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Las Vegas Car Meets – RS702 Car Show x Toy Drive

Las Vegas Car Meets – RS702 Car Show x Toy Drive

RS702 has been a staple in the community for years since they first opened their doors. They’ve provided performance parts, audio and installs to many of us. Throwing together a show for them was a chance to give back some of the love they’ve put out to all of us. Amazingly we managed to squeeze 150 cars in the space before we had to cut off entries.

With so many participants we couldn’t have pulled this off without help of course. Bong Siga was man you all met taking care of the registration. Robert Garcia from Aero Detail Products set up at our booth to answer questions. Joedan Kabigting bumped the tunes running through our ears all day. Knowledgable car enthusiasts Ivan Rivera, Mark Anico, Daniel Cebrero hit the rows judging cars. They carefully looked over each one and talked to the drivers to make sure they missed no details. They judged unbiased and chose a deserved bunch among the eclectic mix of vehicles.

While they worked their way around the show I tried to break up the day with some entertaining competitions. Just in time for lunch we started with a hotdog eating challenge from Perros Chidos. Each team got to volunteer a member to compete. The veracity of the competitors was no joke. They scarfed that loaded hot dog down in a manner that made me sick to my stomach. The underdog of the group, being from no team at all, Gendell Espero won and received his commemorative trophy plus the free meal he devoured. To keep the energy going we made sure to wake the neighbors with our rev battle. We had no space to move the cars so like kids on a field trip I led the group of spectators down from car to car instead. The response of the crowd decided the loudest in three sections then put those head to head. Following some ruptured ear drums the loud and proud show favorite was a 370Z beating out an honorably mentioned turbo charged 4th generation Mustang and stealthy WRX STI. The Z took home the bragging rights and his trophy. Here’s a clip of the fun!

After all of that noise we quieted down with the low and slow car limbo. Each contestant rolled up and we measured the lowest spot of their roof. The 3 finalists were all within an inch of each other and it came to just 1/4 inch difference. It was that close! Beating out the dumped trucks and bagged sedans for the trophy was a clean and unsuspecting S2000 for the trophy win!

RS702 then really went all in their raffle with a pair of NRG racing seats with sliders, Sparco Silverstone steering wheel, NRG quick release, Rstype 2.5 muffle, HID and LED kits and much more. Randy Acob of Audiosource702 gave over $1,000 worth of audio equipment including everything you need to hook up the dvd player, amplifier and 12 inch subwoofers. The Las Vegas Car Meets raffle managed to fill up bins full of toys that I know the kids at Sunrise Children’s Hospital will be ecstatic over thank to donations. For that we gave out goodies donated by Aero Detail Products, Rip It Energy, Vegas Automotive Magazine and merch from the LVCM website.

Finally trophy time! We had 37 in total for our home grown show case and are extremely proud to have an even better turn out than anticipated. Check out the photos in the gallery below of all the happy participants and some of their vehicles! It was bitter sweet to wrap up the success of our weekend show with owner’s Mike and Mary Joy Malabanan announcement that they are retiring from RS702 to go home to the Philippines to start their newest chapter in life. They’ve passed the torch on to Garry Santos and Mark Anico who will continue the RS702 store’s relationship and dedication to the local car scene. Huge thank you to all of them for asking me to put this together to celebrate this moment. Congratulations to all the trophy winners of the day. Thank you for support from all of you for making it out. What we saw that day made our hearts full and we absolutely hope you enjoyed the show. We will continue this tradition with at least an anniversary show next year but hopefully several more in between. With this kind of love from the Las Vegas Car Meets family it should be no problem and we hope you’ll continue to be a part of it.