If you're not impressed with 900-hp daily drivers, you wouldn't have enjoyed it. If you don't enjoy watching tireshredding road-race action, you would've been bored stiff. If 9 second quarter mile passes in street cars don't push your buttons, you'd be wasting your time. However, if these things raise your blood pressure and get your juices flowing, then the National Supra Meet in Houston would've been the place to be on March 22-24.
The 2002 gathering (or TX2K2 as it is better known) was a perfect showcase for the formidable capabilities of one of the best performance cars of the last 20 years: Toyota's big gun, the JZA8o Supra. Some of the nation's top tuners were in attendance and with a varied program of events that included a dyno-test day, road racing and drag racing, organizer Peter Blach gave everyone a chance to shine.
Two hundred bad-ass Supras arrived from all points of the map for the Texas showdown that started on Friday morning with a horsepower shootout on the Dyno jet at MTI in Houston. It's no secret the venerable Supra can be persuaded to give up extreme power levels with the right kind of massaging and the dyno, was proof that even with a stock bottom end, big-time horsepower is just a few modifications away.
Plenty of cars spun the dyno-drums up to 500, 600 and even 700 hp, but to make the top five at this event you had to be packing at least 800 at the tires. More than a Winston Cup stock car, more than an IRL Indy car and about the same as the best of the CART series hot rods produce. (And the Supra also seats four people, has air conditioning and in-car entertainment.)
Top dog of the day was Jesus Rivera who made the trek from Florida to Texas before strapping his Supra on the Dynojet and blasting to the number one spot with a blistering 858 hp. Close behind Rivera was local Houston Supra specialist Tommy Banh with 851 hp. The third spot was the property of Darrin Strunk with 844 ponies and Supra event organizer Peter Blach claims fourth place with 840 hp. Interestingly, all of the top four cars run stock bottom end assemblies. Proof indeed that Toyota builds a truly bulletproof engine.