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5 Awesome Cars From ToyotaFest 2017

Who says an MR-S can't be cool?

May 19, 2017
Photographer: Bob Hernandez

Although our calendars have been jam-packed with events lately, ToyotaFest is one show that we look forward to every year. Now on their 22nd year, instead of holding the event at the Queen Mary Events Park, they made the trek across the Los Angeles River and into the Marina Green Park in Long Beach, Calif. Now normally you'd see us geeking out over Supra, AE86, or maybe even a second-gen. MR2, but we wanted to take a look at some of Toyota's other amazing chassis with five very unique builds.

Orly Tapay's '74 Toyota Starlet

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Nothing oozes cool like an old-school replica touring car. Orly owns this beautiful Tom's inspired KP47 Starlet that instantly transports us back to the '70s. More than just a Tom's livery, Orly acquired an ultra-rare set of Tom's concave wheels, a steering wheel and seatbelt. Although it doesn't have the actual race engine, it does have the predecessor to the 4AGE motor with its 2-TG.

Allen Pham's Lexus IS300

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Allen has been in the IS300 game for a long time. This is his second IS300 and as far as we can see, he went all out. Without going overboard with the 2JZ power plant, Allen went with a Toyomoto Rotrex supercharger for a reliable 400hp. Since Allen has future plans to take this thing to the track, a rare Carbing Okuyama roll cage is used to stiffen up the chassis. Stance coilovers and a custom Gialla Sport Corsa body kit help round out the exterior modifications.

Arthur Viado's Scion FR-S

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How do you make an Scion FR-S RS 1.0 even more special? You boost it and rock an Aimgain GT Stancenation body kit. On e85, the car made 360whp, which many FR-S owners will tell you is plenty.

Joel Tan's '72 Sprinter Trueno

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ToyotaFest wouldn't be complete without a Filipino rolling in a dope old-school Toyota. Joel Tan is one of those guys who knows exactly how to execute a good, nostalgic build. Aside from this Trueno, he also has a really cool Hakosuka you've probably seen at SoCal car shows. This year he changed it up with racing style decals and old-school Gotti wheels. Joel tells us that he plans to do a BEAMS engine swap next year.

How Te's MR2 Spyder

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Let's put it out there; the MR-S is one the most underrated competitors to the Miata. Instead of swapping in a 2ZZ engine, Te added a t3/t4 custom turbo bumping the 1ZZ engine to 230whp. For the exterior, he relies on DAMD fender flares and TRD-style bumper, but any Rocket Bunny aficionado will spot he's using an FR-S RB lip. The rear utilizes a diffuser originally made for a Lotus.

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