Published Work: Stance Wars Las Vegas 2017
This is a story I originally wrote for Garage 710. In an effort to compile all my work into one place, I have archived the story here on my personal site. I had a great time working on that project, and hope you enjoy the fantastic content that came from it.
Stance Wars has a long standing reputation for throwing a fantastic show together. We have heard the stories, and seen the videos of their events up in the North West. However, they recently began touring the country, and came a little closer to us. Because of this, Stance Wars was, quite possibly, the most anticipated event of the year for Garage 710. A handful of our own members made the trip up last year, and came back with nothing but positive things to say. After a long weekend of polishing cars, taking photos and meeting new enthusiasts, everyone walked away agreeing that this year was even better.
Unsurprisingly, the quality of the cars there were outstanding. So many of these owners have put a great deal of attention into the small details of their cars. Stance Wars attracts a crowd of owners who have a great deal of pride in the work that they have put into their projects. Each one is a reflection of their owners, some wild and loud, while others are more subtle and restrained.
At a show like Stance Wars, laying frame and big camber is not only welcome, but celebrated. For example, this particular Mazda 3 could be seen rolling around with nearly half of a sticker still visible on the treads of the tire. For many purists, this would be horrific. However, Stance Wars brings together those who appreciate the form of stance. So many of these cars are stunning to stare at, not only because of the impact of the stance, but because of the aesthetic details the owners work in. This build in particular combined subtle colors, in a wild livery to create a presence at the show.
Not everything in attendance was as aggressive, however. Some cars leaned towards a more reserved, VIP style. They blended OEM elements and subtle touches to make their mark on the show. This particular Mercedes Benz W202 happened to be one of our favorites of the show. We initially saw this Benz arrive in the parking garage of the venue, on the previous day. We all stopped what we were doing to go take a closer look. This chassis is so often overlooked, that seeing one executed like this was a highlight of the weekend for us. Judging by the groups I saw by it all evening, it seems everyone agreed on that as well.
There was a healthy amount of diversity in the show as well, cars ranged from slammed drift missiles, to luxury cars, to static vintage trucks. This group of low Datsun 520/521 pickups, were a particular favorite of the crowd. Their owners were more than happy to spend time answering questions anyone had. I spent quite a bit of time speaking to both Carlos (the owner of the black and red truck), and Noah (the owner of the blue) about their builds.
Carlos told me about how he swapped a KA24 into his Datsun, and drove it at this static ride height all the way to Las Vegas. He was happy to point out the details of his build, answer any questions I had, and just talks cars in general. Arguably that is the best part of a show like this, we all have our own interests and groups when it comes to all things automotive. But an event like Stance Wars can bring together the different niche communities, and give us a chance to learn from each other, while making new friends.
The variety didn’t end simply with different eras. Stance is a very broad and all encompassing car scene, and both form and function of their place. Some owners added a touch of luxury to their build, aiming to have the height of VIP. Others chose to do the opposite, stripping creature comforts in favor of cages and bucket seats. These two Integras were particularly impressive, and represented a more functional version of the stance scene. Both of these Acuras fit right in with the show, every style was welcome.
As the sun went down, things got more exciting. Demon eyes, under glow, interior lighting all flickered on. Many of the cars took on a whole new personality, and so the crowds continued to circle around spotting the changes. I must have made a dozen passes around the show, and I still spot pictures online of things I somehow missed. The show becomes complete sensory overload in the best way possible.
Stance Wars Las Vegas gave us a chance to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and look at some incredible cars from all over the country. It was an absolute blast, and we want to thank Mike, and the whole Stance Wars team, for putting on such an incredible event. There are already plans in the works to make the trip up again in 2018, and we are most definitely looking forward to seeing everyone again.