Event Preview: 2017 Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day

Nitto Tire

If you are a Southern California car enthusiast looking for an event to attend this summer, Nitto Tire has something you just might not want to miss. For the fifth year in a row, the company will take over Angel Stadium, in Anaheim, California, for its Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day.

The annual event, presented by Driving Line, brings together some of the biggest names in the automotive world along with some of the largest car clubs on the West Coast for a day that truly is all about you, the car enthusiast. The event is free to the public and includes a variety of car culture activities, such as drifting, off-road demonstrations, and a complete vendor midway featuring automotive products, giveaways, food trucks, and much more.

2017 Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day

What: 5th annual Auto Enthusiast Day

When: Saturday, August 12th from 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Highlights:

• Free Admission (*Parking: $10)

• Raffles & Prizes

• Drifting & Off-Road Demonstrations

• Car Show

• Vendor Midway

• Family Friendly Event

The single-day event brings together car enthusiasts from all walks of life and gives fans the chance to get some face to face interaction with some of the hottest drivers in the automotive industry. A wide variety of off-road, street and drift vendors will also be on hand to answer fans questions and educate the public on just what their brands are all about.

Last year’s event in Anaheim drew a crowd of over 20,000 participants and was Nitto Tire’s largest enthusiast show to date.

Auto Enthusiast Day also gives fans the opportunity to watch some of their favorite professional drivers in action. Past events included Nitto’s own drift and Ultra4 team drivers displaying an afternoon of killer driving demos, which included Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his Mustang RTR, Ford Performance Focus RS, and the Ultimate Funhaver F150. Alex Heilbrunn brought out his 2JZ-powered S13 missile car, and Matt Powers was on hand in the fan favorite Heartbreaker S14. Formula Drift drivers Ken Gushi and Tanner Foust have also been known to frequent the Southern California event as well.

People from all walks of automotive life — import, domestic, truck, and you name it — came out to enjoy last year's Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day. (Photo Credit: Driving Line)

2016 Auto Enthusiast Day Winners

Trucks

Best 1/2-Ton Truck: Justin Rivera, ’56 Ford F100

Best 3/4-Ton Truck: Ryan Kibbie, ’03 Chevy Silverado

Best Jeep: Jeff Sprigs, ’09 Jeep JKU

2016 King of California: Ryan Winner, ’12 Ford Raptor

Cars

Best Import: Tina Nguyen, Honda S2000

Best Domestic: Lawanna Coplain, ’70 Chevy Camaro

Best Euro: Nasser Eid, Porsche 911

2016 Best of Show California: John & Edison Sarkisyan, ’57 Beck Outlaw Speedster

Auto Enthusiast Day also features one of the most diverse car show lineups on the West Coast. Import, domestic, and truck car clubs are all invited to participate in the car show, which awards a wide variety of custom-engraved trophies for the winners.

The 2017 Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day is a family friendly event. There is plenty of parking outside the venue for those looking to park and walk the large vendor displays.

Driving Line will also be on hand with free giveaways as well.

For more information on this year’s Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day, you can click on the official website here.

About the author

Kelly Getz

Kelly is a SoCal car enthusiast and skilled driver. His “get out and drive” obsession began after attending his first high-performance racing school while serving on active duty. Since then, he has attended numerous military and civilian driving schools across the country to help fuel that passion.
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