Calling all New Yorkers with the need for speed.
On Sunday, the Big Apple’s inaugural AutoCon — an automotive extravaganza that showcases some of the most tricked out, fastest and flashiest wheels on the road — is at Pier 94.
The daylong event is hosted by automotive journalist-turned-“The Fast and the Furious” actor RJ de Vera and is expected to draw nearly 300 vehicles, as well as YouTube stars such as TJ Hunt and car-world pinup Dannie Riel. Tickets are $25 at the door.
Meet some of the local speed demons who will be showcasing their coveted chariots.
His family has the largest collection of Lamborghinis in North America, so it’s no surprise that Andrew Magsino has become a collector himself.
“I became obsessed with cars when I was 5,” said the Manhattan native.
The 32-year-old is a partner in PCNY, an agency that manages hip artists and YouTube stars, but it’s his 2017 McLaren 570S that is the real piece of art. The $320,000 British sports car is hand-painted by artist King Saladeen, whose works start at $60,000.
“I like to take it out in the city and drive it every day,” he said of the splashy car, which can reach speeds upward of 200 mph.
He runs errands with his less expensive but still eye-catching 2016 BMW i8 hybrid, which costs a mere $165,000.
He explained: “It’s wrapped in custom Bathing Ape design, which is my favorite clothing brand from when I was growing up.”
As a former sergeant in the US Marine Corps, Martin Cabrera became interested in modified cars while stationed in Japan.
“I caught the ‘mod bug,’ ” Cabrera told The Post. The 39-year-old, who owns SXE Autoworx in Elizabeth, NJ, has souped up many cars in his time, but it wasn’t until 2012 when he found his diamond in the rough: a 2002 Lexus IS300 SportCross wagon. He bought the rare Lexus for $6,300 and poured $40,000 and five years into rebuilding his ride from the inside out.
He turned the engine into a showpiece, converted it from an automatic to a stick and installed parts such as a carbon fiber hood from the Dominican Republic. Cabrera really got his kicks in the trunk, where he designed a special compartment just for a pair of shoes. Initially, he put a never-worn pair of Air Jordans Retro 6 “Cigar” sneakers in the box. “They [are] the same color scheme as my car,” he said.
You won’t see Manpaul Singh, 32, lining up behind you at the local Sunoco station. That’s because his 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo can run on ethanol, so he fuels up at Newark Airport.
“My car is 600 horsepower, but when I put in ethanol, it automatically goes up to 800 horsepower with the change in fuel,” Singh told The Post. And at under $3 a gallon, it’s cheaper than filling up his $188,000 car with regular gas.
“Sometimes we joke that we get more horsepower and we’re paying less,” he said of the car, which boasts a top speed of around 190 mph.