Posted by Josh Mackey
So many memorable events have happened in 2012 so far; SOPA, MegaUpload is shut down, Eli Manning somehow wins another Superbowl, Wendy’s overtakes Burger King as #2 on the burger list, the President supports same sex marriage, and of course, Forum Fest. Many more like that, and we’re only half way through 2012! Better hold on.
Text by Mackey // Photos by Media Contributors (Header Photo by Guy Fealey, Kevin O’Rourke, Gaelen Norman & Kyle Robertson)
No matter how good of a streak you think you’re on, everything will always come to a crashing halt at some point or another. The best sports teams, gamblers, investors and car show producers have all seen a never ending road of good luck, until one day, by an act of god, it all stops. Forum Fest 2012 had the makings of quite possibly the biggest and best event in the Northwest, ever. By the numbers, it was still the biggest import car show to date, with 378 total pre-registered cars, 35 pre-registered drift cars and the fastest drag racers in the area ready to battle.
The risk of bad weather in the State of Washington or most parts of the Northwest is a threat we live by 24/7/365. Even the great and powerful wizard, aka Steve Pool has bad days and just like last Saturday, even with the prediction of rain, still couldn’t have guessed what was going to happen. The week leading up to Forum Fest was your typical Seattle weather, fair, overcast, spotty rain, easy enough to deal with. The morning of Forum Fest dried up, some partly sunny skies with rain holding to the south, things looked great. Our crew was setup by 6:30am and ready to roll in cars and by 7, the front entrance to Pacific Raceways was filled.
It took our staff only 3 hours to check in and place a total of 350 cars. If you’ve never done a car show before, this was truly amazing. Plans were set in place, roll-in was cut off promptly at 10:15am, and we were ready to rock. We allowed the staff to get settled in and learn the lay of the land; we checked our vendors and had our judges meeting around 11, and then the skies turned to black. Drifting had begun on the back stretch of the track and several runs (and crashes) happened, before it was called for rain. Drifting in the rain is fine, drifting in the river, is not. Drag racing also started, but even with light rain it was held off and then cancelled.
Rain of epic proportions came down so fast, many spectators and participants bolted to cover. Our staff waited to see if would let up, but it was clear that it was only getting worse. Insisting on continuing our process, our judges went out into the downpour, tablets/phones in hand to use our online judging tool only to be sent right back with devices that just couldn’t operate. A few judges took clipboards, paper and pen and tried our old method, only to have the rain soak the paper and smear the ink. By this time, we knew our options were limited. A third judges meeting was called to discuss our options and it was determined that our 7 trained judges would walk the layout and start picking cars that had a high chance for winning their class. Any car chosen was then put under the microscope, comparing each car, talking with owners on a real level. All the winners (listed below) deserve their award. We understand the issues at hand, which have been addressed, but we’re confident on the winners selected best represent the award that was given.
The event could have gone much better, but you can’t say it wasn’t memorable. Only in the Northwest can we have a record breaking car show, in the rain. It also didn’t help that in Seattle proper, the rain had made way to sunny and blue skies since noon that day. We hear your concerns and have already been formulating better back up plans and better processes in a situation as dire as this and our events can only improve in time. We thank you for your support and understanding as we begin to process of how to mend the situation and continue to bring you the best events in the Northwest.
Mother Nature, you owe us one.
|Best of Show||Kenneth Edwards||2004 Nissan 350z|
|NWMotiv Judges Choice||Michael Heasley||1991 Nissan 240sx|
|NOS Energy Drinks Choice||Chris Kenning||2008 Volkswagen GTI|
|Best Other||Marcus Estill||2004 Hyundai Tiburon|
|Best Paint||Cici Calderon||2007 Scion tC|
|Best Interior||Kenneth Edwards||2004 Nissan 350z|
|Best Stance||Tony Dau||2002 Honda S2000|
|Best Team Overall||Team Menace|
|Best Motorcycle||Ian Shoel||2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000|
|Best Team/Club/Forum Represent||MazdasNW.com|
|Best Toyota / Scion||Vance Sakado||1987 Toyota Corolla GT-S|
|2nd Place Toyota / Scion||Amanda Plummer||2006 Scion tC|
|Best Engine||Terru Suvonnarith||2001 Acura Integra|
|Best Female Build||Katie Smith||2004 Subaru Impreza|
|Best Race Build||Patrick Widner||2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo|
|Best Overall Theme||Kirk Garretson||2005 Subaru Impreza|
|Craziest Fitment||Sam Schuur||1999 Subaru Impreza|
|Best Old School||Haila Ignacio||1982 Toyota Starlet|
|Best Subaru||Katie Smith||2004 Subaru Impreza|
|2nd Place Subaru||Jennier Wintrode||2004 Subaru Forester|
|Best Honda/Acura Hatch/Coupe||Dom Costello||1995 Honda Civic HB|
|2nd Place Honda/Acura Hatch/Coupe||Randy Olivarez||2007 Honda S2000|
|Best Honda/Acura 4/5 Door||Andrew Louangphakdy||1996 Honda Civic Sedan|
|2nd Place Honda/Acura 4/5 Door||Austin Hironaka||1999 Honda CR-V|
|Best Mazda Sedan / Coupe||CJ Ramos||2008 Mazdaspeed 3|
|2nd Place Mazda Sedan / Coupe||Brendan Hughes||2012 Mazda 2|
|Best Mazda W5||Branden Edwards||2004 Mazda RX-8|
|2nd Place Mazda W5||Brian Verdecchia||2009 Mazda RX-8|
|Best Nissan||Kenneth Edwards||2004 Nissan 350z|
|2nd Place Nissan||Morris Malone||2008 Nissan 350z|
|Best Japanese Luxury||Kenji Nishimura||1999 Lexus GS300|
|2nd Place Japanese Luxury||Shonn Kidoguchi||1999 Infiniti QX45|
|Best European||Chris Kenning||2008 Volkswagen GTI|
|2nd Place European||Jaron Bell||2010 BMW M3|
|Best Domestic 2dr||Andrew Le||1963 Chevy Impala|
|2nd Place Domestic 2dr||Greg Turnage||2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser|
|Best Domestic 4/5dr||Lindsay High||2005 Dodge SRT-4|
|2nd Place Domestic 4/5dr||Day of Registration||Red Dodge SRT-4|
|Best Mitsubishi||Alan Whitright||2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo|
|2nd Place Mitsubishi||Anson Lo||2003 Mitsubishi Evo|
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