NOPI Nationals Supershow - Atlanta, GA, September 21-22, 2002
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|What's the story?
This was it. The biggest custom-car show of the year NOPI Nationals, 2002 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the racetrack to see this incredible show, which featured countless show cars competing in several different show categories, plus all the fun activities and events for which NOPI has become famous.
Who was in the booth?
Team Crutchfield set up our booth smack in the middle of all the action. To say that we were able to meet a great deal of spectators would be an understatement; thousands of people made their way through the booth, as they wandered through the midway (we're pretty sure blown away by everything there was to see).
Polk was kind enough to send us both their Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and one of their tricked-out Ford Escapes (you can check out the details of the Escape in our Road Test section by clicking here). Both vehicles feature a jaw-dropping amount of modification, and look fantastic. We were also visited by two of Polk's models, and Bazooka's models (Raven Smith and Tyran Richard), both of whom were more than happy to sign posters for enthusiastic fans.
The weekend clearly revolved around the acres' worth of show cars that were entered in the competition. The variety was staggering, as was the level of modification that had been made to each car. Whether you were into heavy body modification or high-powered, mind-blowing sound systems, you were sure to find both in abundance. The level of detail achieved by each competitor (and by the people who brought their cars in just for show) was simply breathtaking. To see the winners in each category, plus more pictures from the weekend, click here.
And that wasn't all. The burnout contest, as always, brought heavy cheers from the crowd, as did the entertaining hydraulic jump-off. A wide range of vendors set up booths, at which they showed off their products and demo vehicles. On the NOPI stage, there was live musical entertainment, and the crowd-pleasing bikini contest. On Saturday night, as is a NOPI tradition, the inflatable tub was filled for the wild foam party.
Clearly, if you can make it to only one NOPI event, this is the one.
Overall, the experience was tremendous. Not only were we treated to the sights and sounds that is the NOPI extravaganza, we were able to talk to the thousands of people who stopped by the booth, and we gave away a Polk MOMO subwoofer. Shows like this make us understand clearly that the custom car and racing scene has exploded in popularity, and we're excited to be a part of it. Be sure to check our Event Calendar to see when a show might be on its way to your area. And when you're at one of these shows, be sure to drop by the booth and let us know you read about it here!
To see our gallery of more photos from the show, click here.
The Crutchfield booth, in the middle of the jammed vendor midway.
Matt Kennedy of Team Crutchfield poses with Alma Gates, whose customized Bronco is loaded with Kicker amps and subs (and requires five alternators to keep everything running!).
The rear deck of the Polk Ford Escape is packed with MOMO subs and Alpine V12 amplifiers.
The stout Polk MOMO subwoofer we gave away to a lucky show visitor.
Polk's models pose in the Polk Eclipse Spyder.
At the end of a long day, the guys in Team Crutchfield help Bazooka model Tyran Richard get off her feet.