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Old 06-19-2007, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default WBM 2007: Bigger and more Wicked than ever....



The Monkey's Trunk gave one of our staff the undaunting task of
attending his first ever WBM (He was the unlucky n00b. Ed). His
task was to survive the event and bring back his experience to share.
Somehow he did survive much to our dismay with no blood loss or jail
stops along the way. Here's our Monkeys story:

Text & Pics by Jared Robinson (Chapel)


Itís one week before Wicked Big Meet and I get a message from the
slavedrivers editors at The Monkeyís Trunk: none of the regular contributors are going to WBM this year and that they need someone local
to cover the event. Iím going anyway so I volunteer to go and cover
the event. Iíve never been to a Subaru-only show before and Iím still pretty new to the actual community, so Iím in for quite a culture shock from my days at German car shows like the out of control hooliganism that is Waterfest.

Iíve been waiting for this day since I won tickets back in October,
even before I owned my current car. As luck would have it, I picked up
my WRX in December and going to this show as a full fledged Subaru owner was exciting. I spent the good part of the day before WBM like most every other Subaru owner: detailing, waxing and polishing my ride.

In my excitement, I forgot to check when gates open for the event and I
arrive a full hour before hand, relegated to a small overflow lot
waiting for the go signal from the volunteer parking attendants. Iím
first in line at the check-in gate and I get the best parking spot in
the show. I dust the never ending New England Pollen Storm from my
freshly waxed paint, clean the brake dust from my wheels, gather my
belongings and venture into the wonderful world of WBM2007.

Subaru of America absolutely dominates the entrance to the show grounds. The first car I see is the Forester Sport Concept, which you may have seen in your latest Subaru Drive magazine. Before I even bring my camera up to focus for a shot on it, I notice IT. You may have seen photos of IT beforeÖ a pre-production NEW Impreza in black with a set of bronze Gram Lights and quite a bit of SPT performance parts added. The
interior, as an SPT representative informs me, is far from complete as
can be seen by the plastic non-textured dash and the Cooper S boost
gauge mounted above the dash. Itís rather attractive in person, coming
from someone that didnít like it at first. But enough about the new Impreza, back to the show.

The vendor area is absolutely packed with tents full of wares, show cars
and the like. Rally cars dominate one corner while ďMad Tyte JDM yo!Ē cars dominate the other.



My door prize tickets find their way into the appropriate boxes (I
didnít win anything). I talk with all the vendors on site and I make
my way to the PRoN (Periodic Review of NASIOC) booth who is going to be
airing their latest review throughout the day. Free swag is available to
everyone on site. Posters, T-shirts and stickers galore! After some
mindless self-indulgence, itís back to the main lot for photos of the
absolutely IMMENSE field of cars. After a few minutes of aimlessly
wandering around and snapping photos of almost every car in the lot,
Iím able to hitch a ride on a scissor lift to get a view (and a few
snaps) of the field from an unstable and terrifying height.



Throughout the day, tech sessions about rallying and transmissions are
held in the Granite Room and food is served at the mountainís cafeteria.

After the initial drawing of door prizes, itís time for a trip up to
the summit. Finally, a few minutes away from the music and bustle of the
show and some beautiful scenery. Then itís another trip back down
into showville. After a bit more chatting, photo taking and aimless
wandering around, the skies finally turn gray and after the last prize
is handed out, it begins to rain. By the rate people begin to leave, it
seems like a rain storm of biblical proportions, when itís nothing
more than a drizzle. I take this time to walk around and take photos of
people exiting before I decide to follow suit. Overall, a great show and
my first WBM and my first major Subaru show as a Subaru owner.

Addendum: I got pulled over on the way home for expired registration and
the lovely and pleasant state police officer was kind enough to NOT tow
and impound my car and simply told me to renew it when I got home.
(Damn shame, next time we'll pay him more to detain you. Ed)

Jared contributed his story about his WBM experience but we know
there's more behind the scenes fun. We invite you to share your pics and
experience here to show what your WBM was like. The senior staff of TmT
will select the most outrageous story (with pics for bonus points) to
receive one of those Łber cool 1/43 HPI diecast WRC Impreza given away
in our last issue. The lucky winner will receive a PM from TmT and a
mention in the next issue of TmT. So let's hear your "Wicked"
stories...

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Old 06-19-2007, 03:07 PM   #2
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can we get some CN here?
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:21 PM   #3
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you just let me know when I can throw my photos of the event up... or maybe you guys can host the photos and save my ass some dough
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:02 PM   #4
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Post them pics!!!
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:33 PM   #5
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Post them pics!!!
+1.....
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:43 PM   #6
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I will try to make it next time!
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:52 PM   #7
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I would have been in this picture (3rd one down) if my buddy Ben wasnt such a fat slob (Penn State baby)
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:59 PM   #8
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thats me with making a funny face
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:03 PM   #9
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Hey great write up. Wish I could've made it but as you may already know... there are a lot of poor subie owners... oh well, that's what NASIOC is for!
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:31 PM   #10
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thanks
I haven't written an article in a LONG time and it's not my best work, but it was a fun read for me afterwards
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Old 06-20-2007, 01:40 AM   #11
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Nice work Jared, see you at WF?
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:49 AM   #12
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[quote=Chapel;18455105]thanks
I haven't written an article in a LONG time and it's not my best work, but it was a fun read for me afterwards[/QUOTE

No kidding, but thanks for trying!
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:59 AM   #13
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Post them pics!!!
Pics can be found in our local forum ...



http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1287181
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:53 PM   #14
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can someone start a megathread of everyone's pictures from this event?
just to get a nice array of what everyone took in, and enjoyed about this event.
any takers?
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:32 AM   #15
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i got over 80 pictures from WBM '07 i would love to have a place to post them all. Everyone should go, i met alot of cool people and got some good deals on parts(had to get there early)
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:15 PM   #16
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can someone start a megathread of everyone's pictures from this event?
Try this link:
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