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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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 Auto Salon Singapore : Banzai Attack!

Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F

It has been a week since the inaugural Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore was held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center. The event attracted many car enthusiasts from around the region. Photos have been circulating around the internet and audiences that graced the event experienced first hand what the Japanese car tuning scene could offer. Let us now take a look at the highlights of this car show that had thousands flocking to the venue. It was 9am on the first day of the event, and the media was set and ready for a preview of the offerings, just before the gates opened to the public at 10am.

The first car that stood before me was one that was familiar, one that I came across during the Nayoga Exciting Car Showdown – the Re Amemiya Rx7. I believe there are enough photos around the net showcasing Amemiya san’s smooth flowing creation. A definite high of the show.

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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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Random Snaps: Wheel Spinning Action

This photo was taken at a recent drag race held locally. Not the usual car you will see participating at a drag race when it seems more suited for drifting. Nonetheless, the driver never fails to show that his S15 packs a punch, and also one to be reckoned with on the strip.

I’d rather smoke tires than cigarettes.

Feature: Benjamin’s Drift Supra

Words by : Ray Ng, Photos by : RandyF, Shane JieYong

Some people engage in extreme sports to get their adrenaline rush. Certain ingredients in foods, like sugar, makes some go gaga; however, personally sodium chloride does it for me.

1:1 scale Hot Wheels toy car.

Eating salty Mcdonalds while penning this article I wondered what is the first thing that comes into my mind when it comes to a Toyota Supra built for drift. Unfortunately it was the viral video of this Russian girl having her buttons on her blouse all bursting, exposing her rack while seated in a drifting Supra.

Manizha Faraday, if you’re wondering.

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Feature: Vinnie’s S15 from Australia

Words by : E3lipse Photography, Photos by : Sng Wei Jie (E3lipse Photography)

David or Vinnie as he known within his circle of friends is a car enthusiast. When I was over at his house to meet him , his dad rolled in in a classic MA70 Supra. Sometimes the motorhead grease flows in the blood, not for me though, whose father believes a car is made to go from point A to B with bare minimal power.

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Feature: Sick Rocco

Words by : Ray Ng, Photos by : Neo, Jie Yong

Singapore’s a society where a driver of a souped up hatchback is deemed to be a hoonigan. Hoonigan – as defined as someone who participates in any type of reckless driving including but not limited to drifting, drag racing, and burnouts. There has been countless news reports over the years battering some errant drivers, having no legal circuit here in Singapore taking part in illegal night races on the roads.

Monochrome Majesty

Personally I don’t condone such acts that resemble those seen on Fast & Furious, but ever since those reports were out, there is a certain prejudice against owners of such hatchbacks that actually visit neighbouring Malaysia for a track day. Likewise with Nigel, he does up his car to suit the racetracks in Malaysia – he changed 3 oversized brake kits just to make sure he gets what he wants.

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