The show included all types of enthusiasts, from the classic, clean MKII to the race-bred MKIV, it was all there. We were surprised to see so many Supra owners who made the voyage to Vegas from distant lands; some of the show participants drove from British Columbia Canada to attend. We saw license plates from Pennsylvania, Oregon, New Mexico, California, British Columbia, Arizona and Colorado. Though there was no official count of how many Supras were at the show, we estimate about 180-plus. Even in fall, the Vegas sun was blistering and the show was cut short.
Day Three: Dyno DayIdentical to the previous year's format, the last and final day of Supras Invade Las Vegas was left for dynos. The question? Who was going to gain bragging rights this year. Last year, Christian Rado and Bryce Danna battled toe-to-toe with Christian taking the win with a slim, 1.5-hp advantage (676.2 to 674.7). When we talked to Bryce earlier in the show, he was confident he would take the win. He also concluded he already laid down 800-plus hp on the Dynojet. Since then, he has added a new Powerhouse Racing intake and plans to raise the boost pressure for more power.
The Dyno Day was held at the brand-new Silver State Motorsports facility. The dyno facility is located conveniently located next to Las Vegas Motorsport Speedway for easy accessibility for racers and enthusiasts alike. A crowd of onlookers gathered around the dyno as each run proceeded. We witnessed a mildly modified, factory twin-turbo Supra pump out 395 hp to the wheels; a bone-stock Supra twin-turbo only makes around 285 ponies.
The real anticipation was Bryce Danna's Red Monster. To Danna's dismay, the impeller wheel nut came loose and destroyed his turbo. He vowed to come back next year with an even a bigger turbocharger to set any doubts of his red monster's performance potential aside. Unfortunately, due to overlapping of days for the Supras Invade Las Vegas and NOPI show, many of the higher-powered Supras were not able to participate in the dyno day.
The Vegas 2000 show was a blast. A day of drag racing, a day of car showing and a day of dynoing. Best of all, you get to play around Las Vegas at night. Did I forget to mention the show was free of charge? What more can you ask for? Special thanks to Mike Arnett for the dynos and all the people who helped to put on a great show. The next time the show rolls around, I will be at the top of the list to attend. See you in 2001.
The first day of the festivities for the Supras Invade Vegas IV was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway a.k.a. "The Strip."
Although these guys were not racing, they still came out to cheer their compadres.
For only $15, Supra owners were given the opportunity to test their rides on the drag strip. There were no official results, but, all and all, everybody had a fun time.
The highlight of the entire event was the car show held on the second day. Over 180 Supra owners came out to show off their goods.
As you can tell by the plethora of different state license plates, these guys are true diehards.