LibertyWalk has taken the stance world by storm and if you haven’t heard of the company or not even seen pictures of owner’s builds dressed up in a LBworks kit then…….you must be a newly born child. At the beginning of the summer this year I ventured out to my neighbouring prefecture to check out an event that we featured in a large car park at Nagashima’s outlet village and theme park. Out of all the cars there this CKV36 Skyline coupe owned by Takeda-san, had to be my favourite. This has made appearances in a number of magazines and social network pages now and I just went photo crazy on it.
Well, a month or two after this event I was out taking my daughter for a drive far east from Nagoya city and as I was just looking around and then, there was Takeda-san’s car parked up. I know that Takeda-san doesn’t live anywhere near the prefecture I live in so I thought why is his car here…..Then I saw a LibertyWalk Audi R8 and a couple of R35s….it was LibertyWalk’s garage. I had no idea it was in this area, I mean I knew it was somewhere in Aichi prefecture which is where I live but where exactly, I didn’t know.
Now, I was thinking I might stop in and see if it was him but I promised my daughter a day out somewhere nice so I decided to wait until the following week to head out here again.
The following week had arrived. When I pulled up on the forecourt I felt a bit ashamed of what I drive and for leaving it visible for passersby to see among all of these cars. See if you can spot it, it’s in about 5-6 photos.
As soon as I got out of my car a member of staff came up to me with a nice smile and a warm welcome. This goes for all the staff there, I felt very welcomed and everyone seemed truly happy to see me, with the feeling that they were happy to talk about everything and anything. I’ve been to a number of garages in Japan and I have to say, these guys topped them all with making you feel welcomed.
Something to take note of if you didn’t know…I was told there are no two LibertyWalk cars the same. Every customer has their own unique version. For the money, I would hope so too!
This R8 is just punishingly awesome.
There are two main premises, this one which is the main building and the other across the street where some of the work is carried out. In this main building was a little cafe area, customer service office and accessories shop. At the time I visited they were preparing for a new opening of their clothes shop and a restaurant…I think.
What they had on the grand opening after all the preparation had finished was a new LibertyWalk kit going to be showcased at the same time. I was also told that there were a couple of new kits coming out soon.
The kit to be unveiled at the event was for this, the Ferrari F430 ( F430 images courtesy of LBwalk website )
Right, across the street then and into the garage. I decided to move my car at this point too so it would be a little more hidden from the main showroom and public visibility. There were a few sweet classic Skylines in here, check them out.
Today’s LBworks body kits come from what you see here. Kato-san ( Wataro Kato ), Mr.LibertyWalk, wanted to bring this old style to the modern market for high performance cars and he’s done it well.
A work of art, the problem is you just feel that you never drive it or even touch it for that matter.
Any of you recognize this? You may have seen this floating around the web and social media pages. It’s Kato-san’s weapon of choice that he uses to turn up at events a lot of the time and definitely my favourite classic Skyline shape.
We’ll come to that blue piece of beastly sex outside a little bit later. Staying inside the garage this white 458 was parked up next to the window of one of the offices that Kato-san was constantly sat in smoking and texting.
Time to head back outside to snap up the remaining cars, some of which are LibertyWalk’s own cars and some belonging to customers. These were probably my personal favourites due to the origin of the manufacturers, both being Italian just like my family blood (you could probably tell that by my name)….Forza Italia!….with a bit of Japanese styling to give those wild bulls and horses that extra mean and clean stance.
I was asked if I wanted to get inside this 458 and my reaction was….Hmmm, YEAH! As you can see, the belly of the car is literally sitting on the floor. Getting in, with camera in hand was challenging as I obviously didn’t want to scratch anything and I didn’t want to hold on to anything just in case I broke something. So, how do I get my body inside this shallow door space and down into the seat which is level with the concrete? Simple, put your right foot (it was left hand drive) in as far over to the right on the floor pan of the cockpit as possible, arch your hip to the right as much as possible into the cockpit aiming for the center of the driver seat and……drop. You just fall into the seat.
Getting out was a little bit different, you basically just put your left hand and foot on the concrete and roll out. As I got out and continued to have a little chat with one of the members of staff I suddenly felt a slap on my shoulder, it was Kato-san wanting to take a photo with me! Now, when you have a photo with him there’s a certain pose that he does with whoever is in that photo with him, luckily for me I saw that pose two days before I came here so I’m hoping I didn’t look too stupid when we had the photo taken.
Nice touch to the badges.
This grey brushed paint job 458 on your left as you look at the photo was about to be sent to Europe for an event which was also to be a promotional thing for LibertyWalk as I was told that they find the European market difficult to get owners to purchase their kits.
Now we come to my two favourite cars there on this particular day. This green Murcielago and next to it, most definitely my favourite of the two, this blue Murcielago.
Another thing I was told is that all of these wings and various other parts are all tested at Fuji Speedway circuit before deciding on what will go on the cars so they’re not just to look awesomely delicious but are actually effective too.
Yes, I certainly do like this blue and yes, blue is my favourite colour. We did a feature on Jose’s LibertyWalk S5 which was in a very similar blue.
Photos by: Giulio D’Aliesio
You’re either a fan of LibertyWalk body styling or not. Some people are already kind of sick of it but for me, I still love it. The price is definitely a little on the expensive side but then again, if you can afford some of these cars then I’m guessing it’s not really a piggy bank breaker.
I had a nice day there and the staff all being so nice and cheerful while keeping their professional heads on made it even better. I would most certainly like to head out there again some day ( probably will actually ) just to have a look around again, say hello and try out some of their food in the new cafe/restaurant. Just hope the food is as tasty as their cars.
Which is your favourite out of all these? Let us know by chiming in the comments section below.
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