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.

Mikeys Kouki 240sx sporting our prototype windshield banner.

Mikey's Kouki 240sx sporting our prototype windshield banner.

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, a Mazda group, came out hard, and in large numbers.

ProjectM, a Mazda group, came out hard, and in large numbers.

This rotary housing and rotor made me smile. :)

This rotary housing and rotor made me smile. :)

Thats a lot of Mazdas.

That's a lot of Mazdas.

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.

Holy good god, thats some badass fitment.

Holy good god, that's some badass fitment.

StanceWorks Zero Clearance is pretty self explanatory.

StanceWorks' Zero Clearance is pretty self explanatory.

Edafe wiping bird poo off of his back glass.

Edafe wiping bird poo off of his back glass.

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.

The gallery lines up for the judges.

The gallery lines up for the judges.

Team Ikon, OG since 96.

Team Ikon, OG since 96.

Sunny D! ....I want some of that purple stufffff......

Sunny D! ....I want some of that purple stufffff......

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.

Jace telling bitches to get over here as he tries to help run the show.

Jace telling bitches to "get over here" as he tries to help run the show.

These three say cheese, or however you say it in Japanese.

These three say cheese, or however you say it in Japanese.

Jenny Chu and what looks like iori from King of Fighters cheesin for the camera.

Jenny Chu and what looks like iori from King of Fighters cheesin' for the camera.

Some of the teams had awesome displays such as this red carpet look for the show.

Roll out the red carpet

Roll out the red carpet

Im seein stars, im seein stars

I'm seein' stars, i'm seein' stars

Others, like Refined elegance had couches and even a faux armored knight out on display to catch attention.

Refined Elegance taking center stage. Literally.

Refined Elegance taking center stage. Literally.

Better this than a confederate flag?

Better this than a confederate flag?

Who needs car alarms when you have this guy?

Who needs car alarms when you have this guy?

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.

PowerFab Auto had some wicked, but well diversed cars in attendance.

PowerFab Auto had some wicked, but well diversed cars in attendance.

Its like skittles. Only 50000 times more expensive.

It's like skittles. Only 50000 times more expensive.

Does this 240Z look familiar to you?

Does this 240Z look familiar to you?

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.

Ameen with Team Epik

Ameen with Team Epik

Brother Amir wasnt too far behind.

Brother Amir wasn't too far behind.

JohnP, our fearless leader

JohnP, our fearless leader

Hajime-san discussing the finer points about bacon.

Hajime-san discussing the finer points about bacon.

Pauls face actually looks like this 90% of the time.

Paul's face actually looks like this 90% of the time.

Tired showgoers take a break

Tired showgoers take a break

Jenny Chu poses with some fans.

Jenny Chu poses with some fans.

Team Epik snapping some FB photos, no doubt.

Team Epik snapping some FB photos, no doubt.

Gabe and Team SunWorks

Gabe and Team SunWorks

But you’re here to check out some car pictures, right? Then let’s get crackin’.

Jesses super clean JDM front CRX looks minuscule next to the Z33.

Jesse's super clean JDM front CRX looks minuscule next to the Z33.

A flawless LS430 sitting in the RE booth.

A flawless LS430 sitting in the RE booth.

Speaking of LSs, Jeebus freshly painted Lexus LS was quite the head turner.

Speaking of LS's, Jeebus' freshly painted Lexus LS was quite the head turner.

As always, wheel fitment for team RE is always on point.

As always, wheel fitment for team RE is always on point.

Even the Brembo brakes on this Maseratti were beautiful to look at.

Even the Brembo brakes on this Maseratti were beautiful to look at.

While were at it, RE had this black and purple themed LS out on display as well

While we're at it, RE had this black and purple themed LS out on display as well

Purple LEDs? Im sold.

Purple LED's? I'm sold.

Who could forget this showstopper? Anis super badass turbocharged and bagged Lexus LS

Who could forget this showstopper? Anis' super badass turbocharged and bagged Lexus LS

But it wasn’t only luxury cars that showed, many different cars came to compete.

Wow, a JDM Datsun Bluebird Coupe was showing as well

Wow, a JDM Datsun Bluebird Coupe was showing as well

Kimos recent cover car, a minty fresh DC2 integra as seen in S3magazine.

Kimo's recent cover car, a minty fresh DC2 integra as seen in S3magazine.

Vertex 3

Vertex <3

One VIPd out Fit.

One VIP'd out Fit.

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.

A Genesis Coupe showing off its carbon fiber components.

A Genesis Coupe showing off its carbon fiber components.

One of the nicest engine bays at the show. A proper 2JZGTE motor in a Supra.

One of the nicest engine bays at the show. A proper 2JZGTE motor in a Supra.

A boosted S2K bay is nothing to scoff at.

A boosted S2K bay is nothing to scoff at.

An old school B-series still drops jaws.

An old school B-series still drops jaws.

Wow. A clean 2JZGTE swap into a GS. What wont they put this in??

Wow. A clean 2JZGTE swap into a GS. What won't they put this in??

Pssssssh. Once youve seen a 2JZ in one car, youve seen them all.

Pssssssh. Once you've seen a 2JZ in one car, you've seen them all.

Okay, maybe not.

Okay, maybe not.

purple and pink.

purple and pink.

Purple and teal?

Purple and teal?

Oh how I love wankels.

Oh how I love wankels.

One hella clean engine bay

One hella clean engine bay

Even the drift cars from import Reactor Drift made it in! (sorta)

Thats a huge wang.

That's a huge wang.

Ameen and Team Epiks 3rd place trophy from the night before

Ameen and Team Epik's 3rd place trophy from the night before

Vaughn Gittins car making its way through.

Vaughn Gittin's car making it's way through.

Stews first place car from IRDrift.

Stew's first place car from IRDrift.

Stew and Aubre have a high five with Linhbergh from SpeedHunters

Stew and Aubre have a high five with Linhbergh from SpeedHunters

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.

Top Secret Tuned Project mothra sittin pretty with that Amuse Powerhouse Aero.

Top Secret Tuned Project mothra sittin' pretty with that Amuse Powerhouse Aero.

The Top Secret Duo

The Top Secret Duo

Planet Zero in the house.

Planet Zero in the house.

Asai plays a joke on Smoky and locks him in a trunk.

Asai plays a joke on Smoky and locks him in a trunk.

LOL

LOL

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.

Somewhere in there, there must be a trophy for best KIA.

Somewhere in there, there must be a trophy for best KIA.

Oh Evan.

Oh Evan.

Top Secret + Import Reactor = 3

Top Secret + Import Reactor = <3

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JohnP swears hes sober.

JohnP swears he's sober.

–David–
David@maydaygarage.com

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