Right here we’re once more, out within the chilly, wandering round a parking lot on the commercial facet of Tokyo, looking for previous iron and perished rubber. Sounds fairly grim, proper?
Unsuitable. As a result of this isn’t any previous carpark. That is the 2023 Tokyo Auto Salon automotive park on the Saturday afternoon of the present.
Automobile meets are nice in Japan, however consider the TAS automotive park as the last word. Over the three days of the present, automotive fanatics from throughout Japan will roll by means of the sprawling a lot of the Makuhari Messe parking space.
This being Japan, you actually by no means know what you’re going to seek out.
The TAS automotive park is very totally different to what lays contained in the Messe, the place insane automobiles bedazzle visitors to the relentless soundtrack of Eurobeat and the shutter click on of promo lady paparazzis. Give me a super-clean Nissan Skyline GTS-R in a chilly automotive park any day of the week.
Final yr, I wandered across the automotive parks early on Saturday and Sunday morning in search of the bizarre and the fantastic. This yr I needed to do one thing a little bit totally different, and I’m glad I did, as a result of the gentle afternoon mild was beautiful.
Being such a giant occasion on the annual automotive calendar, there have been many automobiles that I recognised from 2022, so check out final yr’s gallery should you haven’t already.
As with 2022, so many JDM icons had been in interval appropriate and/or OEM+ situation. No bangers to be seen right here.
Working example, this Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII nestled between grocery-getting SUVs. I noticed it from a mile away.
This itasha pairing was onerous to overlook, too. It’s a reasonably daring transfer to cowl your automotive in anime characters, however hey, somebody has to do it. The older I get, the cooler the Stagea will get.
There appears to be a little bit of a black theme rising right here, the GTS-R from a second in the past, and this JZA70 Toyota Supra and Mitsubishi GTO had been all über cool.
However my decide was this gorgeous ST205 Toyota Celica GT-4.
These is probably not as wild because the automobiles on present inside the venue, however their simplicity was calming after the depth of the hustle and bustle of Japan’s largest tuning present.
I’ll be exhibiting you what I discovered contained in the balmy halls of the Makuhari Messe subsequent time. However for now, I’ll depart you with the remainder of what I discovered within the chilly in the gallery under.