It's really dangerous beginning the week of the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas by hitting Toyo Tires' Treadpass. The caliber of cars in the curated collection situated between the Las Vegas Convention Center's Central and South Halls is so high, there is little else at the industry event that even comes close. Don't get us wrong; at SEMA, you will probably always find a fair amount of big booths featuring multiple sick builds, but very few can cherry pick the way Toyo does, and we have to feel a little bad for all the other exhibitors (their displays will never be this good).
Button Built returned to the show with another Ferrari but this year's was a newer mid-engine V8, a 1999 F355 Berlinetta (in 2018 the call was a '88 328GTS). The so-called "BB355TT" is slammed on an Accuair system, and twin turbo like the name suggests, but the supercar had us transfixed for its details - like the design on the exhaust tips that mimics the rear grillwork, or the fully MOMO-appointed interior. The widebody allows BB to stuff 19x15-inch rear Rotiform OZR wheels in back wrapped in stretched 345-width Toyo Proxes R888R rubber—this car was another banger for Button Built.
If the F7LTHY Fabrication Mercedes 190E Evo looks like a DTM race car, that's by design, and it is all kinds of badass. Dubbed the "Evil Evo," its development included dropping in a twin-turbo LS3 V8 and installing a proper aero kit with widebody fenders, splitter, diffuser, and rear wing. At the corners, the shop went with custom widened and painted fiftenn52 Turbomacs in more R888R stickiness.
The Porsche game was very strong in Treadpass this year, with five absolutely stunning machines, in no particular order starting with the Purol 935 built by Bisimoto; the 935 model found its start as a "race version" of the 911 Turbo in the late 1970s, and Porsche produced and sold the turnkey widebody racers to GT teams worldwide. This updated version comes with all-electric powertrain, screaming pink accents, and turbofan-style wheel covers on rims by Brixton Forged for a thoroughly modern classic appeal. The duo of @Slang500 and @Sm0kdogg Customs brought out a pair of updated, stylized, and just pimped out "Spyders" based on the Porsche 550 race car of the '50s, carrying on in their tradition of killer builds debuting at Treadpass (the gray one has a motorized engine cover). We were pretty stoked to see another Sunburst-kitted 911 at the show (just like last year), but the king of all Treadpass Porsches was that Baja 911 - everything we wanted and more. We hope our photos do it justice.
In fact, we have to say the Euros in Treadpass this year were on another level. Outside the area, we had the first widebody kitted BMW E24 6 Series in the US, and not far from it a Mercedes G-wagon on air (wut), fenders resting on R888Rs wrapped around Rotiform HVNs. New drops from Sheepey Race (Lamborghini Huracan) and TJ Hunt (Ferrari 458) also snared gazes.
Among the Japanese fare, a few dream builds led the way, one a Honda E-AT Civic hatchback project that involves RyWire but this time as a collaborator (we'll have a breakout story soon on that specimen); another Rowie Landicho's Evo 5; and the @rikostyle78 widebody AE86, a new "gold standard" in Hachiroku, shall we say. It is done so right, though, with one of the cleanest BEAMS swap we've ever seen and a cherry-looking Levin schnoz. You probably saw the TRA Kyoto S13 Silvia in our drive-by coverage yesterday (which was curiously around the corner from Treadpass, and not actually in it), and Toyo even got their hands on a new Suzuki Jimny customized by N's Stage in Japan, a car not available Stateside yet still badged as a "Samurai" (clever). And there was more—get into our gallery to see the artistry from the 2019 Toyo Treadpass.