Few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Toyotafest this year. For two decades, this meet has been held by Toyota lovers to show their appreciation toward TMC’s marques. And this year’s meet was nothing short of spectacular. Hosted at Queen Mary in Long Beach, the large venue was great for this gathering. Despite some poor weather, the turnout wasn’t as large as the past few years, it was still a great thrill seeing the large array of Toyota’s and Lexus’.. From slammed Camry’s to the classic LUV’s of the 80’s, the event offered a taste for all enthusiasts.
As I entered the meet, I immediately headed over to the Toyota booth, eager to see what they had brought this year. I was not disappointed, sitting right in front of the tent was a pristine 2000GT. The 2000GT is easily one of the most beautiful classic cars, it’s soft lines and unique styling have been unmatched. I remember when I first saw this car, it was in a James Bond movie ‘You Only Live Twice’. I didn’t know it then, but the 2000GT was the car that lured me into the car scene.
After I finished drooling over the GT, I made my way around the show, once again to be stunned by all the cars present. There were some impressive VIP Prius's displayed, and I almost couldn’t believe it, they were amazing.
I soon found some MK3 Supra’s, my favorite iteration of the line. One Supra really stood out to me, covered in bright orange and mated to a 2JZ with a gold plated turbo. The attention to detail was carried out to every corner of the vehicle
There were also some of the newer Lexus’ present, already kitted to perfection. One NX stood out, aggressively decorated with the Artisan Spirits kit. Alongside was a Rocket Bunny RCF suited up to battle on the track.
I also found one of my favorite car’s, the first gen Celica. There were rows of perfectly restored and stanced cars. I have great respect for the owners for keeping these classics on the road!
There were a few JDM cars; including the Toyota Century, the only car car in the family to sport the legendary 1UZ V12. A handful of Kaido’s were present, their wild style impossible to reproduce in the States
In all, I truly enjoyed walking around the grounds as I drooled over the multitude of cars present. We hope to go out again in the coming years, it was a blast visiting Long Beach.