If you're not a morning person, our early-morning get together definitely made you set multiple alarm clocks, followed by a few shots of espresso, and maybe an energy drink chaser. Even before the Petersen Automotive Museum staff had a chance to open up shop, dozens of cars were already lining up on a nearby street, which for the record is something we advised against. But like any highly anticipated event, everyone wants to get in early. Add to that a (unusually?) large amount of LA Metro construction taking place in the area and you have all the makings of a classic LA traffic jam.
Our Tech Day car meet started off as a simple meet for a few Formula D teams to, well, get their cars tech'ed by the pro drifting series prior to the season kickoff. However, as years went by more teams felt it would be a disadvantage to show other teams their setup and instead opted to have their cars tech'ed privately elsewhere. Regardless, the event name stuck and Super Street fans still came to support as the attendance grew by the hundreds. Eventually our Irvine, Calif., office parking lot couldn't handle the sheer amount of people that came by, and besides that we moved to a different, slightly smaller facility a few years ago. While we were in our cubicles thinking of plans for the next meet, we came up with the idea of borrowing Petersen's parking structure and combining our meet with their Japanese Cruise-In event, and in 2016 we had an extremely successful effort. This year we returned to the popular LA car museum, and despite the crazy construction conditions, we filled the parking structure's 600 or so spots in less than an hour.
Being that Tech Day is about bringing together all vehicle types, we saw a solid mix of Japanese, European, exotic, and even some domestics throughout the morning. Along with the VIP section on level 3 of the parking garage, a few vendors joined in on the fun, including Turn 14/Titan 7 Wheels, Super Street Garage, Klutch Wheels, and Smelly Panda/Tree Frog. Standouts at the meet included Steve Pham's Liberty Walk Ferrari and LTMW's Pandem Skyline GTR R32. We even chose an official Super Street best of show (meet) award, which went to Jonny Grunwald and his TCP Magic-equipped RX-7. Jonny is so dedicated that he literally had parts overnighted from Japan. Thanks, all, for the support in making the 2017 Japanese Cruise-In and Super Street Tech Day Meet another roaring success!