Exactly the reason I didn't attend this show.
Stolen from dtmpower.net:
Friday/Roll-In: Derrick & I along with another Evolution Sports car arrive at the venue around 5:30 PM, 2.5 hours after roll-in officially starts. Pulling up on the ramp, they let us through promptly. After 30 mintues of check in and waiting, they let us roll into the Convention Center. Once we are in the building, we find the place to be 3/4 empty. The time is close to 6:00 and there are barely any cars in place. We sit in our cars for 10 or so more minutes and they finally tell us we entered in the wrong bay door. We are in the Japanese section of the show. So we turn back around and enter through another door. After our re-entry, they inform us to just park in the corner and wait for further instruction. Time passes and no one is helping us park. We witness no other cars roll-in and we are wondering where the hell is the show. After about 30 minutes of MORE WAITING, we are instructed to park within a specific set of lines. The lines were placed in a fashion where there would be a walkway the width of one car. After 30 minutes of reparking and listening to the confusing instructions of the organizers, we finally situate ourselves and start cleaning.
A couple hours pass and we finally see the next cars roll in. The Europrojektz crew rolls in furious and tired. I learned that 50+ show cars were forced to wait in an auxilary lot. Some have been waiting there since 2:30. After 1-2 more hours of cleaning, we all decide to call it a night and get dinner. We leave the venue witinessing a 1/2 empty show. Dat, Larry, Derrick and I head for dinner on Robson Street. As we are walking around after dinner, we see Mazenz, Chris and Rob tear through downtown. "WTF," is all we have to say.
Saturday/The Show: Saturday morning, Dat, Larry, Derrick and myself stroll back to the Convention Center around 11:00 AM, one hour before the show starts. We find cars lined up like a used car lot and a huge open space in front of Derrick & the other Evolution Sports car. Where are all the cars? Where is the rest of DTM Power? I find Matt (Matt325is) parked next to an A4 all by himself. After conversing with him and a few others, I found out that that Rob, Mazenz & Chris were denied show entry along with many other cars. Matt was lucky and rolled in at 1:00 AM, while others were sent home. Two main things wrong here, 1) Importfest overbooked, 2) They don't know how to manage their time. People should not be sent home if they drove all the way from Seattle, and roll-in was suppose to end at 9, not 1.
After 30 mintues of checking out the poorly organized show, I come back to our section and find plastic wrap still on the floor. Since the show grounds were on carpet, they used plastic wrap to cover the floors when the cars roll-in. It wasn't a very smart idea because some people put their displays on the plastic and such. They hurry to cut off the plastic and barely make it (you could still see plastic under many cars).
Noon hits and the show starts. There are probably only one or two hundred people who go in at the start. After that, it died down. For a show that is 12 hours long, who would want to come right when it starts.
I look at my watch and see that it is 2:00 PM. We finally see the judges. 2 judges start judging the Europrojektz cars. These judges were deceiving because they took at least 10-15 minutes on each car (at least for the first row of cars they did). After the first row, they only spent one minute on each car. The judges took their time, wiping their fingers in wheel wells, under engine components and searched for swirl marks and such. In my opinion, that is how judging is suppose to be. Who cares if you threw $30k in your car if you can't even maintain it or display it properly. When a judge finally got to Derrick's car in the corner, one of the last cars to get judged, it took him less than a minute to judge his car.
After the 2-3 hours of waiting for the judges to finish our cars, we head towards a bar across the street and watch the Husky/Cougars game. I had to leave 3/4 through the game to go back to the show, but from what I heard, it was a crazy game. Dat, Larry or Derrick can elaborate on it more if you want.
I re-enter the convention center, tired and still dissappointed with the whole show. It was only 1/2 way through the show and I felt like falling asleep.
On a few positive notes, the models at the show weren't bad as well as a few new show cars. The euro prescense was stronger for Volkswagens, but as far as BMW's, Mercedes & Audi's, it lacked greatly.
At last, the time showed 11:00 PM, so we made for the stage in hopes of the award ceremony. The award ceremony started 45 minutes later and I can honestly say it was the worst one I have ever witnessed. First off, they read the first place trophy first before they did 2nd or 3rd place. Second, there were about 100 different categories, "2nd Place Acura Integra LS, 1st Place Mazda Protege Beginner class, Baddest Neon Display, Baddest Sideskirts, Baddest Headlights, etc." Also there were some classes that only had 2 participants in them, and there were 1st and 2nd place trophies, "What happened to the minimum 5 participants to have 1-3rd place trophies? Oh, and since there were 10 E46's there, why wasn't there an E46 class? And if you didn't send away cars that paid and came to roll-in on time, there should also have been an E30 class."
Anyways, the BMW winners were 1st Place: Black E46 Coupe with CF Hood, Brembo Brakes and 3 Piece ACS Type III Chromes, 2nd Place: Calvin (Silver E46 Sedan with Hamann PG2's and Bodykit, beautiful system, etc.), 3rd Place: Lewis (Topaz Blue Coupe with paddle shifting, blue inteior beautiful ICE, PG2's, M-Tech Kit, etc.).
All these cars are beautiful, don't get me wrong, but what bewilders me is the selection for first place. His windows had lots of smudges on them, I swiped my finger on the surface of his wheels only to find a thick layer of brake dust on my finger, his tires were not dressed, and you could still find sections sections of the car with dirt. Did the judges stop paying attention to the detail of the car? I don't know...
1:00 AM hits, we are all tired and want to go home. We finally leave and get the hell out of the show.
Summary: The show was poorly organized, poorly prepared, poorly executed, poorly judged and poorly __________ (fill in the blank as apply). I am very sorry to those who were not allowed inside and sent home. The organizers have no respect and dignity to do such a thing especially to those who drove from Seattle and beyond. I am also sorry to those who deserved awards and did not win. The judging was not consistent and fair, not to mention that the judges need to have more knowledge with each particular car make and model. I can see how the European scene does not belong at import shows. Judges & specatators do not have enough knowledge and appreciation for European cars.
Even though, through all this dissappointment and frustration, we still managed to have a great time. Everyone who stayed for the show were fun and good company. I would definately like to attend another show with them, but never again in Vancouver, BC or by the same company.