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2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise-In & SS Meet Pt. 2

More from the iconic Petersen Museum's annual meet up

Rodrez
Jul 25, 2018
Photographer: Bob Hernandez

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:

2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet supra Photo 2/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet Supra
2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet JZA80 Photo 3/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet JZA80

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!

2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet Hako GTX Photo 4/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet Hako GTX
2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet hakosuka Photo 5/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet Hakosuka

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

2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet Bosozoku cars Photo 6/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet Bosozoku Cars
2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet Bosozoku Cressida Photo 7/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet Bosozoku Cressida

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.

2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet Bosozoku Cressida Photo 8/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet Bosozoku Cressida

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.

2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet ED Photo 9/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet ED
2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet K swap Photo 10/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet K Swap

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 ...

2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet ed eg hatch Photo 11/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet Ed Eg Hatch

... It was parked right next to this slick black EG fitted with an authentic Spoon Sports carbon fiber lip and silver TEs.

2018 petersen museum japanese cruise in ss meet GS Photo 12/78   |   2018 Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise In Ss Meet GS

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.

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