Words by Tim Wong
The annual Queen Mary car show, Toyotafest has been a show I’ve been going to back when it was still called TORC which focused more on classic Toyotas than the all inclusive event it has become now. While I personally prefer the show as it was than it is and that many people feel that way, it does cater to a new and more diverse crowd than it used to. If you’re only interested in seeing classic Japanese cars, there’s always JCCS. This year I feel Toyotafest has been better than the past few years I’ve gone because there’s more cars I used to not see as much like the MR2 though the old trucks and SUVs haven’t made much of a comeback since the more classic days of the show. As with every year, the show is free to spectate and the oceanfront location makes for a new atmosphere, but also the parking lot itself is fun to walk through as well.
I personally like the MK3 Supras more than the MK4s so it nice to see people still building them nowadays.
Itasha is still a slowly growing trend in Southern California.
I was surprised to see a Bozosoku presence this year.
4Runner with a off road focused build on some TE37s
Crown with a 2JZ swap
Probably one of the flashiest MK3 Supras I’ve ever seen with a bright orange and gold color scheme inside and out.
As with every year, the MK4 Supras have the best looking engine bays overall.
The SW20’s this year were everywhere and some of them were amazingly built. The pipe work on this one was just immaculate.
This show was not without the newer cars.
It’s not a Toyota show if there aren’t a bunch of AE86s because everyone loves them.
Ending this year’s Toyotafest coverage with a 2000GT.