We’re back from our SoCal road trip and it was a fantastic weekend! So many great moments at 86FEST and such an enjoyable trip.
We drove down Saturday and arrived in Los Angeles for an early dinner at Oo-Kook, an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ spot. The thinly sliced Kobe beef is #1 on the menu and for good reason. Good stuff and good service. They kept bringing out whatever we wanted and we cooked it right at the table. We ate so much it was a good thing we had another hour to go before reaching our hotel in Ontario, which gave us some time to digest. After checking in and dropping off our stuff we headed out to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga for some dessert at Crepes de Paris. Then it was back to the hotel for some rest.
In the morning we stopped off at Boba Planet to grab some quick drinks and sandwiches. The milk tea is pretty good, as is the grilled pork sandwich. The BBQ pork sandwich that I had was a little weird, they put some hard bits of star anise in there and it’s pretty much inedible so you have to spit that out. So get the grilled pork instead.
Off we go to the nearby Auto Club Speedway. Coming into the speedway you realize it is a pretty large track, with acres of parking lots. I was impressed with how they set up the entrance and had event staff all along the route into the track infield to guide us in. I had been warned that last year the lines were crazy long and people waited hours to get into the event. Perhaps they had learned a few lessons from last year’s event, or maybe it was because we arrived a little early, but we got in with minimal wait and everything was pretty smooth. Although when we reached the parking area, they said the “main parking area” was full and they directed us to the “rear parking area”. It ended up being fine, it was pretty much right behind the vendor village area and allowed easy access to the area, not too far from the WORKS Motorsport/NorCal86 tent.
So we stopped by to say hi to JR and his lady at the WORKS booth and he was kind enough to let us set up our base camp there with our chairs and take advantage of the shade. Around this time some of the other NorCal 86 members like Finch, Preston and Rich also showed up so we chatted a bit and started to walk around seeing all that the vendors had to offer at the many booths and tents. Seeing so many FR-S’s and BRZ’s together in one place was truly amazing and with so many parts, supplies and modifications on display it really made my jaw drop.
So much went on that I can’t really mention everything but I’ll try to hit some of the highlights. Seeing Ken Gushi’s drift car. Talking with Oscar Jackson of Jackson Racing about racing, and the supercharger kit for our cars they have coming this fall. Checking out the OEM+ Audio demo car and being able to sit in the car and crank it all the way up while everyone was watching. Talking with Moto Miwa of Club4AG and Dynamic Driving Academy, and of course pushing the NorCal agenda: bring DDA to us in NorCal! Meeting with some of the many vendors and telling them a little about 86DRIVE as well. Meeting Clint E. from Heuberger Motors, who came all the way out from CO where I bought my BRZ from. And collecting all kinds of minor schwag from the various booths and grabbing an official 86FEST event shirt.
At the end of the afternoon, everyone gathered near the main stage for what seemed like an eternity of raffle giveaways. So many prizes given away to the lucky winners! I unfortunately did not win any of the sweet prizes — I was really hoping to come home with some phat HRE flow formed wheels or the ARK complete exhaust. There was good news for some of the other NorCal owners though, who won a few things. And a huge congrats to NorCalGirl Sheena who won the honors of Best Female Owned FR-S in the car show! Way to represent and thank you for repping 86DRIVE with the big banners on front and back of her car!
A little disappointed that I didn’t win anything, I made it over to the RallySportDirect tent and still was able to snag a very good deal on a Kartboy crank pulley as they were packing up their booth. It was a little consolation prize to myself to help justify spending all the time and effort to come down here for 86FEST.
Well, that’s all for now. Enjoy the many pictures that we took by clicking on the image thumbnails below.