In the global aftermarket tuning scene of who’s who, America has SEMA, Europe has ESSEN, and Japan has the Tokyo Auto Salon. Three days of stunning cars, women, and pure JDM bliss are the order of the day for mid January every year; this is the one motor show in Japan you don’t want to miss.
TAS is the show where old meets new, elegant cars mix in with purebreds, and every single aspect of Japanese tuning can be seen under one roof. Four hundred companies were on hand to showcase their stuff, and with a much more lively TAS than previous years it seemed that it was finally back to its glory days. This TAS, in particular, had a few surprises for us too.
All the big tuners—HKS, Top Secret, Greddy, Re-Amemiya—and the manufacturers were present. With 250,000 people visiting the show over its three days, there was something to suit everyone: static show cars, D1GP drifting, and booths full of race queens.
They say a photo is worth a thousand words so, without further ado, here is the best of Tokyo Auto Salon 2012.