It's been a long while since the NOPI Nationals was the largest car show in the country, having a good run from 1988-2007. In 2008, the event lost its name and moved to a smaller venue in collaboration with another sanctioning body. We attended, had a good time, but it wasn't the same as days of past.
All that has changed for 2012. NOPI is back and holding the NOPI Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway on September 22-23, 2012. We've been asked to come back to the show, and we are excited to do so!
If you have only been around on NICO less than 3 or 4 years, you might not be familiar with the show. But let me tell you, it is one you need to be familiar with. The NOPI Nationals had grown from a small show for Volkswagens that was held at the NOPI store in Marietta in 1988, to a massive show for all vehicles with well over 100,000 attendees in 2006 and 2007 and over $100k worth of prizes and awards.
Obviously, after a 4 year hiatus, 2012 will not be a record breaking show, and we know that. However, with your help in participation we hope to work with NOPI to grow the show back to where it was in only a couple years.
As in year's past, we will once again be competing for the largest club at NOPI. We have won the award nearly every year that we participated, and the years we didn't win we came in a close 2nd. Let's not let that slip away again. Let's conquer this thing!
NOPI will be adding NICO as an official club of the event shortly, so make sure when you register you choose NICO as your club affiliation. We'll be posting more info on the event as it gets closer, but for now, mark it on your calendar and prepare to have the time of your life!!
For pictures and writeups on past NICOFEST-NOPI Nationals events, check out these links:
http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/2005-n ... eview.html
http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/nopi-n ... -2006.html
http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/2007-n ... edway.html