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 |  Apr 21 2010, 8:33 PM


In an interesting debate of whether or not two negatives make a positive, Hot Import Nights and NOPI have combined forces for a seven show tour in 2010. While it’s hard to argue that both series have had huge success in the past, business decisions by both companies as separate entities were questionable at best in 2008 and 2009.

NOPI canceled their drag, drift and show series in the middle of the season in 2008 much to the dismay of its competitors and sponsors. Hot Import Nights, riding on yet another buyout in 2009, canceled the last few shows of their season, upsetting many of the competitors that had qualified for the season finale and were relying on the season-end payout to cover their traveling expenses in 2009. Either way, the decisions made by both entities when they were ending their respective seasons were abrupt and offered no consolation to their sponsors and competitors.

But if there’s anything we know about the sport compact industry it’s how quickly people tend to forget, especially those that weren’t affected. It will be interesting to see how the joining of these two forces will work out. On paper, there is a recipe for success if the joining of these two minds are on marketing and conducting a proper show series. On the other hand, certain sponsors and competitors must be hesitant to be signing back on board. Only time will tell how successful the HIN NOPI Super Show tour is.

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 |  Mar 10 2009, 11:04 AM


Real Life Barbie: Heidi Klum poses with VW’s Barbie-themed New Bettle Convertible

Looking like something from the Hot Import Night’s show circuit, Volkswagen rolled out a hot pink New Beetle Convertible to help celebrate Barbie’s 50th birthday.

Made with the help of ABD Racing Werks, Katzkin Leather and FoamMolder, the convertible features a custom white leather interior and white leather roof as well as pink quilted interior details. As for the trunk, it features a motorized vanity with plenty of mirrors and rhinestones. Even the engine bay has been updated with a hot pink engine cover and a pink dipstick.

The car sat just next to the “Pink Carpet” at Barbie’s real-life Malibu Dream House, a 3,500 square foot home in Malibu, where Mattel threw birthday party with plenty of celebrity guests – Heidi Klum included.

GALLERY: Barbie New Beetle Convertible


Official release after the jump:

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