Welcome to the third and final part of this event. The weather was good, my skin is getting burnt and my daughter is now complaining like any 8 year old girl would after walking around waiting for her dad to take photos of cars she’s not supposed to touch. Poor thing.
Gate crashing a photo shoot of a model but had to decide to walk away as it wasn’t very appreciated even though I only managed to get this one photo before getting squeezed out.
This is a Honda Freed mini MPV, I think they were advertised on TV here in Japan with one of John Lennon’s son. It was made for the Asian market only and is based on the the Honda Fit/Jazz platform. I believe it has a similar power output to the Fit/Jazz but with ever so slightly more torque.
The artwork and detail put into this paint job is lovely. Looking at some cars over here it seems difficult to imagine how to make them look interesting but some people just manage to pull it off like with this mini VIP wagon.
In the previous post we did on this event I showed you a Toyota Mark X GRX120, similar to my car. This is the second generation GRX130, an ever so slightly flatter lined shape to the first Gen of the Mark X and with a lot more aftermarket and custom parts available that make it look a lot better. This one was done simple and clean with the supension, wheels, exhaust, drilled disks, calipers, sound system and “half aero kit” as they call it here, it’s not a lip and it’s not a complete bumper, it’s just…half.
They also do a supercharged version from Toyota’s in-house tuning company Modellista on the a 3.5L version producing 355hp/360ps……NIIIIIIICE! I prefer the latest Gen more though, it has a little more of a respectful look about it compared to the first and second Gens.
The owner of the company that held this event showed up about half way through the day in his 458 Spyder.
I know which one I’d take home with me.
This fine lady did a good job of clubbing the door step with the solid lump of a heel on her shoes as she was getting in, you could clearly hear the thump.
“So ladies, if you follow me. This is the “front” of the car and we’ll move round to where Japanese John is pointing to what is called a “wheel” which there are 4 of” is what is being said right here. Hahaha, no. The guy in the green shirt works for the company that held this event and they’re showing off their new kit for the latest Toyota Prius. The girls were doing a grand job of looking interested and pretending they know what’s going on.
Another one of them Aristo custom jobs. This one done, again with the scissor doors, custom rear lights, custom rear bumper, custom purple paint work, the rims, decals, half Louis Vuitton interior (Louis Vuitton is the most popular brand among females in Japan), bagged and 6 EXHAUSTS?!
Second Gen Celsior here done smooth with a one-off front and rear bumper, fender flares smoothed off,
That’s my girl’s arm and dress in the shot here. Sorry guys but this was the best shot I could get of this angle as she refused to get completely out of the shot, she was getting extremely worn out and….fairly angry with me at times for taking so long at this event.
Another Toyota Crown GRS180 finely executed VIP work done on this. That custom paint, bonnet ducts, wheels, fender flares, exhaust, fittment, bumper and fender ducts all made this a masterpiece in my eyes. This to be held at another event I will visit.
I think this Aristo is owned by the Hulk. Well executed this one is, custom bonnet with air vents and built in eyelids, door mirrors, sick wheels, nice bumper mods, sweet fenders, different exits for the exhaust with this one-off system and nothing over the top with the rear wing although I wasn’t too keen on that, I would’ve gone with something a little different.
Semi VIP, semi tuned. This is the look that I like, it says I’m kind of formal but I’m here to play and throw my weight around on any smidgen of a corner I see.
Well there you have it boys and girls, another little taster of what Japan gets up to in the “Dress up” and VIP world and in some cases just how simple they like to keep things looking on their cars too. I love the imagination that goes into a lot of these custom designs and a big round of applause to each and every one of them on their builds, the people that actually do the work on them and for originality.
I hope you enjoyed looking at all of these, let us know which was your favorite down below in the comments section. I’m off to Nagashima Spa Land to let my lovely daughter enjoy herself on the roller coasters and anything else she wants to do as she’s deserved it. We’ll see you at the next VIP, custom and sound system banging event in a little while.
Photos by: Giulio D’Aliesio