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okyo Auto Sa­lon (TAS) is the mecca of the Ja­panese car-tun­ing world and ev­ery year the num­ber of cars and peo­ple that cram its halls seems to sky­rocket. You know it’s hap­pen­ing, too, even if you live firmly un­der a rock for the other 362 days a year, as so­cial feeds de­scend into glo­ri­fied pits of jeal­ousy from those of us who aren’t there, sit­ting at home and work drool­ing over what could pos­si­bly have been the best over­seas trip we ever made.

Set near the Ja­panese cap­i­tal, TAS 2018 kicked off a three­day triple hit on Fri­day, Jan­uary 12, with 11 halls of all things cus­tom au­to­mo­tive. Oc­cu­py­ing the en­tirety of Chiba’s Makuhari Messe con­ven­tion cen­tre, this year marked the 36th an­niver­sary of the an­nual event, which started back in 1983 as the ‘Tokyo Ex­cit­ing Car Show’. The brain­child of Dai­jiro Inada, edi­tor-inchief of tun­ing car mag­a­zine Op­tion, its name was changed to TAS in 1987.

Per­haps one of the most rec­og­niz­able styles in Ja­pan is boso­zoku — the loud, over-thetop and in-your-face stylings of out­laws who sim­ply don’t give a f#ck. This GX61 Cresta be­longed to the cus­tom up­hol­stery shop on crack known as ‘L-Tide’

Bet­ter known in its for­mer white guise with Breed fend­ers pro­duced by Se­ri­alNine, Yuhei Baba’s 1.5JZ-pow­ered Aristo gained no­to­ri­ety af­ter a front wheel ripped off mid-drift dur­ing the 2015 1JZ drift meet­ing at Fuji Speedway. Fast for­ward to 2018, and...

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