Toyo Tires’s Spotlight on Car Photographers Brings Out Some Hot Metal

Custom car building, regardless of genre, age group, or demographic, has always gone hand-in-hand with photography. In the modern era, the link between the two has increased substantially, what with everyone armed with a smartphone with a capable camera and powerful editing software. Still, nothing beats raw talent from behind a traditional camera, and Shutter Space was created to celebrate that fact.

The brainchild of Toyo Tires, Shutter Space offers up-and-coming car photographers a chance to shine as hundreds of hopefuls submit their best images. Those entries are then whittled down to just 20 finalists, from which one grand prize winner is chosen (finalist images here).

For the 5th iteration of the contest, the theme was “creative motion” and saw both professional and amateur photogs getting wildly creative with their submissions. Those photographers who made the top 20 had their work placed on display at the Shutter Space car meet, thrown by Toyo, which always brings out some noteworthy cars—and this year was no different.

There is no way you could’ve missed this Accord wagon complete with JAACS-inspired livery. The product of Mountune USA and Fifteen52 wheels, it’s powered by a K20C Civic Type R engine and we gave you an up-close look earlier this year.

When Jonny Grunwald debuted the first Rocket Bunny RX-8, an aero kit that adds considerable heft to the Mazda’s thin physique, it changed the minds of many who wrote the car off years ago. Online, many suggested that the new kit would reinvigorate the car’s used market and builds would be popping up everywhere. While that never actually happened, this project is proof that doing something a little different can often stand out in a major way.

There aren’t too many Datsun 240Z builds that carry as much attention to detail as Dominic Le’s ’71 example. Its SR20DET swap is laced with countless custom titanium parts developed by Le, and it looks as good now as it did back in 2018, when it was featured.

As you might expect, based on their popularity, Japanese chassis from the ’80s and ’90s are always well-represented at any car event around the country. This spotless RHD Corolla and EJ-chassis Civic hatchback are fitting representatives of both eras.

Open to all makes and models, there were some prime European cars to accompany the Japanese cars in attendance. As the line separating these two car cultures continues to erode, we find more and more long-time Honda and Nissan fans moving over to Porsche and BMW builds. At the same time, some of those same enthusiasts are doing their best to source an older Civic or Integra side project to relive their glory days.

If you’ve longed for an Mk4 Toyota Supra for decades, like so many others, there’s a good chance you’re very familiar with the legendary JGTC-inspired Top Secret GT-300 that appeared in Option videos, magazines, and was shared on forums constantly. This build carries on that spirit and certainly turns quite a few heads.

You’ve probably seen far more modified Skyline R32 and R34 models than you have spotted R33s over the years. Sandwiched between arguably two of the most lusted after chassis in Nissan history, the R33 hasn’t carried as much weight as its siblings, though its popularity has increased in recent years and this pristine version is a good example of why.

You can check out the rest of the hotness on display at the Toyo event in the gallery below:

Photos courtesy of Jofel Tolosa


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