Las Vegas doesn’t have a lot of quality car shows that focus on import cars. So I was quite surprised to see the quality that was on display at the EOS car show held in Boulder City, Nevada. The import car scene is Las vegas Vegas is very young compared to our neighbors in California, but as most residents here are from Cali the quality has gotten better. The first car that caught my eye was this drift 240zx with a Lexus LS 400 motor, and a Ford Lightning supercharger on top. The creativity to make good reliable horsepower with junkyard parts, while not making it look like a death trap is amazing. I will have to look for this car at the local drift events.
The 25 year rule for imports is finally catching up to the R32 Skylines. This example was not a show car, but the rarity made everyone stop and stare. We all know the tunability of these cars, and I am sure it is only a mater of time before we see these with 500hp terrorizing the local Mustangs. This one was already for sale….I am very tempted.
The Vip tuning crowd showed up in force, a lot of large tires on air bag suspensions. The interiors on most of these vans where upgraded with better quality leathers and lighting. If I ever start a family I might have to look at these as a much cooler way to run to soccer practice that an big SUV.
Keeping with the VIP theme, here is a first generation Infinite M45. The M45 came with a big V8 from the factory so no need for performance upgrades just a little altitude adjustment and the results are pure style. The carbon fiber front lip added a little performance look, but made it hard to move the car around the grass field. This car was not on airbags so hats off to the hardcore owner.
In the age old tradition of fitting the biggest engine in the smallest car I give you an Acura J32 out of a TL sedan in a Honda Civic. The motor takes up all the room, so don’t expect air conditioning or power steering, hell you have to cut a hole in the hood to even close it. The benefit, more torque than any civic has ever had, and a great start for one hell of a drag car.
This is a real deal 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT Hakosuka. The grand daddy of all skylines was never exported, and very coveted in Japan so to see one on American soil is extremely rare. This one is slightly modified from stock with color matched over fenders and very wide Panasports.
The Factory motor is an L28 which is the same in the Datsun 240z of the same time. The addition of Solex carbs cleans up the engine bay, and gives a wicked sound when rev’ed.
A nice surprise at this show was this BMW 5 series with a 1JZ supra motor under the hood. The motor was converted to a single turbo set up and should provide the stylish 80’s luxo-cruiser with some serious punch. The chassis was lowered with some coilovers and sitting on large 18″ BBS rims, the only sign this car was not stock.
Ladies and gentlemen I give you the the Rocket Bunny GTR! The body kit on this 2012 Nissan GTR costs about $20,000 before paint of installation, but the presence this car gives off is worth every penny. The car is over a foot wider, and is able to swallow 325 series tires. For hard parking there is no better example. this car won best of show, and it’s no wonder why.