Function: adjective or noun
Etymology: Initially American English spoken among teenagers and young adults. Usage spread through Europe, South America, and Asia.
Date: late 20th century
Definitions: 1) An immersive, aspirational lifestyle centered on performance sports and participatory, high-energy entertainment. 2) Fashionable, sexy and beautiful. 3) Used as an intensive <a fast NOPI car>. 4) Marked by deliberate emphasis of peer group acceptance and abundance of due respect <a NOPI event>. 5) Producing an impression of being contemporary, innovative and stylish.
NOPI car shows began in 1988 at a NOPI store parking lot. It all started out as a Volkswagen show. In 1990, we added Mini Trucks to the mix. Then in 1992, we added import cars, then in 1993 we opened it up to domestic cars. The NOPI Nationals was born. The event in Atlanta grew and grew to the point where there were over 7000 vehicles in the show, over 300 vendors and up to 100,000 people.
NOPI began Drag Racing in 1997. First we produced a drag race in Atlanta partnering with NIRA (National Import Racing Association) Then in 1998, we joined forces with ID Drag Wars and took NOPI events on the road. In 2002, we formed our own drag racing series partnering with Universal Studios. It was the Fast and Furious Drag Racing Series. In 2004, it became the XBOX Cup Series and in 2008, the NOPI/NHRA Drag Series began.
Drifting exhibitions began in 2003 at a number of NOPI events. The NOPI Drift series was added in 2007 with the final round held at the NOPI Nationals.
NOPIs TV show - NOPI TUNERVISION ran from 2002 through 2007 on Spike then on Speed. Most episodes had dozens of airings. It featured scenes from all aspects of NOPI events.
Unfortunately in 2008, the events were stopped mid-season due to a string of bad weather dates and the onset of the economic downturn.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011, we struck a deal with REDLINE TIME ATTACK (2009), HIN (2010), and NSCRA (2011) to do a series of events combined events.
2012 - the NOPI NATIONALS Supershow Returned. It was held at the Atlanta Dragway, September 22-23, 2012. The show was a great success and everyone was fantastic. The feedback has been overwelmingly positive and it looks like the NOPI NATIONALS will be making a geat comback.
2013 - the NOPI NATIONALS Supershow was held on September 21-22 @ the Atlanta Dragway. Even though the Saturday of the event was a rainout after 4pm, the weekend turned out unbelievable well. Just as many contestants and spectators came out in the rain on Saturday as did on Sunday which was a very beautiful day. Car Show and drifting took place both days and all the Drag Racing was held on Sunday. We are well on our way now.
2014 - the NOPI NATIONALS held 4 events in 2014. Atlanta Dragwway in Commerce GA, Myrtle Beach Speedway in SC, The Bristol Dragway in Tennessee and Orlando Speedworld in FL. All were successful and brought out a lot a competitors for many popular and niche groups of vehicles and enthusiasts. Many exhibitors joined in on the 4 event tour. Sponsors are picking up and a 10 event Southeast US tour is scheduled for 2015 to begin in February in the Tampa/St Petersburg Florida area.