Once again it’s that time of year again and the recently married (Congrats you two) and very gracious Yin & Mike hit me up to show face, and you know I was about it. Unlike last year we were graced with the good weather here in New York City after a few weeks of non-stop heat, which made the “no-ac-club” very happy. I was interested to see what kind of turnout we would have this year and to see how the SNTRL crew would switch it up, and any new editions to the event.
I managed to get to the “if you know you know” location of the meet early this year to get in the full action. This year was definitely bonkers, the street became so packed with cars within an hour they were double parking them. It seems like word has gotten out a bit more than last year since the turnout was at least double. The atmosphere itself was really chill, meet and greets of friends, ogling of admirers, and of course, a few dogs in the mix, what more do you want from a meet?!
Aside from the usual suspects and show cars, there was a nice little dash of drift chassis and more old school Japanese classics in the mix too. Though I know that the “car enthusiast club” come with it own high school like territorial communities its nice to see this overlap from last year’s event. We even got our own ice cream truck for a bit while all the commotion settled down.
9pm hit and it was drive time! Unlike last year where we went straight for the business that’s known as times square, a new route was on the menu. The folks at SNTRL scouted out some sick locations and did a bit of a stop and go photo op for everyone who wanted to participate. The drive consisted of going down the west side highway stopping at an overpass near Terminal 5, anther roundabout and back down to the financial district and the iconic one work trade center and memorial.
And of course, the final course would be Times Square and the most troublesome for the obviously street legal crew. The experience really surreal when you drive through times square and a squad of photographers come out and swarm us like a performance piece which in turn gets the surrounding unsuspecting tourists ( because face it no new yorker would be caught dead in Times Square on a Friday night). Unfortunately, this time, there was too much of a show and quite a few people got tickets by the gracious NYPD that swarm the location.
I would have to say all in all I love events like this. It’s like a guerrilla-styled car show in new york city of all places! Unfortunately, it ran a bit too long, with a lot of drivers dropping off by the finale which may or may not be a gift in disguise considering the high security in Times Square. There is always a fine line in these kinds of events between keeping the energy high and coming up short. Can’t wait to see whats in store for next year !
Photo x Katarina Rdultovskaia