Our Toyo Tires calendar is something we look forward to every year, not just because we get to snap sexy photos of the new Toyo girls, but for the past few years, we've organized a series of dope car meets that go along with the calendar's launch. Every January, we've hosted a very successful meet in our own backyard, in Southern California (last two years at the Honda Center in Anaheim); however, a secondary meet has floated around to various cities that include San Francisco, Miami, Honolulu, Atlanta and Houston. Putting together a meet in January has its challenges though, and we're always rolling the dice on the weather. This year, we decided to head back to Texas and pushed the date to March in order to give those winter woes some time to go away. Despite some morning rain, our plan worked as we were blessed with partly sunny, 80-degree weather. We also had a kickass venue thanks to one of this year's calendar feature cars owned by Shinku Classics (Liberty Walk Ferrari 360 Modena). The Houston-based importer was generous enough to open up their doors for us and the local community.
We seem to have found our sweet spot in Houston as a few hundred cars piled into Shinku's warehouse and parking lot. For those that haven't heard of Shinku, they're a three-year-old company specializing in importing JDM vehicles. With new cars unloaded off a container every month, plus a website that's updated daily, it's not uncommon to find your next dream car for sale - GT-Rs, Silvias, RX-7s, Supras, NSXs and more. They can also find you the quirky stuff too, like kei and VIP cars, work trucks, vans, etc. (I had the pleasure of driving a Y32 Nissan Cedric around town). They have a huge passion and strong foundation in Japanese culture, so it was only fitting our meet featured plenty of rare, right-hand-drive vehicles that would probably make most people flip out if they saw them on the streets. We also gotta give props to the other vehicles in attendance; there were definitely some high quality rides. Also, major shoutout to the guys that drove all the way from Austin!
We ended up learning a few things from the weekend...
1. If you're looking for your next big JDM project car, Shinku Classics has some of the dopest to offer. They also offer financing if you live in Texas, and they can also track down hard-to-find cars if you know exactly what you're looking for.
2. This year's Toyo models are proving to be some of the best girls yet. Be on the lookout for Ashley, Brookelynn, Dree and Jaylin at the next big show, and be sure to tell them where you saw them first!
3. The Texas scene showed us it's still one of the strongest communities rooted in performance and Japanese car culture. We're looking forward to coming back for more!