Every year, the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC) hosts the "Big Motor Sale" event. Just like your average, open to the public auto show in the U.S., it's geared toward manufacturers displaying their latest vehicles, unveiling breaking technology, and jockeying for position against competitors.
Stock cars under the hot lights tend to be a bit boring, but walk around to hall 107, positioned in the very back of the show, and your little motorsport enthusiast heartbeat increases rapidly as you're met with a well-organized display of full-blown race cars from the Idemitsu Thailand Motorsports Race Series.
A well-known and respected oil company in Japan, Idemitsu recently began their entry into the Thai marketplace. With the race season now over, the oil giant brought participating racecars to the auto show, and without question, created a show within a show. The brand hasn't been shy about their motorsport involvement in Thailand, taking an active role to sponsor multiple circuit and drift cars, and look to be increasing their involvement moving forward.
Thanks to photog-at-large Chad Burdette, we're able to give you a glimpse of some of the battle-tested cars that represented the series during the event, along with some bonus "extras" that you'll want to see.
If you're a fan of Mitsubishi's turbocharged AWD bully, then this is the gallery to sift through. Multiple Evo generations were on display in various guise including this widened example on Gram Lights 57DR.
The show had newer generation versions, too, like this aggressive Evo X wearing carbon fiber doors and fenders, also sitting on Gram Lights, though this time its 57Xtreme.
Mazda's RX-7 is plentiful in Thailand, and if there's a track event, car show, or meet, you can count on at least a few versions showing up - guaranteed.
While there weren't a large number of Hondas on hand, the few on display looked to be serious contenders. This AP1 on discontinued SSR Type Fs featured the carbon lip, vented hood and hardtop additions that you'd expect to see on U.S. roadgoing examples, all wrapped up in colorful vinyl livery.
And this K-powered Civic EK was fitted with ITBs, which are fed through a large duct on its custom hood.
You might remember this 13B-powered Corolla when we featured it last year. Since then, the already massive fender flares seem to have been widened even more, this time using raw carbon fiber to replace the fiberglass version built by Retro Speed.
In addition to the circuit cars in attendance, a number of old-school restoration and restomod builds were lined just beyond the Idemitsu booth wall to offer some variety and show off some incredibly well-built classics.
You don't see 70s-era Skylines in this sort of condition very often. And even less common is a nicely maintained wagon version! Only offered with a few 4-cylinder options back in the day, the front is slightly shorter than its coupe and sedan counterparts as a result.
Adding another dimension to the layout was a group of rally cars that included a few different brands like Datsun, Peugeot, and ...
... Toyota. This early model Celica is all business, featuring wider front and rear fenders, a significant lift, and OZ Racing tarmac wheels.