Tokyo Auto Salon 2013

My exciting first visit to Tokyo Auto Salon was a four and a half hour whirlwind of lights, metal, composites and picture snapping. This has to be the most worthwhile tuning oriented show I’ve ever experienced. I would have loved to spend another full day to take it all in but already had plans to explore Kyoto the following day. Here are my favorites.

I was met with ariendly greeting by this fellow in a Zed

I was met with a friendly greeting by this fellow in a Zed

The new LB Performance Aventador.

The new LB Performance Aventador.

Love seeing chopped up racy lambos.

Love seeing chopped up racy lambos.

Details on the LB performance kits were captivating.

Details on the LB performance kits were captivating.

Something about the old Datsun style riveted seats and the exposed interior sheetmetal really worked.

Something about the old Datsun style riveted seats and the exposed interior sheetmetal really worked.

BRP x J's Racing S2000 RC

J’s all carbon widebody S2000. Wish I could trade mine in for this.

NEWTYPE racing FDX

2JZ swaps still making a splash with the spectators.

The "Takumi Zone" would be even scarier in this.

The “Takumi Zone” would be even scarier in this.

Impulse had the most impressive AE86 bays on display.

Impulse had the most impressive AE86 bays on display.

The execution of the rusty fender details was spot on for this car.

The execution of the rusty fender details was spot on for this car.

The infamous BenSopra 380sx.

The infamous BenSopra 380sx.

Nardo runs or not, the VR38 swap and overall presence are amazing.

Nardo runs or not, the VR38 swap and overall presence are amazing.

I love a tidy fuel system

I love a tidy fuel system

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Wish I had more time to play with these RC cars in their demo track.

Wish I had more time to play with these RC cars in their demo track.

Didn't expect to see KITT in Japan.

Didn’t expect to see KITT in Japan.

The answer to all S30 cracked dash woes.

The answer to all S30 cracked dash woes.

This little Abarth was packing a mean punch in the form of a mid mounted motorcycle engine.

This little Abarth was packing a mean punch in the form of a mid mounted motorcycle engine.

This cuddly sniper bear and squished owner weren't quite enough to make this Suzuki Jimny look tough.

This cuddly sniper bear and squished owner weren’t quite enough to make this Suzuki Jimny look tough.

Onikyan at its finest.

Onikyan at its finest.

'67 Honda RA300

’67 Honda RA300

I wish the tasty oily bits were still on display in modern racers.

I wish the tasty oily bits were still on display in modern racers.

This Porsche Spyder replica by Tifaria was nicely finished.

This Porsche Spyder replica by Tifaria was nicely finished.

One of my favorites of the show, the Hakotora.

One of my favorites of the show, the Hakotora.

The Hakosuka styling cues fit the Sanitora Truck perfectly.

The Hakosuka styling cues fit the Sanitora Truck perfectly.

Impressive interior replica.

Impressive interior replica.

The dry carbon sprinkled all over was impeccably finished.

The dry carbon sprinkled all over was impeccably finished.

Funny chopped top beetle...

Funny chopped top beetle…

hybrid.

hybrid.

Pricey electric powered Speedster Replica

Pricey electric powered Speedster Replica

The Gulf oil tank above the electric motor was amusing.

The Gulf oil tank above the electric motor was amusing.

Heater ducting may be going up in value soon...

Heater ducting may be going up in value soon…

RE Amemiya Genki FD3S.

RE Amemiya Genki FD3S.

Great display for the Mazda Skyactiv LMP2.

Great display for the Mazda Skyactiv LMP2.

RE Amemiya Drive/M7 Japan FD3S

RE Amemiya Drive/M7 Japan FD3S

TCP Magic "Japbull"

TCP Magic “Japbull”

The paint on this ISF made it look fast standing still.

The paint on this ISF made it look fast standing still.

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4 of each, please...

4 of each, please…

The Deltawing reminded me of the batmobile in Batman Returns.

The Deltawing reminded me of the batmobile in Batman Returns.

It was great to study the aero formed lines in person.

It was great to study the aero formed lines in person.

Something tells me thats not a Typhoon insert  in the exhaust (As seen on TV)

Something tells me thats not a Typhoon insert in the exhaust (As seen on TV).

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I can't believe Honda isn't putting this HSV-10 styling to use...

I can’t believe Honda isn’t putting this HSV-10 styling to use…

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Gazoo had a huge booth which showcased some of the best 86/FRS concepts and tuning cars...

Gazoo had a huge booth which showcased some of the best 86/FRS concepts and tuning cars…

GRMN Sports FR Concept. I thought the execution was spot on.

GRMN Sports FR Concept. I thought the execution was spot on.

The TRD and supra styling cues were evident all over the car.

The TRD and supra styling cues were evident all over the car.

Supra inspired tail lights.

Supra inspired tail lights.

TRD Griffon widebody. The subtle details were cleanly incorporated.

TRD Griffon widebody. The subtle details were cleanly incorporated.

The Style G 86 was one of the most heavily reworked at the show.

The Style G 86 was one of the most heavily reworked at the show.

Its interior finish was top shelf.

Its interior finish was top shelf.

This 86/FRS at the TRD booth went with a vintage look.

This 86/FRS at the TRD booth went with a vintage look.

I especially liked the TOSCO throwback wheels.

I especially liked the TOSCO throwback wheels.

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Varis widebody kit for the 86 had a ton of stuff going on wherever you looked.

Varis widebody kit for the 86 had a ton of stuff going on wherever you looked.

One of the two HKS 86 D1GP cars on display.

One of the two HKS 86 D1GP cars on display.

Ruf Racing Factory

A fully Pie cut exhaust system. Wild japanese fabrication styling at its best.

Bold World 86/FRS

This body dropped 86 was definitely a bold statement

The DAMD LFT86 pulled off the LFA styline conversion pretty well

The DAMD LFT86 pulled off the LFA styline conversion pretty well

DAMD LFT86

These baby turbochargers inhabited many 86/frs engine bays.

These baby turbochargers inhabited many 86/frs engine bays.

Seems like you can't avoid the LSx in drifting.

Seems like you can’t avoid the LSx in drifting.

This wild 86 was quite the showcase for the upcoming Weds SA-15R hybrid carbon wheels.

This wild 86 was quite the showcase for the upcoming Weds SA-15R hybrid carbon wheels.

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Loved the flowing lines at this angle.

Loved the flowing lines at this angle.

TAS wouldn't be the same without all the extravagantly modified cars. DAD hits a home run in this game.

TAS wouldn’t be the same without all the extravagantly modified cars. DAD hits a home run in this game.

the pink and rhinestone LB Performance limo wasn't far behind.

the pink and rhinestone LB Performance limo wasn’t far behind.

Pink and Leopard chrome Lamborghinis... I think she wanted one.

Pink and Leopard chrome Lamborghinis… I think she wanted one.

A blinged out Audi R8

A blinged out Audi R8

The treatment was slightly more tasteful on this car than the others.

The treatment was slightly more tasteful on this car than the others.

The paintwork at the Artis booth, while not my style, was simply amazing in detail and finish.

The paintwork at the Artis booth, while not my style, was simply amazing in detail and finish.

Wald Black Bison Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Wald Black Bison Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Aimgain Lexus IS convertible.

Aimgain Lexus IS convertible.

Pair of Lexus GS sedans by JXF Design.

Pair of Lexus GS sedans by JXF Design.

One of my favorite cars (Audi TT) was in a booth by Garage Ill/Universal Air.

One of my favorite cars (Audi TT) was in a booth by Garage Ill/Universal Air.

The fender treatment and fitment that the Universal Air bags allowed was so cool. Reminded me of the RSQ from I-Robot.

The fender treatment and fitment that the Universal Air bags allowed was so cool. Reminded me of the RSQ from I-Robot.

The guys from Hello Special adding their bit of eccentric flair.

The guys from Hello Special adding their bit of eccentric flair.

Happy like a kid in a candy store in the Gran Turismo GT-R.

Happy like a kid in a candy store in the Gran Turismo GT-R.

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