Wow, another summer is coming to a close already (I suppose it is debatable whether September is considered to be summer or fall — but I consider it the start of fall). And with it comes the end of the car show season. We spent this weekend enjoying the sights and sounds of modified autos by the Bay at SPOCOM SF. This year it was held at Golden Gate Fields, a gorgeously scenic horse racetrack right by the Bay in Berkeley (or is it considered Albany? Yet another subject for debate — who knew this could be so controversial?). Well the place sure saw its fair share of horsepower this weekend.
GGF is no stranger to automotive events though. Years ago, I recall coming to this place to run autocross events with the SCCA San Francisco Region. Back in the day, the SCCA still had events actually IN the Bay Area at places like Oakland Coliseum, Alameda Point, Candlestick Park, and GGF. For predictable reasons (noise, costs, etc.), these kinds of motorsports events have been largely chased out of the Bay Area proper and off into the boonies — areas like Marina, Crows Landing, Sacramento, and Stockton. Areas like Alameda Point and GGF remain available to event organizers with deep pockets: some auto manufacturers still throw “driver experience” types of events at these locations from time to time. SPOCOM, triumphant after holding successful automotive events all across the U.S., managed to secure Alameda Point for the last 2 years and now grabbed the GGF venue for 2018. We are glad to be able to return to these wonderfully scenic spots which make a great backdrop for the automotive spectacle that is SPOCOM.
The NorCal86 crew held it down with a small but strong contingent lined up near the main stage.
Internet and Youtube celebrity vlogger TJ Hunt was on hand to meet fans and brought his entourage and Pandem V3.5 kitted BRZ for everyone to check out. I don’t know that much about TJ as I don’t follow too many YT vloggers but it was eye-opening to see the long lines of fans waiting to meet and take a photo with him. The lines to TJ’s tent were longer than the lines to the model lounge area! 😮
I didn’t get too many shots of the models and didn’t stay all the way to the end for the awards ceremony, but here are some shots of the go go dancers who took to the stage to entertain the crowd along with music by local DJ Teddy Rockspin.
All in all I think the SPOCOM event was a big success with a great turnout and some really quality car builds on display to prove that the SF Bay area’s auto enthusiasts scene is alive and thriving. Standing by the gates in the late afternoon I overheard more than one attendee asking, “when is the next show like this?” Well SPOCOM has more events planned for this summer and fall, with San Diego and Hawaii next on the schedule. Check out their site for more info at http://spocomusa.com.
more event photos below in the full gallery: