Year after year, Nitto Tire’s Auto Enthusiast Day continues to become a staple of the annual car show and event circuit in Southern California. Their annual takeover of the Angels Stadium parking lot continues to impress, this year culminating in a slew of show cars ranging from off road race trucks to slammed street machines, and everything in between.
In the days leading up to the famous Monterey Car Week, we took our Land Cruisers up for some trail fun in Big Bear, CA, to escape the heat. With our project FJ60 complete, Jeremy Whittle’s FJ62 tuned up, and our old project FJ62 now in the hands of Andrew Sylvia, it was a perfect occasion to enjoy the outdoors with our four-wheeled companions.
At first glance, Chris Gonyea’s ’71 Alfa GTV may leave something to be desired, depending on your tastes. It’s not quite the sight for sore eyes one might expect when introduced to an Italian classic, but Chris is well aware of that. In place of shiny paint, you’ll find patchy primer and epoxy. The only shine the car offers is from the metallic Dynamat that lines its interior, mostly concealed by interior-delete panels and cracking old leather bits.
Nitto returns once more as a major sponsor of the Formula Drift series, 2014 marking nearly a full decade of involvement with the sport. Following suit, the team at Nitto has just released their latest renderings of the 2014 Nitto-sponsored cars. Vaughn Gittin Jr returns to the series under the Nitto name once again, with his updated Monster Energy/Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR.
As the 2013 Formula Drift season came to its final event, GSR Autosports driver Michael Essa sat with a sizable points lead. It was abundantly clear that the cards were in his favor – only two other drivers stood a reasonable chance to take home the overall win: Chris Forsberg and Fredric Aasbo, and it was still a long shot for both. Third place, however, was still up for grabs, and the Nitto team still stood a chance to take home a trophy.