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Import Revolution - Chicago, IL, October 26, 2002

WINNERS

Best of Show - James Mueler - Mitsubishi Eclipse
SynPower Performance Award - Greg Feinstein - Honda Civic
Max Life Award - Chris Seaton - Port St.Lucie, Fl
Best on BFGoodrich - Ahad Mirza - Acura Integra
Best Import Club Best Overall - Ronin
Best Import Club Participation - Redzone
Best Undercarriage - Syde Hussain - Honda Prelude
Best Custom Car - Bob Mull - Chevy Cavilier
Best Interior - James Mueller - Mitsubishi Eclipse
Best Vinyl Graphics - Felix Perez - Toyota Corolla
Eagle One "Shine and Show" Award - Rob Woo - Lexus IS300
Best I.C.E. - Javier Conte - Lincoln Navigator
Best Honda - Larry Chachko - S2000
Best Acura - Ahad Mirza - Integra
Best Mazda - Steven Najan - RX-7
Best Toyota - Steven Zielinski - Tacoma
Best Nissan - Ariel Malit - 240sx
Best Mitsubishi - James Mueller - Eclipse
Best BMW - Rama Seedoo - M3
Best Euro - John Ocustamonle - Audi A4
Best VW - Joseph Carr - Beetle
Best Subaru - Colin Masinam - WRX
Best Domestic - Bob Mull - Cavalier
Best Mercedes - Carla Simon

Best Display
1st Place - Tony Glenn
2nd Place - Victor Arello
3rd Place - Nick Ocrock

Sound Presentation Award
1st Place - Steve Zielinski - Toyota Tacoma
2nd Place - John Veztuno - PT Cruiser
3rd Place - Guillermo Tapico - Toyota Celica

Street Class
1st Place - John Moscuvitch - Honda Accord
2nd Place - Nojito Hussain - Acura Integra
3rd Place - Syde Hussain - Honda Prelude
4th Place - Shezon Aandani - Acura Integra
5th Place - Stanley Valones - Honda Accord
6th Place - Victor Arelleno - Lexus GS300

Mild Class
1st Place - Ahad Mirza - Acura Integra
2nd Place - Levi Ervins - Ford T-Bird
3rd Place - Ryan Krokson - Honda Civic
4th Place - Glenn Silverio - Honda Civic
5th Place - John Llave - Honda Civic
6th Place - Chris Bobka - Toyota Celica

Wild Class
1st Place - James Mueler - Mitsubishi Eclipse
2nd Place - Bob Mull - Chevy Cavilier
3rd Place - James Howard - Mercury Cougar
4th Place - Tony Glenn Buschmer - Honda Civic
5th Place - Daniel Velez - Nissan Maxima
6th Place - Brian Spilner - Mitsubishi Eclipse

W5 Class
1st Place - Danny Castillo - Mazda Protege 5
2nd Place - Anthony Argoinzani - Mazda Protege 5
3rd Place - Shane Noble - Subaru WRX Wagon

JDM Aftermarket
1st Place - Chris Seaton - Honda Civic
2nd Place - Najito Hussain - Acura Integra
3rd Place - Albert Yau - Honda Civic

Ladies Class
1st Place - Melinda James - Honda Del Sol
2nd Place - Carla Simon - Mercedes
3rd Place - Lesley Brozowski - Chevy Cavalier

Super Car Class
1st Place - John Nguyen - Acura NSX
2nd Place - William Jame - Acura NSX
3rd Place - Rick Waller - Lotus

Street Bike Competition
1st Place - Rafael Alvarez - Yamaha R1
2nd Place - Junior Comas - GSXR 750
3rd Place - Chicago Performance - Hayabusa


Photo Gallery
What's the story?
Import Revolution blew into the Windy City on October 26. The import extravaganza featured more than 400 car contestants, a fashion model expo, a national DJ search competition (the Revolution Turntablist Championship), sports bikes, radio controlled car races, a breakdance arena, and dance crew showcase.

Thousands of folks braved the cold and turned out to see the tricked out cars, motorcycles, trucks, and of course, the entertainment. Halloween was just around the corner, and several show cars sported Halloween-inspired effects in addition to the usual run of glow lights, steam, strobes, and neon. We glimpsed more than one witch hat and pumpkin head floating through the crowd, adding a unique flavor to the evening.

Who was in the booth?
MTX brought out their 1997 USAC IASCA World Champion Ford Mustang to keep us company at the Crutchfield booth. With three 10" Thunder8000 subs and three Thunder6500D mono-block amps in the rear, this car deals out some atomic bass, and draws lots of attention from the fans.

Show highlights
We were so swamped with people checking out products and signing up for free catalogs, that it took us a while to make our way around the huge McCormick Center convention hall. Once we started, though, it was hard to stop, as there was so much going on and so much ground to cover.

In addition to the over 400 competititon cars and numerous car club displays, vendors set up some major displays throughout the building. BF Goodrich, the chief sponsor of Import Revolution, Valvoline, APC, Ichibahn, Audiobahn, and Infinity all had impressive set ups and were giving away lots of freebies. APC had their semi-trailer there with tons of product out, showcasing everthing from replacement tails, clear corners, and lenses, to exterior lighting accents. Audiobahn drew a lively crowd of fans anxious to score a pair of free shoes. Everyone was carrying bags stuffed with free products and vendor literature.

In one section, Import Revolution had set up the remote-controlled car race course. Contestants maneuvered their cars around hair pin turns and over ramps, bumping and rubbing fenders like the real thing.

The Model Expo was another popular section of the floor. Fans lined up for autographs and a chance to have their pictures taken with well-known car show models, including Nikki Cash, Sharon Sotto, Tila Nguyen, Rownena Galam, and Cathy Shim.

The cars and bikes were truly dazzling. All variety of show and performance vehicles were present, with contestants from all over the continent. We admired lots of great lighting, undercarriage effects, polished chrome, and custom body work. To see a list of the winners from the weekend, click here.

Import Revolution is the sister car show series to Hot Import Nights. If either of these shows come to your neck of the woods, we highly recommend you go and check it out — we certainly plan on putting them into our rotation. To see a full list of the hottest shows, click our Event Calendar link. You'll be able to find out where and when the shows will be, as well as which we'll be attending.

To see our gallery of more photos from the show, click here.

The super-clean install in MTX's Ford Mustang was a welcome addition to the Crutchfield tent.



The trunk packs some serious ThunderForce funk. Check out the boss fuse install location behind the rear wheel.


In-dash monitors, subs, and the lure of an MTX Thunder amp giveaway kept the fans pouring into our tent.


This "Super" bike was one of many slammin' show bikes on display.


The remote-controlled car race course, a fixture at every Import Revolution event.


Car show model Nikki Cash signed autographs for fans.

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