NOPI "Fast and the Furious" Racing Series - Dinwiddie, VA, August 17-18, 2002
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After months of planning, and plenty of hard work, we finally were ready for it: the debut of the Crutchfield car show booth!
We decided to hold court for the first time at the NOPI Fast and the Furious Racing Series stop at the Virginia Motor Sports Park in Dinwiddie, Virginia (Dinwiddie is just south of Richmond). We were lucky enough to have Brian Hobbs of the Speedline Performance car club (Richmond, Virginia chapter) exhibit with us (we'll have a profile of Brian and his vehicle soon; check our Road Test section to see it). He's got a two-tone Honda Accord with some killer I.C.E. (in-car entertainment).
Overall, the experience was outstanding. We were able to display a wide range of the products we offer, we handed out scores of Crutchfield catalogs (each of which featured show-specific special offers), and we signed lots of people up to receive the catalog in their homes. And the best part was, we got to talk to many of the thousands who visited the track over the course of the weekend.
As with any NOPI event, the centerpiece was definitely the racing. Several classes of races, plus the open class, ran at intervals throughout the day. Quite a few of the racers put up some impressive times. Later in the afternoon, during the burnout contest, the engine of one entrant's car actually caught fire, much to the delight of the crowd (not without merit, though: the smoke he produced could be seen from everywhere on the grounds). To see a list of the race winners from the weekend, plus car show highlights and more pictures, click here.
Down in the vendor midway, show cars galore were on display, vendors were showing off their stuff, and Microsoft® had its XBox tent up and running, allowing visitors to demo the gaming system. On stage, Jensie performed to a receptive crowd a couple of times per day. Just outside the midway, the racing teams had their pits set up, and they spent most of their time making adjustments, fine-tuning, and getting ready for their next races. Always a blast to watch them in action.
Saturday night, we were hit with an hour-long torrential downpour, so the night racing was cancelled. But the StreetGlow-sponsored glow-off was still held, as were the swimsuit competition (still a fan favorite), and the foam party.
Sunday turned out to be a gorgeous day. The races went on as scheduled, thousands more visitors came through the gates to take in the festival-like atmosphere, and we can safely say that everyone had a great time.
The debut of the Crutchfield booth was a complete success, and the weekend was enjoyed by all. Take a look at our Event Calendar to see when a series of races will be in your area you'll also be able to find out where our tent will be; if you're at one of those shows, be sure to drop by and say hello!
To see our gallery of more photos from the show, click here.
The debut of the Crutchfield booth at NOPI in Dinwiddie was a blast for everyone who participated.
Lance Holong (left) and Joe Demaree (right) get their Honda Civics lined up and ready to race.
A scene from the crowd-pleasing burnout contest the more smoke a driver produces, the louder everyone cheers.
In the db Drag, sound pressure level (SPL) is everything.
Entrants in the Open racing class (in which anyone can race) line up just behind the drag strip.
Brian Hobbs of Speedline attracted many a spectator to the Crutchfield booth with his two-tone Honda Accord.