Petersen Japanese Car Cruise-In X SS 2019 Meet Pt. 1
2019 marked the fourth year in a row that the Petersen Automotive Museum teamed up with Super Street for an early morning gathering in the heart of Los Angeles. And just like last year, organization was on point with the staff at the Petersen pre-registering vehicles well ahead of the event, which guaranteed your spot on the parking structure's third and fourth floors rather than jockeying for position on the big day.
The week leading up to the event was a little shaky as rain was expected to hit SoCal that Sunday and residents had been dealing with random fits of moisture regularly throughout the month. Though it did rain the night before and we caught a slight sprinkle the morning of, the weather cooperated throughout the rest of the event.
Early registered cars began rolling in as early as 6:30am where they were whisked to the third floor, which also housed the D.J., coffee and bagel station, and an entrance to the museum itself. As that floor filled up, the fourth and highest level was then populated. Bring-a-trailer.com was on hand along with Haggerty and local Toyota giant Longo Toyota paid a visit and brought along a 2020 Supra, which was surrounded by some bone stock and modified MkIV, as well as every other generation of the Supra lineage (we know, some of you thought the MkIV was the only Supra ever created, but there are more, we assure you).
Strolling through the orderly rows of display cars you were met with both stock and modified versions of old-school and modern builds as well as a few vehicles that you might have never seen before, and that made things all the more interesting.
No major traffic jams, incidents, or bad vibes involved, the roll-in and parking procedure was buttery smooth and everyone seemed to enjoy the variety of cars on display. After 4 years of partnering on this annual gathering, the recipe has been perfected and we're looking forward to year 5!
The morning roll-in is always interesting as the display cars make their approach and head through the front gates to check in.
After passing through the entrance, drivers are directed by staff and head up the curved driveway to the third floor.
The Datsun 510 community was well represented at this year's gathering.
You might recognize this green '72 510 from a few years ago when it landed in the pages of Super Street with its unique General Motors Ecotec swap. You read that right and if you haven't discovered the story on this dedicated track build, it's worth your time.
This Suzuki Alto Works RSR from the '80s was a nice, bite-sized treat at the event. Powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, it sends "the power" to all four wheels and looked to be in excellent condition.
If you were an Integra owner in the '90s, there were a few aesthetic add-ons that were considered mandatory, like this three-piece wing and JDM piece-piece headlights.
Authentic Japanese wheels were all the rage at that time, but one of the most popular by far was Racing Hart's Tracer design, which like its mesh-style brother, was available with red or blue center caps. Older style wheels, like Racing Hart's Super Mesh, also found their way onto Civics, CRXs and Integras of that era, and this set even includes the often-forgotten spinner. And just like today, Mugen was highly sought after and their timeless M7 design is still hunted after a few decades later.
Today, dedicated DA/DB enthusiasts, like this group from Milestone Collective, are keeping the old-school spirit alive with their builds that feature a mix of OEM+, long discontinued parts and a few modern bits for an eclectic build mix.
We featured Jose Tarin's BEAMS-powered Datsun 521 last year after spotting it at the Japanese Classic Car Show. Since that time a set of ITBs has been bolted on and the Seafoam Green pick-up still looks like a million bucks.
It's not often that you see a Supra without extensive modifications inside and out, and even less common to catch two of them in the same parking lot.
Not too far away was this 2020 Supra. When compared to the MkIV parked just behind it, the new Supra is one of the few cars modern cars to not completely dwarf its predecessor.
Take for example, the new Civic Type R, which virtually towers over the S2000.
With a parking spot all by itself, the Enticed Motorsports FD3S remained camera-ready throughout the day. Perched on bronze TE37s and sporting a well-organized engine bay that includes a V-mount and Comp Turbo duo, there isn't much, if anything, that we'd be willing to change on this build.
We don't often see a Sentra SE-R at a meet or track event and even if we do, they certainly aren't boosted, like this very nicely built version which sits on SSR Formula Mesh.
Rodrez –May 29, 2019