Car season is nearly upon us! The days are getting longer, the nights are getting warmer, and it seems the roads that have survived this winter’s deluge are clean enough to explore again.
Not that NorCal’s Old School Import Meet was affected all that much. Even on a frigid South Bay evening, a good number of cars were there when I first attended. But with the clothing meter downgraded from “rain coat over two layers of sweaters” to “hoodie and shorts”, I figured I’d make the trek down to see who else came by this time.
I’ve already talked a bit about the meet in a previous post, so I’ll just share a few of my favorite sights from the April meet.
Starting with my favorite; this badass Toyota Corona Mark II wagon. I’ve never seen this generation in person before, and it looked great in this shade of red and sitting on what I believe were Epsilon meshies (shame on me for not getting a shot of the wheels).
Next up, this first generation Corolla. From the outside it looks like an unassuming, lightly modified Toyota. You wouldn’t expect much of it if not for the owner displaying the 20v 4AGE that’s taken root in the engine bay. Considering how fun this motor is in an AE86, this E10 must be a hoot with blacktop motivation. Just imagine the noise, oof.
If we’re imagining that we’ve stolen the 20v from your AE86, I suppose we’d have to find a replacement motor to swap in. So why not a 1UZ? It’s so small and compact that it looks like it was meant to be there. Only thing I would add if it were mine would be some open ITBs like the Motorfix KE70. MOAR LOUD NOISES.
Of course, no old school meet would be complete without a 510 or ten in attendance (see what I did there?). There was certainly no shortage here! Box stock, DCOE breathin’, or KA24 swapped, there was something to represent every level of personalization.
Mexican blanket = +2 Style points. I still want to buy a pickup truck just to cover the front bench in one.
Like, you know, this one! A Ford in name only, it was neat seeing this used but cared for Courier hanging out.
Parked next to it was its Hiroshima brother (ok, maybe not quite brother). It’s hard for some to think of the Miata as an old school import just yet, but when you consider that the humble NA MX-5 is now eligible for vintage racing, it helps put things in perspective. If I could be bothered to keep one of my Miata’s long enough, I would definitely rock some 15×8 RPF1s like on the front of this car. They just fit so damn well.
If you prefer your fitment a little more flush though, this Cressida’s got you covered. Just a good amount of low and some dark wheels had this X30 looking the business. I kept circling back just to find another angle to admire it from.
As always, if there are any other meets you think we should check out, post below or on social media! Keep scrolling here for a few more shots from the April meet, but try and come on out if you have time. The NorCal Old School Import Meet happens every last Thursday of the month. Check out their Facebook page for more details!