SEMA is America’s monolithic tuning convention where the great, the good and those people looking to wash illegitimate money go to show off their modified wares to the world. Well, each January the same thing happens in Japan. It’s called the Tokyo Auto Salon and is like SEMA… just with less of the crowd perusing the show floor via electric scooters with oxygen tanks on the back, but more creepy photographers blinding female booth workers with high-intensity flashes, relentlessly gunning them down, in order to commit the moment to memory cards for their ‘alone time’. Oh how we shudder.
Even so, you can’t deny that the cars are pretty wild. Actually, they’re probably a bit pottier than their American equivalent, mainly because they’ve come from the brain of a Japanese person, where the boundary for what’s socially acceptable and clinically insane is increasingly blurred. But you can’t fault their creativity/madness. So click on and prepare for all kinds of modified GT-Rs, Jimnys and every kind of Supra (new and old) you can imagine. Oh, and that thing above: a car with afterburners and exhausts. Lots of exhausts. You have been warned.
Photography: Mark Riccioni