If you were hoping for some sort of massive coverage of this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, prepare to be disappointed. There were already hundreds of other journalists at the event, walking around with big, expensive cameras, imagining they were the only people there from a foreign country, and giving you dirty looks when the sight of your round-eyed face spoiled their fantasy. Get over it guys, its Auto Salon. Everyone comes here.
Don’t disappoint them, go check out their coverage.
However, having a cameraphone handy meant at least a few snaps were taken. Prepare for some low-resolution goodness.
One of my favourite cars was this R30 Skyline by Sakamoto Jidousha from way down in Kyushu. They said they had only finished the car at the last minute, and were nodding off on the freeway while driving their loader up to the show.
I don’t know what it says about my tastes, but the SSR Type-F wheels in flat black, classic RS-X turbo two-tone paint job, in-house custom bodykit, stripped interior and SR20DET conversion really do it for me.
New RE Amemiya FD. You tell me.
Tough tough tough.
Takahiro Ueno’s new D1 car for 2009.
Original Mugen wheels, period vinyl, stripped interior, window nets, nice.
This Blitz R35 GT-R’s transmission had been converted to a Holinger sequential on a custom mount.
It might look sad from this angle…
…but an N1 RB26 would make anyone smile.
There were plenty of 370Zs on show.
Wiiiiiiide by Mugen.
Sometimes, a car is just not necessary.
Now there’s two of them.
Remember when the RE Amemiya D1 car was powder blue with pink edging on the sideskirts?
Daigo Saito’s left-hand drive D1 Mustang for the 2009 season, with a kit from Behrman, a division of Wise Sports.
This was an interesting paint finish. I’m not sure exactly what they used, but it looked like some sort of coarse burnisher had been run along the surface in a wavy pattern (guys who actually work with metal, feel free to chime in), then covered with a candy paint. It might not look that great in the photo, but gives a very interesting 3D effect in real life.