If you're under the age of 25, then it seems like ages since 2018's Toyo Tires/Super Street calendar launch went down at "The Pond." And, if you're over 25, or you have a child or two, then it feels like that 2018 event happed about 2 weeks ago. Regardless, much like last year's gathering, the organization was top notch, the attendees (you guys) very respectful of the property and the vibe, not surprisingly, was entirely stress-free.
It's not a tough notion; asking friends and fans to make their way to a very centrally located Anaheim Honda Center to join hundreds of other like-minded enthusiasts in checking out some cars, maybe showing off your own vehicle of choice and of course, nabbing this year's calendar right out of the hands of a few of the Toyo girls themselves.
As expected, the line to get a calendar or the chance to purchase the latest wares from the Super Street Garage booth were both lengthy, but being surrounded by some of SoCal's finest builds just a few feet away means that extra 20 minutes was well worth it.
We saw quite a few cars this year that made a return appearance, having shown up at the 2018 launch, but that doesn't mean there weren't plenty of new builds on hand, both old and new, to pore over throughout the day. And speaking of poring—er, pouring, the threat of rain leading up to the meet was real but decided to back off long enough to give everyone a clear (though chilly) morning and deliver some much needed rainfall well after the last cars had left the Honda Center.
An eclectic mix, strolling through the Home of the Ducks parking lot revealed as many BMW and Audi builds as Honda and Nissan examples. Engine swaps, flared fenders, extreme wheel fitment, mild builds and even a few domestic cars made sure this event catered to everyone. And other than the guy in the stock G35 with an unbolted exhaust that kept revving profusely on his way out to insure that everyone in a 5-mile radius heard his stock, metal resonating fury, the event couldn't have gone any smoother. A big thanks to everyone that took the time to attend and show support, let's do it again next year!
Always popular with an incredibly loyal following, Z-cars have only gained traction among builders in recent years. It's tough to argue against the classic chassis when they look as good as these two. The more wild of the pair showed up in the pages of SS earlier this year ...
... while this milder version maintains a classic look both inside and out.
The FR-S/BRZ/86 army was in full force at the meet,with builds in varying degrees of modification found in just about every section of the Honda Center's parking lot.
The number of "modern 86 chassis" builds sporting front-mount intercoolers was almost equivalent to that of the number of examples fitted with some sort of wide body treatment or fender flare setup.
We're not sure it gets much cleaner than an AP2 with an OEM hardtop, ASM front bumper, and hood, tied together with bronze Mugen MF10s.
GReddy's FC chassis RX-7 build was sexy enough to land a cover spot with SS in 2019 after its SEMA debut. GReddy President, Kenji Sumino, can be seen in the background listing off the car's finer points.
The build-up retains rotary power and flaunts Pandem's multi-piece aero kit that adds a whole new dimension to the narow-bodied, early '90s hero.
Ravi of CSF Cooling's Racing & High Performance division stopped by with his daily driver 2015 M5 that sports a PSM Dynamic carbon aero kit, vented Agency Power hood and 21in 6Sixty Design monoblock rollers. With a little massaging the sedan now spits out almost 630whp and keeps things cool with, of course, a set of CSF x Pure Turbos liquid-to-air charge coolers.
Fixed lights or pop-ups, the Toyo x SS meet had plenty of NSX options on hand.
This BMW wagon sported some aggressive touches that include low offset Concept One CSM-001 rollers and a DinMann carbon fiber front lip, side skirts and honeycomb carbon fiber mirrors.
Inside, the once five or more seater was transitioned to a 2-seater thanks to a mass of roll cage bits that have taken over the rear seating and the front section of the cargo area. The trade-off is safety and more rigidity in lieu of passengers in the back asking for the Aux plug.
Chris Ortez brought out his 15th Anniversary Edition Supra and if you appreciate subtlety over the extreme, then this car deserves your attention. A collector and mover of rare JDM goods, it was only fitting that this unique, adjustable rear wing land in Chris' hands, after which he refurbished it complete with titanium hardware. Somewhat clouded in mystery, Chris states that the only known info on the wing is that it was designed for a TRD project in Japan back in the '90s.
Up front, a retractable JDM front under spoiler sits beneath an ARC intercooler that's just a few inches away from brand new OEM headlights, while the flanks are home to refinished Regamaster EVOs that received a fresh set of authentic decals. Behind the Desmond rollers are Alcon Grex calipers once fitted to an R34 in Japan before a complete overhaul and rebuild in preparation for Chris' MKIV.
More choice ARC goods can be found under the hood but they don't fight for space with the massive single turbo conversion and 4-figure power numbers you might expect. Instead, the focus is on maintaining and making only the slightest adjustments to arguably Toyota's most coveted chassis.
If you've been away at sea and incapable of spending even five minutes online, then you may have missed Bisimoto's latest offering. For the rest of us, we're well aware that Mr. Ezerioha has been hard at work with a whole new Honda build, this one based on a FWD wagon that's been converted to AWD, fitted with a K24Z3 block, and K24Z7 head (yes, the one that Honda guys complain about due to the single outlet exhaust "manifold"), and is channeling power through a Quaife sequential trans and very custom underpinnings.
Keeping tabs on engine vitals is an array of sensors that translate feedback through AEM's CD-5 digital dash dynamo.
In the early '90s, Nissan was well ahead of the curve when they introduced the mighty 300ZX and out-sold everyone in the sports car segment. What it didn't do, however, was rely on Toyota's venerable 2JZ with a large single turbo conversion like this one does.