Droves of import car enthusiasts gathered at Irwindale Speedway on Sunday, Jan. 15, for a day of showcasing the best of their shiny machines.
The Import Face-Off originated is said to be the largest, continually running national Import show and race series in the U.S., with Irwindale being a stop among more than 40 events from coast to coast each year.
The massive meet-up prides itself on its car, truck, bike show exhibitions, its 1/4-mile drag racing, its stereo crank-it-up contest, model expo, burnout contest, DJs, among others.
On the event’s website, Cliff Wallace, the event’s founder, from Baton Rouge, La., said he started the event in his hometown after he and local import enthusiasts got tired of only bracket racing for trophies against domestic cars every weekend at their local drag strip. The track would never host an import event, so “I decided to step up, rent the track out, and host one myself.” That was 2001.
Now, he’s got events lined up from Irwindale to New York and many placed in between, with the Irwindale event kicking off the year.