Daily Slideshow: When Food and Car Culture Collide at Super StrEAT
Super Street helped resurrect Wheels N Meals at their first-ever Super StrEAT car meet and food truck fest in San Jose, California, and it was a feast for both the eyes and the stomach. Check it out here.
Super StrEAT 2018
The Eastern San Jose came alive at the 2018 Super StrEAT Meals N Wheels event earlier this year. Top-rated automotive magazine – Super Street, teamed up with reputed car-meet organizer Cary Inayoshi to put it all together. It all went down in the main parking lots of the Eastridge Center, and the turnout was great despite the fact that the event had only been promoted for a week. The venue was perfect for the event because the Eastridge Center parking lots are expansive.
The Resurrection of Wheels-N-Meals
Cary is the brains behind the Wheels N Meals car meets that had been running from 2010 until 2014 in San Jose. The Wheels N Meals formula was simple – awesome cars and good food from some of the best food truck vendors in the area, and the Super StrEAT event employed the same principle. Cary had stopped doing to the Wheels N Meals car meets for a while to give attention to his annual Shukai car show, so the Super StrEAT event was, in a way, a successful attempt at resurrecting the Wheels N Meals events.
A Sea of Cars
The Wheels N Meals car meets were quite popular in San Jose area; they drew car buffs from several other towns in Northern California. When the meets stopped in 2014, car enthusiasts had to make do with the few other events of the NorCal car scene, and but none of them quite captured the spirit of Wheels N Meals. Therefore, when the word went out about the Super StrEAT event, car buffs from the entire area came out in droves. The selection of vehicles was vast and diverse, featuring modified cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and even bikes of different types and brands.
Having been a food truck owner in the area before, Cary used his connections to get some of the top-rated food trucks in the area to come to the Super StrEAT event. One of them was the green TasTeeBytes food truck that is loved for its Rajun Cajun bacon dog, pulled pork fries, and veggie burgers. Enthusiasts also swarmed around the Rice Rockit food truck that served exceptional Rice Rockit Chicken, which is in essence specially-seasoned chicken karaage served over rice and with some pickled cucumbers on the side. For those with an affinity for Mexican food, there was the TAKOZ MOD MEX gourmet food truck that is run by Chef Gabriel Guizar. They served the crowds with tasty, top-notch el burritos, el takos, la tortas, and la quesadillas. Yet another food truck that graced the event was the Seoul of Taipei food truck that served gourmet Taiwan and Korean food. Their most famous dish is a sumptuous short rib rice bowl with homemade gravy.
The Simple Mods
The selection of cars was vast. There were the simply modified cars like this Honda Integra with a body kit and large black-painted alloy wheels.
The Hardcore Mods
There were also hardcore car modifications like this Mazda Miata with a monstrous rear wing and diffuser, enhanced front and rear fenders, and massive high-performance wheels.
The Fierce SUVs
The Super StrEAT event also had its fair share of mean-looking SUVs. One of them was this Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63/65 SUV with enhanced carbon-fiber fenders and massive wheels with menacing off-road tires. Its customized heavy-duty suspension lift kit made it stand head and shoulders above most of the other vehicles at the event.
No serious car meet is complete without some supercars, and the Super StrEAT event had plenty of them. One of them was this gold Lamborgini Huracan with super-size wide-profile wheels. There were also Nissan GT-Rs, Audi R8s, and Porsche 911 GT3s.
There were also classic cars like this customized 1960s Toyota Corolla with a high-performance engine and an aggressively modified exterior that includes a front spoiler.
The Super StrEAT event also attracted many motorbike enthusiasts. Some of the most intriguing bikes were these mean-looking modified Honda Ruckuses with rugged designs and huge wheels. For more information on what went down at the Super StrEAT event, visit the event page at Super Street Online.
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