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Supras in Vegas - 2J Turn Up!

Scene: Las Vegas Motor Speedway—Las Vegas, NV

Mike Sabounchi
Mar 6, 2015

The Toyota Supra is one of those cars that will forever have a cult following. Its price and value continue to increase every year as more of them disappear off the road. There are hundreds of reasons why people are in love with these cars, but the one reason everyone can agree on is that they're just so damn good from the factory. Which brings us to the 4th annual Supras In Vegas event.

Supras in vegas bryon stapps vs daryl hall 01 Photo 2/11   |   Bryon Stapps of Utah in his Mk4 versus Daryl Hall of British Columbia, Canada, in his Mk3. Both cars were the fastest Mk4 and Mk3 in the Street class.

The basis of every Supra was an inline-six engine. The first-generation models even shared engine similarities with the holy grail of Toyota performance, the 2000GT. Over the years, each generation Supra kept getting better and better until they finally stopped making them in 2002. While that may seem like an eternity ago, the Supra has stood the test of time. Modern-day Supra builds can easily surpass the 1,000hp mark, while cars with relatively few modifications and stock engine internals can see more than 500 hp at the wheels—pretty impressive numbers for a sports car that was built more than a decade ago! It's no wonder why people who are lucky enough to secure themselves a Supra hold on to them forever.

Link: Supras In Vegas 2014 - Photo Gallery

Supras In Vegas is a Supra owner's dream come true. It's a two-day event, where owners from all around the nation caravan to Las Vegas for an all-inclusive weekend festival. Everything from a show 'n' shine to a dyno day to full-blown quarter-mile racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway takes place. We didn't have a chance to meet up with the guys during their dyno day at Cody Phillips Racing (most powerful car put down 1226 hp at the wheels!), but we managed to catch the second day of the event at the track.

In typical summer-in-Vegas fashion, the day started off hot, and got hotter and hotter. The pit area was packed with more than 100 cars and it sent us into 2JZ overload. As soon as we started walking through the pits, we found ourselves in the middle of every Supra fanboy's fantasy. Every generation of Supra was represented, from the '80s classic Celica-Supra to the infamous Mark IV powerhouse. It was literally Supra heaven!

Supras in vegas 2JZ swapped E36 BMW 03 Photo 6/11   |   It's not a Supra, but we approve of Alex Smith's 2JZ-powered E36 BMW!

After a brief stint through the paddock, it was time to turn our attention to the dragstrip. Racing was broken up into five classes: Stock Turbo, Street, Six-Speed, and our two favorites, Supras versus The World (any car can try and take down a Supra) and Outlaw (free-for-all, no holds barred, unlimited class). All the cars in attendance put on an amazing show until the sun set over the mountains. Some drivers broke into the sub-9-second times. Kudos to the Supra owner who made a 8.57-second pass at 147 mph, the fastest of the day!

The sounds of the 1Js and 2Js screaming through the burnout box are still resonating in our ears. We loved every minute of it and can't wait to come back next year to see what these guys have in store.

Supras in vegas supra rear end 06 Photo 7/11   |   Supras in Vegas - 2J Turn Up!
Supras in vegas top secret widebody supra 09 Photo 11/11   |   Driven from SoCal (not trailered) was Steven Sawicki’s Top Secret widebody Supra that pushes more than 800 hp to the wheels.
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