It might be freezing cold for most of them that day although it’s all sunny outside. The morning breeze at Makuhari Messe was not a match to the heat of Tokyo Auto Salon 2014. It was bigger and to some point better than the previous TAS. Being Japanese, they made it a point to do better in terms of show as well as side events.
One of the main attractions of Tokyo Auto Salon was the public parking lot itself and to me, despite the gargantuan of a space to cover, the cars parked there were worth braving the cold weather. So we spent more than three hours outdoors in awe of the various types of makes and models and most importantly – the modifications done to them all. And that’s only one out of the many parking lots in the vicinity of Makuhari Messe.
Some of the cars were more than just road/track-worthy. The parking lots themselves added more value to Tokyo Auto Salon. The parking lots have it all. You name it, they have it. Continental cars, vintages and classics, American muscles – all were parked alongside the Japanese makes. It was an absolute eye candy.
Some might think that only foreigners would be frequenting the parking lots while Tokyo Auto Salon was going on full blast; I beg to differ. While we were there, quite a number of locals were checking out the rides as well. It all seemed that a trip to the Tokyo Auto Salon wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at the parking lots.
One of my favourite modded rides at the parking lot was this Z20 Toyota Soarer. It stood the lowest on 15 inchers, with rubbers stretched a mere 10mm clear from the ground. It would surely be impossible to drive this particular vehicle in Malaysia, considering the quality of roads we have around the country. It’s not a show-worthy ride, that’s for sure – but more of a purpose-built car and this beauty was specifically built to drift.
While catching our breath, I spotted another old lady of beauty – a custom wide body MkII Supra equipped with 18-inches of deeper-than-hell-dish of wheels in gleaming purple shade, driving past us with a growl, demanding our attention. The MkII Supra had us all in awe of the perfect restoration/modification combination. Passenger was a cute living doll while the driver seriously looks like a Yakuza with good automotive tastes, and so we kept our distance instead of risking being gutted alive mercilessly.
On our way back to the halls of Makuhari Messe, I spotted a full-kitted Mini-me RX-7 built on the platform of a MX5. When it comes to modifications, the Japanese surely know how to differentiate themselves from the masses, hence building a one-off, fully-modded ride that is as purposeful as it looks.
There was a plethora of modded rides that caught our eyes at the parking lot. Some spotting minor mods on the exteriors, done in such a way that it seemed to have likely come from the factory. It’s the little details on most of the modded rides that had us all in awe. Surely, if there’s gonna be a parking lot in Tengoku, I surely hope it’s similar to the ones here at Makuhari Messe during Tokyo Auto Salon.
words: Hage’ pix: Haznajims | Jeo