HIDDEN GEMS FROM THE FIFTH-ANNUAL DOPERY CAR SHOW IN MINNESOTA
We sorta know what to expect when we walk into a Wekfest, Autocon, or Tuner Evolution show: big venue, hundreds of cars, thousands of people, you catch our drift… But there’s a bit of “parts unknown” when we travel to an event most car guys have never heard of— especially in a region that’s rarely on people’s must-travel list. You don’t know if you’re going to strike gold or come up empty-handed, which was the exact question we asked ourselves when we attended the 2014 Dopery Convention in Minnesota. To our surprise, the Land of 10,000 Lakes wasn’t a bust, and we uncovered some very clean rides and met some very awesome people. So, when the gang at Dopery planned its fifth car show last summer, we decided it was time to return to Minneapolis and see how far the upper Midwest scene has come.
Now named Dope Days, the Dopery show relocated 30 minutes outside downtown to Burnsville Center. Dope Days is free to attend, and this year’s event featured 170 registered show cars. Since we visited four years ago, the car quality has improved and the diversity has expanded. A strong collection of JDM supercars was present, mixed with various VIP, drift, and stance builds.
While small events like Dope Days don’t feature all the razzle-dazzle of the big-name shows, they bring together the local community and give enthusiasts an opportunity to check out some badass cars without having to make the long journey to major cities. We can appreciate what the folks at Dopery are doing, and you can bet we’ll be at the next show.
Our favorite cars belonged to Winnipeg-based Garage 106. We had the honor of awarding Best of Show, which went to team member Brady Smith and his Varis widebody ’11 Subaru STI.
A legit JDM Honda NSX with Basch Boost supercharger, A-team widebody kit, carbon splitters, RAYS wheels, and Project Mu brakes.
Cameron Brass’ AP1 S2000 was as mint as builds you’d find at top car shows.