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Japan Roadtrip - Photos of Tokyo Autosalon 2004 and more


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Finally I have had time to weed through the hoards of photos from our Japan trip.

Firstly here are some pics from the 2004 Tokyo Autosalon. What an amazing show with such a huge number of awesome show/street/drag cars across mutiple halls. We made two trips to the show, going back on the Sunday to snap the promo babes and cars we missed the previous day.

Enjoy

(Higher res pics available on request)

Some shots from outside the show

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This is what confronted us as we entered the show. It was huge!

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Remember the Option 350z? It attracted a huge crowd with everyone pushing to get a glimpse of the reminants of the car after its high speed roll

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The Signal widebody S15

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The Bee R R33 GTR

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The DRFT chop top S15

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Another nice S15

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100% pure pimp! This ones for you B-Man!

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This R33 GTST Promo car for Super Autobacs was actually running an RB20DE (or at least thats what the spec sheet showed) - Check the custom dash!

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The Signal Chameleon R34 GTR needeth no explaination!

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Gorgeous R32 N1 GTR

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These Top Secret OEM gold cam gears found their way into my bag - couldnt resist!

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Why hello :) - Very nice Greddy 350z with factory option car babe attachment

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The lads from the Pheonix's Power/RH9 stand giving a wave and hello to SAU

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Looking for a "light" powerup for your GTR?

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Now for Super Autobacs

We visiting the Super Autobacs Naganuma,Chiba store the day before Autosalon with some big expectations and much folding stuff to spend. The store was huge but a little disappointing with minimal performance gear actually in stock. If you wanted rims or a new doof system for your chaser though, this was the place for you.

Welcome to Super Autobacs - may I take your order?

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The carpark alone was VERY impressive

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Just in time to watch a WRX hitting the dyno

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Drum roll - in we go!

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No excuses for not finding the right oil here

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Mmmmm

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No - this isnt tempe tyres new showroom

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Day 2 - Autosalon

Another nice 350z - there were plenty to ogle at

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The Nismo stand - truely awesome

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The BRIDE gals

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Greddy stand was another eye candy packed display

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Whos your daddy?

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Classic

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Drift special

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Another drift special

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One of my favorite pics

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AWESOME pics blitz

Noticed you've made heaps of comments about "nice cars" ... think many of them should probably be labelled "rice cars" :)

I guess I should probably be show more respect - I think the object of pretty much every pic would spank me ... including the women!!!! hehehe

Those G-Ready turbos look awfully tempting...

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that white 350z is very nice.

i love seeing pics around japan, most of all the carpark and everyday pics.

the white rx7 is a sweet looking car (except for that huge back wing and the black stains near the exhaust tip)

nice pics, do you have any more lifestyle type photos?

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AWESOME pics blitz

Noticed you've made heaps of comments about "nice cars" ... think many of them should probably be labelled "rice cars" :D

I guess I should probably be show more respect - I think the object of pretty much every pic would spank me ... including the women!!!! hehehe

Those G-Ready turbos look awfully tempting...

yes, you should show lots more respect, infact, you should be banished for saying shit like that.

100% of the performance cars seen at autosalon are developed for the sole purpose of drag, circuit or drift. each of the components were put onto the car for the sole purpose of increasing its performance - unlike some of the crap we see at australian autosalon's.

for instance! i didnt see 1 friggin fish tank in a boot!!!

the outlandish colour schemes and stickers are there for advertising. for instance, who wouldn't recognise the hks drag car? or blitz drift car?

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ooooo - think i may have hit a nerve! I was mostly joking guys. didn't you notice the :P or the hehehe?

"...each of the components were put onto the car for the SOLE PURPOSE of increasing performance..."

maybe i'm just ignorant franky, but i fail to see the performance gain by adding red neon's under the 350???? not to mention the CHROME on a set of 20" deep dish rims. let's take it further... maybe the stickers aren't just advertising... maybe ... they add .... kws??!!!

have you seen the hubcaps that rotate freely from the rims? they seem to be appearing mainly on excel's lately. That's the sort of dumb shit that really gets up my nose...

the point i was making was that based on those pics, the japs are just as bad as the aussies: they've fallen into the trap of modding the LOOK of the car to make it look different rather than modding it to make it look good - I was not suggesting that those cars don't have some serious performance parts under the hood.

appreciate the point you made about hks drag and blitz drift though. fair call.

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just one small point, i did specify "...100% of the performance cars...", which you've conveniently misquoted me on.

i do admit the dress cars ie. the neons on the Z, might show an inkling of "rice" qualities but i just wanted to make certain that you weren't referencing say the blitz drift car or hks s15 drift car etc.

on a side note, i believe the jap "dress cars" are definately deisgned to look different - they love that shit, i do however believe performance cars like say the C-West Honda S2k has a bodykit designed for pure performance gains (as does all of the C-West and Veilside kits aim to do).

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the point i was making was that based on those pics, the japs are just as bad as the aussies: they've fallen into the trap of modding the LOOK of the car to make it look different rather than modding it to make it look good

What are you talking about?

The Japs have been modifying their cars in that way (big performance, outlandish looks) for DECADES, before we had any idea which way was up...

It was the REST OF THE WORLD that copied the jap styling, not the other way around. They haven't fallen into any "trap"........... THEY SET THE TRAP.

It was the REST OF THE WORLD that copied the Japanese in their styling cues, but forgot the performance aspect along with it. Instead of modifying for extreme horsepower AND extreme looks, kids started just opting for the extreme looks, which resulting in the coining of the term "ricer". In it's original definition, a "ricer" was someone that modified their car to give off a "sense of speed" through stickers, bodykit, loud exhaust, etc, without actually increasing their cars' actual performance.

The term "ricer" therefore cannot be applied to ANY of the cars there, as they would rip the rollers off any dyno and tear your car, and my car, a new exhaust hole.

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.... each of the components were put onto the car for the sole purpose of increasing its performance - unlike some of the crap we see at australian autosalon's.  

So this wing is functional???? lol

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Man I've flown aircraft with smaller wings than that!!!! :bahaha:

c'mon guys chill, he did add a smilie after the rice comment. :P

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