With our Project Supra finally trolling the streets of Kansas City after a 2-year hiatus, we couldn’t resist bringing it out.  In fact, we picked it up the very day of this photo!

Fast Fridays at KC Trends 2014, Part 1

by Pablo Mazlumian

Summertime in the Kansas City area means it's “that time of the year” again for gear heads.  And every two Fridays, KC Trends lets anyone with a car come hang out and share the passion.  If you didn’t already see our coverage last year, check out KC Trends 2013 as well. 

Just as everyone hopes, at each FF the exotics show up with engines in full, harmonic tune that dazzle the senses.  But what also makes this meet every other week so interesting is the actual diversity between the cars and their owners.  In fact, so many different cars showed up this time, we decided to split this article up into two parts!

So sit back and relax, and check out some of the cars we captured on digital film, and anytime you’re cruising by the KC area on one of these Fast Fridays, make sure to swing by and hang out a bit.  The atmosphere is always a relaxed, come-and-go type of environment with several restaurants around, and a cofee place next door.  You get the idea.  Let’s check out some cars.


Even at a Kansas meet you can have your fair share of Ferraris.

To me, the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider almost has that special, F50-like aura about it.  Again, I say "almost".  I'm not always a fan of convertibles, but this one just looks so stinkin' good.  And that diffuser--I love it.  And with 10% less displacement and four less cylinders than the F50 Ferrari flagship of the 90s, it’s impressive to see these F458s still make 50 more horses!

Any real car geek is going to notice brakes, especially carbon ones that cost over 20 grand for the set.  It was interesting to see just 235s up front.  I would have expected wider.  I know they're tall, which will substantially help straight line grip, but still, 235-mm tires is not a lot of tire up there these days.  I can't imagine how well this car would brake and turn with 255s up there.

The McLaren 12C Spider was very warmly welcomed at the meet.
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Thursday, July 03, 2014 10:17 AM
Pretty sure Kenne Bell uses twin screws. . . and now we wait for an update on Project Supra!
Thursday, July 03, 2014 6:36 PM
project supras got a whole bunch of rubber on those back tires is it running ok??
Pablo Mazlumian
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Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:19 PM
Hey guys, thanks for reading. Supercharged111, you're right--twin screw, not roots (was thinking both pos displacement being so similar). made change. Project Supra is running great. I drove by the shop today to drive it again and it's a hoot. Update on it soon, I'm just waiting to get it back fully tuned on E85!
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Friday, July 04, 2014 9:39 AM
My buddy has an N/A Supra. I always send him links to the Project Supra articles in the hopes of giving him bad ideas. :-P
Pablo Mazlumian
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Friday, July 04, 2014 10:01 AM
Ha, funny you mentioned that. Right before we left, there was an older gentleman--probably in his mid- to late-50s, who pulled up in a bone stock NA supra. By then I'd just closed the hood and had the car running. He just came to look at my car and then proceeded to ask if it was "modified". I couldn't resist, and popped the hood back open for him. He was speechless. I really think he didn't know you could do any of this stuff to a Supra, let alone ever seen one, lol.
Monday, July 07, 2014 3:30 PM
Pablo, a Ferrari F50 is a 12 cylinder car, not a 10 cylinder. A 458 is a V8. I thought you might want to correct your post. Ferrari has never had a 10 cylinder road car.... Nice article though.
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Monday, July 07, 2014 8:09 PM
Thanks, Parrari. Yes a typo.."10% less displacement and FOUR less cylinders," it should read. My mistake. Thanks again.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 9:13 AM
It's too bad about all the people revving their engines as they pull into the lot. If people don't knock it off soon, OP will put their foot down for good and we'll have no more FF at all.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 10:25 PM
I think the fact half of them actually tear out of there in rubber-burning fashion is what is going to get them kicked out, and me a ticket. No lie, but I got stopped on my way out because of a roaring burn out a cop thought I did, but it was the Hemi Charger turning the opposite way on 135th.
He wasn't buying my story of "I pulled out like a granny--it honestly wasn't me!"...at least not until two other witnesses pulled up in their separate vehicles, telling the cop they got the wrong guy. After 15-20min he finally gave in. I know he was embarrassed. It was the first time I'd ever gotten pulled over in the Supra (since owning the car 11 years), and also the first time its motor got mistaken for the sound of a V8. Big thank you's to those two motorists!
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