In '15, we had the wild idea of organizing a car meet the night before Tokyo Auto Salon. Of course, it would mean flying 13 hours straight (and usually with no sleep), followed by hopping on a bus into Tokyo, before figuring out how the hell we get ourselves to a car meet 30 minutes away from our hotel. Seemed like we might have been setting ourselves up for failure... Somehow we stayed on schedule, hundreds of people showed up, and the first-ever Fresh Tokyo Car Meet was a huge success.
For '16, we returned to the same venue for our second annual meet, and just like last year, hundreds of enthusiasts came out to show their support. It was a little hard to tell exactly how many cars attended, but we do have reports that two levels of the garage were completely full, meaning there were more than 400 cars in the building. Not bad, right?! This year's meet had a slightly different feel to it, more so along the lines that this was the pre-Tokyo Auto Salon GTG with many foreigners in attendance who had just flew in. There were also many familiar faces such as Jun Saitoh and Yoshinobu Yamamoto with their NSXs, and Robert Limtiaco with his AE86—all three cars were featured in last year's Japan issue.
So what started as a silly idea we kicked around the office has become one of the largest car meets to take place around Tokyo Auto Salon week. We have to thank Hardcore Japan for getting the message out. And you can bet we'll be back next year for round three. In the meantime, here are the top 10 things you missed!
1. Rocket Bunny-kitted IS F featured in the Lexon booth at last year's TAS. Extremely dope to see it at our meet!
2. Imma classic man... Such a clean Skyline in its natural habitat.
3. Within the first 24 hours of landing in Japan, you'll still feel giddy every time you see a Skyline GT-R.
4. Manabu Mitsumori and his '79 Sprinter from the October '15 issue. Since his feature, he's swapped to smaller 14-inch wheels and also tells us he's more slammed.
5. The variety of cars that showed was insane! Here's a clean MKIII Supra that caught our attention.
6. Was a pleasant surprise to see more Hondas this year, including this sexy E-AT Civic.
7. RB-powered Silvia—definitely a little rough around the edges, but hey, it's a regular at weekend drift events!
8. Our friend Robert's '84 Sprinter Trueno alongside Takahashi-san, aka Taku, from the N-Style crew and his freshly repainted AE85 Levin.
9. Jun and Yoshinobu's NSXs from last year's Japan issue. We're digging Jun's new TE37s.
10. Don't be fooled by the glittery paint; the FEEL'S S13 is one of the baddest night drifters in Tokyo.