Life: Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise-In & Super Street Meet 2018 Part 1

A month ago I went with some friends to check out the Petersen Japanese Cruise in / Super Street Meet in west LA. The last time I went was 2 years ago and the complex was packed with crazy cars, check my previous post here. This time unfortunately, there was a noticeable decline in attendance compared to 2 years ago, along with the quality of cars. My theory is that the first 2 years they did not charge a fee for showing a car, while this year they did, in addition when I went the first year, they provided free validation of parking, while this year I paid the full price of parking, I think this deterred a lot of people from coming.

I am still trying to figure out if I will go next year, I am currently more inclined not to go, due to what I saw this year.


The day started cool, but man it was getting hot and one hour in I was sweating hard.

Top Rank Importers had a strong showing, there was a large representation of RHD JDM vehicles showcasing what they have to offer.  With the 25+ year rule and all sorts of vehicles are now eligible to be imported to the USA, fly by night importing companies have popped up everywhere.  I’ve heard stories of people essentially exporting a crushed up JDM salvaged title car, only to be repainted and resold in the USA….. make sure you do your research….  tangent over.


Not many S2ks in attendance at this meet.  For whatever reason, I find myself attracted to these oddball cars.  For example, this mid 90s Toyota Camera on Volk Te37 SL.


I’m not a huge wheel guy, but I hope these are authentic.  If they are authentic, then this guy gets points for buying wheels that cost five times the price of the car.  Seriously, you can buy four 1995 Toyota Camrys for the price of one set of Volk Te37 SL.


Panda Toyota Supra on Volk TE37.


Rad to see a time attack Supra, I’m just going off of the banner though.


Another interesting car that caught my eye.  This late 90s early 2000s Toyota Corolla.  If you’re like me and grew up Asian in the 90s/early 2000s, EVERYONE had this car.  Your uncle, your friend, your teacher…. you had to have known someone that drove this car.  The Volk TE37 SL wheels caught my eye with this Corolla.


Inviting me to take a look closer to the engine bay.  I believe this is the XRS version, which offered the 2ZZ engine, the same engine that came in the Celica GTS of the same era.  Pretty cool, because you don’t see many of these around.  Toyota was doing really crazy shit during this period, I remember the first Scion TC had a supercharger option you could of got from the factory.  Nuts right?


I do like that TRD strut bar, something about TRD strut bars always look so beefy and functional, I dream of getting TRD chassis bars for my Lexus LS430 and IS300.  Man Toyota was really doing something during this time period, even my personal cars are Toyotas from this era.


The interior had these TRD Sport seats that I am sure are incredibly rare.  TRD generally have a very limited run when they release parts.  It’s not like Mugen that in comparison have a much longer window, for example the Mugen intake for the S2k is still available brand new and the S2k was discontinued almost 10 years ago!


This Nissan Skyline R32 GTR had it’s hood opened and something immediately caught my attention.


This Nismo RB26DETT NISMO FINE SPEC FINAL EDITION badge certifies this RB26Dett is a Nismo crate engine assembled at their fabled Omori Factory.  A quick google search shows this Long block is over $13k USD for the long block itself and limited to only 200 units.  As a Honda guy, I am jealous of the in house factory support Nismo gives their cars.  I mean how rad would it be to see a Final Spec Mugen F20/f22c…. one can only dream.


The special Nismo engine is paired with a Nismo Intake manifold and typical jdm goodies, a la HKS and Cusco.


For the wheels, this R32 GTR Skyline had huge Endless calipers and Volk ZE40 in bronze.


The Nissan Skyline showing was strong this day.  It was the most common car out there.


Hakosuka GTX.  Another car on my dream car list.


Period car next to some period correct old men.


Once again another Nissan R32 Skyline GTR.  I love the Castrol livery on this car, a throwback to the Group A days.


Frontal of the Castrol livery R32 Skyline.


NSX on Volk TE37

With Recaro SR3 seats.


Of course this is S2kandTheAnt, you need some S2k coverage!  This is the Super Street project Ap1 S2000 they built within a week.  It features the prototype of the new Greddy Turbo Kit Gen 2 with a more modern Garrett GTX turbo, improved exhaust manifold, more power, and still smog legal!  I never really understood the plight of California residents until I became one, having a smog legal upgrade really saves you some headaches.


I previously shot some photos of this kit at Eibach this year.


This project features the new Seibon dry carbon trunk…… which is typically seibon quality.  I mean look at that gap between the tail light and the trunk!  This most definitely is not ASM quality.


The Super Street project ap1 setting on Konig wheels.


Levin with some carbs.


Ending off the post with this DA Integra with Speed Star Racing by SSR EX-C aero covers in super mint condition.  This is a great period correct build! See you guys later for part II.

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Life: JCCS Neo Classics 2016

Super Picture heavy post! I finally had some time to go through the pictures. I’m a big fan of JCCS Neo Classics, it’s the first real show I went to when after I moved to SoCal. Last year was a treat, this year was just as good.  I missed out on the normal JCCS this year because I was invited by my friend to the filming of The Grand Tour, I was in the crowd in the opening scene in the first episode.


I rolled with my buddy Chris with his Speedhunters famous k20R Swapped Lotus Elise/Exige.  Speedhunters story here.


Japanese cars from the 90s are finally eligible for importation, we can expect to see more and more cool jdm cars stateside.  This yellow car has a liter bike engine…. I can’t remember which one…


Looking good on these TE37


They were a few NSX in attendance, they were all mildly modded.


My friend EJ brought out his Type-R themed Ap1 with a SOS Supercharger


Datsun 240z were properly represented.


Particularly from this group, M’s Factory.


Next to this rad Toyota Crown, they were giving out free PRETZ! I may of took a box…. or two…. or three?


SW20


Edited this in a way that looks like it came out of a Haynes Manual.


Interesting upholstered Dash in this MR2


Most of these old Toyotas were rocking a 1JZ or 2JZ.


Shakotan Style Hakosuka.


Hand Crank?


This dog was sitting in the car all day.


Best kids car ever….. Calsonic R34 GTR.


I was really feeling this Cressida.  It had me checking craigslist for a few days for a cheap example.


I love the Nismo Rims and Nissan calipers on it….


The pink one next to it was equally rad


I love how boxy these cars are…..Work CR Kai are a nice touch.


2JZGTE swapped!


Some clean RA1 Honda Odysseys showed up.


looks like an H23 Vtec Swap


checked out a few Hondas…..


the showing of the Hondas were Okay…. I would come here for the non H badge cars……


The Parking lot was another show.  Like the row of Skylines, including this R33.


R32 GTR on dealer tags, only of the few ways to get them CA legal…..


I’ve seen this R33 GTR at a few meets now.


Row of Skylines GTR, it is missing the Nissan Stagea that I saw roll out…… Is this really the parking lot?


R34 Skyline GTR in Midnight Purple, a damn rare color.


Family shot


Clean NSX with ZE40s up front and TE37 in the rear.


Nice seeing this roundie BMW 2002


I always loved the styling of these cars.


Some guy showing off his bosozoku style bike on the bed of his truck…..


some Rotary machines and S chassis action


I’ve seen this Itasha 240sx around Torrance…..


Soarer with interesting automated folding roof.


Patina


G Nose 240z


Super clean engine bay of this white 240z.


Probably the cleanest  Datsun 240z at the show and on Watanabes!


The interior was redone in blue!


Another 240z with an interesting exhaust.


Lancer Turbo with the Tuned by AMG spark plug cover


Mitsubishi Lancer turbo!


Famous Toyota Supra with ITBs


We decided to check out the Toyota Museum


Factory Fresh Lexus ISF


Is430.  A project between Stillen and Chip Foose made for SEMA,  you can check out the youtube video here


a 3UZ-FE stuffed into an IS300 with Tein Coilovers with EDFC.



Two tone black and red paint job….


They had a few concept cars laying around. I think these are concept cars for the Lexus SC300.


TRD supercharger!


Crazy turbo setup on this Toyota Celica


Factory Fresh Is300


They had a few Toyota 2000gt on display.


This is a super rare LHD model.  Crazy how this is not roped off.


They even had an engine on display


Factory Fresh AE86 Corolla GTS


I’ve never seen one so mint up close


Minty stock Supra


AW11 with plates.  this must be an employee car


The FRS prototype from a few years back.