Car Show Articles and Reviews
Revelocity Expo San Jose CA 2014
The Revelocity Expo, in San Jose California, brought together a variety of cars from various enthusiast scenes. I saw everything from American muscle cars, import tuners, modified euros, and much more.
For those of you unfamiliar with the region, San Jose is just roughly 45 miles south of San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area is a thriving hotbed of automotive enthusiasm. Big name race tracks like Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway are located within a relatively short driving distance from the Bay Area. Within the Bay Area itself the import tuner scene has been hot since at least the 1990s, well before Paul Walker and Vin Diesel (and the F&F crew) popularized the import tuner scene on the big screen. Car shows such as Hot Import Nights, Wekfest, and Blox Evolution have all been major shows for this scene.
American classics, hot rods, and muscle car enthusiasts also have had a thriving presence in the Bay Area for many decades. Typically the pinnacle of car shows for this segment of automotive enthusiast scene is the Good Guys Car Show in the city of Pleasanton. At this show you can be sure to capture the most awesome in local hot rods, classics, and muscle cars.
The Revelocity organizers recognized, after attending many car shows, that automotive enthusiast scenes were in silos. Most shows don’t really encompass all flavors of car enthusiasm. So the Revelocity crew took it upon themselves to organize a major expo, for their first time in a window of roughly 6 months, to bring together as many different flavors of auto enthusiasm as possible. Considering the relatively short period of time and being newcomers to the auto show scene, they were able to draw in about 5,000 attendees and 250 cars for display. They also teamed up with the Reach Out World Wide (ROWW) non-profit organization founded by the legendary car enthusiast, actor, and philanthropist Paul Walker. Led by his brother Cody Walker the ROWW teamed up with the Revelocity crew in order to help raise funds for the ROWW organization.
The ROWW foundation was established to help close the gap in the availability of skilled resources in post natural disaster situations. The massive earthquake that hit Haiti and the aftermath of the destruction is what motivated Paul Walker to help find ways to provide skilled resources in helping victims of the disaster. Paul Walker saw for himself first hand the challenges ROWW seeks to remedy while he was helping those affected in Haiti by the massive earthquake. After his passing Paul’s family and friends have been able to keep the torch going. The Revelocity organizers were able to get in touch and partner with Paul’s brother Cody and ROWW for the event. A portion of the proceeds from the event would go to help fund ROWW, and Cody would in return bring cars from the Fast and Furious movies, and Paul’s personal Toyota Supra and Nissan GTR.
Overall, it was a great show, especially since this was a first time for the organizers. There were some really cool modified cars from import tuners, American muscle cars, European street modified, and much more. In addition to this, the event was able to bring in over $7,500 in contributions to ROWW. Another highlight was that attendees were able to meet Cody Walker and get to see Paul Walker’s Supra and GTR, and other cars from the Fast and Furious, like Vin Diesel’s character’s 1970 Dodge Charger. I’m looking forward to attending their future events and hope they’re able to grow, expand, and take their shows on the road to other cities and states.
As co-founder of Carsbyme, an automotive enthusiast based market place where enthusiasts can find cars for sale, Eddie is a hardcore car lover. Eddie Morales writes about many automotive topics, including carshows, the automotive enthusiast world, and more. He's teamed up with the Carshowz.com team to help provide coverage of the California auto show scene.