Gallery>> The Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Pt. 1

When I found out I was heading to Japan for Tokyo Auto Salon, Rod mentioned that I needed to spend some time checking out the TAS parking lot. Soon after my arrival Japan, I met a few people that kept mentioning the TAS parking lot and how amazing it is every year. Some of these people spoke of spending hours just gawking and drooling.

So last Saturday, I took the train from Shinjuku, where my hotel was, to Makuhari Messe, not to attend TAS, but to check out this parking lot. I was not disappointed. 

The parking lot was a ricer's dream come true. It was like living in Mike Garrett's old Auto Otaku blog, or experiencing Dino or Len's Japanese adventures in real life. This JDM Honda Odyessy was one of the first cars I saw. In the same picture, you can get a glimpse to what other cars can be found in the parking lot.

A pair of Honda Jazzes (or is it Jazzi?).

A really nice and clean example of the Japanese counterpart to the Scion xB, the Toyota bB, on a set of full polish Work Meisters.

While I was busy walking around in the automotive equivalent to a candy store, I couldn't help but notice a group of Japanese youngsters putting on a new sticker they just purchased at TAS.

Just behind those youngsters was this green S13 that seemed to have a good balance of form and function. 

Though the Euro tail lights is all form. 

Now, imagine walking around taking photos of cars left and right, then hearing the recognizable sound of the Godfather theme being produced by a set of air horns echoing throughout the lot. As it continued to play on and on, I investigated the source. To my surprise, it did not come from a full-blown shark nose bosozoku car but instead this rather slammed, yet somewhat clean, Hakosuka on a set of Watanabes.

Gosh this is a good looking car. Especially being as low as it is.

I was surprised to find so many Western styled cars in the lot. These Japanese are very good at the little details. Take for example this 2nd gen Totoya bB, the Fatlace stickers on the rear windshield, the Fatlace license plate frame….

…and the roof rack with Hellaflush and Slammed Society stickers. 

Seeing how they seem to be big fans of Western culture, it's safe to assume that they know what Speedhunters is. So I left a pair of stickers. 

Here's another western styled car. This time a Honda Today kei car and again, it's all in the little details; the rusted hood, the stickered up front lip…

…I love JDM sticker, Slammed Society sticker, Canibeat, a California license plate with Skunk2 license plate frame, and the JDM soshinoya (new driver) leaf. 

Even the interior seems to have been westernized. I just love the crystal gear shifter. It's Japanese car styling that has been exported to the west, and then imported back into Japan. Amazing!

A pretty clean C35 Nissan Laurel, VIP style. 

Here's a Chaser that's more in the drift style. It saddens me to think that we don't get these amazing sedans in the states….

The Toyota MR-S is a car that seems to not have too big of a following in the western world, and also in Japan. Still, these little cars have a nice cult following. 

A drift spec S15 that looks like it has already went through a few bumpers. 

Standing out from the gloomy day in Tokyo was this pair of pink S13s. 

That's a nice butt on this FC RX-7. Sights like this are normal while walking the TAS parking lot. 

This Honda Odyessy looks to be sporting the same kit as the Takero's time attack Odyessy though it has the looks on the outside, it still has retains the stock interior.

I fell in love with this slammed Y34 Nissan Gloria.

It especially looks good from the rear 3/4. 

Kei cars were also dime a dozen in the parking lot. I took quite a liking to this Suzuki Alto.

Not quite sure what this Kei van started off as, but the VW Bus conversion is amazing. If you ever wanted to know what a VW Bus would look like with VIP style wheels, this is it. 

It's interior is just as wild as its exterior.

As I was taking photos of a few cool vans, I saw a super slammed sedan pull out from its parking spot from the corner of my eye. 

It was a obscenely cambered out C35 Nissan Laurel! Check out the front fender modifications needed to make those wheels fit. Insane….

The owner seemed very happy that I was snapping away at his car. 

I'd never thought I'd see a car this wild. It was something to behold as it slowly creeped by. Only in Japan would you see a car like this. 

And we're just getting started with our look at the parking lot. Part 2 soon. 

-Linhbergh

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1

This is why I love speedhunters!

2

Nice pictures, but that's not a Toyota Celsior It is a Nissan Y34 Gloria

3

wallpaper set of it the hakosuka! you know you want to.

4

Your link to the Godfather theme is... slightly broken ;)

5

great pics. any of the 32 that is next to the green 180

6

this is great :) but why would they be influenced by the American culture of tuning & modification? The Japanese are the source / blueprint... We follow their lead then change it to our liking! Something tells me there are guys like this, on this level of modification, and a little deeper you'll find the hardcore innovators of the Japanese tuning culture...not seen at places like tas.

7

"A ricer's dream come true"? Getting excited over lame fatlace stickers and roof racks?



Excuse me, I do appreciate the coverage, but taking focus on such trivial and uninspiring details is just not what this is all about. There are a lot of more worthy cars in the background.

8

A week in Japan is not enough for a first timer. It's not enough time to experience all that Tokyo

9

As we are influenced by "JDM" style they are in turn influenced by western style, its just how shit works, everyone wants to stand out and be different... so they copy the americans and the americans copy the Japanese... you only have to spend a night in roppongi or shibuya to notice all the american influences in japan today... believe me it took me by surprise to see a bunch of gang banger Japanese guys or "yankees as there called in japan" rolling down a busy street in a lowrider "hitting switches" out the front of a maccas in shibuya near the hachiko train exit !!

10

Just as an FYI the Fit is still called a Fit in Japan, not a Jazz ;)



Glad to hear you had a good first trip to Japan man, surprised we never crossed paths!

11

Think you'll find that the Silver "Toyota Celsior" is a Y34 Nissan Gloria.

12

i believe that "toyota celsior" is actually a nissan cedric (or gloria)...

13

could you guys please make a desktop for the first picture? :)

14

Thanks for pointing that out guys! It's now a Gloria. :D

15

wallpaper on that last car

and wallpaper on the pink s13's

16

Why oh why didn't you take pics of the other chaser and the mark II's lined up next to the jzx100 chaser?! They look great!

Saw an Evo 5 next to the FC...no more pics of that either or any other older Evos? That parking lot was like a treasure find, shoot

17

This is awesome posting, who knew a parking lot would be getting so much attention.

18

Anybody know what type of front bumper that is on the front of that JZX100 Chaser???? It's amazing, and I have to get one for my car.

19

is that the real J's Racing Jazzes demo or a clone...the yellow one

20

That nissan at the end is soooo awful. It looks like its broken.

21

Great coverage!

never imagine the last C35 with that demon camber could actually roll!

any pic of the 4dr R34 next to the gold Odyessy?

22

Combi wannabe has scissors for chop chop? haha

24

that hakosuka and the super cambered c35 made my day. sooooooo good

25

Interesting how they mostly all park reversed in, is that normal? Or just for show?

26

@Come on:

That's Linhberg for you. All into flashy hellaflush crap that drags on the ground and perform like shit. (to tell you the truth, that's what SP is all about). Very sad.

27

in the pic where the dev.speedhunters.com stickers were left, did anyone else notice the hemp leaf designs on the center console? x]

28

the vw bus is a common conversion for subaru sambar's i believe

29

there was a gtr styled 4door skyline next to the odyssey in the first shot! i hope u have more photos!!! the maroon chaser ftw! thanks for the coverage!

30

Tht C35 Nissan Laurel is ultraclean!!

31

I'd like to see a desktop of the "VW" van. Too cool!

32

Didi anyone else notice the slammed jag in the backgroud of the 2nd pic?

33

I wanted a closer look at the subaru with the rally stickers ...

34

Ohh God! This coverage really amazed me up! I love Speedhunters!

THE BEST LINBERGH!!

35

@Greg

I think is a vertex full bumper kit.

36

that's a Suzuki Every kei-van converted to a VW bus thingy....

37

@Alex

No because the car in the youtube clip is a y33 gloria.

38

That kei car with the veedub conversion is a 2005 Suzuki Every Van. Quite a popular conversion for Suzuki owners, and I believe they sell conversion kits for it. Just in case any of you guys were wondering.

Oh, and first pic for desktop pretty please!

39

haha who would have thought to see such sick cars in the PARKING LOT?!!!!



some of those cars deserve to be inside the halls!

40

"A ricers dream"? No, a Rice Burner's dream. A ricer is a person who drives those crap kitted civics and older model mustangs with old neon tubes stuck everywhere in the U.S. So i'm glad to see they've taken a liking to the Hellaflush scene, it's a hella' better than what you saw after 'Fast and Furious' was first in theatres. Anyways, I love the diversity of cars in Japan, even the most basic of rides have tasteful mods. Great write up, can't wait for more.

41

That last car was SLAMMED

42

That VW Van is a Suzuki Every/Carry

43

"Gosh this is a good looking car. Especially being as low as it is."

then make it a desktop for us ; )

....please

44

@Alex (The original one): I enjoy VIP style cars and whatnot, but it's all this trendy stuff and fads from the USA that really get into my nerves. Man, this is annoying.



The tags say "Tokyo Auto Salon 2009", by the way.

45

The Nissan at the end is nuts. I wonder if they stuck bolts between the hub like that retard with the rabbit at H2o a couple years ago.

46

I allways wondered what would heaven look like if it was a parking lot, now I know...

47

damn Linhbergh! Your editing skill is fucking awesome..

you should do tutorials..

Do you have a personal website/blog/Flickr?

48

LINHBERGH YOU ARE A CERTIFIED GANGSTER....

49

WOW that last car is just ridiculous.I like the VIP styke and all but really?

50

that last car looked like shit i guess thers is such thing s too much camber stupid fool...

51

Linhberg takes f**** awesome pictures, but at times his choice in cars is questionable.

There were amazing cars in that parking lot and some posted were sh**.

Sometimes I dont know whats going on with speedhunters!



Cool cars that were ignored:

-The black R34 in the last pic.

-Grey S13 next to the KPGC10

-Slammed burgundy Jag

-white R34 sedan with Top Secret front aero







52

that laurel is UGLY!

53

fresh said:

great pics. any of the 32 that is next to the green 180



+1

54

deng takin ViP to a level of crazyness 0.0 id never have camber that crazy! lol props tho haha

55

(QUOTE)GRage said:

Linhberg takes f**** awesome pictures, but at times his choice in cars is questionable.



There were amazing cars in that parking lot and some posted were sh**.



Sometimes I dont know whats going on with speedhunters!



Cool cars that were ignored:



-The black R34 in the last pic.



-Grey S13 next to the KPGC10



-Slammed burgundy Jag



-white R34 sedan with Top Secret front aero



January 24, 2011 1:17 AM (QUOTE)

i agree with everything he said

56

What bodykit is on that Nissan Gloria?

57

It was quite evident at this year's show that imports continue to generate more and more interest

58

Ci japonczycy to jednek pojechani sa..

59

It's been a little more than a week since I was in Japan. My head is still trying to process I've

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