Life: Petersen Tech Day

I checked out the Japanese tech day meet at the Petersen recently. I was looking forward to this event for awhile now, I knew there was going to be some quality cars appearing and I couldn’t miss it….I’m going to try not to post so many car show posts since I feel like you can find the same content all over the net…..I rolled in with a few S2k friends this day…..

I was right behind Areen’s Spoon’ed out Ap2….. He got everything painted now, including his new spoon overfenders…..

Not pictured:Myself….. A few S2ks I rolled in with including some notable ones, like Areen’s Spoon’ed out S2k, Gotuning Tommy’s ASM’ed out S2k, and SasLari’s Spooned out S2k at the end…… The first blue car belongs to my friend Chris…he recently became famous for having his Forgestar F14 wheels blow up at ButtonWillow…. you can watch it here

Absolutely mint Mazda Cosmo…this is Concors level of excellent.
4 door hakosuka
It looks so good with the early morning sun….

Next to that 4door Hakosuka is this 2 door Red Hakosuka…. my friend was trying to buy one for the longest time, but apparently they are really hard to get registered in California….
The owner has owned this car for a long time now, I believe over 10+ years.  Datsun wheel!
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In attendance was the fully MUGEN’ed out NSX seen all over the internet.  Seriously, there is probably only a handful of cars in the whole wide world that has the full Mugen kit like this guy….. didn’t get to take too many pictures of his car…. but he can be easily found with a quick google search.  My favorite Mugen piece of his car was this super rare Mugen Hatch that you could only get with the Mugen air cleaner….

Skyline R32 GTRs were in abundance at the show…..I feel like there were more Skyline R32 GTRs at the show than S2000.  This particular r32 GTR thought it was a ferrari….
Clean BMW E30 M3 some with some light mods….
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I like the Carbon fiber plenum on this BMW S14 Engine!

Interesting how most R32 GTRs were on DLR tags or registered out of state.
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This 240z with a RB26 and Greddy intake Manifold.


Datsun 240Zx were well represented

I didn’t really understand show cars until I came to California and saw the level of details on their show cars.  This EM1 is a prime example.  The more I look at this car, the more I see tiny details that could be easily overlooked.  Very nice Kswap with a Supercharger….

Mugen rims with Spoon Brake Calipers and ARC splitter…. this is what defines USDM JDM-type tuning…. just a mashup of all different types of brands.  In Japan, People usually tune within one brand or two….

A closer shot here detailing the engine bay.  I am digging the jblood spark cover.

More Mugen MF10 Action!
I remember back in the day I used to see so many of these on the road. Hell, my 2nd accident I ever had in my life was with a Black EM1 rear ending my car…. Finding a stock one of these cars must be impossible to find now.

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Insanely mint Honda Z600, it’s easy to forget how small cars used to be.  This thing looked like it just rolled off the assembly line….It looks like this is a Two Cylinder engine?

IMG_9479That Spare tire location.
Mitsubishi Evo IX 4G63 swapped into a Kouki S14

Not very common swap for this 240sx.
R34 GTR….All dirty, but still Bayside Blue!
Still clean body-wise nonetheless
this BMW “M” Coupe was in attendance……which is suspiciously rocking a normal Z front bumper, not the M version.
with normal Z3 Seats….not the M version either.
I’m positive this is not an M coupe….maybe the badge is from one….
Internet famous Michael Mao’s NSX was there….
I’m liking his new Wheel setup, ZE40s are the new hotness right now…future classic like the CE28

down the line from the NSX was this Skyline R34 Vspec…..
Looks like all was done was a drop, Volk TE37 and AP Racing Brake Calipers.

Voltex kitted Evo IX from Pholife33!
I’m digging the Illest Bride seats!

Red RWB 911!

signed by the master, nakai san.

Nissan Skyline R32 and Skyline R34

Another internet favorite, the famous Hakotruck
Very clean SR20 Engine bay

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Plenty of FRS’ in attendance, pretty much all of them were supercharged……Not really into these cars…..

AW11 Toyota MR2
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Supercharged 4AGZE

I wish Toyota would come back with such creative emblems.

Pretty good turn out for this event.
Whole row of 2nd Gen Celicas came out.


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This 2nd Gen Celica was sporting a 2JZGE non VVTI engine.  It was boosted as well!
Clean EF civics.
Legit Integra Type-r and Ap2 S2000
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Phonix yellow ITR with desmond regamasters

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Spoon Theme’d engine bay with a comptech icebox as an intake


Classic combination, NSX on Gold Volk CE28N



This R32 looked to have some nice upgrades, HKS Cam Gears, and probably an upgraded twin turbo setup

I wonder if these Nissan Skyline R32 enthusiasts will hold onto their cars. I feel like a majority of them are buying the car for the shear novelty of owning a skyline in the USA and to “Stand Out”. I think it’s a bid hard to set yourself apart from the crowd when there are more r32 Skylines at this show than S2000s or even Honda Civics….

My friend Alvin was digging this jacket haha

Porsche 918

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Life: Winter Drive: Automotive Gathering + Toy Drive

This past Saturday morning I decided to check out the Winter Drive: Auto gathering at Santa Anita Park. Winter Drive is a car meet and Toy drive for kids this Christmas and Santa Anita Park is actually home to a Horse Racing track, the Venue is huge and can accommodate a tremendous amount of cars. Luckily for me, Santa Anita park is only a 15min drive from my place. The event starts at 10am, I got there around 11ish. The rule with these car shows is that you should show up early, like when the cars roll in. Usually the best cars show up around that time. As I was coming in, I saw a Ferrari Laferrari leaving the show…. I’ve seen like 3 of these things this year….Only in California I swear.

I left around 10. I met up with my friend and his Audi TT… I mean R8 and we rolled to the show together. It was in the mid 70s all afternoon, it felt like summer in Boston haha.

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Sometimes I never know what to take pictures of at this car shows, I’m just overwhelmed by the shear number of quality cars there, I instantly become jaded….

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My first time seeing RWB cars in real life. They are….. Exactly what they look like online. I remember looking at Noriyaro.com years ago and seeing Stella Artois for the first time and being blown away, the rawness of the car, how wide it was, just seemed so cool. Now they seem a bit sedate and bit a cookie cutter….I still think Stella Artois is damn cool.

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Not every day you see a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, especially at at car show. Crazy Crazy expensive…. I think <$3 Mil? The transporter is just as cool as the car.

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Definitely a homologation special.

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All smiles around this car

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The Mclaren Merecedes SLR is another one of my favorites, even though Paris Hilton drove it for a bit….. I think I have a soft spot for the Silver Arrow….. It would look better without this kit.

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I like this “couchbuilt” BMW Z4 by Bulletproof automotive. The diamond stitching on the door panel is perfect. The wood shiftknob is a nice touch. Google the car if you want to see the exterior!

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Out of all these high dollar cars, there was a small gathering around this Pagani Huayra. It was my first time seeing this in person and it does look magnificent.

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There were a few Porsche 918 in attendance.

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But I was drawn to this R34 GTR more. It was done up pretty nice, with TE37 and Stoptech calipers. It’s funny to think in Japan, an R34 GTR would probably not be in the same crew with a Porsche 918, but in the due to the rarity they can roll haha.

Here’s the same car racing a 918…..

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E46 M3 with the airbox removed and trumpets added.

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Magnus Walker and his crew showed up….

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I never thought I would see Magnus Walker in person, but here he is….

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He was with this White RWB Porsche

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The Diversity at this show was great.

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This Lexus LFA was looking mighty tasty.

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I like how the Side Markers bulged out.

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They seem very aerodynamic

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They were a few R32 GTR Skylines in attendance. We’re going to see a lot more of these as time goes on.

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Of course the Granddaddy of all Skylines was there, the Hakosuka…..

I met up with a few s2000 friends and we went to Santa Anita Mall to grab a few bites…..

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Shout out to Areen for taking this photo. He has a very spooned out S2k if you guys are curious……

Stay tuned. I have my first track day next post!