Photo Attack: Osaka Auto Messe Parking

As I did last month with the JCCA New Year Meeting, I figured that the best method for covering the parking lot at Osaka Auto Messe would be a “photo attack” showing as many cool machines as I possibly can. I think that by looking through this massive selection of photos, you’ll get a reasonable idea of the sort of machines you’ll find on the streets of Kansai.

Before I begin, a quick little note. When I arrived at Auto Messe on Sunday afternoon with the intent to hunt the parking lot I realized that I my SLR camera battery behind at my hotel some 40 minutes away. Uh oh.

So with light beginning to fade and cars starting to head home, I improvised and put my trusty iPhone4S into service as the weapon for this photo attack, so please excuse the less than “amazing” quality of these photos. Anyway, let the attack commence!

Honda Accord Euro R

Honda Odyssey

S13 Silvia

JZX100 Chaser

330 Cedric/Gloria

AE86 Trueno and Toyota Celsior

Toyota Crown

Nissan Stagea (R34 Face Conversion)

R34 Skyline

Honda CR-Z

Honda Fit

AE86 Levin

Toyota Crown

Y33 Cima

Toyota Celsior

AE86 Trueno

JZX100 Mark II

GX71 Mark II

Hakosuka Skyline

JZS161 Aristo

EK Honda Civic

Daihatsu Move

Lancer Evolution IV

Nissan President

Toyota Land Cruiser

Y34 Nissan Gloria

Volkswagen Polo

Toyota Aristo, Toyota Crown, Nissan Cima

C35 Nissan Laurel

JZX100 Mark II

NB Mazda Roadster

Toyota Alphard/Vellfire

R34 Skyline GT-R

Lancer Evolution III

Toyota Mark X

Dodge Ram

Toyota Hiace

Impreza STI

R34 Skyline GT-R

Toyota Crown

Toyota Aristo

Toyota Wish

Toyota Crown

Chevy Corvette C3

Toyota Celsior

Honda Odyssey

Honda Step Wagon

EF9 Honda Civic

Toyota Estima

Toyota Land Cruiser

Audi A4

Volkswagen Golf R

SXE10 Altezza

Toyota Mark X

Honda Civic “Wonder”

Toyota Aristo

EF9 Honda Civic

Lexus IS

S15 Silvia

S13 Silvia

Suzuki Jimny

SXE10 Altezza

JZX100 Cresta

Toyota Celsior

Toyota Celsior

JZX100 Cresta

Toyota Crown

Toyota Crown

Lexus GS

EG6 Honda Civic

Honda Odyssey

P10 Nissan Primera

Honda Fit

VW Golf Variant

Toyota MR-S

Honda Odyssey

JZX100 Chaser

Y32 Cedric

Y33 Cima

Chevy Silverado

AE86 Trueno

S13 Silvia

Porsche 911

Dodge Challenger

Toyota Celsior

JZX100 Chaser

That will do it. Back soon with some more coverage from inside the show!

-Mike


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51 comments
yanesnyawai
yanesnyawai

There's a WRX beside that GX71 Mark II. :( Anyway, that Corvette caught me off guard! :)

Corey K
Corey K

Talk about a staggering amount of VIP-themed cars! Wow. Only in Japan can you have static ride height like some of these cars...

Censport
Censport

Love live the Hiace! (Still trying to figure out how to get one here in the U.S.)

pesugob6
pesugob6

MORE OF THAT BLK Y33 PLEASE!  

Anyone know who makes that front bumper? 

D1RGE EXE
D1RGE EXE

How the hell do they drive those pickups in Japan????

otar
otar

Those bagged pickups are the meanest things ever! Maybe one day I'll strike the lottery and get myself one all done up like that

MitchThompson
MitchThompson

Do the top half of the photos look mostly like american built cars to anyone else? This photo roll got real after the halfway point for me

Jmayhem
Jmayhem

That white and black S15 made my pants bulge.

rook56
rook56

How do you take such great photos with a phone?! I can't even tell which is which. Any tips please?

RBJET
RBJET

I take it you guys don't get too many Landcruiser's in the State's Mike?

LUMIFOX
LUMIFOX

@gachanom カッコイイ車ばっかりですね!

turbo2nr
turbo2nr

that white s15 dyammm!

 

SchlafenderLowe
SchlafenderLowe

@gachanom 顔面が居なくなったBNR32(ドリフト仕様?)が駐車場にいましたよw

jzx81
jzx81

I think they like VIP in Kansai.

(That Nissan Primera has got an Audi vibe).

P1 Race Photography
P1 Race Photography

More of that white S15, please! ;) Also, hate to point these things out, but the final Mark X is listed as a Crown. 

sfq757
sfq757

too many sexy cars!

Curlytop
Curlytop

That bagged ram is savage!

K's
K's

lots of cool cars !

white s15 and mark x is sexy !

 

Rayyy
Rayyy

I wish there were more alternatives to the Cressida in the US...most American sedans that cost under 25k are too ungainly and I just can't get into BMWs..

bigeastbay
bigeastbay

just because they are from japan, doesn't mean they immediately have class. One day the Japanese will be able to modify an American pick-up right.

BenjaminSaucier
BenjaminSaucier

Nice photo roll here, I could imagine you running around the whole lot. It's tough to pick one I liked. However the car I least expected to see in that crowd was the Corvette and that was a simple and nice surprise. Secondly, looks like EF's are getting meaner in the land of the rising sun...

Mike Garrett
Mike Garrett moderator

Yep, Osaka is like it's own VIP world.

Mike Garrett
Mike Garrett moderator

 @D1RGE EXE I've wondered the same thing myself sometimes while driving around the crazy narrow streets. If there's a will, there's a way!

Mike Garrett
Mike Garrett moderator

@rook56 Haha, there's nothing to it really. Just hold her steady and compose a decent shot. In a way it's actually a bit refreshing not having to worry about focal lengths or any other camera settings haha.

Mike Garrett
Mike Garrett moderator

@RBJET We have them, but you don't see them too often. Then again, they aren't especially common on the streets of Japan either.

gachanom
gachanom

@LUMIFOX サイトの構成?か、写真のせいかやたら格好良く見えますよね。ショップのデモカーより、駐車場を見てたほうが現実的で参考になったりして^^;

Mike Garrett
Mike Garrett moderator

@jzx81 I'm not sure if it's got an Audi vibe, but the Primera has always had a rather European feel to it.

Brent
Brent

 @bigeastbay You must have missed the perfectly modified dodge ram and silverado in this article ; )

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

 @BenjaminSaucier EFs were always mean in the land of the rising sun. What you see are the left-overs from the bygone kanjo racer era.

Mike Garrett
Mike Garrett moderator

 @BenjaminSaucier Yeah and this wasn't even all the lots, and just shot over a short time on one of the show's three days!

RBJET
RBJET

 @Mike Garrett  @RBJET Oh I never realized. I probably drive past 10 a day on my way to work is Australia.

bigeastbay
bigeastbay

as I can tell, those trucks are 2WD.  a truck that is 2WD should be left the way it is. But 4WD and that thing should be getting offroad mods.

dadecode
dadecode

 @bigeastbay That's one of the biggest fallacies ever. A lowered 2WD truck looses none of it's towing or hauling capability...unless you plan on hopping curbs and going off road on the regular. And in that case, you should have a 4WD in the first place. Heck until the early 80s, a full size America car was more than capable of doing what you need a Full size truck to do now as far as towing, and in many cases hauling.

Luka024
Luka024

 @DaveT  @bigeastbay Fuckin' right dude. LOL I wouldn't want to be behind that with an active oil leak.

Brent
Brent

 @bigeastbay  Haha yeah and cars weren't originally intended for racing were they, they were simply intended to carry people from point A to B. But hey, look at the multitude of uses they have now!

bigeastbay
bigeastbay

I grew up in an area where 2WD trucks were used for work and hauling. I guess I can't see the point in really modifying one because the goal of that truck is to be used and abused. If it is modified in this way, as in slammed, which is a style I respect on cars, it deters the owner from using the truck for its purpose

Brent
Brent

 @bigeastbay Yep they're 2WD, you can't lay out 4WD's. Why should a 2WD truck be left the way it is?

Mike Garrett
Mike Garrett moderator

 @bigeastbay Last time I checked there were plenty of custom 2WD trucks in the US as well :)


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