It had to happen. The people who have brought you the wildly successful Toyo Tires x pbskids calendar launch meets in Southern California over the last handful of years knew the go-to location we had was never meant for the ginormous amount of cars that typically came out. The meet was a victim of its own success, so we did what had to be done; Toyo flexed its partnership muscle and got us into the Honda Center parking lot in Anaheim, Calif., home of the Ducks pro hockey team, and suddenly we had all the room we could ever want. Problem solved.
The winter weather (or what passes for "winter" in SoCal, anyway) cooperated, too, and our first big affair in its new spot went off without a hitch. We didn't get an exact count of vehicles, but basically the hundreds of spots around the arena were taken, and we began parking cars in an adjacent overflow lot just to get everyone in.
Toyo set up its booth in the southwest-most corner of the parking area, where 2018 Toyo Girls Alyshia Barragan, Stacey Hash, and Laura Howard passed out calendars and autographs and posed for pictures. Surrounding them was a section cordoned off just for Toyo-sponsored rides, including the whips featured in the calendar—Jonny Grunwald's Mazda FD3S RX-7, Moe Ibrahim and Joe Recinos' Toyota Supra Mk4s, George Melita's Acura NA1 NSX, and Long Tran's Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R. We were also in the presence of many of the vehicles from Toyo's Treadpass area at last year's SEMA Show—read on to see what else came out for the 2018 calendar launch!
Joe Recinos' MkIV is the one you dream about. From the custom paint and BC Forged wheel/Toyo tire combo to the big power 2J and fender exit exhaust; no corners were cut with this build.
The Sarkisyan bros. brought their matching Porsche creations out and even if you saw them in person and broke down the countless custom touches applied, you'd probably still be left scratching your head. Truth be told, we don't even know what some of the handcrafted parts are, but we do know they look incredibly well done.
Almost three decades later and the sports car that no one ever saw coming is still turning heads.
1 and 2JZ swaps have become commonplace amongst the tuning crowd, but still, seeing one perched inside the bay of a BMW sedan is cause for an immediate double take.
With a V8 swap and a mountain of newfound torque, we'd hope you could eat a few VTEC-powered cars.
The majority of Japanese cars on hand were modern, but there were a few exceptions, like this mid-'70s Corolla 1600.
And don't think the event was limited to only Japanese cars - it was an open invite, and that brought in some domestic muscle as well as European offerings, like this slammed Audi wagon on BBS.
Known on Instagram as @trmnl7 and @trmnl8, this combo pulled in plenty of eyes throughout the morning. The FD was seen in SS while we last saw the RX-8 at the SuperiLL L.A. event. Since then, the lower part of the front end's been reworked.