With so many cars (over 400) on hand at the 25th anniversary Toyotafest event in Long Beach, Ca, last weekend, I decided to break the coverage into two separate parts. The first highlighted the earliest Toyota models up and into the 80s, while this part covers the chassis produced after that. Now, just to be clear, before you go nuts, there are a few older models mixed into this gallery because they go along with a specific model bloodline, like the Supra, for example.
The balance of an event like Toyotafest, with over 2 decades on its resume is a delicate one. The old school Toyotas are what got them to the dance, so to speak. With loyal old school builders and restorers, the 60s, 70s, and 80s cars and trucks are what have kept this event so strong for such a long time. However, you can't discount the more modern builds that help bring in even more interest and broaden the fan base further. That young enthusiast that showed up to see a Supra or Lexus sedan, that might have never seen a Mango or Starlet on the street, gets a chance to see a well-built version in person and maybe even find a different path. At the very least, they can appreciate what goes into building any car, whether old or new.
That balance is something that the staff of Toyotafest has been able to find and maintain for years and the annual gathering seems to only increase, with more fans making their way through the gates year after year. On this day, anything Toyota-related goes, and this year's show brought with it a healthy mix of customs and restorations with various styles and touches. It truly offered something for every type of Toyota fan.
In Case You Missed It:
Toyotafest 2021 Pt. 1
Parked along the hillside was an entire line of MR2 - Toyota's sporty mid-engine, RWD fan favorite which is always well represented at Toyotafest.
A little further down the line sat a row of MR-S.
Though they don't carry as large a fanbase as their older sibling, the Spyder enthusiasts are certainly a dedicated bunch and there were some nicely built examples on display.
You don't see nearly as many Scion Xb and Xa as you once did but in their heyday, convoys of heavily modded versions would roll in and basically take over a portion of a show or meet. Low entry pricing and a mountain of aftermarket options made them a very popular choice for years.
Chances are you've never seen a Toyota Avalon pick-up conversion before, and this is most likely the only one of its kind.
We're not even sure if the rear is actually from a pick-up and grafted-in, or built from scratch, but it's remarkably well done. The body lines and panels line up properly and nothing is out of place.
This '03 IS300 is hard to miss with its glowing Viper Red paintwork and reflective Work VS-KF wheels.
Its mean mug is backed by a 1JZ swap with a perfectly fit front-mount.
If a wagon is more your style, this slammed and flared version on AME TM-02 might suit you better.
What would a Toyotafest be without the Supra on hand?
This MKIII looks to be in outstanding condition and perched comfortably on refinished factory MkIV wheels.
Not long after the MkIV Supra debuted, its signature wing was copied and adapted to every conceivable chassis at the time. "Supra wing" Civic coupes, del Sol, S-chassis, Toyota Paseo, you name it - the aftermarket body kit brands spared no one.
Nicely painted MkIV on Work Emotion that do their best to cover the huge Brembos up front.
Legend has it, the air filter is still going
There weren't a ton of these originally produced.
And there aren't too many floating around anymore. This turbo Celica All-Trac, complete with its rally style mudflaps and gravel-ready rollers is picture perfect.