Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tokyo Car Salon 2009
Part of Brian's Christmas present was a MWR Tour to the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon. Look at their website at: http://www.e-autosalon.net/tokyo/english/index.php. The boys went with Brian and Mom found something else to do! The Auto Salon is held in Tokyo at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center. This is the same center that we went to the large flea market in December.
The following information comes straight from the boys since I did not attend! They were in awe of all the cars! They were also a little taken aback by the attention the skimpy clothed Auto Salon girls were attracting. You couldn't even see the cars that the girls were showing because the Japanese men were surrounding the girls with camera bulbs flashing. They must be very popular celebrities OR Japanese Men are very deprived and don't know how to behave around girls and cars.
There were approximately 500 plus cars on display. There were sections for different type cars. One section was about "Drift" cars, another was about custom import cars, etc. Their absolute favorite car was a red customized car. Bryan says, "It had a bunch of TV screens and neon lights. It was awesome."
There was cars that were "BLING-ed out" according to Bryan. Can you tell the sparkle on the gold car to the left? Can you tell that the white car on the top is a Lamborghini? There was another car that the brakes were lighted and changed colors. All sorts of vendors were there selling and promoting their items for cars. Michael won two LED light strips for his car. They can go on the bottom of the doors. They also picked up all sorts of car stickers and pamphlets and brochures.
Outside they were doing "drifting" demonstrations. They couldn't get close enough to see them well. There was a guy on the inside that was drifting remote control cars. The boys and Brian really liked watching him. He was really good at it. Drifting is still very popular here in Japan. They have tracks dedicated to the art. This is a picture of a Drift car. The boys had a great time and look forward to going again in 2010 or 2011.