Now that we have Import Reactor Drift behind us, it’s time for the main course, Import Reactor Unlimited 2010. For those of you who having been hiding under a rock, this is the show where the best of the best compete for the year’s show bragging rights, and it’s all held at the Marriot Hotel in The Woodlands, TX, just north of Houston.
The venue was held in the adjacent parking lot, a four story garage right next to the front main entrance to the hotel. This made for a close knit, tight, high energy atmosphere with multiple DJ’s spinning on the top two floors. With tents up, chairs pulled out, and the sun shining, showgoers mixed in with Anime fans came out to see what were the newest trends in the Houston Import scene.
ProjectM, Opulence, Ikon, 16Niss, Import AllStars, Epik, Refined Elegance, Sunworks and even Swang-N-Bang were all out in full force, with each team proudly wearing their team’s colors. Most all of the crews were staying the night at the Marriot that Friday night as Import Reactor Unlimited is actually a 2 day car show. That’s right, two days.
Anime fans? What the… Oh, I forgot to mention, part of what makes Import Reactor Unlimited a little bit different from your typical car shows is the fact that the show takes place in the parking garage of the Hotel that hosts Anime Matsuri, a HUGE anime convention that is held inside of the hotel. I know what you’re thinking, and trust me when I say it actually is a fun event for people that are not even into anime that much. But we’re gonna leave that part out for another time.
On any other day, in any other car show, seeing kids dressed up in their Cosplay outfits would be considered out of place, maybe even weird, but not at IR. Here, you could dress up as MegaMan and check out an S2000, it didn’t matter, people were having fun as people from the convention eventually spilled out into the parking garage.
Some of the teams had awesome displays such as this red carpet look for the show.
Others, like Refined elegance had couches and even a faux armored knight out on display to catch attention.
While the displays were pretty elaborate, it didn’t keep people distracted for too long, as the cars were the main ticket. The overall presence of the show was strong, and the bright and glittery paint jobs looked great in the sun, or under a light.
There were a lot of familiar faces at IR, and it was a great social gathering for pretty much everyone there, as the weather was great, and the hotel bar was but a few steps away. Seeing people mix and mingle was nice for sure.
But you’re here to check out some car pictures, right? Then let’s get crackin’.
But it wasn’t only luxury cars that showed, many different cars came to compete.
Something that both me and John noticed this time around was the fact that so many people were showing off their engine bays. Now I know this should be a standard thing to see here at such a large show, but lately, people have thought twice about showing their bays for fear of thieves, but the amount of motors I saw that day was astounding. Truly remarkable.
Even the drift cars from import Reactor Drift made it in! (sorta)
There were also other familiar faces from recent events such as Project Mothra, John’s Top Secret G37, Hajime’s widebody S14 and other Top Secret tuned cars.
As the sun starts to fade on the second day, it was time to gather up and hand out some rewards and trophies! I won’t get into the car show politics here, but I will close out this post by saying that it was a unanimous decision for everyone involved to come back for the next Import Reactor next year because this one was so much fun! I swear, I’ve never ever had this much fun at a car show, much less an Anime convention. The mix of tuning, drifting, car show and anime was most definitely the right recipe for a great time. If it wasn’t for John Leigh, his wife, and all of those involved in making Import Reactor Unlimited, none of these good times would have been possible, and for that, we thank you.
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