Photos and Story by: Brandon Deuster
I’ve always heard stories and seen photos from previous Import Alliance meets, and this year I finally decided to plan going to one. This years fall meet was set in Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Not only was this my first Import Alliance show, but this would also be the farthest I’ve gone on a road trip; Totaling over 500 miles and 8 hours on the road. I would make the journey with my good friends Paige and Jake, in her 2006 Acura TL on VIP Modular wheels. We started our trip from my house in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin at noon.
The miles flew by as we made our way through Illinois. Once we had crossed through West Chicago and into Indiana, things seemed to slow down. With the sun setting on a flat, open landscape, the miles seemed to slowly creep by.
We made few stops in the effort of saving time. Two traffic jams ended up slowing our progress by about an hour – one in Chicago and one in northern Indiana. We couldn’t wait to get out of the car and eat a long awaited dinner. We checked into the hotel at about 10:30pm.
We woke up at 6am the next morning to make it to the show before gates open. We were part of the Downstar booth, being run by Rb, Collin and Fredo. We met up with them at the front of the hotel and set off to the park. Once we set up the booth, I unpacked my camera and got to work.
I was very impressed after the first day had ended. Like Automotion and other events I’ve been to, the party doesn’t stop after the show ends. For the rest of the night, we hung around other car guys near the hotels and went out to eat. I was super excited for the next day.
Import Alliance was a blast. To my surprise, I met a lot of people who were interested in my work and where I’m from, despite my friends and I getting made fun of for having a “Wisconsin Accent”. I will for sure be going back to see the other IA meets next year. I would like to thank Rb, Collin, Fredo, Jake, Paige, and everyone else for making this weekend fantastic. It was awesome to see a new part of the country, and seeing cars I’ve never seen before.