There are some obvious questions you ask when buying a car: What kind of gas mileage does it get, what's the warranty, how's the crash test rating, will I hate this color in two months, what will the seats look like covered in cherry Slurpee, no, really, how much do I actually have to pay? But there's one you might miss: Is this car favored by teenage and young adult male street racers? Trust us. If the answer is yes, then say no to the car--unless you are a teenage or young adult male looking to become a street racer. Otherwise you might find yourself being challenged to street races by guys who know more about their car than how to check the oil and trade out the CDs in the disc changer. They'll rev their engine--the international sign for "Eat my dust." Occasionally, if you don't answer back with a rev, they will lift their shirts and press their chests (pasty from spending too much time in their cars cleaning the dash with Armor All and a Q-tip) against the glass--the international sign for "Are you chicken?" (at least that's the G-rated translation we're sticking to).
Jay Laub's RX-7 at the 2004 Hot Import Nights
The 2005 XM Satellite Radio Hot Import Nights
Tour is 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Dallas
Market Hall, 2100 N. Stemmons Freeway at
Wycliff Avenue. Entry is $25; the cost for
submitting a car into the competition is $55.
There will be plenty of street racers and car freaks attending the 2005 XM Satellite Radio Hot Import Nights Tour this Saturday, but the "largest lifestyle custom car show" will also feature Playboy model Tila Nguyen from VH1's Surviving Ted Nugent, Ursula Mayes (Miss HIN 2004-2005 and one of Maxim's 2004 "Hometown Hotties"), live music, sets by DJs Miss Lisa and Lady Tribe, a one-on-one MC battle, a DJ scratch battle, the Urban Street Dance Crew competition, a b-boy battle and a freestyle breakdancing competition. As if the boobs and the beats aren't enough, the HIN tour will also feature appearances by the Blazing 7's (the top-rated RX-7 cars and their designers Jay Laub, Tony Yeh and Les Wong), a car show and competition, test drives (including the Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged and the Saturn Ion Redline), the GM Tuner Tour with a drag racing simulator and more. Check it, whether you're a real racer or just like to play one on the Tollway.