Last Saturday, my buddy and I dragged his one-year-old (middle-namesake of Paul Walker) out to Austin Cars and Coffee at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Southeast Austin. These are the photos that I took there, absolutely void of chronological (or otherwise) order. There were a few rallycar drivers – including Ken Block! – in attendance for a meet and greet, but we neither meeted nor greeted. I’ll dump some thoughts in between the photos sometimes.
Okay, so there’s some chronological order. This first generation Lightning was the first thing we saw, and it has a special place in my heart. But it was also 7:45am so I didn’t exactly take a great first picture. I was still warming up.
This was the first thing I saw that made me think holy shit, no way. It’s a Porsche 959. I’ve never seen one in person. I learned afterwards there were only 300 of them. It’s brash, imposing, and gigantic. It was wholesomely perfect.
My buddy had to tell me what this was. The world of new supercars isn’t my forte, so he enlightened me that this was a very rare McLaren. My only takeaway was that they’re using the Longtail designation again. In my worthless opinion, that only makes me think of one car. It shouldn’t be thrown around lightly. To give some context on those brakes, though, that was like a 21in wheel. So that’s a lot of stopping power.
If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for a good Foxbody. And the 80s. And Mystic Purple. So shit, this car is the holy trinity.
It also had an LS1 in it for some reason.
I didn’t feel compelled to take any other photos of it, but this was a Dodge Demon. I had no idea they were on sale. Guy said his buddy paid $250k for it. It was purple as all hell – you can see it in the engine bay. I think that color is called Plum Crazy? But this little embossed demon logo on the supercharger (which was the size of an economy car’s entire engine) was a nice touch.
This was dope.
“I think you should buy that one, dad.”
Pretty little RHD Toyota Supra with the 1JZ-GTE. I cringed when this guy told me what he paid. He could have had an equally nice lefty here for that money ($13k), but he seemed happy to be different, and the car was pretty clean. To each his weird own.
This was jockeying for the coolest build at the show. I wish I’d taken more pictures. It was a nice troopy-style Land Rover (a Series III, I think?) with a 5.3 Vortec and Jeep running gear. Body had taken a beating but the underside was clean and the swap looked great. It was really an eye-watering thing.
I recognized this as an Alpine when I saw it, but I am so unfamiliar with these cars that I didn’t even know it was rear-engined. It’s a badass little hatchback but I don’t think I’d necessarily take it over a Porsche 968. Great 80s styling that you don’t see very often, though.
Another vote for ‘maybe-cleanest’. This thing was bad, and relatively subtle for having 550 (assuming stock) horsepower under the hood. It wasn’t overdone but it was immaculate. I could have done without the wheels personally, but I am in no position to question this build given the clear amount of love this guy has given it. This thing was just cool.
Hayden was about it. Paul Walker shining down.
This was on loan from Lexus of Austin. I think this is the best they’ve done with the spindle-grille. It is imposing. It really looks like a portal to another, angrier dimension. This was the 2018 LS600H-L. What a shitty name. And while a 600 designation typically makes me think of a V12, I think this has a hybrid V8 setup. Wildly big and handsome.
Terminator. Good choice.
One of two Aventadors present. Nothing could match the sheer presence of these things, but the whole modern supercar thing doesn’t do it for me.
This is what does it for me. Hell yeah. Third vote for ‘potentially coolest’.