You've no doubt heard about the annual Tokyo Auto Salon, an event that brings out some of Japan's finest tuning firms and aftermarket brands to showcase their latest and greatest industry offerings. It's an event we try to hit every year in order to get an idea of the trends and styles that will, without question, trickle down to every corner of the globe.
Meanwhile, some 2,800 miles away, a spinoff of sorts has taken place in Thailand, as the Bangkok International Auto Salon was established and seems to be growing year over year. With a thriving modified market in Thailand, it was only fitting an international event catering to the aftermarket be held there. The effort has resulted in attracting international brands, new business, and plenty of demo cars from Japan to round out a five-day affair.
Enter the show and of course you're met with wall-to-wall builds ranging from wild, Lambo-door wielding minivans to fully built and almost demonic GT-R monsters. The latest wheels, accessories, and demo vehicles are spread throughout countless booths, and if you need a little break from walking you can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the droves of questionable characters laser-focused on the car wash competition featuring models performing pseudo-dance routines set to awkward music.
Thanks to our photog-at-large, Chad "Unicorn Cafe" Burdette, we've got a gallery attached with more on the way — enjoy!
Top Secret stopped by Thailand with their insanely well-done R32 powered by a modern day R35 heart transplant. It's one thing to make this swap a reality, and something else entirely to make it look this damn good.
This Spoon Sports EG was restored and fitted with the Spoon catalog of 5th-gen. Civic parts, including their wheels, calipers, hood, wing, lip, mirrors, and more.
Purpose-built drag trucks, often times diesel powered, are all the rage in Thailand. This Isuzu features massive rear slicks, Lexan windows, and a multi-piece carbon front end.
The door sticker says it all. Don't think we've ever seen SE37s in this width and offset before but they work perfectly on this aggressive Honda NSX.
Thailand might have the strongest MR2 movement on the globe. We recently covered their annual MR2 Day event and remember seeing this car in attendance with a slightly different look.
Armed with the RE Amemiya treatment, this is by far one of the best-looking RX-8s we've ever come across.
Honda's S660 is a mid-engine, RWD roadster that never made it to U.S. shores and probably wouldn't fare too well being that it's of Kei car size and paltry power comes from a tiny three-cylinder that makes just over 60hp. That hasn't stopped Japan's aftermarket from clinging to the topless micro-machine that features a 45/55 front/rear balance, and this turbocharged version is a good example.
The Auto Salon's top security guard and Mr. Steal yo' gurl