This isn’t a car meet per se, it’s more of a car show where you go in pay an entrance fee and admire the cars on display. This year it just so happens to be held in a car park. Last year it was held at a picturesque park. There were lots of greenery in the background, a lake even. This year it was a lot of concrete and a train station in the background.
But no matter, because we’re here for the cars not for the scenery. This event happens every year in Tama, in the southwest part of Tokyo. It’s a sort of charity event in where the organisers of this event want to spread the appreciation and enjoyment of supercars to more people. That’s why high school aged kids and younger can go in for free.
I like that as Japan’s youth, and youth all around the world, are quickly becoming less interested in cars. So events like these, even if they’re held at train station car parks and not at a pretty green park, are important. It was great to see kids admiring the supercars and going ‘sugoi’ (wow) at the crazy Lambos.
Over 60 cars were on display and the variety of ranged from tasteful to, umm, Anija. But that’s what I love about Japanese supercar events; the cars that show up will never bore you. I mean any event with two F40s, two F50s, a Koenigsegg CCX, and a road-legal Lamborghini Super Trofeo is a pretty damn good event.
The car park was split into three sections representing the various car clubs that were present; there was a large section with supercars, there was a muscle car section, and of course the Anija section.
Some other highlights include finally seeing my first Napier Green McLaren 675LT, a gorgeous Ferrari 575M in Azzuro California, two Aventador SVs, and a stock pearl white Murcielago LP640.
There were a few other goodies there too such as a white Challenge Stradale, several Ferrari Testarossas, a Liberty Walk Maserati Granturismo, a white McLaren 12C with a lot of Union Jack stickers on it, and of course KITT.
Then we get to the crazy and colorful cars we’ve come to expect from Japanese events. The cars come courtesy from Anija, also known as ‘A-Team’. These are the guys who made that controversial Zonda Anija. You know, the one with the weird lights and the rocket-looking exhaust. That one. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, that Zonda wasn’t at this event.
Well, their whole group is known for their over-the-top modifications to supercars. Their favourites, as you can see in the photos, are Lamborghinis. Their mods range from blinged out headlights and excessive sticker application to high-rise spoilers and bodykits designed by 12 year olds.
I’ll be honest, some of their cars weren’t all that bad. I always enjoy seeing the white F50 because it’s still a goddamn F50! I suppose all things considered, their blue Koenigsegg isn’t too bad either. But some of their Lambos were beyond saving.
I know supercars are supposed to be ostentatious and showy. I know supercars are supposed to be a bit mad and a whole lot of different but there’s a limit to all this. Now I don’t mind a modified supercar as long as it adds to the silliness of it, is tastefully done, and most of importantly the modifications are reversible.
But I will say this about those cars; they did a good job of pulling in a crowd. Who wouldn’t want to go and have a look at a lineup of Lamborghinis with their scissor doors up? With the doors up people are able to see some of modifications done on inside too.
So that’s another car event in Japan with another eclectic bunch of cars. The event, I felt, did a good job of showing supercars to a place in Tokyo that probably doesn’t see many supercars often. At least not as much as Aoyama, Ginza, or Roppongi for example.
The large crowds did make it hard to get photos but at the same time it was good to see so many young kids appreciating some of the older cars like the Testarossa too. I would’ve died if I had gone to an event like this when I was 10.
All in all, it was a fun event and worth the 90 minute train ride to get there. I was there for a little over an hour but before leaving, I noticed this guy had found the best seat in the house – right in between a F40 and a Koenigsegg. What a champ.
How to get there: Tama Central Station Car Park, 3 minute walk from Tama Central Station.
Event Times: 9am – 5pm