When car freaks from all over Japan (and the rest of the World) converge into one location in the middle of metropolis Tokyo for the annual automotive festival that is the Tokyo Auto Salon, you can expect many other fringe events and meets to happen along the way.
One of the biggest and most popular due to its easy accessibility is perhaps, Super Street Magazine and apparel brand Hardcore Tokyo’s Fresh Meet, held just a night before the doors of Makuhari Messe swing open for the main event.
Skipping RWB’s Roppongi meet, i made my way to Odaiba early to check out Toyota’s Megaweb (more on that in another post) and to grab a couple of shots before it gets crowded!
Turns out i wasn’t the only one wanting to be early. The popos had quite a presence this time around and were lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce.
Official call time for the event was 8pm but even arriving an hour early, most of the carpark lots on the lower deck were already filled up and in typical Japanese fashion, there were many many cars lined up waiting to get into the parking garage.
How does one start?
A non-stop stream of cars kept flowing in and parking lots were getting scarce.
Always good to see an E36. This one’s sitting on period ACS Type 1s.
Evergreen R32 with some tasty Nismo bits.
I’m seeing more 4th Gen Supras this time around in Tokyo. Will the new one co-developed with BMW ever achieve such cult acclaim? Only time will tell.
VW Corrado. I used to want one of these back in the day. I thought they looked cool.
Even a Peugeot 106 showed up!
I’m also guessing there are not many Hyundai Genesis Coupes running around Japan. Kudos on daring to be different.
On the topic of being different, have you ever seen this done to a Century? No you haven’t…
Nobody’s Perfect. No drift, no life! Words to live by.
With so many cars already in the area, it was almost impossible to pick which ones to take pictures of. So many cars, so little time and batteries.
The mad cars just kept rolling in.
Drivers began improvising on the shortage of lots. 🙂
We spotted this Aristo/GS sliding in earlier.
Advan Racing wheels FTW!
In Tokyo, low is the only way they roll.
Nice use of BMW M colors for the Studie logo.
80s/90s Nissans will forever rule the JDM street sports car World, no matter the condition.
No rear bumper? OK!
Great looking Kouki!!!
Street sliders with some showing visible battle scars.
Yes we are still on the first level of the parking garage.
The Hardcore crew and their powerhouses.
Hardcore dori dori!
Check out the Harley Quinn-esque paint in the engine bay!
I know there’s a Pink Panther inside but i think the colors resemble Harley Quinn’s hair more right?
Right next to the mad Harley Quinn engine bay’ed Cima, we have a Kei car from Daihatsu. i THINK it’s a Mira, (edit, It’s a Daihatsu Esse. Thanks to homeforsummer from the GTplanet forums!) but they made so many different Keis it’s hard to keep track. This one has a beautiful set of Work Equips slapped on. Choice!
Speaking of wheels, how about these 3SDMs? Pricey!
Even Nissan March’s get the custom treatment here.
When you’re going fast, you don’t look back!
Mercury Crew arrived in style.
Only in Japan.
Onikyan EVO from Freakin Works crew. Crazy.
More Onikyan from Freakin Works crew, this time on an E46 Coupe. Purist look away!
Okay purist can look at this instead. A lovingly kept phoenix yellow (mustard) E46 M3. Why change anything right?
Big audio built into a Veilfire pumping out EDM. Anyone else get the reference?
A great choice of wheels always does wonders.
This guy has the right idea, just have fun!
Forester slammed down. Looks great, probably not so good off road though.
Cars + Dog = win!
I used to have pictures of their cars on my desktops. Abflug!
Showing that Hybrids don’t have to be boring.
Golf sitting low. Euro dm?
Tsukuba plates for extra kudos.
To finish off Part 1 of our Fresh Meet coverage (don’t worry, there’s lots more!) Here’s something that could have come straight off a Tokyo Drift scene.
A couple of lovely lasses exiting their Silvia. Can’t escape an Initial D reference too huh?
See you in Part 2 where we’d head up to the second deck!