The Chinese Car Scene: Behind the Firewall | iAcro Shanghai | HALCYON (4K)

When it comes to car culture from Asia, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is Japan. Perhaps Thailand and Indonesia as well. But behind the great firewall of China’s internet is a culture of cars and people that rarely sees the light of day. In 2015, I was sent to Shanghai, China by AccuAir Suspension to capture an event hosted by iAcrophobia, a Chinese based car group with chapters around the globe.

This film was originally supposed to be uploaded to the AccuAir channel, and for various reasons, they held off on releasing it. With the recent news of them closing down, I knew this content couldn’t stay hidden forever, and wanted to get it out for all of you guys and the people of iAcro.

This footage is now 4 and a half years old, and while far comparable from my current work, I hope you enjoy a peek into the universal language that is a love for car culture. When I arrived at the show, this universal language was all I needed to communicate with the enthusiasts at the show. Their passion and love for cars are just the same as anywhere else I have been. It was an experience I will never forget.

In China, you can not access major western websites and social media, like Instagram and Facebook, without the use of a VPN. Even with one, connections are slow and unreliable. With the lack of social media, everyone’s engagements with each other felt more pure, genuine, and less about displaying their own experience out to others, and more just about enjoying the moment. This most definitely will not be my last time documenting the Chinese car scene.

Special Thanks:
iAcrophobia – @iacrophobia
Taylor Chase – Motion Graphics – @chaseincolor
Hugh O Malley – Location Coordinator
Rilber Li – USA Coordinator / Translations – @iacro_rilber
Haitao Shi – China Coordinator – @iacro_tao
Danny Suarez – Producer – @dankasrz_666
Terry / Jimmy Tse – Featured Vehicles – KANTOWORKS – @kanto_terrytse / @kanto_jimmyxie

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41 thoughts on “The Unknown Car Scene in CHINA | iAcro Shanghai | HALCYON (4K)”

  1. Hey everybody, I hope you enjoy the video. Please read the description. This isn't my best work considering it was captured in September of 2015, but this piece means the most to me. Enjoy and be safe out there.

  2. looks pretty much like the japanese carculture, but with more european cars, But with the internet, the carculture looks more similar over the world.

  3. most of the cars are from Guangzhou and Guangdong bring over to Shanghai for the show or Beijing. Shanghai hardly see cars like this on the street. my widebody e46 M3 is the only car I've seen in my neighborhood with crazy mods. the rest only change colors with stock height and made in china wheels. I see a river m2 in my community with taobao parts it's fucking ridiculous.

  4. Dude how come I just saw this video! Thanks for introducing the Chinese tuning scene man! It's just bad timing that our car culture begin late, there's no laws to categorise them and electrifications are taking over but hey, enjoy tuning while we can

  5. "Is this car stock, son?"
    Yes officer, bone stock.
    "Well I measured your rims and they're not regulation size; they're huge."
    Pulls out tape measure from Wish
    See, officer? Stock size.
    "I apologize, go on with your day."

  6. Wonder if you'll go to the philipines one day they have nice cars there and you might see lots and lots of random riced cars roaming the streets

  7. "Far from my current work" Still a legend in the video world! You are awesome for sharing this video and expanding everyone's view on the worldwide car scene!

  8. Hey I absolutely love your videos and you’ve inspired me to get into cinematography. What camera do you use and what FPS do you shoot at? Thank you!

  9. Seems like a shitty place to be into cars ? but thank God for the Honda type r if I was so unfortunate to be born in a place like that, that's the car I would buy. No wonder why the people flee to other countries yet somehow don't mix with the locals.

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