Every Monday night for the past few years groups of students from all around the Conejo Valley have come together as a small community of car lovers.
Now, hosted by the car brand Asphalt Theory, students in both high school and college come together at 7:30 p.m. at the Westlake Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) every Monday to have fun and share their cars with other enthusiasts.
“The meets are really just a fun place to hang out, relax, and see some really nice cars” said Brent Jeworski ‘20.
The event was started by a group of local high school students who coined the meet, Kings of 805, as the meet was started for students in the 805 area code who didn’t have the luxury to travel 30 minutes to participate in a ‘local’ car meet. The Kings part of the title was arbitrary however.
After the meets began to die off due to multiple location changes, a lack of promotion and the general aging as well as moving of many of the meets locals. ‘Kings’ as it came to be known, was transferred to Asphalt Theory and has seen dramatic growth in the months since the transition.
Upon arriving at the meet, one can experience a wide range of cars, from BMWs, Ford Mustangs, Mercedes, to a snapshot of the Japanese Domestic Market (A term to blanket the wide range of Japanese car manufacturers and aftermarket automotive companies specific to those cars). Many of which, have aftermarket modification to increase style, performance and personality of the car.
Attached to these cars are young enthusiasts who will happily tell you anything and everything that has been done to their car, as well as the upsides and downsides that they have experienced with it. Whether it is a Nissan 350z driver who just put on a huge exhaust and can’t wait to blast it, or someone with an old Mustang that has just put on a side exhaust. The variety and nuisances with each car is what gives this meet such an amazing atmosphere.
Although it is plenty of fun for the students to get together, it has faced much adversity over the years. From a lack of participation on behalf of the community, a shift of hosts and being kicked out of different meeting locations; more recently, the drama revolved around being blocked off by cops although the hosts had already spoken to the local police and location owners earlier in the day.
“It was honestly kind of funny,” said Zach Wilkins ‘20. “We hadn’t even been there for 30 minutes when three cops just showed up out of nowhere and literally wouldn’t let anyone leave. Even when Nick [Nick Tatu the founder of Asphalt Theory] went and spoke to them they said they were just there to ‘supervise’.”
Despite plenty of wacky and complicated moments over the years, every Monday night this group of car lovers can be found coming together, sharing stories and having fun.