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Toyo Tires x Super Street Calendar Meet 2020, Part 2: Toyo Corral

Bob Hernandez
Jan 29, 2020
Photographer: Leslie Clemens

Toyo Tires Treadpass at SEMA Over the Years
Photo Gallery: Toyo Treadpass 2019
Photo Gallery: Toyo Treadpass 2018

It seems there are now three certainties in life: death, taxes, and that Toyo Tires will never put on a bad car event. For years now, it has dominated the SEMA Show news cycle with its Treadpass, an exhibition we once referred to as that "strip of enthusiast nirvana in between the Las Vegas Convention Center's Central and South Halls." Behind the creative vision of Stan Chen, Toyo's Senior Manager, Events and Sponsorships, the tire-maker continues to produce quality gigs beyond the trade show-like the Toyo calendar meet we co-host with them to kick off each year, which just keeps growing.

2020 Toyo Tires x SS Calendar Launch Meet 240Z NSX Photo 56/56   |   Save for a lot of rev limiter play, plenty of two-steppin', and a handful of burnies, there wasn't a whole lot of jackassery for this year's meet-n-mingle. The layout of the event next to the Anaheim Ducks's home ice again had a coned-off VIP area basically sandwiched in between Katella Avenue and the Honda Center, but in addition cars were spread along south edge of arena

We've been doing our little annual calendar car get together with Toyo since 2015, and after starting off with a "quiet" (not really) gathering that took up pretty much every last bit of free real estate around Boden Autohaus in Costa Mesa, California, we had to move in 2018. We transplanted the event 12 miles north to the massive parking lot of the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, where they used to hold music festivals and such. This year we heard we had something like 2,000 to 3,000 cars at the casual affair, and we were honestly a little gobsmacked.

"Those are SuperiLL numbers," mentioned Editor Sam Du when he broke the news to us, referencing the insanely successful meet we had in late 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles. He's right, except back then it was at night, and we didn't have as big a space, or the help of the local PD to prevent chaos from erupting (as it did a teensy-weensy bit for SuperiLL). Lessons learned: See how right things can go when you have all your car-show ducks in a row in the gallery below.

2020 Toyo Tires x SS Calendar Launch Meet evo 5 Photo 56/56   |   We counted seven builds in Toyo's corral that debuted in the Treadpass at the 2019 SEMA Show, including Dennis Aquino and Rowie Landicho's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V. This 1998 right-hand-drive features a rare Varis ASSO version kit and Rays Volk CE28 Club Racer II Black Edition 18x10.5 wheels wrapped in 295/30ZR18 Toyo Proxes R888R DOT legal competition rubber at each corner
2020 Toyo Tires x SS Calendar Launch Meet 935 ev Photo 56/56   |   Bisimoto brought out its all-electric converted Porsche 935 K3V, which first seared eyes at the last Treadpass. It sports a genuine Kremer 935 widebody kit and matchy-matchy eight-piece wheels from Brixton Forged behind turbofan covers.
2020 Toyo Tires x SS Calendar Launch Meet baja 964 01 Photo 56/56   |   The Russell Built Fab Baja 911 is a little like an overlander's wet dream. Specs for the custom 964 include a bumper-to-bumper chromoly race cage and 12 inches of wheel travel thanks to the use of billet aircraft aluminum spindles, a-arms, and a box plate chromoly trailing arm suspension. The Porsche sits on 15 x 7-inch fifteen52 Integrale Gravel FIA approved wheels wrapped with 30-inch tall Toyo Open Country A/T II (all-terrain) tires, and a purpose-built 3.8-liter air cooled engine built by Jeff Gamroth of Rothsport Racing.
2020 Toyo Tires x SS Calendar Launch Meet fd rx 7 Photo 56/56   |   The TCP Magic Type TT V3 kit for the FD3S is all kinds of sexy, from any angle. The widebody broke cover at last SEMA on Meguiar's Ultimate Award winner (and SS homeboy) Jonny Grunwald's 1994 RX-7 cover car (aw, remember covers?).
2020 Toyo Tires x SS Calendar Launch Meet k swap Civic Photo 56/56   |   We first saw this K-swapped red EK at Wekfest LA last year and fell head over heels-the build is so clean! We get fixated on those carbon ITB stacks and shaved bay, but the spare interior flosses a really sweet set of iLLest x Bride Low Max buckets.
2020 Toyo Tires x SS Calendar Launch Meet autograph line Photo 56/56   |   2020 Toyo Girls Bryn, Jadelyn Breier, and Kiara Gomez had fans lined up dozens deep well throughout the day.
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