Classics to Concepts: AutoCon Los Angeles 2017 has it all

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Overview of show
Overview of show
Hundreds of spectators gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for AutoCon 2017 | Nicole James photos

What started as a parking lot car meet in Southern California to strengthen the automotive connection through the celebration of life, individuality and community has become a full show series with events held around the country where extraordinary vehicle builds are debuted, product launches happen, news is announced, and the future is introduced.

Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the 2017 AutoCon Los Angeles featured live performances, panel discussion, first- time product unveilings, and the U.S. debut of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R.

'Vicious' Mustang
‘Vicious’ Mustang

According to show organizers, the goal of AutoCon is to create a positive environment where attendees of the event can converge, learn and share common interests with one another.

One way this is achieved is with “AutoCon Avenue,” a drive-up stage that allows enthusiasts with high-profile vehicle builds to get in front of a live audience so the enthusiasts can hear, see and experience the engine start and the owners can share car specs, build progress and answer questions.

Eye-catching vehicles seen at the show included “Vicious,” a twin-turbo custom Ford Mustang that made its debut at SEMA; several vintage Porsches, Mercedes-Benz, and BMWs; supercars like the Ford GT; various Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren models; as well as future classics like the Honda S2000, Nissan Skylines, Datsuns, and others.

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In addition to Los Angeles, AutoCon events are scheduled to take place this year in San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, and New Jersey/New York.

AutoCon has partnered with the Black Magic Formula Drift Pro Championship to produce car shows held during Round One of the series in Long Beach, California, March 31-April 1, and during the final round in Irwindale, California, in October.

 

 

 

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan