Southern California has arguably been just as important as Japan in shaping the worldwide evolution of the Roadster community in the last decade, and no other SoCal event has had such an impact as KINOD. Established in 2006, KINOD (Krispy Kreme In-N-Out Drive, pronounced KEE-nawd) started as a weekly gathering of friends in the parking of lot of a Krispy Kreme and In-N-Out in Industry, CA. Over time the event expanded into a well-attended meet. KINOD is truly a unique cultural phenomenon – a mixing of community and industry, an indicator and expander of the Roadster’s popularity among younger owners.
Fast-forward a decade to just two weeks ago. KINOD was set to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and we at RadRoadsters couldn’t bear the thought of missing a story on this special occasion. I packed an overnight bag, grabbed my camera equipment, hopped into my Roadster, and headed down to Industry for KINOD’s 10th birthday.
Early arrival meant time for a quick bite with some of KINOD’s old guard. Only a handful of Roadsters had arrived, styles varying from a functional-height Mariner to an aggressively-flared NA equipped with Watanabes and beautiful Jet Stream headlights. Not all were Mazdas, however. A pair of clean S2000s and a mint Triumph TR6 appeared, representing all that is good in the land of non-Mazda roadsters.
The sun dropped from the sky, giving way to a procession that quickly filled the parking lot. Row after row of Miatas represented every style of build imaginable.
All-out track cars mixed with mild street builds. Every chassis had a sizable representation. NCs and NDs were surprisingly well-represented; though none were track machines, a number of clean street cars with varying modifications were present. There were also some well-recognized cars present. I’ve known of KINOD since my days on ClubRoadster some years ago, and iconic cars such as David Woolery’s Pitcrew and Jeremy D’Ambrosio’s Rotrex-equipped fastback NB go hand-in-hand with this community.
A number of interesting non-Roadsters were also present, ranging from this track-ready Lotus Elise to vintage machines such as a mint Datsun 240Z.
It was soon midnight, and the crowd thinned as partakers left and went home. At the end of the night all that remained was an empty parking lot next to a Sears and Krispy Kreme – a simple place, a blank canvas for a community that has blossomed over the last decade and influenced the evolution of today’s worldwide Roadster community. KINOD holds a special place at the heart of many enthusiasts. We certainly hope it will continue to thrive for yet another decade, and look forward to the next anniversary meet.