GOING INSIDE TOKYO AUTO SALON 2018
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...