Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 Coverage…Part 3 of 3…

Man, I am so sorry for the delay with the photos. I’m finding it increasingly difficult to balance the content now between videos and photo coverage. Bear with me, I am working it out. For now there will be a slight delay with the photos in comparison to the Vlogs since I spent so much time on them. The reason why I’ve been so focused on video lately is that I like to put the Vlogs together while everything is still fresh in my mind. The sequencing and timing of events gets interesting when we are filming with multiple cameras so I have to try to piece everything back together again when I get home and make sure everything happens in the right order. Otherwise, shit just doesn’t make any type of sense. Photos are easier in that they are just still and tell their own story. They are literally frozen moments in time captured on camera and are sequenced on their own just based even on file numbers. Anyways, this is the last bit of Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 coverage. The next update will feature some coverage from the Tokyo Night Meeting that we hosted on that Saturday of TAS ’16. Thank you for your patience and understanding everyone. I appreciate it…

On the second and final day in which we attended TAS ’16, we decided to head out to the parking lot once more to see what kind of gems we unearthed out there…

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R34 Skyline GT-R with Z-Tune front fenders, Work Schwert wheels, and a set of Ganador Super Mirrors…

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Toyota Crown with an interesting front bumper from car club, “Objection”…

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Love this flared-out Toyota Chaser with big aero and black on black 3-piece Work Meister S1 wheels…

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Remember me?….

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It’s growing increasingly more rare to see A80 Supras out here in the States anymore. At Tokyo Auto Salon, quite a few could be found, especially in the parking lot. Here is one of the cleaner ones on gold Advan Racing wheels…

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I’m a huge fan of the Toyota Chaser platform and it seemed as if this year I saw more than I ever have previously. I liked them so much that Yasu tried to convince me to buy one to have in Japan so I could build it over there anytime I went to visit, haha…

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You don’t see very many Soarers in the Osaka area but they seem to be pretty popular in the Tokyo region…

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Here was something you don’t see everyday, a Honda Orthia wagon with an EK front end conversion. Not sure if the boxy body matches the rounder EK front but it definitely has an interesting look about it…

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K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider even made an appearance in Japan. This was a pretty detailed replica of the 80’s television star…

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…all the way down to the interior with all the buttons and custom steering wheel from the TV series…

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Toyota Crown Athlete on BBS LM…

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Toyota Aristo looked very much like a Wangan-prepped street car with the Ridox aero and carbon vented hood…

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The Japanese Corolla Levin coupe had fixed headlights, unlike the pop-up versions we had here in the U.S. This one also had bronze TOM’S wheels that looked pretty good….

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Toyota Crown bagged nicely on silver SSR Professor MS3 wheels…

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Classic wheel combo on this UCF30 Celsior on Junction Produce Scaras….

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Crown Athlete with Modellista front lip and Work VS-XX…

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FD RX-7 running R-Magic aero minus the GT wing…

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Immaculately well-kept Austin Mini Cooper…

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Toyota Crown on white Work Emotion wheels…

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This new Nissan Q50 stuck out like a sore thumb, in an incredibly good way, sitting on concave bronze Volk TE37 Ultras. This thing looks amazing…

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Nice iridescent paint job on this custom widebody AP1 S2000 on Work Seeker series wheels…

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Interesting to see Hawaii plates on this JZA80 Supra that looks ready for the Shuto Expressway…

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Advance NSX that you’ll be seeing much more of in the coming coverages. The owner was actually nice enough to stop me to chat and mentioned that he’s friends with Yuki from Spoon Sports…

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One of the weirdest cars we saw at Tokyo Auto Salon that weekend was this S15 Silvia with an old S30Z front face…

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…and R34 rear end. The quality of work seems to be pretty good but I can’t help but wonder what the owner’s intentions were when he went into the process of putting the car together. It’s almost like he wanted every generation of Z and S-chassis together in one car…

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We saw a couple of Toyota Centurys rolling around all over Tokyo but this one in white with suspension and wheel mods was quite unique. They are used as limos in Japan so you don’t see very many modded Centurys anywhere….

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Back inside the show, there were only a couple cars left that we hadn’t had a chance to check out yet and a bulk of them was in a much smaller hall away from the rest of the adjacent halls of the Makuhari Messe. In this particular room there was a host of Top Speed vehicles that had once upon a time been featured in the famed Option tuning magazine. Above is a Rocket Bunny FD RX-7 on SSR wheels from Racing Padock Miyoshi….

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This FD RX-7 from RE-Wing reached a top speed of 322km/h, which is equivalent to about 200mph. Aka, pretty goddamn fast….

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Just a tad slower and equally impressive was this Toyota Supra wearing Bomex aero and mismatched Volk Racing wheels. It topped out at 314.4km/h…

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For those that aren’t familiar or are fairly new to the Japanese car scene, this Fairlady Z was built by JUN Auto and dubbed the Option “Stream Z” back in 2003. It was assembled to run in the Nevada Silver State Classic, which was a top speed run out in the desert. A mechanical malfunction occurred (Flat tire if I remember correctly) during the run and the car was completely destroyed. Driver Daijiro Inada survived and actually walked away from the accident with minor injuries. As you can see, in 2016, they still have a majority of the car and its bits and pieces. Every couple years, they will bring it out to display in all of its glory….

Here’s a video of the crash back in 2003…

Crazy right?…

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An RPS13 on old school Advan Racing wheels (T6?) on display on the behalf of Drift Tengoku magazine and the all-180SX bible…

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Star Road displayed this freshly restored S30Z on Glowstar wheels that made Yuta almost burst into tears on joy. This car is so amazingly well-done that it would probably leave most, if not all, current or previous Z-owners in a lake of tears. I love the fact that they added subtle touches like the light paint-coated carbon flares to match the body while leaving the factory holes exposed for the rear bumper to showcase the fact that the body hadn’t been shaved or altered in anyway other than straightening it out…

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MK Motor “Phantom” BNR32 Skyline wearing aero that coincides with current trends. Not sure how I feel about round flares on such a boxy car that already has a bit of its own body line and structure…

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HKS GT-Supercharged AP1 S2000 from Custom Factory Kurumadoh…

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Top speed custom Voltex Lancer Evolution Wagon that is capable of 311.7km/h (193mph)….

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Varis used TAS 2016 as a platform to unveil their new “Kamikaze-Z”…

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…as well as their VRS widebody BMW M4. Great wheel choice and color toning on their livery for this build…

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And finally, we can wrap up the Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 coverage with a shot of the Varis R35 GTR “Kamikaze-R”…

Ahhh, deep breath and sigh of relief. That’s a wrap on Tokyo Auto Salon. Stay tuned for a shit ton more coverage from Japan to come. Thanks!…

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