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Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 - forever cars (and girls)

Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 was an amazing show.  There was nothing ordinary about it. Every year, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, it puts incredible cars on display and this time it was no different.  Really, really fantastic vehicles. I thought there were a few changes here and there, but overall it was incredibly good.

The 1958 Chevrolet Impala created by Rohan Body Works

My favourite car of the show, was a 1958 Chevrolet Impala.  The car was amazing inside and out. It was pure glitz. The creators, Rohan Body Works, did an amazing job with it.  I’m sure a lot of people people, including myself, would love to take for a cruise around town.

Kevin Block’s Ford 150 “Hoonitruck” looked like a beast

The muscle car award would have to go to the Toyo Tire’s booth, which had the "Hoonitruck" Ford F150 on display.  If you haven’t seen what this vehicle can do, you can check out Ken Block driving it in his Gymkhana 10 video. His driving skills are incredible.  Watch the video, his driving skills are mind-blowing.

Whoever would have though Winnie the Pooh would get his own Lamborghini?

For the cutest car at the show, it was probably one of the fastest too, was a Liberty Walk Lamborghini.  It was covered with Winnie the Pooh and his friends, which of course drew a lot of kids. The one thing I couldn’t understand though, was that they added some tiny pictures to it of a comedian, Hyokkori, which I found a little bizarre.  But other than that it was a very cool car.

The Porsche 1600, a really classic car

There were a few more classic cars this year, than I had noticed previously.  My eyes were drawn to two in particular, a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and a Porsche 1600.  The Porsche won me over, mainly because of the colour. It was such a beautiful car.

An Italian stallion, the Ferrari 308

If there was one thing I noticed for the 2019 event was the models.  I only attended the show on the Sunday, but there seemed to be fewer of them.  The other thing was that most, not all, of their outfits also seemed to be a little more conservative than in previous years.  The girls that were there pulled enormous amounts of photographers. Maybe it’s a sign of the times and things are changing.  Only time will tell.

McLaren MP4 12C looking very sleak in grey

It’s amazes me every time I go events like these at how some of the girls can work a crowd.  Many of us, I’m sure, think that modelling must be so easy, just turn up and look beautiful, which I think it untrue.  To be appear to be involved with the cameras so intensely for a long amount of time without letting your concentration down involves a lot of stamina.  I think that is what separates the best from the rest probably.

A Nissan GTR from Kuhl Racing

The Valenti girls knew how to pull the cameramen

Tokyo Auto Salon was attended by 330,666 people over three days to see 906 cars. So, judging by those numbers, it was a huge and very successful event.  If you are into cars and models, I thoroughly recommend it.   The cars are awesome and so are the models. Please leave a comment below if you attended the event as I’d love to hear your thoughts about it.  And lastly, the Tokyo Auto Salon website, can be seen here.

Another classic car, Daihatsu’s P-5