IRVINE, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2006) – XM Satellite Radio's Hot Import Nights (HIN) will roll into Los Angeles Saturday, Aug. 19, for the first of two L.A. stops on this year's tour.
Billed by its promoter, Action Media, parent company of Vision Entertainment, as the nation's “largest lifestyle custom car show,” HIN will take place in the Los Angeles Convention Center from 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 19. The event will feature a special performance from Capital Record's recording artist Ak'Sent, an L.A. fashion show, a custom car challenge, as well as “hundreds of the nation's hottest cars,” XM Satellite Radio said.
On the automotive front, Formula D and D1 drivers will display top drifting cars and top tuners from across the country will meet in a battle to prove who is the best-of-the-best in the East meets West car competition, XM said. Event sponsor Shell Oil Products will team with top import tuner Paul Ireson to complete his latest project, a customized BMW Mini truck that will make its debut appearance at the L.A. event. The custom Mini has a power-to-weight ratio comparable to a Formula One car, weighing 1,800 pounds and boasting more than 1,100 HP.
Valvoline also will present “Super Street Cars on Tour” with a one-of-a-kind Charge Speed STI from Japan, the full carbon fiber chassis CWest S2000 and the chameleon color-changing HKS-powered IS300. XM said show visitors “can get up-close and personal with the hottest, trendiest cars in the customized world, straight from the pages of the top tuner magazines.” Motocross champion Travis Pastrana also will display his Subaru rally car.
During the show there also will be a special recognition of guests from the U.S. military—including soldiers who recently returned from missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Other HIN sponsors include Goodyear's Dunlop Tires unit; Meguiar's; Mazda; Circuit City; Chevrolet; Subaru; NGK Sparkplugs; BombshellPoker.com; and various media sponsors.
More information on HIN can be found at www.hotimportnights.com. Upcoming stops on the tour include Las Vegas; San Francisco; Seattle; Dallas; Phoenix; Honolulu; and Miami.