For a third straight year, the world famous Petersen Automotive Museum joined forces with the Super Street staff to host a meet at their revamped facility in the heart of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile museum district. If you remember last year's event or even 2016's, you probably remember congested streets, a mad dash for the gates even before they opened, and a general mess made of things.
Try as we might, controlling the flow of traffic and the number of people cutting others off, saving spots in line along with the general douchebaggery that comes with just about any modern day meet, was unavoidable. Add to that some serious street construction by the city and it was the perfect formula for a huge headache. An incredible turnout, but again, not an ideal situation and many were left out due to space constraints. For 2018, the powers that be at Petersen thought it might be a better idea to pre-register the vehicles parking inside the lot and limit it. The powers that be at Petersen were absolutely right.
Arriving at the venue at about 6am the previous two years and I was met with packed streets and plenty of traffic due to people arriving hours early to try to rush the gates. This year, because all of the spots were reserved, the streets were wide open and it was nice and quiet. As cars started to arrive, there was no stress among attendees or staff, and cars filed into the multi-level garage one after another without issue. In terms of sheer numbers, because the event was limited this year, the turnout was of course much smaller, but that was by design and made for an event that was much more tightknit and far less hectic.
Here are some of the images from the early morning setup and prep with the first groups to arrive to the Petersen.
We don't see a ton of second-gen. MR2s floating around, however, the number of modified versions has increased a bit over the last few years. This red example, perched on classic bronze TE37s, could be used as a blueprint for how to build an exceptional one.
The pristine body and wheel package might draw you in close enough to check out the clean interior, or if you're lucky, the heavily modded business end that features a custom intake and exhaust manifold and a cooling solution - all of it neatly packaged into the infamously tight-to-work-with mid-ship cavity.
This group of 2nd gen Integras have been spotted at various events throughout the year. While the DA/DB2 doesn't have the same following that mid-90s Civic and 3rd gen. Integras do, those dedicated to this chassis are incredibly loyal and the community remains tight knit.
It's been years since I'd seen a slammed, custom painted Toyota pickup with a hydraulic-operated bed setup. A large group of diehard truck builders rolled into the lot together blasting old-school favorites and flexing their bed dancing skills at a level of synchronicity that only comes from years of being together. It might not be your thing, but if you appreciate all forms of automotive building these trucks were incredible to view up close, and in an instant brought me back to high school.
As the lot started to fill up with NSXs, GT-Rs, and other favorites, it was this group of trucks that turned the most heads.
Speaking of seldom seen, a 3000GT typically isn't going to show up at your local meet or track day, but this one, incredibly detailed, showed up to the Petersen in the early morning hours.
Gene Abutin made the drive up from San Diego in his NA1 NSX on Volk rollers.
He grabbed a spot right next to the GReddy turbocharged, Super Street 120 Hours/Week to Wicked build—a car that we recently worked on in just 5 days. It currently sits on AST 5200 series coilovers, Konig Ampliform wheels, and Falken Azenis FK510 tires.
Bisi Ezerioha, taking a close look at the Honda motorcycle engine-powered N600 we featured in 2016