Dope Days

HID­DEN GEMS FROM THE FIFTH-AN­NUAL DOPERY CAR SHOW IN MIN­NESOTA

Super Street - - Contents - WORDS & PHO­TOS Sam Du

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.

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