It’s a chilly cold winter Friday morning and all i had for sustenance was a ball of rice and a cup of Doutor latte from a convenience store. But all was right with the World for i was standing in front of the halls of Tokyo’s Makuhari Messe, waiting for the doors of the 2015th edition of the Tokyo Auto Salon to be opened.
With this year’s event set to be the biggest yet, i had already devised my game plan. Head Westwards and work my way East. Unlike my previous visits, i will be taking it slower this time and plan to just enjoy the Auto Salon without trying to capture every car and attend every performance. I hope you will like what i have lined up.
With my intro out of the way, let’s begin some Tokyo Auto Saloning and what better way than to head to Liberty Walk! Famous for his affable nature and cheeky grin, Kato-san, best known for creating Lamborghinis that explode the internets had a pretty sizable booth in the hall and with numerous other cars sited all over the show, Liberty Walk are clearly nowhere near letting up on the over-fender front charge.
Though famous for his Italian bulls, i was more interested in seeing the latest 4-Series Coupe decked out in Kato-san’s signature style.
With a number of M4s now lined up to undergo the over-fender treatment, this first build actually started before Munich’s finest was launched and the show car here is based on a standard 4-Series.
Still looks mad. I love it.
Much online chatter was noticed leading up to its reveal as Liberty Walk unveiled the Liberty Challenger. Their first take on American Metal.
As first impressions go, i think they got this one in the bag.
The one that started it all, from Japan to American and back again, Kato’s Kenmeri sitting alongside one of his boso bikes.
This Porsche 997 also made the Liberty Walk cut. I really like how they add little details to the graphics, giving it some airbrushed simulated stains.
The perfect cure for those Monday Blues?
Or would you prefer, Tangerine, Tangerine, Living reflection from a dream
Should you choose to start ’em young.
When i grow up…
Wearing some “Zero Fighter” style livery, these Bulls made quite a visual impact. Even though the liveries they were based on might not be entirely “PC” to everyone.
If ordering a full-sized Liberty Walk special is slightly out of your budget range, there are always these little babies to bring home.
Even more wallet friendly, are these 1/24 scale Aoshima Shakotan kits.
If miniature scale cars are not your thing, there were plenty of other Liberty Walk merchandise around.
Stickers, keychains and everything in between to help you part with your precious yens!
How about some Liberty Walk lugs?
There’s even Kato-san branded detailing sprays!
And some really super friendly Liberty Walk sales staff to help you wrap everything up.
Another friendly Liberty Walk staff. I tried to take a picture of the Ferrari but she got in the way, honest!
After a brief chat and picture (why not!), it was time to tour the rest of the show but not before…
…Opening up my wallet for some proper LB swag, of course, i got them signed by LB’s main man.
Elsewhere, you’d be hard pressed to not spot more Liberty Walk machines proudly on display in the many halls of the Tokyo Auto Salon. Looks like we are just getting started…