As you leave Kaihim Makuhari Station, a smile creeps upon your face. The naked, rush of Adrenaline hits you! It hits hard enough that you get the feeling that your heart will beat out of your chest! Your stomach begins to turn into Jell-O as you inch closer towards what you know will be one of the greatest times of your life! It’s like dreaming of being stuck in a candy store trying to swallow an oversized, Jaw-Breaker whole because you don’t want anyone to take the prized, gem from you! These are my feelings every time I go to the Tokyo Auto Salon!
Seriously, it is nearly impossible to cover the entirety of this cyclopean spectacle in just three days! It’s held on the second weekend of January, each year! The rides displayed at the TAS are nothing less than spectacular! The devil is in the detail when it comes to building a car about the technology of cool! Our personal favorite was Kuhl Racing with its Diablock 3D R35. Every part, weld was pored over for every last drop of function and performance that can be wrenched from sweat, guile and solid engineering! And the paint, the paint...Oh my God, amazing!
As intoxicating as Tokyo Auto Salon is, it wouldn’t be complete without the accompanying D1 demo and sweet, aroma of melting tires. We were so close to the action that we were getting pelted with hot, tire shavings as the cars were sliding by in what I consider to be a parody of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. Kawabata’s Greddy R35 was taking out everyone like Ali, in his prime! Masao Suenaga’s RE Amiya RX-8 retired early due a smoked transmission and Ueno blew his totally cool, drift Prius which was quite sexy while in motion.
When one thinks of amazing cars, beautiful women and total horsepower ecstasy, one only has to visit The Tokyo Auto Salon. Not only did TAS celebrate its 33rd birthday, but it also had a record breaking year with over three-hundred thousand people and four-thousand vendors, tuners and parts manufactures in attendance. With eleven halls filled to the brim with cars from the likes of Liberty Walk, Top Secret, RE Amiya, and Rocky’s Auto, the Tokyo Auto Salon never ceases to amaze even the most veteran of attendees. This event blows just about every other event, including SEMA out of the water.