2013 Scion FR-S: 86fest
August 14, 2013
Half the fun of owning a car like our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S is taking it to car shows. This past weekend was the second annual 86fest in Fontana, California. Our FR-S was displayed with several other supercharged cars, all boosted by Innovate Motorsports and it was a great opportunity to meet some fellow gearheads and talk shop.
I arrived bright and early, and wiped down the FR-S as the Innovate guys set up their booth.
They unloaded an FR-S motor and did a quick bolt-on of their supercharger to display before the show started. This was an instant reminder of how simple it is to install the supercharger. With no jack stands, no need to pull the motor, and nothing more than a decently equipped toolbox, any FR-S owner with basic engine knowledge could install this on a Saturday afternoon in their home garage. A variety of AE86, FR-S and BRZ owners were in attendance with modifications ranging from basic wheels and tires, to full wide-body kits and plenty of function-over-form dedicated autocross cars.
For photos of the event, check out my full Google+ album here.
Twelve months ago I left the inaugural 86fest feeling underwhelmed. Aftermarket companies had tried to develop parts as quickly as they could, but there just wasn't enough time. A year ago there were no decent options for power increases. This year was an entirely different story. The aftermarket production was in full swing on this car and it proved (to me at least) that new cars don't have to be boring to succeed. Instead of appealing to the masses by being toned down and reserved, new cars can be exciting while also being practical and comfortable.
An autocross event, food trucks, raffles, posing models and product sales filled the day and I even tossed a few revs at the crowd so they could hear the supercharger whine for themselves. When the day was done, I packed up the FR-S and helped break down the Innovate booth. Even with some extra bags from a hotel stay the night before, lots of detailing supplies, and my tendency to overpack, the Scion's trunk had room to spare.
This year I left 86fest with a sense of encouragement. It confirmed that aftermarket modification isn't a dying art. It is still alive and well.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor