FilthyFitment

 

Filthy Fitment is a brand, a club, a business, and a movement. It's a general car enthusiast group page, a stance enthusiast specific group page, a supporter of lowered cars on Twitter and Instagram, and a company hosting the biggest car shows/meets in St Louis. The beginning of 2015 was my first real experience in the car scene of St Louis. Sure, I had been to plenty of car meets and shows previously, but in 2015, I had a car worthy of showing off that I had put wrench time into myself. In the spring time, we hosted our first official Filthy Fitment meet on the top level of the Meadows Mall parking garage in Lake St Louis, solely based off Twitter advertising. After having about 20 cars show up, we had a nice cruise to Quail Ridge park where we hung out the rest of the day. As far as the year 2015 goes, that was pretty much all of it. 2016 was when we really started to take off. The Twitter page by this time had about 9,000 followers, and we had just started our Instagram and Facebook accounts. We decided to host another meet the first weekend in March, but knew we couldn't do it alone. We reached out for help from friends and such and brought Robertt Nguyen, Jace Garcia, and Zach Swim to the team. Rob acted as a father figure at first and basically used his experience to help guide us with the first show. Jace became our design guy and official videographer. The brand was really starting to take shape. The meet this year made the previous year's look stupid. There were HUNDREDS of cars gathered under our name at Pur Performance and the weather was perfect. We had numerous vendors and people stayed busy between looking at cars and watching the dyno pulls. The event was ran extremely well and compliments from peers flooded in the next week, and our host Pur Performance wanted us back soon. We had another show of the same caliber in the fall at the same location, another successul event in 2016.

 

The goals of Filthy Fitment is to become a nationwide club and have our own cars that rep the banners, to host nationwide shows that people will drive great distances to come to, and to support the local car scene and keep enthusiasts thriving in their passion for cars by creating a network of enthusiasts across the country.

 

 
 
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Filthy Fitment started in late 2014 by myself (Zach Schlichting) and Blake Balkenbush. Blake had started a car Twitter page under the name "CamberCrew" and was posting photos of vehicles he liked with excessive camber. I didn't know Blake very well at the time, and had no idea he was running the page. After he followed me with the account, I was quick to call him out for using a buddy of mine (Scott Wurth)'s club name, in which he has no association. Rather than keep the name and block me, or any other number of events that could have led negatively from there, Blake asked for my phone number and help with creating a name for his page that had never been used before that flowed well off the tongue, in trade for giving me access to the Twitter page with only 100 followers. After collaborating for a couple days, we finally decided to name our new brand "Filthy Fitment".


 

The beginning of 2015 was my first real experience in the car scene of St Louis. Sure, I had been to plenty of car meets and shows previously, but in 2015, I had a car worthy of showing off that I had put wrench time into myself. In the spring time, we hosted our first official Filthy Fitment meet on the top level of the Meadows Mall parking garage in Lake St Louis, solely based off Twitter advertising. After having about 20 cars show up, we had a nice cruise to Quail Ridge park where we hung out the rest of the day. As far as the year 2015 goes, that was pretty much all of it. 2016 was when we really started to take off. The Twitter page by this time had about 9,000 followers, and we had just started our Instagram and Facebook accounts. We decided to host another meet the first weekend in March, but knew we couldn't do it alone. We reached out for help from friends and such and brought Robertt Nguyen, Jace Garcia, and Zach Swim to the team. Rob acted as a father figure at first and basically used his experience to help guide us with the first show. Jace became our design guy and official videographer. The brand was really starting to take shape. The meet this year made the previous year's look stupid. There were HUNDREDS of cars gathered under our name at Pur Performance and the weather was perfect. We had numerous vendors and people stayed busy between looking at cars and watching the dyno pulls. The event was ran extremely well and compliments from peers flooded in the next week, and our host Pur Performance wanted us back soon.

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By the time 2017 rolled around, our social media accounts were growing rapidly, and our name was very well out there. As of right now, we have a general enthusiast group on Facebook with over 2000 members, mostly local.

We hosted another show in March of this year in collaboration with Drift STL at Gateway, and it was our best event to date. We had trophies, tshirts, stickers, sponsors, and food to give, sell, support, and feed to probably over a thousand spectators. It was yet another successful event under our belt, and under our name that was just decided on barely two years ago. The future of Filthy Fitment is looking promising. We have so much local support and have even established connections that are not so local. This year, we plan on being a vendor at bigger shows to not only sell merch and promote our business, but to bring those out of towners to OUR shows and show them how rad the STL scene is becoming again. We have merchandise for sale, but our website is currently down, we will be getting that all revamped and back up and running within the next two weeks. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @filthy.fitment , Twitter @filthyfitment , and Facebook Filthy Fitment to see awesome cars and stay updated on events and apparel.