So, I was just browsing around on the internet a little while back and I randomly came across this car event scheduled not too far from where I live which was being held in the corner of a large car park belonging to an outlet shopping center and theme park….as you’ll see by the roller coasters in the background of some of the photos I took.
Before you scroll down to look at the photos I must warn you, I had to take my daughter out to this event for a couple of reasons and the main reasons were because she likes cars too (such a proud father I am) and we had nothing else to do so I wanted to see what there was on offer at this event. Anyway, the reason I mention this is that you might see her purposely getting in the shots (she’s only young after all, it was very hot and she pretty much endured the whole day following me around) so I do apologise for this in advance.
Not part of the event (you can probably see the cars on display for the actual event in the background there) was this sweet VIP whip. Nothing particularly special about it but just typical old school VIPness going on. Looks somewhat dated compared to today’s standards but nice nonetheless.
We, my daughter and I, walk across the car park and see…..a little over than a handful of vehicles on display. Now, I believe this event was held by the same person/people that run a VIP garage somewhere between my place and central Nagoya. I drive past this garage every Saturday and even stopped in there once to inquire about an aero kit they make for my car. Their whole forecourt literally filled with black Toyota cars with a few white cars lined up at the back.
This is one example of what they sell, a Toyota Majesta. Not keen on these at all, just a massive petrol guzzler with a very ugly back to it but saying that, they are fairly popular here. Wald wheels and what looks like a LDJ kit bumper kit on it similar to the bumper kit I was inquiring about for my car. It’s an identical look to a Mercedes Benz C-class bumper from a few years back now. LDJ belongs to the same people that held the event. If I’m not mistaken, before they opened the garage they were running a smaller garage a little further up the road and mainly dealing with aero parts and maybe selling a few cars here and there. Then they finally expanded to a bigger premises where they run their main business from now.
Lexus IS are a VIP whip owner’s delight. I especially like Sablan’s build we featured a while back with the Aimgain body kit (go check it out if you haven’t already). So many companies make aftermarket parts for these you’re spoiled for choice. You can go extremely clean or go balls out wild with it. I’ve looked into getting a convertible one only because it’s a retractable hardtop and I really like the Aimgain kit they do for the two-door.
Lexus GS, yet another choice for the boys and girls that have the cash do buy and modify them. I particularly love this style of bumper for most modern VIP style rods, I just love those big air ducts, LEDs and mesh grills. I would have done away with that chrome though…
Something that I’ve noticed recently is that some people are starting to go back to Lamborghini type scissor doors. I think it’s kind of nice to see a mix of the old and new ideas coming together on some of these builds.
That roller coaster in the background is Steel Dragon. It held the record from the year 2000 (the year of the Dragon) to 2003 for the world’s tallest complete circuit-coaster and I think still holds the record for the longest track length. It’s the fastest in Japan and the sixth fastest in the world. Well, that’s what I heard anyway.
Next up I came across this kei car (basically all cars are called this with around 660cc engine. Some are NA and others are turbo). This lemon and lime coloured one is a Mitsubishi EK which looked to me impossible to drive. You see, this event wasn’t only about car exterior “dress-up”, some people showed off their sound system too.
I loved all the little coloured coded details that the owner did on this, down to the door locks on the inside and the lug nuts.
This one had no seating on offer, not even for the driver. It was all taken up by speakers and amps….it had a steering wheel in it though! It was loud and loaded to the teeth with a nice custom music entertainment setup. This car owner’s hairstyle was just as loud as the sound system (sorry, didn’t take a picture of him).
A little further down the line I turn around and my daughter is still with me. She hasn’t done what she usually does by wondering off somewhere into one of the show cars and playing with all the instruments and yanking the steering wheel and gear knob all over the place….so far so good.
We come up to this Skyline coupe with what looked like incomplete work on it. The rear fenders seemed to have a quick bodged paint job done on it to hide some recent work, maybe to have it ready for this show but I could see that once it will be completed it should look like a pretty simple and clean build.
There were a couple more Skyline coupes nearby and both were recently featured here on StancedUp, Takeda-san’s CKV36 and Yamamoto-san’s CPV35. The blue CKV36 is a build I’m sure most of you have seen by now with its LibertyWalk rocketbunny kit similar to the red one that it has made appearances next to at some events. We have photos of the red one on our coverage from Wekfest a couple of months back.
In the short time I spoke to these people they all seemed like a nice group to mingle with, just wish I had more time to talk and get to know them better. Why not head to their features and have a little read about what they have done to their builds and you can check out their Instagram page/Facebook page (page info on their features).
Ok, well that’s the first part all done with. Pt.2 and Pt.3 will be up shortly. Let us know what you think about the VIP style so far down in the comments section below.
Photos by: Giulio D’Aliesio