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Last post by Giantsgiants - December 01, 2023, 02:08:07 PM
The United States has something called the "25 year rule" which means that cars that weren't originally sold here can legally be imported when they reach 25 years old. Well, it's now December which means that 2024 is right around the corner. This means that next year, cars from 1999 will be legal to import. Since next year's theme is cars and racing, I thought it might be a good time for such a thread. So if you're looking for something unique to pull up to the con in, these ten rides will be legal to import when Fanime rolls around.

Number 10: Dodge Ramcharger. The Dodge Ramcharger is a classic SUV that sold two generations in the United States from 1974 to 1993. Meanwhile, the succeeding third generation began production in 1999 and was sold exclusively in Mexico. It comes with either a 5.2 L or a 5.9 L V8 engine and rear wheel drive.

Number 9: Honda Odyssey. The first generation Odyssey was already popular among the import community. In 1999, the second generation Odyssey branched into a full-sized minivan in North America while it retained the wagon body in other markets. The international market Odyssey comes with either a 2.3 L I4 or a 3.0 L V6 engine and either front wheel drive or four wheel drive.

Number 8: Nissan Gloria. Nissan's luxury Gloria sedan is a tuner favorite and in 1999 the company released the final version of their long-running car. It comes with a 2.5 L I6 or a range of 2.5 L to 3.0 L V6 engines and either rear or all wheel drive.

Number 7: SEAT Leon. SEAT is a Spanish automaker who launched the sporty and budget friendly Leon in 1999. Engine choices include 1.4 L, 1.6 L, or 1.8 L I4 gasoline engines or a 1.9 L I4 diesel engine. The Leon is sold exclusively as front wheel drive.

Number 6: Audi S3. The S3 is a performance version of the Audi A3 hatchback. While the regular A3 has been legal to import for a few years already, the sportier S3 will just become legal in 2024. It comes with a 1.8 L turbocharged I4 engine and all wheel drive.

Number 5: Toyota Crown Athlete. In 1999, Toyota released the eleventh generation of their famed Crown. This generation comes in either the Royal or the Athlete trims. The Athlete version comes with a 2.5 L turbocharged I6 and rear wheel drive.

Number 4: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI. The Lancer Evo has been a tuner staple and the sixth generation received improvements in cooling and engine durability. It comes with a 2.0 L I4 turbocharged engine and four wheel drive.

Number 3: TVR Tuscan Speed Six. TVR is a British sports car manufacturer known for specialized vehicles such as the Griffith and the Cerbera. Next in line to be eligible is the mid-engine Tuscan Speed Six. It comes with a range of 3.6 L to 4.2 L I6 engines and rear wheel drive.

Number 2: Nissan Silvia S15. In 1999, Nissan released the final version of their legendary Silvia, and arguably their most iconic generation. It appeared in numerous car-related movies and video games. It comes with a 2.0 L I4 engine with an optional turbo and rear wheel drive.

Number 1: Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R. The R34 GT-R is one of the most sought after cars by enthusiasts due to its prominence in pop culture. It comes with either a 2.6L or a 2.8 L twin turbocharged I6 and all wheel drive.

Thank you again for reading this list of the top ten vehicles you will be able to import to the United States in 2024. 1999 was truly a spectacular year in the automotive industry and these slices of automotive forbidden fruit will soon be able to make their way to U.S. shores.
Registration / 2024 COVID Policy
Last post by JimTobal - November 26, 2023, 07:58:54 PM
The website is still showing the policy from 2023; does anyone know if the policy is still going to be the same for next year?

I don't want to risk registering if I may not be able to attend due to that policy.
Gaming / F-Zero 99
Last post by Barnes - November 26, 2023, 08:49:20 AM
A couple of months late, I know. But I can't help but be happy to play this game. I once had a weird rule for not buying new Nintendo consoles, but I'm glad I bought a Switch.

I'm currently trying to win in 1st place with the Fire Stingray, but this is quite a challenge. Only one victory for me so far with the Wild a Mini Grand Prix XD
Video Programming / Re: Midnight Madness 2023! CAN...
Last post by HunterZero - November 20, 2023, 06:53:26 PM
Midnight Madness Stream this Thursday!   

Thursday, November 23, 2023 
11PM - 2AM 
All times Pacific

Come relax on Thanksgiving Day! 
Big Event Showcase / Masquerade 2024 Registration O...
Last post by jibrille - November 14, 2023, 08:59:43 AM
Masquerade Registration Opens March 1 @ Noon Pacific Standard Time (PST)! We will post a link here closer to the date.

My name is Marisa and I am the Masquerade Head for FanimeCon. You may remember me and my team from FanimeCon years ago, or from many of the other conventions where we have run Masquerades over the years. We are so happy to be back at FanimeCon! :D

Please note we are looking for staff! General Staff, Judges, AV/Video Staff, & an assistant Stage Manager!
Apply here:

Please start planning that skit and/or craftsmanship entry in advance for Masquerade 2024!

FanimeCon Masquerade is By Fans, For Fans: Cosplay for everyone! We welcome both new and experienced cosplayers!

Participate in one (or both!) of our two prize tracts:
- Performance: sing, dance, or do a skit. No craftsmanship required!
- Craftsmanship: show us your elite skills!

We accommodate new cosplayers or those who may have a fantastic skit idea, but can't make their own costume, with our performance-only division. Unless you check the box for "judge craftsmanship" we will not ask you if you purchased your costume or had your [Insert Here] make it for you. You will only be judged on your performance and how it relates to the character you are portraying.

We still have a craftsmanship prize tract for our cosplay artisans! You can do both! We have prizes for those who do both performance and craftsmanship too.

Our Best in Show prize, which is best OVERALL Performance & Craftsmanship, is $1000!

More information and our Rules for 2024 coming soon! If you have any questions you can e-mail me at

We look forward to seeing you in 2024!
Video Programming / Re: Midnight Madness 2023! CAN...
Last post by HunterZero - October 26, 2023, 10:01:29 PM
Midnight Madness Stream this weekend, Halloween edition!   

Saturday, October 28, 2023 
11PM - 2AM 
All times Pacific 
Panels and Workshops / Re: Cosplay Backdrops
Last post by VincentTroyWilliams - October 21, 2023, 09:50:02 AM
A Fan Event sounds like what I am looking to do. I will keep checking the website for when regrestration of Fan Events becomes open.

Thank you.
Panels and Workshops / Re: Cosplay Backdrops
Last post by InsaneDavid - October 20, 2023, 04:59:47 PM
This sounds more like it would be a "fan event" rather than a panel, as in the panel rooms you can't move anything or change the room setup.  (heck, the union convention center equipment guy didn't even like that I was connecting my own computer to the projector last year - which almost ALL panelists do - but he just had a stick up his rear and it was no big deal like in every year before)

Fan events are similar to panels in that you are allotted a time slot but they are in open rooms that allow you to have a custom setup configuration.  As with panels, registration opens far closer to the convention date, usually a couple months into the year.

Also I'm not staff, but I can tell you from my convention experience that you wouldn't be able to charge money any type of event like that within Fanime.
Famine finally posted up their official photos! I linked to them in the first post, but just a heads up, they aren't split up by timeframe this year, so you'll have to scroll a bit to get to us. But they came out amazing! Thanks to everyone who participated again, and I can't wait to see y'all next year!!
Live Programming and Events / Cosplay Backgrounds
Last post by VincentTroyWilliams - October 15, 2023, 04:39:14 PM
I would like to rent a room or space at Fanime in order to setup backdrops for cosplay photoshoots for anyone attending Fanime.

Is this possible? What form do I need to fill out? Or email address I need to contact?

I am planning on building a few PVC pipe racks to hang painted cloths on with a few cardboard attachments. I have different scenes in mind to display, either one at a time or all at once, depending on the size of the rented area.

The goal being to allow cosplayers to come and get their photo taken in different scenes, instead of in the tiny courtyard to the left of the convention entrance. I would not be providing any camera/video service. Just painted backdrops. The Cosplayers can take their own photos.

I would like to either rent one of rooms that panels are held in or space in the big tent.

If this is possible, what are the rules for charging money? If I can't charge money, am I allowed to ask for donations/tips?

My first thought would be to hold this as a "Panel": a limited time slot in one of the rooms. I did post in the Panel forum and was suggested to ask my question in this forum.

Thank you.