The expression "All good things must come to an end" couldn't be a better fit for 2016. American Idol had its final season, and Facebook is jammed with Kobe Bryant retirement videos. But the thing that's leaving many car enthusiasts brokenhearted is the news of Scion's demise. Fortunately, Toyota didn't axe the programs we care about such as its motorsports division Scion Racing, now known as SR by Toyota. As a part of the Formula D season launch in Long Beach, Calif., SR by Toyota hosted a kickoff car show exclusively for Scion owners.
Despite the rainy weather, there was an impressive array of Scion vehicles. It was almost as if you were walking through a Scion museum, as the first row of cars alone belonged to some of the most impressive Scion Tuner Challenge builds. New cars such as Justin Pagtalunan's Rocket Bunny Scion tC made a debut. It was equally awesome to see familiar faces like Noel Barnum's Varis kitted FR-S, now rolling on Rotiform OZT wheels. Even professional Formula D drivers Ken Gushi and Fredric Aasbo displayed their personal rides. We're particularly jealous of Gushi's latest exterior modifications with a Toyota 86 14R60 rear bumper, which if you kindly asked Toyota for, would let you know is exclusively for 14R60 owners. The Formula D crowd also had a chance to check out the brand new Toyota 86 with new bumpers, lights, and interior facelift, a sort of Kouki Scion FR-S. Also displayed next to the Scion hospitality center was the Scion tC Release Series 10.0 that was designed by Kei Miura himself. Besides the Rocket Bunny styling, it includes TRD goodies such as springs, wheels, and dual exhaust.
What really topped off the event for Scion and Toyota were the podium finishes by Aasbo and Gushi. While the brand name is gone, events like Formula D and Kickoff Car Show proves that Scion's spirit lives on.