Alissa Portillo

Opinions Editor

The sound of a car drifting is heard in the distance, music is playing, photographers are capturing images, and crowds of people talking are taking place at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino. 

Subie Fest is happening, and if you are a car enthusiast then you most likely have heard of their events. Subie Fest is one of the largest Subaru enthusiast shows that have been put on across the U.S. for more than 10 years since it was founded in 2006. Events have been held in California, Florida, and the Midwest. It is stated that  Subie Fest, “…gathers Subaru lovers from all over the U.S. and Subaru-centric companies from all over the globe.”

This year, Subie Fest occurred on Sept.18 at NOS Event Center in San Bernardino. The fest consisted of; autographs, tech seminars, ride-alongs for drifting experiences, an exhaust competition, an opportunity for people to get tuned, and car show judging. Not to mention, there also happened to be many vendors that were a part of the event who were selling their products of car parts and accessories, which consisted of exhaust pipes, coilovers, racer seats, shift knobs, quick-release steering wheels, customized floor mats, and many more. Some other vendors present were food and clothing vendors. Overall, there was never a dull moment nor a place at the event that did not have items to look at. 

Although the weather was warm, it did not stop crowds of people from attending the event. There were a variety of different people at Subie Fest that ranged from families whose parents were teaching their children about the cars on display, to friend groups, couples, and more. I walked along the portion of the venue that was filled with display cars that were modified or as many refer to these cars as being ‘clean’. I also witnessed many of the owners of the vehicles communicate with those who were interested in their cars. For instance, there was a moment when I walked along a row of display cars, and there was a group of people surrounding a particular Subaru with its hood open to display the engine swap the owner made to a Lexus engine. The owner of the car was present and was explaining to the group of people how he was able to engine swap it and how different the car ran with the engine. In moments like these, attendees not only witnessed cars displayed but also got to engage with the owners. 

Attendees were also given the opportunity to ride along with drifters on the Orange Show Speedway, which was located in the same venue space. Attendees were either lucky enough to win a giveaway of the ride-along or purchased a ticket to do so. The stadium seats were filled with people joining to watch the drifters on the speedway. No matter how far in the venue you were, you could hear the sounds of tires screeching, along with the car’s tune of turbo or ‘burbles’, which ideally make a loud pop sound that is sometimes sudden and surprising. Attendees were recording the cars and cheering them on after successfully completing the track. There were videographers in the middle of the track who captured the moments when drifters would circle around them and record them during their ride-along. Overall, the energy of the raceway was electrifying. 

That is one of the most valuable aspects of creating environments like Subie Fest, it brings a community of car enthusiasts together in one space and they are able to relate to one another. Each person can teach and learn from one another not just within the Subie Fest space but, overall within the different car communities. Car communities can be filled with classic cars, JDM cars, American muscle cars, ‘static’ (i.e. owners who readjust the stock height of their cars and lower them with coil overs) cars, and more. Regardless of car model, multiple car communities are built for car enthusiasts to join and gather together to enjoy a good time. 

The rise of interest in joining the so-called ‘car scene’ has been occurring within the past few years in Los Angeles. Car enthusiasts who have created social media outlets to form car clubs or meets like; Big Bang Meets, SoCal Bangers, Secret Nightz, Origins, and more have been receiving more attention, and spaces like Subie Fest have been successful in bringing together a car community. I anticipate that these car communities will continue to grow, rise, and bring car enthusiasts together to enjoy some competition, see nice cars, and enjoy time together. 

Subie Fest occurs roughly once a year in California, Florida, and the MidWest which means it will not return to California until next year. The dates are unknown for next year’s events however, you can follow and keep up with Subie Fest’s schedule on their website

Featured Photo: Alissa Portillo/Quaker Campus

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