If you've gone through our coverage of the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon thus far (links below if you haven't), then you know just how serious this event really is. Big time Japanese tuning firms sharing floor space with small, lesser known mom and pop style performance shops and even some OEMs, displaying their prized ponies on one of the biggest stages in the aftermarket world. However, before you make your way through those convention center doors to take it all in, there's an entire parking lot packed with custom cars driven by TAS show goers. And while he was focused on gathering as much of the big show as possible for you, our triggerman in Japan, David Ishikawa, made his way to the surrounding parking areas to pick up a few additional gems. Enjoy...
It's pretty rare to see either of these on their own, and even less common to catch them side by side.
Baller parking only
Van culture is very strong in Japan and you could find custom examples in and outside of TAS. This Toyota Estima sports a shaved hatch with a new wing up top and a wild rear bumper that surrounds its quad-exhaust tip setup.
The old-school feel of this mustard paint color is fitting for this beautifully restored classic Bluebird sedan.
Opposite ends of the tuning spectrum represented in these two photos...
This R30 Skyline looks as if it just rolled out of the dealership's showroom.
The Pancross "Old and New" conversion for the Porsche 997 was all the rage at last year's TAS and the 2016 SEMA Show, and still represents a drastic step away from the car's original body lines.
This vinyl-wrapped MkIV Supra looked to be armed to the teeth