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Houston Coffee and Cars July 2017

Over the holiday weekend, Houston Coffee & Cars returned to Memorial City Mall parking lot for this month’s gathering. With holidays, you never know how that could change the size as some people travel. I wasn’t sure if it would be bigger or smaller, or maybe no change at all.

Texas Illest 2017

I have two distinct memories of Gulf Greyhound Park in Houston, Texas. The first, is of my uncle leaping over two rows of bleachers in celebration, as his dogs finished First, Second, and Third at Gulf Greyhound Park, claiming the Trifecta. I'd never seen a man so exuberant before that night.

May 2017 Las Vegas Cars & Coffee

Every Saturday morning from 7-10am south of the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas’s official Cars and Coffee takes place. I’ve been planning on attending this event for some time, but it wasn’t until the last weekend in May that I was able to attend. With the crazy weather Sin City

Import Face-Off Topeka April 2017

Topeka, Kansas has not seen an Import Face-Off (IFO) event since 2013 when the track, Heartland Park, was closed due to lack of ownership. Heartland Park was bought again a few years later and began hosting events and throwing money at the road course and other areas that needed a

Import Face-Off Baytown Feb 2017

Import Face-off is a hybrid car show and race event that travels the United States to various cities. Twice a year, IFO makes a stop at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown just outside Houston, which usually takes place in February and September.  This past Sunday marked the date for the

Hot Import Nights Houston, TX 2016

It’s been some time since I drove my Veloster out to a meet, or even a car show. So when Hot Import Nights returned to Houston back in December, I registered my ride to be in the show. Success, the little Veloster was approved so I purchased the car registration

Houston Coffee and Cars January 2017

With the crazy weather for the month of December, the annual toy drive hosted at the Houston Coffee and Cars gathering was delay to the month of January. Rain is one factor that can dramatically reduce the attendance of an outdoor event, and the first weekend of December was pretty

SEMA 2016 and Exploring Vegas

Rachel File | Spekture | SEMA 2016

They say "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," but that no longer applies when the SEMA show is in town. Last month, I took a trip to the City of Sin for an all-out barrage of ten foot tall pick-up trucks, diesel converted lead sleds and the intoxicating smoke of tire-decimating drifting events that

2016 SEMA Convention Highlights

The 2016 SEMA convention was bigger and better than ever. This year’s event was the 50th anniversary. I have been an attendee many times over the years, but this year was my first covering it for Spekture. What a daunting, overwhelming task! Some of this year’s pertinent facts:  over 1.2

Hot Import Nights (HIN) Tampa 2016

I've been photographing/writing for Spekture magazine for only a short amount of time now but it has already afforded me some great opportunities to check out some car shows and cultures that I haven't been too familiar with. Last week I drove to Miami to check out Festivals of Speed,

Making Clouds in Stroud

The morning of the final Friction Motorsports drift round, on November 12, dawned freezing cold. The Perry Racing 240 was on the trailer and the truck was loaded. My husband and I, along with our friends who were playing pit crew for the day, bundled up and hit the road.

Stancewars Comes to Houston

What is Stancewars? Before the car show, I honestly didn’t know who they were. It all started in Seattle, Stancewars is a growing fitment based event which you could gathering from the name. With success in Seattle and Vegas, the next stop was Houston. To enter your vehicle in the show,

The Big Event 8

This past Saturday, it was finally time for Houston's biggest Subaru event to return for the annual The Big Event 8 held at the Gillman Subaru South dealership. If you are a Subaru fan in the Houston area, you have heard of this car show, and it's one on the

Import Face-Off Baytown Sept 2016

With the cooler weather approaching, car show season begins to ramp up here in the Houston area. First one for the fall show season is usually the Import Face-Off car show and drag event at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown. Initially the show was supposed to be in October, but

Reactor 2016

Earlier this year, we hosted our second car show. This time the show was partnered with Anime Matsuri, Texas’ largest anime convention. Anime Matsuri has been running for a while now, and each year there’s a car show combined with the con previously called Import Reactor.  Since we were hosting

Import Face-Off Baytown Feb 2016

I some time ago, I attended the Import Face-Off car show at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown. I had ordered a group of parts and was hoping to a new look to debut at this show. Well, it didn’t come together as planned, so I drove the Veloster as it

Hot Import Nights Houston, TX 2015

Back in December, I headed back to George R. Brown Convention Center to attend Hot Import Nights, which was one of the last car shows for 2015 here in Houston. I arrived right at the starting time of the event, grabbed my pass and walked in before they started to

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