Exciting Car Showdown 2012 Nagoya Coverage…Part 2 of 2…

Here we go with the second portion of our Exciting Car Showdown coverage from Nagoya, Japan. As I said yesterday, I was lucky enough to stumble upon these photos and even more fortunate that the person that shot them, Takahiro Kawamura, let me post them up here on The Chronicles. There was a wide variety of different builds at this event, but the most talked about had to be the Toyota Celica with the ridiculous -15 degrees of camber and a wheel that only had a 215-wide tire beaded to 1/3 of it. If anything, it was definitely the most controversial car that we have seen come out of Japan in quite some time. If you are wondering, yes the car is functional, depending on your definition of function. “Function” in this sense means that the car actually rolls and drives on the street. The owner drove the car all the way down from Tokyo to Nagoya, stopping intermittently to fill the tires back up with air because of a slow leak (probably due to it being beaded on an inner part of the wheel). Here is an actual shot of it rolling on the highway…

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Man, how unsafe does that look? Haha…anyways, I’m done talking about this thing….If the owner’s point of building this thing was to draw worldwide attention, whether it be good or bad, he definitely got it… Let’s just move onto the rest of the coverage featuring some better builds from Japan….

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FD RX-7 from Looking…I believe this is the same VIP-themed FD that they had from back in the day. The car was also featured in Modified Magazine at one point…

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A rear shot of the widened FD…I like the center vented garnish area…

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Another RX-7 from Looking, this one non-candy and more subtle…

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A shot of the bay, nice and clean…I like the dimple-dyed intercooler and radiator plates…

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Peep the LED taillights…

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Another U.S. Military-themed Japanese build… Why? I don’t know…maybe some of them are fascinated with U.S. military vehicles or something…Nice execution though…

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The interior was filled with military equipment as well…Dashboard with the dual TVs is kind of random but whatever… You try pulling up to a U.S. event with guns like this and shit and you’ll probably get arrested…

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Again, good execution…even the wheels were air-brushed to match…

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R30 Skyline in a nice grey tone with some aggressive Buddy Club P1 wheels…

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Flares have been added and the rear bumper has been removed…

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From a tuning shop known as “HIPS”…

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Many of you should know how big of a fan I am of older 80s Japanese builds so this Mark II with BBS LMs is right up my alley…

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A shot of the bay, not completely sure what swap this is…looks to be a 7M-GTE or something similar. The TRC intake manifold is throwing me off a bit…

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As with many of the builds at the Exciting Car Showdown, this Mark II was still a work-in-progress. Here you can see how the rear quarter is still in the middle of being welded and extended…

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Rear shot of the Mark II wagon…

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This is an interesting idea; a lift built into a rolling trailer…

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Another shot of the Top Fuel S2000 with J’s aero…

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This Top Fuel S2000 was wearing some ASM aero and Enkei RPF1s…

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A couple shots of the 2nd gen. Toyota Soarer that caught my eye from last year’s Hellaflush Japan event…

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Volk TE37 Super Laps seem to be the most popular wheel right now in Japan…I see all sorts of different builds rocking these wheels and for good reason…

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Nice simple style, straight body, good ride height, and nothing over the top…. Just a timeless look…

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Proper fitment with good fender work…

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Another build with Super Laps was this two-toned Toyota Crown Athlete… This Crown features elements of both traditional VIP styled cars as well as a sporty side…

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I guess you can say this build is “three-toned” because of the candy red bay…

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Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the 2JZ-GTE Supra swap…

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Really enjoyed this Y32 Cima…Love the sports VIP style…

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Flared S13 Silvia coupe on Work Meister CR-01s from Funny Fellows… Liking the two tone green on white look here…Meister CR-01s always look good and I think it’s gonna be a wheel that sticks around for the long haul…

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Japan Soul is indeed wonderful…

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Battle damaged front end from going sideways….

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Can’t finish off this coverage of Exciting Car Showdown without some shots of the J’s Racing carbon bodied S2000… Love that it’s still yellow on the inside as it creates a nice contrast to the dark carbon. Of course you have to have Volk TE37SLs on it…

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You can spot the J’s Racing big brakes in this shot as well as the dry carbon doors…

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Ultra aggressive rear ducting on the rear flared quarters…

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If you look at the front quarter shot, you’ll see a vent on the underside of the opening in the front bumper. That duct is attached to this silver hose piece that drives air into what are probably ITBs with a carbon air box…

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Here’s the interior with the custom cluster display, switch panel and you can see how the cage runs through the dashboard…

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Speaking of J’s, here’s their transport truck that was posted up outside in the parking lot. Even this thing looks sick..haha…

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The parking lot is always a show in itself at every major Japanese car event…

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A pair of wild JZA80 Supras…

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I believe this Supra belongs to Kawamura’s friend…

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Wild rear fender treatment on this one. Not sure if he intends to keep this black or color-match it in the future…This shit is just all kinds of intense…

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Clean Kouki S14 Silvia that was in the lot…love the color on it. Aero I believe is a BN Sports kit…

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Purple 180SX with rear blister fenders….

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Supras out here are few and far between, especially crazy-modded ones but apparently you can just find them all over the parking lot in Nagoya…

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Gonna close out the Exciting Car Showdown coverage with this exciting otaku-styled Honda Odyssey on Advan AVS Model 5 wheels….

That’s about it folks, thanks for looking and have a great weekend…

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