In June of 2007, the car show powerhouse known as Hot Import Nights (HIN), made a stop in South San Diego for what was dubbed one of its "Nightshift" events. Having attended the very first Hot Import Nights years prior, I'd made my way to a few others in Southern California, but as the event turned into more of a party atmosphere and placed less focus on the cars, I shied away from them. This particular event however took place in my hometown at that time and was literally minutes away, so I stopped by to check it out.
Boost Mobile Nightshift, Chula Vista, 2007 - Lean Like A Cholo
Hosted at the Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista, not far from the Mexican border, I arrived during the day to grab a few photos, hang out for a bit and planned to escape well before the sun went down and people started cracking open the glow sticks and neon necklaces. The show included all imports and a small number of domestics, a stage show, an import model signature booth, sizable vendor row and even had a small drift and motocross jump ramp exhibition for spectators. The number of cars was pretty overwhelming, and though most weren't my cup of tea the fans loved it and foot traffic was heavy right from the very beginning.
I recall large numbers of Scion xB arriving to the show. A popular chassis to modify at the time, you'd often see a dozen or more rolling into a show together. VIP-style cars also made a large showing thanks in part to AutoFashion of San Diego, a shop that should be credited with really helping the VIP movement grow on the West Coast. In between some of the cars that I'll refer to as "less than favorable," there were some true gems in attendance and I'm glad I took the time to attend. Here's a little mix of both the good and the not so good from 2007.