these lots fill up fast with show cars, pop-up tents and people. With KFC, Burger King, McDonalds and Taco Bell all located within walking distance, I can’t think of better place to spend that Saturday night.
What makes Import Alliance so unique is that it is a 2 day event. The 20 dollars that you pay at the door to get in on Saturday, also covers your attendance for Sunday as well, making it not only the largest event but also very affordable. Just like Saturday morning, cars were lining up at the gate before 7 am on Sunday. Please enjoy the photos that I took the second day at Import Alliance.
Like every good vacation, it’s always sad to leave. Import Alliance was by far the most organized and well put together show I have ever been too. After baking in 90 degree weather for the entire weekend, it was time to hit the road and head back to Wisconsin. I would like to thank Midwest Automotive for letting me perform coverage of the Import Alliance 2015 Summer Meet and I hope you all enjoyed the photos that were taken of the show and its cars as well.