Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 Coverage…Part 1…

No matter how many years I go, I never get tired of going to Tokyo Auto Salon. I’ve had friends go with me for multiple years and they just get over the whole idea of attending. Maybe it is just too much for them to deal with the crazy crowd and hoards of old perverts running back and forth. I don’t know. The thing I often hear the most is that it is “always the same shit every year” but that’s honestly more SEMA than it is Tokyo Auto Salon. I like TAS because it gives the world a good glimpse of what is to come in Japan. So many new builds debut at Tokyo Auto Salon and you really get to see some amazingly well-done builds by tuning shops throughout Japan. It is everything I could ask for. I mean, these are cars that I would normally only see in magazines and Japanese bookstores are starting to get more and more rare out here in California. Now with the Japanese getting more involved with social media, you really have a good idea what cars are going to debut and as such, you don’t have to waste so much time looking hoping that there will be new stuff at the show. These companies know how to use social media and they literally tell you what is coming and where to look for them at the show. It’s great…

This year, I had some cars in mind that I already wanted to see first, which helped to streamline my entire Tokyo Auto Salon experience. I made sure to go see these cars first, shoot them, do some video, and then walk the rest of the show. Friday is the first day of the show and also the “media” day where you get to see the show before it opens up to the public later in the afternoon. What I found out is that everybody in Japan is apparently media because the show was super crowded already by the morning time. Still, the old perverts don’t come that early because maybe the models aren’t working yet, so you still get a little bit of breathing room to take some photos or whatever media coverage you want. I didn’t even bother shooting photos on Day 2 this year. I just shot as much as I could on Friday and then did video the rest of the time. Tiffanie came along with me and she put in work! This was her first Tokyo Auto Salon so she didn’t know what to expect but I warned her that it could possibly be a little overwhelming with all the people that are there. She used her wide-angle lens and ran around the show with me shooting whatever she could or whatever I asked her to capture. You have no idea how useful that wide-angle lens is when you have thousands of people breathing down your neck. She did more lifestyle shots as well which I will include in the posts to come. I didn’t want to just have shots of the cars that I shot with a tripod so her photos help to had a bit more of a dynamic feel to the show coverage. Most of you guys saw some of the cars that stood-out to me in the Vlog series already but the photos will provide a better look at some of the finer details of these great builds. Enjoy and make sure to stick around for the rest of the photos. There are still a lot of great shots coming…

Tokyo Auto Salon 2017

Photos By StickyDilJoe & Tiffanie Marie

Words By StickyDilJoe

IMG_4541-Edit

No better way to display your opulence than by cutting up your Mclaren 650S and installing a Liberty Walk widebody kit on it. You saw the MP4-12C to 650S-converted LB Works build here in the U.S. during SEMA and above is the freshly completely LB Works Japan democar…

IMG_0370

Loving the livery on this one. The brighter color tones help to show-off the kit better…

IMG_4546-Edit_2

A few steps away was Liberty Walk-owner Kato’s personal Mazda RX-3 build appropriately equipped with over-fenders and a matching livery to that of the 650S Mclaren…

IMG_4548-Edit

Ferrari 360 Modena wearing a full Liberty Walk aero kit bagged on Airrex air suspension…

IMG_4551-Edit

Kato’s personal widebody Liberty Walk Lamborghini Aventador…

IMG_0374

Work Wheels Japan always has a huge display but this year, they debuted two new wheels that pay homage to classic Work Wheels of yesteryear…

IMG_0380

IMG_0382

IMG_4553-Edit

This GWS14 Toyota Crown Majesta was parked center-stage to debut the new Work Emitz wheel. For those of you in the know, the Emitz wheel was a wildly popular wheel back in the day thanks to its unique face design…

IMG_0387

IMG_4554-Edit

The new Emitz follows a similar, peculiar, design that looks like the classic Emitz while also having its own unique face design…I can’t help but wonder what it would look like with a deeper lip and more aggressive format…

IMG_4560-Edit_2

The other debut is a really good one. We had heard rumblings of a brand new wheel coming from Work a few months back but really had no idea what it was. They did a great job of keeping it under wraps and it turned out to be one of the most talked about topics of the 2017 TAS event. Meet the new Work Equip 40, based on an original 4-spoke race wheel that Work produced which was purely a center-lock design. They altered the design, created the face to mount on a Equip barrel and what you have is a beautiful retro-styled wheel for the new generation. ..

IMG_4565-Edit

The wheel is a labor of love for my friend JC Pepino, who came up with the idea to create this wheel and has spent the last few years putting this entire project together. He was nervous and hopeful that the wheel would be a hit and as the Tokyo Auto Salon event unfolded, the Equip 40 was met with astoundingly great reviews. Good job by JC and I can’t wait to see these stateside…

IMG_0395

Recaro always comes out with one of the best displays of the entire event and this year, they created an entire showroom for people to stare at their seats in an art-gallery like fashion…

IMG_0398

IMG_0401

Vellano Forged Wheels is a company that I don’t know too much about but Tiffanie did a great job of capturing their display set-up with a Corvette and Aventador…

IMG_4571-Edit

VIP interior parts company L-Tide displayed this nicely done UCF30 Celsior which is featured in the newest issue of VIPSTYLE magazine…

IMG_0407

One of about a handful of customized 2017 Acura NSXs on display at TAS ’17. This one was parked in the Forgiato wheels display area wrapped in a gold chrome livery…

IMG_4574-Edit

Glanzen-kitted Toyota Prius on Favore Tigre wheels. Yup, I’ve never heard of that company before either…

IMG_4578-Edit

Y32 Cima with widened and radiused fender work, draped in a bright red hue with a custom kit shaped for the Y32 body…

IMG_0414

Newing Audi R8 RSR widebody on their own line of Alpil wheels…

IMG_0419

Newing Audi A7 which was produced in collaboration with Liberty Walk Performance…

IMG_4582-Edit

Wild custom widebody RB1 Odyssey Absolute on Work Meister M1 wheels. Interestingly enough, I think my Y33 is going to look similar to this color scheme-wise very soon…

IMG_0423

Roberuta, one of the premier air suspension companies from Japan, always comes out with the craziest displays with the most exotic of vehicles. Last year, they brought out a Ferrari F40 LM and this year, they brought out a bagged Aventador and a Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 GT3 BLANCPAIN PERTAMINA race car also on their air suspension system…

IMG_0430

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4…

IMG_4586-Edit

Porsche 997 GT3  at the Hapro booth rocking on eof their roof racks which interestingly enough, mounts to the rear spoiler…

IMG_0434

Silk Blaze display with S660 demo vehicle and model…

IMG_0443

Garson D.A.D with their usual display showing-off their two bedazzled Benzs…

IMG_0458

Honda’s massive display area housed a number of brand new NSXs in different colors…

IMG_0465 (1)

…but the center of that display has to be the EPSON NAKAJIMA RACING #64 NSX-GT which will compete in the Super GT GT500 series…

IMG_4589-Edit_2

IMG_4594-Edit

Crazy to see the entire carbon body of the NSX-GT since it doesn’t have a full vinyl livery covering it…

IMG_4595-Edit

Carbon fiber mirrors mounted to carbon fiber doors using carbon fiber arms…

IMG_4596-Edit

AP Racing brakes behind the spokes of the center-lock wheels…

IMG_4599-Edit

Details of the dry carbon front end…

IMG_4601-Edit

I just stood there and snapped as many photos of this NSX-GT as I could knowing that most likely, I will never see it again…

IMG_0509

IMG_0511

Mugen decided to go with a really avant-garde display and stood their Mugen Motul Super Formula race car straight-up with its nose to the sky…

IMG_0516

Pretty awesome idea which just helped bring a crowd all day to their area. It also saved quite a bit of space, haha…

IMG_0522

Towards the wall, their display looked pretty dramatic with the spotlights shining straight down on their other Super Formula race vehicle…

IMG_0484

Aimgain International always does it huge for Tokyo Auto Salon and this year, they even displayed their new Aimgain GT kit for the 2017 NSX…

IMG_0467

This year, they worked with Savini Wheels and all their vehicles were paired with the U.S.-based company’s wheels…

IMG_4605-Edit

Aimgain VIP W222 Mercedes Benz S-Class…

IMG_0479

IMG_4608-Edit

IMG_4612-Edit

As mentioned, the brand new Aimgain GT NSX aero package…

IMG_4611-Edit_2

One of my current favorite VIP builds is this Aimgain VIP GT LS460 F-Sport owned by Kouichi Kawamura from K-Produce Japan…

IMG_4615-Edit

Aimgain GT R35 GTR in matte purple…

IMG_4618-Edit

The new Aimgain GT kit for the FT-86 Kouki model…

IMG_0488

IMG_4619-Edit

#19 WedsSport Lexus RC Super GT competitor in Weds’ display area. Always nice to see a race car that’s been driven hard being showcased on white floors…

IMG_0502

K-Break usually has a pretty massive display. This year, things were slightly less cluttered and in the center of it all was this Lexus LS demo car showcasing their new kit…

IMG_4622-Edit

…which was done in collaboration with Liberty Walk Performance, because you know, who isn’t working with them these days. Strangely enough, however, this kit sort of makes the LS a coupe because the rear doors are no longer accessible due to the flares overlapping them…

IMG_0492

Superstar Leon Hardiritt’s latest offering, the “Welle”…

IMG_0494

K’SPEC Motorsports Supra which competes in the D1 Grand Prix series featuring a 750PS 2JZ-GTE…

IMG_0497

We stopped to watch this older gentleman tear it up on this Virtual Reality D1 Grand Prix video game…

IMG_0499

Many TEIN Dampachi’s at TAS this year…

IMG_4633-Edit

ST-Garage Toyota Mark X on WEDS wheels…

IMG_4638-Edit

G-Corporation S15 Silvia wearing a colorful livery with the hood featuring the characters from the popular Yokai game series…

IMG_0543

IMG_0544

Dunlop displayed this historical Datsun 240Z which competed in the 1972 Monte-Carlo Rally and ultimately won 3rd place overall…

IMG_4658-Edit

IMG_4660-Edit

IMG_0570

Supermade Instant Gentleman S15 Silvia powered by an RB26-swap and 15-inch Volk TE37V SL wheels…

IMG_0573

A peek under the hood of the Instant Gentleman S15…

IMG_0579

Check-out this wild Supermade Instant Gentleman double-vented hood for the Z33 chassis…

IMG_4648-Edit

IMG_0562

Kazama Auto widebody S15 Silvia which competes in the Formula Drift Japan series. Front fender looks very Ben Sopra-ish…Interesting…

That’s all for Part 1. Still a ton of photos to come so stay tuned!!…

Leave a Reply