Upon entering the Anaheim Convention Center for the annual Spocom car show, one of the first things you notice is just how condensed it really is. Your heart begins to rush and your mind tries to process how much good stuff can be packed under one roof. In the case of Spocom's Anaheim stop, around 450 cars were officially registered, and just like any show you walk through there are always a few cars that leap out at you, draw you in, and force you to take a second look.
As we mentioned in our initial Spocom '17 article, this show has a knack for drawing in some highly recognizable cars from the past. In the list below, some of you longtime SS readers might even spot a few old-school standouts..
ROY MALUBAY'S TOYOTA COROLLA GT-S
We didn't recognize this car at first, but we featured Roy's AE86 back in the day when Roel Concepcion was an editor. Since then it's been refreshed with CBY fenders and Work Equip wheels. What didn't change was the turbo 4AG under the hood making over 300hp, which for any AE86 is plenty.
AUTO FASHION LEXUS GS 300
This Lexus GS300 caught our eye immediately. It's equipped with a beautiful Mode Parfume body kit and sprayed with a Toyota FJ Cruiser factory color. The 2JZ under the hood gets a bump in power with a supercharger and a custom header. The Project Mu brakes, originally intended for a Supra, were custom fitted and the guys at Auto Fashion even machined and anodized brackets and rotor hats in factory teal.
BRETT STEBEL'S MAZDA RX-3
This is what happens when vintage Japanese metal meets modern technology. If you haven't already figured it out from the race-style livery or the gutted interior, this RX-3 means business. Powered by a three-rotor 20b, the 40-year-old chassis will most likely outrun most of the cars on the Spocom showroom floor.
BRANDON MINER'S HONDA CIVIC
We know widebody cars aren't for everybody, but we can't deny how cool Brandon's Synergy Blue, M&M Honda widebody Civic is. It's been converted to RHD and of course the engine bay has a wire tuck and has been fully shaved. Instead of a B or K-series swap, Brandon opted for an H22a4.
JONATHON VILLAGOMEZ'S TOYOTA SUPRA
When I heard a few people saying that this Supra had a GT-R conversion, I knew it was time to highlight another heavy hitter from back in the day. No, my friends, it's not a GT-R conversion, but rather Top Secret Japan's Super G-Force Wangan widebody kit. Following Smokey Nagata's styling cues, Jonathon painted the car in gold and rocked Volk Racing GT-F wheels. Under the hood you'll find plenty of HKS parts that we all know will play well with his 2JZ.