Now that we're back in our sad stateside cubicles, we've finally gotten a chance to filter through our terabytes of photos, laugh at the hilarious pictures of thirsty pervert photographers, and give you more Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) goodness (the day one photo album is here if you missed it). This year the show featured a staggering eight halls of exhibits at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba; if you're ever lucky enough to go, you'll probably need the whole weekend just to cover everything in these auditoriums. Unlike the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, TAS is open to the public, resulting in a complete clusterfuck. According to organizers, this year a record-shattering 325,000 people came through the convention center's doors over three days.
The Gazoo Racing area displayed a number of showstoppers, such as the GRMN 86 and wildly anticipated concepts FT1 and S-FR. If you haven't seen our Mazda gallery yet, RE Amemiya took home one of the Tuning Car Division awards with his "Super Chanter 13B NA" - essentially a badass Mazda Chantez. We couldn't help but awkwardly stare at Black Pearl's aggressive Toyota Crown for a good while; they call it the Hyper Crown Cross Bone (don't ask us, we don't know). Our good friend Takashi Haruyama came out strong at the Car Modify Wonder booth with brand new GT fenders and Glare wing design for the S13, S14, and S15. BN Sports also made a big debut with a new aggressive widebody kit for the GT86. We spoke with Motin Howlader from BN Sports and he tells us that the debut car doesn't have much done to the engine but they plan to modify it sometime later this year.
Tokyo Auto Salon should consider making the event one week long like SEMA, because there's just too much cool shit to see. The parking lot alone can be a car show of sorts; it's truly JDM nirvana coming to TAS. Le sigh - we're counting the days till we return to Makuhari Messe, ready to grab an Ebi Filet at McDo or onigiris at 7-Eleven and absorb the latest in Japanese tuner culture.