While chasing automobiles was not a high priority on my Kansai vacation, there was one particular shop i really wanted to drop by. A shop that for one reason or another, i’ve never visited. Since this was my fourth trip to Kyoto (and with no idea how long it will be until my next), i […]Read more "Kansai Auto-Otaku: Visiting Carland86!"
For the past few years, with the rise of aesthetic mods and high-end motors taking centerstage at the Tokyo Auto Salon, those wanting a taste of true blue authentic JDM tuning goodness were happily catered for in a special event space located just next to the main halls. With a lovely selection of vehicles specially […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2017: Option Magazine’s Tuning Car Meeting"
I could think of no better way to kick off our TAS2017 coverage than a showcase of machines from Japan’s largest automotive manufacturer, Toyota. Unlike last years flashy showcase which had a more street vibe, the big boys from Aichi were all business this time. Bringing along a bevy of cars showcasing much of their […]Read more "TOKYO AUTO SALON 2017: Toyota / Lexus"
The year is 1976, France and Britain begin the first regularly scheduled commercial supersonic flights, Viking I lands on Mars and Love will keep us together wins record of the year. Elsewhere, across the pond in Showa era Japan, an idea for something equally as important was hatched in the office of Toyota automobiles. A […]Read more "Hip to be square: The Toyota AW11 MR2"
It started out small, those short visits to the Tomica shop in Tokyo Station, just one or two cars as a souvenir. Then another trip to Tokyo, and another Tomica. Then another, and another, and now i have a small little fleet of five Tomica Limited Vintage 1/64 cars sitting on my shelf. For the […]Read more "Turn of the Century : Tomica Limited Vintage 1/64 Toyota Century"
1.5litre inline-4, 130PS, 960kg, 6-speed manual, FR. Your move Nissan.Read more "Toyota S-FR Concept"
Another highlight of the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon for me, was what many envision to be THE car that marks (hehe) the return of a proper sports sedan into Toyota’s lineup. Left vacant long ago with the departures of the Chasers, Mark IIs, Cressidas and Altezza RS’s. Unfortunately for us fans of fast and fun […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2015: Day 2, Part 3-Return of Toyota Sports Sedan? GRMN Mark X"