Los Angeles is a wonderful place to be if you're a gearhead. There are events nearly every day, great shops, not too much pestering from the cops, and a very healthy modding scene. Most of this goes on during the day, but what happens when the sun goes down and the lights come on? That's when the stance crowd comes out to play.
Now, when I say stance, I'm not referring to slammed cars only. I'm also referring to the whole crowd which is roped in with the slammed crowd, such as Evo and STI guys. To find out what this crowd is like when they come out to play, I went to an event in Burbank, CA, a place notorious for a large police presence and having one of the biggest impromptu meets ever (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/7347370-...). For this meet, we traveled to this very place once again.
The first thing I saw when I pulled up was a few slammed Civics and some guys smoking next to them. I parked up next to a slammed Hilux on very stretched tires and a slammed 2010 Corolla. Walking around these events, you meet loads of people. When I put out the sign saying my car was for trade, a man in a Ducati jacket immediately approached me. We started chatting about the car, his bike, his IS300 and cars in general. That's the best part about the car culture in LA. Most people, whether they like your car or not, respect your build and the work you've put into it. While walking around, I encountered a couple other Z guys, 4 slammed Miatas, several Lancers and Evos, and the normal crowd of Civics and Accords. On top of that, there were 2 turbo'ed E30s, an old Corolla wagon (From the 70s), and the normal crowd of "drift douches", AKA S13 and S14 guys.
While most of the people are very nice and respectful at meets, issues do come up. Almost all of these meets are not condoned by the places where they are held, and as a result, they can often be shut down prematurely. Most of the time when no one does anything stupid, the meet can last a good 2 or 3 hours, but when people start revving their engines and doing burnouts, the cops WILL show up.
If you're ever out in LA, please let me know and I'll take you to one of the car events, either night or day (Or legit vs. impromptu). It's worth it.
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