The Toyota Owners and Restorers Club held its 23rd Annual (2018) All Toyotafest on a beautiful June day in Long Beach, California. Sponsored by Toyota and Lexus, the event gathered thousands of enthusiasts and over 550 cars from 35 states, ranging from wild customs and restored classics to modified versions of the latest and greatest like this 2018 Lexus LS 500.
23rd Annual All Toyotafest Mega Photo Gallery
Toyota Supras from the 1990s are more popular than ever and gaining value rapidly. Many were on display at this year’s Toyotafest and one of the best was this unmodified naturally-aspirated 1995 example owned by Farz Syd.
Lexus built the rear-wheel drive SC coupe from 1992-2000 and they’ve remained popular with enthusiasts. Many were displayed at Toyotafest including this clean V8-powered 1992 SC400 owned by Nick Nehrir.
From 2002-2005 Lexus offered the first generation of the rear-wheel drive IS as a wagon called the SportCross. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder known as the 2JZ, these cars are fun to modify and Jarell Casilan’s 2002 IS300 is perfect example of how to do it right.
Classic Toyota Land Cruisers are white hot right now with collectors. This 1967 FJ-45 was a standout at this year’s event, and not only for its exceptional condition. Owner Mike McCormick swapped in a Chevy V8 engine, a modern automatic transmission and four-wheel disc brakes.
Gathering crowds in the Toyota display was this modified example of the recently introduced 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback. Tweaks included a lowered suspension, larger wheels and tires and Toyota’s classic racing colors.
Sean Dana’s beautiful 1987 Toyota Celica Convertible looked fantastic with its original paint glinting in the Southern California sunshine. Dana has been restoring the car since purchasing it in 2015 using all OEM parts. He has also lowered the suspension.
There were a few hot rod minivans on display, but our favorite was Scott Shin’s 2015 Toyota Sienna which has been tuned up was an HKS supercharger, air suspension and carbon fiber bodywork.
Gerardo Hermosillo’s 1966 Toyota Stout pickup looks recently restored, but it was painted way back in 1980. It still has its original engine, four-speed manual transmission and drum brakes. The wheels and tires are its only modification.
One of the wildest cars on display was this 2018 Toyota Mirai with a mirror finish. The fuel cell powered sedan runs on hydrogen, can be refueled in just a few minutes and has a range of 312 miles.
Chances are you’ll never see another one of these, especially in this condition. Anthony Raimondo’s 1981 Toyota Sunchaser is exceptionally rare.
Never officially sold in the United States, the Toyota Sports 800 was the automaker’s first sports car. This unrestored example is one of 3,300 built in the late 1960s. Only about 300 were left hand drive. It’s powered by a small two-cylinder air cooled engine.
Fresh off the trail, this Toyota pickup is proof a ride doesn’t have to be shiny to stop traffic at a car show.
There were many beautiful examples of the rear-wheel drive Scion FR-S and Toyota 86 on display but none better than Luis Garcia’s widebody 2013 FR-S. Great stance.
Toyota’s Camry has recently shed its boring image and the sedan is becoming popular with enthusiasts. Rey Santos has modified his Camry XSE with an air-suspension by T-demand Japan.
Gerard Lampano’s beautiful 1977 Land Cruiser FJ55 was a rust bucket when he bought it. He says, “Lots of days/months/years were spent hunting for parts and man hours just to get it reconditioned back to how it looks and drives now.” Great job.
Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 from a RAV4 boosted with a Lotus Exige supercharger, Russell Turnbull’s 1994 Toyota MR2, which came to Long Beach from British Columbia, must be even faster than it looks. The second-generation of the mid-engine sports car continues to gain popularity.
Lowered on coilovers, this 2016 Toyota Corolla owned by Adrien Porras, is as artistic as it is cool. The rose gold and black chrome Japanese Sakura graphics, body kit and BBS wheels truly make it unique.
It says “Style Over Politics” on the quarter panels of Jim Lee’s 2011 Toyota Prius, which is modified with a radical bodykit, a custom interior, air suspension and a seriously powerful audio system.
The coolest wagon award goes to Joji Luz for his 1972 Toyota Crown which is now powered by a 2JZGTE-VVTi and automatic transmission from a fourth-generation Toyota Supra. Luz has also added power steering and air-conditioning.
Third-generation Toyota Supras, which were sold from 1986-1992, are timelessly cool. Our favorite at this year’s event was the perfectly stock 1992 Turbo example entered by Danny Aguirre.
Enthusiasts have been modifying Toyota pickups since the 1970s and the new Toyota Tacoma continues to be a favorite. Alvin Arreola’s 2015 Tacoma, complete with a snorkel for deep water, looks like it could drive around the world.
One of the most radical fourth-generation Supras on display was Keith McGill’s silver 1995 Turbo, which is set up for drag racing with a full roll cage and an enlarged 3.4-liter engine with over 1,000 hp.
With rear-wheel drive, the second-generation of the Lexus GS sedan is another popular platform to modify. Josh Hollingsworth has doctored his 1998 with a bodykit, 19-inch wheels and air suspension.
Like the Land Cruiser, the Toyota 4Runner, both old and new, continue to be extremely popular with enthusiasts. This 2017 example belongs to Argie Carlos and is modified with aftermarket suspension, off-road ready body mods and LED lights.
The rear-wheel drive 2019 Lexus GS F is the automaker’s best performing sedan, powered by a 467 hp 5.0-liter V8. Lexus says it can hit 60 mph in 4.5-seconds and it has a top speed of 168 mph. Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers and 19-inch BBS wheels are standard. Prices start around $84,000.
Toyota never made a Scion pickup truck, but Jason Night has. He chopped off the back 1994 Scion xB, slathered it in purple and lowered its suspension.
Another Toyota SUV gaining popularity with enthusiasts is the 2018 C-HR. Arnell Benitez made his cool with a lowered suspension, aftermarket wheels and a lots of black paint.
Nazer Kali got radical with his second-generation Toyota Prius adding Megan Racing coilover suspension, a custom widebody, custom center exhaust, custom paint and a rear diffuser.
Like the smaller Tacoma, new full-size Toyota Tundra pickups look great lifted on a custom set of wheels and beefy BFGs. Under the hood is a 5.7-liter V8 rated at 381 hp.
Is there anything cooler than a second-gen Toyota Supra with a 2JZ swap? Roger Reyes would say no. He owns this 1985 2JZ-powered example, which looks just right on its deep dish wheels.
Another extremely rare ride at this year’s event is Jordan Cohen’s 1991 Toyota Century. This first-generation model, which was built until 1997, was meant to be chauffeur-driven around Japan and features a power-reclining backseat with heat and massage. Under the hood is an all-aluminum 4.0-liter V8. Cohen says its only modifications are is window tint and its second-generation alloy wheels.
First and second-generation Lexus LS sedans from the 1990s have become cool to modify and restore. One of our favorites at this year’s show was John Paul Chau’s 1999 LS400. Changes include a bodykit, vented from fenders, air suspension and 20-inch wheels.
This has to be the nicest 1982 Toyota Tercel in the world. It belongs to Edgar Briones and still has its original paint, engine and transmission. But it’s no garage queen. It looks brand new, however, this car has been driven over 139,000 miles.
There were a handful of cars at All Toyotafest built in the wild Bosozoku-syle, which is a popular subculture in Japan. But our favorite and the most radical was this purple sedan with its massive flares and rear spoiler. Those yellow pipes are its exhaust system and its interior has a low-rider vibe with purple velvet upholstery and an extremely small-diameter steering wheel.