2014 Tokyo Auto Salon : Essence (Part 2)

We are back with the second part of the Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 since the long awaited Part 1. The other brand that had a booth that was swapped with audience is none other than Trust with their R35X which grabbed best of show for 2014.  TAS2014_MG_8176web

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2014 Tokyo Auto Salon : Essence (Part 1)

Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F

Time flies. It has been over a month since the conclusion of the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon. Owing to a mad work schedule, thrilling personal hobby and editing of a massive amount of photographs from this recent trip to Japan, this article came a wee bit later than expected. Nonetheless, I hope it still tickles your fancy!

After a short haul flight from Singapore, my plane touched down at Narita Airport. On a side note if any you decide to travel there, do book a flight that lands directly at Haneda Airport. It is unquestionably closer to the city center and you would not have to deal with the sheer horror of missing a connecting flight from Narita to Haneda! Fortunately for me, I flew in an entire day before the event opening. After sorting out my transit mishap, I still made it to the Tokyo Auto Salon Media Day in good time, attended the annual RWB New Year meet up at Roppongi Hills, and even went around to a handful of Japanese tuners.

For the first portion of this post, I have decided to showcase what the Japanese tuners have brought to the show and what may be fast catching on as the trends of 2014.

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Sepang International Circuit : Time to Attack Round 1

Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F

The clock ticked past 11pm on the 18th of May. A miniscule gathering of friends gathered to embark on a 300+ KM drive up to Sepang International Circuit, to act as a support and pit crew for a friend who was participating in the Time To Attack, organized by ZerotoHundred.com.

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Tokyo Singapore Salon Singapore 2013

Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F / Organizers

It was at a local motor show over a decade ago that I had my foremost encounter
with the Japanese car-tuning scene. The Kodak disposable cameras in their
trademark yellow casing were all the rage back than. I still recall vividly the flashes
from these devices going off brilliantly through out the venue, as their owners
endeavored to capture the JDM models and rides on film. To date, it is still one of
the finest motor shows ever held in Singapore in my books.

AW-1160x1805mm-for-upload Fast-forward to 2013 and we have Singapore’s principle media company MediaCorp, in cooperation with Muse Group, bringing Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013 to the shores of our tiny nation-state. The inaugural Singapore show will be held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo® and Convention Centre from 12-14 April 2013.

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Events: MPT Supersprint at Kallang Leisurepark Teaser

Text by : Ray Ng, Photos by : Tecky

The MPT Group brought back the drag race that was once part of Singapore’s motor racing history. As Singapore is land scarce, the race is actually being held within a parking lot, and the drag strip is only 180 metres long. There are actually many other viable venue alternatives like the Changi Exhibition Centre, F1 Pit Centre, or even closing half a section of a long straight public road.

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Feature : The Godzilla duo

Text and photos by : Wei Jie

The all revered GTR and the last of the Skyline Godzillas. The Nissan Skyline R34 GTR needs no introduction. Powered by a RB26DETT (Nissan speak for a straight 6 2.6 litres dual overhead cam electronically fuel injected twin turbocharged) which is renowned for its great tuning potential. It’s always reported of GTRs smoking or keeping in pace with cars that are way more expensive that it is or being at the top of its direct competitors – the Toyota Supra 2JZ and the Mitsubishi GTO VR-4. A powerhouse by nature, the Australian Touring Car Championships (ATCC) now known as V8 Supercars changed its rules to exclude the Skylines from competing after 1992 as it was dominating the race thanks to it’s ATTESA E-TS AWD system.

Its tough to find one Godzilla in Singapore, let alone two.

I got to know Andrew earlier this year and the others whom I hung out with said his car was in the workshop and the built was about to be completed. Sure I’ve shot the Midnight Purple and Bayside Blue (which is my personal favourite), but I’ll always be excited to be close to a GTR. It’s probably due to the fact that they are exorbitantly priced in Singapore (no thanks to the COE system) and few remain on the road and my first encounter with a GTR would be… in Initial D Stage 4 (the anime).

The legend

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Random Snaps: Japan – GTR R32 at Asahi Beer Factory

Words by : RandyF Photos by : RandyF

One of my itineraries for my Japan trip was to visit the beer manufacturers, Asahi and go on a tour at their factory, nothing less from a beer junky.
Arrival from the usual Japanese hospitality with a free bus ride from the local train station at an exact time down to the minutes. There it was, one of my favorite varient of the GTR family only 2nd to the Hakosuka was chilling in the facilities’ parking area.

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