A nice set of wheels can completely change the aesthetic of just about any vehicle. In fact, according to a scientific study that I just made up it's been proven that bolting a set of Volk Racing TE37s to a Ford Pinto will instantly make it look 10 times better. When it comes to wheels, ToyotaFest always seems to be a pretty good barometer on where the trends are going.
It is also a great event for spotting vintage JDM wheels like the pristine set of RS Watanabes on this '81 Toyota Celica. The rest of the car may be a little worse for wear but those wheels paired with the surf rack on top and the externally mounted oil cooler add just the right amount of "I don't give a f***" charm.
Speaking of Celicas, there was a sweet blue GT model with a set of the cleanest SSR Formula Mesh wheels I have ever seen. Those wheels and that car go together like Sirracha and ice cream (don't knock it 'till you try it!)
As usual VIP-style cars had a big showing at ToyotaFest 2016, and when it comes to VIP wheels those from Avant Garde and Kranze are the order of the day.
A set of authentic Leon Hardritt (luxury division of Weds Sport) "Orden" wheels made an appearance as well. These are not rollers that are seen often, which makes them all the more coveted.
This Lexus LS sporting a set of Infinitewerks SS1s was literally slapping onlookers in the face as it shamelessly flaunted its gold finished wheel faces and dishes so deep you could have a picnic lunch in them.
In addition to the hard-hitting forged wheels on the VIP cars and the vintage metal on the classics, examples of tried and true wheels were plentiful - like this Lexus SC coupe sporting a set of bronze TE37s.
This Lexus IS with Enkei NT03s instantly took me back to high school, but in a good way. I'm still repressing everything else.
One of my favorite things about wheel hunting at ToyotaFest is discovering all the small details that might normally go unnoticed, like these valve stem caps that look like grenades!
If you are crazy about Japanese wheels and want to learn more about them, then a visit to ToyotaFest is just the education you need. Look around and talk to the car owners. They'll be more than happy to drop some knowledge!