Tough Stuff

Toyota 4Runner Tonka Edition

DH: One cannot simply walk by Toyota 4Runner Tonka Edition. You had to make your way to the bowels of the Javits Center in order to find it, but it’s so huge that you can’t miss it once you eventually make it to its environs, as its 10-inch lift, bright yellow colouring and knobby off-road tires have it towering above all the Jeeps, pickups and SUVs that surround it.

SH: What do you get when Toyota and Funrise Toy Company (maker of Tonka Toys for Hasbro) get together to build “the ultimate off-road adventure” machine. A whole plate full of awesome-sauce, that’s what. The Tonka 4Runner features a 10-inch lift kit from Bulletproof, welded bumpers, 20-inch Ultra Motorsports wheels with Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires, a pop-top roof tent … need we go on?

SH: Camp Jeep

Okay, it’s a shame that you only get to ride shotgun as Jeep’s drivers take you up and down stairs, across wildly angled ramps, and over an enormous steep artificial hill. But it’s still pretty cool, and I’d always wanted to take a Jeep up a set of stairs somewhere. Jeep gets points for showy inventiveness here, and the public is sure to love it.

Classics

SH: Chitty Chiity Bang Bang

Retired New York City detective sergeant and lifelong musician Tony Garofalo built this replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from the rescued remains of an 1914 Overland Model 79, which he fitted with a 1928 Model A Ford engine (to match the engine sound used in the 1968 movie). It’s painstakingly perfect, and basically just awesome. Because Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

LW: 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

The last time I ran into a testosterone force field this strong was when Senior Editor Jonathan Yarkony and I encountered a pack of Team Sky road racers in Austria while driving the Audi A3 e-tron through the Alps last year. Dozens of bulging calves, coiling and releasing in unison generated the same feeling of faint intoxication as did the voluptuous curves of this sexy, vintage Italian sports car. Considered one of the most beautiful cars ever made, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is one of the rarest too – only 18 of these road-legal versions of the Tipo 33 race car were built, and only ten are believed still in existence.

Pity. Gazing on this car in slack-jawed wonder, I had an irresistible urge to run my tongue along its length, tip to tail.

LW: C10 Skyline 2000 GT-R

I have a confession to make: I never made it past the first instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise. And Gran Turismo? About as interesting to me as the Super Bowl, network television, or brick and mortar retail therapy. That probably speaks volumes about my knowledge – or lack thereof – of tuner culture. Even so, the lineup of classic Skyline GT-Rs at the Nissan booth stopped me dead in my tracks. You don’t need to have JDM coursing through your veins to appreciate iconic designs, and the burnished pewter sheet metal of this vintage C10 GT-R had me sighing with wistful longing.

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