How Low Can You Go?
Fit Mob Weekly Meet, June 4th, 2015
I’m sure many of those involved in the automotive community have been to their local meets. It’s a great chance to meet people in your area who all share the same passion for cars, and a great way to kill an evening with some friends. Pretty much all you need is a parking lot and some friends with cars to start up a meet. While I have been to plenty of meets, I’ll be honest, this is the first time I have ever seen automotive limbo. But after watching cars make pass after pass under the bar, I’m fully convinced everyone should try this at least once.
The premise is pretty straight forward. Everyone lines up and drives under the limbo bar, after everyone has gone and it’s back to the first driver, the bar is lowered down a notch. If your car touches the bar, you’re out. If you’re the last one standing, you win. To keep things fair for everyone who doesn’t own a Miata, different classes are setup. At Fit Mob meets they break it into four categories; Miata, Car, Sedan and Truck.
The truck class was dominated by mini trucks.They were laying on the pinch seam, just to squeeze under the bar. One of my first automotive goals was to build myself a mini truck. Seeing these bagged and bodied machines roll by reminded me what I love about the style. There was also a Tacoma that I’ve spotted at local drift events. It’s interesting running into the same cars at different venues. When you don’t get a chance to speak to the owner, you start to get an idea of what the car is just from seeing it around. I love the idea of a drift truck, and I’m surprised I haven’t seen more of them around.
It seems like the trick to being competitive here is to not have a roof. The convertibles were able to hang in the competition for the longest, as there is no sheet metal tapering upward beyond the top of the windshield. This S13 caught me a little off guard, I haven’t seen one that is this immaculate in quite a while. Without any roof, he was able to make quite a few passes before being knocked out of the competition. This car was definitely one of the highlights of the meet.
Of course there was no shortage of wild stance in attendance as well. Extreme camber, stretched tires, and frame rails digging into the pavement are all welcome at the limbo as well. I’ve run into the white S13 quite a few times over the last few months, at various events. Each time I can’t help but take a picture of the front wheels, the camber is like nothing else I’ve ever seen in person. I’m glad to see that the owner drives the car regularly. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that he has put a lot of love into making the car something his own.
As the bar continued to creep lower and lower, drivers invited the crowd to hop on. When every last inch counts, it helps to have a lot of passengers give you that much more clearance. At first it started with a person here and there hopping on the hood or truck. But as the rounds continued on, cars designed to seat two people were suddenly carrying ten or more.
Inevitably the entire limbo came down to two slammed Miatas. Despite being naturally the smallest car at the meet, and being completely slammed, even they needed some help from the crowd. People piled on-board, and the roadsters sank into the asphalt. After going back and forth a few times, one finally couldn’t clear the bar.
With the limbo done the winners were announced. The Tiffany Blue Miata won lowest Miata, the S2000 lowest car. The Blue Subaru won lowest sedan, and the bagged Nissan Hardbody won lowest truck. Each winner received a trophy and the cars were pulled to the front of the meet. After taking a few photos, it occurred to me that this was one of the best meets I have attended in a long time. It doesn’t matter what you drive, whether it be a VIP styled sedan or a V8 swapped drift missile, anyone can participate. And if you’re willing to bring along a few extra passengers, anyone can be competitive So a big thanks goes out to Fit Mob for organizing an event like this. It’s events like this that let the community get together and have some fun with their cars, cheaply and safely.
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