Becoming a household name in the fickle and often saturated import performance market is no easy task. If your brand is lucky enough to eventually get to that point, holding onto it for a few decades is next to impossible. GReddy Performance Products has done just that, and along with their well-established, battle-tested goods, they've continued with non-stop research and development and regularly add to their long list of products and applications.
On August 19th, GReddy's Irvine, Calif., office opened its doors to the public and offered fans a chance to see some GReddy-equipped track, street, and show cars up close, take part in a raffle, and even pick up some GReddy product on sale.
Positioned in the middle of an urban maze comprised of the infamous SoCal industrial business park model with options limited to "glass covered rectangle" or "plain white building with roll-up bay doors," the location would be easy to miss. On this day, however, the parking-restricted streets were lined with modified imports of all types, from shiny new Civic Type Rs to old school Z-cars and more.
Beyond the gates, the GReddy staff brought in a row of clean white display cars, a food truck, D.J., and spent the afternoon fielding questions and providing info on their product in the GReddy booth. This event, limited on space, isn't a large-scale car show or a massive local meet, but more of a celebration of the brand and a chance for fans to interact with the crew that makes GReddy the industry staple that it is. A relaxed vibe with some forgiving SoCal weather and a collection of incredible display cars was a great way to spend a Saturday as the close of summer 2017 drifts closer.
It's tough to miss a blazing red GT-R with loud livery and massive rollers and Robbie Nishida's RHD R35 Jerry Yang Racing drift car was the first thing we saw when we arrived.
Just a few feet away from Nishida's GT-R sat RAD Dan's aggressive blue MkIV, complete with hood-exit, double-barrel wastegate exits. Currently the only Supra in Formula D competition, Dan recently had a little "rub" with the wall in Seattle but it was merely a flesh wound.
Noel Barnum's widebody Varis FR-S was on display sporting a complete GReddy Tuner turbo kit. We featured his car back in 2015, when it was supercharged.
Ben Schwartz has, in our opinion, the cleanest Skyline GTE around. Armed with an RB26DETT swap, a laundry list of GReddy goods and Advan RG-D2s, we wouldn't change a thing. Here's a look at his print feature from earlier this year.
Kenji Sumino and the GReddy crew put in some major hours on the FuguZ project that, just a few years ago, blew everyone away during the SEMA show. Rarely do we come across a car that's done so well; we're at a loss as to what could make it any better.