It's the week before the annual SEMA Show and everyone and their mothers are either excited or over the fact that 2019 will be the "Year of the Supra". If you're reading this article, then you must be part of the former as there's nothing but dope Supra content and stellar photos taken by Darrien Craven on this page.
The white A90 (color is called Absolute Zero in case you're wondering) pictured here is mine and I've been slowly getting' it ready for SEMA with the help of Evasive Motorsports. The yellow Supra belongs to Auto Tuned, another build which will also debut at SEMA with a more aggressive body kit and more. These photos were taken earlier this month as we embarked on a road trip to Las Vegas to celebrate...you guessed it...the Supra!
2019 marked the 9th anniversary of Supras in Vegas, the largest gathering of Toyota Supras in the world. With the introduction of the A90 this year (not to mention myself picking up one as a project car), it only made sense to be a part of the fun and join the rest of the Supra community in a big way! Super Street became the co-host of this year's car show with Speed Vegas, and we also teamed up with Eneos to give out four special awards (more on that in a later article).
Back to the A90s at hand... My car looked a tad different my shakedown test at Buttonwillow. I swapped to the wheels and tires to my SEMA look -19x9" front and 19x10" rear BBS LMs with Toyo R888R tires. This is actually my fourth set of BBS that I've owned and they still remain one of my favorite wheel of all time. Also new on Supra for the road trip is the Akrapovic titanium exhaust. There are not many companies that put as much R&D and motorsports experience into a consumer exhaust like these talented men and women from Slovenia. I'm extremely excited to show you more of the exhaust with videos later this year.
As for the Auto Tuned Supra, it already stands out more than my car thanks to its vibrant Nitro yellow paint (almost looks deep orange in person). The car is lowered via RS-R coilovers, and is also rocking 19x9.5" front, 19x10.5" rear Gram Lights 57CR wheels in gloss black with Nitto NT555 G2 tires. To be frank, there's only wheels and suspension installed, but it changes the entire look of the car and the black and yellow theme goin' on is hard to knock.
For our journey to Las Vegas, we'd also have a pair of Mk4s join us which made for some poster-worthy photo ops. Former Super Street feature car Jordan Cohen brought out his 1994 Supra driven by good friend Eric Roehm. It features a TRD widebody, Lamborghini paint job, suede interior, Brembo brakes, and of course, a built 2JZ-GTE that's tuned to 700+whp. While it looks like a show-stopping Supra, it's as far from a trailer queen as Pluto is from the sun. Eric drove the Supra with us without batting an eye. He's also driven it to and from Laguna Seca and took the Mk4 to Shift S3ctor's half-mile race setting a top speed of 167.72mph!
The other Mk4 in our Supra party belonged to Hugo Pabon. The 15 Year Anniversary Edition model is a twin-turbo, six-speed with stock turbos and a galore of high quality JDM parts from Blitz, GReddy, A'PEXi and HKS. It's been showcased with Toyota at SEMA and Barrett Jackson, plus has also been a lent to Toyota HQ for some of their promotional advertisements.
With a solid Supra foursome, we set out from Auto Tuned in Monrovia, California to Sin City. Typically, a drive from LA to Vegas is about 250-300 miles depending on where you leave from, but we decided to take a 100-mile detour which allowed us to get some sexy shots off Death Valley Road between Baker and Pahrump. Imagine a two-lane highway with no cell service, so quiet you could park cars in the middle of the road (which we did). Our journey ended up being an eight-hour road trip, but the photos Darrien Craven was able to capture made it all worthwhile. Everyone (and every car) survived and it was a great way to break-in these low mileage Supras.
I have to give a special shout out to Premier Auto Armor and XPEL for applying a full paint protection on my car before the journey. I've never experienced using a clear bra before and not having to worry about rock chips hitting the front bumper, hood, headlights and trouble areas like the fenders, plus being able to simply wipe the dust and dirt off without worrying about scratching the paint was more invaluable than I could've ever imagined.
Stay tuned for our full report on the Supras in Vegas show soon. Also, if you're still hungry for more Supra, be sure to check back next week as we'll have photos and videos of both A90 Supras completed, plus regular updates from SEMA 2019&mdahs;the Year of the Supra!