This is the exact wording (more or less) that came down from revered leader Sam Du—known as EIC of the mag to most—to set off this wild adventure: "Super Street has been given the unique opportunity to borrow the new Supra ahead of other media channels ... It would have been dope to do some sort of road trip to Vegas or independent track test, but unfortunately our window of time with the car is only tomorrow night from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., which is why I came up with the idea of coordinating a night meet and photo shoot ..."
Thus began one spontaneous evening of inviting friends who were available and mobbing places around the greater Los Angeles area with a Toyota sportscar very few people have, up to now, had a chance to lay eyes on in the flesh (plus a couple Mk4 Supra, two FD3S RX-7, an NSX and an R34 Skyline). The trendy term for those who rolled out with us is "influencers," but we tend to look past those labels and have deeper relationships with a lot of the car owners who joined us, all of whom have "JDM supercar" project builds you very likely have seen before if you follow Super Street regularly. (Get into the photo gallery and see if you can match the owner with their car.)
The lot of us met in Long Beach at the Hooters by the harbor for some wings and beer to start off, where right from the get-go local rent-a-cops started giving us grief. It was pretty clear we were going to have to be clever about shooting the car with so many of us milling around, but with a little bit of resourcefulness (and some fast talking) shooters Darrien Craven and Renz Dimaandal, and videographer Samuel Rojas pulled it off. As you can see, we headed north from the LBC to end up in downtown LA, where the team took over Grand Ave. near the Broad museum and Disney Concert Hall to capture some breathtaking imagery.
No hooning, no takeovers, no sideshows—just a bunch of car people excited about a new model entering the tuner fold. We're all pretty stoked about the new Supra and what we believe it will mean to our community in the coming years (we've even heard Sam Du is on a waiting list for one!) Any day now the first 2020 Toyota Supra will roll out of dealerships (if they haven't already) across the US and Japan, with a couple already dynoed by major media and revealing even more torque than rated by the OEM. For all the negativity the car got in the run up to its release, we're pretty sure the A90 is gonna fit right in.