With two extremely wild (and admittedly stressful) Super Street Tech Day Meets at the Petersen Automotive Museum in previous years, the 2018 event was the complete opposite. Though the meet created a smaller footprint this year based on limiting the number of spots available, the variety of cars was incredible and the organization was top notch, thanks to the Petersen staff who kept the ball rolling throughout the day. The biggest factor, however, was the vehicle pre-registration that avoided the mad rush of the gates hours before the event was even open.
Attending local meets and shows, you're often inundated by one particular make and model. At this gathering, however, the mix of Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, and others meant that visitors were treated to something they were sure to love along with a few surprises. And as if the cars in the lot weren't enough, the museum was open to the public and currently features a Japanese-centric theme dubbed "The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Auto Making," as well as "Fine Tuning: Japanese-American Customs." The exhibit runs throughout the year and into April 2019, and is absolutely worth the visit.
As with part one of our coverage, here are a few cars that caught our attention during the day:
Joe Recino and his '95 Supra made an appearance and immediately attracted a crowd of people. That crowd increased when he popped the hood. He also left the Petersen facility with a Best of Show award!
Another piece of recognition given out during the event is the "Petersen Perfection" award. There's no score sheet or established guidelines to go by, other than searching for a vehicle that has as much originality as it does functionality. Clean in the traditional sense as well as in reference to its owner's execution. This year's winner was LAPD's Rick Ishitani and his '71 Skyline 2000 GT-X
Bosozuku style originated in Japan and has been a subculture staple for decades. Like anything vehicle-related in Japan, some U.S. enthusiasts have adopted the style and we've seen more and more examples popping up.
Packed with extreme angles, over the top exhaust routing (I mean that literally), and wild livery, this group raised more than a few eyebrows as they scraped up the entrance ramp and settled in.
With as many stanced and widebody Civics as we've seen recently, it's a welcome sight to come across a few builds that go the opposite direction. We took a look at this K-swapped ED chassis Civic earlier this year and at the Petersen ...
... It was parked right next to this slick black EG fitted with an authentic Spoon Sports carbon fiber lip and silver TEs.
VIP themed builds, especially Lexus, are usually based on white, black, or silver chassis. That's what makes this teal-colored GS stand out that much more.