Tuners and Tea

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New year, new changes. With the sudden and some what controversial demise of Cars and Coffee Irvine, many enthusiasts were at a loss on what to do for their Saturday morning car fix. What had been a staple of socal car culture was now a relegated to the history books. Fortunately, the loss of one meet wasn’t enough to dissuade enthusiasts from checking out other great Saturday meets. Meets like Tuners and Tea.

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Even though the guys from DaYUUM! and Guppy House have been hosting this event for over a year now, this was the first time I had heard about it. It was a nice change of pace from the hour long drive to Irvine to the slightly shorter drive to Guppy House in West Covina. This was also the first time i had been to a Guppy House, love that awesome fish mascot.

I made sure to get there early to watch the morning roll in.

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Carbon clad Alpine White M235i…

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…contrasting a Jet Black GTR. Looking good so far.

Like a siren song, something was drawing me to these Integras.

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Ah, that’s what it was.

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Mugen Intake, Comptech header, and all the signs of a well loved Type-R. Kudos to this owner for doing what Honda built them to do. Drive.

Up front, DaYUUM had sectioned out a VIP parking area.

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With the TRA-Kyoto Rocket Bunny NSX the obvious star of the show.

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Still not sure how I feel about this kit on something like the NSX but its good to see people pushing the boundaries of car design with this platform.

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Also good to see it wasn’t all show and no go. Must sound amazing at full tilt!

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Across the aisle was this trio of aluminum bodied beauties. I would do very bad things with that black one.

Though the red one certainly had an allure all its own.

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Auditory pornography.

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Ever get the feeling you were being watched?

VIP “bouncers” were keeping it on lockdown for only the cleanest build. I guess the results speak for themselves.

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Are you on the list?

Heading back out to the open parking area, enthusiast were scrounging for open spaces as the lot filled with amazing machines.

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This brilliant white Z32 stopped me dead in my tracks.

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The Z32 never seems to get the respect they deserved. This slicktop was a great example of this platform’s potential.

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The mag blue Nismo LMGT4’s were a nice touch. Come on Z32 owners, we need more awesome builds!

Now this Evo 9 was something else.

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Canards, front spliter, carbon fiber fenders and hood?!

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All rolling on a set of RE30 Club Sports? A tip of the hat to you Evo owner.

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LENS FLARE!

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Always the answer.

I’ve always been an advocate for clean and simple builds. This FRS owner looks to share the same sentiment.

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Front spliter, slight drop and Enkei RPF1’s wrapped in sticky Advans? Perfect.

Even though it was nearing the end of the meet’s designated time, cars kept on rolling in. Just as I was about to leave I spotted a familiar vibrant orange in the corner of my eye.

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It was the same TE27 we had spotted from last year’s Nisei Week Car Show.¬† Its always a good feeling to catch up with your favorite builds. The car was still immaculate.

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This time the owner had swapped out the black Watanabe’s for a set of these unknown deep dish wheels. I’m thinking Rikens but I don’t think they made them with that much dish. Maybe a custom job?

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I had a great time at Tuners and Tea. Lots of great cars, friendly people and tasty treats make this a great Saturday morning meet. Though the loss of Cars and Coffee Irvine was a significant blow to the Socal car community, as long as passionate  enthusiasts are willing to drag themselves out of bed at an ungodly hour, the Saturday morning meet will never die.

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