“There is no doubt that the Scion FR-S is going to be the dominant and prominent cars [sic] at SEMA this year, and I’ll go out on a limb and say the same will happen again at the 2013 SEMA Show.”
– Neil Tjin
President at Tjin Edition
(Sept. 25, 2012)
Neil could not have been more right in his prediction. The SEMA show is always a really, really, really big show. To put things into context, the SEMA show brings all parts of the auto industry, domestic and international; buyers and exhibitors; styling and performance to tools and accessories, anything you can think of it’s probably there; and then some! Now spread that out through the entire Las Vegas Convention Center, which consists of 3 halls, with one having a second floor, and then the entire outside parking lot. Yup, it’s big.
There’s no surprise on why the Scion FR-S was awarded the hottest sports compact vehicle this year. With a show that big you’d be sure to see all sorts of vehicles, well this year you still could have, but there was not a single area of the convention center that you couldn’t take a few steps and spot a Scion FR-S (or Subaru BRZ). It was almost maddening, maybe even giving some a sense of hysteria!
But all is good, let’s take a look at some of the different FR-S builds at the show. And a few other stand outs.
Snaps: J.Pagtalunan, M.Ishida
Whether in the parking lot chillin’ or on the track tossing it around, its just looked cool. That line can be said about either the Scion FR-S or 86Fest from this past weekend. MotorMavens’ Antonio Alvendia and his crew put together a nice blend of car show and track day festivities at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. It was a perfect celebration for the whole 86 platform (AE86/FRS/BRZ).
Come join US at 86Fest held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Sunday October 7th! It’s going to be a dope day of fun and excitement. Experience this event that will be talked about for years.
Do you remember Scion’s first Scion Exposed in El Toro? Rest assure, 86Fest will be the largest event for all enthusiasts.
It’s open to all but please RSVP at www.86fest.com!
The newly designed 86 platform (Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ in the USA) has received international acclaim as the second coming of the legendary AE86. We honor the rich heritage of the original AE86 and celebrate the new 86 platform by inviting all car enthusiasts to 86FEST.
86FEST is the ultimate gathering of Scion FRS, Toyota AE86, and Subaru BRZ enthusiasts. Auto Club Speedway will serve as the destination for the inaugural 86FEST on Sunday, October 7th, 2012.
The meet will run from 10am-5pm, but drivers should arrive promptly at 7am for drivers meeting.
86FEST features the following:
- FRS/BRZ/AE86 Professional Photoshoot
- Timed Autocross presented by Falken Tires
- Roval Course SpeedVentures Track Day
- OEM Audio Plus Sound Demos
- Vendor Village
- Raffle with Thousands of Dollars in Performance Parts
- 86FEST Swapmeet presented by Club4AG
- Food Truck Corral
We welcome drivers of all skill levels to participate in the 86FEST Autocross and Track Experience, and all makes of cars are encouraged to participate in the driving events.
This was taken from the guys at DaYUUM.com
Photos courtesy of Scion / D.Huang / J.Pagtalunan
Video courtesy of M.Dang
When Scion first went on sale in 2003, it was the gateway brand for Toyota and Lexus, targeting a younger demographic which the Toyota brand failed to capture. The Scion brand was pushed towards the first-time buyers with their fixed-no-haggle pricing and customizable platform. The long-term strategic plan was to plant the seed with the Scion then with their loyalty graduate them to a Toyota and unto a Lexus.
Scion debuted 2 models at launch, the xB and xA, the prediction of the xA being a more desirable model caused Toyota to manufacture more of them. To their surprise, the xB outsold the xA 2-to-1. Many enthusiasts and tuners quickly flocked to the quirky style and the roominess of the xB. At the same time many clubs were formed, such as Scion Evolution, which started a following in itself.
In 2004, Scion continued the success by adding a highly adaptable coupe, the tC. Even with a powerful engine and sleeker lines it was quickly categorized as a “chick” car. Scion then seemed to loose its fizz with the introduction of the xD, and the 2nd Generation xB in 2007.
In 2011, Scion is creating a New Dimension, a New Cycle by introducing 2 new models to their line-up, the iQ and FR-S.
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