So let's address the obvious question about Tech Day '16 first—where were the pro drift cars getting tech'd? The short answer is, there weren't any; the process of inspecting Formula DRIFT competition cars has become an internal affair, sparing teams the prying eyes of both fans and challengers. But the thing is, after we joined forces with Formula D to put together Tech Day years ago, adding the meet 'n' mingle and vendor village elements, we've seen huge amounts of enthusiasts roll through to enjoy the event. We sure as hell weren't about to lose that! So after some calls and asking around, the opportunity came about to hold the event at one of the coolest places we could've imagined, the Petersen Automotive Museum right in the heart of Los Angeles.
If you've never heard of the Petersen, shame on you! It's one of the world's largest automotive museums, with more than 100 vehicles on display in its 25 galleries, and the remaining half of its collection is kept in a private vault located in the basement. It's also only a couple blocks away on Wilshire Boulevard from where Super Street was born under the parent company Petersen Publishing.
All the stars seemed to align for Tech Day as the Petersen offered us its entire parking structure boasting 700-plus spaces. We filled every one of those spaces and then some, allowing more rides in as others left. We don't have an exact count of how many cars came through, but what we do know is that Tech Day was a huge success and brought together enthusiasts from all ends of the community, whether they were into drifting, Japanese classics, European cars, and more. Fingers crossed, we'll be back at the Petersen next year. There's nothing like hosting an event right in our own backyard.
A pair of beautiful Mercedes builds, including Jimmy Uria's beautifully restored, right-hand-drive '72 280SE 3.5.
Our good friend Dominic Le in the infamous Hakotora.
Miss Super Street '16, Janey Lee.
Word on the street is this '67 Datsun Roadster runs an SR20DE. Dope!
Rolling deep with the local NSX crew.
Nice to see the Autofashion Mazda 6 drive up from San Diego with its J-uNit kit, Airrex suspension, and Leon Hardiritt wheels.
We teamed up with the Peteresen staff to give away three special awards.